Posts Tagged ‘All My Children’

The Fall Of…

September 23, 2011

…2011. As of 5:05 this morning, fall befell us like bowl of pea soup. Ugh, the air is so thick and still it’s just gross. It’s a different kind of humidity than you expect and can almost tolerate during the height of summer. And, from what I hear on the radio, we, at least us here in NJ are in for a lot of rain and more flooding is possible. But remember about what I said the other day, we’ll find out tomorrow if it really rained today or not and how much fell. And of course, in the winter, which this year begins in, as of this writing at 7am, 89 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes, we always hear (the next day), that blizzard took us completely by surprise.

Speaking of predictions, that UARS satellite is predicted to fall sometime today but the location is still yet unknown though prognosticators are saying it won’t hit North America. Well, that’s fine, but what if it does hit some other civilized place? We just have to hope it doesn’t hit NJ because otherwise we’ll probably get taxed for it.

And, sadly, another chapter of television history is coming to a close. After 41 years, All My Children, which debuted on January 5,1970,  is going off the ABC airwaves.

Originally conceived by Agnes Nixon in the 1960’s, All My Children was declined by first NBC, then CBS and once again by NBC when Proctor & Gamble had no available space in the network’s lineup. All My Children was put on hold. Using a few ideas from her AMC ‘bible’, Agnes Nixon created storylines and characters for Another World, on which she served as head writer.

Wanting a show with a more contemporary tone, ABC approached Nixon and she created what came to be known as One Life To Live, which debuted in 1968 (and is also slated to leave the airwaves in 2012). With the success of the Llanview, Pennsylvania based show, ABC asked Nixon for another show and, dusting off the ‘bible’, All My Children and iconic Erica Kane were born.

I won’t waste my time berating ABC/Disney for their decision to cancel these two shows (and most likely General Hospital, which now holds the distinction the longest running soap opera still in production–April 1, 1963) in favor of cheaper, reality-type shows whose hosts have as little regard for the legions of bereft soap fans (‘get over it’ ~Mario Batali)  as the head cheese at the networks (‘the viewers need to be trained like dogs to accept [my] vision of the shows’ ~ Brian Frons)…emphasis on cheese.

But good old fashioned soap opera storytelling is not dead. Just like soaps made the transition from radio to television, now they will make the leap from television to the internet (and with any luck, a cable network) thanks to the folks at Prospect Park, who have leased the shows from ABC, which I’ve mentioned before.

There is no set date for production to restart on All My Children under the helm of Prospect Park, and Susan Lucci’s future with the show is still uncertain, though everything I’m seeing points to an Erica Kane-less resurrection. But remember this, for approximately 6 months between November ‘46 and June ‘47, Guiding Light was in between sponsors on the radio and it came back, went to television and had a total run of 72 years. Time will tell what will become of Pine Valley.

All that can be said is… Tune in tomorrow!

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Here Comes The Rain Again

September 7, 2011

I thought of taking up a collection, maybe raffle off something, kind of like in the same vane as Lucy Ricardo did when she and Ethel wanted to join Ricky and Fred in Europe, and send Ariel and me somewhere where it’s not raining, but then I realized, duh! It’ll end up raining there anyway. So, we could plan to go where they haven’t had rain in a while and do a good service, but heck, I want some sun! So, put your wallets away, folks.

You’ve heard about Indiana man, Bryon Womack, the sword-yielding, half-naked, Interstate Highway Samurai who is ‘cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’? Well, there you have it. Okay, well, he was spotted marching down Interstate 65, dressed only in plaid knee-length shorts and slip-on shoes, rhythmically swaying a 35-inch samurai sword to his drum major-like marching cadence.

When approached by state troopers Rick Hudson and Ricky Rayner, he swung the sword defensively but dropped it upon Trooper Hudson’s command. He then attempted to flee the scene in a temporarily unoccupied police cruiser belonging to an office who had stopped at the scene to add assistance, but he was quickly stopped. It was at the jailhouse were Womack declared his affinity for Cocoa Puffs, charged for attempted carjacking, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

It’s been a long while since I’ve mentioned anything about the fight to save the soaps and as you may remember, One Life to Live and All My Children were leased by ABC/Disney to Prospect Park who plan on airing the shows in an online version. And now it’s quite possible the two soaps may also be aired on the USA cable network, but nothing has been confirmed about that yet. Well, yesterday, two breaking news items came through; one being that Diva Susan Lucci ixnayed the company’s offer, which was said to have been near to what she is currently earning. In this breaking news item, it is said she wanted more money, for less hours and a guaranteed primetime series. I’m not a fan of All My Children nor of La Lucci, but I cannot believe she would jeopardize the future of her show like this, especially since the mobilization of fans across the country since the cancellation announcement was made this past April, that she would feel such little regard, much like the powers that be at ABC, for her fans.  And if that’s the case, and shame on her if it is, then  All My Children will have to be put on hold  until they can figure what to do and we’ll have to see what comes of this.

On the other hand, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord) has signed on to continue with Prospect Park. Thank you, Ms Slezak!

Still Here

May 23, 2011

The Rapture came and went and the only indication we had to prove Harold Camping’s prediction may have had any credibility was the splendiferous sunny day we had on Saturday; the one day in so many, including yesterday and even this morning, which were nothing but dismal, gray and rainy. Well, at least the garden is getting watered.

But, as glorious as Saturday was, Ariel and I once again proved our powers are infallible. We decided to go to New Hope for a pre-birthday outing. We were going to meet up with a friend of ours but a prior commitment had him otherwise engaged. And while we sat, swapping stories with the bartender and the only other patron in the place, the rains came. Only for a little while, but enough to reassure us we still had the gift. We then had a nice leisurely dinner, returned home for a quick change of clothes and headed out to while away the remainder of The Rapture at a club where another friend was tending bar.

Yesterday was a lazy day, thanks in part to the previous night and to the dreary weather, but we got done the things we needed to do like getting our camping gear in order for our upcoming first trip of the season. And, to bring things full circle, and to prove once again we are masters at what we profess…..

Of course it is only Monday, so we’ll see how that situation progresses. And it’s evident the Rapture period has ended. I woke up to the realization I have dentist appointment this morning.

And of course the soap war continues, and though it was a busy weekend, I did what I could with sending out letters of protest. And once again, here are the links. (Guy, is that you I see among the petition signatures?… if it is, pass the link on! If not, pass it on anyway.)

With This Ring…Whoops!

May 19, 2011

I was out on my own last night. It’s official; The Ghost of Commander has left the building. Beyonce was last night’s mentor and her first charge was Scottypants who sang “Amazed” by Lonestar. His performance was decidedly better (with the usual Scotty smoothness and confidence) than his rehearsal.

Lauren was next with “She’s A Wild One” by Faith Hill. She started okay, went a little flat in an attempt to reach some high notes, then brought it back.

The last contestant for this round decided on Led Zeppelin’s “What Is And What Should Never Be”. To me, this alleged superstar sounded like Charlie Brown’s mother. And then she fell. It was hard to tell how she sang because the band played so loud on top of her.

Round two: “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square is Jimmy Iovine’s pick for Scotty. Again, cool, confident Scotty.

Lauren’s round two song was “If I Die Young” by Perry. Did she miss a line? Again she sounded a little unsure of herself.

The third contestant sang “Rhiannon” by Stevie Nicks. Again, Charlie Brown’s mother.

Scotty’s final song was Kenny Rogers’ “She Believes In Me”. Scotty! Scotty! Scotty!

Lauren sang “I Hope You Dance” by LeeAnn Womak. Her best of the night.

The last judge’s choice is “You Oughtta Know” by Alanis Morissette. By far the worst of the night.

Okay, you know who I’m gunning for. I’ll be happy with a Scotty/Lauren finale! Let’s see what happens.

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Okay, time for a quick, yet uncomfortable video. It’s fairly self explanatory.

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And now the continuing saga of the Battle of the Soaps: My head is actually pounding while I’m writing this. Soap Nazi (thank you whichever Facebook group member who came up with that, I love that) Brian Frons waved and chuckled at protestors outside New York’s Lincoln Center on Tuesday after a meeting of ABC Upfront, a meeting between network execs and advertisers in preparation for the upcoming season. Chuckled? The man who allegedly was brought to tears when he made the announcement of the cancellation, an emotion confirmed by kiss-ass Barbara Walters?  He never thought he’d be the one to do that, he’s been known to say. He also was quoted as saying there is no chance the shows will be back. You’re so full of shit, Frons! And you know it! That’s him with the sunglasses and the smug look on his face!

Our groups on Facebook don’t have much more time until the Upfronts are over and we are bombarding current advertisers to try to get them to not sponsor the new shows. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but The Chew, or, how I affectionately refer to it as The Cud, is set to replace All My Children on September 26, 2011 and The Revulsion (what they’re calling The Revolution) is scheduled to replace One Life to Live beginning on Monday, January 23, 2012. Goodbye, ABC. 

Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) made this following statement:

Manic Monday

May 9, 2011

I don’t have much in the way of a blog today; the weekend was rather hectic what with preparing for the big Mother’s Day shindig. Oh, we had a houseful and more food than you can imagine. But that’s the way we do things around here…BIG! In the middle of all that, and since it was such a glorious sun-shiny day on Saturday, we weeded and planted the garden. But I’m afraid my plants went into shock and am prepared to lose them. Of course the seeds we planted will grow, I’m sure, but it’s the seedlings, the tomato plants especially, might not make it. So, we’ll see.

Well, I really haven’t much more but I have to make my daily mention about the fight to save our soaps and today I have names and contact info for three of the ABC/Disney executives.

Have a great day

So Long, Sunday Driver

May 6, 2011

Hang tight everyone, Lady Antebellum is going to purge your ears clean of the Top 5’s Brady Bunch moment; The Turtles’ Happy Together. If it was based on this song, the season would be over. Can we get a do-over? I see you, Commander, giving me that little smirk! Everybody decided to sing off-key and in as many registers as they could manage. What’s up with that? Well, maybe not Scottypants.

As promised, Lady Antebellum sang Just A Kiss and my ears have calmed down considerably.

Time for the results: James, with his frosted hair, gets sent to start a group on one end of the stage. Are they doing that one, leaving the 5th wheel to decide which group to go to? Lauren creates a new group.

Pad, pad, pad. J-Lo sang On The Floor, again, this time, allegedly live.

Oh, back to the results, 45 minutes into the hour-long show and Jacob is up and is joining Lauren’s group. Haley next (honestly, there’s got to be “something” going on with her) and she’s with James. And that leaves Scotty, who is safe and then was walked, by Ryan to the “safe” group because he refused to decide. Scotty, James and Haley are safe (sorry Commander, honestly). That leaves Lauren and Jacob in jeopardy. Dim the lights…(please let it be Jacob) After 60 million votes, it is ,YES!!!!–Jacob. Okay, I got one. But that was really easy after performance night and the last few weeks. Not sure whether Comm–nope, I see Commander still shaking his head. It’ll be me here next week.

 

Regrets, I’ve had a few. Too much to get into here and now, just trust me, but it relates to what’s coming. There’s a new bill “floating” (I guess that makes it sound lively and fun, like Glinda in her bubble) courtesy of the Obama administration, that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers….according to how many miles they drive. If it gets passed, a new committee will be formed under the Federal Highway Administration, The Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. So, pretty much, in this bleak economic climate, new jobs are being created, but we are the ones paying the salaries. Anyone surprised? Show of hands. This VMT (vehicle miles traveled) tax would be calculated with an  electronic device installed in your car to determine how many miles were driven in a certain time period and payment could take place electronically at gas stations. Yeah, that’ll be a really good idea, I think. Further screw the lower class who is barely getting by, maybe driving a car held together with a prayer, just trying to get to work to make an honest living, day in, day out. Show of hands?

Though it is yet undetermined where the field trials will begin, there are four criteria to consider; the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and user acceptance. Like that will matter. $300M is being funded to the new office through fiscal 2017 for the project.

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Speaking of money, it’s being reported that ABC is offering Katie Couric $20M to come to the alphabet network as a fill-in anchor on the news, for a spot on 20/20 and her own talk show in the time slot between 3 and 5 pm, which coincidentally is where General Hospital falls. So, come on people! How many news and talk shows do we need. There are hundreds of channels available nowadays, many of them dedicated to news and to food and to talk.

We have to keep the soap genre ALIVE. How can a company like Disney be so cavalier with so many peoples’ livelihoods. Not just the soap actors, but writers, technical people, people associated with publications, both in print and online, dedicated to the Soap Opera, not to mention us, the viewing audience that has come back day after day, year after year to watch stories unfold, the audience who are the consumers of the products that get advertised on these shows. I’m doing all I can, writing letters, emails, making phone calls. I cannot let One Life to Live down, a show that has been part of my life for nearly 42 of its 43 years. Otherwise I could not honestly say I am a fan.

Please, join the fight. WATCH! Roger Howarth is returning. WATCH! It’s going to be a smackdown between team Viki/Dorian and Echo de Savoy. WATCH! Tess has more tricks up her sleeve! WATCH! It’s One Life to Live. Watch, call, write….FIGHT!

And finally, have a great mother’s day. I think I will, too. I’ve been called a mother on various occasions–does that count? Give your mother a great gift, keep her soaps on the air!

Support Our Soaps

May 4, 2011

 

Smile Pretty And Say…

May 3, 2011

From the really cheesy department:

There was an art “exhibit”, The Lady Cheese Shop at a certain New York Gallery this past Sunday, where Miriam Simun hoped to use the art of cheese making to raise questions about the ethics of modern biotechnologies. She offered adventurous eaters to sample her cheeses; West Side Funk, Midtown Smoke and Wisconsin Chew and the reviews ranged from puzzled looks, enjoyment and gagging. The cheeses were made from three different sources, all of which had one thing in common–they were all nursing women who agreed to have their breast milk turned into cheese. One taste tester just about applauded the concept, citing that she would know more of what goes into this cheese than what gets pumped into a cow in the guise of nutrition. And as it turns out, a New York chef served his customers cheese made from his wife’s breast milk and earlier this year, a London ice cream parlor began buying women’s breast milk to make ice cream. I’m gonna say no.

From the 20% off department:

A group in San Francisco has more than enough signatures, nearly 12,000 (about 5,000 more than needed) to qualify a having a particular proposal become a ballot measure for the November elections. This group wants to ban the practice of circumcision in boys (in San Francisco only) below the age of 18. It’s being sought to be outlawed because it is considered as causing harm. However, there is also the issue of religious beliefs, but this law would supercede that. The U.S. Supreme Court has previously indicated in other rulings that “religions don’t get a free pass”. But, wait a second, if The U.S. doesn’t persecute for religious beliefs, how come it’s going to be against the law for an infant Jewish boy’s traditional bris? The only time there would be an exception is in the case of health issues. Oy vey!

From the don’t lose your head department: (hmm…see above? Was that rude?)

The search is officially underway for the real Mona Lisa, Lisa Gheradini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a rich silk merchant of early 1500’s Italy. Armed with special radar devices, the experts are searching the old dilapidated Saint Orsola convent in Florence, Italy, the last known place where Lisa Gheradini was alive, under the care of her two daughters, both nuns. They want to find her burial place, exhume her skull and reconstruct her face. Of course they’ll have to check the DNA against what they believe to be her remains, with the known and documented remains of the daughters’. Silvano Vincenti, head of the National Committee for the Promotion of Historic and Cultural Heritage says that Gheradini may have been an early model for the painting that could have been commissioned for one of two events: when the Gheradini’s bought their house or when their second son was born. But Mona Lisa’s face was probably also inspired by a young male apprentice of da Vinci’s, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, who some say was the artist’s lover. But let’s go back to the exhumation… is it really so important to know who was behind that enigmatic smile, that this poor woman cannot remain at peace?

Speaking of peace, we’re not resting, we soap fans. Please join the fight to save One Life to Live and All My Children. Click on the image below and send letters or emails or both, contact advertisers and ask them to support our desire to keep watching our shows. Thanks!

One Life To Live

April 18, 2011

It’s no surprise I’m angry with Brian Frons and ABC for the decision to cancel One Life To Live, a show I’ve watched for nearly 43 years. Since the news came over the internet, I’ve joined the crusade to help save One Life To Live, All My Children and unfortunately, undoubtedly, all in due time, the remaining ones–General Hospital, Days Of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Here is the official announcement.

I could spend the entire blog extolling what I believe to be the values of the genre, but I’ve been doing that on every available message board, Facebook link and emails and letters to The Powers that Be at ABC on both coasts.

As someone who loves to write, I can appreciate the work that goes into fabricating these stories at a relentless pace and it’s just disgraceful to think all this hard work, this cultural fold of the fabric of Americana is being dismissed as a passing fancy.  

I can’t help but wonder how long before other favorite shows will fade into the landscape of cheaply produced reality shows and talk shows.

If you watch, or know someone who watches or just want to help save what’s left of daytime TV, here are two names you can contact:

Brian Frons, President, ABC Daytime, 2300 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506

brian.frons@abc.com 

Anne Sweeney, President, ABC TV, ABC Studios, 500 S. Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA  91521

Anne.x.Sweeney@email.Disney.com

Big Doin’s

April 15, 2011

Oh boy. Big goings on. It looks like I’m on my own tonight; Brian is busy writing letters of protest to the powers that be over at ABC Television for their decision to cancel One Life To Live, and All My Children. He is not a happy camper and I know he had things planned for the blog today, but I have a feeling he won’t be getting to that tonight. I know it’s a dark day for him. I think the only thing the might cheer him up a little is if Haley gets the boot tonight.

Speaking of which, let’s get this ball rolling. They did the same thing they did last week, having the contestants come out in pairs to sing before they learn their fates. First up was Scotty and Lauren singing Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey”. Casey and Haley then came out with Sarah Vaughn’s “Moanin’”. And of those four, Scotty was safe. Lauren was safe. Haley was in the bottom 3….YES!!!! Casey was safe.

Time for an intermission. Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean sang “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

The remaining four contestants, Stefano, Paul, Jacob and James came then sang a Simon and Garfunkel medley; “Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson”. And their results are: James was safe, Jacob was safe. Stefano and Paul rounded out my trifecta from last night!

While we waited, we got to see Chaka Khan, who never seems to change; she looked fabulous and Anita Baker. Then Rihanna sang her single “California King Bed” amid a smokey and shrouded set. A standing O? Egads.

And the final results. Haley is safe. Okay, that’s it. I’m done! Is she someone’s sister? Niece? Squeeze? I just changed my opinion. SHE is this year’s Katherine McPhee. I’ve relieved Lauren of that status. Stefano is safe. Paul is going. Well, he was in my bottom 3, wasn’t he?

Brian will be back next week. I see him furiously finding people and places to write to about One Life To Live.

Until next time….