Friday, June 28, 2013


If you are All My Children or One Life to Live's biggest fan...

... And you live in the tri-state area...

... And you're available this coming Tuesday afternoon...

Then MORE wants you!

MOREAMC and MOREOLTL are looking to film a fan who loves the show(s) and has decades of memorabilia and memories to prove it.

Think that could be you?  Then email or Tweet @MORE_AMCOLTL ASAP with your info and, who knows, we may be seeing you on screen soon!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Another World went off the air on June 25, 1999.  (I remember because my oldest son was born two days earlier.  I brought him home that Friday and didn't get to see the final episode until much later.  But, I digress...)

That final episode was chosen by fans as one of soaps' top scenes and featured in my book, Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments.

Enjoy an excerpt from that entry, below....

MEMORABLE MOMENT: Another World’s Final Episode (1999)

Another World went off the air after 35 years of broadcasting (1964-1999; it was revived in 2009 as an on-line text and video based serial continuation, with a wedding for Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) and Lila (Lisa Peluso) – following heavenly permission from his late wife, Frankie (Alice Barrett-Mitchell).  With the promise of happily-ever-after for friends like Felicia (Linda Dano) and Paulina (Judi Evans Luciano) – and the surprise re-appearance of a presumed dead Grant (Mark Pinter).

Lisa Peluso:  The final episode was not an occasion without tears, but the show, even the last one, must go on. That's show biz!  It was bittersweet, because the show was ending. I, of course, would have preferred a less high profile option (than the Cass and Lila wedding) if we could have kept Another World on the air.

Alice Barrett-Mitchell: I was glad to be able to say a final good-bye to the show as Frankie and not (look-alike) Annie, and grateful that Frankie was given a place in the finale because I felt Frankie had been a thread in the fabric of the show and had earned a place at the table.  One funny thing I remember was that we were shooting so many episodes so quickly, that we had to do quick costume changes. They had a changing booth right on the floor. I remember changing as fast as I could and suddenly standing in the booth naked when (Executive Producer) Chris Goutman’s voice came over the system doing the countdown for the next scene…. I loved my final scene with Stephen (Schnetzer), where Frankie comes to him in a dream and gives him permission to be in love with someone else. It was really us saying good-bye. I felt whoever wrote those scenes really knew Frankie and knew her and Cass’s relationship really well.  I also really enjoyed working with a grown-up Charlie. There was a scene where, as Ghost Frankie, I was supposed to put my arm around her as we look up at the stars in the sky. Well, since I was a ghost she wasn’t supposed to see me and we weren’t supposed to be looking at each other. I lifted my arm to reach around her and bonked the poor actress in the head! She was a pro, but I was so bummed that the last moment Frankie has with her daughter is hitting her in the head!

Linda Dano: I’ve never seen the last episode; I’ve never been able to watch it. I know that sounds so dramatic, but I really haven’t. Steve Schnetzer and I always talked about pouring ourselves nice, big drinks, sitting down and watching it together. But, we’ve never done it. There’s something so final about that. For me, I’m better off believing that I’m on a vacation, and it really isn’t over. (Publicist) Vivien (Stern) came to get me that night. It was important to me that I was the last one to leave the building; I’m such a drama queen.  But I proceeded to go to every room. We went to wardrobe, all the production offices, every room, and said good-bye. You think I could get any more dramatic than that? I just had to. There was something so final about it. I suppose that’s why I haven’t seen (the last episode). And I’m sure I looked like hell that day, because all I did was cry. By four o’clock in the afternoon, I looked like I’d been in a prize-fight. I remember the day very well, there was a lot of press, everyone was saying good-bye to everyone else. Beyond awful. I just remember feeling like a life had ended. And it really kind of did. It was like not having your best friend around anymore. It was very emotional and tough, very tough. I remember Anna Stuart (Donna) saying, “Oh my God, it’s like a death.” And it was, it’s how we all felt about it.  For lots of actors who were on shows for a long time, primetime as well as daytime, you become such a family. You spend more time with these people than you ever do your own family. And when the time comes and it ends, as everything does, it’s just the saddest, saddest, terrible thing.

Judi Evans Luciano: It was so weird and surreal. Initially I couldn’t believe it and it really didn’t sink in at the time because we were already having to focus on getting the final run of episodes started (we were given really short notice on the cancellation). I think it took me a couple of years to really process it.

Mark Pinter: I left the show six months before it went off the air. They killed Grant, but then he reappeared in a stunt where you see him sipping a pina colada in a grass hut somewhere.  It was a great treat to be a part of the Another World family for almost ten years.  I was very, very lucky.  I got to work with some extraordinary people. I took away great memories.  Daytime players have always been kind of shift-workers. We’ve always been kind of a factory, in a good sense. Every day, almost fifty weeks a year, we produce product. That is amazing.

Read the complete interviews below:
Alice Barrett-Mitchell:
Linda Dano:
Judie Evans Luciano:
Lisa Peluso:
Mark Pinter:

For more exclusive interviews and scenes fans voted best, check out Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments on Amazon and B&N.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


All My Children caused quite a stir with their recent sex scene between Colby Chandler and Pete Cortland (two legacy characters that we saw born on the show - kids grow up so fast these days)!

Now MORE wants to know what you thought of it! 

Too much?  Not enough?  Just right?

Drop us an email at to share your views, and you just might hear them read out on the air!

Make your voice heard!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Got questions for the casts of All My Children and One Life to Live when they hit the Emmy red carpet this weekend?

Tweet them to @MORE_AMCOLTL or post them on the All My Children and One Life to Live Facebook pages.

I can't promise they'll all be asked, but I can promise they'll all be read, so send us everything you've always wanted to know and we'll do our best to get you your answers!

EDITED 6/14/13 TO ADD:

Watch today's MORE show and help Lindsay Hartley (Cara; AMC) pick a gown for the Daytime Emmys (she and Vincent Irizzary, who plays David, are presenting).  Tweet, Facebook and email us your opinion using the links above on which dress you think she should wear, and we'll pass them on to Lindsay.  Then tune in on Sunday to check out which one made the cut!

Monday, June 10, 2013


So Judith Light (ex-Karen; OLTL) won a second Tony Award to go with her two Daytime Emmys (read what soap critics and fellow actors had to say about her, plus watch a classic clip, here).

And Billy Magnussen's (ex-Casey; ATWT) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won for Best Play (check out multiple photos of him from his soap days - he really does not appear to have any trouble removing his shirt, does he? - here).

Terrence Mann was also a nominee and performed with the cast of Pippin (his soap cred, here).

But a soap sighting that really jumped out at me during the Tony broadcast was the Grey Poupon commercial, featuring non other than multiple soap vet Nicolas Coster as the limo driver.

Watch it below, and check out an overview of Coster's many, many, many soap roles, here.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


So many people have asked me my thoughts on the controversial Cheerios commercial featuring the interracial family, that I wrote an entire piece on it for Kveller.

And, of course, me being me, I tied it in to a similar experience I had while working for P&G.  Here is the relevant excerpt:

What I don’t believe is General Mills’ follow up wide-eyed, innocent statement: We’re a bit surprised it’s turned into a story.

Sure, they are.

As if Saatchi & Saatchi, the elite advertising agency that created the spot, wasn’t aware that, these days, it’s impossible to produce anything that doesn’t upset someone.

Interestingly enough, S&S is part of the Publicis Groupe. The Publicis Groupe also oversaw two soap operas, As the World Turns and Guiding Light, that I was involved with for about a decade prior to their being cancelled.

Toward the end of their runs, both shows featured a same-sex couple–ATWT a pair of teenage boys,
and GL two women in their 40s. Both shows were perennially getting pummeled by critics and organization who claimed they were too much this, not enough that, that these particular depictions didn’t reflect their own experiences, that they went too far, that they didn’t go far enough, and winding up with threatening boycotts for every infraction. Meanwhile, other soaps, ones that had no gay characters whatsoever, were spared the harsh words and the threats.

You really can’t win for losing with these kinds of things.

Read my entire post, here.