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November 13, 2013 | By Meg James
It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series. An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week. Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
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March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Days of Our Lives" will be airing the first gay marriage between two men on a daytime soap opera this week, as the story line of Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) reaches it romantic apex. According to NBC, the wedding will begin on Tuesday and air over three consecutive episodes. The WilSon romance, as fans call it, began in 2011, when the Sonny character was introduced in the show's fictional Midwestern town of Salem and began the show's first gay story line.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
"Hidden Moon" is a two-hour romantic drama that feels like two seasons of a telenovela - not because the story, set in Mexico and Los Angeles, is rich with divergent subplots and intertwining characters, but because the attention it pays to every fluttered eyelash, flared nostril and furrowed brow makes for one long haul of an affair. Devoid of irony or humor, the kind of soapy romanticism that director José Pepe Bojórquez espouses is a tough fit for today's big screen under the best of circumstances.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Prospect Park Networks -- the production company that launched with high hopes of bringing two canceled ABC soap operas back to life -- has put itself on legal life support. The production firm based in Century City, headed by veteran producers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, said Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The group spent nearly three years and more than $10 million trying to revive two canceled daytime dramas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," that ran for four decades on the ABC television network.
SPORTS
June 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Cincinnati — The day was like any other, Manny Ramirez loitering about the clubhouse, plopping down on a couch next to Garret Anderson to make small talk, later turning around to say something to Ronnie Belliard. But three days of serenity at Great American Ball Park were about to come to an end, the Dodgers hours from dropping a 7-1 decision to the Cincinnati Reds and heading to the madhouse that Ramirez used to call home. Ramirez will play in Boston for the first time since his contentious split from the Red Sox two summers ago and will do so against the backdrop of his latest controversy, this one potentially more harmful to the Dodgers' reputation than to his. According to the New York Times, General Manager Ned Colletti and other "high-ranking Dodgers personnel" had discussions last September about how they could "help" a slumping Ramirez and whether the former All-Star had a severe enough medical condition to obtain special permission to use a banned testosterone-boosting substance.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2013 | By Meg James
Fifty years ago, a gallon of gasoline sold for 29 cents, the Beatles were preparing the release of their first song in the U.S. and "The Beverly Hillbillies" loomed large as the No. 1 show on television. And ABC's "General Hospital" debuted on April 1, 1963.  Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the show -- the longest running soap opera currently in production - after 12,776 original episodes. PHOTOS: 10 long-running soap operas A year ago, fans fretted that ABC would cancel "General Hospital" following the demise of the Walt Disney Co. network's two other signature soaps, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
Actor-turned-first-time-director Bruce Ramsay recasts "Hamlet" as a soap opera, setting Shakespeare's tragedy in post-World War II London instead of medieval Denmark, eschewing any mention of the play's encroaching war with Norway and compressing several months into one fateful night. The result is a focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart. Ramsay also stars as the Prince of Denmark, although it's unclear whether his family is meant to be literal royalty or metaphorical aristocrats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 | Steve Lopez
I'm not going to take it personally that the day the mayor of Los Angeles couldn't make time for me because he was too busy on flood watch, he had time to tape a segment for the soap opera "All My Children." Antonio Villaraigosa and I may get together as early as this week, I'm told. Unless of course "Days of Our Lives" calls. In the meantime, I've got other news to report out of City Hall. Let's start with a sign of progress. Jaime de la Vega, the mayor's transportation deputy, is no longer commuting to work in a Hummer.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 1987
On Dec. 13 I eagerly opened my Los Angeles Times and turned to the Calendar section ("Soaped Up Arts Advertising Just Won't Wash"). Several times over the prior week, I had received calls from writer Randy Lewis asking intelligent questions on why Opera Pacific and several other Orange County arts groups had chosen to make their advertising different (and we believe more interesting) than the ordinary "here are the prices, this is what we're presenting, call this number and buy it" offerings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1986
There he goes again. President Reagan has his own rosy recollection of his welfare reform program as governor of California in 1971. Three times in the past week--most recently in his Tuesday press conference--Reagan has boasted in great detail of the success of the workfare portion of the reforms. In one meeting with White House reporters, he said, "It's worked like gangbusters."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital. " Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major. The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A soap opera actress know for her roles in "One Life to Live" and "Guiding Light" was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly hurling a glass in a woman's face, prosecutors said Wednesday. Crystal Hunt, 28, allegedly threw a pint glass at a woman inside a West Hollywood bar on Dec. 13. Prosecutors allege the victim suffered cuts to her face as a result of Hunt's actions. Hunt pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charge and is due back at the Airport courthouse Feb. 24. She played the character Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light" from 2003 to 2005 and Stacey Marasco on "One Life to Live" from 2008 to 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
Actor-turned-first-time-director Bruce Ramsay recasts "Hamlet" as a soap opera, setting Shakespeare's tragedy in post-World War II London instead of medieval Denmark, eschewing any mention of the play's encroaching war with Norway and compressing several months into one fateful night. The result is a focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart. Ramsay also stars as the Prince of Denmark, although it's unclear whether his family is meant to be literal royalty or metaphorical aristocrats.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Susan King
Producer Norman Lear had turned the family sitcom on its head in 1971 with his groundbreaking CBS comedy series "All in the Family. " Five years later, he revolutionized the soap opera with his weeknight satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," starring Louise Lasser as a suburban housewife living in the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, obsessed with Reader's Digest and consumerism. In fact, in the series' first episode, Mary's more concerned about the waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor than an entire family - plus their goats and chickens - having been murdered in her neighborhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Media company Viacom Inc.'s profit soared 24% in its fiscal fourth quarter, fueled by significantly higher TV ad sales and the Brad Pitt movie "World War Z. " Viacom shattered analysts' estimates for the quarter. Television advertising sales jumped 10% to $1.3 billion, thanks to higher ratings for the company's flagship networks Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Viacom reported net income of $804 million, or $1.68 per share, up from $650 million, or $1.26 per share, in the year-earlier period.  Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.44 a share.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Meg James
It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series. An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week. Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
SPORTS
October 20, 1996 | TONY KORNHEISER
Let me see if I have this straight: 1. The owner of the Baltimore Orioles fired the pitching coach in what appears to be a shot across the bow of the manager. The scuttlebutt is that the owner doesn't like the manager and would not mind seeing him quit. 2. The manager, who led the Orioles to their first postseason play in 13 years, and might reasonably have expected to be carried around on a chair, refused to say for certain that he would not quit. 3.
SPORTS
October 1, 2000
The soap opera on Broad Street appears over. Hockey's version of "Days of Our Lives" seems more like the "Brady Bunch" as the post-Eric Lindros Era begins for the Philadelphia Flyers. "We're a team that won our conference, went to the conference finals and almost went to the Stanley Cup finals so I don't feel we were dysfunctional," said team chairman Ed Snider, who bristled when the Flyers were tagged with that label last spring. "There was one player who felt we were dysfunctional.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
George A. Romero is known popularly as the father of the modern movie zombie because of his 1968 classic, "Night of the Living Dead. " But he recently had some less-than-flattering things to say about "The Walking Dead," the zombie TV series that wears its Romero influence on its sleeve. Speaking to the U.K. newspaper the Big Issue, Romero stated that he's chosen to stay far away from the AMC series, which is pushing zombies to the forefront of the pop culture zeitgeist. "They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead,' but I didn't want to be a part of it," Romero said.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2013 | By Meg James
When Jeff Kwatinetz decided to turn the canceled ABC daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" into shows for the Internet, he accidentally cast himself into a real-life soap opera as both the hero and the villain. To revive the soaps, Kwatinetz and his entertainment company Prospect Park had to find financing, do battle with labor unions, trade legal salvos with Walt Disney Co., and fight the zealous soap opera fans who were supposed to be his most ardent supporters.
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