Tonja Walker Brings Alex Back to ‘Life’

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s official! Another fan favorite is on her way back to “One Life to Live.” In a message on her Facebook page, Tonja Walker not only confirms that she will be reprising her role of Alex Olanov, but also reveals a few of the characters she will be mingling with when she returns later this fall.

After first breaking the news of her return on the social networking site earlier this month, Walker posted on Tuesday of this week that she was “Getting ready for workout! Power 90…Love it AND then off to ‘One Life to Live.’ What a great day. This is my last day, I think on the show. I am enjoying it very much! Josh Kelly [Cutter] is so terrific, and Farah Fath [Gigi] is as well. Great Times.”

She soon followed up that message, adding “Hey wait! I hand a card to Cutter and say, call me if you need me! Maybe it’s not my last day here? Hey, you never know! BTW it is going to be a snap to watch this on the web. DON’T SWEAT IT! I’m going to suggest today that they start letting viewers know how, so they won’t miss a beat! LOVE YOU ALL!”

Alex was last seen in March when Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) tracked her down on Asa’s tropical island paradise, St. Blaze’s, in their quest to locate David (Tuc Watkins). A first airdate has not been announced.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Each week Entertainment Weekly puts together “The Bullseye,” a gathering of images in which “pop culture news that was right on target” for the week comes together leading to the “events that missed the mark.” For its October 7, 2011 issue, the magazine placed a “Bullseye” on “The Chew’s” Mario Batali.

The caption read “You are no Susan Lucci.”

In addition to the “Chew” piece, the star of primetime soap “Pan Am,” Christina Ricci, received the largest notice from the magazine with the caption “No full-body scans, free food: Finally, flying is fun again.”

“The Bullseye” appears on the last page of every issue of Weekly.

“The Chew” has experienced a ratings downward trend since debuting on Monday, September 26. “All My Children” aired its series finale on Friday, September 23 with some of its highest ratings in more than four years.


My View of Llanview: September 30 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” television run comes to an end, “The Chew” debuts in its place, and “One Life to Live” asks fans to sample Ford’s wiener.

Despite not having regularly watched “AMC” since childhood, I made it a point to watch the show’s final episode on ABC last Friday. And, while I was out of touch with most of the recent storyline (like how or why Dr. David Hayward kept many of Pine Valley’s supposedly deceased people alive for several years), overall I enjoyed watching that episode. And it made me hope and wish that when “OLTL” airs its final episode on the network in January that it would get similar treatment.

However, that optimism came to a screeching halt when I watched the first episode of “One Life” the following Monday on a post-”All My Children” ABC Network. What a major disappointment to see episode begin with Ford in a hot dog food asking bystanders in Angel Square to “sample his wiener.” At first it made me wonder if the writers were trying to be clever by throwing the scene in right after the first episode of “The Chew,” an infamous new show all about food, had just aired. But I seriously don’t believe they are smart enough to do something like that, especially considering that its not the first (or probably the last) time Ford has been seen in that very same hotdog costume.

I suppose those scenes involving a meat packing Ford (ha!) and troubled Buchanan twit Jessica were more likely to appease the pair’s dozen or so fans. Yes, nothing says love like an heiress flirting with the guy who raped her when she was suffering from a mental illness, while he is dressed up as a giant wiener.  And what a nice follow-up by showing a carefree Jessica then jumping rope with three middle school-aged girls. Just warms your heart doesn’t it? I know it does mine. When I watched those scenes all I could think of saying was “well bless her heart.”

But I suppose it can’t compete with the classics like Todd leaving Téa naked out in the cold, and her hitting him in the back of the head with a shovel. Or Victor Jr. (back when he still thought he was Todd) falling in love and sleeping with an amnesiac Marty Saybrooke, the same woman Todd raped years back. Love is many splendored thing, I suppose.

I find refreshing to see just how far “One Life to Live” has come over the years. In 1968, the show was filled with controversial stories such as interracial couples and drug abuse, prominently featured poor and middle class families, and characters representing different ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. Now, forty-three later, we have a man prancing around town in a hotdog outfit, a guy helping his brother’s ex-girlfriend find her long-lost mother by making a porn flick with her, three shirtless brothers frequently hanging out in a sauna, a paranoid idiot receiving notes and “visits” from his dead girlfriend, and a little boy holding a grown woman hostage against a motel room door armed with only a Spiderman costume and a can of silly string. You’ve certainly come a long way Llanview! Stay classy!

However not everything is negative on the show right now. There is still some good on “One Life to Live.”  Cord and Tina are a site for sore eyes and so is doggie David Vickers. I think he is much cuter and smarter than his namesake. Todd (yes the same one I mentioned above) cracks me up. Roger Howarth does rather well with comedic material in my opinion, and the majority of his scenes always put a smile on my face and leave me chuckling a little. And I always enjoy it when Natalie knocks Princess Jessica down a few pegs. I mean it’s not as if she doesn’t deserve it every now and again.

Moving on, no one guessed (either correctly or incorrectly) the answers to the trivia questions from last time. So I’m going to give you a second chance to place your answers.  In case you missed the clues, here there are again: 1. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) appeared on what game show before joining “OLTL” and who was the daytime celebrity (and future co-star) was she paired up with? 2. What two wars did the late Phil Carey (Asa) serve in? 3. What is John-Paul Lavoisier‘s (Rex) real last name? I’ll have the answers in the October 15 edition of My View of Llanview.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. Someone is threatened. One family member extends an olive branch to another. An unlikely couple grows closer. And one man comes up with a new scheme to get what he wants.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…


The Final Cast Shot of the Cast of "All My Children" (Photo: ABC)

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children,” aired its series finale on Friday, September 23, 2011 with its largest weekly audience in over four years (since week of August 20, 2007), its largest single day episode in more than 4 1/2 years (since the May 11, 2007 episode) and tied its highest weekly household rating in four years (since week of September 24, 2007). The canceled ABC soap managed to place second in households for the first time in 16 years (since week of July 10, 1995) and placed second in viewers for the first time in nearly seven years (since week of December 6, 2004).

With an average of nearly 3 million viewers watching the final hours of their favorite Pine Valley citizens before the soap faded to black in a shocking cliffhanger ending, “AMC” pulled off a feat that not many soaps have been able to do, which was go out with a bang. According to Nielsen Media Research data, “All My Children” averaged 3.5 million viewers (3.475 in actuals) for its last episode which was its largest audience since its Friday, May 11, 2007 episode, where it also averaged 3.5 million viewers. In that episode Greenlee (Rebecca Budig Sabine Singh) interrupted Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and Annie’s (Melissa Claire Egan) wedding reception, while Krystal (Bobbie Eakes) took her new-born baby girl Jenny home for the first time and Colby tried to make amends with her father, while JR mourned the death of Dixie (Cady McClain) and Di (Kelli Giddish) learned some shocking news about Ava/Lily (Leven Rambin).

The last time “AMC” averaged a 1.1/7 in Women 18-49 was during the week of March 8, 2010, when 728,000 Women 18-49 viewers were tuned in. By comparison only 689,000 Women 18-49 viewers tuned in for the soaps finale week. The last time “All My Children” received a 2.6 household rating was on Thursday, July 26, 2007, which translated into 3.4 million total viewers. Meanwhile, the last time the soap managed a weekly audience of more than 3 million viewers was the week of August 20, 2007 when the soap averaged 3,020,000 viewers, which at the time was a loss of 120,000 viewers compared to the same week in 2006. The last time “All My Children” averaged a 2.3 in households for a given week was the week of September 24, 2007, the start of the 2007-2008 television season, in which 2.8 million viewers tuned in.

Sixteen years have gone by since we saw numbers like these, but it was also the last time “AMC” was the second most watched daytime soap. During the week of July 10, 1995, “All My Children” ranked second (only beyond “The Young and the Restless”) with a 5.7/18 household rating/share point. The last time the soap was second in total viewers, however, was during the week of December 6, 2004, when the soap averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 2.2/14 in Women 18-49. The week of January 17, 2005 was the last time “AMC” placed second in Women 18-49 viewers when it had a 2.2/12 rating/share and 1.4 million Women 18-49 viewers. During that week the soap averaged 3.9 million total eyeballs. Interestingly enough, “All My Children” took the #1 spot in Women 18-49 and Women 18-49 viewers during the February 2005 Sweeps period. Afterward, the soap never managed to place higher than 3rd in either category until the week of September 19-23, 2011, when it aired its last five episodes out of the more than 10,700 recorded.

What follows is a breakdown of “All My Children’s” final weekly ratings performance since its debut on January 5, 1970:

  • Up 36% over its year-ago performance in Men 18+ viewers (596,000 vs 437,000)
  • Up 35% over its year-ago performance in Households (2.3/7 vs 1.7/6)
  • Up 34% over its year-ago performance in Women 50+ viewers (1,576,000 vs 1,179,000)
  • Up 32% over its year-ago performance in Total Viewers (2,990,000 vs 2,270,000)
  • Up 29% over its year-ago performance in Women 18+ viewers (2,265,000 vs 1,755,000)
  • Up 13% 25% over its year-ago performance in Women 25-54 rating (1.5/9 vs 1.2/9)
  • Up 25% over its year-ago performance in Men 18+ rating (0.5/4 vs 0.4/4)
  • Up 24% over its year-ago performance in Adults 18-49 viewers (929,000 vs 752,000)
  • Up 22% over its year-ago performance in Women 18-49 rating (1.1/7 vs 0.9/7)
  • Up 20% over its year-ago performance in Women 25-54 viewers (919,000 vs 767,000)
  • Up 20% over its year-ago performance in Women 18-49 viewers (689,000 vs 576,000)
  • Up 20% over its year-ago performance in Women 18-34 rating (0.6/4 vs 0.5/4)
  • Up 20% over its year-ago performance in Women 18-34 viewers (217,000 vs 181,000)
  • “All My Children” increased in audience by 717,000 viewers from its Monday, September 19 episode (2,758,000) to its last episode on Friday, September 23 (3,475,000).
  • “All My Children” was daytime’s most watched program in the key sales demographics of Women 18-34 (268,000), Women 18-49 (824,000) and Women 25-54 (1,049,000) on Friday, September 23, the day it aired its series finale.
  • “All My Children” had its biggest week to week gain in total viewers since the week of December 27, 2004, when it gained 521,000 viewers. During the week of September 19, 2011, “AMC” gained 499,000 viewers.

Although ABC canceled “All My Children” along with “One Life to Live” on Thursday, April 14, both soaps were given a renewed sense of life when production company Prospect Park announced on Thursday, July 7 that they would resume production of both soaps as they transition to a new online television network, which was just named earlier this week as The Online Network or TOLN. Soap Opera Network wishes the cast and crew of “All My Children” the best of luck as they transition to the web beginning in January 2012.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Although ABC did not expect “The Chew” to outperform “All My Children” every day nor did they expect it to beat it in the long-run, after all the ultimate goal is to save money by producing a cheaper show, the network should still be a little worried about “Chew’s” performance after three days of ratings data have been released.

According to Nielsen Media Research via TV Media Insights, after three days on the air “The Chew” is averaging a 1.9/6 household rating/share point (the site noted 2.0/6, but it is actually 1.9/6). During the same period a year ago, “All My Children” had a 2.1/7 household rating/share point.

Although not much can be said about a lead-in, especially when broadcast network programming doesn’t typically live or die by the local programming airing on their affiliated stations prior to the start of a broadcast lineup, Marc Berman, TV Media Insight‘s Editor in Chief, noted the following about “The Chew’s” first three days:

Monday 9/26 – Lead-in: 3.0/10, The Chew: 2.1/ 7
Tuesday 9/27 – Lead-in: 2.9/10, The Chew: 1.9/ 6
Wednesday 9/28 – Lead-in: 2.8/ 9, The Chew: 1.8/ 6


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of September 19-23, 2011

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,348,000 (+99,000/-705,000)
2. AMC 2,990,000 (+499,000/+720,000)
3. B&B 2,843,000 (+201,000/-208,000)
4. OLTL 2,778,000 (+110,000/+558,000)
5. GH 2,542,000 (+103,000/+164,000)
6. DAYS 2,311,000 (-11,000/-65,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/-.2)
2. AMC 2.3/7 (+.4/+.6)
3. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/same)
4. OLTL 2.0/7 (same/+.3)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 870,000 (+35,000/-273,000)
2. AMC 689,000 (+157,000/+113,000)
3. GH 669,000 (+9,000/-123,000)
4. OLTL 661,000 (+24,000/-5,000)
5. DAYS 590,000 (+8,000/-82,000)
6. B&B 549,000 (+39,000/-127,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (+.1/-.3)
2. AMC 1.1/7 (+.3/+.2)
3. OLTL 1.0/7 (same/same)
3. GH 1.0/6 (same/-.2)
5. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.1) <—– ties low (3rd straight week)
5. B&B 0.9/5 (+.1/-.1)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 65,000 (+12,000/+30,000)
2. Y&R 32,000 (-5,000/+2,000)
3. GH 29,000 (-4,000/+2,000)
4. AMC 18,000 (-9,000/+5,000)
5. DAYS 12,000 (-10,000/-13,000)
5. B&B 12,000 (-4,000/-10,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/4 (same/-.2)
2. AMC 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (-.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/3 (same/+.1)
6. B&B 0.4/2 (+.1/-.2)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,068,000 (+112,000/-51,000)
2. B&B 672,000 (+92,000/+58,000)
3. AMC 596,000 (+132,000/+159,000)
4. OLTL 554,000 (+29,000/+172,000)
5. DAYS 534,000 (+18,000/+20,000)
6. GH 488,000 (+42,000/+73,000)

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Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

AMC
Monday: 2.1/2,758,000
Tuesday: 2.2/2,913,000
Wednesday: 2.1/2,772,000
Thursday: 2.3/3,031,000
Friday: 2.6/3,475,000

B&B
Monday: 2.0/2,615,000
Tuesday: 2.2/2,906,000
Wednesday: 2.3/2,910,000
Thursday: 2.3/2,902,000
Friday: 2.2/2,881,000

DAYS
Monday: 1,8/2,465,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,123,000
Wednesday: 1.6/2,103,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,342,000
Friday: 1.9/2,524,000

GH
Monday: 1.9/2,630,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,399,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,386,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,607,000
Friday: 2.0/2,689,000

OLTL
Monday: 2.0/2,706,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,767,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,599,000
Thursday: 2.1/2,853,000
Friday: 2.1/2,964,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.4/4,397,000
Tuesday: 3.2/4,384,000
Wednesday: 3.2/4,185,000
Thursday: 3.4/4,623,000
Friday: 3.1/4,148,000

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For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through September 25, 2011

Households
1. Y&R 3.3
2. AMC 2.3
3. B&B 2.2
4. OLTL 2.0
5. GH 1.9
6. DAYS 1.7

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4
2. AMC 1.1
3. GH 1.0
3. OLTL 1.0
5. DAYS 0.9
6. B&B 0.9

 

Ratings Archive

 

Ratings Comparison of Last Four Cancelled Soaps


 

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here is a comparison of the last four cancelled soap operas.

 

Total Viewers Households Women 18-49 Rating Women 18-49 Viewers Final Episode
All My Children

September 19-23, 2011

2,990,000 (+499,000) 2.3/7 (+.4) 1.1/7 (+.3) 689,000 (+157,000) 3,475,000
As The World Turns

September 13-17, 2010

 

2,593,000 (+18,000) 1.9/7 (same) 0.9/6 (same) 610,000 (-10,000) 2,846,000
Guiding Light

September 14-18, 2009

 

2,602,000 (+512,000) 1.9/6 (+.4) 1.0/6 (+.3) 637,000 (+152,000) 2,975,000
Passions

September 3-7, 2007

 

1,645,000 (-22,000) 1.3/4 (same) 1.0/6 (same) 629,000 (-29,000) 1,681,000

Note #1: Comparisons are to the shows penultimate week.

Note #2:  Passions’ numbers are for the final NBC broadcast, not DirectTV.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Earlier today, Soap Opera Digest shocked the soap world when it reported that after five years on “Days of our Lives,” actor James Scott (EJ DiMera) would soon be vacating Salem after a contract dispute with show producers Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television hit a snag, now hours later like sands through the hourglass, Scott’s “DAYS” have changed.

In a statement released by “Days of our Lives,” Scott says “It has always been my wish to continue working with ‘Days of our Lives,’ and in light of recent reassurances given, I am optimistic of my future here at Days!” That reassurance seems to have been helped along by “DAYS” co-executive producer Greg Meng, who co-head writer Marlene McPherson noted on her Twitter page had informed her that despite Digest‘s claims, “they are [still] in negotiations.”

Prior to joining the cast of “Days of our Lives” in 2006, Scott had portrayed the role of Ethan Cambias on ABC’s “All My Children.”


OLTL Recap: Thursday, September 29, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 29, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Blair, Téa, Viki and Jack react to Todd’s escape and the fact that he was abetted by Starr. Todd explains about Irene’s threat. Blair is mad at him for involving Starr. Meanwhile we see the bomb ticking away. Jack is furious about Todd’s escape and surreptitiously calls the cops.

Tina reacts to seeing Todd, then tries to enlist him to fight Victor’s will. She reveals Victor Lord Sr’s ring and Todd recognizes it. Todd fights over the ring with Tina.

Téa tries to get Todd to turn himself in but he runs off to give the ring to Irene, at the docks. Bo arrives with cops, but Todd is already gone. Meanwhile, the dog sniffs out the bomb.

Cord has surprised Clint, and their talk turns to Rex. Cord is upset that Rex is running BE in name only and causing problems. Bo, after discovering the Todd escape and Starr’s involvement, interrupts a heated moment, looking for Todd, and then gets called away. Enter Tina, with Viki.

Shane recalls the night of the murder. Rex finds him in Angel Square and Rex admits to Shane that he’s been seeing Gigi. And in fact, this time she left him a note.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Doggie David Vickers goes missing.
  • Bo makes an explosive discovery.
  • Tina and Cord have a huge fight.

GH Recap: Thursday, September 29, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 29, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Ethan comes face to face with Helena.

Lulu makes a decision. Sonny attacks Johnny when he arrives at the hospital while Olivia asks for the truth. Shawn outsmarts Delores at the warehouse.

Elizabeth looks on lovingly as Lucky sings Aiden a song. Later, Lucky comes clean to Elizabeth that his addiction is taking hold again.

Maxie defends Spinelli when Ronnie makes unnecessary demands.  

On the Next General Hospital

  • Carly and Shawn find themselves working together.
  • Lucky discovers an envelope from Siobhan.
  • Michael’s upset.