After the jump, "All My Children," a "2012" blitz and some Connie Dieken book-signings.
"AMC" fans know that the show is moving from New York to Hollywood and that has raised some questions about the cast. Here's the answer from ABC as of today:
In August 2009, it was announced by Brian Frons president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television, that the Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama “All My Children” will move production from New York City to Los Angeles, California. The final date of production in New York is December 11th.
With production set to resume in Los Angeles on January 4th, 2010, the following contracted cast members are confirmed to begin taping at the Andrita Studios in Los Angeles: Brittany Allen, David Canary, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Stephanie Gatschet, Ricky Paull Goldin, Vincent Irizarry, Michael E. Knight, Susan Lucci, Jamie Luner, Adam Mayfield, JR Martinez, Cameron Mathison, Debbi Morgan, Cornelius Smith, Jr., Denise Vasi, Darnell Williams and Jacob Young.
Ray MacDonnell has announced that he will be retiring. We wish him well and our heartfelt congratulations. Thorsten Kaye will not be relocating to Los Angeles, and Alicia Minshew will be on maternity leave beginning November 2009. She will continue to appear on air through the month of December. Appearances by actors on recurring status will be determined by storyline needs and availability.
If you see an ad for "2012" tomorrow night and want to change the channel to something else, you may be SOL. From the studio:
The countdown to 2012, the highly-anticipated film from director Roland Emmerich, begins October 1 with the largest broadcast, cable, online and mobile media preview ever orchestrated to support the launch of a motion picture, it was announced today by Marc Weinstock, president of Worldwide Marketing for Sony Pictures. Television audiences watching virtually every major North American broadcast and cable outlet will have the opportunity to see an exclusive, two-minute scene from the film as part of this simultaneous roadblock on Thursday, between 10:50 and 11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT. The film will be released in theaters worldwide on November 13, 2009.
Supported by a multi-million dollar promotional campaign by Comcast, the action-packed two-minute sequence from 2012 will air on the major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC and CBS), 89 cable networks, local stations in the top 70 markets, and Spanish-language networks throughout the United States. With nearly 450 separate North American television outlets taking part in this unprecedented media event, it is projected that the 2012 footage will reach nearly 110 million television viewers – a delivery that exceeds that of the Super Bowl. The two-minute scene will reach an estimated 90% of all households watching ad-supported television at that time.
Consumers will have the opportunity to see the conclusion of the two-minute cliffhanger scene after the roadblock with an extended five-minute sequence on fancast.com and on Comcast On Demand. The total projected television, online and mobile audience in North America that will be able to see the footage in the first 24 hours exceeds 140 million consumers. ...
Specifically, the two-minute scene will air on national and local outlets between approximately 10:50 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EST/PST, between 9:50 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST and between 8:50 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
You may remember Connie Dieken from her broadcast stints at WKYC (Channel 3) and WEWS (Channel 5). In more recent years, she has been offering guidance in communication, and has a new book, "Talk Less, Say More: Three Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen." She is also making appearances tied to the book. Here are a couple of upcoming ones:
When: Thursday, October 1, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Where: Barnes & Noble, Crocker Park
198 Crocker Park Boulevard, Westlake, OH 44145
When: Thursday, October 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Joseph Beth Booksellers at Legacy Village
24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
(Begins with 1/2 hour Talk Less presentation)