(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – TV Line revealed today that Susan Lucci has landed a gig on “Army Wives” which airs on the Lifetime cable network. The popular series stars Lucci’s former “All My Children” co-star Kim Delaney. For at least two episodes of the sixth season of the series, which will begin airing in the spring of 2012, the daytime legend will be playing a former Army wife and a new confidante of sorts for Delaney’s character, Claudia.
“Army Wives,” which averaged 3.7 million viewers a week in its fifth season and has earned the distinction of being the number one scripted drama series on cable in the Female 18-49 demographic, debuted in June 2007 on Lifetime with Delaney as its headline star.
The beautiful Delaney played Jenny Gardner, one half of super couple Greg (Laurence Lau) and Jenny, on “AMC” from 1981 to 1984. Despite some ongoing personal issues that have recently put the actress on the news, Delaney has enjoyed a successful prime-time television career with starring roles on series including “NYPD Blue,” “Philly” and “CSI: Miami.” Lucci, of course, is an original cast member or “AMC” which debuted in 1970. Along with the prestigious honor of hosting “Saturday Night Live,” during her career the popular actress has been the commercial spokesperson for brands including Ford automobiles, guest-starred on numerous series and starred on numerous television movies.
Last she touched on the topic, despite prior reports to the contrary, Lucci confided that she was still in ongoing negotiations with production company Prospect Park to bring Erica Kane back to Pine Valley. “AMC” is scheduled to debut online at some point in 2012.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You may be asking yourself why in the world would we be doing a ratings reflection that highlights ABC’s canceled “All My Children” as ranking second in households (amongst all soaps) for the season when the show has already gone off the air with its last episode airing on Friday, September 23 and talk show “The Chew” already replacing the soap in its old timeslot. If I were to tell you that because ABC scheduled the series finale of “AMC” during the first week of the 2011-2012 television season that the soap would remain in the season-to-date rankings until September 2012, would you believe it? You better!
In the latest ratings released on Friday covering the week of October 3-7, 2011 and the season-to-date ratings of September 19 through October 7, 2011, ABC’s “All My Children” jumped from a 2.3 in households based on the previously reported Live+SD ratings to a 2.4 using newly released Live+7 ratings reflecting the soaps final week on television (week of September 19-23, 2011). In Women 18-49, “AMC” jumped from a 1.1 to a 1.2 rating and in Women 18-34 the soap jumped from a 0.6 to a 0.7 rating. The soap is tied for first in Women 18-34 with “Days of our Lives,” “The Price is Right 2,” “The Young and the Restless” and “The View.” “AMC” is second in Women 18-49 for the season just behind “Y&R,” which ranks first with a 1.4. In Women 25-54, “AMC” ranks second again behind “Y&R” with a 1.7 for “AMC” and a 1.8 for “Y&R.” In the original Live+SD numbers “AMC” ranked second with a 1.5, which shows the soap gained .3 when Live+7 was factored in.
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 3.3
– The Young and the Restless (CBS) 3.3
3. The View (ABC) 2.9
4. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 2.8
5. All My Children (ABC) 2.4
6. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 2.2
7. One Life to Live (ABC) 2.0
8. Days of our Lives (NBC) 1.9
– General Hospital (ABC) 1.9
10. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 1.6
11. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 1.6
12. The Talk (CBS) 1.5
– The Chew (ABC) 1.5
|Women 18-49 Rating
1. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 1.4
2. All My Children (ABC) 1.2
3. Days of our Lives (NBC) 1.1
– General Hospital (ABC) 1.1
– The View (ABC) 1.1
6. One Life to Live (ABC) 1.0
7. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 0.9
– The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 0.9
9. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.8
10. The Talk (CBS) 0.7
– The Chew (ABC) 0.7
12. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.6
13. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.5
|Women 18-34 Rating
1. Days of our Lives (NBC) 0.7
– The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 0.7
– The Young and the Restless (CBS) 0.7
– All My Children (ABC) 0.7
– The View (ABC) 0.7
6. General Hospital (ABC) 0.6
– One Life to Live (ABC) 0.6
8. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.5
– The Chew (ABC) 0.5
10. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 0.4
– Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.4
– Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.4
– The Talk (CBS) 0.4
|Girls 12-17 Rating
1. One Life to Live (ABC) 0.4
2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 0.3
3. Days of our Lives (NBC) 0.2
– The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 0.2
– The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 0.2
– All My Children (ABC) 0.2
– General Hospital (ABC) 0.2
8. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.1
– Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.1
– The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.1
– The Talk (CBS) 0.1
– The View (ABC) 0.1
13. The Chew (ABC) 0.0
With “All My Children” no longer a factor in the current daytime climate, for the week of October 3-7, 2011 CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” remained daytime’s most watched soap with 4.2 million viewers watching the daily antics in Genoa City. The soap has lost 15% of its audience (or 765,000 viewers) compared to its performance a year ago (week of October 4-8, 2010). Despite receiving more viewers than any series aired on The CW, including in the rarely reported Adults 18-49 demographic, and remaining the most watched daily serial, the soaps performance would place it in serious danger of cancellation if it were aired in primetime on any of the big four broadcast networks with the exception of maybe a Friday night airing on ABC, FOX or NBC. “The Bold and the Beautiful” by comparison has lost only 8% of its viewership compared to the same point last year (2.9 million vs 3.1 million). Overall CBS has lost 12% of its daytime viewership compared to last year (3.0 million vs 3.4 million). The network is down 8% in households (2.2 vs 2.4) and another 16% in Women 18-49 viewers (530,000 vs 631,000).
ABC is down 5% in households year-to-year (1.9 vs 2.0) and 9% in total viewers (2.5 million vs 2.7 million). The network is down a whopping 24% in both Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers (541,000 vs 712,000 in Women 18-49 viewers; 714,000 vs 941,000 in Women 25-54 viewers) compared to its performance during the same week last year. ABC is down another 28% year-to-year in Women 18-34 viewers (163,000 Vs 225,000). With “All My Children” no longer in the mix, the network is losing ground in every ratings category with “General Hospital” losing as much as 30% or higher in a number of key demographics including a 50% drop in Women 18-34 rating and 51% in Women 18-34 viewers. “One Life to Live” has lost only 17% of its Women 18-34 (rating) audience and just 23% in actuals. “The View” is the sole bright spot for ABC with a gain of 10% in viewers (3.7 million vs 3.4 million) and another 12% gain in households (2.9 vs 2.6) compared to the year-ago.
NBC’s sole program during the daytime hours remains “Days of our Lives,” which is up 5% in viewers year-to-year and either flat or marginally down in most other categories.
*Note: “The Price is Right 1,” “The Price is Right 2″ and “The View” were preempted on Thursday, October 6.
What follows is the Live+SD ratings for the Week of October 3-7, 2011:
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 4,456,000*
2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 4,209,000
3. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 3,878,000*
4. The View (ABC) 3,724,000*
5. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 2,864,000
6. Days of our Lives (NBC) 2,450,000
7. One Life to Live (ABC) 2,418,000
8. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 2,417,000
9. General Hospital (ABC) 2,249,000
10. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 2,099,000
11. The Talk (CBS) 1,834,000
12. The Chew (ABC) 1,778,000
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 3.2/11*
2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 3.1/11
3. The View (ABC) 2.9/10*
4. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 2.7/10*
5. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 2.1/7
6. Days of our Lives (NBC) 1.8/6
– One Life to Live (ABC) 1.8/6
8. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 1.7/6
– General Hospital (ABC) 1.7/5
10. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 1.5/6
11. The Talk (CBS) 1.4/5
– The Chew (ABC) 1.4/5
Women 18-49 Rating
1. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 1.3
2. The View (ABC) 1.1*
3. Days of our Lives (NBC) 1.0
4. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 0.9
– General Hospital (ABC) 0.9
– One Life to Live (ABC) 0.9
7. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 0.8*
– The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.8*
9. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.6
– Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.6
– The Talk (CBS) 0.6
– The Chew (ABC) 0.6
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 808,000
2. The View (ABC) 686,000*
3. Days of our Lives (NBC) 646,000
4. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 598,000
5. General Hospital (ABC) 573,000
6. One Life to Live (ABC) 561,000
7. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 517,000*
8. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 502,000*
9. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 399,000
10. The Talk (CBS) 393,000
11. The Chew (ABC) 373,000
12. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 365,000
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. One Life to Live (ABC) 39,000
2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 36,000
3. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 22,000*
4. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 21,000
– General Hospital (ABC) 21,000
6. Days of our Lives (NBC) 20,000
– The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 20,000*
8. The Talk (CBS) 15,000
9. The View (ABC) 10,000*
– Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 10,000
11. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 9,000
12. The Chew (ABC) 6,000
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings for the week of October 3-7, 2011 have not come out for soap operas as of this writing, but ratings for “The Chew” are! The talk show that replaced “All My Children” in the ABC Daytime lineup is now down to an average of just 1.78 million viewers tuning in for cooking advice according to Marc Berman of TV Media Insights.
For the week of October 3-7, 2011, “The Chew” is down a whopping 322,000 viewers from its already dismal debut week (week of September 26-30, 2011) and an even steeper decline of 650,000 viewers from what “All My Children” had during the comparable week last year.
Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings results from Nielsen Media Research, new ABC daytime talker The Chew dipped from its already lackluster opening week ratings. The Chew averaged 1.78 million viewers for the week of Oct. 3, which was down by 322,000 viewers (or 15 percent) from the 2.10 million it delivered for the week of Sept. 26. Demo losses were 20 percent in women 25-54 (1.0 to 0.8 rating), 14 percent in women 18-49 (0.7 to 0.6) and 20 percent among women 18-34 (0.5 to 0.4).
Check back soon as Soap Opera Network will be posting a full ratings analysis on “The Chew” and its performance compared to “All My Children” and the rest of daytime.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” has cast actor and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” culture expert Jai Rodriguez in as yet-to-be-named role set to begin airing in January 2012, per a tweet by the actor on Thursday, October 13.
Although a “Days of our Lives” representative was unable to reveal the character in which Rodriguez would be portraying nor what storyline he’d be involved in, they did state that Rodriguez “will be on for at least a few episodes.”
Just days before announcing his “DAYS” stint, Rodriguez wrote various messages on his Twitter and Facebook pages. On Sunday, October 9, Rodriguez wrote on his Facebook Fan Page and said “Today I’m gonna hit the gym so I’m nice and pumped for my two auditions tomorrow.” On Wednesday, October 12, Rodriguez tweeted that he got a “call back for major tv show tomorrow. So excited!!!” While it wasn’t clear what show he was referring to at the time, the timing fits as the next day he tweeted “Yay! I booked a great new role on Days of Our Lives!!! I start shooting in one week. Details to come!!”
“Days of our Lives” isn’t Rodriguez’s first foray into daytime as he previously appeared in episodes of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Earlier this year the actor appeared as a drag queen in episodes of NBC’s “Harry’s Law” and ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7.” Rodriguez is an executive producer of the upcoming LOGO series “Bad Sex,” which premieres Friday, November 4 at 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT on LOGO.
Rodriguez begins filming his appearance on “DAYS” next week.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — October 8, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of Soap Opera Network, an online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future.
Soap Opera Network began as an online message board on the then popular ezBoard (now called Yuki) platform by two individuals that wanted to start a more industry based discussion forum for fans of the soap opera genre with the idea that not only could one discuss the comings, the goings or the general news of the day, but have the opportunity to learn more about the names, the faces and the minds of the people that help make daily dramatic serials happen year in and year out. At launch, soap operas “All My Children, “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” “Passions,” “Port Charles,” and “The Young and the Restless” were on the schedules of television networks ABC, CBS and NBC.
In November 2002, Soap Opera Network left ezBoard and became its own .com service.
Thanks to elaborate databases such as a ratings archive (how soaps rated over the years), episode count archive (who appeared in episodes of a soap opera each and every month and year), its end credit archive (who wrote, directed or produced each episode), including a listing of episode writers and directors along with profile pieces on more than 80% of the writers, producers and directors, Soap Opera Network has cornered the market on information surrounding the inner workings of the soap opera format.
Over the course of its ten years, Soap Opera Network has interviewed a number of daytime’s biggest stars and behind the scenes personnel including Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Melody Thomas Scott, Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Sarah Brown, Hillary B. Smith, Robert S. Woods, Ilene Kristen, Ken Corday, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Eden Riegel, Judith Light, Bradley P. Bell, Brian Frons, Maria Arena Bell, Sherri Shepherd, Daniel Goddard, Greg Meng, Marlene McPherson, Darrell Ray Thomas, Nancy Curlee, Melissa Archer, Kristen Alderson, Julie Pinson, Ron Carlivati, Frank Valentini, Linda Dano and many more.
Current Soap Opera Network staff is as follows:
Xavier Toups, Co-Founder
Errol Lewis, Editor in Chief; General Hospital Editor; Days of our Lives Editor
Angela Rosa, Managing Editor; All My Children Editor
Scotty Gore, Managing Editor; One Life to Live Editor
Venus Stone-Cutter, The Young and the Restless Editor
Gehrig Burnett Jr., The Bold and the Beautiful Editor
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Early this afternoon, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that daytime’s number one drama, “The Young and the Restless,” has put another former “All My Children” star on contract to join Genoa City’s ranks. This happens just several weeks after wooing the ABC Daytime drama’s acclaimed and long-time casting director, Judy Blye Wilson. The CBS drama and Wilson have snatched up one of Wilson’s most popular Pine Valley finds, Melissa Claire Egan. Beginning on November 11, Egan will debut in the contract role of mystery woman Chelsea.
Egan debuted in the role of Annie McDermott on “AMC” in July 2006. This 30-year old actress would earn a Daytime Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in 2009 as Annie turned from an all around good girl to Pine Valley’s most psychotic femme fatale. The character was responsible for killing her brother, Richie (Billy Miller), her future lover’s aunt, Di Henry (initially played by Kelly Giddish), and the attempted murders of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Greenlee Smyth (Rebecca Budig). At the end of her initial four-year contract in 2010, the actress agreed to a 6-month extension at “AMC’s” request and stopped airing regularly on the soap by February 2011. Egan returned for a short stint during the summer to help say goodbye to the network run of the soap that gave her her big break.
Before hiring Wilson and Egan, “Y&R” had already built up a long history of picking up former “AMC” actors fresh off their Pine Valley stints including Peter Bergman (Jack), Stacy Haiduk (ex-Patty), Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Debbi Morgan who debuted as Devon’s (Bryton McClure) biological mother, Harmony, earlier today. The cast currently boasts three Blye finds including Miller (Billy), Jeff Branson (Ronan) and the recently fired Eden Riegel (Heather).
Look for Chelsea to play into Billy’s storyline reuniting former co-stars and good pals Egan and Miller.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Prospect Park continues to forge ahead with plans for their new Online Network in preparation of its January launch by signing a new deal with Universal Music Group. As part of deal, music from UMG’s record and publishing companies will be featured in upcoming episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” when the soaps transition to the new online venue early next year.
The agreement will also provide fans with an opportunity to purchase songs used in both shows, as well as access to exclusive online content. According to Prospect Park executives Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, “As we continue to develop programming for our online network, we are taking every facet of production into consideration to create a premium product for our viewers. Previously these programs have not focused on, or had limited contemporary music and artist involvement, and through UMG we can deliver fans from around the world access to some of the world’s most popular music and artists all leading to better production, storylines and program experience.”
In recent years Kwatinetz and UMG have collaborated with “One Life to Live” in episodes featuring Snoop Dogg, One Republic, Mary J. Blige, and Puddle of Mudd.
“This unique arrangement with ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ offers our artists and songwriters a special opportunity for exposure on two of the most iconic soap operas ever. The online network for the programs is an exciting new vehicle for consumers to connect with our artists and their work, and purchase music seamlessly as they hear it on each episode. We look forward to working with Prospect to bring the best music to our shows’ fans,” UMG President & COO, Zach Horowitz stated in a press release.
Prospect Park secured the the rights to “AMC” and “OLTL” from the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group back in July, as part of a multi-year, multi-platform licensing agreement. Both shows are expected to begin airing on The Online Network (TOLN) in mid-January.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Original “One Life to Live” cast member Doris Belack passed away Monday of natural causes in Manhattan. Belack potrayed Anna Wolek Craig on the show from 1968-77. She was 85 years old.
Belack had a lengthy television and film career spanning nearly 50 years. Her first TV appearance was in 1951 in the series “Treasury Men in Action.” Four years later she performed alongside Sidney Poitier on the record “Poetry of the Negro,” which was produced by her husband of 65 years, Philip Rose (who passed away on May 31).
In the early 1960s, Belack appeared in “East Side/West Side,” and later guest starred in two episodes of “The Patty Duke Show.” She joined the cast of the new soap “One Life to Live” when it premiered in July 1968, playing Anna Wolek, a member of daytime’s first Polish-American middle class family. Belack would stay with the show until 1977, at which time the role of Anna was recast with Kathleen Maguire from 1977-78, and Phyllis Behar from 1978-82, when the Anna was written off the show. In 1970, Belack made a guest appearance as Anna on “All My Children.” Other soap roles included “Another World,” “The Edge of Night,” and “The Doctors.”
After leaving “One Life to Live,” Belack appeared in an episode of “Barney Miller” as Fish’s wife Bernice, Libby Levine in the 1977 feature film “Looking Up,” which also starred her former “OLTL” co-star and onscreen sister-in-law Marilyn Chris, ex-Wanda Wolek.
Following roles in TV movies “The Last Tenant,” The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” and “The Black Marble” (again alongside Chris), s”We’re Fighting Back” and “Hanky Panky,” she landed one of her most memorable film roles, playing soap opera producer Rita Marshall in “Tootsie.” Around the same time, she had a starring role on the short-lived CBS comedy series “Baker’s Dozen.”
Through the 1980s, Belack’s career continued to flourish with parts in the films “The Cradle Will Fall,” “Sessions,” “The Hearst and Davis Affair,” “Almost Partners,” “*batteries not included,” “She-Devil,” “Fast Forward,” “Hostage,” “Splash, Too,” and “The Luckiest Man in the World.” She also guest starred in numerous television series, including “Family Ties,” “The Cosby Show,” “Cagney and Lacey,” “Remington Steele,” “The Golden Girls,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Off the Rack,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Mary,” “Emerald Point N.A.S.,” “Hometown,” “The Equalizer,” “Baby Boom,” and “Anything But Love.”
Belack stayed action in television and film even into the 1990s, starring in the short-lived ABC primetime series “Laurie Hill,” and equally brief CBS comedy “Family Album.” She also co-starred as Dr. Catherine Tomsky in the 1991 Bill Murray feature film “What About Bob?,” and as Dr. Roberts in 1994′s “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.” Other film appearances include “Opportunity Knocks,” “Absolute Strangers,” “What’s Your Sign?,” “Krippendorf’s Tribe,” “The Odd Couple II,” and “Fail Safe.” Belack also guest-starred in a number of TV series during the ’90s including “Mathnet,” “Lifestories: Families in Crisis,” “Picket Fences,” “Chicago Hope,” “Ellen,” “Public Morals,” “Prince Street,” “Dellaventura,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Cosby,” and “New York Undercover.”
In 1999, she provided the voices of Mayor Tippi Dink and teacher Ms. Wingo in “Doug’s 1st Movie,” after having voiced the characters throughout the animated series’ television run. Also, between 1990 and 2001, she played Judge Margaret Barry in ten episodes of “Law & Order” and two episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” from 2000-01.
Other TV and film credits include the short film “The Lovers” and the television series “Now & Again,” “Madigan Men,” and “Everwood.” Belack’s last television appearance was in a 2003 episode of “Sex and the City,” and her final film roles were in “Prime” (2005), which starred Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep; “Delirious” (2006 ), starring Steve Buscemi, and “Arranged” (2008).
Belack was also voiced characters in the video games “True Crime: New York City” and “Grand Theft Auto IV,” where she voiced the character of Maureen McReary. And between 1960 and 1990 she appeared on stage in productions of “The Cemetery Club,” “Cheaters,” “The Trip Back Down,” “Bad Habits,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “The Ninety Day Mistress,” “Nathan Weinstein, Mystic, Connecticut,” “The Heroine,” and “Semi-Detached.”
A joint public memorial for both Belack and Rose will be held on Monday, October 17, at Noon ET at the Ambassador Theater in New York City.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Marc Berman of TV Media Insights has been doing an excellent job in reporting the overnight ratings data for ABC’s new daytime talk show “The Chew,” which replaced soap opera “All My Children” in the 1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT timeslot on Monday, September 26. Since the talker debuted it has lost ground compared to “AMC’s” performance at the same point last year in television households. Now more than a week since its debut, Berman has revealed that the show is also losing ground in the all important Women 18-49 sales demographic compared to how “All My Children” had performed as well.
Per TV Media Insights, “The Chew” is averaging a a 0.9 rating/6 share among women 18-49 out of a 0.8/6 from the average ratings of its lead-in programming from the ABC affiliated stations (ie. syndicated fare such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” or local news) after six days on the air (September 26 through October 3, 2011). “All My Children” by comparison averaged a 1.1/7 in the female demo (using October 2010 averages), which was 18% better than how “Chew” is performing so far. In the less important Women 25-54 demographic, “Chew” is averaging a 1.1/7 out of a 1.2/8 from its local lead-in averages. “AMC” averaged a 1.5/9 (again using October 2010 averages). Based on these numbers “Chew” is down 8 percent from its local ABC programming lead-in and 27 percent from how “AMC” performed one year earlier.
Final first week ratings data, including total viewers, for “The Chew” won’t be available until Thursday.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Saturday, October 1, the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met for the final time in 2011, as previously reported. One of the topics of discussion was Prospect Park and its transitioning of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the web in January 2012. While exact details of the meeting are still unknown in that respect, a representative speaks to Soap Opera Network exclusively on where things stand at this time between the actors union and Prospect Park.
It has been nearly three months since Prospect Park announced that they had licensed the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from the Disney/ABC Television Group with the intention of transitioning the soaps to the web beginning in January 2012. Since that time, AFTRA, better known as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union, has been relatively silent on how the transition would be possible, until now. Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that despite a number of actors from both “AMC” and “OLTL” signing on for the 2.0 versions of the soaps, talks between Prospect Park and AFTRA are still ongoing and that a deal between the actors union and the production company has yet to be signed.
Although “One Life to Live’s” Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan), Ted King (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) and “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara Castillo) have already signed on despite no official deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, an AFTRA rep tells Soap Opera Network “we are still in negotiations with Prospect Park. There is no agreement as of yet, but we are in discussion and when there is something final to announce we will announce it.”
Many of you have wondered why more cast members from “One Life to Live” have signed on to the web version of their show, pending a Prospect Park/AFTRA contract agreement, while not as many have signed on from the “All My Children” cast, but the AFTRA rep assures us that “we’ve been keeping the cast members of both shows advised as to the terms of the progress and the status of the discussions with Prospect Park.”
Actors from “All My Children,” which ended its television run on September 23, 2011, are left in limbo in the interim of a deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, leaving many to seek new soap roles (Debbi Morgan, ex-Dr. Angie Hubbard now on “The Young and the Restless”), return to the soap that launched their careers (Jacob Young, ex-JR Chandler returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful”), or just deciding to take a much needed break (Michael E. Knight, ex-Tad Martin).