(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…
(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…
(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.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 19, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With the Prospect Park era about to begin for “One Life to Live,” the show appears to be in better shape than its sister soap “All My Children.”
“OLTL” fans have reason to be optimistic about the show’s future after it leaves the ABC Daytime line-up in January. Ratings for the show continue to be solid and holding steady above “AMC” and “General Hospital.” Casting wise, the soap is an upswing. Hot on the heels of Roger Howarth‘s return to Llanview, comes word that several others, including Andrea Evans (Tina), John Loprieno (Cord), Kathy Brier (Marcie), Chris Stack (Michael), and possibly Tonja Walker (Alex) are on their way back as well. Rumors are flying that Prospect Park may be focusing more on “OLTL” than “AMC,” something which “One Life” never really experienced under ABC. And four of the show’s leading stars, including grand dame Erika Slezak (Viki), have already agreed to remain with the show when it transitions to the online distribution company in a few months (the others being Kassie DePaiva [Blair], Ted King [Tomas], and Michael Easton [John]).
Meanwhile, “All My Children’s” future seems less certain. Aside from strained negotiations between Prospect Park and “AMC” leading lady Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), there have thus far been no confirmed reports of any members of the show’s cast either being in serious talks with the company or signing on the dotted line to continue with the show. Furthermore, it appears increasingly more apparent that “AMC” may get the same treatment from Prospect Park that “OLTL” has gotten for years now from ABC.
Speculation on the matter was fueled last week by two separate incidents. First, Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva reported that “I hear that Prospect Park may reevaluate its short-term strategy for the two soaps and put its muscle behind the higher-rated ‘OLTL,’ while moving ‘AMC’ to the back burner.” That was followed up by a Soaps.com interview with “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David) who commented that “As far as I know, no, there hasn’t been. I’ve spoken to numerous actors from the show over the last few days and nobody from our show has been in contact with them. Except for Susan [Lucci, Erica], which we all assumed that awhile ago. So, that’s basically it. They’re moving [forward] with ‘One Life to Live’ right now and that’s certainly their right. That’s what they’re doing and for whatever reason that’s how it happened.”
Furthermore, unlike “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” will have a nearly four month gap between the airing of its last episode on ABC and its first episode of Prospect Park. “One Life” on the other hand, is said to be debuting on Prospect Park the Monday after its airs its final ABC episode on Friday, January 13, therefore maintaining the status quo for “OLTL,” while leaving “All My Children” fans in suspense and impatiently waiting for weeks for their show to return.
Personally, I find all of this extremely interesting, especially since there seems to have been a complete role reversal between the two shows. “One Life to Live” has always reminded me of “The Little Engine That Could,” endlessly trying to make its way up the hill to the top of the mountain (i.e. ratings), while all the more powerful engines (or in this case, the better known soap operas) just keep passing them by until one day when the little engine finally made it to the top after years of chanting “I think I can.” In a sense, it is uncharted waters for many “One Life” fans who aren’t used to their show doing so well. It makes me proud of the soap I have grown up watching for more than two decades now.
However, its one thing to get to the top, but it is quite another thing to stay there. And with the show’s writing, production, and directing crews under Prospect Park still up in the air, it leaves me feeling somewhat concerned, especially given the fact that current head writer Ron Carlivati still seems on track to join the writing staff of “General Hospital” once “OLTL” up production of its TV run in November. Granted, Carlivati isn’t exactly daytime’s best scribe considering “OLTL’s” overabundance of useless characters in idiotic storylines (e.g. the Nate/Deanna/Rick porn plot), and treatment of women characters, but he must be doing something right for the show to be climbing in the ratings as it has been. But like him or not, he does bring stability to the show and often draws upon the soap’s rather rich history (even if he usually twists it to fit his own agenda) when penning tales. Throwing in someone new, especially if they are not very familiar with the show could cause problems. The same can be said for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. For several years now, he has managed to keep “OLTL” under budget while running a tight ship. Finding a suitable replacement may prove difficult.
That being said, I think the show is in good hands with Prospect Park, and believe that it will continue to do rather well. Even so, I am well aware of the potential risks involved in moving an established 43-year-old soap opera from a television slot it has held for more than 30 years to the uncharted waters of online-only distribution. If it works, then wonderful, soaps will have found a new way to live on. If it fails, then at least soap fans can say they tried, and “OLTL” and “AMC” will be remembered for going where no other soaps have gone. Either way, it gives new hope for the daytime serial genre, proving that there may still be some life in the old “stories” yet.
Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly guessed the answers to my trivia questions from last time. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers: 1. What current “OLTL” cast member was the youngest soap star ever placed on contract with a daytime drama back in 2001? Answer: Kristen Alderson. 2. In college, what subject did Ted King get his undergraduate degree in and from what school? Answer: Business from UC-Santa Barbara. 3. What foreign language did Erika Slezak grow up speaking before learning English at five-years-old? Answer: German.
Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 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 September 30 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 turns up dead. One man risks his life to save others. An unlikely person is put in jail. And one sister makes a shocking discovery about her sibling.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe!
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Colby tells Maya she needs to make a decision about Lucy sooner than later. She reflects on her and her mother losing baby Stuart. Not wanting to prolong the inevitable and in turn cause the Hubbard’s more pain, Maya makes a difficult decision. Angie supports a grateful Maya when she arrives to take Lucy and move out. Colby asks Liza if Maya can move in with them. Liza runs into a broken Jesse at Ellie’s grave.
Caleb tells Liza he’s interested in her and wonders if the feeling is mutual. He apologizes for his forwardness and blames Asher. Liza gives Caleb the answer he wants.
Colby is delighted when it becomes apparent Asher is still very much interested in a future with her.
Liza tells David she will not defend him in court but offers him some moral support. She hopes that he can eventually become self-aware about the things he’s done. Dixie has a dream about Babe. She believes David has the key to saving JR: Babe. Tad and Dixie arrive at the station to confront David. David tells them there’s no way he would sacrifice his daughter for their son and leaves them hanging. David rages at Tad and Dixie for not defening him against Ryan and Zach. An appalled Dixie sets David straight about his delusions about himself. Angie is determined to make something good come out of everything awful that’s happened and tells Jesse she will get David to spill the truth about Babe.
Tad and Dixie make love.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — During the next week, ABC Daytime will take part in saying goodbye to “All My Children” which has been a part of their line-up since 1970. Following is details on the scheduled events which will include “Good Morning America” dedicating a special segment to the show and “The View” dedicating an entire airing to their former neighbors.
Weeks ago, on Twitter, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant J.R. Martinez (Brot) revealed to fans that Cameron Mathison was taping a special segment of ABC’s “Good Morning America” due to air soon. Today on Twitter, Mathison announced the segment is due to air tomorrow, Thursday, September 15. Look for Mathison to interact with other “AMC” cast members and take fans on a tour through 41-years of Pine Valley history. “Good Morning America” airs on ABC Daytime from 7:00 AM EST to 9:00 AM EST.
On Friday, September 23, “The View” will be co-hosted by daytime drama’s biggest star, “AMC’s” Susan Lucci (Erica), alongside regular co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Scheduled guests include “AMC” creator Agnes Nixon, and current stars Mathison, Debbie Morgan (Angie), Darnell Williams (Jesse) Vincent Irizarry (David), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach). Expect some blasts from the Pine Valley past as well. It has been revealed that one of those blasts will be the on-screen reunion of one of the soaps premier supercouples: Kim Delaney and Laurence Lau’s Greg and Jenny. The tribute episode will include never-before-seen footage, interviews with the cast members who returned to pay tribute to the show and a sneak peek at the finale. “The View” airs on ABC Daytime from 11:00 AM EST to 12:00 PM EST. (Update: 9/19/2011)
As previously reported, Disney which is ABC’s parent company will also air a tribute to “AMC” on cable channel SOAPnet. The tribute consists of re-airings centered around Erica Kane and Pine Valley’s most romantic couples.
“AMC” last airs on the ABC network on Friday, September 23. The daytime drama was licensed by production company Prospect Park earlier this summer and is slated to begin airing on the internet, with new content, in 2012.