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Why did Jill Farren Phelps resign from Another World and OLTL?

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    I know that JFP isn’t exactly beloved around her (and I really am not a fan either), but I’ve always thought she at least did a great job at AW and OLTL. I was reading a bit about her today and found out she resigned from AW in 1996, does anybody know why she resigned from that show?

    Also, why did she leave OLTL, was she fired or did she quit?

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    For example, when Jill Farren Phelps was executive producer of NBC’s ”Another World” from May 1995 to August 1996, she had permanent police station and hospital sets constructed. Her aim was to save production costs — permanent sets are less expensive than the moveable ones — and to commit the show to grittier, more intense scenes reminiscent of nighttime television dramas.

    ”You can tell a love story in a situation in which bodies are being wheeled in on gurneys,” said Ms. Farren Phelps, who is now the executive producer of ”One Life to Live.” ”Look at prime time, look at ‘E.R.’ ”

    But Charlotte Savitz, who replaced Ms. Farren Phelps in the fall of 1996, has been trying to bring ”Another World” back to more traditional territory. The show has de-emphasized the police station and the hospital in favor of more romantic scenes in living rooms and bedrooms. The costumes have gotten more glamorous, the makeup more pronounced. Ms. Savitz has also tried to refocus attention on central characters beloved by the longtime fans.

    https://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/15/nyregion/new-yorkers-co-soaps-on-the-ropes.html

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    She never got the ratings up. It was stuck at the bottom.

    She managed to get the show back in Emmy contention after being virtually ignored – sans Linda Dano’s nominations and wins – for almost a decade. But many were turned off by her trying to turn AW into the cheap Daytime version of ER, complete with a knock-off opening theme.

    AW at this point was really unwanted by NBC. They wanted a DAYS 2.0 which they got in even more ridiculous form in Passions.

    I think ABC just transferred her to GH.

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    JFP’s style and priorities certainly fit GH better than any other show I’ve seen her work on over the past 25 years.

    Also, many fans still have not gotten over Frankie’s brutal murder on AW. I wasn’t a huge fan of Frankie — I liked her just fine — but it was shocking to see that play out the way it did.

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    Thanks all for your feedback.

    Personally I absolutely loved her work at OLTL and think she did some very interesting stuff while there; and I was NOT a fan of her work at GH. She was a huge let-down after the glory of Wendy Riche.

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    She lost a lot of people when she fired Anna Lee from GH.

    It was kind of similar to her misstep in killing off Maureen on GL, which alienated many fans.

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    Her best produced work was on GL, if you watch what she did on that show for the time in which she was doing it with the talent she had, it was a thrilling time and credit has to be given in some part to Jill for that. Proctor and Gamble never should have transferred her to AW from GL. Keeping her at GL and giving her more control rather than being dictated to by P&G cost cutting executives would have been better for both GL and AW at the time. She injected a very stale OLTL with spirit again, and she carried on Wendy Riche’s GH as best anyone could have hoped IMO. For me it was her Y&R & AW stints that were least successful. I think Jill gets an unfair wrap overall. She’s done a lot for the industry to help it continue and at times thrive during a very difficult era to produce daytime soaps.

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    Her best produced work was on GL, if you watch what she did on that show for the time in which she was doing it with the talent she had, it was a thrilling time and credit has to be given in some part to Jill for that. Proctor and Gamble never should have transferred her to AW from GL. Keeping her at GL and giving her more control rather than being dictated to by P&G cost cutting executives would have been better for both GL and AW at the time. She injected a very stale OLTL with spirit again, and she carried on Wendy Riche’s GH as best anyone could have hoped IMO. For me it was her Y&R & AW stints that were least successful. I think Jill gets an unfair wrap overall. She’s done a lot for the industry to help it continue and at times thrive during a very difficult era to produce daytime soaps.

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    Her best produced work was on GL, if you watch what she did on that show for the time in which she was doing it with the talent she had, it was a thrilling time and credit has to be given in some part to Jill for that. Proctor and Gamble never should have transferred her to AW from GL. Keeping her at GL and giving her more control rather than being dictated to by P&G cost cutting executives would have been better for both GL and AW at the time. She injected a very stale OLTL with spirit again, and she carried on Wendy Riche’s GH as best anyone could have hoped IMO. For me it was her Y&R & AW stints that were least successful. I think Jill gets an unfair wrap overall. She’s done a lot for the industry to help it continue and at times thrive during a very difficult era to produce daytime soaps.

    I think that Jill gets the reputation she earned. She has made some very bad decisions over the years and seems to have an open disdain for the genre as a whole, and especially for its actors.

    She focuses too much on trying to make the shows something they aren’t meant to me and loves to refocus her soaps on 3-4 characters who she allows to dominate the show completely at the expense of other characters.

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    Yeah. She killed Anna Lee. She can burn in Hell for all I care.

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    I would agree that overall her best produced work was at GL, but she was blessed with one of the all-time great writing teams top to bottom during most of her years there. Wonder how much of the success was due to Phelps and how much to the scripts of Curlee, Demorest, Broderick, Mulcahey, et al.

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