Peter Bergman believes what’s good for one soap opera is good for all soap operas.
That’s why the actor — who has played Jack Abbott on the CBS weekday staple “The Young and the Restless” for 24 years, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards for the role — is rooting for the former ABC shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to succeed in their new form as online offerings, with production on them set to resume at the end of the month.
“We have lamented the loss of that crazy wave of fascination with soap operas,” Bergman tells Zap2it, “but the things that are hot now in primetime, from ‘Downton Abbey’ to ‘Mad Men’ to the rebirth of ‘Dallas,’ are serials. I’m hopeful this will go on for a while, and the reason these shows do go on is that when people tune in, they know who they’re going to see.
“They’re not going to be asked to be part of a giant transition. When people tune into our show, they’ll find Jack and Nikki and Victor and Katherine … and I’m very lucky to be playing one of those names.”
Bergman is more than a casual observer of the revival of “All My Children,” since he spent nearly a decade on that drama as Dr. Cliff Warner before starting his long tenure on ‘The Young and the Restless.” He muses, “As a fortune teller, I have been an abysmal failure” when it comes to predicting whether his current show — which marks its 40th anniversary Tuesday, March 26 — could have a similar afterlife in the online world.
“When the first rumor came that they were taking ‘All My Children’ off the air, I told everyone at work, ‘Oh, please! There’s no way that’s going to happen. ABC owns those shows.’ So, as for my prognosticating about where ‘Y&R’ might or could go, who knows?
“I’ll tell you this, though,” adds Bergman. “There’s not a person working in daytime television today who isn’t cheering on every one of those people on ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live.’ We’re hoping they are a giant success.”