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I've been a fan of and a scholar of daytime dramas since the 70s. As a fan activist it was impossible for me to not know about the networks, companies that were interested in AW, honchos, etc. Near the end of AW, in the 90s, Viacom wanted either to merge with P&G or to acquire AW. It was a Sumner Redstone project. Fans were in favor of this because it would keep the show on the air. It fell through. Paramount wanted either to merge with P&G or Viacom or to acquire AW. Eventually Paramount & Viacom merged with Viacom as the parent company. This did AW & its fans no good at all. The last company that wanted in on a P&G/AW deal was FOX. They had wanted a daytime lineup for years! Their choices were the P&G soaps. Beginning with AW and ATWT would have given them a minumum of two to start with. Eventually they did begin a daytime lineup but it wasn't soaps. Instead it was news shows & talk shows. Brandon Tartikoff, who began on ABC and the moved over to NBC, ran into Victoria Wyndham, met her, and said, “Oh my God, you’re the only reason we keep that show [Another World] on the air.” And he was dead shortly after that, so it didn’t help me very much." He died at the young age of 48. I keep thinking that he did a cameo on some show but I can't get any further with that memory. Anyone? I think instead I'm thinking of Brian Frons appearing as god on Santa Barbara.
A thread for people who want to talk about the 90-91 series, the film, the tie-in books, and in time, the 2016 revival. I have some articles here and there that I don't think I've ever put here. Now I have an excuse. June 16, 1990 Soap Opera Weekly
All My Children - Episode 34 Created By: Agnes Nixon Written By: Casey Hutchison A new day has come to the residents of Pine Valley. At ConFusion, Brooke is having a cup of coffee, at a back table. Stuart walks up to her. STUART: Hello, Brooke. BROOKE: Stuart, thank you for coming. Please, sit. Stuart does so. STUART: (sighs) So, your call sounded pretty urgent. Is everything okay? BROOKE: First of all, thank you for coming so quickly. Secondly, no. Everything's not okay. This is about your brother, and his non corroporation when it comes to dealing with the illness that has fallen upon him. --- At the Chandler Mansion, Adam is in his office. He is on the phone. ADAM: Joe, I want you to be sure about this. If you can’t find another person to donate their lung besides my brother, then that is not okay. I am very sick, and I don’t want that sickness to be the reason that Stuart has to give something up. Adam hears a noise at the door. ADAM: Listen, I gotta go. Bye. Adam hangs up the phone. Marian fully opens the door. ADAM: Marian. A look of sadness comes across her face. ADAM: Marian, how long have you been standing there? MARIAN: Long enough to discover that you are ill. --- At Ryan and Greenlee’s Apartment, Ryan is buttoning up a shirt. It is made clear, that he has just gotten out of the shower. There is a knock at the door. He goes to answer the door. He opens it, and sees a woman. The woman has her back turned to him. RYAN: Hi, can I help you? WOMAN: I hope so. The woman turns around. Ryan looks at her, mysteriously. RYAN: Do I know you from somewhere? WOMAN: You should. We were married. --- --- At Krystal’s Diner, Joe, Ruth, Tad, Trevor, Amanda, Dixie, Jake, and Billy. are all having breakfast together. RUTH: I am so happy that we are all having breakfast together. We have all not done this in ages upon ages. A Martin breakfast. JOE: You are just as thrilled as I am, sweetheart. TAD: Leave it up to Jake to call us all together. DIXIE: I’m interested to know. Why did you call this breakfast, Jake? JAKE: Well, we have some very important news to share. AMANDA: Now, we all want you to remember. We love all of you, and this is for us to have a good second chance at life. RUTH: Is this for Billy? Are you getting a jumpstart on pre-schools? TAD: Mom, he is only one month. RUTH: I know. But, when your father and I went to get you into Pine Valley’s finest day care, it was like pulling teeth. JAKE: Anyways, could we continue? JOE: Of course. DIXIE: I’m interested. JAKE: Anyways, I got a job offer to teach at Berkeley, in California. I accepted the job offer. That means that Amanda, and the boys, and I are moving very quickly. DIXIE: How quickly? TREVOR: (excited) We leave today! Everyone is a little caught off guard at the announcement. --- Back at ConFusion, a waiter refills Brooke and Stuart’s coffee cups, and then walks off. BROOKE: Now, I know this is a lot to take in, but I need your help Stuart. If I don’t have your help, then Adam does not get the surgery that he needs. I know that you can convinced him that this is the right thing to do. STUART: It is. And, I would give up anything for Adam. The trouble is, when Adam says something, he is set in stone with it. BROOKE: (sighs) I know. I just wish that it wasn’t that way. I really do wish that. When he told me that he didn’t want to get the surgery, a part of my heart broke off with that. Yes, I am divorcing Adam, but I love him, and I always will. STUART: I know that you will. I will always love him too. All of us will always love Adam. Marian, Erica, Colby, Liza, hell even JR. BROOKE: He is not easy to break away from. STUART: I’ve tried. BROOKE: So have I. STUART: Can I ask you a question? BROOKE: Anything. STUART: Are you trying to run from Adam? BROOKE: What do you mean? STUART: You and Adam have such a love story. A great big love story. Do you feel you are trying to fight your feelings for him, by divorcing him. BROOKE: I’m divorcing him, because of his lies and manipulations. I told him that I would get back to him, but he did not want to make us stick if I did not truly want that. STUART: Do you truly want that? A divorce, I mean. BROOKE: To be truly honest, I don’t know what I want anymore. --- Back in Adam’s Office, Adam walks to the doors, and shuts them behind Marian. Marian walks fully into the office. Adam turns back to her. MARIAN: So, is it true, Adam? Are you ill? ADAM: Yes, dammit. I am. But, you cannot say a word. MARIAN: Adam, I know what it is like to keep something big from the rest of your family. This is huge. This even affects Hayley, even though she lives so far away. This affects so many people, and you cannot run from this. ADAM: You don’t even know the whole story. MARIAN: Then tell me. I want to know the whole story. I want to know what is going on. ADAM: Why? MARIAN: Adam, even though we are not the best of friends; I love you. You are my family. I care and protect my family, no matter what. ADAM: You have to keep this a secret. MARIAN: I will. I promise. ADAM: (sighs) A few weeks ago I had a doctor’s appointment, with Joe. I thought it was going to be a routine check up, but something else came up. I need a lung transplant. Joe said that Stuart is the only one who can deliver. MARIAN: Adam, Stuart will do that for you in a heartbeat. ADAM: I know, but I don’t want him to. MARIAN: Why not? Pine Valley Hospital has the best staff of general surgeons who can do a simple lung transplant. ADAM: I don’t want Stuart to give up his lung. At our age, anything can happy. And, I mean anything. I don’t want to basically sign his death certificate. Marian walks closer to Adam, and give him a hug. Adam is completely shocked by this, but embraces her anyways. MARIAN: You are a good man, no matter what history shows. I know that you will survive this. I know that you will. --- Back at Ryan and Greenlee’s Apartment, the woman enters, as Ryan shuts the door. Ryan turns back to her. RYAN: (laughs) Did you say we were married? WOMAN: I did. RYAN: I don’t know who you are. I think you have the wrong guy. WOMAN: I don’t. You are Ryan Lavery. Gosh, I have fought so hard to get back to you. The lady hugs Ryan, but Ryan pushes her away. RYAN: Lady, do you need some help? I can help you. WOMAN: Listen, I know that you don’t know me. I had to have some plastic surgery, because my skin had eroded. David brought me back, and I was a mess. RYAN: Who the hell are you?! WOMAN: It’s me. Gillian. Ryan is in complete and utter shock. --- At the Joe and Ruth’s Home, Joe and Ruth enter the house, and walk into the living room. Ruth sets her handbag on the bar stand. Joe and Ruth sit on the couch. RUTH: (sighs) I have to say, that breakfast was hard to sit through. JOE: Yes, it was. RUTH: We have done so much with our boys. Sometimes, it is hard to believe that they are all grown up. The bright side is that Charlie will get to spend time with Jake. Those two have been separated for so long. JOE: Well, Charlie and Ceciley moved to California years upon years ago. That happens. Just think, we only have Tad left. RUTH: Gosh, that is an odd feeling. JOE: Yes, it is. RUTH: But, we also have one another left. I was so happy to adopt Tad, and raise him for the time that I did. JOE: I’m glad you did that. RUTH: Anyways, Opal wanted to go to this little tea party thing together. I guess I better go get ready. See you in a moment, darling. Ruth and Joe kiss. Ruth gets up, and goes up the stairs. Then, Joe goes to the fireplace mantle, and begins looking at old pictures. JOE: The great and the least. The rich and the poor. The weak and the strong. In sickness and in health. You are ALL MY CHILDREN. Joe lets out a sigh. JOE: I love all of you so dearly. ***FADE OUT*** ***END OF EP. 34***