(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime Confidential reports that long-time “All My Children” casting director Judy Blye Wilson has decided to move on to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” The report indicates that Wilson had hoped to remain on the soap she has spent twenty years casting but the production company that licensed “AMC,” Prospect Park, failed to reach out to her.
Since 1991, Wilson has acted as the casting director for “AMC.” Along with other high-level executives at the soap, that means she has had an influential hand in the hiring of cast members ranging from current A-listers Sarah Michelle Gellar and Josh Duhamel to rising prime-time television and movie stars Micheal B. Jordan, Eva la Rue, Shannon Kane, Kelli Giddish and Leven Rambin. She also played a hand in discovering most of “Y&R’s” current cast – including Billy Miller, Jeff Branson and Eden Riegel (“Y&R” also recently acquired Debbi Morgan who is not a Wilson find) – and that may be part of the reason the number one soap in the U.S.A. extended the award-winning casting director an offer.
Before joining “AMC,” Wilson acted as the casting director of “Ryan’s Hope” from 1981 to 1987 and held the same position at “One Life to Live” from 1988 to 1991. She won three consecutive Daytime Emmy’s for her casting on “AMC” extending from 2001 thru 2004. She has been awarded ten Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America for her casting work on “AMC” (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). She may add another Artios Award to her shelf this November.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Late last week, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” an excited Cameron Mathison (Ryan) announced that the production company that licensed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from ABC this summer, Prospect Park, had started to contact actors from his show to negotiate. Today, Prospect Park revealed to the press that they have come to terms with not only Mathison but his co-star Lindsay Hartley (Cara) to continue with the 41-year old daytime drama online.
Mathison joined the cast of “AMC” in December 1997 as con-artist and resident hunk Ryan Lavery. The Emmy-nominee, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and entertainment show correspondent remained on the show for nearly the entire time since. He took a one year break from July 2002 to July 2003 to try other things. Hartley began her daytime career on NBC Daytime’s “Passions” as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald in 1999. She remained on the show until its cancellation in 2008. In 2009, she joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” as Arianna Hernandez. The actress joined the cast of “AMC” as Dr. Cara Castillo in December 2010 after an early dismissal from “DAYS.” Hartley is married to former “Smallville” star Justin Hartley.
The deals with Mathison, Hartley and “OLTL’s” Erika Slezak (Viki), Michael Easton (John), Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Ted King (Tomas) are not official as can be, yet. Prospect Park and the actor’s union, AFTRA, have to come to official terms before anything can be made official. It appears to be just a matter of time before that happens.
Prospect Park also announced today that they will release “AMC’s” first day of production for the 2012 season in the next few weeks. “AMC” last airs on ABC on Friday, September 23.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, September 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Colby tells a confounded Maya that she believes [Maya] is what is right for Lucy. Liza comes down hard on Maya with a clear objective to send her back to the Hubbard family. Jesse realizes Angie can really see and rejoices with his wife. Jesse takes Angie to see David. Angie thanks a thrilled David for what he’s done for her. Brot and Natalia tells Randi and Frankie they want to keep their wedding low-key considering all the loss the Hubbard family has recently faced. Jesse tells Brot and Natalia that they’re getting married at the loft and reveals that Angie will literally see every minute of it. Maya takes Lucy to Angie after Jesse reveals the good news. Angie sees Lucy for the first time. Jesse, Angie, Frankie, Randi, Natalia, Brot, Maya and Lucy gather together for a family portrait as the audience is treated to flashbacks of the rich history and legacy of the Hubbard family.
Colby reveals to Liza that Maya is going to stay with the Hubbard family … and that Angie regained her sight. Liza is overcome with emotion. Colby is impressed with the changes she sees in her mother.
Liza remains neutral on the topic of David while talking to Cara. After giving it thought, Cara goes to see David in jail. She tells David she does want him to be a part of their child’s life. David and Cara share a kiss.
David insists that Griffin take care of the remaining Project Orpheus patient that he can’t care for now. Although Griffin refuses to give him an answer, David is sure Griffin’s conscience won’t allow him to refuse his request. Cara presses Griffin to do as David asked. Griffin arrives at David’s facility but has second thoughts. He ultimately can’t turn his back on the patient.
JR is convinced David has Babe. Krystal refuses to believe it is true and insists that JR get a grip when he asserts that he and Babe will get AJ back. Marissa shoves her restraining order in JR’s face. JR threatens Marissa and makes it clear that there isn’t a piece of paper that exists that will keep him from his son. Later at the mansion, JR fondles the gun he took from Adam’s belongings as he tearfully stares at a picture of himself, Babe and AJ.
On the Next All My Children…
- Through Thursday, “All My Children” will celebrate the rich history and legacy of one of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. The Kane family will take center stage on Tuesday’s episode. This week, the special guest appearances include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue, David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Teasers for the Week of September 19, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: TEASERS
- Monday (Episode #10709): “All My Children” celebrates the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Special guest appearances include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue, David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins. (Rated: TVPG)
- Tuesday (Episode #10710): “All My Children” celebrates the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Special guest appearances include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue, David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins. (Rated: TVPG V)
- Wednesday (Episode #10711): A look at the history and legacy of the families of Pine Valley. (Rated: TVPG)
- Thursday (Episode #10712): A look at the history and legacy of the families of Pine Valley. (Rated: TVPG)
- Friday (“AMC’s” Final ABC Episode) (Episode #10713): A look at the history and legacy of the families of Pine Valley. (Rated: TVPG)
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, September 16, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Angie is disappointed when the flash of light fades back into darkness. Angie defends David to Jesse. Jesse reels as an emotional Angie describes what she’s feeling after losing the child they loved. The emotional darkness over the Hubbard’s is broken when Angie once again sees a flash of light. This time the flash becomes a clear image of her tearful husband’s face.
David is overjoyed to learn Cara is carrying his child. Cara explains to David that the child she is carrying is her child to raise not his. She elaborates to David that thinks he’s a decent human being and she doesn’t want to keep him from their child. David is thankful to Cara for not believing he’s the monster so many others believe he is.
Dixie explains to an unconvinced JR that she thinks the woman who she shared a room with while recovering was Babe. She explains that she thinks David may have been responsible for her death in an extreme effort to protect Babe from JR and then the tornado hit. After remember David’s actions following Babe’s death, JR confronts David and demands he reveal if he saved Babe. David tells JR there is no way he’d ever let him get his hands on Babe again. David tells Griffin he has to take care of the two patients now since he can’t and passes the shocked doctor a list of their names. JR witnesses the exchange from a distance and takes action.
Kendall becomes agitated when Zach chooses to plop in front of the television with his Red Wings gear instead of spending some quality time getting reacquainted with his wife. Zach presses Kendall to enjoy the game with him. After wrangling his upset wife, Zach reveals the hockey season hasn’t started and suprises a deeply affected Kendall with a video he made of the Slater family. Kendall places a new wedding band on Zach’s finger replacing the one that was lost after the explosion.
Jack leaves Brooke and Erica alone to get reacquainted and its just like old times. Both women admit they’ve missed each other.
On the Next All My Children…
- “All My Children” celebrates the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Special guest appearances include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue, David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After recently signing four of “One Life to Live’s” most prominent cast members, including long-time veteran Erika Slezak (Viki) to continue with the show when it moves to online-only distribution early next year, Prospect Park takes the next step in their commitment to make for a smooth transition for the show. According to Deadline Hollywood, the production company has hired “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini to remain in his current post with the show, along with becoming Vice President of Serial Dramas.
“Frank’s successful track record both creatively and producorially with ‘One Life to Live’ has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network,” states Prospect Park executives Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, whom Valentini will work closely with in his VP capacity to help relauch “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” with the company after each leaves ABC.
Serving as “One Life” Executive Producer since 2006, Valentini is known for running a tight ship and helping keep the show regularly under budget. He has also served as producer, director, stage manager, and music composer for the soap. And in 2010 he directed ABC.com’s “What If…” series, where characters from “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” met one another in a series of short webisodes.
Valentini expressed his excitement in remaining with the show, saying “I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the Executive Producer of ‘One Life to Live.’ As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator Agnes Nixon who has always been generous with her support of our vision of her creation, ABC for affording me an incomparable experience for the past 26 years at ‘One Life to Live’ and the fans with their unwavering passion determined not to let their shows go away. The cast and crew is my family and I am very proud to have this opportunity to continue working with this talented and dedicated team. And finally, I must extend a huge thanks to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park whose pioneering innovation is giving us more life to live.”
With Valentini staying on with “OLTL,” fans may be wondering where this leaves the show’s current Head Writer Ron Carlvati. After it was announced earlier this year that he would be joining the writing staff of “General Hospital” after “OLTL” finishes its network run, and ABC spokesperson would only tell Soap Opera Network last month that plans for Carlivati’s move to “GH” are still in place “as far as [they] know.” You may recall it was announced in September 2010 that both Valentini and Carlivati had been signed to new long-term contracts with ABC for two and three years, respectively.
After wrapping production on its television run in November, “One Life to Live” is scheduled to broadcast its final episode on ABC on Friday, January 13, 2012.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
NOTE: B&B and Y&R did not air on Monday and Friday due to US Open Tennis. All soaps did not air on Monday.
1. Y&R 4,631,000 (+206,000/-486,000)
2. B&B 2,991,000 (+264,000/-260,000)
3. OLTL 2,816,000 (+92,000/+359,000)
4. AMC 2,703,000 (+223,000/+235,000)
5. GH 2,495,000 (+9,000/-247,000)
6. DAYS 2,357,000 (-6,000/-137,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 2.1/7 (+.1/+.3)
4. AMC 2.0/7 (+.2/+.1)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/-.1)
6. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/same)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 916,000 (+85,000/-192,000)
2. GH 729,000 (+1,000/-237,000)
3. OLTL 690,000 (-32,000/-24,000)
4. DAYS 571,000 (-73,000/-135,000)
5. AMC 557,000 (-36,000/-42,000)
6. B&B 552,000 (+20,000/-159,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (+.1/-.3)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.4)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/same)
4. B&B 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low rating
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 58,000 (-12,000/+10,000)
2. OLTL 37,000 (-33,000/-9,000)
3. DAYS 20,000 (+1,000/+3,000)
4. B&B 19,000 (-17,000/-5,000)
5. GH 15,000 (-22,000/-35,000)
6. AMC 13,000 (-15,000/-14,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (+.1/-.3)
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (same/same)
3. AMC 0.6/4 (same/+.1)
3. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.4)
3. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.2)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (+.1/-.3)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,011,000 (-34,000/-174,000)
2. B&B 651,000 (+74,000/-68,000)
3. OLTL 589,000 (+91,000/+145,000)
4. AMC 583,000 (+111,000/+84,000)
5. DAYS 531,000 (+19,000/-18,000)
6. GH 462,000 (+46,000/-33,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through September 11, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Liza reaches out to a self-loathing Jesse at Ellie’s grave. She tells him that if Maya isn’t ready to be a mother to Lucy she’ll encourage her to take a second look at her decision. Tad advises Jesse not to give up on Angie. Jesse assures Tad he won’t. Frankie and Randi run into Lucy and Maya at Krystal’s. Liza finds Maya struggling with taking care of Lucy while attending school and working. Maya drops out of school. Frankie picks Angie up from the station and takes her back to the loft. Angie is shocked as she begins to literally see light again.
Angie reaches out to David on an emotional level and pleads with him to be the good man she knows he is under all the pain and scars. She tells him to stop playing God for fun and reveal who else he has saved because it’s the right thing to do. David is affected. Cara and Griffin discuss her relationship with David. Cara reveals she’s pregnant with David’s baby and has every intention of keeping the child. Griffin advises Cara not to tell David about this development. Cara visits David in jail to say goodbye … and reveals that she is pregnant with his child.
Madison asks Scott for a second chance. The former lovers reunite.
Tad and Dixie enjoy being together again.
Colby asks JR for help in going through their father’s belongings. JR takes out a gun from Adam’s collection. Colby once again calls Adam for help with JR. JR manipulates Dixie. Dixie allows JR to see AJ without supervision. AJ reveals to Dixie that JR has plans to take him out of town. Dixie confronts JR and tells him he’s not going anywhere with or without AJ. She reveals to her son that Baby may be alive. Colby reveals to Scott that Adam is returning to Pine Valley soon.
On the Next All My Children…
- Zach surprises Kendall.
- Julia Barr returns as Brooke English.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When the 15th annual Prism Awards are handed out later this month in Los Angeles, two of daytime’s leading drama series will be honored for recent storylines involving drug abuse and lung cancer. Both “One Life to Live” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will be recognized at this year’s ceremony for the awards, which “honors the creative community for accurate portrayals of substance abuse, addiction and mental health in entertainment programming.”
“One Life to Live” beat out “Days of Our Lives” and sister soap “All My Children” in the category of Daytime Drama Series Storyline. While the “DAYS” storyline submitted was not listed on the official Prism Award website, “AMC” received a nod for its J.R. (Jacob Young) alcoholism storyline. “One Life ” won with its “Paying It Forward” storyline, which featured Cole Thornhart (Brandon Buddy) saving Hannah O’Connor’s (Meghann Fahy) life after she overdosed on pills last fall, and then proceeded to help her kick her drug habit.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” was given the organization’s Inaugural PRISM LUNGevity Award for accurate depictions of lung cancer, in recognition of Stephanie’s (Susan Flannery) battle with the deadly disease. According to a statement, “The new award was created in partnership with LUNGevity Foundation to encourage accurate depictions of lung cancer – its diagnosis, symptoms, effects, and treatment – in movies and television programs. In 2010, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ introduced a continuing storyline dealing with the character of Stephanie who is diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, despite being a non-smoker, and is undergoing treatments.”
The awards will be handed out in a nationally televised ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm ET on FX. The broadcast will then re-air on a number of other cable/satellite networks through Wednesday, September 28, and will be available on Video On-Demand through the end of October. Click here for a complete schedule and listing of winners in other television and film categories.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This morning on “Good Morning America,” commentator and long-time “All My Children” cast-member Cameron Mathison (Ryan) announced that production company Prospect Park has officially started approaching the actors on his show with offers to continue on the new version of the 41-year old daytime drama that ends its run on network television on Friday, September 23. Mathison made it apparent that he is eager to commit to the show in whatever format it takes, but are his co-stars on board?
On the same day, Alicia Minshew, who joined the cast of “AMC” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, reported to the The Hollywood Reporter that she would not be able to commit to a contract run to continue as Erica Kane’s (played by daytime icon Susan Lucci) first-born if that was the only offer placed on the table from Prospect Park. The popular actress, who reportedly turned down an offer to star on one of the four remaining network daytime drama’s as of 2012, is open to remaining with “AMC” on recurring status. Like co-star Chrishelle Stause (Amanda), Minshew wants to spend some time dabbling in the different genres of television.
In the same report, the actress reports that as far as she has heard, at this point, the reports of Lucci declining Prospect Park’s offer to continue with “AMC” are accurate. Lucci, who has remained mum about her status with Prospect Park since the initial reports of negotiations falling out, may speak to the matter herself in the coming days. The superstar is scheduled to appear on “CBS Sunday Morning” on Sunday, September 18 to discuss “AMC” and she will co-host an “AMC” tribute on “The View” on Friday, September 23.