With “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan confirming that her show (and likely “One Life to Live”) has been canceled after getting word from Prospect Park’s lawyers in the last couple of days, Soap Opera Network once again reached out to Prospect Park to find out if A) Are both shows now officially canceled. B) Is Prospect Park possibly seeking/able to try another reboot down the road. C) How does this cancellation relate to their rights to the shows and D) Do the rights now revert back to ABC.
A representative for the company would only say, “We are not commenting.”
While Prospect Park has yet to confirm the news to the press, “All My Children” star Debbi Morgan (Angela Hubbard) has confirmed that the soap is officially canceled. The actress tweeted, “my manager was given the news by PP’s lawyer,” when asked by a fan whether or not the show was now officially canceled after her previous tweets on Saturday, November 9 all but confirmed the news that the actors were informed by the production company. To make it clear as day to anyone still with hope, Morgan responded to another tweeter and said, “Yea, we’ve been canceled.”
This marks the second time “AMC” has been canceled after producing episodes, but technically the third cancellation overall (if counting the failed 2011 reboot plans).
In the coming weeks a storyline involving the characters of Nick Fallon and Gabi Hernandez gets physically violent and rumors are now swirling about the possibility that as a result of the storyline, Nick’s portrayer, Blake Berris, may be leaving the “Days of our Lives” canvas.
When asked by Soap Opera Network during today’s “A Day of DAYS” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood about his status with the show Berris was unable to comment, but on the storyline itself he did say that Nick is just reminding Gabi (Camila Banus) of the passion between them.
UPDATE: Tweets asking Stamos if he would ever return to “GH” apparently began even earlier today, which looks to be where the previous story began. When asked about a return to “GH,” Stamos said, “Never! I tried,they wanted me 2 play J.G. on drums with R.S. Legacy too important to me. In response, Carlivati said, “I’m sure I will be shouted down by 1.3M people, but this is a total mischaracterization of what occurred.”
J.G. in the tweet refers to “Jessie’s Girl,” the song Rick Springfield (the R.S. in the tweet) sang at the Nurses Ball in celebration of “GH’s” 50th anniversary. Springfield returned as his character Noah Drake for the episode.
PREVIOUS: Earlier today a fan tweeted, “@JohnStamos @carlivatiron @valentinifrank #BringBlackieBack #GH,” which attracted the attention of the intended parties, but the responses themselves were the least expected of all.
Stamos, who portrayed Blackie Parrish on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the 1980′s replied to the tweet and said, “Sociopathic! You don’t remember [the] phone call in @valentinifrank office?” As confusing as the tweet appeared, it became less confusing when “GH” head writer Ron Carlivati responded to Stamos’ tweet with, “Yes, I remember it well. But for some reason you seem determined to rewrite the narrative.”
Drake Hogestyn is not only returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the early part of the new year as his iconic character, John Black, he’s also returning to contract status with the daytime drama series. The actor confirmed his new status with the soap to Soap Opera Network during today’s “A Day of Days” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.
Hogestyn’s return to “DAYS” couldn’t have come at a more pressing time as the actor also shared with us that on November 22 his family is set to close on the sale of their house and they were all packed and ready to move out of LA!
Word of Hogestyn’s return to “DAYS” first came to light in October. The actor confirmed his return via Twitter on Halloween. “Happy All Hallow’s Eve!” he wrote. “The Treat?…I’m back in Salem!” But the Trick? “I sold my house and have no place to live!” he shared. “Now that’s scary! Yikes!”
During today’s “A Day of Days” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, actor Freddie Smith shared with Soap Opera Network that Guy Wilson will replace Chandler Massey in the role of Will Horton beginning in January 2014. The actor noted that the transition from one actor to the next will be seamless as the character of Will is not leaving town only to return portrayed by a different actor.
Word of Wilson replacing Massey came to light in early September, when “DAYS” actress Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) let slip Wilson’s name as Massey’s replacement during an interview .
A more specific last airdate for Massey and first airdate for Wilson are unknown at this time.
UPDATE: A Showtime representative tells Soap Opera Network that in the episode Irizarry plays a captain in the investigation of the murders of Javadi’s (Shaun Taub) ex-wife and daughter in law.
PREVIOUS: On the Sunday, November 10 episode of Showtime’s “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes, “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) guest stars as Captain Lonza. Irizarry’s appearance on “Homeland” is a dream come true of sorts as the actor has been a longtime fan of the series since it premiered in 2011. The actor attended the rooftop premiere of season three in Beverly Hills in late September.
“Homeland” airs Sundays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Showtime.
UPDATE: After our report was published, Morgan added to her statements on Twitter where she said, “I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we’d definitely coming back Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we’d been given! I’m so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what’s in God’s plan. I do know there’s always a bigger picture!” Morgan concluded her tweets with, “Thanks For The Memories…”
PREVIOUS: When word came to light that Prospect Park was getting ready to announce it had decided to not move forward with either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live,” as had been expected (The OnLine Network Announces First Season Finales of ‘AMC’ and ‘OLTL’), fans were gearing up for the worst, but what about the actors? When a fan tweeted to “AMC” star Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), “AMC FB page fans angry, some quitting show and Hulu. Some demanding PP give statement one way or the other. WOW!” the actress responded by saying, “U can imagine how all the cast is feeling being that we’re still in the dark as well…” Morgan’s comments are in direct contrast to her comment on Sunday, October 27, where she sounded more upbeat when she said, “Many R asking when AMC is coming back. Wish I could give a definitive date. All I can give U is what we’re given. The Show ‘Is’ coming back!”
Back in July it was announced that FOX’s “American Dad” would be moving to TBS after 10 seasons on broadcast television beginning with the 2014-15 season. The animated series will produce 15 episodes for the “very funny” cable network. Today, FOX announced that it has picked up “Dad’s” possible replacement – “Bordertown,” a new animated series from “Dad” co-creator Seth MacFarlane that will take a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring throughout America as it follows the daily lives of two neighbors: Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzales. The announcement was made by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
The ABC Cable Networks Group, a division of Disney/ABC Television Group, has informed cable and satellite operators across the United States that they will cease operating SOAPnet, the cable network devoted to airing same day episodes of “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” at night along with off-network airing rights to such shows as “Veronica Mars,” “Beverly Hills,90210,” “Gilmore Girls,” “One Tree Hill” and more. The network, which launched January 20, 2000, is expected to go dark effective on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Despite SOAPnet’s reported replacement, Disney Junior, already operating since 2012 on several providers across the country, the kids friendly network will officially replace the women’s network at 12:00:00 AM EST on January 1, 2014.