"All My Children" legend Susan Lucci talks about her memoir, "All My Life" on "Good Morning America," on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lou Rocco) SUSAN LUCCI
Can it be true? Yes, it is, All My Children will broadcast its final episode in September of 2011, while One Life to Love will check out in January of 2012.
ABC explained in a statement that they were “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want and the changing pattern of the audience.” In short, soap operas are out.
The net plans to focus their two new replacement shows, The Chew and The Revolution, on “transformation, good and lifestyle – cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of The View.”
Six-time Emmy-winner Erika Slezak from ABC's "One Life to Live" is surprised by the cast and crew with a celebration to mark her 40th anniversary playing Victoria Lord on "One Life to Live." (ABC/Heidi Gutman) ERIKA SLEZAK, RON CARLIVATI
The Chew will focus on food from every angle including as a source of joy, fitness and weight loss. The Revolution will be a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations.
Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney ABC/Television Group acknowledged how dramatic this turn of events is. “While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is,” he begins adding, “We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.”
General Hospital, also a daytime staple on ABC, dodged the bullet and will remain on the schedule…for now.
All My Children debuted January 5th, 1970, while One Life to Live hit the air July 15th, 1968.
CASTLE - "One Life to Lose" -- Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") guest stars in a soap opera-themed storyline of "Castle." (ABC/RANDY HOLMES) JANE SEYMOUR
Jane Seymour is making a guest appearance on Castle tonight as Gloria, the mother of a soap opera writer who ends up dead.
“Obviously, I’m devastated about losing my daughter,” Seymour explains of her character. “I want to find out who could have possibly done this to her, but there is more to Gloria than meets the eye.”
As with all the Castle storylines, this week’s yarn is a balance between mystery and humor that the actress found to be an exciting working environment.
“They’re both so sweet. So giving and so loving,” the actress says about series stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. “They made it really easy for me and they made it a lot of fun. By the time we had finished I’d felt like I’d known them for weeks.”
Because the episode begins on the set of a soap opera, Castle used many of the cast of All My Children for the special crossover story. It gave Seymour the opportunity to learn how challenging the life of a daytime drama star can be.
“It was different. I was quizzing them on their techniques for learning 50 pages in a day,” she admits. “I’m in awe of the amount of work they do in a day. It’s crazy.”
As amazed as Seymour is with the ability of soap stars to learn lines at mach speed, those same cast members were eager to be working with the actress.
“They were really kind and really nice and they were excited that I was there, which was very sweet,” she recalls. “I took lots of personal photographs with various people there.”
The special episode of Castle airs tonight, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
James Franco is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. While he could easily score roles in films which are box office blockbusters, Franco instead stars in movies which are appealing to him, including Milk, Howl, and his latest film, 127 Hours, which is based on the true story of a mountain climber who gets stuck under a boulder and has to fight for survival. This film should indeed earn Franco an Oscar nomination and many more accolades.
Recently, Franco stunned Hollywood when he decided to play a diabolical serial killer in the ABC daytime Soap, General Hospital. Franco chose to appear on the soap because he is a big fan of the show and wanted to be a part of it. Franco has done two stints on the show as the character, “Franco“, and his last departure was left open-ended for a possible return. Hollywoodoutbreak.com caught up Franco while he was promoting 127 Hours, and asked him if a return to the beloved soap is in his future. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR JAMES FRANCO)
Bill O’Reilly had a spirited discussion with members of The View this morning regarding the Ground Zero Mosque. When terms could not be properly defined for all concerned, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set. “That is such bulls**t.” Goldberg cleverly retorted, believing that O’Reilly was including all Muslims in his criticism of those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
After the co-hosts departed, Barbra Walters said, “I want to say something to all of you. You have just seen what should not happen.”
Walters then fell into that same stunned look she had when a guest fortune teller convinced her he could perform real magic. “We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking off stage. I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened.”
“If anybody felt that I was demeaning all Muslims,” O’Reilly said, “than I apologize.”
“We’re back because now you apologized,” Behar said after she and Goldberg swiftly reemerged, probably fearing that Walters still had enough hoodoo left in her to do some magic of her own. Like making them disappear permanently.
Charged with criminal weapons possession, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and some other things, Robert Linhart, 52, retired and (maybe) obsessed, faced a Manhattan judge for allegedly stalking Madonna.
“I keep running into Madonna…I saw her in 1992 and I’d actually like to meet her in person,” Linhart told arresting cops (according to court documents). “I won’t stop until I actually meet Madonna.”
Although arrested on Saturday and again on Tuesday, Linart is apparently prepared to spend eternity going from Madonna‘s digs to the joint. “I’m going to go right back there and do it again,” court papers said he said.
Linhart reportedly parked his SUV in front of Madonna‘s residence with a message on the roof declaring his offer of friendship, stating “Madonna, I need you – Tell me yes or no – If it’s yes, my dream will come true – If it’s no, I will go. XXX.”
Cops say he was carrying a couple of knives with him but they also found an ice pick in his car.
Pictured: Alison Sweeney at the "Days of Days" Event in Universal City, CA on Saturday, November 7th -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston
Days of Our Lives’ face-to-face with fans, the Day of Days event at Universal StudiosCitiWalk has been set for November 6th of this year.
This is the third annual meet and greet with the stars of the hit daytime drama and all fans have to do is show up. The entire day is free of charge and will allow attendees to rub elbows with the stars of Days of Our Lives as they celebrate the soap’s 45th anniversary.
Expect autograph signings, a Q&A session, raffles and more.
Pictured: Peter Reckell at the "Days of Days" Event in Universal City, CA on Saturday, November 7th -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston
Day of Days runs 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the stars scheduled to attend include John Aniston, Camila Banus, Nadia Bjorlin, Molly Burnett, Shawn Christian, Crystal Chappell, Casey Deidrick, Judi Evans, Galen Gering, MarkHapka, Shelley Hennig, Jay Johnson, Renee Jones, LaurenKoslow, Wally Kurth, Eric Martsolf, Joseph Mascolo, Chandler Massey, Peggy McCay, Peter Reckell, MelissaReeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, James Scott, Louise Sorel, Alison Sweeney, Josh Taylor and Arianne Zucker.
Days of Days Fan Event -- Pictured: -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston
The tentative schedule breakdown is as follows:
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Day of Days introduction
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet & Greet with the cast of Days of our Lives
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:45 – 4:00 p.m. Meet & Greet with the cast of Days of our Lives
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Q&A panel with the stars
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Event finale including the selection of a grand-prize raffle winner, cast goodbyes and a screening of an upcoming episode of Days of our Lives.