How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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Insiders & Fans React to the 'All My Children' Rumor

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC Daytime has a captive audience as the fate of “All My Children” appears to hang in the balance.

On Monday morning, Deadline.com put soap fans on alarm when they reinforced the story Daytime Confidential first reported several weeks earlier: “All My Children” appears to be on the verge of cancellation!

Since then, ABC’s lack of confirmation which includes a glaring lack of denial has put soap fans even more on edge; a spokesperson for ABC continues to tell the media, including Soap Opera Network, that “the [Deadline.com] piece is just another story in a long line of stories about this same topic.” In an interview with the NY Post, long-time TV Guide soap columnist Michael Logan acutely sums up the unsettling feeling that statement is evoking in once skeptical fans and insiders alike, “this changes the game because the network is not stepping forward more forcefully than it is [to deny the rumor].” Further unsettling fans was the Tuesday morning report by the FOX News website sourcing a current “All My Children” writer, who asked to remain anonymous in case life in Pine Valley does actually go on, revealing that “everyone always says the writing is on the wall for soap operas to shut down, but this time the writing is in capital letters…We all hope we can get jobs in reality television [if the rumor turns out to be accurate].”

Most entertainment insiders agree that the soap genre, as we know it over the past several decades, is winding down regardless of what is revealed about “All My Children’s” fate in the coming days or weeks. Outside forces including changes in the workforce, the emergence of the internet and reality TV, and the broadening of cable TV have given viewers many, many more alternatives. With the number of soap operas on the air dwindling down to six last year and with ratings continuing to take a beating, Horizon Media television analyst Brad Adgate tells Fox News, in the aforementioned article, what many are thinking, which is “by the end of the decade in 2020 it could be at conceivable that there will be no soap operas on network TV.” Soap Opera Digest’s Lynn Leahey agrees about the potential for the extinction of soap operas on network TV but confidently adds “the genre will survive…not necessarily in its current format…soap started as 15-minute episodes, and we may see them go back to that, with viewers ‘snacking’ on soaps in 15-minute bites on their smart phone, rather than at home in front of a television. Web soaps are proliferating now, but they’ve yet to figure out a model that makes it a robust business.”

In the meantime, passionate soap opera fans are not going to let their soaps go out without a fight. If you’re an “All My Children” fan or just a fan who doesn’t want to see another soap bite the dust following the domino effect cancellations of CBS’s “Guiding Light” in 2009 and “As the World Turns” in 2010, you can at the very least be counted and make yourself heard at the Keep ‘All My Children’ on ABC Daytime!’ Facebook page, which fans put up on Monday afternoon as preemptive action in case the rumors are confirmed. Some former and present “AMC” stars have posted on the site and joined the group including Finn Wittrock (ex-Damon Miller), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard).

  • All My Children
  • Cornelius Smith Jr.
  • Bobbie Eakes
  • As The World Turns
  • TV Guide Magazine
  • Guiding Light
  • Michael Logan
  • TV Guide.com
  • Soap Opera Digest
  • Noah Newman
  • NY Post
  • FOX News
  • Lynn Leahey
  • Finn Wittrock


    The Chronicles of  Shady 'AMC' Writer

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You know who you are, you know what you have done. While millions of viewers wait on pins and needles to find out if their favorite daytime soap is about to get canceled by the network it has aired on for over 41 years, you are looking for work in reality TV. Shame on you!

    As previously reported, rumors of ABC's "All My Children" getting canned in favor of a new (and cheaper) talk show in the fall escalated on Monday, March 21, when Deadline.com posted an article that industry speculation had it that the network was in serious talks to pull the plug on the long running drama series. In response to Deadline's article, FOX News posted a piece on their website citing comments from a television analyst, a talent manager, and even Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly Editorial Director Lynn Leahey. However, it is a comment from a current "All My Children" writer that raises a red flag. "Everyone always says the writing is on the wall for soap operas to shut down, but this time the writing is in capital letters," said the anonymous "AMC" writer to FOX News, who wished to remain that way should the rumors of the soaps demise prove to be just that. Instead of concentrating on writing well written storylines that delve into the lives of Pine Valley's most prominent citizens through romance, action/adventure, secrets and lies and the all important mystery and suspense, the anonymous writer says "we all hope we can get jobs in reality television." If fans were looking for reassurance on "AMC's" future, they sure didn't get it from this unnamed individual that secretly commented on the status of their current employment opportunity. Should ABC end up proving to us all that they are not canceling "All My Children" or even sister soaps "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital," one would hope the network searches for the anonymous writer and boots their butt off the Andrita Studios lot along with their boring scripts. Now that is a soap opera plot twist!

    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • General Hospital
    • Deadline.com
    • Soap Opera Digest
    • ABC Daytime
    • Soap Opera Weekly
    • FOX News
    • Lynn Leahey


      'One Life to Live' Casting New African-American Character

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” looks to up its quota of minority characters by casting what appears to be yet another recurring role on the long-running daytime drama.

      As we previously reported, the soap recently released an audition script for the role of “Robbie” who, from the tone of the script seems to be have been involved in a volatile situation with a girl named “Rose” (Remember that “OLTL” often changes names in these scripts to distract viewers).  Soap Opera Network has since obtained more information regarding this new character.

      According to the casting breakdown, “One Life” is looking for an African-American male between the ages of 18 and 22 for role of “Robbie,” who is described as “Good looking, sexy and extremely confident, as well as an intern at a well-known newspaper.”  However, it remains to be seen exactly who this character will be involved with.  Furthermore, given the show’s frantic taping schedule, it may be a few months before “Robbie” appears on screen.

      In other news…

      Mellini Kantayya returns again as “ER Nurse #1″ on Wednesday, May 11.

      • One Life to Live
      • Casting
      • Soap Opera Network
      • Mellini Kantayya
      • Nurse
      • audition scripts
      • Casting Call
      • Breakdown
      • Comings & Goings


        First Look: Nafessa Williams on 'One Life to Live'

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported, Nafessa Williams makes her daytime debut on Wednesday, March 23, as Deanna Forbes, the former girlfriend of James Ford (Nic Robuck), on ABC’s “One Life to Live.”  And, while Williams recently signed a four-year contract with the show, her time in Llanview was originally intended to be much shorter.

        Last fall, when the model and aspiring actress was first cast by the show, her character was only slated to appear in three episodes of the daytime drama.  Fortunately for Williams, however, the show decided to further develop the character of Deanna, who will try to drive a wedge between budding lovers James and Starr (Kristen Alderson).

        “This is more than I ever dreamed of.  I’m super excited and really grateful for the experience,” the twenty-something actress states in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News.

        Click here to watch Alderson and Robuck introduce Williams in the latest installment of their blog, “Unplugged.”

        • One Life to Live
        • Kristen Alderson
        • Llanview
        • Nic Robuck
        • Nafessa Williams
        • Unplugged
        • Philadelphia Daily News


          Andrew Trischitta Upped to Contract Status with 'One Life to Live'

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Expect to be seeing more of Todd Manning’s oldest son Jack in the coming months on “One Life to Live,” as Andrew Trischitta has becme the soap’s newest contract cast member, one month to the day after he first appeared on the show.

          The news, which was posted earlier today on ABC Soaps in Depth‘s Twitter page, may come as somewhat as a surprise to some “One Life” fans, considering Trischitta has only appeared on screen in a handful of episodes since joining the show earlier this year (his first airdate was February 22).  The actor replaced fan favorite Carmen LoPorto, who had played Jack since 2007.

          Since Trishcitta was cast in the role, Jack has taken on a darker tone, proving that he really is his father’s son, by bullying one of his classmates, Shane Morasco (Austin Williams), because he has asthma.  Look for the storyline to heat up in the coming weeks as Jack drives Shane to take desperate action, which could result in tragic consequences for all those involved.

          • Twitter
          • Austin Williams
          • ABC Soaps in Depth
          • Carmen LoPorto
          • One Life to Life
          • Andrew Trischitta
          • Comings & Goings


            Pint-Sized 'One Life' Star 'Loves' His Day Job

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — He may have only recently taken over the role of Sam Manning, the son of reformed rapist Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) and the late, mentally disturbed Margaret Cochran (Tari Signor) on “One Life to Live,” but five-year-old Patrick Gibbons, Jr. is already making the most of his time in the spot light.  The kindergartner says in an interview that he becomes “very excited when [I] see myself on TV.  I love it.” However, Gibbons’ parents almost passed on the chance to audition for the long-running daytime drama, believing their son’s chances of landing the role were slim at best.

            In an interview with M. English of the Montgomery News in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Gibbons’ father Patrick Sr. says that it was his son’s agent, Barry Kolker‘s idea to audition for the soap.  Reluctant at first, he finally relented, telling wife Maureen that “If you want to go up to New York and waste four hours, go ahead.”

            Little did he know however, that his little boy was about to get his first big break into show business.  “He needed a head shot and a resume. So I took his picture with my cell phone and wrote down, ‘He likes to ride his bike, and he goes to school at St. Philip’s,’ he confesses.  “That was that. He went in [for the audition] with over 100 kids, got called back with nine other kids and ended up getting the part.”

            Gibbons, who typically visits the “One Life to Live” studios three or four times a week to tape his scenes, is said to be “having a ball” working on the show.  But, despite their son’s sudden national exposure, the boy’s parents are determined not to let his new-found success go to their heads.  “[We have] no intention of pushing any of this Patrick loses interest.  Nothing lasts forever, especially in this business.  He’s only 5.  If he continues to like it, we’ll do what we can to support him in [pursuing] it.  If he doesn’t…well, again, he’s only 5,” Patrick Sr. tells the newspaper.

            Five-year-old Patrick Jr.was discovered by accident.  The boy typically accompanies his parents on their trips to New York City with middle daughter Anna Marie, an “aspiring actress-model,” to meetings with her talent management team. That’s when Kolter spotted Gibbons in a waiting room and immediately thought he had natural talent.  However, his first audition, for the Broadway rendition of “Billy Elliott the Musical,” didn’t go so well.  As for Anna Marie, she has been cast in a non-speaking role in the upcoming comedic film “The Sitter,”  starring accomplished actor and producer Jonah Hill.

            When he’s not at school or on the set, Gibbons leads a pretty normal life for a child star, ice skating, playing guitar, and spending time with friends.   But sometimes his life seems anything but normal.

            Patrick Sr. recalls an incident where he encountered two of his son’s “One Life” co-stars, John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi), at a poker tournament recently.  He said that Fath related a conversation she had had with the five-year-old a few weeks ago.  “While they were on the set, Patrick told her that he loves to ice skate.  She asked him how long he’d been skating, and he said 10 years.  A pretty good trick for somebody who’s 5, huh?”

            Gibbons made his “One Life to Live” debut as Sam Manning back on December 22, taking over the role from twins Jacob and Luke Clodfelter (who first aired in 2007 and last aired in January of 2010).  The role was originated by yet another set of twins, Zack and Daniel Frisch in 2006.

            To read Patrick Gibbons, Sr.’s full interview with the Montgomery News, click here.

            • One Life to Live
            • New York City
            • Patrick Gibbons, Jr.
            • Farah Fath
            • John-Paul Lavosier
            • Broadway
            • Patrick Gibbons, Sr.
            • Anna Marie Gibbons
            • Jacob and Luke Clodfelter
            • Montgomery News
            • Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
            • Jonah Hill
            • The Sitter
            • Bill Elliott the Musical
            • Zack and Daniel Frisch
            • Maureen Gibbons
            • Barry Kolker
            • M. English


              Bree Williamson & Melissa Archer to Appear on 'The Wendy Williams Show'

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” Buchanan girls Bree Williamson (Jessica/Tess/Bess) and Melissa Archer (Natalie) are scheduled to be guests on Wendy Williams’ show on Tuesday, March 22.  The episode will be headlined by R&B Musician Bobby Brown and will also feature a segment with Williams discussing her “Dancing with the Stars” debut.  On Monday, March 28, the talk show diva makes her second appearance on “One Life” as “Access Llanview” host Phyllis Rose.

              Williams made her “OLTL” debut on Wednesday, March 2 as part of a storyline referred to as “The Buchanans, A Family Under Siege.” She is scheduled to appear in three additional episodes of the soap sometime later this spring.

              “The Wendy Williams Shows” airs weekdays in syndication, and weeknights at midnight ET on BET.  Check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.  You can also catch Williams on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday nights at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

              • Dancing with the Stars
              • ABC
              • Melissa Archer
              • Bree Williamson
              • BET
              • Wendy Williams
              • The Wendy Williams Show
              • Bobby Brown
              • Phyllis Rose
              • Access Llanview


                'Yes, it's true' Tyler Christopher is Leaving 'GH'

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Over the weekend news broke that ABC's "General Hospital" had informed actor Tyler Christopher on Friday, March 18 that his contract would not be renewed. Christopher's contract was up for renewal in June and the soap had until last week to inform Christopher whether or not they had plans of renewing it, which they chose not to. In a statement released to ABC Soaps in Depth, Christopher answered the question everyone wanted to know with a simple "Yes, it's true."

                An ABC spokesman did not return a request for comment on this story.

                Tyler Christopher has portrayed the role of Nikolas Cassadine on ABC's "General Hospital" off-and-on since joining the cast in July 1996. He has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.

                A last airdate has not been announced.

                • General Hospital
                • Tyler Christopher
                • ABC Soaps in Depth
                • Comings & Goings


                  CBS to Air Daytime Emmy's for Second Consecutive Year

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — UPDATE: "All of us are excited to once again show America just how great and relevant daytime television is to all of us.  We look forward to a fabulous evening of television that will delight, entertain and enlighten," said Darryl Cohen, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in a statement in a CBS press release.

                  “We are delighted to be working again with NATAS and CBS after last year’s great success,” said David McKenzie, executive producer and ATI president.  “Daytime television continues to be a dominant force in the industry and we’re proud that we’re bringing this special night honoring the daytime community to a wide television audience.”

                  “The best of daytime will be joined by the best of Las Vegas as some of the greatest entertainers in the world will join us for a celebration of all that is great about daytime television,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment.  ”It will be a primetime event for television honoring daytime’s best with non-stop entertainment, guest star surprises and oh, yes, we’ll give out a few awards as well.”

                  The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET/PT (recorded for the west coast). Nominations will be announced on Wednesday, May 11, but preceeding the announcement pre-nominated actors (for the daytime soaps) are required to submit two of their best episodes from 2010 to be watched and judged by their fellow daytime colleagues.

                  PREVIOUS: After finding itself without a home for much of 2009 before landing on The CW in August of that year, The Daytime Emmy Awards once again returned to the Big three networks after CBS made a deal with the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in 2010 to broadcast the annual program. As 2011 began, the fate of the Daytime Emmys was once again in doubt. Now Deadline.com is reporting that CBS has once again signed a deal to air the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" live from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, June 19.

                  The program will be produced by ATI Television International and will be executive produced by David McKenzie, ATI's president.

                  "NATAS is once again delighted to work with CBS and ATI on the broadcast of the Daytime Emmy Awards," said Darryl Cohen, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in a statement released to Deadline.com.

                  A timeslot has not been revealed, but it is expected to air from 9:00 to 11:00 PM ET/PT (recorded for west coast viewing) as it did last year.

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • The Young and the Restless
                  • Days of our Lives
                  • General Hospital
                  • Deadline.com
                  • The Daytime Emmy Awards
                  • The Bold and the Beautiful
                  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
                  • ATI International
                  • David McKenzie
                  • Darryl Cohen


                    'All My Children' On Chopping Block?

                    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — UPDATE 8:28 PM ET: "The piece is just another story in a long line of stories about this same topic," said an ABC rep commenting on Deadline.com's article.

                    PREVIOUS 9:08 AM ET: Talk of ABC canceling one of its daytime dramas in favor of a new talk show has escalated today thanks to Deadline.com reporter Nellie Andreeva, who is reporting that the network may cancel "All My Children" in order to debut a new talk show in the fall according to industry speculation. The information is not new to soap fans who as recent as four weeks ago learned through Daytime Confidential that "affiliates are getting antsy with Oprah leaving the airwaves with no clear cut successor. The decisions ABC will be making will have ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup and yes, the soaps will be affected," according to their sources.

                    According to Andreeva, "with SOAPnet changing its format to the preschool-centered Disney Junior next year, Disney-ABC is clearly scaling back on its commitment to soaps, and the daytime lineup on the broadcast network will probably be next."

                    As in the case of the DC report from last month, an ABC representative reminds us "there's nothing to comment on" and that all discussions of this topic are based on old news that has already been widely reported on, but with some new speculation added in.

                    • All My Children
                    • One Life to Live
                    • General Hospital
                    • Deadline.com
                    • ABC Daytime
                    • Daytime Confidential
                    • Nellie Andreeva








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