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Could Sony TV Rescue 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 29th 2011 3:30PM
All My Children, One Life to LiveThe latest soap-related Internet rumors say that Sony Television is interested in buying axed ABC sudsers 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' and will find new homes for them both domestically and internationally. Sony certainly knows soaps -- the company partially owns both 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Days of Our Lives.'

But is there any truth to buzz? Actors from the two ABC soaps began posting cryptic messages on their Facebook pages saying that they were hearing some "interesting" things, presumably related to the fates of their shows, earlier in the week.

The speculation hasn't gone viral yet, but it's appeared on some message boards, including ones at Soap Central.

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Are You Boycotting ABC for Canceling 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 29th 2011 12:20PM
Susan Lucci, Erika SlezakWe were just as stunned as soap fans around the world to hear that ABC is pulling the plug on long-running soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' in September and January 2012, respectively.

Over on our Facebook page, many readers have voiced their anger and disappointment with the network and started campaigns to save the shows. Some of you have even gone as far as boycotting the network all together.

On a recent post about 'Dancing With the Stars,' several readers chimed in about giving up ABC. Kathryn T. wrote, "Won't watch ABC except for the soaps! Fire Brian Fons!"

Pamela B. added, "I hate having to boycott ABC, but I love 'All My Children' and ['One Life to Live'] enough to keep doing it."

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Will 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Actors Be Hired by Other Soaps?

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 27th 2011 7:45PM
All My Children, One Life to LiveAccording to Deadline, Sony Television, which partially owns surviving soaps 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Days of our Lives,' wants its soaps to snatch up available talent from 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' which have recently -- and tragically -- been canceled by ABC.

While that's likely to happen to some degree ('AMC' and 'OLTL' picked up actors from 'Guiding Light' and 'As the World Turns' after they were canceled a while back), shows need to be careful who they go after.

Veteran daytime talent manager Michael Bruno, who reps actors including Amelia Heinle and Stephen Nichols on 'Y&R' and Lauren Koslow on 'Days,' notes that there's a right and a wrong way to go about maximizing the genre's available talent. Read his comments after the jump.

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Erika Slezak Looks Back on 40 Years As Viki on 'One Life to Live'

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 27th 2011 10:00AM
Erika SlezakThere really aren't words to describe what Erika Slezak must be feeling these days. The revered star, who has won six Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmys for her iconic role as Victoria Lord Banks on 'One Life to Live,' is celebrating her 40th anniversary in Llanview this year.

Of course, like fans of the genre everywhere, the legendary actress is dealing with the news that ABC has canceled the long-running soap opera. "Please tell all our fans how deeply sorry I am to be losing this wonderful show that has so much heart and so much life," the actress said in a statement after the cancellation news was announced. "I will miss my work, my friends, my 'OLTL' family so very much. I consider this to be a terrible loss to the television community and especially to the New York community."

Today, the soap is honoring Slezak's 40 years of service with a special Viki-themed episode. It's one that fans will want to record and keep forever.

AOL TV spoke with the actress about her anniversary shortly before the cancellation news was announced, and she joyfully reflected on what 'OLTL' has meant to her. For starters, it certainly doesn't seem like 40 years have gone by.

"I sometimes still feel the same way that I did when I first walked into the studio 40 years ago -- young and not knowing what I was doing," she said. "Now, I know what I'm doing, but I can not believe that amount of time has gone by. There have been so many stories and so many people I've worked with."

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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.

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Soap Round-Up: Forrester Plane Crash on 'B&B'...and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 23rd 2011 8:00AM
Thomas_Brooke_the_bold_and_the_beautiful_cbsWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. It's still difficult to believes that 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' have been canceled. But that doesn't change the fact that there's great storylines unfolding now. We'll continue to cover them all on TV Squad, so keep reading and commenting.

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

For instance, on 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' do you think Thomas and Brooke will survive a plane crash in the South Pacific? Do you think they'll wind up stranded on a desert island? Share your thoughts below!

'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Justin and Donna disagreed about the Bill/Katie squabble. Thorne was ticked off that he's been left out of Forrester. Ridge announced that the Taboo women's line was back on and Thomas and Brooke were flying to Australia to promote it. Taylor objected to Ridge's decision. Bill and Katie had a volatile first therapy session. Steffy told Ridge that she wanted a bigger role in Forrester. Katie blurted out to Taylor that Bill plotted to kill Amber. Steffy threw herself at Bill again. Brooke and Thomas were on the Forrester jet when he crashed in the Pacific.

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Oprah: I Can't Save 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Oprah WinfreySorry 'All MY Children' and 'One Life to Live' fans, Oprah Winfrey cannot save your soaps.

Since ABC canceled the long-running soap operas, fans have been issuing pleas for Winfrey to bring the shows to OWN. She's heard the cries, but can't be do anything about it.

The exiting queen of daytime took to YouTube to issue her statement.

"I felt this way when 'Mary Tyler Moore' went off the air, I must say" Winfrey said, relating to the disappointed fans.

In the end, Oprah said, it's about viewers. "There just are not enough people who are at home in the daytime to watch them, and because of that they're going off the air," she said.

Watch the full video after the jump.

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Hoover Protests Soap Cancellations, Pulls Ads From ABC

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 19th 2011 10:26AM
All My Children, One Life To LiveSoap fans, Hoover -- yes, the vacuum manufacturer -- feels your pain and wants you to rally! The company has pulled its ads from ABC following the cancellation of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live.'

The company took to its Facebook page to address soap fans and announce its campaign to save the canceled soap operas. Brian Kirkendall, vice president of marketing at Hoover, is urging fans to send them emails (here). Kirkendall said the company promises to "get every, single last one of them to ABC."

An anonymous ABC executive spoke to TV Guide Magazine and said Hoover's boycott is "counterintuitive"

"Usually advertisers stop advertising when they want to cancel a show, not the other way around," the executive said. "We've said that the cancellation of 'AMC' and 'OLTL' was about money and ratings, so [the Hoover boycott] is just counterintuitive. You don't save something by taking money away."

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Soap News: Will Billy Miller Leave 'Y&R'?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2011 3:00PM
billy_miller_the_young_and_the_restless_cbsIn a week when the soap world was filled with tumult, one of the stars of 'The Young and the Restless' is thinking about moving on. Billy Miller is reportedly in talks with 'The Young and the Restless' about renewing his contract, and it's not a done deal that he'll be sticking around. Miller, an Emmy winner for his role as Billy Abbott, is a star on the rise.

Reportedly, he may agree to stay with 'Y&R' if the show will give him enough 'outs' to let him work on other projects. This is a perk that's usually accorded to stars who are popular on the soap and being enticed to work on other projects.

Recently, Miller used time away from 'Y&R' to work on FX's 'Justified' in a multi-episode turn as a pedophile (in which he was excellent).

'Y&R' may be inclined to play ball with Miller, especially in light of the dual ABC axing last week -- actors are thinking twice about counting on soaps for future work. Even 'Y&R,' the top-rated soap in America, may not provide the kind of job security a soap job used to guarantee.

The show's spokesperson had no comment on Miller's status.

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Soap Round-Up: Erica's Abducted on 'AMC' and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 16th 2011 8:00AM
all_my_children_walt_willey_susan_lucci_abcWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. It's been a tumultuous week outside the shows, with 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' canceled. However, we will continue to appreciating the soaps here on TV Squad, so keep reading and commenting about all the storyline developments.

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

For instance, on 'AMC,' were you stunned by Erica's kidnapping? Who do you think is behind her wedding wipeout? Share your thoughts below!

'All My Children'
Caleb flew to St. Bart's to confess his love to Erica. Erica chose to go ahead with her wedding to Jack, but before she go down the aisle, she was abducted. JR gave Marissa credit for his two years of sobriety. Griffin was denied bail. Ricky convinced Kendall that he was a good person. Ricky made a call to have Griffin executed. Emma rejected Greenlee. Marissa told Bianca she didn't want to love JR. When Griffin was stabbed, Cara and Jake saved his life. Jack believed that Erica had been captured. Caleb assumed Erica and Jack got married and was shocked to learn she was missing.

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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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ABC Cancels 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 14th 2011 2:25PM
All My Children, One Life to LiveABC has pulled the plug on its long-running soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live.'

According to the network, the final episode of 'All My Children' will air this September, with 'One Life to Live''s finale in January 2012. ABC will replace the soaps with two new shows, 'The Chew' and 'The Revolution.'

"'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history," Brian Frons, president of daytime at Disney ABC / Television Group, said in a statement. "Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness. It has been a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams who brought the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview to life each day, and we thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history."

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Soap News: Roger Howarth Returns to 'OLTL' and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 11th 2011 1:30PM
roger_howarth_one_life_to_live_2011_abcThe rumors were true. Emmy-award winning actor Roger Howarth is returning to 'One Life to Live.' Howarth, who was most recently Paul Ryan on 'As the World Turns,' was originally Todd Manning on 'OLTL' from 1992 through 2003 (with some time off in between). But he's back now.

"We are thrilled to have Roger return to 'One Life to Live,'" said Frank Valentini, executive producer. "As 'OLTL' viewers know, Trevor St. John has been playing the role of Todd Manning since 2003. We have a great story planned that will involve both actors."

Howarth was dynamic as Todd Manning, a character as complex as he is compelling. But currently the role is being played by Trevor St. John, and Trevor is not leaving 'OLTL.' The question on the mind of fans everywhere is this: if Howarth resumes the role of Todd, who has Trevor been playing all these years?

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Soap Round-Up: Sharon's Found Guilty on 'Y&R' and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2011 8:00AM
sharon_nick_the_young_and_the_restless_cbs_2011Welcome to the Soap Round-Up, our weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Each week, we sum up all the best stories from each and every soap, from 'All My Children' to 'The Young and the Restless.'

If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT. ... Oh, one last thing, please comment and join the conversation.

For instance, on 'The Young and the Restless,' Sharon being found guilty of murder was a shocker, especially since there was so little evidence. What do you think of Sharon's decision to go on the run rather than face prison?

'The Young and the Restless'
Phyllis gave Malcolm the Thai memory cards, asking her to search for proof that Sharon didn't kill Skye. Chloe and Gloria were arrested for breaking into Jana's apartment. Billy learned that someone had snooped into his bank account. Phyllis told Daniel she'd never stop searching for Daisy's baby. The jury found Sharon guilty of murder. Noah told Nick he was moving to New York permanently. Adam sold his Newman stock to Tucker to finance Sharon's escape. Nikki asked Victor to fix their family's problems. Kay reported Tucker to the SEC. Sharon used Adam's stash to elude police custody and go on the run.

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Soap News: Genie Francis Joins 'Y&R,' New 'AMC' Head Writer and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:30PM
Genie Francis_ ABC_Laura_General_HospitalThe most famous female star of 'General Hospital,' Emmy-winner Genie Francis, is coming back to the soaps -- but on 'The Young and the Restless' this time. So forget about Laura returning to Port Charles to save Luke from his alcoholic haze on 'GH.' Genie will be heading to Genoa City to play Cane Ashby's mother.

Since Cane's just a ghost now, you can expect Mama Ashby to be flying to Wisconsin to meet her daughter-in-law Lily, and Cane's children, twins Matilda and Charlie.

What's intriguing is that Francis will likely be working with Tristan Rogers as Colin, Cane's Aussie mob boss father. Like Francis, Rogers is best known from his tenure on 'GH,' where he played super-spy Robert Scorpio. Francis's first appearance on-camera will be in May.

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