“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…
(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
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 17, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Greenlee calls Ryan out on his lie that he’s headed to work and he admits he’s going to find information on David. Jesse breaks the news to Ryan that Ricky Torres was found dead. Greenlee corners David and asks what he did to her.
Zach studies the dynamic between Griffin and Kendall. Zach is reunited with his children.
Cara tells Griffin she is thinking of leaving. Tad admits he and Cara developed feelings for one another and Opal asks if it’s over between them.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Cady McClain returned to “All My Children” during the Tuesday, May 17 broadcast of the soap despite filming her first scenes just seven days prior (May 10). So why did the show rapidly insert her scenes into already taped episodes of the soap? “AMC” was canceled of course! During fan club weekend last month, McClain spoke with Soap Opera Network about her return, what the cancellation news meant for cast and crew, the reunion of Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Dixie Cooney (McClain) and even how she got to wear sweats to work while filming scenes of Dixie laying in bed.
In January 2007, Dixie “died” from “peanut butter and banana pancakes,” according to McClain, but in soap opera reality Dixie is in fact alive and was being held by Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry). “It’s all a big mystery,” the actress explains about her return. “Why is David keeping her there, how did he keep her alive? Who’s going to rescue her? How does she get out?”
As for those long time Tad and Dixie fans, who have waited for the two to finally happily reunite, especially with the show coming to a close on ABC, what does McClain think about Tad’s new wife Cara (Lindsay Hartley)? The actress shared that there is “room for a lot of conflict, a lot of torn heart strings for all the characters involved. No one’s a bad [or] mean person, but their in love you know, Dixie’s in love with Tad, Tad’s in love with Dixie, Tad’s in love with Cara, Cara’s in love with Tad. It’s like a new discovery for them.”
For this and more, check out our exclusive interview with Cady McClain below.
Details are slowly trickling in from Prospect Park, the new production company that will be handling production and distribution of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” once both series complete their runs on ABC.