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ABC Daytime President Brian Frons Exiting Network

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 2nd 2011 3:40PM
Brian Frons Leaving ABC DaytimeBrian Frons is leaving his post as president of ABC Daytime.

Frons will be replaced by Vicki Dummer, currently the senior vice president of current series and specials.

Frons, who became a reviled figure to many viewers after canceling 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' will exit when his contract ends in January. His departure comes as ABC restructures under the new division Times Square Studios. Times Square will handle all daytime and syndicated productions.

"While my decision to try something new was not arrived at easily, nine years is a long time in television terms," Frons said in a statement. "I'm proud of the performance of ABC Daytime over that time, and of all of the accomplishments that our team achieved along the way. I'm especially pleased by the early results for 'The Chew' and excited for the launch of 'The Revolution,' which will be one more positive step in transforming ABC Daytime for our viewers. I'll miss my colleagues and the wonderful talent that makes our shows, but know they are in very capable hands with Vicki going forward."

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'General Hospital' Showrunner Replaced With 'One Life to Live' Vet ... Sign of Soapocalypse?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2011 1:00PM
General Hospital Showrunner ShakeupIt's been a rough couple of months for soap fans. First 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' saw their plans to move online collapse, and now, according to a report from Vulture, Jill Farren Phelps, the longtime showrunner for 'General Hospital,' is leaving the series. Phelps is being replaced by 'One Life to Live' veteran Frank Valenti.

ABC confirmed the news. Valenti will be joined on the soap by Ron Carlivati as head writer, both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2012.

"Frank and Ron's creativity, passion and outstanding leadership will be a welcome addition to the cast and crew, as well as viewers and longtime fans," Brian Frons, president of ABC Daytime, said in a statement. "As creative leaders in the industry, I am very excited for their arrival to 'General Hospital,' and their dedication to the genre will certainly invigorate the daytime drama that has been part of pop culture and the TV landscape for many years."

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'One Life to Live,' 'All My Children' Not Moving Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 3:10PM
One Life to Live, All My Children Not Moving OnlineProspect Park has suspended its plan to move 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park made the announcement following several months of planning.

"After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' via online distribution," the duo said in a statement. "It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get 'OLTL' on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible."

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Susan Lucci: I Still Want to Be on 'All My Children,' Delay Not My Fault

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 17th 2011 10:30AM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci took to her Facebook page to clear up some rumors about her future and the status of 'All My Children.'

Unconfirmed reports had Lucci turning down Prospect Park's offer to remain with the soap opera when it moved online. Then, news broke that 'All My Children' has been delayed and it won't be joining 'One Life to Live' on The Online Network this January. Is she to blame? No way, according to the star.

"I want my fans to know the truth," Lucci wrote. "There has been miscommunications as a result of statements in the press that I am one of the reasons that 'All My Children' is not moving forward. This is simply untrue and not the case."

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'One Life to Live': 4 More Actors Join Online Version

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 5th 2011 1:45PM
One Life to Live Josh KellyWhen 'One Life to Live' debuts online there will be many more familiar faces alongside Erika Slezak.

Actors Tuc Watkins, Josh Kelly, Florencia Lozano and Shenell Edmonds will move online with the soap opera.

The four actors join the previously announced Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King, Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer, Kelley Missal, Sean Ringgold, Andrew Trischitta and Jerry VerDorn.

'One Life to Live' leaves ABC in January 2012 and it is set to join 'All My Children' on Prospect Park's The Online Network. The original plans were to have both soap operas move online following 'OLTL's' ABC finale, but according to a new report, those plans may be in jeopardy.

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Who Will Save 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:00PM
One Life to Live All My Children'All My Children' has left TV and 'One Life to Live' is on its way out, but the soaps will live online ... right? The soaps are set to move onto the web after January 2012, when 'One Life to Live' is set to end its 43-year run, but there's a bit of a problem.

Prospect Park, the company that has licensed the soaps from ABC, has yet to win over enough financial backers to bring the soaps to the Internet, according to All Things D.

The company is retaining most of the same stars and behind-the-scenes team, making it a pricey venture.

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'The Young and the Restless' Welcomes Back Lauralee Bell, TOLN Strikes Music Deal & More Soap News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 9th 2011 11:00AM
Lauralee BellLauralee Bell is returning to 'The Young and the Restless.'

TV Guide reports Bell's character, Christine, will be back and reliving some drama.

Back in the early 2000s Eva Longoria's character, Isabella, made Christine's life quite difficult. Isabella had a child with Christine's husband, Paul, and now that son, Ricky Williams (Peter Porte), has been aged -- the magic of soaps! -- and is returning to Genoa City to investigate some mysteries. That's where Christine comes in.

In other soap news ...

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Prospect Park Announces New Home for 'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 12:50PM
All My ChildrenProspect Park has announced the new home for 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live': The Online Network, TOLN for short.

TOLN is currently set for launch in January 2012, which confirms soap fans will have to wait another couple of months for the return of 'All My Children.' When it debuts, 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' will be the tent-pole programs, with other first-run shows in the comedy, drama and scripted genres joining the two soaps.

"We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television long form programming anytime and anywhere," Prospect Park founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement.

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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': 10 Most Memorable Moments

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 22nd 2011 6:00PM
AMC logo'All My Children' has provided millions of viewers with thousands of memorable moments during its 41-year run on ABC.

Since the show's inception in 1970, characters like Tad, Brooke, Adam, Marian, Liza, Ryan, Jake, Natalie, Krystal, Bianca and many, many others have had viewers loving to love them then loving to hate them from week to week.

Then there's the most memorable 'AMC' character of all time, Erica Kane (Emmy-winner Susan Lucci), who has become a cultural icon. We could easily fill a Top 20 or 30 (or even Top 40!) list of memorable moments from Erica's life alone.

Here, AOL TV presents our picks for 'All My Children''s Top 10 most memorable moments ever. And here's hoping there are more to come when the show moves online in the future!

Do these 10 moments match up with yours? Share your own favorites in the comments.

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Sneak Peek: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue on 'All My Children' (PICTURES)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 18th 2011 12:30PM
Eva La Rue, Sarah Michelle Gellar All My ChildrenOn Fri., Sept. 23, ABC says goodbye to 'All My Children.' But first, some very famous faces are returning to pay tribute to show that launched their careers.

AOL TV gave you the first look at Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to 'AMC,' and now, thanks to new pictures, we can report Gellar and returning star Eva La Rue share more scenes together.

Gellar, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Erica Kane's daughter Kendall Hart, will return to 'AMC' on Sept. 21. She won't be playing Kendall -- a request she made. Instead Gellar will be playing a hospital patient who thinks she's Erica's daughter.

Check out photos and video of their return to the soap opera below.

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'One Life to Live' Executive Producer Signs Deal to Stay With Soap

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 10:45AM
Erika Slezak'One Life to Live' executive producer Frank Valentini will move online with the series in early 2012.

Valentini became an executive producer on the show in 2002 after working as a supervising producer and director. Prospect Park has also named Valentini vice president of serial dramas for the new online network 'One Life to Live' will air on. He'll advise the company about programming strategies.

"Frank's successful track record both creatively and producorially with 'One Life to Live' has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network," Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank of Prospect Park said in a statement. "Under Frank Valentini's stewardship, 'One Life to Live's' popularity and ratings continue to increase, and his commitment to us is another milestone in our commitment to relaunching 'One Life to Live' with the best possible quality and storylines for audiences everywhere."

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Michelle Gellar's Return to 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 13th 2011 3:15PM
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar is paying tribute to 'All My Children' by returning to the show with one very crazy guest role, and we've got the exclusive first look video.

In the Wed., Sept. 21 episode, Gellar -- who stars in The CW's 'Ringer' (premieres Tues., Sept. 13, 9PM ET) -- will not be playing Kendall, the role she made famous.

Gellar originated the role of Kendall Hart, Erica Kane's daughter, from 1993-1995. The 'Buffy' veteran won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal.

Now that Kendall is played by Alicia Minshew, Gellar specifically asked to return in a different capacity. So, who is she playing? According to TV Guide, Gellar will play a delusional hospital patient who thinks she's Erica Kane's daughter! Gellar's character has a run-in with Dr. Maria Santos -- yep, Eva La Rue is returning to 'All My Children,' too -- and recognizes her.

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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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See Josh Duhamel's Return to 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:30PM
All My ChildrenJosh Duhamel is back on 'All My Children,' this Thurs., Aug. 4 and we're pretty excited.

Duhmael is just one of the many stars heading back to Pine Valley to pay respects to their former ABC soap home.

'All My Children' leaves ABC on Fri., Sept. 23. It will continue on a new, unnamed online network at an unspecified later date. Contract negotiations may delay 'AMC's' move online until 2012.

Duhamel's character, Leo du Pres, was last seen trying to save Rebecca Budig's character, Greenlee, during a waterfall accident.

In the clip below, it looks like Leo has seen better days, but when he sets his sights on Greenlee, well, see for yourself.

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