All My Children Actors Staging a Coup?



This is gonna get ugly. TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco is reporting several AMC actors are threatening to quit rather than move to LA. 
 

The Suds Report has exclusively learned that that a coup d’etat — helmed by the major veterans of the soap — is in the works. “We’re all banding together and threatening to quit to keep the show in New York,” a vet tells Suds. “You can print that.”

Uh yeah, good luck with that one! In other AMC Move-related news from The Suds Report, Chrishell Stause (Amanda), Jacob Young, Aiden Turner (Aidan) and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) are all reportedly heading West, according to Branco.

 


CORRECTION: When I initially posted, I misread the Suds Report item. Nelson Branco reported that Aiden Turner was reportedly set to move to LA, not Bobbie Eakes.

 

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Yeah, I agree - "good luck with that one." It is sad that after 39 years AMC has to relocate to Los Angeles and that the talent has to decide whether to go or not, but they can't exactly mutiny like that either.

If the talent forms a strike or whatever, causing a force majeure with ABC, they are just going to cost the production MORE money.

Maybe if everyone related to AMC took pay cuts they could stay. Realistically, they should be happy to still have jobs. Everyone is hurting and they are not in a position to make demands.

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Won't work. ABC would probably just cancel the show and expand the View.

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They are all going to get fired. I see no way of their coup being able to keep production in NY, and then AMC is going to be a shell of it's former self.

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None of those names listed for those headed west are surprising.

But I've been wondering if this means Stause will be staying. A move to L.A. could be beneficial to her with wanting to further her career. I get the feeling AMC would accommodate her wish to do more outside projects in order to get more time out of her.

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In this economy, if my employer told me I had to move to keep my job, I'd take them up on the offer. I realize these people have lives and families, but you really can't expect a company struggling to make a profit in one of it's divisions to keep on using an unprofitable business model do you? I mean, look where that got GM, Chrysler, the banking industry, healthcare and the airlines for cripe sake!

I don't think this mutiny on the bounty is gonna fly! It'll be more of a "see ya later and buh-bye"!

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It's a shame that AMC couldnt do some kind of say, 3 month storyline rotation type arcs...and maybe that way some of the verts would be more open to commuting if it was for a couple of months at a time, as opposed to permantly.
I used to love Port Charles' story arcs and it really brought the show back to life for awhile.

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Everyone ABC/AMC is loving this. This Way they can rid themselves of the unworthy as they would call them and go after more LA people

This already is gonna fail and I hope when ABC cancels a soap its this one.

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Frankly, I think ABC should have moved production to either Chicago or Philadelphia. Both are closer to NYC and production would be cheaper. I read that Illinois offers tax incentives, which is why so many movies are filmed there now (Dark Knight). Oprah's in Chicago. Something must be good about the place, otherwise she would have moved to either coast years ago.

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disillusioned GH fan, when you're Susan Lucci the last thing you have to worry about is unemployment. I mean, come on. That woman probably has more money in the bank than Erica Cane. And plus, if you're one of these veteran actors, you more than likely won't have very much trouble finding something else. But who's to say that they wouldn't? But really, if Susan Lucci, Walt Willey, and David Canary all quit, they are definitely not in financial danger.

And, you can't knock 'em for trying. It is almost disgusting that that Brian Fronz is doing this to these actors, because we all know that being able to rid of all these highly payed, NY based vets was one of the great selling points on this deal. So, Note: Mrs. Lucci, HE WANTS YOU TO QUIT!

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Why not just move to Toronto? The city is looking to expand its filming industry and investing a lot of money as it is in doing so. Moving production there I'm sure they could get a good deal, and it is not that long of a flight!! A lot more actors could remain in NYC if they choose to and just fly back and forth, its only an hour and 15 minutes, not much longer than many people do to communte to their jobs

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Without la lucci this soap is a goner sorry frons.

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Maybe Adam Chandler or Erica Kane could end up in Llanview? Adam and Dorian would be a delicious duo and Susan Lucci and Robert S. Woods' characters could have that flirtation they wished upon a soap bubble back in the 80's Smile
Erik

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So if Chrishell Stause is moving to LA that seems to me that her contract extension, which was 6 months would be longer than that if they are starting in La in January... The tiny little light of happiness for me in this is that Melissa Claire Egan is moving Smile Love me some MCE! But this behind the scenes drama is making me very nervous for AMC...

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When was all this decided? Bobbie didn't mention it on her FB.
I don't see how Brian Fons thinks the move will help AMC when the writing is bad.

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I'm surprised that Jamie TurboLunar hasn't confirmed that she's running to LA with Chuckie Pratt

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JMHO but I think if Robin Strasser had no re-signed, Lucci would have ended up on AMC. Maybe thats why tptb felt so comfortable giving Strasser the take it or leave it approach??

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I cannot imagine AMC without Erica Kane! Can that actually work?

Staging a coup is not going to make ABC change their minds, so it's really just a waste of time! If these actors refuse to go to LA, then they better start looking for a new job because AMC will not stay in NY just because a few actors threaten to quit! ABC is probably hoping some of these vets will quit!

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I knew most of my favorite vets would not want to move west. ABCD must be thrilled.

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I truly believe that unless they get some key vets on board with this move All My Children will be cancelled first and it will be an absolute disaster. This isn't like Days of Our Lives where the DH's were largely backburned for a long period before they were fired. If you lose Susan Lucci, David Canary, and Alicia Minshew at the same time you can put a fork in this show. I don't see Chrishell Stause, Bobbie Eakes, or Jacob Young carrying this show.

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Maybe the H1N1 virus will sweep through Pine Valley (or one artificially created by Dr. Davey Deathdoc) and it will wipe out anyone in Pine Valley over the age of 50. Kind of like an older cutoff version of Logan's Run.

Incidentally, I don't get that part in the Suds Report about Kelly telling Regis she may consider moving to L.A. to rejoin AMC. Regis has been away from the talk show this week, taping the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? specials, so when did this conversation take place?

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I don't see this manuever working at all. I'm hoping that this is just a rumor circulating with all of the chaos going on. After Lucci's appearance on Regis and Kelly, I'm not too confident about the vets moving.

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What did ABCD expect? But I guess that's what they wanted. I think we know who some of those vets are. Anyway this is a bad idea, I know they're upset, I know they feel like they were blindsided by the move, and I wish they could have move AMC to Toronto, Philadelphia, or here in Chicago. But it is not going to work. I am sure ABC will just find some West-Coast based soap actors who are out of work and hire them. Maybe if it is true, they can get Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos back.

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I could see her taking "recurring" and just flying out for occasional appearances. They could say New Beginnings has moved (ironically) to New York, so she'd be close to Pine Valley, but not there.

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I encourage them to go now--when we had a similar situation at work, only those who moved really got ahead financially. They can move back to NYC later and commute back and forth if need be. There are no other jobs for them in NYC with ATWT about to leave the airways next.

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Actually OLTL is in New York so there are jobs and ATWT hasn't be confirmed canceled yet only renewed, it might go off next year if the ratings don't improve. I hope the ratings improve so ATWT gets renewed.

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Keanna,

Kelly Ripa and Mark C. live in NYC. Ripa is the main breadwinner in their family and makes a boat load on "Live w/ Regis & Kelly." She would have to take a HUGE pay cut to leave the "Live.." to go back to work on AMC in LA. It also wouldn't make sense since there's a chance that AMC would be canceled in a year or so after the move.

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BTW, I don't understand why the NYC-based soaps didn't muscle their way into NYC's tax breaks for productions. Given the number of jobs that those shows had in NYC, I don't see why the city and state did want to fight to help to keep them.

What if GL had those tax breaks? Would the show not have do have gone to Peapack? Would it still be on the air?

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That's right, josstheguy. I don't understand why Mayor Bloomberg didn't raise a ruckus about this the way he did when there was some mild talk of Letterman moving his show to California several years ago. Yes, soaps may be a dying breed, but AMC has more than 40 contract and recurring actors and dozens more behind the scenes, not to mention what the stars do to with personal appearances and charities. They are economic generators for NYC. I hope he raises a stink once the summer doldrums are over and people start getting back into their routines.

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TV Gord,

Bloomberg? Please, the man could have done something when GL got canceled or before that.

Basically, every show employs between 100 to 200 people directly (actors, producers, directors, admin, crew, etc.). Now add onto that the people and businesses that provide services to those shows and the numbers grow larger. As of the beginning of this year, there were 4 soaps. By the end of the year, there will be two. All of those jobs in the New York economy gone. Forever. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Bloomberg could and should be doing something immediately to fix this but he won't.

Frankly, I wish that OLTL were also moving if that helped to ensure its survival. If AMC is moving to Cali to save cash, why not also move OLTL there, too? It's ratings are stronger and it has more critical acclaim than AMC.

If keeping AMC is about the power of the AMC brand because of the fame of Erica Kane, what sense does it make to force Lucci out of her role? Doesn't that hurt the brand?

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If I am a vet on AMC with a home and family why in the world would I up root my family to move to California for a show that more than likely will not be around in 3-4 years unless something radical happens.