Rumor: Opal A Victim Of A Desperate All My Children's Ratings Stunt?!



All My Children seems to be getting desperate for ratings! More rumors are circulating that All My Children is going to tap into General Hospital's arsenal of cheap Sweeps ratings grabbers with a couple of exploding houses courtesy of a diabolical Robert Gardener. Also plans are on killing off a few of their core characters too! One such character RUMORED to be blown up is Opal Cortlant during May Sweeps.

Now this would serve as a big ratings grabber for the show based on the fact that Opal is a core character...the biological mother of Tad Martin and best friend of Erica Kane. And it would prove how nasty & evil Robert Gardener is as a villain in comparison to Opal's former husband Ray Gardener (Tad's abusive bio dad). But how could a soap do that to a character that's been on the show since 1981? Well I guess it isn't much of a shock considering Opal hardly gets any good air time anymore and current portrayer (since 1989) Jill Larson has been put on recurring status since June 2006. Would anyone really miss Opal? I sure would!

What are you're thoughts on this rumored expenditure from All My Children?


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THEBEST's picture
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I hate that I just read this, because it may be true, considering how crappy AMC has been. I don't give a damn if I only see Opal once a month, just keep her alive & well!

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Oh look! Yet more reason I won't be tuning into AMC anymore. Good for them.

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Ugh! I feel like "J" when he talks about the travesty of Gloria living in the Abbot house on Y&R. Ugh! Opal is PRICELESS! I mean seriously! Her scenes with Erica are priceless! Ugh! I love that we are seeing her on screen more, BUT I hate how they are so obviously using her as a pathetic pawn to prop the "Big Bad". Drives me nuts. If AMC does kill her off, I hope DAYS hires her to be a wacky woman who awkwardly romances Victor K. That would be freakin hysterical and a good use of this actresses obvious talents! Or, send her to GH and put her with Edward . . . OR make her a romantic foil for Maggie and Mickey on Days . . . anything! Ugh . . . I am so frustrated.

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Oh, yes, because this is the part of GH that AMC should copy - killing off vets for sweeps stunts! ERRRRRRR!!!!! So, not impressed right now!!! There's a lot of dead weight AMC could cut - but Opal isn't on that list!

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It's disgusting.  As a 30 year viewer I find it repulsive that TPTB would even consider letting Jill Larson go.   She stepped into Dorothy Lyman's shoes with grace and all the sass that the character of 'Opal' is about.  I cannot imagine anyone on the set not speaking up if this is true. 

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I knew it was too good to be true that Opal was finally getting more airtime. Jill's not even on contract anymore, so it's not like they are saving money killing her off. If I were her, I'd have told them to stuff it and refused to come back. Why kill off Opal when there are SO many useless characters floating around? And most of all, NO ONE should be killed off to keep Krystal and Babe, the two most horrid characters in the history of AMC.

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I'd believe it. I could easily see Carmen becoming the "new Opal" after this whole women in chains thing is over. That would be just like the people in charge, can't have two wacky friends for Erica Kane at one time, gotta kill one of 'em off.

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I hope it's not true. I doubt stunts like these have ever improved the ratings in the longterm. When there over there's one less character fans love to watch on the show.It certainly didn't help the ratings for very long(if at all)when they did it last year.

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I wish it were Kendell or Greenlee being killed off.

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This would surprise anyone HOW? Need I remind you that they murdered Alan Quartermaine on GH as a RATINGS STUNT and to prop up giving the terrorist murderer a contract and pairing him up romantically with Alexis? They do not care about core families. they could care LESS about history or veterans. it's all about the bottom line, baby and the rest of it is pie in the sky wishful thinking of fans to loyal to admit the writing on the wall. It's sad. I'm sad about it. All.

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I wouldn't call myself a newer viewer at ALL, but i am a younger viewer, turning 19 this month, and I don't understand what AMC is thinking, Opal (whenever we see her) It was one of the best things on that show, she's such a breat of fresh air on "All My Crap". I only really watch the last 5 minuutes of episodes now anyway but killing Opal, this show just might as well go off the air now if its gonna keep making TERRIBLE mistakes and stupid storylines (Ryan's memory loss, Kendall/Aiden, Greenlee's need for Ryan!) UGH! Just yuck!

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It really does seem to be about short-term shock effects. They'll get some attention because they're killing off a vet, there will be some great heart-wrenching scenes, and that'll be it. Like At50 wrote, they'll be one less fan fav, the ratings wouldn't have improved and it'll all be for nothing. In fact, the show will have even more pissed off fans, so in the long-term this will be detrimental to the show.

When will they learn?? We don't watch soaps because we want to see our beloved characters killed...duh!

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atirllorrac

If this is what they think will bring the ratings up, they're sadly mistaken. Opal is a joy to watch.

If they need to free up money, or just clean house to make room for new characters, there are a few dead weights they could kill off. For example: Krystal, Babe, Richie, Julia, Annie, Ryan and Greenlee.