“All My Children” will end its network television run in just five weeks on Friday, September 23, 2011. The soap that houses the biggest name in the history of the daytime drama format, Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), debuted on ABC on January 5, 1970. The entertainment industry is set to pay tribute to the show that left its mark on pop culture with several special installments that fans will not want to miss out on.
People Magazine has spent the summer working on a Special Collector’s issue for fans of “AMC.” The issue is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com for a discounted price. The publication date for the issue is September 27, 2011, which means it should be on newsstands as early as the first week of September. The following is a description of the issue provided by the editors of the popular magazine:
A commemoration of the long-running soap opera that ends in September, 2011 after 41 years. With dozens of pages of brand new, exclusive photographs and interviews, the book visits Pine Valley and all the characters that made the show an American institution. Chock full of favorite moments, story lines, and insights from star Susan Lucci, creator Agnes Nixon and many others, it’s a collector’s book that will satisfy millions of fans.
Cameron Mathison will host a one-hour special on the TV Guide Network honoring “AMC” on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 PM EST. Mathison has played Ryan Lavery on the ABC daytime drama since December 1997, save a one year break. Mathison posted on his Twitter page that among other past and present “AMC” stars that he has interviewed Kim Delaney (ex-Jenny Gardner) and Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres) for the special. The handsome actor who will turn 42-years old next week is also a special correspondent for “Extra” and “Good Morning America.” “GMA” which airs every morning on ABC will also be airing a special on “AMC” at an air-date yet to be announced.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, August 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
After making love for the first time, Marissa tells Bianca she feels great about what happened between them.
JR tells Liza he got the custody hearing moved up so Tad and Dixie can’t testify against him. Liza is not pleased when she realizes JR tried to bribe the judge. Keeping his part of the deal, JR tries to make inroads between Colby and Liza. Liza tells JR his plan to bribe the judge backfired. When Colby realizes JR spiked his coffee she calls him a selfish drunk. JR says he’s giving up booze. Marissa gets a call from Caleb alerting her to the judge deciding to give her full custody of AJ in light of JR’s attempt to bribe the court. Her happiness is tempered by her concern for JR and his continued self-destruction.
Cara and David talk about the past and the present. Cara hides when Tad arrives at ConFusion looking for her. David and Tad exchange barbs. David takes Cara to his room and tells her she can stay there. Griffin is upset when Cara doesn’t answer his call. Cara calls back and tells Griffin that she is still in Pine Valley but needs some time alone. David explains his love-hate relationship with Pine Valley. Cara tells David that she likes him. The two end up sharing a passionate kiss.
Zach and Kendall’s conversation returns at the tale end. The pair discuss the private conversation they just had and we see that Kendall is clearly not happy with what apparently has to be done. Outside the room, a concerned Griffin asks Kendall if everything is alright. Kendall makes up an excuse for the reason she’s unsettled and later when Greenlee expresses her concern. When Griffin goes to check on Zach, he asks Griffin if he’s in love with Kendall. Griffin tells him it’s not relevant because Zach is back and Kendall loves him. Zach declares to Ryan, Greenlee and Kendall that his full allegiance is to David afterall he saved his life and brought him back to his family.
Greenlee confides to Kendall about Leo and Gillian. Ryan asks Greenlee what’s bothering her.
On the Next All My Children…
- Cara pulls away from a kiss with David.
- Zach announces big news.
- Tad assures JR that his son loves him.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of August 22, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN
Marissa fills Tad & Dixie in on what JR’s been up to. Will they finally get through to JR on Monday, August 22. JR is on a mission. Dixie and Angie’s confab hits close to home for Maya. Angie gives Maya advice about the baby she gave up and leads her to Tad for help. Bianca tries to tell Erica about her new romance on Wednesday, August 24 … but Erica isn’t very receptive. Brot asks Natalia an important question on Friday, August 26.
The Inside Story: Toy Soldiers
Cara puts the brakes on her and David’s personal connection. Tad is relieved when Cara reveals she is staying in town until she announces the reason why – Project Orpheus! Kendall watches as Zach & David agree to a professional alliance. Kendall is unsettled but agrees to not fight Zach’s decision. Tad tells Jake about Cara & David. Dixie has another troubling flashback to her time with David on Tuesday, August 23. David douses any illusions Zach has about their partnership and then proceeds to push his buttons. Greenlee refuses to let David continue hurting the people she cares about. Dixie is determined to unlock the truth. Cara’s relationship with David agitates Tad. Greenlee tells Cara she’s going to learn who David really is the hard way. Ryan has an emotional encounter with Gillian. David curbs Erica’s threats by once again holding over her head the possibility that he saved somebody close to her. Ryan confronts David about the game he’s playing. Zach realizes David still doesn’t trust him. On Thursday, August 25, Greenlee tells Kendall about the property bid. Kendall admits to Greenlee that something feels off with Zach. Cara tries to convince Griffin to reconsider risking David’s work. Opal insists Erica not allow David’s mind-games to come between her and Jack. Erica flashes back to moments with Mike Roy. David tells Angie that he doesn’t want to rush into her surgery but they may have no choice. Angie questions David about Babe. Griffin & Zach’s meeting becomes heated. Zach orders Griffin to turn over the Project Orpheus medical files he intends to give the FDA.
AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 29, 2011
- Cara grows suspicious after receiving an e-mail from Griffin revealing he’s returned to the field.
- Angie is rocked to the core when the truth finally comes to light.
- Dixie questions if Tad has forgiven her for the decisions she made concerning Kathy.
- A special person delivers a message to Erica from her mother.
- Erica insists Zach tell her what he is hiding concerning David.
“One Life to Live” star Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) had many fans in attendance at last weekends “One Life to Live” Fan Club Weekend Luncheon scratching their heads when she said “I was told by our executive producer [Frank Valentini] yesterday, that on Wednesday [August 10] we tied with ‘Y&R.’” Considering “The Young and the Restless” is daytime’s #1 soap, we thought she may have made a mistake too, but it turns out she wasn’t wrong at all.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With today’s news that Prospect Park has officially begun making offers to actors in hopes of them joining “All My Children” 2.0 in time for its January 2012 debut, it’s only fitting to get an insiders perspective on the innerworkings of a canceled soap opera. Cameron Mathison, who portrays the role of Ryan Lavery on the soap, spoke with Soap Opera Network during the “All My Children” Fan Club Weekend and he shed some light on Prospect Park, being a contributor on “Good Morning America” and even dancing on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“What we’ve learned, and I hope I do this justice, is that network television…big corporation television…have got a certain amount of timeslots allowed. So just because ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are off the air doesn’t mean they that it wasn’t a success, it just means in big business, you know… is there something in there that could made more money. There is only one time slot available,” said Mathison giving some insight into the decision to cancel the two soaps. “It doesn’t mean that ‘All My Children’ was a failure, it just simply means that for big business it wasn’t the best fit,” he continued.
You may be asking your self, “how can two soaps that weren’t ‘the best fit’ for broadcast television turn in a better profit for another company or find any type of success online?” While Mathison may not know the full answer to that question, he does help shed some light for those questioning the difference between an online series and one made available to you free over broadcast channels.
“This entrepreneurial company [Prospect Park], they don’t have the same restrictions that network television has. You can watch the show, any show, whatever you want with different types of advertising. I mean I don’t know the in’s and out’s of it, but I just know far fewer restrictions and I think because of that and because there is a daily production here that it’s a really a good fit. From what I understand, and again I don’t want to pretend I know more than I do, because I really don’t, but I do know that just because it came off the air on ABC it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t doing well. Apparently, they were still making good money, but they could make a lot more.”
For more from Mathison and where he sees his character going as we head into the final weeks of “All My Children,” click on the video below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of August 8-12, 2011
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.
1. Y&R 4,587,000 (-162,000/-448,000)
2. B&B 2,946,000 (-161,000/-358,000)
3. OLTL 2,888,000 (-24,000/+641,000)
4. GH 2,573,000 (+69,000/+25,000)
5. AMC 2,552,000 (+42,000/+94,000)
6. DAYS 2,349,000 (+37,000/-145,000)
1. Y&R 3.3/10 (-.1/-.2)
2. B&B 2.1/6 (-.1/-.2)
2. OLTL 2.1/6 (+.1/+.4) *
4. AMC 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. GH 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
6. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/-.1)
* Last time at 2.1 was December 15-19, 2008
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 875,000 (-116,000/-259,000)
2. GH 753,000 (+18,000/-24,000)
3. OLTL 751,000 (+32,000/+116,000)
4. DAYS 582,000 (+15,000/-149,000)
5. AMC 579,000 (+7,000/-14,000)
6. B&B 558,000 (-100,000/-194,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (-.2/-.4) <—– ties low
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.2) <—– ties low (2nd straight week)
4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
6. B&B 0.8/6 (-.2/-.3) <—– ties low
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 67,000 (-2,000/+6,000)
2. OLTL 51,000 (-4,000/+19,000)
3. GH 42,000 (+13,000/-13,000)
4. DAYS 40,000 (+21,000/+10,000)
5. B&B 37,000 (-15,000/same)
6. AMC 23,000 (-3,000/+6,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. GH 0.7/4 (+.1/-.1)
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (+.1/+.1)
3. Y&R 0.6/4 (-.1/-.5) <—– ties low
4. AMC 0.5/4 (same/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.5/4 (same/-.3)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (same/-.4)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 997,000 (-52,000/-57,000)
2. B&B 593,000 (-53,000/-42,000)
3. OLTL 529,000 (-32,000/+145,000)
4. DAYS 528,000 (+18,000/+16,000)
5. AMC 483,000 (+14,000/+3,000)
6. GH 445,000 (-30,000/-64,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through August 14, 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 1.0
6. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, the cast of “All My Children” have received offers from Prospect Park to return to the series upon re-launch in January 2012, nearly four months after the series completes its ABC run. According to Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva, Prospect Park is offering Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) virtually the same salary she’s currently receiving from ABC.
In her Deadline.com posting, Andreeva states Lucci “is currently mulling the offer. While there will probably be some budget trimming due to the medium switch, it looks like AMC and OLTL‘s’ new producers are stepping up to keep the shows’ biggest stars and fan favorites.AMC and OLTL are scheduled to relaunch online in the first quarter of 2012. Prospect Park is also in talks with cable networks about carving out a traditional TV window.”
Should Prospect secure Lucci, it will mark the first public sign of confidence from an “AMC” actor since news of the deal between Prospect Park and Disney/ABC Television Group was announced on Thursday, July 7. The series has already lost Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) to “The Young and the Restless” and Jacob Young (JR Chandler) to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” although for Morgan she made her deal with the the Sony Pictures Television produced “Y&R” before news of Prospect even came to light. Young announced his post-”AMC” plans on Monday, August 15.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 18, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Dixie and Tad pour out their heart to each other and confess their love. They discuss what their plans for the future means for Cara. Both agree they don’t want to do anything that would put her back in the crossfire Tad was proecting her from. Dixie explains to Kathy that it is going to take time to build their family but if they do this right they will be built to last. Dixie has a disurbing memory about her time with David. David overhears Cara making her airline reservation. Cara and Jake have a heart to heart. Tad reaches out to Cara and implores her to move back into the Martin home. She declines his invitation. Jake later realizes Cara is planning to leave Pine Valley. David finds Cara drowning her sorrows at ConFusion. Jake tells Tad about Cara’s plans.
Zach tells Greenlee to answer his question about Kendall and Griffin. Greenlee tells Zach all Kendall went through while he was gone and how Griffin stood by her. Griffin asks Kendall if Zach has remembered anything about the crash. Kendall learns from Ryan that Ricky is dead and he thinks it’s possible someone is trying to cover up information about the plane crash. Jesse confronts Zach about Ricky’s murder. Zach realizes Jesse thinks there could still be someone out to get [Zach] and his family. Kendall takes note of Zach’s lethal mood change after arriving back at the hospital. She goes off on him when he refuses to tell her what going through his head. Zach agrees to talk to her but warns her she won’t like what he has to say.
Jesse admits he hopes David can help Angie but Ryan feels David doesn’t work miracles for the good of mankind. Ryan turns to Griffin for help with his investigation into David. Reeling from recent events, Griffin wants nothing to do with the drama of Pine Valley. Greenlee confronts David about the games he’s playing. David asks Greenlee if she remembers Gillian. He taunts her about the possibility that Ryan’s true love may be alive. Greenlee does not tell Ryan about her topic of discussion with David.
Jake and Amands discuss her dream and the recent miraculous events in Pine Valley.
On the Next All My Children…
- Cara goes missing!
- Greenlee talks to Kendall about Leo.
- Will JR give up the booze?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) was on today’s edition of WGN Chicago’s “Midday Fix” and while the actor was there to promote his stand-up act and meet and greets while he was in town, one topic that was up for discussion happened to be about Prospect Park and what its plans are with “AMC” and in particular the actors.
As we’ve previously reported on numerous occasions, 2-year-old Prospect Park is set to transition “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the internet after they complete their runs on ABC on September 23, 2011 and January 13, 2012, respectively. One of the things that must be worked out, however, is a deal with talent in front of and behind the camera.
“‘All My Children’ goes off the air on September 23rd, off broadcast television, but moving on with a company called Prospect Park – moving to the internet and hopefully a cable channel and the fans are dying to hear about that,” said Willey.
For those wondering when we’d start hearing about who would be moving to the online version, Willey put some fears to rest when he revealed that “we just got our proposal two nights ago, so we are all looking at it now, but bunches of stuff for people to be brought up to date on, which is why I did these meet and greets before the shows. So many people want to know what is going on and we want to tell them.”
While millions of fans wait for word on what their favorite soaps will look like as the go online, there was still some time for a little fun. Willey joked around with the “Fix” co-hosts when he announced he had T-Shirt’s made up called the “Dead Dogs of Daytime.” Although he didn’t reveal the name of the individual he was referencing to that helped him come up with the concept, he stated “somebody referred to us actors who are in soaps, as these things come to a close, that we were ‘Dead Dogs.’ The phrase of course is ‘Dead Ducks,’ not ‘Dead Dogs,’ but they weren’t even bright enough to know that.”
Willey can be seen tonight at 7:30 PM at Zanies – Old Town; Friday at 8:00 PM at Zanies – St. Charles, Saturday at 7:30 PM at Zanies – St Charles. For more, visit: www.zanies.com or www.waltwilley.com.
If his stand-up act wasn’t enough, Willey can be seen jumping out of a plane during the Chicago Air & Water Show on Sunday, August 21 along with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. For more information, go to explorechicago.org.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of August 22, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS
- Monday: Cara pulls away from a kiss with David. Zach announces big news. Tad assures JR that his son loves him.
- Tuesday: Krystal confides that David teased that Babe could be alive. Greenlee doesn’t want to see Kendall’s marriage destroyed by David. David says Zach must earn his trust.
- Wednesday: Dixie tries to remember what David did to her. Griffin threatens to go to the FDA to testify against David and The Orpheus Project. Erica demands to know who else David has saved.
- Thursday: Ryan confronts David over trying to disrupt his marriage and says nothing will come between him and Greenlee. Cara tries to convince Griffin to see the bigger picture. Zach tells Griffin he is going to open a clinic and wants him to run it.
- Friday: Zach gets in Griffin’s face. Erica flashes back to memories of her and Mike Roy. Brot asks Natalia to marry him!