I recently asked on my Facebook fan page (Carolyn Opinion Hinsey) what topics people would like me to blog about. The two overwhelming responses were Y&R killing Delia (already done for a future “Opinion” column in Soap Opera Digest) and what’s happening with All My Children.
Let’s review: AMC started taping the reboot on February 25 in Stamford, Connecticut. The resulting 40 episodes began airing on Hulu and other sites in April, and were later picked up by Oprah Winfrey for her network OWN for a “summer fling.” Currently, there are no new AMC episodes airing and none in production.
So, let’s start with what’s NOT happening with AMC…
There is no official start date for Season Two. Originally it was August 12, then October 21. That’s today, and no one is filming.
Major actors like Thorsten Kaye (Zach) do not have signed contracts for Season Two. This is why many of them are auditioning for other jobs – actors need to work. I wrote in my last blog that Thorsten had meetings in L.A. when he filmed The Stafford Project, but I couldn’t tell you then that one of them was with B&B. Thorsten is the new Ridge Forrester; he starts filming tomorrow in Los Angeles. (I’ll write more about that in a future blog.) Another beloved AMC actress also recently moved to L.A.
No one wanted AMC 2.0 to succeed more than Thorsten Kaye, but he has a family to feed like everyone else.
Most behind-the-scenes people haven’t been paid since filming ended last spring, either. This means that they, too, are job hunting. “It’s week 17 of the 8-week hiatus….” wrote one talented staffer on his Facebook page last week.
Any fan who says the hard-working people involved with AMC and/or OLTL are being disloyal by taking other jobs must be independently wealthy and should step forward to fund Season Two themselves.
Which brings us to the question of “What’s happening?” In my opinion, no one wants to go on the record about what they may or may not know, because everyone involved with AMC 2.0 wants it to work. As frustrating as the lack of information is for fans, imagine how hard it is for the employees of the show to not know what’s going on. Everyone is clinging to the hope that no news is NOT bad news, and that a revised start date for Season Two will be announced any day. Expressing any doubts about that publicly in the press (or on Twitter etc.) is not helpful to the goal of seeing AMC on our screens again.
“It’s nice to be part of something that has so much possibility,” Thorsten told me when filming started in February. “This is the future.”
So, let’s all keep hoping that it still is.