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All Her Children: Agnes Nixon's Funeral Service Brings Touching & Bittersweet Reunion

Photo: Kim Delaney Instagram

Saturday morning funeral services were held for the iconic Agnes Nixon (creator All My Children and One Life to Live) who passed away earlier this week at the age  93 in Philadelphia.

Throughout the day, several touching posts made their way via social media from those who attended the service, and gathered together following the service, to celebrate the life and times of this remarkable woman whose mark on daytime soaps is unparalled.

In one of the most beautiful moments, former OLTL head writer, Ron Carlivati, shared with everyone of his followers on Twitter, the program from the funeral service, which included photos of Agnes, plus the now legendary quote from Nixon’s original bible of All My Children: “The Great and the Least, The Weak and the Strong, The Rich and the Poor, In Joy and Sorrow, In Triumph and Tragedy, You are All My Children.” 

Carlivati’s words accompany the images in his tweet were: “Celebrating the life of Agnes Nixon today and wanted to share this with all her children…”

Photo: RCarlivati Twitter

Former All My Children stars: Kim Delaney (Ex-Jenny Gardner), Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse) and Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) were in attendance. Delaney and Lucci shared some images of the reunion with their former co-stars and AMC producers gathered to remember Agnes, including: Francesca James (Ex-Kitty/Kelly) who later went on to be the EP of the series, Ginger Smith, who was Supervising Producer on ABC’s All My Children and later EP of Prospect Park’s reboot version, and former AMC producer, Carol Shure, former AMC head writer, Lorraine Broderick. former Consulting Producer and ABC Daytime executive consultant and EP, Randi Subarksy, AMC’s production team’s Rusty Swoop. and in the very front Agnes Nixon’s great-granddaughter. Fay.

Susan Lucci shared via Instagram shared: ” All Her Children–as some of us gathered today to say God speed and celebrate our beloved Agnes Nixon.”

Kim Delaney posted:  “Bittersweet reunion, RIP Agnes”

Carol Shure posted: “Celebrated the extraordinary life of Agnes Nixon with ALL her Children. She touched the lives of so many. I am blessed by her kindness, guidance, and love.”

Share your thoughts via the comment section below on the heartfelt images and posts from Carlivati, Lucci, and Delaney as we honor the life of Agnes Nixon this weekend, a woman who meant so much to so many.

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Lew S.
Lew S.

A true legend and a talented writer/creator. She will be sorely missed. Soap writers of today, take a page from Ms. Nixon. The word visionary totally describes her.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Very well said Lew S. I agree with you 100%.

Lin
Lin

amen, Lew S.

JK
JK

SAID PERFECTLY…A TRUE LEGEND…LADY WITH CLASS AND TALENT.

su0000
su0000

I stop-in and read both FV & RC twitter..
– RC– has soooo much great reminiscing soap pictures etc..
He no longer writes for a soap but reading his twitter page he has never forgotten, let go, of his love for all the soaps he wrote for…. I really enjoyed all his pics etc of days gone bye.
it’s worth a look-see ..

Agnes was greatly respected and loved..
It was wonderful so many that loved her gave her a great send off ..
A great Lady, indeed ..

Jodi Roeschen
Jodi Roeschen

All My Children and One Life To Live( along with General Hospital) were my childhood and into my college years and when I married and had my children and was a stay at home mom, I watched them everyday! Rest in Peace to Agnes Nixon who brought so many amazing stories to life! Thank You

Tivette
Tivette

The one and only…she is the singular greatest gift to daytime television that only one comes along in a lifetime. God Bless and thank you for all you came to give dear Agnes.

Lin
Lin

This made me cry. What more can be said.

mark
mark

I was never a huge fan of her abc shows but she was a legend

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Truly the end of an era. Ms Nixon changed the face of the American soap opera. And as long as social media stays with us, we can always look at a clip of her work and be reminded of the incredible legacy she left behind. Rest in peace Ms Nixon. Thank you for sharing your one life with us.

Kit
Kit

And the story never ends.

SZima
SZima

AMC was the first soap I watched as an adult, after my son was born, and I was home during the day.
Agnes conceived and wrote the most compelling stories which few others have ever matched.
So sorry she’s passed.
So sorry her wonderful shows were shamefully dumped by ABC!

jeremy
jeremy

RIP, Agnes Love Ya!!! You was the best storyteller of Daytime….

clb
clb

Agnes Nixon and Irna Phillips were 2 of a kind — daytime visionaries! We will miss Agnes. Sad that she saw ABC cancel AMC and OLTL.

davlestev1
davlestev1

car
la and ed hall..vinnie and wanda wolek..the original rachel on another world who later became dorian lord..ruth and joe..billy clyde tuggle..donna beck..marco and tina…karen wolek…amazing well thought out characters and towns..back history galore..claudette montgomery and her mother..the amazing phoebe tyler ..langley..jesse and angie..jeff and mary…riveting on the edge of your seat shout at the screen drama…and that was daytime..R.I.P. a legend among many…a true standout.

Phyllis Sizemore
Phyllis Sizemore

Thank you , Agnes Nixon for the many, many Yeats of entertainment you gave us. All My Children was the best soap EVER! I wish so much it would return to weekday afternoons.

Betty
Betty

I’ll never forgive ABC for cancelling All My Children & One Life To Live simultaneously. Their ratings and replacements have never recovered those loyal audiences. Then CBS kills Guiding Light and As The World Turns. Just think of the losses of daytime viewers.

JK
JK

TOTALLY AGREE.. THE VIEWERS HAVE BEEN THE BIG LOSERS..THE NETWORKS ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THE $.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

Forever grateful how she touched my beloved CBS (P&G) shows: #AsTheWorldTurns, #GuidingLight and #SearchForTomorrow … and respectful of her creation and nurturing of her ABC serials #AllMyChildren, #Loving and #OneLifeToLive. Truly, the approaching end-of-an-era (…with only Lee Phillip Bell to connect us to that glorious past!) Safe passage, Aggie. #Godspeed

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

Life ending no matter what has a touch of sadness and bittersweetness. She may not have solved poverty,hunger or AIDs but her talent brought us smiles, tears, some social awareness and some great escapism. Some may say she brought us, created, the one and only Erica Kane – enough said. She will be missed but has led a full life and her memoirs are now finished too. She is one of the few writers/creators that was so well known publicly. So full of life, class and style – putting her family first – rumour has it a great mentor to Susan Lucci who also put family first before her career. A chapter has ended but the cover will always be opened by generations to follow. – The greatest; the least – she was the greatest.

Patricio
Patricio

Hello Skater Boy !

You are correct. Two words alone tell the tale of a great lady – Erica Kane!

Maureen McCarthey
Maureen McCarthey

thank you for all your stories
loved the soaps such a great release from world
cheers to phoebe, charles, Mona and the Martins

Windy B
Windy B

I have watched all of the ABC soaps since I was a child. I am now 52 and all that I have left to watch every day is General Hospital. I gasped when I saw their tribute of the October 4th, 2016 episode dedicated to her, as I had not heard that she had passed. That amazing woman created years of laughter, joy, tears. and love for me and all of her fans worldwide. I knew of Agnes Nixon fondly, and never have heard a negative word mentioned about her. May we all go through this life led by her example and grace. And by the fortitude that she showed by producing not one, but two of the greatest daytime hits of all time during an era when it wasn’t a woman’s “place” to be as wildly successful as she became. I grew up with All Her Children throughout my One Life to Live, and I have grown old with the rest of the cast and it has been a sheer joy. Thank you, Agnes Nixon, for all of the years of entertainment that you provided to us and a lifetime of companionship to me, with the one mainstay throughout my life- ABC soaps! Forever your fan, windy

Patricio
Patricio

What a beautiful tribute Windy! My feeling are similar to yours as is my story. I’m 54 years old and like you, grew up watching the ABC soaps. We are left with GENERAL HOSPITAL which always had a big following but never was as great as Ms. Nixons creations.

Wish you happiness Windi!

Candi McMahan
Candi McMahan

I was so saddened, to see the very last episode of OLTL, which I had watched/recorded, every single day, since 1992, and, wasn’t quite sure, just how I felt, about Prospect Park. Didn’t really matter, though, as I prefer television viewing to online viewing, so…that, for me, was the end of OLTL; however, I have become very attached to GH, and, enjoy every single episode.
Agnes- you were blessed with such a gift…and, now…you have your wings!

Rest In Peace,

Candi

Rickie Boguille
Rickie Boguille

Who can forget her creations? Rachel, Ada, Sam, and Lahoma on “Another World”… Phoebe Tyler, Nick Davis, Margo Flax, madcap Edna Thornton, and Tyrone the Pimp on “All My Children”… Carla and Sadie Gray, Vinnie, Anna, and Larry Wolek on “One Life to Live”… What I’ll remember most is the humor she injected into the soaps. Who didn’t chuckle at Nick Davis’ natty and outrageous mid-1970s outfits? Margo’s obsession to reclaim her youth and to land Paul Martin? Sadie and Anna’s heart-to-hearts? Phoebe’s insufferable snobbishness? For me, these characters and friendships were secondary to the love stories and plot twists. She created characters that were indelible. Thank you, Ms Nixon…

Patricio
Patricio

What strikes me of the millions of American women and to a lesser extent men who were her core audience in the 60’s, 70,s and 80’s have passed. That core audience was entertained and educated in the Empire begun by the great Ms Nixon.

I was lucky enough to meet the great Ms. N which in New York in January 12 , 2012. The eve of OLTL last airing. She was with Ron Carlivati. She was weak but not frail. She clung to him like a loving mother, he caring for her like he was the watchman of a priceless jewel. They must have loved each other so.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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