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A Farewell (For Now) To 'All My Children'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 23rd 2011 2:30PM
All My ChildrenThe 'All My Children' scrapbook is closing. After a 41-year run, the series will broadcast its final episode today on ABC.

Created by Agnes Nixon, the serial debuted on January 5, 1970 and, from the beginning, blended social issues with a diverse cast of multi-generational characters set in the fictional town of Pine Valley.

Late soap opera historian Christopher Schemering called Nixon in 1988 "the most respected and influential writer in daytime drama" and wrote that 'AMC' was a "winning mixture of socially oriented drama, young love and drawing room comedy."

Nixon had actually written the bible for 'AMC' back in the '60s, but the show wasn't picked up until years later.

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'All My Children' Drama: Susan Lucci Blasts ABC Exec for Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 3rd 2011 4:00PM
All My Children, Susan LucciWith only three weeks of 'All My Children' left to go in the soap opera's legendary 41-year run, the show's stars are finally starting to speak out. Susan Lucci blasts ABC daytime exec Brian Frons in an epilogue to the upcoming paperback edition of her book, 'All My Life,' saying "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."

According to the New York Post, which obtained text from the epilogue, Lucci's criticisms weren't limited to Frons' business decisions -- she also says that Frons appeared "self-congratulatory" when he informed the 'AMC' cast of the decision to cancel the long-running soap, and that he "has what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance. I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times."

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'All My Children' Creator Agnes Nixon to Guest on the Canceled Soap This Fall

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 8th 2011 3:45PM
Agnes NixonWith many 'All My Children' alumni returning to the show for a final cameo before the long-running soap ends its 41-year run this September, it only makes sense that 'AMC' creator Agnes Nixon would get in on the nostalgia.

ABC announced today that Nixon will cameo on the soap as Agnes Eckhart, one of Pine Valley Hospital's long-standing board members, beginning Aug. 31. Nixon first appeared as Eckhart in 2005 to commemorate the show's 35th anniversary, and won a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys in 2010.

According to ABC, Agnes will be admitted to Pine Valley and treated by Cara and David. Naturally, she'll also encounter Erica Kane, and will reportedly have "a profound effect on all of the characters she interacts with that [will change] the course of their lives."

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'All My Children' Gets September 23 Finale

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 30th 2011 1:40PM
Susan LucciFriday, Sept. 23 will go down in history for soap fans, but maybe not for the right reasons -- that's the day 'All My Children' will end its historic run. ABC has confirmed the finale date.

Better start saying your goodbyes to Erica Kane and the rest of Pine Valley because food and lifestyle program 'The Chew,' ABC's replacement for 'All My Children,' will debut the following Monday, Sept. 26.

Former 'All My Children' stars have been coming out of the woodwork to return to the series. So far, these actors and actresses have been confirmed by ABC as returning to the series one last time: Carol Burnett, Josh Duhamel, Eva La Rue, Thorsten Kaye, Kate Collins, Jennifer Bassey, Melissa Claire Egan and Leven Rambin.

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Why Were 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Canceled?

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 15th 2011 2:00PM
Michael BrunoCombined, 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' cover more than 80 years of television and boast legions of fans, but that didn't stop ABC from announcing yesterday that the two Agnes Nixon–created soap operas will be leaving the airwaves. 'AMC' will exit in September, and 'OLTL' will air its final episode next January.

It's impossible to imagine daytime TV without Erica, Tad, Viki, Dorian and Bo, but that's exactly what we're going to have to get used to.

Why are these beloved programs leaving us? AOL TV spoke to daytime talent manager Michael Bruno, known for his Simon Cowell–esque comments as a judge on the defunct SOAPnet reality series 'I Wanna Be a Soap Star,' for some insight.

Bruno, who put stars Rebecca Budig and Bobbie Eakes on 'AMC' and currently represents Ricky Paull Goldin ('AMC') and Austin Peck ('OLTL), speaks candidly about what this loss is going to mean to the fans and to the people who work on these programs.

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What Makes a Woman Sexy? ABC's Hot Men of Daytime Tell All

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 15th 2010 5:20PM
Brandon BarashLess is more, ladies. Toss out that make-up, accentuate those curves and be yourself -- that's what makes a woman sexy, in the eyes of the hot hunks of ABC's soap operas.

We asked daytime hotties Trent Garrett (Asher) and Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin) from 'All My Children'; David Fumero (Cristian), David Gregory (Robert) and John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) from 'One Life to Live'; and Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Chad Duell (Michael) from 'General Hospital' what they think makes a woman sexy.

See what they had to say in this exclusive video interview.

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Kelly Cutrone Joining Daytime Talk Show

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 27th 2010 2:35PM
Kelly CutroneKelly Cutrone, the brusque fashion publicist from 'The Hills' and 'The City, is joining 'The Talk.'

A source close to CBS told PopEater that Cutrone will chat about motherhood and parenting with co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Cutrone was famous for dispensing forthright, no-nonsense advice to reality stars Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port when they worked for her at People's Revolution.

Cutrone, a single mother raising her 9-year-old daughter Ava, will reportedly appear on 10 episodes of the talk show starting later this year.

"She's a mother who knows how to tell it like it is and speak her mind," the insider told PopEater. "She's exactly what the program needs."

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'The Jerry Springer Show': The 20 Wildest Moments From 20 Years

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 27th 2010 2:10PM
Jerry Springer
TV Guide voted it the "Worst TV Show Ever." The show's own tagline was once, "An hour of your life you'll never get back." Whatever description you want to slap on 'The Jerry Springer Show,' you can't deny that the guy, and the scummy, scummy show, has longevity. And, if we're all being honest, we have to admit we've chuckled at an episode or two.

Today's 'Springer Takes Times Square' installment (check local listings for time and channel) of the daytime series finds Jerry -- and a round-up of celebs that includes Kathy Griffin, Perez Hilton, Maury Povich, the women of 'The View' and Rachael Ray -- celebrating 20 years on the air ... 20 freakin' years.

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Oprah Winfrey's Australia Trip Costing Taxpayers Down Under $3 Million

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 14th 2010 7:00PM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey announced this week that she's taking a plane full of fans on a trip to Australia, where she'll be taping several episodes of her talk show and shuttling her guests to various sights.

The total cost of the trip is unknown, but Australian taxpayers will help foot the bill -- to the tune of $3 million ($2.7M USD), the nation's tourism minister said Tuesday.

The trip is being carried out in conjunction with airline Qantas and will be partly financed with funds in the annual tourism budget.

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'The Nate Berkus Show' Premiere Preview: How to Live Well

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 13th 2010 12:00PM
Nate BerkusOprah Winfrey's empire grows by one more today, with the premiere of 'The Nate Berkus Show' (weekdays, syndicated). The 38-year-old interior designer follows in the footsteps of Oprah proteges Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rachael Ray.

Berkus' daily talk show will mix design segments and celebrity guests like Dolly Parton and Elizabeth Edwards. It "goes beyond design," Berkus told USA Today. "The show is about lifestyle. It's about living well."

In today's premiere episode, Berkus surprises a single mom with a kitchen makeover and reveals an Instant Design Studio, which uses 3-D technology to create virtual spaces.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Disowns The Cast of 'Jersey Shore' (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 28th 2010 12:59PM
Chris ChristieYou would think that the cast of any show that gets tourists to come to your state would be welcome in that state, no? Well, not if that show is 'Jersey Shore.' New Jersey governor Chris Christie isn't thrilled with the cast and wants nothing to do with them, as he told Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays at 7AM ET on NBC).

He disowns them not just because of the way they act but because of the fact that most of the cast isn't even from New Jersey, they're from New York. He thinks New York should take them back.

Actually, the state of New York would probably like to have nothing to do with them either. Also the 48 other states too.

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50 Cent Talks About Dramatic Weight Loss on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 28th 2010 12:15PM
50 CentIf you saw a picture of 50 Cent a while back, you were probably stunned by the way he looked. That's if you recognized him at all, as the two pictures on the right show.

The singer/actor was on 'The View' (weekday mornings on ABC) talking about his new look. He wasn't sick or anything like that, he actually lost the weight for a new movie, and got the rapid weight loss following the same plan as Robert DeNiro did for 'Raging Bull' and Christian Bale did for 'The Machinist.'

That's a pretty dramatic weight loss. If you didn't know who it was you'd think it was two different people.

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Dee Snider Takes a Shot at Al and Tipper Gore (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 27th 2010 3:40PM
Dee SniderIf you remember the record album rating controversy of the mid-80s...well, you're probably kinda old. It was a quarter century ago!

One of the leading figures in that fight (along with Frank Zappa and John Denver) was Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider. He was on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, check local listings) today and talked about his opposition in that fight, Al and Tipper Gore. He says that even though they were preaching morality at the time, 25 years later he's still together with his wife.

But seriously. No one wants to hear Dee Snider say "oh, snap!"

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Cybil Shepherd Stumps Reege on 'Live with Regis & Kelly' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 27th 2010 2:39PM
Cybil ShepherdOne of the basic questions that a celebrity has to be asked is the question about whether or not they're in a relationship. Unless you're a famous couple that has been together for years, you're probably going to be asked the question.

On this morning's 'Live with Regis & Kelly' (weekday mornings, check local listings), Cybil Shepherd was asked the question, and then she turned the tables on Reege and asked him what is important to him in a relationship, what he looks for. Of course, being Reege, he stumbles a bit.

But it's probably a good thing he doesn't know since he's been with wife Joy for many decades.

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Kathie Lee Hands Out Pasties to the 'Today' Crew (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 27th 2010 1:31PM
Today ShowIf you watch the 12th hour of 'Today,' the hour hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, you know it's all about drinking and sex. Like this morning. The two hosts drank and Kathie Lee whipped out the Flying Pasties, which isn't a circus act but a new product that you can stick on your body for when you use those new scanners at the airport. You know, if you're a little shy about showing certain body parts.

Kathie Lee also embarrasses a couple of crew members in the process.

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