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Alicia Minshew on AMC' s last day of shooting, Prospect Park, and the finale cliffhanger!

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Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater, AMC) is in the news again with an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.  Earlier last week, we learned through THR, that Minshew would be interested in staying with All My Children when it moves online in a recurring capacity, as she is eager to try other acting roles in her blossoming career.

However Minshew in this new THR post discussed the final tape date of the shows 41-year run on ABC, the last week of airshows and the network television finale cliffhanger, and her thoughts on how the Prospect Park deal with AMC is coming along!  Here are some excerpts from what Lish had to say!

Minshew on being part of the final day of shooting at AMC : “Well, it was surreal. The whole cast was in it, and it is always fun when the whole cast was around. It is almost like we are just getting ready to go to a big party… So we were all in a great mood, having fun, we were all together. And then as it got closer and closer to the final scene, when they said, ‘Item last,’ we all kind of looked at each other… I think maybe that’s when it sunk in, like wow. And I looked over at Susan Lucci, she looked sad. I mean, she was very quiet and I looked over at her and that’s when it kind of hit me. I thought, ‘This is really happening,’ and I was trying to figure how Susan was feeling in that moment, being that she had been on the show for, you know, 40 years. I thought, ‘If I’m feeling sad, I cannot even imagine how she is feeling.’

So, we did the scene and I had a moment or two with my friend, Rebecca Budig and cried a little bit. And then Agnes Nixon, the creator of the show came out and brought us this beautiful cake and we did a champagne toast, and the whole cast and crew were there. There were hundreds of us. And I think that is when everybody realized this is a big deal. This is the end of an era. So, then it became emotional, I mean even some of the guys were crying. We just said see you later, because we all feel like we are always going to be friends. We are always going to be connected.”

Minshew on the latest that she has heard on the Prospect Park deal with AMC cast members: “Well, from what we’ve been told… they have the ability to use the same people, they want to shoot it the same way. They have already bought the sets from us. They basically want to pick up where we left off… If they’re completely capable of doing that, I don’t know. I mean, they seem like really smart guys, because we’ve met them. But, they’ve told us they’re hoping to be on the air by January. They hope to be starting to tape by late November, and they will contact people on an individual basis and let them know what they wanted from them. And that is kind of where they sort of left us. So, again, this is what we’ve been told and it is kind of up in the air at this point.

I don’t know if they are going to do a small group or a large group, if they are going to kill some people off. Honestly, we haven’t been told much. So, that’s why we are just sort of waiting to see what happens. And that’s why in my mind, I’m looking ahead. And, again, even if they do come to me, we’ll see what can be worked out. But I’m still looking ahead to do other things.”

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Minshew on what fans can expect the final week of airshows leading up to the finale on Friday, September 23rd!: “They are going to see a lot of familiar, familiar faces. We’re just going to make them very happy because of people from the past, people that have been gone. I think they are going to be happy seeing some faces that they have not been seeing in a while. And they are going to see some closure on different story lines. My character and her husband, Zach , are going to have some nice moments. It is the kind of moments that the fans have always wanted. They want Zach and Kendall to have sort of things be good.

They want Adam and Dixie to have things be good, so you will see some story lines wrapping up in a very lovely way. Like, a lot of these couples will come to live happily every after. Of course, there’s a cliffhanger, and of course, I can’t tell you what that is. But, even though the show is going off the air, they had to leave you with something. They had to leave you with something where you are going, ‘Hmm, I wonder what that means.’ But it does not just end happily ever after for everybody, maybe for some people it does.”

So soapers, are you ready for the final week of AMC on ABC? How do you think the Prospect Park/AMC deal is shaping up?  And what do you think could be the cliffhanger? Let us know!

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sarah blume
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sarah blume

i am still so upset about this. i will not watch the screw. i will not be able to watch it on the internet because i can’t get high speed internet where i live. it just sucks. i hate ABC FOR DOING THIS TO THE FANS. THEY WILL BE SORRY BECAUSE THE FANS WILL NOT WATCH THE SCREW.

Julie Davis
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Julie Davis

I’m in the same boat…no high speed internet where I live either. I’m so disappointed. I hope by January PP finagles a deal with a tv station like USA or Bravo. I’ve heard there have been talks, I pray that they work it out by then. I won’t watch ABC either. I hope their ratings drop like a loud thud when the soaps go off the air!!

debsafan
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debsafan

I will not watch the Chew are anything that replaces a Soap. I’m afraid all this talk about AMC being put on the internet is just to shut the Soap fans up until AMC goes off the air. Then they’ll tell us, sorry the deal fell through. I’ve been crying for over a week now. Every time I think about the show going off the air, I just get sick. I hope a lot of people lose there jobs at ABC for this Stupid move. You may think people over 49 don’t spend money on products, but we do. When… Read more »

boes
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boes

The show has been so good lately, it’s been so close to what it was for their first 30 years. I NEVER thought – ever – that the show would end. I’ve been watching since the beginning, and I remember thinking, years ago, that this show would just go on forever. And in a certain way, it will. I know it will continue on the net, and I’m so happy about that. And if they can continue with quality or writing, and the quality of characters we’ve been graced with again, thanks to Lorraine Broderick and Agnes Nixon, then how… Read more »

Karen Johnson
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Karen Johnson

I am so sad to see this come to an end. Feel like losing a family that has been there through thick and thin. When Mona died was same time my own mother passed. Seems Erica was going through a lot that I was. There has been so many things over the years that has been like being with family. I will truely miss them all and look forward to seeing them again on internet or back on tv…

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I’m looking forward to seeing how AMC ends on ABC. I’m admiring Alicia’s performances & I’m sending good wishes to her in her performing future! 🙂

Rodnroch43
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Rodnroch43

Gee I hope someone gets off the boat before it sinks. Yes, but remember when one door closes another is sure to open. Michael, whatever are you going to do??? You’re running out of Soaps to write about. Just think this time next year there will be just 3 if we are lucky. Well those are television soaps, not the ones on the internet. Who would have thought after all these years that this is where we would be. Good Luck to anybody that has sacrificed their whole life only to have it ripped apart by some TV executives who’s… Read more »

Judy Eastham
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Judy Eastham

What a sad week, I have hated September 23, since my father died when I was 14 on that date. Now the show I have watched for the last 41 years is going to be gone. I will NEVER watch any show that replaces All My Children. And I will follow them to Prospect Park for as long as they are there. Also, THANK YOU to all the actors and crew for 41 wonderful years, IF we don’t get you back on the new show. And THANK YOU Prospect Park for coming to our rescue when nobody else did. We… Read more »

Esther
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Esther

I to am going to miss AMC amd have been dreading Sept 23rd. I wondered how CBS and NBC have fared with the shows they have replaced the soaps with. I have not watched any of the talk shows for I have gotten burned out on them.

Rodnroch43
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Rodnroch43

YAAAA!!!! Stuart Chandler is alive!!!!! That’s all I am gonna say!!

wanda
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wanda

I totally agree with the stuart returning idea. When people start remembering someone,like scott and madison and marion not ever getting over his death,watch out here they come. I am only speaking my feelings, I think we have enough damn food shows like it is. I am more than just upset about amc ending its run on abc. In the last 25 years ,I may have missed 2 shows. I am heart broken that its over. I will follow the show to the internet,but what if the show is so chopped up I don’t reconize it. I am sobbing now… Read more »

cookie
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cookie

I’m really sad to see All My Children going off the air. I have watched it almost from the beginning, so of course I’m really sad. I hope things can be worked out with Prospect Park and we will be able to enjoy the show once again. I don’t know if it will be the same or not. AMC has some great actresses and actors and with this economy basically in the toilet, I hate to see anymore people lose their jobs. Jobs are so hard to come by even in Hollywood. Good Luck to the cast of AMC hope… Read more »

Brenda Clavin
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Brenda Clavin

As I read all the post, I see there are alot of dissappointed fans, including myself. I was floored when I found out that AMC was being cancelled. I have been watching the show for 37 years, when the show comes to it’s end on friday I will loose a piece of me. Yes AMC has been a part of me since I was a kid. I hate to see it go. I hope that many of the actors will stick around for PP, if not, the show won’t be the same. BUT here’s to you ABC,,I hope that you… Read more »

Barb
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Barb

I for one will NOT watch anything ABC/Disney broadcasts after OLTL ends. Again, the only thing important anymore is the bottom line $$$. Hopefully daytime for ABC/Disney tanks! The LAST thing we need is ANOTHER food/talk show. I really feel bad for the people on the new shows because i really like all of them, but they belong on the original channels they came from. I will support PP and hopefully they will find a tv channel smart enough to pick up the pieces and continue on the long tradition of daytime soaps. Unfortunately, ABC/Disney will be charging PP alot… Read more »

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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