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Agnes Nixon Issues Statement Confirming The Returns Of All My Children & One Life to Live!

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Courtesy/ABC

Wow! What a way to end the first week of the New Year!  Legendary soap creator, Agnes Nixon confirmed an hour ago via her facebook page that it is indeed true that Prospect Park is bringing back her creations of All My Children and One Life to Live back to life and online!

Nixon started her post by saying, “We did it! I am so pleased to share it with YOU first. This could never have happened without your unwavering support. ”  With deepest gratitude, Agnes

Then she went into her official statement stating:  “We of the One Life to Live and All My Children families are thrilled to bring our beloved viewers new, ongoing stories from Llanview and Pine Valley.

I’m overjoyed that so many actors you love have voiced their desire to bring their characters back to life.  I’m especially grateful to Prospect Park for deploying the power of you, our fans, to enable this exciting transition to dramatic production for the Internet. It’s a historic moment, comparable to how life was changed when television took over from radio.  We hope this wonderful opportunity will be embraced by all as our creative teams gear up to bring our beloved serials back to our daily lives.”

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Agnes Nixon January 4, 2013

So soapers, what do you think of this amazing statement from Agnes?  Share your thoughts with us!
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Liz Arnold
Liz Arnold

This is fabulous news! I am really hopeful that our dream of resurrecting OLTL & AMC might actually become a reality. What a way to start the new year.

Marcia White
Marcia White

I am thrilled by this wonderfully, fabulous news! I got tears in my eyes from reading Agnes’ announcement. I’ve missed these shows so much. I wish success and prosperity to all involved in bringing these soaps back. And that so includes all us fans, whose undying loyalty to these shows definitely played a part in bringing our them back to life!

kim fleming
kim fleming

I agree 100%!! I am just over 50 & have been watching these shows since I was 12 yrs. old . I have gone to events including a softball game in Bayville NJ that was a benefit for a sick child, One life to Live & General Hospital played against each other, this was years ago. Then several years back, myself & oldest daughter & friend, went to a Comedy Club at the Tropicana Casino to see several stars from AMC. As I grew up & had my own family while my children were still babies, I watched Ryans Hope thru General Hospital, then when they all started school & Iife got busy I only watched AMC. Now that I’m retired, they toke it off & I quit watching ABC & have refused to watch it ever since. I really got so mad & upset that I don’t even watch T.V. at all anymore. So long story short, when can I watch my first AMC episode??? I miss it badly!!! So bad that I told my husband if we win a big lottery I want to pay whoever to get AMC back on TV. But internet is fine, with me, I just want my friends from Pine Valley back!!!!

Angel Rodriguez
Angel Rodriguez

excited!! I watched these shows as a child in the 70’s with my great grandmother up until she died in 77 then continued to watch them in honor of her. My mom & I watched the final episodes with each other last year in tears. So looking forward to watching them again!

Vanessa
Vanessa

Angel…I did the same thing with my grandmother. I lost her in 1990 and continuted to watch AMC in her honor also…right up to the last episode! So I’m right there with you!!

Terry Fout
Terry Fout

Thrilled…have watched since the very beginning and felt like a death when ABC took them off…and I don’t watch ABC most of the time and I won’t have my TV on those replacements that they put on….Can’t wait!!!! Who all will be back?

Debra L
Debra L

I am thrilled! I completely refused to watch the shows that took over on abc. I will be waiting for their return. I have missed then both!

Penny
Penny

I have also refused to watch the shows that took over on ABC, my husband laughs at me & tries to get me to watch The Chew……NEVER!! I hope it is true & our shows return…..I’ll be watching!!

wendy
wendy

didn’t the statement say these shows were going to be online?

Denise
Denise

Watched AMC since it started. It is a part of me. One of the thrills of my life was attending Super Soap Weekend twice at MGM in FL. Breakfast with Susan Lucci one year was icing on the cake! I vowed never to watch anything else on ABC at 1:00pm. Not only have I never watched The Chew, but my TV remains turned off at 1:00 & stays off the rest of the afternoon! I remain a faithful fan & will be a part of it if & when it comes back to life. Will be cautious not to hold expectations too high. Sure would like them to resolve those 3 cliffhangers they left with us on the last show. They could have wrapped those stories up better & left us a bit more satisfied with the ending.

Pamela Jones
Pamela Jones

I am very excited, this is the way to start 2013. Now let’s say WHEN.

tammy
tammy

I am so thrilled they are bringing back all my children cant wait but what channel will it come on and when

Deb T
Deb T

Oh this is great! No its FANSTASTIC! WHEN does it all start up? I cannot wait hardly, so sad watch all my favs on commercials….

luanne wyatt
luanne wyatt

hurray i was sooo upset when they were taken off ive watched from day 1 im so excited cant wait get rid off reality and talk shows

Emmy
Emmy

It will be online not on ABC. Makes me sad that the network didn’t bring them back.

Rob
Rob

I have watched All My Children since the early ’70s, so I am happy to hear it’s coming back. I wonder how many of the previous actors will return. Great news for all of us fans of PIne Valley!

Cathy Lance
Cathy Lance

I had watched AMC for years and years. I used to record on VHS when I was working. I did not want to miss a minute of the show. It broke my heart the day I watched the final episode. I am happy that AMC are coming back, I can’t wait.
Thanks to everyone who has made this possible. 2013 will be a great year !!

Rann
Rann

I am thrilled and yet still cautious. So much could go wrong. It is great to hear this officially from someone. But I am holding my breath so to speak!

Suzette
Suzette

Amazing!!!!!

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

Big Bosslady is back!!!!

Lin
Lin

Amazing. But I’m afraid to feel confident this will happen.

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too!!

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

Mr. Fairman, Now, I really can’t wait to turn back onto On Air/On Soaps and see the day when the R.I.P.s are finally removed from OLTL and AMC…
Congratulations, Soaps Universe, as we look forward to continuing on with new stories in
Llanview and Pine Valley soonest. It just goes to prove that Hell hath no fury like
dedicated soap fans scorned. Enjoy…
Dr. Donald G. Boudreau, Author, “American Business and Daytime Dramas”

Patrick
Patrick

well said; about the R.I.P.s’…. The soap genre has been ongoing for 40-50 plus years… what more needs to be said. no other medium has lasted as long…

Lisa Jaworski
Lisa Jaworski

Well said!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed. Agnes Nixon rocks! Long live soaps!

Chris
Chris

I’ll believe this when I actually see it. Only the most hardcore AMC/OLTL fans are remotely interested in this, and the reality is that there aren’t many of them left out there. Even if the budgets are slashed (resulting in lower production values), the shows would still be fairly expensive to produce, and I don’t see enough online viewers watching (translating into enough ad revenue) to make up the costs even if these shows actually make it onto the internet. Say both shows need to be aired on TV as well. I still don’t see enough viewers for any cable channel to consider them worth the expense. They’d all most likely LOSE $$$.

Basically, the large majority of casual viewers have moved on from this and don’t care anymore, most older viewers (the core of the daytime soap audience) don’t go online to watch TV, and other potential viewers who might care could easily lose interest if their favorite actors(s)/character(s) aren’t on the proposed revivals. I don’t see very many new viewers tuning in to make up for the previous lost audience.

This whole project has “FLOP” written all over it.

Sherrie Shearer
Sherrie Shearer

Wish you were wrong, but I don’t think you are. 🙁

caroldee
caroldee

I think we should wait and see how it goes.. I think we can tell by the first few shows if it will have any kind of staying power. I already watch many shows on line and this will be one more. I am THRILLED to see anyone from OLTL back on the air of any kind.. It may not be TV but on line but who cares WE HAVE THEM BACK…. Happy here!!

terri
terri

i am ready and willing to watch getting ready to set up my tv for hulu!!! i am just one; but i think lots more are willing to watch. i hope your prediction chris is wrong.

TeenaGrace
TeenaGrace

I do miss the daily soaps and I still watch General Hospital, so I’d love to have them back. However, we recently moved out in the middle of nowhere, so my internet is via a crappy satellite, and even trying to watch a 2 minute You Tube clip is very frustrating. I may have to forego watching any returning episodes of anything if my only avenue is online. 🙁

AJ
AJ

I agree 100%. Soap fans should really be careful what they wish for from this. Does Prospect Park really want to have egg on their faces a second time? I don’t trust them one bit after what happened last time.

How can both of these shows possibly generate enough ad revenue from just online advertising (especially w/o a cable TV partner) to offset the high production costs involved? It just does not add up.

Even if by some miracle these shows did launch on the internet, I think it’s going to be extremely short-lived. Outside of the titles, the shows will be almost unrecognizable and nothing like what people remember. And it’s been at least a year since both soaps went off and most of the cast and crew members have moved on, as have the large majority of casual viewers out there. At best, these soaps would probably attract roughly 1/10th of the already shrinking audience they had on ABC.

Lin
Lin

I agree with most of what you have said. But two half hour shows (that is the plan) or even two 15 minute shows would need to generate less revenue. Actors will be able to do other shows as well, so they won’t need as much money. I would think Susan Lucci will not come on board, but personally I don’t feel we need Erica. she is so predictable that we can guess what she’d do. I think GH would allow Roger, Michael, and Starr (can’t remember her name this second) to go back and forth occasionally. It’s going to be 4 days a week and a weekly review on Friday. I am hoping for the best, but not allowing myself to really believe.

pat
pat

There not as expensive when they air online and on Cable networks.

in UK. british daytime soaps air via cable channels as that how they can support them, plus the internet

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Negative …reign it in! Unlike the last time, contracts are in place with unions and now we have the word of the series creator assuring this is going to happen. You are wrong with your assessment that this kids a flop or not enough fans still care. If we didn’t, none if this would be happening now!

Lisa Jaworski
Lisa Jaworski

I actually don’t agree with you. I have several friends in the “older viewer” category who are very up to speed on their computers and will be thrilled to hear this news. There are many more hardcore fans of these shows then you realize and they’ve only moved on because they had no other choice. But as soon as they learn their favorite soaps are back, (even in limited form) they will come rushing back to watch. I’m sure Prospect Park has done their research and wouldn’t be going to this extent if they didn’t feel they could make it a success. So be optimistic and keep the faith and be happy! Our prayers are being answered.

Jim
Jim

Chris, it’s 2013, not 1993. Old folks are online too, LOL.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed. I watched OLTL online daily for at least a year. My kids watch Netfix & hulu, etc.

susan M.
susan M.

I disagree with you. I haven’t moved on & would like to see our soaps OLTL & AMC on line. I am keeping a positive attituide about the whole situation. Plus I don’t think
many viewers have moved on … There are still a lot of soap lovers out there. And would love to see OLTL & AMC whether it be on cable or on line…I haven’t given up yet . I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way…

Melinda Flynn
Melinda Flynn

I agree with you, Susan M. !

Barbara Wallace
Barbara Wallace

REALLY???? Is that why there are so many soaps online that are doing well? Oh and getting awards to boot? Negative thinking NEVER got anything done.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

We heard this from day one (give up, it’s over, people don’t watch anymore, people moved on…) and we didn’t give up. Now, we may have our shows back in some form. Looks like ‘they’ were wrong before, and you are wrong now.

kathy
kathy

I hope you are wrong! Your argument does make since. Please be wrong.

Diane
Diane

I’d rather watch a soap online or tv than some of the stupid talk shows they have out there. And what about reality shows….just go outside and you’ll see the same thing. How many of the channels you pay for on cable/satellite do you really watch? If you already know how to cook why watch a show about cooking……duh! I do believe that we will see ours shows back up and running and maybe one day they will be back on tv

Carrie A.
Carrie A.

Personally, I tried to move on but after 30 years of watching AMC it was was such a sadness to try to do so. I am ready to get back into AMC – on line or otherwise!

debbie
debbie

Well I for one am not gone and have never moved on. I felt like a family member had passed when each of the shows went off. I mourned them. I occasionally watch reruns on Soap net just so I could feel their presence in my life. Did I watch these shows every day. Hell No I worked and lived life and tuned in when I could. But to think us fans have to hard core is silly and to think we moved on is just outrageous… you can’t take away something that has been in our lives for 30 years and removed it for one year and think okay they have moved on. Not by a long shot!!!!!!!!!!

Jon
Jon

Chris must be a soap opera expert to come up with this comment. No? Then talk is cheap.

marnie
marnie

what’s wrong with you! this is fantastic news – let’s not shoot it down before it has a chance to start – anything can happen – let’s be positive and give it a try!!

Marie
Marie

I don’t know where “Chris” gets his information but I don’t think they are facts at all. What is your source saying that only hardcore viewers are remotely interested? Being a ‘hardcore viewer’ I am a whole heck of a lot more than “remotely” interested in the 2 soaps coming back. How do you know what the majority of viewers, casual or otherwise, care about? I’ll believe it when I see it too, but let’s be optimistic here as well. If Agnes says it’s going to happen then I believe her. This is fantastic news! Moving on? What does that mean? That’s a dumb statement. I’ve started watching GH to see some of the Llanview folks and am enjoying that show but I will definitely make time for OLTL and AMC when they come back. Cheers!

Jenny
Jenny

My mom and stepmom in their 70’s use their computers and ipad often, I think they can figure it out. And there are many children of those “older viewers” who are soap fans. I have been watching the AMC reruns on soapnet, but I miss the new episodes so I would be so happy if it came back. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Denise
Denise

“Chris” – I don’t know how old you are or where you live, but in the big city – older people do use the internet and most of the loyal soap viewers will watch on-line. I know I will!! I have loved having OLTL characters showing up on GH! But I miss AMC the most. I have been watching since I was 9. I started watching OLTL and GH when I started college. I am a professional and a business owner. Soap watchers come in all shapes and sizes! Can’t wait!

Dale
Dale

Obviously, some folks don’t understand what loyalty is all about. I am 53 so I’m not young but I am not old either. By AMC being online us dedicated fans (and I believe there are more than you think) can watch this show 24/7. AMC was a show that brought fantasy to life in many ways b/c very real issues were portrayed (ok, maybe not everyone can “buy” their way out of every situation) and these actresses and actors were like our family and friends. YES YES YES!!! I’ll take seeing my buddies from Pine Valley on tv, online. in a magazine…

Jo
Jo

I am a senior, I am still interested and I will watch online as will many friends and family!

Trapper
Trapper

There are a lot of us that don’t agree with you and haven’t “moved on”. Personally, I think that moving the shows online will expose them to a whole new audience and make them more accessible than ever. I’m thrilled by the idea. AND, it’s a great way to get my 89 year old Mum to use the computer more!

sparks
sparks

I disagree that it won’t generate enough revenue. Online shows can cut costs dramatically while still maintaining the integrity of the show. I’m 60 and I watch online all the time. Internet entertainment is all the buzz right now. This could not only work…it could work BIG.

Sue Holzschuher
Sue Holzschuher

This will only work if they can get a majority of the stars to return. What would AMC be without Susan Lucci?

dg
dg

@Chris Very intelligent and practical responses. I too wonder just how profitable this venture will be and what it will garner as far as ratings go. I think some hardcore fans will watch but as you mention the average fan of daytime serials these days is around 50 yrs old. Studies have shown that.
I am 48 myself but I am extremely web savvy. Unfortunately I dont find my fans like me. Also I wonder how successful they will be at raising advertising dollars. I quit both OLTL & AMC long before they were cancelled because I lost interest. I watched AMC in its heyday in the late 70s and fell away sometime in the 90s. Same with OLTL. I hope the reboot works for Agnes’s sake and the sake of the genre. But as you said this is an extremely expensive project. PP is playing over 8 million a yr just to license the rights. It hard to believe that they will have enough money to pay all the fan favorite actors and to produce a truly quality show.
These are grim facts, but I am encouraged to read intelligent comments from an informed soap fan.

Sherrie Shearer
Sherrie Shearer

On-line is not good enough!

gloria
gloria

If that’s all we can get we’ll take it! But of course I can’t help wishing they were coming back on tv. This is like a dream come true if it happens, oh I hope it does.

Carole
Carole

I would never watch a soap, or anything else, online. Would have to be shown on TV for me to view.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I watch GH and Days on Hulu only and its so much easier and the shows get credit for you watching them there since I’m not a Neilson family. I think viewers will be happy to watch their shows online just to have them back.

Marie
Marie

Hook your TV up to your computer and use it as the monitor. That’s what I’ll do.

dg
dg

Unfortunately Marie and Bryan Ive talked to many soap fans who didnt even know they could hook their laptops up to an HDTV, lol. The older generation in this country is still intimated by the digital generation.

Marie
Marie

I don’t agree that the “older generation in this country is still intimated by the digital generation” !! What does that mean? I know many people over 50 like myself who are very in-the-know and comfortable with the digital generation!

Gayle
Gayle

I ‘m happy, but I don’t want to lose our One Lifer’s from GH!

Elhu
Elhu

I agree with you Gayle, I am very happy with this “promising” news, and I am excited with the possibility of seeing OLTL and AMC on a regular basis once again, as I miss both shows and so many characters, but I think Todd, Starr and John are now truly established in Port Charles and should remain there, and could make the occasional trip to Llanview for crossovers. That is how it would play out if I had my drothers, but of course it is up to those involved. Most importantly, I will be happy to see many talented actors and actresses have steady work again, playing characters that they brought to life, not to mention affording many jobs to those behind the scenes as well. Thank you for the update Agnes, and my fingers are crossed and good luck to all involved!!!

tim
tim

If PP tries to take back the characters of Todd,Starr,or John from GH,I will never watch AMC or OLTL online.They are a part of GH now,and PP should respect that.

Angela
Angela

I am a long time fan of all 3 of the abc soaps (43 years) and I am happy with the news but still not getting my hopes up. Prospect Park has disappointed in the past. They had actors and actresses who signed up to do the online show and then it all fell apart. That being said I agree with Gayle and the rest of you. Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth have firmly established themselves in Port Charles and I really want them to stay. They are under contract to GH and abc I don’t think they will be going back to Llanview. I don’t see abc allowing them to go to what is now their competition.

Jon
Jon

They are a part of oltl, so prospect park has every right to them.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu

they belong on OLTL. They are not THAT well established on GH at all, and their relationships can easily be broken up. They all just started and are insignificant parts of GH history, and their new relationships are insignificant compared to the grand loves they had on OLTL. Time to go back HOME!!!! YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!

Denise
Denise

I don’t think there is a lot for Starr or Todd to go back to,but John needs to go back to OLTL, Natalie and his family. That is one storyline I just haven’t bought into. Natalie would never allow her father to do what he has supposedly done. and she would never keep John away from his son…

Mary
Mary

Eh, John can go back to Llanview. I agree with Denise. Todd should go back so he can find Victor alive. Besides, it has been my experience with the ABC soaps that whenever they continually bring up a past character’s name, the character usually materializes which means Cole & Hope will turn up alive with amnesia from the fall over the cliff and be reunited with Starr and they can move back to Llanview. I do, however, like Starr & Michael together.

dg
dg

I dont agree. They are not part of GH. They are One Life characters. And if the One Life reboot is to survive the main story that majority of One Lifers want to see is the resolution of the Victor Lord Jr story.
Roger Howarth is key to that as Todd. GH needs to move on and refocus on its own history as it heads toward its 50th anniversary. Ive watche GH for 43 of its 49 yrs. I found the One Life experiment very tiresome. GH can’t be used as a vehicle to continue One Life or AMC. I truly hope that if the reboot works all three One Life actors will ship out of GH and end back where they belong. I would have welcomed the actors if they were written as new characters tied to GH history.
But alas they were used in a ploy to continue One Life. Now hopefully One Life will gain new life and they can take their characters back.

tim
tim

What if Howarth and Alderson don’t want to be part of the new OLTl? They turned down PP’s original offer,and there’s no reason to think they will change their minds.Should they recast Todd (again) and Starr? or leave the characters on GH?

louisa
louisa

I’m excited!! I have always felt OLTL would return! We all need to get behind this and watch! Viki and Dorian: I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

Brenda
Brenda

Great news. I’ll be watching so bring it on.

susan M.
susan M.

Step by step we might be closer to getting back to Pine Valley & Llanview !

Emily
Emily

Go Agnes Nixon!:) She’s so eloquent, written her statement beautifully. I hope her babies do come back on-line and tv!:)

susan M.
susan M.

I agree totally with you !

susan M.
susan M.

Correction I don’t think a lot of viewers have moved on. I haven’t moved on I am
still watching GH! I think there are plenty of soap lovers still out there ,that would love to watch OLTL & AMC on cable or online. When and if this comes threw. There are still a lot of loyal soap fans out there for OLTL and AMC. I include myself in this. I am trying to have a more positive attitude on all this. Again there are still a lot of loyal soap fans out there…And want their beloved
soaps back no matter what…I am sure everyone wants their love in the afternoon back! I know I do..I miss OLTL & AMC a lot. Think positive thoughts!

Emily
Emily

I don’t think soap viewers moved on, I sures hell didn’t:) I still watch GH and I watch DOOL. I LOVE soaps and never wanted to believe they’d be gone, phased out. My fav kind of tv is sitcoms and serials (day or nighttime), not a good amt of “reality” shows or talk shows, 1 or 2 maybe, but that’s it, not all day everyday. Too boring, etc…

When AMC and OLTL are up and running again, it’ll be in you face ABC, your snooze alert talk shows failed miserably, ha!

Rodd
Rodd

If Agnes has said it, I believe it now.

steve
steve

I agree with Chris’s Statement Cost & Viewers ! My Mom got Me hooked on it as a Kid ! The part of the Equation The Cast as a whole has moved on to other Projects so I don’t know if it would be a Success !

Kathi Hikawa
Kathi Hikawa

We need AMC back on ABC. I have watched AMC from day one. The last episode the Orange County Register newspaper came out and did a great article and filmed my husband I watching it. It’s a staple in my life as an adult.

su0000
su0000

Agnes is so right to say this;

”It’s a historic moment, comparable to how life was changed when television took over from radio. ”

it a historic and we will be the first in history to watch their network tv soaps being produced and airing on the internet!!

is as a big a move as when soaps went from radio to Tv, and now a new frontier soaps to the internet !!

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Oh happy news!! 🙂

wendi cook
wendi cook

This is what I have been wishing for! So happy, I will do anything to watch AMC

Blake
Blake

If she says it will I have more faith that it will. And it sounds like so many actors are in negotiations now.

Jacqui
Jacqui

thank god i have been waitting for this ever since they took my shows the only thing i don’t get we can only see them on line ? where ? how ? when ?

tim
tim

Great news,but which actors are returning? I don’t expect all of the vets to return,but if the shows are filled with recasts they won’t be worth watching.I guess we will have to wait and see.

Lisa Jaworski
Lisa Jaworski

This brought me to tears and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Whatever they can give us is better then what we have right now, so I am beyond thrilled not only for the fans, but for the cast and crew who will be joining the shows.
I think the Internet is a perfect choice for this and very ground breaking. Millions now watch music videos on YouTube to find new acts instead of MTV, so I think many people will discover our soaps the same way. Thanks again Michael for bringing us great news!

Beau
Beau

I dont think we will be seeing Michael Easton, Roger Howarth or Kristen Alderson on this incarnation of OLTL. As much as I want to, they have moved to LA and are employed by a SOAP that is actually doing good on TV. What will be interesting to see is how they will deal with all of the OLTL story that has been developed on GH. Natalie is seeing someone else, Clint is threatening to have Bo fired if he brings back John, while Tea has lost her baby and Blair’s fiancé Tomas may indeed by Lorenzo Alcazar. It would be a shame for the new writers to ignore all of this story, but at the same time it could be difficult to work with. The best way for this to work is for the Frank and Ron at GH to work with the new heads of OLTL to try and incorporate the new stores while also having it make sense for characters in Port Charles.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu

big deal, they can write all that on OLTL. Nothing tying them that strongly to GH. Lorenzo? Please.

Valerie Sawyer
Valerie Sawyer

That’s wonderful news!! Is Another World available anywhere? I felt as if Iost a whole family & many dear friends when they turned the lights out in the Cory living room all those years ago.

Jp
Jp

Totally agree. Bring back AW & Ryans Hope. In the meantime im so thrilled about One Life To Live

Mark
Mark

Having Ms Nixon make this statement is terrific. I hope she has some creative involvement in the return of both OLTL & AMC.
I would love to read someday about the details of Prospect Parks efforts to bring these shows back to life. Michael, thats a series of interviews just waiting for you to do!

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

I am hoping this all works out and our shows are returned. Whats sad is, there are many out there that do not have computers and if its only shown on the internet they will be left out.
Hopefully something will transpire where they will be shown on the television. Either way I am pulling for PP and hoping that this all becomes a reality .

Pat
Pat

From Agnes lips to God and PP’s ears. PP’s and others don’t let us down.
What a long and empty year. I’m hopeful, and would like all the viewers who have moved on to another soap, to return easily to the online version. As time goes on I think all soaps will be online in the future. This could be the ground floor of a whole new way to view shows online. Radio to TV to Online.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Fingers crossed that this venture can work. I don’t think we should anticipate 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, but I’m sure they can come up with a schedule that will be fulfilling to established fans and new viewers alike. And here’s hoping Guiding Light and As the World Turns will follow.

dg
dg

The rights to ATWT and GL were already purchased by a video company. That gave them the right to sell those videos. But that’s a far cry from reproducing those shows for TV. If the company had the money or inclination Im sure they would have done so by now.

Donna
Donna

I am so excited to hear your bringing back these two shows. They never should of left and if enough of us viewers get together and watch and support these shows them maybe we can get them back on TV soon. Now that would rock my new years for sure. Am looking forward to seeing them on line on tv on anywhere I can watch them Thank you from my heart…..:)

Laurie
Laurie

I think its wonderful new but yet still cautious as well. I am curious to see how many actors/actresses will or can go back to the shows as they may have moved on at this point. Guess we will wait and see! Now I will have to show my mother how to get online to watch her shows I guess….LOL

Helen
Helen

Awesome news!!! Can’t wait to start watching AMC again.

Faith
Faith

Can’t wait…..watched both shows since 1970

Yolande
Yolande

Great News!!!!!! Just don’t disappoint us, can’t wait yayyyy!!!!!!!

Sue Gothard
Sue Gothard

There are no words to describe how I feel about this news! Congratulations Ms. Nixon! I will be waiting to tune in!

Heidi
Heidi

Awesome news!!! Happy New Year! I miss AMC, glad to hear it’s coming back.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

To hear this from Agnes herself is sweet! I was only cautiously optimistic before…now I am excited. I understand there are still a lot of details to be worked out – but it is easier to wait to hear them after reading Agnes’ statement. 🙂

Thanks for keeping us informed Michael!

Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins

I am so excited that All My Children will return on the internet. My sister and I watched AMC since the beginning in 1970 or 1971. We were both so disappointed when it went off the air. Thank you Prospect Park for bringing it back!

rosie
rosie

ONE LIFE TO LIVE yes !!i HAVE MISSED THE SHOW,CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!

Michele Carroll
Michele Carroll

Absolutely thrilled we managed to finally have a voice! Yay team! How appropiate that Agnes was the one to tell us the great news!

denisefan
denisefan

AMC and OLTL need to come back different than they aired on ABC. The formula needs to be improved with the online venue. The writing team should honor the history o the show with an initial plot and a few returning actors that also launch new dynamic non-related characters.

Prospect Park has offered the opportunity to press the restart button and be innovative. Let’s hope the Producer and writing team deliver!

Best wishes.

Diana Smith
Diana Smith

I am thrilled. It has been nice to see some of the on GH but it is not the same. So glad we will get to see them again in there own setting. Can’t wait to see them all again.

Gail Walters
Gail Walters

My day was so lonley without the adventures of my fantisy family. So Happy to welcome them back….

kathy
kathy

This just made my day! YAAAAY!. I have watched AMC since I was 9 yrs. old! I was devastated when it went off the air. I can’t wait! I really have missed it.My little one hour escape to Pine Valley was my stress buster. THANK YOU for bringing it back! WHEN? WHERE? HOW? :-))))

Debbie
Debbie

You Go Agnes!!! This would be the best news for 2013. Waiting patiently for AMC and OLTL to return.

Lois
Lois

Fantastic news….I still miss One Life every single day, wishing it was still on. It helps with some of the characters on General Hospital, but still miss all the rest and their great storylines.

ginger
ginger

Best of Luck…..I’ll be waiting and watching.

Edie
Edie

When-Where- and what day willl this start. VERY EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

and there’s the rub… As much as we all love/respect Agnes, there STILL hasn’t been ANY official statement coming from PP/the unions. That’s why the other shoe’s about to drop, and this won’t happen

Shirley Montgomery
Shirley Montgomery

I’m WAITING I miss Erica, Ted, J. R., Dixie and everybody on All my Children, they were part of my family. A few of the them from One Life to Live are on General Hospital. BRING THEM BACK SOON!!!
THANK YOU! Of course we want to know when and where!?

Kathy Boehmer
Kathy Boehmer

Wonderful news!!!!

BEVERLY PETRALLIA
BEVERLY PETRALLIA

I am so thrilled that you will be returning back to Channel 7 and can not wait for the first episode to begin. Welcome back All MY Children.

Kathy Parks
Kathy Parks

who said anything about Channel 7?

BEVERLY PETRALLIA
BEVERLY PETRALLIA

that is the channel it was on before they took it off the Air. I would think the proper thing to do is give them back their spot. The food show is not working !!!!

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

Photo: JPI

I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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