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Soap Fan Planned Protest May 17th

The battle rages on in the fight to save the soaps. Tomorrow, May 17th soap fans will hold a protest rally outside Lincoln Center in New York City from 2-6pm. Several daytime favorites have expressed an interest in attending the rally and/or offering their support. The following is an e-mail announcement I received from the Soap Fans United website. It will tell you everything you need to know about tomorrow's rally. Also be sure to stop by and join the Soap Fans United site @ to stay up to date on everything that is being done to save the soaps.

Dear Fellow Soap Supporter:

A demonstration protesting the cancellations of the ABC soap operas All My Children and One Life To Live has been planned for May 17, 2011 outside Lincoln Center in New York City. The rally will be held from
2:00 pm-6:00 pm to target the advertisers arriving at Avery Fisher Hall for ABC's Upfront Presentation starting at 4:00 pm. Since advertisers will be present to see presentations of shows in the new line-up, we want to take advantage of the opportunity to let the advertisers know that we want their support for the soaps and that we want to save the soaps.

When the cancellations were announced, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons stated that General Hospital is safe “for the time being.” Based on past statements by Mr. Frons, many sense that General Hospital is not so safe. We not only feel that fans of All My Children and One Life to Live need to fight for their soaps, but fans of General Hospital need to be pro-active, not only to help in the effort to save All My Children and One Life to Live, but to preserve General Hospital. We encourage fans of all three ABC soap operas to work together in an effort to save their shows and the soap genre from eventual extinction.

We would like to inform you of the rally and encourage you to not only attend or cover the event, but invite others who have a vested interest in soap operas by mentioning the rally in your column or posting about it on your website.

2011 Emmy-nominated Colleen Zenk plans to attend the rally during the first hour, while Mimi Torchin plans to arrive between 3:30-4:00 pm and stay until about 5:00 pm. Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman have voiced their support for the rally, with Robert Newman suggesting that he will see if he can clear his schedule to attend the rally. Dan Lauria and Beth Chamberlain have also expressed support and an interest in attending if they can clear their schedules.

The proper permits for the protest rally have been secured by Soap Fans United with the allowance for amplification. The police have been invited to the event and plan to designate a section across from Avery Fisher Hall for the protesters at the rally.

Please forward or pass this information along to other soap publishers, bloggers and supporters who might be able attend or help cover this rally to not only stand for the hard-working, talented professionals who face unemployment over the next few months, but to help preserve scripted programming for future generations.

For further information regarding the rally, please visit the Soap Fans United website at or email Soap Fans United at

Thanks for your consideration,
Shawn Brady/Maree Blackston
Soap Fans United

Soap Fans United Protest Rally
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
2:00 pm – 6:00pm
Lincoln Center – 132 W 65th St & Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023


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