All My Children's 40th Birthday Celebration Continues
All My Children continued it's 40th birthday party in Los Angeles as part of the 2010 Winter Press Tour. Attending the panel were Creator Agnes Nixon, Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and cast members, Susan Lucci, Bobbie Eakes, Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig.
During the press conference, Carruthers said that a replacement for ousted Head Writer, Charles Pratt, would be announced in a few weeks.
The on-air anniversary celebration last week consisted of a special two episode arc featuring the return of former cast members Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Eva LaRue, Eden Riegal, Julia Barr, Levin Ramblin, Larry Lau, Taylor Miller and James Mitchell.
In addition to creating "All My Children", the show that introduced the world to Erica Kane, Nixon is also the creator of the ABC Television Network’s "Loving" and the Emmy winning “One Life to Live,” now entering its 42nd year on ABC.
“All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. It also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing.
This year the show is nominated for multiple leading industry awards, including the NAACP Image Awards, Writer's Guild Awards, Director's Guild Awards and the GLADD Awards.
"All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. Full episodes of the show are available for viewing online at ABC.com
ABC introduces 'Happy Town' starring Steven Weber
ABC has announced a series of new shows that will debut soon on the network. One of the new shows slated for mid-season replacement, is "Happy Town" starring Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 360) and Sam Neil.
Described by executive producer, Scott Rosenberg, as "Happy Town is Salem's Lot crossed with Twin Peaks", the plot synopsis is:
Haplin, Minnesota, "Happy Town," has enjoyed an uneasy peace for five years, but all that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, the small town now faces a dark new crime that brings all its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive "Magic Man" - who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions -- returned to claim another victim? As Haplin's mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens' motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time.
Haplin is full of colorful characters, including Big Dave Duncan (Abraham Benrubi) and the nefarious Stiviletto brothers, but many in this small town in middle America have skeletons in their closets. Who will step up and help unearth the secrets that have festered under Haplin's cheery exterior? How will its citizens deal with the revelations? And who is the "Magic Man"? Does he really exist, and can he be stopped?
"Happy Town" stars Geoff Stults as Tommy Conroy, Sam Neill as Merritt Grieves, Lauren German as Henley Boone, Steven Weber as John Haplin, Amy Acker as Rachel Conroy, Sarah Gadon as Georgia Bravin, Robert Wisdom as Roger Hobbs, Jay Paulson as Eli "Root Beer" Rogers and Ben Schnetzer as Andrew Haplin.
Recurring stars include Frances Conroy as Peggy Haplin, Abraham Benrubi as Big Dave Duncan, M.C. Gainey as Sheriff Griffin Conroy, Peter Outerbridge as Handsome Dan, Warren Christie as Greggy Stiviletto and Sophia Ewaniuk as Emma Conroy.
Josh Appelbaum ("Life on Mars," "Alias," "October Road"), André Nemec ("Life on Mars," "Alias," "October Road") and Scott Rosenberg ("Life on Mars," "October Road") are executive producers. "Happy Town" is produced by ABC Studios.
(pictured: Steven Weber photo: ABC)
The Late Night drama continues as Conan rejects NBC's decison to move "Tonight Show".
Earlier this week, NBC announced that it was ending it's 10pm experiment by canceling the "The Jay Leno". The network plans to move Leno's talker to his original Tonight Show time slot of 11:35, opting to push the current "Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien." O'Brien and Leno has both joked about the situation on their on-air monolgues but off-camera the funny men aren't laughing. Ending the speculation as to what O'Brien's decision would be, he released a statement today saying he would not agree to NBC's suggestion to move his show to 12:05.
The statement reads:
"People of Earth:
In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.
But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.
Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way.
LOST Series Recap:Seasons 1 through 5
ABC announced today that the sixth and final season of “Lost” will kick-off with a special all-night event on Tuesday, February 2. A recap special will kick off the night from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET, followed by the much anticipated two-hour premiere from 9:00-11:00 p.m.
The series will then air in its regular time period Tuesday nights from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET beginning the following week, on February 9.
As the show gets ready to return to what will be it's final season, here's a little recap of the series so far.
Check out the video below:
Monster, Beats™ by Dr. Dre,™ Lady Gaga, and (RED)™ Team Up to Help Eliminate AIDS in Africa
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