Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The News is Good!!!

From Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) Twitter:  "AMC is not being canceled :)  But now is a great time to let the network know you'd like to keep it that way.  Thanks for all the support!!"

Phew!  Thanks Bobbie!


0704baa8-557d-11e0-b4b6-000bcdcb471e said...

You realize that the actors are legally required to say what the network wants them to say until they're ready to let us all in on the TRUTH? The show has definitley been canceled, and that's not something they can keep a secret from us for much longer.

Kathy said...

I do realize that this doesn't mean it's not in jeopardy but I don't see a problem with spreading a little hope and a little less doom.

Kenneth Allen said...

The actors may have to say what the network wants, but I believe Bobbie Eakes would just be silent before she would lie to us. JMHO.

I'm going to keep hoping for the best until I'm forced not to!

Tim said...

I don't think the show is out of the woods either, but this makes much more sense to me. There were no verified sources for any of these reports. All rumors. And like I said on the previous post, OLTL is, in my opinion, a much more likely candidate for cancellation. I think that decision was made in 2009 when AMC was moved out to the west coast.

This is great news indeed!!!! (And to be fair, I sincerely hope that OLTL is not cancelled either. I would not want to see another nail in the coffin of the soap genre.)

NuttyAboutSoaps said...

Sad to say, but I'm inclined to think that the first poster is correct. No one from the show or network (including the actors) is going to say a word until the official announcement is made. Even then, many will claim to be shocked by the decision because they, like us, are hoping for the best.

Previously, when soap roles were plentiful, a good indicator of impending cancellation was soap hopping. In the year before GL was cancelled, several really good performers, including Laura Wright, Beth Elhers, Ricky Paull Goldin, Stephanie Gatschet, and Tom Pelphrey all jumped ship. Now, of course, there aren't many other shows for the actors to go to, but two Emmy winners (Eden Riegel and Tamara Braun) both chose other shows over returning to AMC. Maybe these cancellation rumors are the reason why.

The latest buzz is that ABC is giving AMC's timeslot to a talk show they are developing for Tori Spelling. Ugh. If they think the ratings for AMC are disappointing, I can't imagine they will be any happier with what Tori will deliver.

Sometimes I think TPTB are smoking crack. But that's just me.

Kathy said...

More actors speaking out:

AMC Fan said...

From what I understand, they held an emergency meeting to inform the stars that the show is not being canceled -- their way of doing damage control I guess. I am surprised the actors have even dared to comment on it this early. It's a pretty bold move, considering they probably know about as much as we do on the matter -- if anything, WE know more than they do.

The news was not supposed to be leaked this early. They will make the official announcement when they are ready. But as far as I know, it is a done deal this time. I am not happy about it, and don't enjoy being the spreader of bad news either, but I personally prefer to hear the facts over false hope. The decision wasn't made lightly. They've been in talks about it for a long time now. And it looks like OLTL will be replacing AMC on the west coast in terms of studio space.

My source is a very reliable one. This particular source has never steered me wrong with news as important as this. It is a very sad day in Daytime History. I only hope that when it finally does come into play, instead of putting a talk show in its time slot, they re-air all All My Children episodes from the very beginning, in 1970. Ratings will sky rocket. I for one would pay very good money to see classic AMC grace my TV screen again. What do you all think?

Kathy said...

I think there's no way in hell that they would take off current soaps to re-air classics (although I'm down with the idea). Part of the problem with the genre is that people today want instant gratification. Classic soaps are anything but. Storylines were way longer (which personally I loved). It wouldn't work today.

As for the "done deal" aspect... maybe it is, maybe it isn't. If it's true that they will wait to officially cancel until Soapnet goes off into kiddieland to see how soap ratings fair without it, then that's a year away and it's premature to say it's a done deal now. Anything and everything can change in that amount of time.

The cancellation has been talked about for what, 4 years now? It's clear it's not a decision that will be made lightly. For that I'm glad. It should be a difficult decision.

David said...

I don't think Bobbie Eakes would *tweet* about it, just to put on a distraction. If anything, actors just wouldn't discuss it period. I hope AMC isn't cancelled. It's always been my favorite soap. Bring back Megan McTavish or Lorraine Broderick as head writer. At least those ladies KNOW and UTLIZE the show's history.

AMC Fan said...

Megan McTavish?!?! Really? Are we talking about the same writer who made Tad a murderer and decided to kill Dixie Cooney off via peanut butter and banana pancakes? No thank you. Bringing her back would be the end of All My Children for certain.

NuttyAboutSoaps said...

AMCFan, I'm just curious - are you Ravenbeauty? If so, I love your column. If not, I suspect that her blog, which confirmed AMC's cancellation on the 22nd, was one of your sources.

Over the years, it's been eerily reliable on news that no one without an inside source could possibly know. I'd like to be optimistic, but I strongly suspect that she is right again.