On Friday, November 8, Soap Opera Network reported that SOAPnet, now the old way to watch soaps, would cease operation on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 ET. In a piece by the Los Angeles Times, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said, “SOAPnet had a great run.” He added, “It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running.” The affiliates Pyne refers are the cable and satellite operators including DirecTV and Cablevision, et al that have kept the cable network on their channel listings whether a new deal with Disney and the carriers was signed or not.
With “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan confirming that her show (and likely “One Life to Live”) has been canceled after getting word from Prospect Park’s lawyers in the last couple of days, Soap Opera Network once again reached out to Prospect Park to find out if A) Are both shows now officially canceled. B) Is Prospect Park possibly seeking/able to try another reboot down the road. C) How does this cancellation relate to their rights to the shows and D) Do the rights now revert back to ABC.
A representative for the company would only say, “We are not commenting.”
While Prospect Park has yet to confirm the news to the press, “All My Children” star Debbi Morgan (Angela Hubbard) has confirmed that the soap is officially canceled. The actress tweeted, “my manager was given the news by PP’s lawyer,” when asked by a fan whether or not the show was now officially canceled after her previous tweets on Saturday, November 9 all but confirmed the news that the actors were informed by the production company. To make it clear as day to anyone still with hope, Morgan responded to another tweeter and said, “Yea, we’ve been canceled.”
This marks the second time “AMC” has been canceled after producing episodes, but technically the third cancellation overall (if counting the failed 2011 reboot plans).
UPDATE: A Showtime representative tells Soap Opera Network that in the episode Irizarry plays a captain in the investigation of the murders of Javadi’s (Shaun Taub) ex-wife and daughter in law.
PREVIOUS: On the Sunday, November 10 episode of Showtime’s “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes, “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward) guest stars as Captain Lonza. Irizarry’s appearance on “Homeland” is a dream come true of sorts as the actor has been a longtime fan of the series since it premiered in 2011. The actor attended the rooftop premiere of season three in Beverly Hills in late September.
“Homeland” airs Sundays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Showtime.
UPDATE: After our report was published, Morgan added to her statements on Twitter where she said, “I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we’d definitely coming back Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we’d been given! I’m so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what’s in God’s plan. I do know there’s always a bigger picture!” Morgan concluded her tweets with, “Thanks For The Memories…”
PREVIOUS: When word came to light that Prospect Park was getting ready to announce it had decided to not move forward with either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live,” as had been expected (The OnLine Network Announces First Season Finales of ‘AMC’ and ‘OLTL’), fans were gearing up for the worst, but what about the actors? When a fan tweeted to “AMC” star Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), “AMC FB page fans angry, some quitting show and Hulu. Some demanding PP give statement one way or the other. WOW!” the actress responded by saying, “U can imagine how all the cast is feeling being that we’re still in the dark as well…” Morgan’s comments are in direct contrast to her comment on Sunday, October 27, where she sounded more upbeat when she said, “Many R asking when AMC is coming back. Wish I could give a definitive date. All I can give U is what we’re given. The Show ‘Is’ coming back!”
With word that Prospect Park may or may not be in the process of formally announcing plans to not continue with production on “All My Children,” in addition to the previously reported production hiatus for “One Life to Live” and how such a decision may affect the fans who fought so long and hard to get them both back, “OLTL” actress Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) tweeted in defense of the company without knowing what the ultimate decision may end up being (historically the actors know less information than the soap press when it comes to the company and its planning).
In her message to her near 17,000 followers, Strasser tweeted, “ATTN PLZ! In My Opinion: 1) Whatever transpires #ProspectPark #OLTL #AMC I believe #PP BELIEVED & INVESTED in us & deserve RESPECT for that!”
When pressed for comment on any plans for a formal announcement on the future of either soap, a Prospect Park representative stated to Soap Opera Network, “No announcement planned.”
Earlier today TV Guide‘s Michael Logan tweeted, “Is #ProspectPark ‘shelving’ @allmychildren too? I’m hearing big announcement planned for this Friday. @TOLN @onelifetolive.” The possibility of it happening wouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise considering there has been literally no news about the future of either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live” outside of the early September news that due to the ABC/Prospect Park lawsuit over “OLTL,” the company would be forging ahead solely with “AMC.”
Amazon, Inc. announced today the premiere date of “Alpha House,” a new comedy that features former “All My Children” heartthrob Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos) as one of four United States senators-turned-unlikely-roommates renting a house in Washington, D.C. The series, which also stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy, will premiere on Friday, November 15 with the first three of its eleven episode first season being made available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video customers online and via Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Roku, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii and Wii U, as well as other connected devises. In addition to announcing the premiere date for “Alpha House,” Amazon also announced the launch date for its other new comedy, “Betas” – Friday, November 22, which follows four friends as they work to make it rich with a new mobile social networking application.
Yesterday, we at Soap Opera Network published our Halloween feature with the casts of “Days of our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” providing us with some of their favorite past Halloween costumes and their reasons why. After our feature was published The OnLine Network (TOLN) posted their own Halloween feature with the casts of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The TOLN feature asks fans to guess which cast member is wearing what with the answers said to be published later today. To take a spin on who is who and what is what, click here.
There’s a ‘Halo’ of light surrounding the mother of pop sensation, Beyoncé, these days: It seems Tina Knowles is all lit up for former “All My Children” and “Dynasty” actor Richard Lawson!
Knowles showed up at New York City’s Angel Ball Tuesday evening with the actor, who played “Dynasty’s” Nick Kimball from 1986 to 1987 and “AMC’s” Lucas Barnes from 1992 to 1993, on her arm. And according to E! News, Beyoncé’s mom will be partying with the ‘Single Ladies’ no more: She and Lawson are officially dating!
Congratulations, love birds!