Brian Frons: ABC “Has Big Plans” For Soaps


In the wake of As the World Turns’ cancellation, ABC Daytime president Brian Frons released a statement with TV Guide Magazine in regards to the mouse house’s three soaps saying,

Even though other soaps are being canceled, we’re still dedicated to ours. We’re very proud of them and have big plans for the future.

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  1. Profile photo of californiaguy888
    californiaguy888

    CHEERS to Brian Fons optimism..I hope he’s not living in an IVORY tower…  Glad he has a BOUNTY of good will toward his soaps, unlike the DOWNY messages coming from other execs.  I hope his ABC soaps GAIN in viewers, not just this week but ALWAYS.  Lets hope the TIDE has turned….  The DAWN of a new ABC day is coming our way !!  Woo hoo.  His message is quite surprising , almost CHARMINg. 

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    dkp

    As long as those "big plans" don’t include canceling my OLTL. I hope that’s more than just lipservice and ABC is committed to all three of it’s soaps. Not going to hold my breath though.

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    TV Gord

     He’s the dehhhh-vil.  Don’t look directly into his eyes in that picture up there.  He’s not fooling anyone.  We need to hear the words, "We will not cancel One Life To Live.  THAT’S how committed we are to our three soaps".  Until he says that, I will be verrrry suspicious!

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    miamibeachguy

    Yes, Brian Frons has big plans for ABC’s soaps, all TWO of them.  It is obvious he has no love for OLTL and I think it will be cancelled next year.  I think the decision has probably already been made.  This is so sad since I think OLTL is the best soap on the air and it’s the only one I watch.  I truly hope I am wrong but I don’t trust this guy and I think if he were truly committed to all THREE soaps, OLTL would have moved to Los Angeles along with AMC.  Let’s all do what we can to spread the word about what a great show OLTL is and pray for a miracle.

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    jetty

    I still watch Y&R, and occasionally catch B&B or ATWT, but OLTL is the only show I actually look forward to watching. Y&R is becoming difficult to sit through and B&B is always something tobruise my face from all the eyerolls, but OLTL is keeping my interest these days. I’ll be sad if the rumors indeed become true and it leaves the airwaves next year.

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    grannyswatching

    Ah yes, Brian while you and your friend Bob Guza are sitting alone watching your favorite General Hospital the rest of us will be watching CBS.  Enjoy yourself.  Could get dark in that room after awhile when they turn the lights out on you and lock the joint up. You may also want take special care of your arm while your patting yourself on the back for a job well done; you’ll need it when your standing out in front of Sleep Country holding signs for their next big sale. 

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    scoboot

    I take him seriously. If a show that has been so good, and on the air so long, dies on his watch he will look as incompetent as Barbara Bloom. He wants all three to survive, and I think this is his way of trying to put out blogger fires about OLTL. I do believe that OLTL will be his target if he is forced to cancel a show, but I do believe he doesn’t WANT to cancel any.

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    preFronsAMCfan

    If Frons is serious about the survival of ABC soaps the best thing he can do is STEP DOWN and give his job to a competent human being who won’t meddle and play favorites (Scumbag Ryan Lavery, who hasn’t had an even mediocre couple in almost a decade) immediately comes to mind.

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons att

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons at

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons at the

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons at the controls

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons at the controls claiming

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    TC irene

    Well the Oxygen masks had just dropped and I am trying to breathe normally as instructed but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I fear that I and my OLTL are coming in for a serious crash landing with Frons at the controls.

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    acespencer

    Okay so I have read the posts and can we say we get some of your points the first time you do not need to post the same message a hundred times!

    On to the matter at hand.  I love tha ABC knows where it is and are keeping the 3 Soaps!  Yes I said 3 Soaps cause I agree with others that Frons doesn’t want to be like CBS and NBC and let a Soap die on his watch.

    The big changes ahead well where to begin on that one?  I could begin with a new opening sequence for all three soaps.  The openings are so dated and GH has never updated theirs to refelect current contract players.  For Pete’s sake Alan is still in there and he has been on another Soap!

    One can hope and pray tha Guza and Phelps will be out at GH but I highly doubt it.  The Franco storyline has been read hot and I believe he will believe it is all because of them.

    On that note Franco needs to say!  Genie Francis needs to come home!  Brenda needs to reclaim her place as GH’s Face of Deception and Lynn Herring needs to be back with an aged Serena so Michael has a love interest!

    OLTL needs to reunite Clint and VIcki!  Get rid of Stacey!  Find a Joey! Bring Evangaline back but only in the form of Renee Goldsberg!  Let Michael and Marcie stay on screen!  Give Nat and John another shot by reuniiting Marty with a much alive Patrick.  What a twist would it be if Patrick was the one who helped Mitch Lawerence.  That would be an interesting twist. 

    AMC needs to get an identity!  They need to get Leo back and bring back Binks!  Other than that just rewrite the wrong and say Dixie never died!

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    siomonstuart2003

    I don’t believe that Frons is cares about OLTL because if he have, he would of promoting it big time and letting the actors give interviews.  I not buying his "big plans" for OLTL, but for GH and AMC,, he have big plans alright to give them more publicity than OLTL.

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    katclaws

    [quote=preFronsAMCfan]If Frons is serious about the survival of ABC soaps the best thing he can do is STEP DOWN and give his job to a competent human being who won’t meddle and play favorites .[/quote]

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ICAM………. Frons just worries about his pets de jour. 

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    Outspoken

    In Awe of this and the statement of Brad Bell; I read out that they are hanging us out to dry in the ice and snow, Folks!

    Brad’s statement was a bit too smug for my tastes, which leaves me to wonder if  he is getting ready to transfer his show to another outlet  ((just in case)). Cable or Internet??? He is confident alright. Wasn’t  his disregard to those who loose their existance absolutely appalling? A short mention.. that was it. I guess they felt really good about that one, Brad.. good going. This is just another example of how black and white these Execs see the business, this is a dog eat dog world. What I know botthered me about his statement was how easily he dismissed ATWT;  a part of history that his parents helped to create.

    As for "OUR FRIEND".. .. ((Sarcasm Here Please))

    Let us surfice it to say; I wasn’t born yesterday. I have witnessed time and time again ABC co-signing the decision to can epic shows.     Dark Shadows and Nightshift//  ((….Ding a ling… )), if nothing would keep the soaps alive while many suffer the beheading of their favorites, I believe reliving the at least two of our Epics— would.  It wasn’t long ago that we shook our heads at many  ruthless firings.  We read in shock about the breaking news simultaneously as many of  our Cast and Crew members.  That is ABC….

    Brian talks a lot during the run of a day, some sounds good… some not so.  At the end of the day, no one is certain if any of it is true. There is no need to cancel any of the shows. We fans are happy with the sets the way they are, we don’t need the glitter because we have story, for story, for story… In other words; we have a real soap opera. OMG.. The entire Troop.. Writers, Coordinators, LIGHTING, MOOD, SCENE, with the most simplistic technology. Promote the show and everything else will follow "MY FRIEND".. .. ((Sarcasm Here Please))

    This move into the larger studios comes over to me as if the intent to bring OLTL over budget is being carried through. Sorry, my personal opinion. Being aware of how callous this network can be, I see this statement as a foreshadowing of the — "having had done all that we could to save this wonderful show, we regret………." memo.

    Put it in writing… ALL THREE SHOWS and Stop talking the talk!

    Happy 4th Advent to you all… and to Brian and Brad… BnB… to you a good night!

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    Cyberologist

    I don’t believe the plans are for the better.  Until he fires hack Guza, stay out of the writing process by overemphasizing his poodles, and shove Phelps and her focus groups out the exit door  who haven’t done much except destroy the show by designing story around these idiots for years
     
     I can’t take him seriously. I go by what I see on my screen and I see women on GH debased in some of the most horrid writing of women I’ve seen in recent memory.

    This man is the major architect of destruction of this genre which he says he wants to redefine but into what?

    I have seen three shows under his watch and I am not impressed. Watching FronsTv is a very hard watch;  which  I can handle only in very small doses but most times not. The mere fact he’s releasing this statement sends me a message in itself.  I don’t trust him.  He talks the talk but will not fire his bud Guza who has gutted General Hospital.  He is the worst thing to happen to my three use to be favorite soaps.

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