Could Brian Frons Finally Be On His Way OUT at ABC Daytime?






Oh merciful Minerva, please let this be true! Page Six is hearing Brian Frons—easily the most destructive network television force since Jeff Zucker—may be on his way out at ABC Daytime.

ABC Daytime honcho Brian Frons is in hot water over the cancellation of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," sources said. After Hoover announced it will yank ads over the soap axing, other advertisers like Hershey's and L'Oreal are getting heat from consumers to pull ads. Insiders are pointing at Frons, with whispers he may be in his final days.

Of course ABC denied the rumors to Page Six, as well as ones alleging The Mouse House has asked Kelly Ripa and the women of The View to lay off discussing One Life to Live and All My Children being destroyed on Frons' watch. What I find most disturbing is how Frons went around in the mainstream press following the cancellations of Guiding Light and As The World Turns, in effect grabbing his crotch,as he bragged about how ABC owning their own soaps made them more viable.  

Well riddle me this: How has NBC managed to recognize the viability in continuing to license Days of Our Lives, which does similar numbers to those of the ABC soaps, yet Frons, with decades of soap opera experience under his belt, couldn't budget for and monetize sudsers ABC has owned for decades? I'm sorry, but If Erica Kane, Viki and Dorian Lord have to go, then so should Brian Frons.


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I going to my church right now and say a pray Evil I contacted my local ABC station manager saying I would boycott ABC and Disney stations and programs along with local email to send to local station and there were just in here in my market over 3000 emails received from local petition. I read on my other site to turn up the heat on local affiliates of ABC because they can put a lot of pressure on ABC, simply saying that they wouldn't run new content and do their own broadcast. So I joined the battle and did my part. Is this worth it in all honesty, not sure but couldn't hurt. Big smile

Peace
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Please, please, please, be true!

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It would be exactly what he deserves. Show killer.

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Jamey, you crack me up daily with your hilarious comments (i.e., "Oh merciful Minerva, please let this be true!")

If this tidbit is indeed true and I trust you as a source implicitly, the day it happens will be one of the best days of my life. While it may not save our soaps (still holding onto to a teeny bit of hope), this is the result that would appease me. When Pratt started on as head writer and immediately crashed AMC into the ground (literally) with the inane tornado story, and I heard he was a FRIENDOFFRONS, I was so dismayed and prayed every day for his ouster. I'm not religious by any means, but my prayers were answered then, and maybe they will be now.

If nothing changes, my other prayer is that LB can usher Pine Valley into the sunset well (not in Frons' vision, in hers).

I haven't watched too many episodes lately since it almost hurts too much to watch, but I did get to see the reveal of Kendall figuring out that Ricky is evil - kudos to Lish for rocking those scenes; I'm looking forward to more of that and soon. Hopefully, buh-bye, Ricky (nothing against Eddie Matos).

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So ABC gets Frons to do their dirty work, take the heat, and then get rid of him. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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Right Simple But It wont change the result. Hell ABC, Disney & maybe even the shareholders who hold all the money want soaps DEAD and If Frons Is Out. Soaps On ABC Will Still Be Dead. Sad But True

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Jamey, if Frons gets fired, does that mean the soaps won't be canceled? Like is there a chance the decision will be undone?

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If this pans out to be true (and God-willing it is), sadly, the damage has already been done and won't be undone.

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jlafferty posted the same question I was going to ask. Any hope of that happening??

I do still stand by AMC just being reaaaaaallly bad. OLTL is the heartbreaker for me. But BOTH canx is just horrid for the Genre (PLEASE NEVAH LET THIS HAPPEN TO Y&R!!)as we've all stated...

Here was my one pathetic thought regrading this P.O.S. that 'runs' ABC Daytime.

When Becky Hearbst was axed, folks went WILD. And, of course, it drew attention to GH. Rebecca was 'saved'.

I actually thought for a moment, this is what Fronz was thinking. "Hey, let's 'cancel' both these shows, have people go postal. Everyone from Chelsea Handler to "The Today Show" will talk about it and maybe we can get more viewership as the shows "Wind Down"...and then finally, we'll give the shows a Stay of Execution after May Sweeps!"

I don't put it past him. Especially hurting the Cast and Crews of the shows. I just see him LOVING that part.

Either Way, this A-Hole needs to be fired.

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Jlafferty

Folks Above Frons Want Soaps Gone Perhaps Even The Shareholders who hold & All The Money So Frons Being Fired Wont Save The Soaps In Fact It Could Cause An Earlier Cancelation For GH

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So what's the point then? Anne Sweeney will still be there and she wants to kill GH as well.

Brian Frons is fired, we all celebrate because we believe it's well deserved, yet our soaps are still gone...

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SavingAn Actors Job Is Easier Than Saving Two Canceled Soaps

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This won't reverse the cancellations, but it will help GH. It took us to lose GL & ATWT for us to finally get rid of Babs. Hopefully, this means Frons' 9 year reign of terror will finally be over...

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Karma's a bitch! Seriously, this whole debacle has been poorly handled for years and this cancellation has been going on for years. Brian Frons has behaved without honor but has acted with a lot of arrogance and nastiness. I don't see how Mr. Frons can expect to command respect or earn trust from anyone at this point. Was Brian Frons the fall guy? Maybe. If so, patsy may be a better choice of words. Whatever, Brian Frons is definitely a Yuck!
Anyway, In my opinion, I think that it was a huge mistake to cancel One Life to Live. The cancellation has no merit. I can understand and justify, sadly, All My Children. I think that there could have been a way to save at least one of these shows. Someone suggested using OLTL at night. I think that this could have been brilliant on so many levels. If SoapNet is going to exist for a longer period of time, why not produce OLTL for SoapNet? I know that the expense would/could be prohibitive but wouldn't it be interesting to see if SoapNet's numbers improved? What about alternating AMC and OLTL in the same time slot? This might have been incredible and improved AMC and its numbers.
I am 55 years old. I grew up watching soaps. I can remember before Penny met Jeff on ATWT. I was furious when my parents made me go to Bozo's Circus and miss ATWT when I was 5 or 6. At the time, Bozo's Circus were the hottest tickets in Chicago. Not for me! I cut school to watch the first episodes of AMC and Y&R. I proudly watched the soaps when it wasn't cool. I understood why EoN, GL, and ATWT were canceled yet I mourned these shows and their glory days. Most sadly, I understand AMC too but OLTL is another story. The show is outstanding and there is no artistic justification or otherwise for this show to be canceled. This is the last soap that I watch. If OLTL goes then a huge part of my life will have ended.
I can promise this. Barbara Walters pandering to Brian Frons earlier this week completely disgusted and nauseated me. The View is stale, I am done with it. If OLTL does end, ABC can say goodbye to me. Multiply me by millions and ABC is in trouble.

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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, LET THIS BE TRUE!!! I want my AMC, NOT MORE REALITY TV OR FOOD SHOWS!!! ENOUGH!

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But it won't help GH, Anne Sweeney stills wants it gone.
I don't see the point in all of this inless it helps undo Fron's/Sweeney's decision.

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I agree this will not save the shows. If this actually happens it is merely a PR move on the part of ABC to "throw a bone" to the angry AMC and OLTL fans. Fronsie is merely the fall guy, I truly believe the network wants out and GH will be gone no later than 2012. No new regime is going to change that. The only good side to this is the person who was the face of the cancellation of these legacy soaps is also leaving with the soaps he helped to destroy.

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Oh Lord above this would be a great Easter present if Frons is out. Hopefully with Ron C. replacing Guza soon.. hey a girl can hope. Karmas a you know what ain't it Fronsie?

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Frons Wanted To Save GH and AMC. He Loves Them. They Are Run By His BFF's. The Rating In 18-49 Demo did AMC In. Anne Wanted GH Gone Too. Frons Fought For a Stay Of Execution. If Frons is Gone Sweeney and Pals Could Cut GH sooner than expected.

As For Babs Bloom At CBS Her Firing had More To do with her trying to micromanage The TALk. Julie Chen Was Having None Of That & With Her Hubby CBS' Top Guy, Bloom Was Out

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Yeah, personally, I'm starting to think this is going to do more harm then good...

Inless this can save the soaps, then I don't see the point.

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Please don't tease my feeble heart.

To all the naysayers: if the DevilFrons is indeed fired, it will be because ABCreeps realizes it made a huge mistake and that it needs to reevaluate its position with regards to soaps.

If that is not the case, the DevilFrons will not be fired. It's very simple!

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curacaoman

Well, that makes sense. I hope your right.

I just don't want to get my hopes high.

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Curacaoman

The Folks above Frons want soaps Gone so Firing Frons WILL NOT Change That Decision & That Is FACT

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He certainly needs to go and its long overdue I'm lighting candles and saying chants and hopefully he'll take his pet actors/actresses with him. I refuse to get happy until its confirmed he's finally gone....After tanking soaps on two networks he may be Sweeneys' henchman..but his arrogance, total disrespect for viewers, name calling, mocking, alienating and polarizing his audience and they "way he treats actors is all Brian Frons. I've read a lot about him and he's not a nice guy.

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I am also going to make a special trip to church to pray to God that this is true. If it true I believe it would be the best and most appropriate response by the higher ups. I think there is a difference between Frons and Sweeney et. al. I do not think that the Disney executives are "out to get" soaps. Their ONLY concern is increasing shareholder returns and by the numbers soaps have not been doing that as they did in the past. If there was a way, and I believe there is, for soaps to be profitable again, then I do not think Anne Sweeney, Robert Iger, or any of the other execs would care if they remained on the air. Frons on the other hand is someone who is closer to the soaps, yet he has a fundamental misunderstanding of what they are and should be, so when people have turned away from HIS vision, he took that to mean that the medium was no longer viable and must be done away with. The board members only care about money, and so if there was someone who could run abc daytime with soaps and make money, that would be fine by them. Frons was the person that they hired, and because of his own arrogance, ignorance, and agenda, he made it seem like there was nothing to be gained from soaps any longer.

I can only hope and pray that the massive backlash has shown the powers that be that the problem was not soaps and that they were still beloved and an incredibly viable medium, and that the change needs to come in the person they have directly in charge of them.

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LETS KEEP THE PRESSURE UP ON ABC. WE NEED TO MAKE OUR VOICE AND ANGER BE HEARD AROUND THE GLOBE. THIS IS REPREHENSIBLE AND FRONSE DESERVE TO BE REPLACED. I AM SURE THAT BE A TV EXEC IS A VERY STRESSFUL AND HARD JOB. BUT INSTEAD OF GETTING RID OF DECADE LONG SHOWS THAT STILL HAVE A FOLLOWING TRY AND FIX THE OTHER PARTS. NEXT THEY WOULD WANT TO GET RID OF JEOPARDY AND WHEEL OF FORTUNE. STOP CHANGING AND STOP COMPETEING. YEAH THIS IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, BUT IF YOU FIX UP WHAT YOU GOT AND TRY TO STAY FAITHFUL TO THE FANS MAYBE ALL THIS ANGER AND GREAT MASS MOVEMENT WOULD NOT NEED TO BE HAPPENING.

FRONSE SHOULD BE TOSSED OUT FOR THE SIMPLE ACT OF TRYING TO CANCEL OUR SOAPS. AMC AND OLTL WILL STAY ON IF WE THE FANS STAY VIGILENT AND FIGHT THESE TV BULLIES.

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Appleridge - if nothing will change this decision, why are people out there trying to reverse it. And balance sheets can be read many ways and I for one, along with many others, believe that abc just wanted to get out of the soap business cause its cheeper to put the chew etc on.

Jlaffery - If this is true than it could be alot of crap going on that we dont know about and maybe this is the hope we've been looking for. Lets face it, if I believe I just read BRIAN FRONS IS IN HOT WATER OVER THE CANCELLATION OF ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE. None of us want to get our hopes high but WE ARE looking for a reversal I dont believe anything is written in blood. Im with you, Im looking for hope. Its not over till its over.

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Here is a petition to get Frons fired:

http://www.petitiononline.com/bsfrons/petition.html

I got it off Nelson's website from this page about Frons:

http://tvguide.ca/Soaps/Features/Articles/110420_most_hated_man_NB.htm

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I want AMC and OLTL back too. It still doesnt feel real. We may not be able to get our soaps back even if Frons goes, but I'll sleep a hell of a lot better at night knowing justice has been served! The ABC Daytime machine cannot silence the voices of millions of outraged fans who have faithfully watched their lineup for forty years. This arrogant prick does not deserve a job when he has put so many honest and hardworking people out of work. Period.

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Hope this story has legs, if they would have fired Babs over at CBS, but she was doing her job destroying ATWT/GL. I don't think that would have saved them CBS and P&G were hell bent on destroying them, and never intended for them to go any where else.