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Could J.R. Martinez Save 'All My Children?' Creator Agnes Nixon Speaks Out

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 7:35AM
There's been an outcry since the news broke yesterday that Prospect Park has suspended its plan to move cancelled soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Many of the actors involved have taken to Twitter and Facebook to vent, and the unions involved have issued statements saying don't blame us for the failure.

Now the soaps' creator, Agnes Nixon has spoken out, saying there's still plenty more life in the old shows yet. According to 'The Daily Beast' she's even come up with "a compelling plot" starring brand new 'DWTS' champ J.R. Martinez. He played police officer Brot Monroe on the soap for three years until it was cancelled back in April.

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'All My Children' Online: First Cast Members Announced, What Will Susan Lucci Do?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:30AM
Susan LucciThe lights will go dark for the last time in Pine Valley this week as fans bid a tearful farewell to veteran TV soap 'All My Children.'

However, preparations to relaunch 'AMC' as an online series are gathering steam, and it's been announced that some cast members have agreed to stay with the show when it moves to online production.

Prospect Park, the company that's taking over from ABC in producing 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' issued a statement Monday confirming that Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan Lavery, and Lindsay Hartley, who plays Dr. Cara Castillo Martin, have agreed deals to join the company's new production of 'All My Children.'

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Carolyn Hennesy 'Surprised' by Daytime Emmy Nomination

by Michael Maloney, posted May 12th 2010 2:45PM
Carolyn HennesyIt turns out moonlighting can pay off.

Carolyn Hennesy's
been juggling two gigs for the past year -- scene-stealing Barb on 'Cougar Town' and savvy, sexy defense lawyer Diane on 'General Hospital.' The latter has scored her a Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress.

"I still think it's all a dream," Hennesy told TV Squad this morning. "It's all surreal. It hasn't hit me yet. It simply hasn't!"

Hennesy made the list last year -- alas, it was a list of 'overlooked' deserving stars who weren't given a nod. This year, however, the actress' performing peers, who are members of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, got it right. "No one is more surprised than me," continues Hennesy, who gives credit for her nom to the 'GH' scribes who've created such a vibrant character.

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Tuc Watkins Returns to 'One Life to Live'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 24th 2010 4:00PM
tuc_watkins_one_life_to_live_abcOn April 4, we reported that 'One Life to Live' was making a change in the writing department by bringing in Jean Passanante as associate head writer to numero uno scribe Ron Carlivati. That was one step in trying to right the foundering ship that was 'One Life to Live,' and here's another: Actor Tuc Watkins is returning to 'One Life to Live' as David Vickers. Hooray!

This is a great move, especially because unlike Watkins' previous reappearances in the last year or so, this will be a long-term visit. He is going on contract and will be there for at least a few months. That means they can write a good story for David, and that's what they need to do!

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'General Hospital' News: Trouble for Patrick and Robin? Marriage for Johnny and Olivia?

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 16th 2010 5:00PM
Brandon Barash and Jason ThompsonSoap fans that love country music will definitely want to check out Stagecoach in Indio, Calif. on April 24 and 25.

The music festival brings together eclectic versions of country music and your favorite ABC daytime actors, including 'General Hospital's' Brandon Barash (Johnny), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Steve Burton (Jason), Kelly Monaco (Sam); 'All My Children's' Bobbie Eakes; and 'One Life to Live's' Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and many others. (A complete list can be found at SOAPnet.com)

AOL TV got a jump on the game by quizzing Thompson and Barash about their Port Charles alter-egos. Read on to get the dish and click on Stagecoach to get info on attending the music fest

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NBC Renews 'Days of Our Lives'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 20th 2010 11:02AM
days_of_our_lives_logo_hourglass_nbcIf you been keeping track of the daytime ratings, you probably noticed that 'Days of Our Lives' has been on an upswing. NBC noticed. In fact, after a shaky year in which the threat of cancellation hung over their necks like the Sword of Damocles, 'Days of Our Lives' has been renewed for another year.

That means that this November, NBC and 'Days' will be able to celebrate 45 years on the air. In making the announcement, Marc Graboff, Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, said, "'Days of our Lives' continues to be a favorite of the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 45th season. 'Days' has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively."

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'General Hospital' Gets New Credits: A Look at 'GH's' Opening Over the Years

by Michael Maloney, posted Feb 25th 2010 1:00PM
General Hospital credits
The opening credits of 'General Hospital' got a face lift on Feb. 23 in honor of the show's 12,000th episode. 'General Hospital' has joined fellow soaps 'The Young and the Restless' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' in adding the actual names of the actors to the opening credits.

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It's Official: 'All My Children's' David Canary Retires

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2010 9:51PM
david_canary_all_my_children_abcOnly yesterday, the word began circulating that David Canary was leaving 'All My Children,' exiting the soap after 27 years. He was saying goodbye to the dual role of Adam and Stuart Chandler, a part that had been very good to him, earning him five Daytime Emmy awards.

Today, ABC sent out a press release and issued the official story. David Canary was decided to retire from 'All My Children.' He will stop shooting in March, but will still be seen on the show through April 2010. And with David's departure, the character of Adam Chandler will be checking out, too. There will be a power struggle in Chandler Industries caused by his absence, likely with JR, Scott and Annie going at it.

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'All My Children' Stars Are Answering Your Questions

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 8th 2010 1:40PM
All My ChildrenPine Valley, here we come!

'All My Children' celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this month, and now the soap opera's creator, Agnes Nixon, and cast members will answer fan questions in our Outside the Box interview.

Stars Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig and Bobbie Eakes will join Nixon on Tuesday, so now's the time to ask those burning questions for Erica Kane (who doesn't?) and her Pine Valley cohorts.

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Snoop Dogg returning to One Life to Live

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 12th 2009 11:01AM
snoop_dogg_handsThe Dogg is back. That's right, rapper Snoop Dogg is returning to One Life to Live on February 24... and you know what? I'm excited about it. Believe it or not, but when it comes to musicians dropping into a daytime soap, Snoop's was one of the best. You do know that singers often are written into a soap for a song and scene or two, don't you? Well, they do. Oftentimes, however, it's just awkward and unreal.

One Life to Live, on the other hand, does it really well. The last time Snoop was there, back in May, he did a couple of songs and interacted with the cast. The writers made it that Snoop had a past history with Bo, so they could get into it a bit in a funny way. When Snoop returns in February, he and Bo wil mix it up again. The Dogg will also do a song from his new CD, Malice N Wonderland.

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BBC's legendary EastEnders soap goes online

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 8th 2009 10:30AM
Eastenders is going online with a new web soap opera.Think of the most popular American daytime soap. Then, multiply that by a factor of 10. That's the ongoing craze known as the BBC's immortal EastEnders. Premiering in 1985, the working-class melodrama remains one of the U.K.'s highest-rated series.

Now, EastEnders is set to kick off its own web spinoff series next year. According to a Beeb press release, the online BBC Vision Multiplatform commissioned EastEnders: E20 to go live in January, 2010.

In addition to taking advantage of TV's online evolution, the web series will help to celebrated the EastEnders 25th anniversary.

Now, the question is if anyone in Hollywood can catch on to moves like these and adapt more successful U.S. shows into big name web series. Shows like 24 tried brief web dalliances, but nothing this ambitious has yet to take flight from American networks.

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Kelly Ripa Announcement: She's Returning to 'All My Children'!

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 16th 2009 2:28PM
Kelly Ripa Look like she's not all talk. Kelly Ripa, who has always spoken fondly of her time on 'All My Children,' announced today on 'Live With Regis & Kelly' today that she and real-life husband Mark Consuelos are returning to Pine Valley for two episodes early next year.

The couple will reprise their popular roles of Hayley and Mateo Santos on Jan. 4 and 5, 2010 to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Agnes Nixon-created sudser.

Watch Ripa make the announcement on 'Regis & Kelly' after the jump ...

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All My Children and One Life to Live on the move

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 5th 2009 8:02PM
abc_daytime_logoFor nearly a week, ABC denied that there was any truth to the rumor that All My Children was moving to the West Coast. Then yesterday the network just announced the cross-country relocation. ABC Daytime released a statement explaining that this December, All My Children -- which has been produced in New York City for 39 years -- is going to Los Angeles. And One Life to Live, also a New York soap, is getting All My Children's studio. Yes, a hand-me down facility, but just don't think of it that way.

While the move for AMC and OLTL will mean better facilities and more space, what about the casts and crews? Will all the actors on AMC make the move west -- or is this a way to cost cut and drop a few players along the way? Susan Lucci is a given; she'll go west.

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Three-time Emmy winner Rick Hearst jumps to Bold & the Beautiful

by Allison Waldman, posted May 13th 2009 8:02AM
Rick Hearst

You may think the soap world has thrown in the the towel because 72-year-old Guiding Light has been canceled, but think again. Daytime TV is buzzing along as usual, and that includes The Bold & the Beautiful snagging three-time Emmy winner Rick Hearst from General Hospital.

Hearst, who was facing the prospect of a demotion to recurring status (as opposed to a contract player), will return to B&B as Whip Jones, a character he introduced and played for a brief stint in 2002.

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CBS to decide Guiding Light's fate this week

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 30th 2009 5:05PM
guiding logoIt looks the lighthouse may be switched off before the end of 2009. CBS is expected to determine whether or not to renew Guiding Light later this week. All things considered, I think the network is going to call it a day for the 72-year-old soap opera.

The ratings have been lagging and the way Guiding Light is situated around the country – being broadcast in different time slots instead of having a regular fixed time like the rest of the CBS soaps – it's not likely to ever challenge in the Nielsens.

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