FLAG ON THE PLAY: Is Anne Sweeney Putting a Kibosh on Brian Frons Courting GL Actors?





DEADLINE SOAPWOOD: Another day, another drama! A source at ABC is saying Disney Media Works Co-Chair Anne Sweeney is allegedly not trying to feel Brian Frons, who is rumored to be preparing up a bunch of offers to Guiding Light actors should the CBS sudser be cancelled in September.

"He's forcing the actors on his own shows to take pay cuts, now he's readying up deals for these people from a show that's being cancelled, and he's not even gonna make them audition, it's disgusting!" says the source. 

Sweeney allegedly made it known she wants "detailed proposals" explaining where any and all CBS stars would fit in on the ABC soap lineup, complete with thorough story ideas, before Frons so much as contacts one agent!

 The mole goes on to say Frons is not happy with the splashes former ABCers like Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan, All My Children; Shayne, Guiding Light), Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Maggie, All My Children; Chloe, The Young and the Restless) and Billy Miller (ex-Richie, AMC) have made at CBS and is itching to snag some of the Tiffany Network's big names. Yeah, because that has worked out so well with Beth Ehlers...

 


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You gotta keep him in check, it's a little to late for that. It's a scary thought. The actors on GL are telented but if they were to come on an ABC and be front and center, might be a back lash. No fault on the actors because a job is a job, but if they get storyline over vets, people are gonna be fuming. Of course people would be fuming either way. At this point I don't care.

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Wow someone over Frons is paying attention? I guess it has to do with money so that is why...

I think it 'could' work, the problem is the writing, I really like BE on AMC, but the writing for the character is just 'okay' at most when it should be A LOT better.

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Imagine that, needing to have a story in mind before you hire an actor. What a novel idea! lol!

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It is time to fire Frons!!! Actually it is long overdue... Is it that hard to figure out why 3 soaps on the same network keep losing ground??? Frons has storyline control over all of these shows - the writers have a hard time writing what will work with Frons putting his 2 cents worth in!!! The stars that he suppossedly is courting, most of them were with ABC before....hmmmmm

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great story. this is the real soap opera on ABC.

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Glad someone is paying attention to him. He is all about grabbing other shows talent then when he gets them doesn't know what to do with them. BE is a prime example. Another one is Jason Cook for GH. He was more excited that he could put together the original Shelle from Days and after year still don't have a real story for JC's character. Look how long it took them to figure out what to really do with Maxie when they got Kirsten Storms.

Half of the time you wonder if he just gets these actors and then tells his writers, here is a new actor you can write for. I know with both GH and OLTL they have huge casts that it is already a struggle to write for.

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So now I have seen the face of that devil. Cubsgirl, hear, hear!
ADVICE TO ANN SWEENEY: FIRE FRONS!

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Frons is hideous, inside & out.

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Does this make any doggone sense? He HAD all those actors on his shows once-they left and are popping in other shows! What makes him think it works the other way around? History has shown already that it does not!

Plus, it's disturbing that he is prepairing for GL being over in Sept. Must have insider info. Bad news.

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Anne Sweeny needs to terminate this clown post haste!

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Sorry but I still am not buying this. SL had to take a pay cut, if shad had to then how are they able to afford these actors? And they fired JB, why do they want them back now?

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Too bad there are better soapier stories behind the camera than in front lately.

Frons needs TO GO!

...and yeah...how many of these GL actors were already on ABC. The fool BF needs to GO!

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Hear, hear Desertrose! And after him all the exec producers and finally all the writers!
They should be talking about hiring new writers such as Sri Rao. Where is Pam Long?

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Frons is just disgusting and why Anne Sweeney has not fired this clown is beyond me...beyond all of us.

So he's not happy with the actors he has let go(Jeff Branson and Billy Miller) making big splashes on CBS? You made your own bed buddy...

GET HIM OUT! NOW!

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Many ABC actors leaving for better job prospects because of Frons dumb decisions and this would be Sweeney's time to get rid of him for poor mismanagement.

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I couldn't agree more. GH doesn't use the actors it has now, why add more. And if the GH & AMC are over budget, don't add more to it with more characters that will not be used or will be used in the wrong way.

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Ok, as a GH fan, I would much rather keep Rick Hearst and Greg Vaughan, then have Jeff Branson come on. Why? Cause Ive already invested years into both actors and characters, and both are extremely talented actors who DESERVE leading man-type stories, but are rarely ever given the chance.
Just because you bring over popular actors from another network does NOT mean that that equals instant sucess/ratings gold, ESPICALLY when you are incapable for writing for the actors you have already.

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Why? Cause Ive already invested years into both actors and characters, and both are extremely talented actors who DESERVE leading man-type stories, but are rarely ever given the chance.
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But see...you miss the point. It isn't about you or me. Frons doesn't care about us. He thinks we're suckers who will stick around for anything! He will throw his soap (actors) out with the bathwater all to make room for people on yet another dead last soap.

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Yeah, Jamey, you right. It is to stick it to Barbara and think he is doing something. But unless good writing and s/l potential, it will bomb like Crystal Hunt, Jason Cooke, Beth Elhers, Farah Fath-Frons overused her, and other people who he poached. But Y&R is using their talent like Billy Miller, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Jeff Branson, Gina Tognoni, and others. It is the writing.

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You are right Jamey...Frons has thought we were suckers for a long time, and look where GH is now...lowest ranked ABC soap.
But unfortunately, I have a feeling nothing behingd the scenes will change. TPTB most likely will throw us fans a bone for a week or two to get ratings up, then it's same old same old.

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Anne, you need to get on your shit and can this fool...

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If this is true, bravo Anne Sweeney! With any luck, she'll take a close look at some of Frons's other decisions.

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This was exactly what I was saying when I first read this story yesterday! Everyone knows that Susan Lucci had to take a 40% paycut and yet he was thinking about offering parts to some of the GL actors. Plus, the actors that were named would not be cheap! Actors like Crystal Chappell and Gina Tognoni who have been in the industry for awhile would not be cheap. Frons needs to concentrate more on the writing on AMC and GH instead of courting GL stars! Hopefully, this will finally open someone's eyes at ABC to look at some of the horrible decisions Frons has made.

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If this is true, this smells of tampering. Sports teams that have done this have run into LOTS of trouble from their leagues and/or governing bodies.

Frons should get the same treatment. (Again, IF this is true.)

Would this NOT be a firing offense?

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"great story. this is the real soap opera on ABC
kennethzack"
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ICAM....What's going on behind the scenes is far more "interesting" than actually watching the show!

Good for Anne Sweeney.....maybe she can rein in Frons or better yet, fire him! Accountability--what a concept!

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Glad someone is paying attention to him. He is all about grabbing other shows talent then when he gets them doesn't know what to do with them. BE is a prime example.
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I agree he needs to have a plan on how to use them if he gets them but not all of his CBS acquisitions have been bad, RPG is doing great and he hasn't been written for at all.

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IMO he should have been FIRED when they fired mctavish. those two losers have ruined a once great SOAP,,,,,,,bout damn time. JMO

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The only good Frons is a canned Frons!

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Frons will just tell Sweeney "I NEED IT!"

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He's hired like 21 stars from other shows, sometimes his network, sometimes NBC and CBS. Here's the list, I think it's complete. Most of them work on their ABC shows because of the writers, I think. The guy can't write all the shows can he???? Some of my fav ABC stars are on this list too.

AMC
Tamara Braun (Just of DAYS, Known for GH)
Bobbie Eakes (B&B)
Beth Ehlers (GL)
RP Goldin (GL)
Vincent Irrizary (Y&R, used to be AMC and GL)
Thorsten Kaye (Port Charles)
Jacob Young (GH)
Jamie Luner (Melrose, Savannah)

OLTL
Scott Clifton (GH)
Michael Easton (PC)
Farah Fath (Days)
Jerry Ver Dorn (GL)
Crystal Hunt (GL)

GH
Sarah Brown (ATWT, GH)
Jason Cook (Days)
Rick Hearst (B&B, GL, etc.)
Kelly Monaco (PC)
Kirsten Storms (Days)
Greg Vaughn (Y&R)
Laura Wright (GL)
John Ingle (Back from Days)