BLIND ITEM: Soap Opera Hit With MASSIVE, 50 Percent Budget SLASH!




Numerous sources have confirmed to me that one of the six soaps still on the air was recently felled with a massive, 50 percent cut of its production budget. Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential as this story develops...


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Im Thinking It May Be GH Since Its So Over Budget

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Sweet baby jesus! Here we go...

Well I don't think it's Y&R because I believe it was reported that there was no budget cuts with last renewal. don't think it was B&B so I am gonna go with one of the ABC Soaps....which one...I haven't a clue but I would bet GH or AMC.

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Ugh. My bet is on AMC... It better not be OLTL since they actually know how to stay under budget already!

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Could this help explain some of the recent news items of actors leaving/quitting/getting fired?

My money is on AMC or GH - but none of them would really surprise me at this point. The only way it could be OLTL is if they are purposely trying to cancel, which would be all kinds of wrong since they actually stay within the budget.

OMG - this has been one hell of a week on the Soaps front! I think we all might need a good stiff drink to round off the week. Sheesh!

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didnt amc have to move to LA because of budgets?

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I think its ALL MY CHILDREN!
They trying to look like the Young & the Restless and Bold & the Beautiful..But AMC spent way too much money on too many actors, the set, and the storyline sticks!
So its AMC all the way...if its 0ltl that would be a big suprise....if its GH it make sense because of the horrible storyline of the bus crash....every year on GH is a crash, train, bus, hotel hostage, and they overdone themselves...Soap opra is about storylines, not comic books!

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I'm going with GH on this one. Considering her long time tenure on the show, RH must have been expensive, and this would explain their new idiotic strategy of highlighting a bunch of inexpensive newbies (Siobhan, Abby, Lisa, even Michael to an extent).

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It's either GH, AMC, or B&B.

GH: Big salaries + poor ratings.

AMC: Poor ratings.

B&B: Large cast.

My bet is on GH. This is sad. Given that most of the cast took salary cuts, the question is will people be fired or have their salaries reduced again. Reduction of salary again may be very difficult for people with mortgages, etc. based on their current salaries.

I doubt OLTL would need to slash its budget again since it's supposedly the cheapest show on ABC now. But, who knows? The West Coast soaps get state tax credits.

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I doubt its going to be OLTL.

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Oh my gracious! This week keeps getting worse & worse for soaps. If the soap gods love me it'll be either AMC or GH cause they are grossly over budget ALWAYS. If it's OLTL then I may cry & pass out. Surely it's not OLTL cause they are ALWAYS under budget.

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All My Children. Don't forget, the move to L.A. was not so that the show could save money, it was so that they could force some of the more expensive vets to quit, and then try to build the show around Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison.

Now I hear that AMC is seriously in danger of cancellation, and that three characters will be absorbed into the two remaining ABC soaps. I really don't want to see Kendall, Greenlee, or Ryan on OLTL or GH.

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GH.

Days has already been cut to the bone and OLTL is always under-budget.
AMC moved to SAVE money so I don't think it's them either.
Y&R just went to New Orleans and the Cleaver house so I don't think it's them either.
B&B? I doubt it.

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I'm going to guess GH. Most of the others have had their budgets cut already. GH has had a much bigger budget, but lately it's ratings have fallen hard, so I doubt ABC can justify it anymore.

If it's not GH, then I'd guess AMC.

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If it turns out to be OLTL, then that's a clear indicator ABC wants to get rid of it, and I'll be pretty sad because it's the only show I still watch consistently.

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Wow, My guess goes to GH.

This is such a horrible week for soaps, seriously.

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MAN! WOW! All kinds of Hell has broken loose in Daytime this last 56hrs. What the googly goo goo is going on??

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It's like soap Armageddon this week Sad yikes, what could be next?

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It can't be OLTL. It is the best soap on tv now. I think the cast on that show are doing all they can to make it work. ...

I think it is GH. The show has gone downhill so for what they are paying some of them they should be #1. Yea, I know, I don't know the salaries but something tells me that show has a lot of egos who wouldn't stay if they were not getting the money. Again, my guess GH. Also like posted before, the other shows have cut costs.

I guess it could be Y&R because it doesn't get the ratings it did years ago and they may want to bring things in line.

Half budget is big....Think GL. When you think of it, they had loyal fans because they still were not far behind others on a shoestring. Remember Grady? Ashley? Daisey? Then for the last hurrah when they brought on the favs, it bounced back up. It all depends on loyalty when a show goes down, down, down. I guess they decided not to do that to ATWTs. They just cancelled it. Did I just say that?????

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Which ever soap it is, is headed for nothing but trouble.

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I think it is an ABC soap. Corday stated DOOL did not have to agree to any cuts when it got its renewal for two years. I hope it is not OLTL, but it does seem to be the red headed step child of ABC daytime.even though I feel like it is the best creatively. If it is AMC, will Susan Lucci agree to a paycut? GH seems to be the one I would think..but you never know in daytime.

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wow, what is going on right now in soap land? I'm thinking that it might be GH, which could lead to some more "storyline dictated" exits.

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With the economy being what it is I suppose the soaps are not bringing in the money the way they used to for the networks. I’m trying to imagine what would happen if my own personal budget were suddenly reduced by 50%: I’d have to cut out every non-essential item. That would explain some of the cast cuts that are being made. The problem for us fans is that the network executives don’t seem to really have a clue or just have a different take on which cast members are essential.

The upshot is that the soaps will have to learn to make do with less. And so will fans.

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I will think it GH or AMC. OLTL is always underbuget and Gary is running a tight ship over at DOOL by all a counts. My guess is GH or AMC. I will think GH becasue they boost a lot more bigger name actors. My guess is ABC views AMC looks (Hair, Make up, Production Design, ect) as too most of an asset to the show (that is way AMC usually has the most emmy noms) to make major cuts in those areas or about a year into the L.A move.

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I think it's AMC that show has been garbage for some time so why should ABC waste money on it.

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OLTL

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From the podcast I think Jamey said that OLTL is on budget and AMC always busted their budget.

So it could be either AMC or GH.

GH rating were in the crapper when it was time to renew the money for publicity.

I also heard from Ravenbeauty that one ABC soap may be cancelled because of budget and rating and it's either AMC or OLTL.

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GH or AMC are the first that come to mind as possible contenders.

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Question:

If all three ABC soaps were given 50% budget cut and reduced to half an hour, would it work out? They would not have to produce as much story and the cast could be smaller. Would it be smart economically for ABC to consider this? Back in the day, that is how all the soaps were. I would watch all three daily if that is was the case, because I'd have the time. I am just curious. I am not saying it would or wouldn't be beneficial.

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IF AMC

You think they brought Harltey on just to write Paul off the show? Would not surpise me if they left together, Amanda will be gone, Annie gone, I would assume they would want JR around but who knows. Maybe Bill be hearing rumors and be waiting to see if Jacob is free to write for Amber and Rick on B&B.

If GH: We know the Actress who plays Maya has a pilot. And they seem full bent on Maxie and Matt so I wonder about Anderson. The SOD previews say something about girls still looking for Mr. Right for Alexis so have to worry about them right off Max. Can Robin and Partick leave town to work ont their marriage post Lisa?

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Shouldn't that mean that the producer and headwriter should be the first to go?

GH: DEAD BUT FOR THE DYING.