A New Dawn for Daytime

Photo by Maryanne Bates First off, a million ‘thank you’s’ to all the folks who have written to me either here on my site or on Facebook or Twitter to tell me how happy and excited they are about All My Children and One Life to Live being brought back from the dead (in pure soap opera style) only to live again on the Internet.

It was thrilling to walk into the production offices today and see so many faces that I have known from behind the scenes. One person said to me, “It’s like coming home” (and I don’t mean like the movie but I had to link to it because it’s just so awesome). Both my fiancee Jon (yeah, that guy I’m cuddling) and I know how meaningful soaps can be – we met on the set of As the World Turns!  Now I can’t imagine my life without him. (Yep, I’m going to marry that man!)

People who work in daytime are a special lot.  It’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but suffice it to say, we work hard, laugh hard, and love hard! Just like you, we are fans of “the stories,” and feel deeply for the characters who act them out. (I get very emotional when I see David Canary, for example). By sharing these stories with you, the audience, I feel like we have become one big, crazy family.  (Just when you thought you’d got out…)

And to answer your question, “Where can I watch them?” I know for a fact you will be able to see them on HULU and iTunes sometime this spring.

As much we are all so excited, some people are feeling a little freaked out about the soaps being on the Internet. A few people have asked me “How am I going to watch them NOW? Why aren’t they on TV? Argh!” This is again, where family comes in.

Do you remember when your aunt or grandma or mom called you into the living room to look at her soap opera on the TV, screaming, “OH MY GOD YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS” and that moment when you frantically queried, “What’s happening? Who is that? TELL ME EVERYTHING!” Well the same thing is going to happen, only now it might be in reverse. Your niece or daughter, or grand daughter might now be the one hollering, “OMG! You’ve got to see this!” while pulling out  her laptop, tablet, or smart phone. It’s not so different: it’s still a generational connection that is going to occur, it’s just coming to you via a different mechanism.

Maybe you are one of those people who are far more web savvy and I say to you, “Bravo! Tell me everything!” I hear you can get something that will hook the Internet up to your TV (one is called Apple TV) so if you NEED to watch it right away through your TV SCREEN, then you will be able to.  THAT SAID, the shows WILL be on cable TV after they have showed on the Internet for awhile. but if you want to be the first to see it… all you need is an internet connection. Yep, I hear it will be FREE.

There are also a lot of people who are talking about certain changes they have heard about and are freaked out by.  I would ask you to keep an open mind.  One of the great things about the Internet (and there are many IMHO) is the fact that there is so much freedom. With that freedom comes a lot of creative opportunity and new choices that the production team can make that they never were allowed to before. Personally, I think that’s exciting!  The possibilities are endless!

Please remember, Agnes Nixon is working on every single story and element. Since she built both OLTL and AMC, I would encourage you to trust in Agnes and go along for the ride!  I mean, c’mon… hasn’t she done pretty great so far?

Finally: Isn’t it just AMAZING that these shows are going to get a chance to continue? I am honored to be a part of this incredible moment in time. #soexcited




64 thoughts on “A New Dawn for Daytime

  1. Thanks so much for all you do to inform us, Cady. Talk to Michael E. Knight and convince him to come back. I’m so thrilled you are back to play Dixie. Thank you.

  2. What a wonderful blog! Being a long time fan or AMC I can not wait to start seeing my AMC family again! Enjoy your first day back tomorrow and see you soon

  3. More than thrilled, I’m giddy!!! So happy to be going back to my favorite fictional town, Pine Valley. I’ve missed it so very much!! And Cady, I was psyched that you returned when AMC was leaving the airwaves and beyond psyched that you will still be there when it returns on the Internet. You are so important to AMC, so glad the powers that be finally understand it!! Please stick around for a long, long time!!!!

  4. Look at how FAR I had to scroll to comment and say CONGRATS and it will be the next new thing in television. This is only the beginning. The entire industry will be watching, and those pilots that do not equate to the boob tube may show up on new networks online. Just wait.

  5. thrilled for everyone invloved, the cast and crew for regaining employment, agnes for regaining her babies and seeing they WILL live on, and for we the fans for being able to visit our favorite characters and their crazy stories once again. soap opera’s are anything but dead!

  6. Reading this is REALLY getting me excited to see you on AMC again. I followed you to ATWT, and LOVED that show as well, and your character! Keep up the great work you do! Break a leg as they say! 🙂

  7. Cady, As exciting as it is that AMC will continue online, it’s just as thrilling to share this event with so many other enthusiastic people. I guess we’re proving the powers that be at ABC wrong when they decided that the support for serials had dwindled to the point that they were no longer “cost effective.” The concept of serial storytelling has been a public favorite since the days of Scheherazade, all the way up to Charles Dickens. More personally, I’ve had a relationship with AMC since it started, one that has lasted over forty years. (I can’t believe I’m saying that!) Over the years, I happened by chance to run into a few of the actors of the show, including the great James Mitchell. To a one, they were warm and kind to a fan, taking time to chat about the show like fans themselves. I know there have been complaints and worries about how the show will play out and how the new “home base” will work. For me, I feel a bit like a pioneer of a brand-new way of receiving a beloved form of entertainment. And for Agnes Nixon herself to embrace this should be a sign to every fan that we’re in for some exciting, ground-breaking times. I’m so glad you’re a part of this project. Many thanks.

  8. Thanks Cady for the wonderful blog….. Jill also sent out a FB open letter to fans of AMC. Thanks for sharing your excitement and feelings about being back on AMC with the fans who have watched for so many years (40+ for me) and those of us who have fought so hard to keep it alive for the past 19 months…. It’s encouraging and reminds me a bit of a coach giving a pep talk to the players in a locker room before the fist game….. I’m with you, Jill, the production crew, cast, Prospect Park, and I’ll be here to faithfully watch (no matter where you are or what I have to do to see the show) and support you all!!!

  9. This is better then having it on TV! We are going to have back so many wonderful actors and I’m sure the story lines will be even better then they were. I’m so glad for every one involved!

  10. Thanks for the update, Cady. Are you going to be on the show from the start? I see The Online Network formally announced that Julia Barr will be back to the show (yay), but no official announcement for Ms. McClain as of yet. 🙂 I also hope Mike Knight does come aboard, and that there are more stories for Tad and Dixie, the Together-Forever couple we’ve loved all these years (with all the challenges, obstacles and problems along the way- it is a drama, after all). Good luck with the reboot. 🙂

    1. She was there today, day 1. Mike was not. Someone needs to go to LA, tie him up and put him on a plane bound for Connecticut. After all, “There was never a Tad without a Dixie” and vice versa.

  11. Cady thank you so much for putting this into words and thank you even more for you dear lady!!! We are all SO excited that you and the rest of our family are returning to Pine Valley and we can’t wait to see all of you there!

    This transition to the Internet will be a challenge for some but there are many, many fans out here ready to help others get there. One easy way to watch the shows on TV is to use a laptop and an HDMI cable to your television (if it has a port for one). It is truly plug-and-play and looks like it is being broadcast right on your TV. There are a number of other ways too but the point is, where there is a soap fan – there is a way! We love you, Cady! See you and the rest of our family in Pine Valley!

  12. Cady, I am so glad you are going to be with AMC again. Thank you so much for your great blog and explanation as I was not too clear on how the show would be handled and aired, etc. I am so glad you cleared that up for us! Best of luck! All My Children is close to my heart as I was a fan since HS, at age 14, and worked for the show as Writers’ Assistant/Associate for 3.5 years. I always loved your character and you have been perfect for that part and such a wonderful actress. I wish you nothing but the best in this new venture. Keep us posted with your blogs! I love reading them!!

  13. Caddie,first congratulations on your engagement. I have always liked Jon . Secondly,I am thrilled to have you in the role of Dixie,there is only 1 Dixie,you my dear r it:) I feel like a school girl waiting for the cousins to come visit,my soap family r coming back!! An answer to a prayer:) thank God for technology. Will we b able to see them on Hulu plus? Oh and I am relieved that TPTB returned Agnes’s babies back to her,she is the best.

  14. I can’t explain how excited i am the AMC is coming back 🙂 I have watched since it came on the air and…Don’t tell my kids or ‘grands’ but, i use to skip school, just to see what trouble Erica was going to get into. I will watch every day from now on 🙂

  15. You could always rip the show right off of the website and burn it to a dvd. That’s what I plan on doing for my mom. It doesn’t matter where you are and in what form it’s being delivered. We’ll find you. I honestly didn’t think I’d be this psyched to see Dixie again but I am.

    1. That actually works, and it plays OK off the DVD? Thanks, I never knew this! Will try it for sure. I have a machine that records from the TV to DVD so I always keep a supply of DVD-RWs on hand; just never knew it would work like this from the web. Thanks again for the advice!

  16. Yay! I am quite happy about this news. My mother will be thrilled about OLTL. So happy for you and Jon, too. Love seeing him on GH.

    Are Michael E Knight and David Canary going to be participating in this online version of AMC? Oh Cady, I am with you regarding David Canary. Even though I don’t know him, he still touches my heart. I have dearly loved his performances as Adam and Stuart over the years.

  17. I too think it’s great that these soaps will be back in some format–AMC and OLTL were my daily pick-me-ups for many years and I’ve missed them terribly–but I am worried about actually being able to watch them online, because I have a pretty slow internet connection–it is all the speed I can afford–and when I have tried before to watch TV episodes online, like on the ABC-TV website, they wouldn’t hardly play, they just kept stalling out and finally stopped altogether about halfway through the show. I know a lot of people in the same boat as me, and it looks like the hope of getting our soaps back for us at least will be shattered once again. Just one more in the long list of things in this world that are reserved for the well-to-do.

    1. Take heart. They WILL be on broadcast TV after first airing on the Internet. Not sure what cable channel, but they WILL be available to you. NO ONE will be left out!

          1. I will figure something out, because I sure don’t want to miss it this time around. And BTW, Dixie was always one of my fave characters; will she still be dead in the online version and seen just as a “ghost” or “apparition” or whatever, or will she return from the dead once again? People “coming back from the dead” is nothing new on these soaps, for sure, but most of the time it turns out that they weren’t really dead in the first place; I’m pretty sure Dixie was the last time–but then, we also thought for sure that Jesse Hubbard was really dead, and we all know how that turned out, happily.

      1. Cady, THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting us know that AMC & OLTL will air on a cable channel! I’ve been worrying now for over a month that I wouldn’t be able to watch! (We have Internet connection/speed issues.) Now I can also tell my grandmother that our soaps are coming back (she has no idea how to use a computer) and she’s going to be THRILLED! THANKS A MILLION! So looking forward to AMC & OLTL!!!

  18. Cady,

    People should know that they can watch Hulu on TV!

    1. Roku or Apple TV allow people who have a subscription to Hulu Plus to watch on TV.

    2. Hook a laptop or desktop computer to a TV. Many new TV’s support HDMI or VGA. It’s simple to run a cable from a computer to the TV.

  19. I am so excited to hear this great news! I’ve missed my shows! I didn’t realize how much I looked forward to just 1 hour a day when I could relax and follow a story that was around as long as I could remember. I’ve enjoyed my AMC fix at midnight on SoapNet, but I am ready for some new stories! I’ll be looking for more news and details about this project!

  20. So excited about the return of the soaps Cady. And wit an HDI cable you can connect your lap top right to your digital tv !!

  21. Excellent blog Cady! I have loved you since the day you first appeared in PV and I will love watching you still… Dixie is and has always been one of my favorite characters. So happy to have my AMC back. Yes, change is hard, especially for those of us that have watched the show for about “a million years” LOL. But given time we shall adjust and grow to love the “new changes” that come with the online venture of AMC. Agnes is a brilliant woman and I am sure she will not lead us astray. Excited, Excited, Excited for what is yet to come!! See you in Pine Valley (wink) and best wishes to you and Jon. By the way… He is doing and excellent job on #GH as Kevin, but I have always loved him, even when he portrayed the evil twin.

  22. Cady, don’t forget fans can also buy a Bluray player that is Hulu compatible and then they could watch the shows on TV. There are tons of options out there, even before a cable deal. I also hope they consider DVD releases. Since the soaps will be half hour it would be easier to do. That’s another largely untapped market, but soap fans are hungry and want these things.

    I hope Prospect Park does them justice. This has potential to be HUGE!

  23. Cady, thanks for the update and it’s great to hear how excited you are about it all. I never thought AMC would come back and now that it’s really happening, I have alot of faith in Agnes Nixon and her ability to tell great stories. It should be a very fun ride!

  24. My Roku is all geared up and ready so I can watch on the big screen. Or maybe I’ll just tune in on my iPad. Whatever, I am SO ready to be hooked again! I watched AMC since almost the very beginning and have missed it a lot! 🙂

  25. You know what’s just as wonderful as getting our beloved AMC back? The fact that with the Internet, we the fans, are able to communicate with you talented actors through social media. Something we weren’t able to do when All My Children first aired. Thank you, Cady, for keeping us up-to-date with the progress of the new AMC!

  26. Thanks for the blog, Cady. Online Soap Operas have the potential to be extremely successful. I will be watching online, “visiting” with you and the others via Twitter (Soapstud79), and encouraging all to tune in to Pine Valley and Llanview again. I am thinking of their revivals like the new Dallas on TNT. Fan faves with a new generation of characters to learn about and love (many of which are directly tied to fan faves) Soap Operas have been a part of my life since I can remember..and my three year old son is already asking to watch “Days” and asks where Lucy is on “GH”…I am sure it will only be time until he asks about Dixie. Happy you are part of the AMC revival and thrilled you are using social networking to keep the fans informed!

  27. I am so happy for the two shows and all the people they employ in front and behind the scenes. Congratulations to Prospect Park and to us, the FANS, for never giving up hope.

  28. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I can’t wait to see AMC and OLTL again! Cady, I’m so thrilled that you will be part of the resurrected All My Children!

  29. With Agnes at the helm, and the bevy of talented actors and actresses coming back, I have no doubt it will be a huge hit! And I for one, cannot wait!!!

  30. I cant not wait,so happy. Just to have my shows back after being gone for over a year is amazing. I want to think all the actors who have returned for this new adventure and let.them know they r loved and have been missed.

  31. Sooooo psyched for the reboot. Oh, and you can also watch on your tv if you have Hulu plus. That can be streamed if your tv connects to the Internet. Most new ones do.

  32. I don’t know if I can get anymore excited than I am already. I’m just going to try and wait patiently for my shows to air again!!! 🙂

  33. Awesome blog, Cady!! I’m really excited for the soaps to start up again! I hope everything goes well on the set. All the best to you & Jon!!!

    1. I have made replies before, and I do so now again. I have watched since Erica was in High School, pretty much the beginning, and I want to thank you so much for putting things up on the internet for us to read, … and thank you, thank you for agreeing to sign up for the internet version of AMC. I am beyond excited about getting to see my soap come back, and I might even start watching OLTL and join so many of their fans to help keep these shows going. Please pray with me so Michael E. Knight can find the time to come back to AMC. He must be busy doing some show in L.A., however, I can’t find out what that is.

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