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Soap News: ABC Daytime Honcho Feeling the Heat? Genie Francis Spices Up CBS and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 25th 2011 10:45AM
brian_frons_susan_lucci_abc_daytimeWhen ABC's head of daytime television, Brian Frons, canceled 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' in favor of a food program and exercise/diet show, he riled the fans of daytime around the world. That included advertisers, most notably Hoover. Now, according to the New York Post, Frons' decision may cost him his job.

In addition to Hoover, other big-name advertisers like Hershey's and L'Oreal have been hearing from consumers that they should yank their commercials from the ABC soaps to pressure the network into reconsidering the decision. Also, the ladies from 'The View' and Kelly Ripa from 'Live With Regis and Kelly' were reportedly told to stop bemoaning the end of 'AMC' and 'OLTL.'

ABC's spokesperson has denied both assertions, as well as the idea that Frons might be axed for canceling the soaps. However, in recent weeks the Nielsen ratings for 'AMC' and 'OLTL' have risen, which may cause some powers that be at ABC to have second thoughts about Frons' decision. By the way, if you want to protest the cancellations, check out SoapCentral.com's Support Our Soaps Web page for how to let your voice be heard.

Oprah's Address to Soap Fans
Amid all the hubbub about ABC's cancelling 'AMC' and 'OLTL,' some soap fans have turned to Oprah Winfrey to save the day. In response to the deluge on her message boards and the Harpo email boxes being stuffed by soap fans asking Oprah to put the cancelled shows on OWN, Winfrey's cable network, Oprah shared her thoughts. She was sympathetic, but not interested in being a savior.

It seems like a viable idea for her network to take on the shows, especially since OWN is struggling to find and hold its audience. However, speaking like a true television executive, Oprah's address which aired on 'Extra,' was a firm no. Check it out:

Call me crazy, but if Oprah has the kind of clout and cash we know she has, offering a year of 'AMC' and 'OLTL' on OWN to gauge if it was a viable option for the future, makes sense. Oprah would garner acclaim, and even if it cost her company, it would be worth it in PR terms. That's my take ... what do you think?

genie_francis_cbs_the_young_and_the_restlessTake a Look at Genie
In just a few weeks, Genie Francis, the legendary Laura on 'General Hospital,' will make her bow on 'The Young and the Restless' as Genevieve, Cane's mother. The network has seized the opportunity to promote the new addition to the cast with this enticing photo which CBS Daytime tweeted just the other day.

This should be a really interesting storyline development for 'Y&R.' Cane was killed, but actor Daniel Goddard has continued working on the show. It looked like Cane was an angel or a figment of Lily's imagination or perhaps a ghost.

But last week, Lily was able to touch Cane and he left muddy footprints outside their house. If Cane's not really dead, has his mother -- Genie's character -- had a hand in faking his death? Do you see any clues in the photo, like the fact that they're both dressed in black? I'd love to hear your theories.

Bruce Is Back
If you've been watching 'GH,' you know that Bruce Weitz is back as Anthony Zacchara. The character has somehow managed to get himself sprung from prison so he can wreak some new havoc in Port Charles. Watch for Anthony to even make a pass or two at Carly, if you can believe that one!

Weitz, a primetime vet who won an Emmy for 'Hill Street Blues,' spoke with Michael Logan of TV Guide and had some provocative thoughts about daytime acting:

"Everybody should get down on their knees and thank God that they have a job. It's such a blessing to get to go to work these days and if you also have fun, which I do, then that's just icing on the cake. The people at 'GH' are terrific. Really nice. I have yet to meet a prune," he said.

Tamara Alert
Tune in this Tuesday, April 26, for Tamara Braun's return to 'Days of Our Lives.' She won't be Ava Vitali, however; as previously reported, Tamara is taking over the role of Nicole from Natalia Livingston.

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Tony Warda

I agree that frons should get fired for this stunt of his to want to cancel our beloved soaps, AMC and OLTL . He should be ashamed of him self . The soaps have been around for over 40 yrs, and now he wants to take them away from the fans that have made these soaps so popular. Absoluetely no. Fans will keep fighting to save their soaps on tv, where they belong, not on the web. I have stopped watching any stupid pogrmming that abc have to offer as of April.no stupid cooking show wll ever take the place of our beloved soaps, AMC,OLTL and GH. Fans will keep fighting to save them. I hear that alot of soap stars are leaving when their contract is up, that means our beloved soaps can saved on tv,not the web. Please fans keep fightig to save ou r beloved soaps on tv whre they belong.

July 27 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darci Myles

Have you ever heard of a place called "123 Get Samples" on the web, they give out a free samples of major brands to promote their products. I just got mine.

April 26 2011 at 5:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been wondering if Cane's father is paying a look-alike cousin to pretend to be Cane in order to have everyone think she is nuts so he can get his hands on the twins.

April 25 2011 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only show I watch on ABC now is All My Children. I did watch a lot of the shows at nighttime., not any more!

April 25 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rachele Roundtree

Down with Frons------He should be fired!!!!!!! I will not be watching ABC if they cancel the soaps and until they rethink their decision I will be boycotting it! As far as Oprah saving the day she can go suck an egg with Frons!

April 25 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

join the fight-protestabcacrossamerica.com to find out how... We're not letting this one go down...

April 25 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It was most obvious that she was told what to say by ABC! She said the shows have no ratings? WRONG! Her show had high ratings and thats because all of the millions of soap fans that watched AMC/OLTL/GH as we kept the channel on ABC at the end of GH, and watched her show! She has the soaps to thank for her success as they had a huge viewership and was the lead in for her show! I also did not like the way she talked to us in her video message,

April 25 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to basketsbylynda's comment

I agree with you basketsbylynda. I felt Oprah was very condescending and made it quite clear that with her it was all about money. As if she has none. You are exactly right how soaps lead into her program and gave her those ratings. Furious at Fronz and ABC. Huge mistake. I would expect these shows that they are putting on in their time slots will fail miserably, last less than one season and then what? This whole thing is just ridiculous. Keep them on. If they haven't faltered in 25 or 35 years, what's the reason now. Have they not heard of recording them? Watching them on Soapnet. Anybody consider that? Even if you aren't home during the day. a surprising number of people, men and women, watch them at night. Really bad, bad move ABC and Fronz. Big FAIL

May 13 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Totally agree with you! The only reason Opra made it on ABC was the lead in from ALL THREE SOAPS.
Once the soaps are no longer on ABC, I will NOT watch ABC for any show,day or night. I don't care what will be shown. Used to be my favorite station from GMA, SOAPS, and night time shows. I would tape them if I was working or not home. NOT any more. BOO ! to ABC. Made a great show move across the country, upsets families with the move, then cancels the show, and OLTL. Terrible decision ABC ! It will be the end of ABC and Disney!!!!

May 14 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luc Manasso

> However, speaking like a true television executive ...<

A true television executive would know that Nielsen ratings do NOT determine the popularity of a soap. Only the people who watch during that time slot. Oprah's video is in fact infactual.

April 25 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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