(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Saturday, October 1, the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met for the final time in 2011, as previously reported. One of the topics of discussion was Prospect Park and its transitioning of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the web in January 2012. While exact details of the meeting are still unknown in that respect, a representative speaks to Soap Opera Network exclusively on where things stand at this time between the actors union and Prospect Park.
It has been nearly three months since Prospect Park announced that they had licensed the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from the Disney/ABC Television Group with the intention of transitioning the soaps to the web beginning in January 2012. Since that time, AFTRA, better known as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union, has been relatively silent on how the transition would be possible, until now. Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that despite a number of actors from both “AMC” and “OLTL” signing on for the 2.0 versions of the soaps, talks between Prospect Park and AFTRA are still ongoing and that a deal between the actors union and the production company has yet to be signed.
Although “One Life to Live’s” Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning) and Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan), Ted King (Thomas Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Banks) and “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara Castillo) have already signed on despite no official deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, an AFTRA rep tells Soap Opera Network “we are still in negotiations with Prospect Park. There is no agreement as of yet, but we are in discussion and when there is something final to announce we will announce it.”
Many of you have wondered why more cast members from “One Life to Live” have signed on to the web version of their show, pending a Prospect Park/AFTRA contract agreement, while not as many have signed on from the “All My Children” cast, but the AFTRA rep assures us that “we’ve been keeping the cast members of both shows advised as to the terms of the progress and the status of the discussions with Prospect Park.”
Actors from “All My Children,” which ended its television run on September 23, 2011, are left in limbo in the interim of a deal between AFTRA and Prospect Park, leaving many to seek new soap roles (Debbi Morgan, ex-Dr. Angie Hubbard now on “The Young and the Restless”), return to the soap that launched their careers (Jacob Young, ex-JR Chandler returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful”), or just deciding to take a much needed break (Michael E. Knight, ex-Tad Martin).
Nelson Branco, best known as the writer of the popular Suds Report column for website TV Guide Canada and for his contributions to magazine Hello! Canada is back! This time he’s Uncensored.
With Soap Opera: Uncensored, fans of Branco will notice the same writing style from his Suds Report, which includes an interview, translated comments on daytime moves, a breakdown of what’s happening on each soap and his uber-popular Blind Items.
For just $1.99 per issue, readers will receive 60 pages of news, notes and even an interview from “Venice: The Series” star Crystal Chappell where she explains why her online web soap is recasting roles played by Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer, “One Life to Live”) and Wes Ramsey (ex-Sam Spencer, “Guiding Light”).
Snippet from Chappell Interview…
Despite winning an Emmy for Venice, Chappell still has to deal with the cruel realities of show business. But hey, what’s a soap without cast changes? My boyfriend Eric Martsolf has joined the Sapphic web serial as a recast. The ‘DAYS’ hunk will be replacing Wes Ramsey, who is currently in New York City shooting ‘The Playboy Club.’ “Eric’s wonderful in this,” compliments Chappell. “Eric’s always been supportive of the show. I had to shoot this character with or without Wes, so I sent the script to Eric, and luckily he agreed to do it. It was so much fun to see actors I love and respect in different parts. And you can talk to Eric about this — but this was a part he was born to play!” Also, don’t expect Gina Tognoni back as Sami. “She can’t do it,” sighs Chappell. “So I have to recast the role. I have someone in mind, but I can’t say who.”
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If that wasn’t enough to get you interested, here are this weeks blind items from Soap Opera: Uncensored (as written by Nelson Branco):
—Which boring character is headed back to his old stomping grounds?
—Which super villainess is returning to her old show with a new-ish face?
—Expect some major firings very soon!
—Which despised star is cleaning up his or her a-hole act? But co-stars are dubious.
–Which soap actress in major trouble physically, mentally, and professionally?
—–Which new actor is as “gay as a handbag,” says one co-star, but the acting novice thinks he’s fooling people into thinking he’s straight?
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “The Young and the Restless” during the week of October 3, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Avery pushes Phyllis to bring Lucy to visit Daisy. Daniel’s words become Avery’s ammunition against his mother. Victoria feels it’s time to move on with her life.
The Inside Story: Katherine’s Health Turns Everything on Its Head
The arbitration takes a turn for the worse for Katherine, when Jack testifies on Tucker’s behalf. The judge rules that Jabot will go back to Tucker. After the dust settles, Katherine blasts Jack for betraying her. Her words play on Jack’s guilt. Without warning, Neil catches Katherine as she collapses. She is rushed to the hospital, where word gets back to those in Genoa City, that Katherine has had a stroke. When Tucker tries to go to see Katherine, an angry Neil and Devon prevent him. Tucker does his best to tell her that what he did was merely business. Jill. Meanwhile comes to the hospital to be by Kay’s side. Katherine’s lawyer, Mitchell Sherman arrives, while those around her discuss what Katherine’s views on life support were. Seemingly alone, Jill takes Mitchell aside and questions him regarding Devon’s being in the will. Tucker overhears their conversation and begins to question Jill. She tries to avoid him but he soon figures it out. Tucker heads home, where he calls Sofia. She tells him to tread carefully when it comes to Devon. Sofia’s word make Tucker realize that he doesn’t want history to repeat itself. Meanwhile, as Tucker tries to figure out how Katherine located his son, Devon is blown away by who is biological father is. Meanwhile, Devon’s mother, Yolanda sees his name in the news.
A Closer Look: Billy is Spotted by Cane
When Billy hears the news about Katherine, he leaves the trailer to go to the hospital. He sneaks in and sits beside a comatose Katherine, sharing what has been going on. Cane, meanwhile, is also on his way to the hospital and spots Billy slipping out of her hospital room. Later on, Cane heads to Billy’s trailer, pounding on the door until Billy has no choice but to let him in. Once inside, Cane rip into Billy for not being there when Delia needed him. Billy’s poor attempt at explaining himself clues Cane in to the truth: Billy is the true donor. Billy places Cane is a bad situation when he asks him to keep quiet.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Friday, September 30, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Detective Mauro was pleased with the progress that Ronan was making on the case. He studied one of the pillows that were in Diane’s suite, wondering if it was a clue of some sort. As he was looking at that, a police officer came to him with a torn page from the diary belonging to Diane. Ronan read the torn page and was quick to make his move on the suspect that was listed from what he read.
Phyllis was at the Athletic Club when Ronan arrived. He purposely shared that he was narrowing his list of suspects and that Nick and Ashley were both on the top o the list. Phyllis argued that many people were in the park that night; not just Ashley and Nick. Ronan, however brought up the telephone calls between the two of them the night Diane was murdered. When Phyllis left in a hurry, Ronan was more than pleased to have rattled her.
Nick was upset to get a ransom note in his mailbox, demanding $50, 000. The first person that he called was Ashley. Together, they both believed that Adam was behind the note. Nick expressed being frustrated by the threats and shared that he was more than determined to keep the phone records from coming out. As the two were talking, Phyllis showed up. She told them that she ran into Ronan, who brought their names up in discussion. Before Phyllis could go on with what she was told, Ashley had to leave when she received a phone call from Abby. Nick told Ashley that he would be telling Phyllis everything that had happened. Once alone, Nick told Phyllis everything, including the threat for money. Phyllis offered to help Nick by setting up a meeting with the cash. She would capture the person behind the threats on a recording. Nick was happy that he opened up to Phyllis. The two shared a steamy kiss before Nick left to go get the ransom money.
Abby went to Victoria’s house. She was surprised to see Victor there. She shared the news that she had planned on going to college. Just then, Victor and Abby received an alert on their phones, while Victoria received the same on her laptop. The alert was a headline about Victor and Abby being questioned about Diane’s murder. Victor deduced that it was Ronan’s doing. Victor gave Abby a warning: don’t let the likes of Ronan get to her.
Ronan, meanwhile, met Adam at the Athletic Club with the information about the diary. Adam didn’t know that she had even written about him in a diary. Ronan pulled out the torn diary page and shared the information that Diane had written about him wanting to kill her. Ronan pointed out that it was after his indictment. Adam placed the blame on Ronan, stating that he was doing whatever he could to frame him. Ronan said he either go with him to the police station willingly or he’d drag him down there himself. When they got there, Adam refused to implicate himself. Just at that moment, Victor stormed into the office, demanding to know why Ronan had leaked information to the papers about him and Abby being questioned for Diane’s murder. Victor told Ronan he was not at the park when Diane was killed; Adam piped in that he wasn’t there either. Not backing down, Ronan played the tape of Adam and Victor. He was confident that the tape could do a lot of damage to them both, but Victor said that that tape was recorded without either of their consent. He threatened to sue the police station and stormed out of the police station. Adam attempted to leave but Ronan threatened to arrest him based on the information found in the torn diary page.
Heather’s arrival messed up Ronan’s attempt in making arrest against Adam. She told him that there wasn’t enough for him to go on in order to make the arrest. Ronan, however, felt that Heather was focusing more on protecting Adam. Ronan had no choice but to let Adam leave the police station.
Ashley went to Victoria’s where she met with Abby. She was shown the online headline about Abby and Victor. Victor returned to Victoria’s and told Victoria and Ashley that they were in fact questioned. Abby was scared that the tape of her confession would be found. Ashley learned that Victoria was already aware of the taped confession. Abby admitted that she was there when Ronan opened the lockbox, thinking that the tape would be in there. She shared with the group that Ronan found Diane’s diary in the box instead.
Nick and Phyllis were at the warehouse. Phyllis was hidden with her phone in hand. Nick called out to the person he was to meet, demanding that they show their face before they got their money. Nick and Phyllis both were floored to see Ronan emerge, along with Det. Mauro and a police officer. Ronan took them down to the police station. There at the station, Ronan read Nick the riot act for trying to hide his cell phone information. Nick, however, refused to talk to him without his attorney. It didn’t matter to Ronan. He revealed that Diane’s found diary could have been motive for them both wanting her dead.
Determined to rattle more cages within the Newman/Abbott household, Ronan called Abby. He requested she put him on speaker phone, aware that she was with Victoria, Victor and Ashley. He told Victor that the paper would place an apology to him for putting his questioning in the newspaper. Ronan then shifted the gears and started to ask Abby what Diane had on her. Before Abby could answer, Victoria spoke up for her. During the phone interrogation, Ronan told Victor that it would be in Abby’s best interest to come clean. He also shared about Ashley admitting to have gotten into an argument with Diane, and Victor being at the park that night. He told Victoria that because of that information about her father, it blew her alibi out of the water. When Ronan failed to get them to confess, he hung up the phone. Victor and Ashley both thought that Ronan didn’t have any solid proof on any of them.
Alone together, Victoria told Victor that she saw Victor with Diane the night she died. Meanwhile at the police station, Ronan went back to the pillows that were at the police station. He soon realized that they were clues about each of the suspects. He placed his focus on the ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ pillow. He tagged that to being about Abby. He soon cut open the pillow and found the memory stick inside.
Adam saw Heather at Crimson Lights, where he thanked for getting him out of staying at the police station. Heather, however, corrected him, pointing out that it was based on the lack of evidence. When Adam brought up the thought that the diary could have been forged, Heather threw it in his face that he did the exact same thing to Victor.
Adam set up a meeting with someone. When he got to the warehouse, he called the person out, telling them that they were getting out of hand. He lectured that trying to set him up for Diane’s murder was a big mistake. He went on to bring up the diary entry. The person in hiding wound up a little toy monkey. Adam walked off.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 29, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Ashley wanted to continue her discussion with Tucker about being CEO of Jabot. Tucker was reluctant to agree about her taking on the role, afraid of how it would go for Jack, but she was confident that Jack would want to share the role with her. Unable to hide the truth from her, Tucker confessed his deal he made with Jack. Ashley was upset that Tucker once again held information from him, but softened after her explained the importance of keeping marriage separate from business. She realized that e was trying to get Jabot back for her.
Devon and Abby bumped into one another at Crimson Lights. He asked if she was aware that Tucker was suing Katherine to gain control of Jabot. Abby thought that Tucker took great pleasure in bullying people around. Devon mentioned to her about how Tucker warned him about doing business with Katherine, accusing her of using him just to get even with Tucker. When Tucker arrived, Abby and Devon’s mood changed. Tucker approached Abby, telling her to give Ashley a call regarding the message she left for her. After he was done talking to Abby, Tucker wanted to know from Devon if he took his advice to avoid Katherine. Devon told him he wasn’t about to pass up a great chance to do good for himself. Abby soon took Tucker to task in his quest to take the company away from Katherine, but he pointed out it was business and that he was doing it for Ashley. Abby scoffed, telling him he’s all about himself. When he pointed out that he’s changed, she laughed at him and told him she no longer believed that.
Neil met with Sofia at The Athletic Club. He wanted to know how she and the baby were doing. She mentioned that she was doing well. Their discussion went from baby to business. Neil thought they should work together to get Tucker and Katherine to settle out of court, but Sofia didn’t agree. She was firmly on Tucker’s side. Neil questioned her integrity, pointing out that not too long ago, Tucker fired her and was all set to have charges pressed against her. Things continued to be awkward for them, and Sofia said that their meeting together was a mistake. She opted to go find Malcolm. Neil commented that it would be the best for everyone if the baby was his brother’s. When Neil left, Malcolm showed up, giving Sofia a pregnancy pillow. He too asked how the baby was. She gave him a sonogram picture to see. She lamented how she wished that the two of them were still together. Malcolm, however, wasn’t ready to take steps in their relationship.
Katherine went to Jabot to see Jack. She talked with him about the lawsuit and asked him if she could count on him for his support in court. Jack, however, was hesitant, due to his deal he already made with Tucker. He commented that he didn’t want to be in the middle of her fight with her son. Katherine brought up how she felt that Jack was more of a son to her than Tucker was. When she pleaded with Jack to help her, he started to feel slightly guilty.
Shortly after Katherine left, Ashley showed up to see Jack, making him aware that she knows about his and Tucker’s agreement. Jack was unsure that he could win against Katherine, but Ashley was confident. Meanwhile, Katherine returned home and saw Neil. He told her that he couldn’t get Sofia to help out. Neil was stunned to learn that Jack wouldn’t be helping Katherine. Katherine wasn’t worried about Jack, feeling that he would still come through for her, but Neil felt she was relying too much on Jack, and cautioned her to be careful. The discussion of Sofia and Malcolm made Katherine think on the revelation that Devon was her flesh and blood.
When Katherine arrived at the court house, she received dagger eyes from Tucker. He headed inside the court room and talked to Ashley, who voiced her concerns regarding Jack’s attitude on whether they had a shot or not. Katherine walked in and told Tucker there was still time for him to back out but he refused. Neil arrived and took his place by Katherine, while Sofia did the same with Tucker. It was Jack’s arrival, however, that caught everyone’s attention. Katherine’s hopes were crushed when she saw Jack going over to Tucker’s side, taking a seat beside him.
At the police station, Paul and Ronan were discussing the latest evidence: Victor’s shoes and Diane’s diary. Handing him to pages of the diary, Paul set off to get information from the manager of the store where Victor donated his shoes. Shortly after leaving, Heather arrived. She and Ronan went at one another over their cases: Ronan making a mean comment regarding Sharon’s plea offer, while Heather criticized his lack of getting an arrest in the murder of Diane.
Adam received a call from Ronan, requesting that he meet him at the police station. When he hung up, Heather arrived. He told her he heard about the plea deal that was offered to Sharon. He fished for details about the murder investigation, wonder what Ronan wanted him for. Heather told him that she couldn’t tell him about the case. He told Heather he didn’t kill Diane. Things became awkward, though between the two of them when Adam mentioned the good times between them.
Victor showed up at the police station and went at Ronan regarding Abby. Ronan told Victor that his daughter was in the clear, but he had something to show him. He showed Victor the shoes that he wore at the park that night. Ronan explained how they located the shoes back to a charity store, even showing Victor the receipt. An annoyed Victor pointed out that anyone could have put on the shoes. He went on to say that Adam could be setting him up for a crime he didn’t commit. When Ronan stepped out o the office, Adam soon arrived, facing off with his father.
Adam and Victor went at one another, accusing the other of the crime. Both were unaware that Ronan had a bug planted in his office. As they continued to lay the blame on one another, Ronan got overly confident that he had evidence against both men. His conversation with Paul was interrupted, however, when Heather showed up. Paul told her that they purposely set Victor and Adam up to see what they would reveal. Back in Ronan’s office, Adam questioned Victor on if he ever wondered what it would have been like for them if things had been different between the two of them. Victor chose to ignore the question and soon huffed out of the office. Adam soon departed and locked eyes with Heather. Both Paul and Ronan noticed the tension. Heather insisted that it was nothing going on. Paul pointedly said there had better not have been.
Ronan went into his office, followed by Heather. Looking at his investigation board, he told her that he was confident that big puzzle to the murder was coming together.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Victor met up with Sam at Crimson Lights. Sam told him that Victoria sprained her ankle while at the stables. Victor was thankful that Sam was there and commented that he didn’t want her to be alone. He did, however, make a comment about Billy. When he questioned Sam on whether she heard from Billy, Sam pretty much wanted nothing to do with being involved, telling Victor he’d have to ask her that question on his own.
At the house, Victoria was walking on crutches, when she spotted Keely sniffing at the closet door. Unaware that Billy was inside, she stood by it, wondering what the dog was sniffing at. Before she could open it, she wound up hurting her injured foot. She took a sit on the chair, rubbing Keely’s fur, while Billy quietly peeked out to get a glimpse of his estranged wife.
At the police station, Ronan was frustrated that they couldn’t locate the missing shoes Victor wore at the night of Diane’s murder. He demanded that his team continue to look for them so he could get some evidence to prove that he was in fact there that night. Meanwhile, Abby, who was at the police station, left a message for Ashley, telling her that she was going to talk to Ronan, stressing that her mother wasn’t a murderer. When she made her way for his office, she stopped dead in her tracks when a police officer came back to report that the manager from the Athletic Club called to report the lockbox that she had. Abby started to sweat when Ronan hurried his way out of his office to go to the club to retrieve the box. Abby immediately followed him.
Ashley and Tucker were having lunch together at Gloworm. She showed him the latest product that was making a dent in business. She expressed how the very product she created was doing so well, but she was not even a part of Jabot anymore. She wanted back in the minute Tucker worked his best to get the company back. She asked on how he’d feel in putting her back as CEO of Jabot once he got the company back. Tucker was hesitant to answer, remembering the deal that he already made with Jack. Ashley said that she felt that Jack and she could work side by side again as co-CEOs. Before she could convince Tucker on the idea, he told her he had an important meeting to get to, and headed out.
After getting off of the phone with Tucker to meet up, Jack’s conscience, John Abbott, appeared. Jack instantly guessed that he was going to lecture him for wanting to take Jabot away from Katherine. He listed all of the reasons why he wanted Jabot back. He realized that he’d be jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Katherine, but Jack was tired of the family company being used as a way for Tucker and Katherine to get back at each other. Jack was stunned when John didn’t disagree with what he wanted to do; telling his son not to do things half-assed. When Jack turned his back, still talking to his father, the ghost of John soon disappeared. Jack silently thanked his father.
Sam showed up at Victoria’s house. When he walked in, he started gushing over Keely. Billy, however, misunderstood the affections, thinking that Sam was referring to Victoria. Sam continued to gush over Keely, who soon left him to go back to sniff out Billy. The dog soon sat looking at Billy, who was hiding out in the hallway of the house. Sam asked on how Victoria was feeling, and she hinted at how her injure was keeping her from being able to get things; including a mere soda. Sam took the hint and told her that he’d get her a soda. They soon heard a noise, which Sam went to inspect. When Sam was gone, Billy was able to quickly exit the house.
Neil and Katherine were at her home conducting a business meeting. Devon showed up unannounced, excited about finding a possible building. When he proposed his idea, both Katherine and Neil gave their concerns about buying a building so soon. Devon was initially frustrated, thinking that Neil was shooting down his idea because of his past concerns. After Katherine suggested that Devon talk to her legal team and come back with a proposal, she’d give it more thought. She left to take a phone call, leaving Devon and Neil alone. Devon apologized to his father for thinking that he didn’t have his best interest at heart. Neil accepted and told Devon he did believe in him.
Ashley was furious that Abby once again decided to take matters into her own hands. She voiced it with Victor, who told Ashley he warned Abby to stay away from Ronan. After Ashley left, Victor called his daughter, lecturing her on getting mixed up with Ronan; telling her to leave it to him. Abby saw Ronan leaving the club with the lock box. She quickly shared what she discovered with Victor, who again told her to not get roped into what was going on. When they ended their conversation, Abby was on her way out, when Ronan approached her, questioning why she was so curious about what was in the lock box. He took her with him to the police station.
Billy vented his frustrations to the ghost of John Abbott. He shared how he saw Victoria moving on with someone else. He regretted making that deal with Victor in order to save Delia. John told Billy that he made his decision because he was doing what was best for his daughter. John pointed out that he needed to let go of his past with Victoria, or he would only keep himself miserable. Meanwhile, Victoria wrote another email to Billy.
Tucker and Jack met up in his office. Tucker told Jack that once he got his testimony against Katherine, he would make Jack sole controller of all of Jabot’s operations. Jack, however, said that it wasn’t good enough. He wanted Tucker to give him Jabot the minute the company was back in his hands. Tucker was upset that he was going back on their original agreement, but Jack wasn’t budging, pointing out that if he didn’t agree, he wouldn’t testify. Tucker relented and agreed to what Jack wanted. Ashley soon arrived and questioned if Tucker’s meeting was with Jack. When she questioned what they were up to, both men lied to her. Turning to Tucker, Ashley pointed out a past conversation they had: both of them not keeping things from one another. Meanwhile, back at Katherine’s, Neil and Devon were concerned when she shared that she received a phone call from her lawyer. He told her that Tucker was suing her for Jabot.
At the police station, with Abby present, Ronan had the lock box opened. Inside was a journal that Diane was keeping. Ronan told Abby to stay put until he came back. Abby told him that he could talk to her lawyer and walked out. Going to the board of suspects, Ronan wondered what Diane had over Abby. Minutes later, a cop came into Ronan’s office with the shoes Victor wore on the night of Diane’s murder.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The final meeting of the year for the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) took place today via video conferences in New York and Los Angeles and one of the key topics of discussion effects Prospect Park and television network contracts including those surrounding daytime soaps.
For a complete understanding of what took place and how it affects daytime programming, read the press release below (highlights in bold):
LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (Oct. 1, 2011) — The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 recording artists, broadcasters and actors – met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York, and unanimously voted to authorize the AFTRA Sound Recordings Negotiating Committee to take all actions necessary, up to and including proceeding to a strike authorization vote if needed, to secure an agreement with the major record labels.
Negotiations between AFTRA and representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of their subsidiary labels for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, the Union’s second largest national contract, commenced in New York on Aug. 15, with an additional round of bargaining held in Los Angeles the week of Sept. 12-16. An additional bargaining date has been set for Oct. 5 in an effort to resolve outstanding issues. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth serves as Chief Negotiator for the Union.
The Sound Recordings Code covers singers, royalty and non-royalty artists, as well as announcers, actors, comedians, narrators and sound effects artists who work on recordings in all new and traditional media and all music formats, in addition to audiobooks, comedy albums and cast albums. The Code generates more than $140 million annually in AFTRA-covered earnings and benefits for both major artists and session singers around the country.
Board members also unanimously approved the appointment of the 2011 AFTRA Network Television Code Negotiating Committee. AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will chair the 25-member committee and Hedgpeth will serve as Chief Negotiator for the Union. Negotiations with representatives for the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers are scheduled to commence on Nov. 7 in Los Angeles.
The AFTRA Network Television Code is the Union’s largest national collective bargaining agreement, and generates more than $300 million a year in member earnings. The Network Code covers programming in all television day parts, except for primetime dramatic programs on the networks and the CW. This includes dramas in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest and sports. Current programs covered by this contract include: “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “20/20,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” among many others.
“The Sound Recordings and Network Television Codes are AFTRA’s two largest and most mature contracts, and for more than 50 years, they have each provided thousands of AFTRA members with strong wages and important benefits,” said Hedgpeth. “But the traditional music, news and entertainment industries are changing rapidly, and the current and upcoming negotiations will provide a critical glimpse into the significant challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century and beyond.
“In order to prevail,” Hedgpeth continued, “professional union talent must stand together and organize themselves through their Union so that together they can secure strong contracts.”
Other business discussed at the Board’s final meeting of the year included a report on the One Union process, and a report on current negotiations with Prospect Park regarding the on-line productions of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” slated to commence in late 2011/early 2012.
National Treasurer and Los Angeles member Matthew Kimbrough told the Board that AFTRA has increased its budget for One Union-related expenses by another $115,000 to more than $1.5 million.
In her President’s Report, AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon updated Board members on the progress of One Union discussions with Screen Actors Guild. She observed: “The Labor Movement is facing tremendous challenges all across the country. Union density is declining in both the public and private sectors, and in mature and emerging industries alike. Performers and professionals who work in the entertainment and media industries are not immune from these challenges.
“This is why our work with Screen Actors Guild to build one new union for all of our members is so timely and so important,” continued Reardon. “We are building a bigger, stronger and more expansive union, both in terms of numbers and jurisdiction. The universe of work we cover has changed fundamentally, so this project is not just about our H&R benefits, and not just about two sets of dues. It’s about the industry and the future of the industry and how we stay unionized in the future.”
Phil Denniston, AFTRA National Director of Organizing, advised the Board that the new Organizing Incentive Fund Program, announced at the previous Board meeting in July, is now active and ready to receive applications from Locals. Denniston developed the program to provide AFTRA Locals additional support to continue building organizing programs to increase union density and job opportunities in local markets. A key feature of the program is an annual “matching fund” of $500,000 from the dedicated organizing revenue raised by the 2009 initiation fee increase. The Board today approved an oversight committee of members who will receive, review and approve all applications for matching funds.
Shelby Scott, Union Chair of the Trustees of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds and AFTRA National Vice President, reported on the status of the AFTRA H&R Funds. The AFTRA H&R Trustees are next scheduled to meet in New York City next week.
Reardon was unanimously elected by the Board to serve as a Union representative on the AFTRA H&R Board of Trustees. Reardon replaces Kansas City actor Dean Vivian, who was elected as a Trustee at the May 14 meeting of the Board, but who subsequently had to step down due to work conflicts.
Longtime National Board member Mitchell McGuire has resigned from Board service after more than 20 years of service to AFTRA as New York Local and National Treasurer, and on many committees throughout the union. His resignation was accepted by the members of the National Board with expressions of gratitude for his years of dedicated and exemplary service to AFTRA members.
The National Board convened its meeting in the memory of more than 26 members who died since July, including New York recording artist Nick Ashford, newsperson Eleanor Mondale from the Twin Cities Local, Ernie Johnson, a sportscaster from Atlanta, actress Frances Bay from Los Angeles and actor Cliff Robertson from New York.
The AFTRA National Board will next meet by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 21.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children,” aired its series finale on Friday, September 23, 2011 with its largest weekly audience in over four years (since week of August 20, 2007), its largest single day episode in more than 4 1/2 years (since the May 11, 2007 episode) and tied its highest weekly household rating in four years (since week of September 24, 2007). The canceled ABC soap managed to place second in households for the first time in 16 years (since week of July 10, 1995) and placed second in viewers for the first time in nearly seven years (since week of December 6, 2004).
With an average of nearly 3 million viewers watching the final hours of their favorite Pine Valley citizens before the soap faded to black in a shocking cliffhanger ending, “AMC” pulled off a feat that not many soaps have been able to do, which was go out with a bang. According to Nielsen Media Research data, “All My Children” averaged 3.5 million viewers (3.475 in actuals) for its last episode which was its largest audience since its Friday, May 11, 2007 episode, where it also averaged 3.5 million viewers. In that episode Greenlee (
Rebecca Budig Sabine Singh) interrupted Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and Annie’s (Melissa Claire Egan) wedding reception, while Krystal (Bobbie Eakes) took her new-born baby girl Jenny home for the first time and Colby tried to make amends with her father, while JR mourned the death of Dixie (Cady McClain) and Di (Kelli Giddish) learned some shocking news about Ava/Lily (Leven Rambin).
The last time “AMC” averaged a 1.1/7 in Women 18-49 was during the week of March 8, 2010, when 728,000 Women 18-49 viewers were tuned in. By comparison only 689,000 Women 18-49 viewers tuned in for the soaps finale week. The last time “All My Children” received a 2.6 household rating was on Thursday, July 26, 2007, which translated into 3.4 million total viewers. Meanwhile, the last time the soap managed a weekly audience of more than 3 million viewers was the week of August 20, 2007 when the soap averaged 3,020,000 viewers, which at the time was a loss of 120,000 viewers compared to the same week in 2006. The last time “All My Children” averaged a 2.3 in households for a given week was the week of September 24, 2007, the start of the 2007-2008 television season, in which 2.8 million viewers tuned in.
Sixteen years have gone by since we saw numbers like these, but it was also the last time “AMC” was the second most watched daytime soap. During the week of July 10, 1995, “All My Children” ranked second (only beyond “The Young and the Restless”) with a 5.7/18 household rating/share point. The last time the soap was second in total viewers, however, was during the week of December 6, 2004, when the soap averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 2.2/14 in Women 18-49. The week of January 17, 2005 was the last time “AMC” placed second in Women 18-49 viewers when it had a 2.2/12 rating/share and 1.4 million Women 18-49 viewers. During that week the soap averaged 3.9 million total eyeballs. Interestingly enough, “All My Children” took the #1 spot in Women 18-49 and Women 18-49 viewers during the February 2005 Sweeps period. Afterward, the soap never managed to place higher than 3rd in either category until the week of September 19-23, 2011, when it aired its last five episodes out of the more than 10,700 recorded.
What follows is a breakdown of “All My Children’s” final weekly ratings performance since its debut on January 5, 1970:
Although ABC canceled “All My Children” along with “One Life to Live” on Thursday, April 14, both soaps were given a renewed sense of life when production company Prospect Park announced on Thursday, July 7 that they would resume production of both soaps as they transition to a new online television network, which was just named earlier this week as The Online Network or TOLN. Soap Opera Network wishes the cast and crew of “All My Children” the best of luck as they transition to the web beginning in January 2012.
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Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,348,000 (+99,000/-705,000)
2. AMC 2,990,000 (+499,000/+720,000)
3. B&B 2,843,000 (+201,000/-208,000)
4. OLTL 2,778,000 (+110,000/+558,000)
5. GH 2,542,000 (+103,000/+164,000)
6. DAYS 2,311,000 (-11,000/-65,000)
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/-.2)
2. AMC 2.3/7 (+.4/+.6)
3. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/same)
4. OLTL 2.0/7 (same/+.3)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/same)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 870,000 (+35,000/-273,000)
2. AMC 689,000 (+157,000/+113,000)
3. GH 669,000 (+9,000/-123,000)
4. OLTL 661,000 (+24,000/-5,000)
5. DAYS 590,000 (+8,000/-82,000)
6. B&B 549,000 (+39,000/-127,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (+.1/-.3)
2. AMC 1.1/7 (+.3/+.2)
3. OLTL 1.0/7 (same/same)
3. GH 1.0/6 (same/-.2)
5. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.1) <—– ties low (3rd straight week)
5. B&B 0.9/5 (+.1/-.1)
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 65,000 (+12,000/+30,000)
2. Y&R 32,000 (-5,000/+2,000)
3. GH 29,000 (-4,000/+2,000)
4. AMC 18,000 (-9,000/+5,000)
5. DAYS 12,000 (-10,000/-13,000)
5. B&B 12,000 (-4,000/-10,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/4 (same/-.2)
2. AMC 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)
2. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (-.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/3 (same/+.1)
6. B&B 0.4/2 (+.1/-.2)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,068,000 (+112,000/-51,000)
2. B&B 672,000 (+92,000/+58,000)
3. AMC 596,000 (+132,000/+159,000)
4. OLTL 554,000 (+29,000/+172,000)
5. DAYS 534,000 (+18,000/+20,000)
6. GH 488,000 (+42,000/+73,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through September 25, 2011
1. Y&R 3.3
2. AMC 2.3
3. B&B 2.2
4. OLTL 2.0
5. GH 1.9
6. DAYS 1.7
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4
2. AMC 1.1
3. GH 1.0
3. OLTL 1.0
5. DAYS 0.9
6. B&B 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 27, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Cane stressed the importance to Ronan of taking down his father with the information that he’s given him. Ronan told Cane that it would take time, and that he would need professional experts to help break the codes. Cane said this was the best opportunity to catch his father in all the illegal activities he’s been doing. Meanwhile, Colin snuck up on Lily, who was in the park playing with the twins. She took him to task on his being there, despite the restraining order she took out on him. Colin said it was mere accident running into her.
Gloria was disappointed when nobody seemed to care that she was missing. When Jill walked up on the conversation, she teased her too, until Gloria took a jab at her. She hit a sore spot when she asked Jill if she heard anything from Billy. Meanwhile, Billy ruefully laughed when Michael walked into the trailer with groceries for him. Michael lectured him for sneaking out of his own place. Billy, however, had a question for him: who the hell was Sam, and what relationship did he have with Victoria.
Victoria was hobbling on her injured ankle, when Sam told her to take a seat. As he was tending to her, he flashed back to his taking care of Sharon when she injured herself back at his farm. Sam told her that he thought she should go have it checked out. Victoria admitted to Sam that she was having a hard time forgetting about Billy.
Noah visited Sharon in jail. He wanted Sharon to go back and accept the deal that the DA offered her. Sharon didn’t want to do a ‘no contest’ because she wasn’t going to admit guilt to anything that she didn’t do. Noah, however, pointed out that she would be missing out on so much in their lives if she were in jail. Noah told her that Michael would be stopping by to see her; just give it some thought.
Neil stopped by to see Victoria. Sam got his ‘vote’ in agreeing that Victoria needed to see a doctor for her sprained ankle. Alone together, the topic about Billy came into play. Neil admitted that he thought about Drucilla from time to time. He admitted that he missed the old Victoria he used to know; the one that set her mind to something and made them happen. Victoria admitted to missing the old her too.
Michael told Billy he wasn’t interested in talking about Sam Gibson. Billy let it slip that he was near the house and Michael immediately lectured him on the risks that he was creating for himself. He told Billy that they were all putting their relationships on the line to help him out. He told Billy that once Delia was well, he would be leaving town anyway. He questioned what he wanted from Victoria. When Michael left, Billy snuck out of the trailer to head over to Victoria’s.
At the prison, Sharon asks Michael if he thought she made a mistake not taking the deal from the DA. Michael told her that he believed that she might have. He told her, putting himself in her shoes, it would be hard to be apart with his family for 28 years. Sharon believed that Avery could win the case. Sharon said she needed some time to think. Sam showed up and she shared with him on Noah’s visit.
At the park, Colin again apologized to Lily for startling her. Cane soon arrived and told his father to leave Lily alone. Colin soon left the park, leaving a nervous Lily to fall into Cane’s arms. She was thankful that Cane showed up when he did. She was on her way to do an errand, but asked Cane if he wanted to join them.
At the hospital, the doctor gave Victoria a prescription for some medication to take for her sprained ankle. He asked her about Reed. She told him that he was doing fine. Victoria’s curiosity got the better of her when he mentioned seeing Billy at the hospital twice within 24 hours. In the meantime, back at Victoria’s house, Billy snuck in. He soon was approached by Keely, Victoria’s new dog.
Colin was with Jill at Gloworm, when she got a call about work. She dashed off, but promised to come back to see him in a bit. After she left, Gloria started to ask Colin if Jill had ever seen him get really angry before. An un-amused Colin refused to talk further with her. Gloria still pressed to know what he was looking for while they were in the wine cellar. He again refused to talk. Gloria received a phone call from Ronan, wanting to speak to her. She excused herself and headed out; leaving Colin wondering what she was up to.
Victoria headed over to Billy’s trailer, peering inside. Back at her place, Billy made nice with Keely, but was found out, when a girl scout came to the door, wanting to sell cookies. When she left, Billy was set to leave, but was forced to hide in the closet when Victoria returned home.
Cane and Lily went to the dance studio to see Madame, Drucilla’s former dance teacher. She wasn’t aware that Cane and Lily were now divorced. Lily admitted to keeping her out of the loop. Neil arrived, after getting a message from the nanny on where she was. Neil questioned what was going on between her and Cane. He soon told Lily that he realized that he wasn’t giving her enough credit on how to handle her life. He told her to do what made her happy.
At the police station, Gloria wanted to know why Ronan was more concerned about Colin’s past, rather than who locked them in the wine cellar. Colin, on the other hand, wanted whoever he was talking to on his cell phone to take care of the ‘Gloria Bardwell’ problem.
Noah was upset when Sharon told him that she wasn’t taking the deal from the DA. Noah assumed that Sam talked her out of taking the deal, but Sharon said that she did her own thinking and she made the decision on her own. She believed she was doing what was right and best for her family. Sharon believed that she would be cleared of all charges. Noah, however, wasn’t so sure.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…