All My Children and One Life to Live will have another life online, ABC announced today. The network has licensed the canceled sudsers to Prospect Park, a media and production company founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. (The company’s best known for producing Royal Pains for USA and Wilfred for FX.) The exclusive, multi-year deal will allow the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates. All My Children ends it run on ABC on Sept. 23 while One Life to Live is set to sunset in January. READ FULL STORY
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Parting is such sweet sorrow: All My Children will air its series finale on Friday, Sept. 23. Many alums are already on-board to help the show say goodbye, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green), Jennifer Bassey (Marion Chandler), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler), and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery).
To fill the void, the network’s new one-hour lifestyle series The Chew will debut the following Monday. The show promises to bring together “a diverse panel of co-hosts that includes restaurateurs and Iron Chef stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, Top Chef alum Carla Hall and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.”
The Chew is the first new series to launch on ABC Daytime in 14 years.
Another notable resident of Pine Valley will be making a surprise return to All My Children to help bid farewell to the sudser. ABC announced today that Carol Burnett will return for a few episodes this September. She’ll reprise her role as Verla Grubbs, who first appeared in the fictitious soap town in 1983 as the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford (the late Louis Edmonds).
Burnett returned to AMC in 1995 for the show’s 25th Anniversary. She’ll play Verla opposite Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), and Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt) for one of the show’s final episodes this fall. “It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the All My Children family and we look forward to reprising her character,” said Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers in a statement.
Read more on All My Children’s final days:
Eva La Rue returns to AMC
Josh Duhamel returns to AMC
ABC cancels AMC and OLTL
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CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful won for outstanding drama while Dr. Mehmet Oz and Live With Regis and Kelly ruled in the talk show categories at this year’s Daytime Emmys, which also paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek.
Statues also went to Michael Park of the canceled CBS sudser As the World Turns and Brittany Allen, who was recast last year, on All My Children. And Laura Wright won her first Emmy for playing Carly Corinthos Jacks on General Hospital. The ceremony was held at the Las Vegas Hilton and aired on CBS. READ FULL STORY
The rumors are true: Salem is about to get its first gay storyline! EW can report exclusively that Freddie Smith (90210) will make his debut June 23 to lay the groundwork for a same-sex relationship on the traditionally conservative show. He’ll play Sonny, a good-natured young man who returns home to join his family. READ FULL STORY
It’s Emmy time this Sunday, soap fans! Though the TV Academy also uses the annual ceremony (airing live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET) to honor game and talk shows, the real competition lies in the drama categories. Will James Franco’s much-ballyhooed appearance on General Hospital help the ABC soap take the top prize? Will the soon-to-canceled All My Children earn a sympathy trophy?
We asked some on the industry’s top soap experts — Editorial Director Stephanie Sloane and Managing Editor Editor Gabrielle Winkel of Soap Opera Digest/Soap Opera Weekly, and Soap Opera Network Co-founder Xavier Toups — to pick who should win and who will win in the major categories.
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Nominees: All My Children, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital.
Who should win: Sloane says GH, Toups and Winkel says B&B.
Who will win: Everyone is in agreement — the CBS half-hour (pictured, left) will win its third consecutive Emmy. Toups explains it best: “The show submitted two episodes where Stephanie, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, finds her way to L.A.’s Skid Row and sees how people are living in a poverty stricken area. Stephanie devotes herself to helping those who are living there.” Social change! See: Winners circle.
Fans of The Young and the Restless are bubbling mad about a series of Tweets from star Melody Thomas Scott that appear to indicate she’s off the CBS daytime drama — at least for now. Scott, who has played Nikki Newman since 1979, was last seen on the No. 1 sudser a week ago. Her character was entering rehab for drinking.
“All I can say is what I know,” Scott tweeted Thursday. “My last tape date was 4/28, aired last Fri. & I have recd no scripts since.Y&R has not contacted me.”
If her absence is over a contract dispute, it’s unclear whether Scott seems open to a pay cut since she’s endured several already. She went onto Tweet today that “I’ve taken as many, if not more than my share of pay cuts.”
So what’s the story? A source close to the sudser stresses that Scott is not leaving but declined to comment further.
It seems likely that Sony, which produces the drama for CBS, is continuing to look for more ways to shave the salary budget — especially given what happened to Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) more than a year ago. The soap has a massive cast, and it just took on another high-profile (see: pricey) star in Genie Francis. Though the show remains the top-rated sudser in daytime, Y&R needs to remain lean and mean if it wants a future on broadcast. That may be why Maura West — who came to Y&R from As the World Turns — has been notified that her character, Diane, has been cut. West’s last airdate is in August.
Still, Nikki is a core character and fans would no doubt revolt if she was gone for good. More news as it becomes available.
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At least the head writer of One Life to Live will remain gainfully employed once the ABC drama sunsets in January.
Scribe Ron Carlivati released this statement today: “I remain fully committed to Executive Producer Frank Valentini and One Life to Live as the show’s headwriter until the series concludes in January of 2012. It has been my distinct honor to write for Agnes Nixon’s groundbreaking soap opera for the past fifteen years, and it will be with a heavy heart that I, along with my incredibly talented team, pen its finale. At that time, I am happy to announce that I will then be joining the writing team of General Hospital, and am thrilled to be working once again with Executive Producer Jill Phelps as well as new Headwriter Garin Wolf.”
No word yet on whether any of the OLTL actors will be lucky enough to jump to General Hospital, as well.
Good news, fans?
For more on ABC soaps:
One Life to Live and All My Children have been cancelled. Is General Hospital next?
ABC cancels AMC and OLTL, replaces them with lifestyle shows
ABC Daytime chief on cancelling the soaps
More good news from the set of the soon-to-be shuttered All My Children: Eva La Rue, who played Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the sudser, will return to Pine Valley on July 19 for several episodes. She joins Josh Duhamel, who also closed a deal to reprise his AMC role in August.
La Rue’s character was best known for her romance with Edmund Grey (John Callahan). Maria was last seen in 2010, when she left to reunite her family in California.
La Rue was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for her AMC role. She co-stars on CBS’ CSI Miami.
the actress tweeted. “Thank you GH for a great year. Best cast and crew in the world and in my heart forever.”Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, the Daytime Emmy Award winning actress who returned to General Hospital last summer after an eight-year absence, is leaving the show. “June 9th! will be my last day on the set!”
The actress created the role of Brenda in 1992. She returned last June when the three men in her character’s life – Sonny, Jax, and Jason – were in crisis.
In a classy show of gratitude for the show that helped to jump start his career, Josh Duhamel has agreed to perform a cameo on the soon-to-be shuttered All My Children. READ FULL STORY
Yep, it was pretty dang crazy to kill off a popular character like Cane but his death — and sudden resurrection — has certainly ushered in a whole new level of crazy fun on The Young and the Restless. Check out this promo that teases a big reveal about Daniel Goddard’s beloved character and his poor put-upon wife Lily (Christel Khalil). Oh, and have a nice trip, see you next fall, daddy-o! READ FULL STORY
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