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AMC Fan Club Gathering Photo Gallery and special report!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Many members of the cast of All My Children attended and participated in the first ever AMC Fan Club Event and Gathering held in Los Angeles over the weekend.  The event was held for the first time at the Sportsman’s Lodge, where many soap fan events have been held for various daytime dramas.  As many know, since AMC was previously an east coast based show, the celebration was always held each year in the Big Apple.  But now with the shows move to California, there was a whole new vibe.  The cast was brought in one by one and introduced to the excited crowd.  Later, they signed autographs and participated in one of the funniest Q&A sessions that On-Air On-Soaps had ever seen.

The Q&A was hosted by Walt Willey (Jack) as he threw out questions to the various cast members on stage and asked for their responses.   A few of them we just had to share. When asked, what was your most memorable fan encounter? Alicia Minshew (Kendall) started it off by stating, “I have had so many.  I was with Cameron Mathison (Ryan) in New Jersey years ago, and this little girl was very sweet when she met us, but started to cry and almost fainted.  I blamed it on Cameron for scaring her.  It was one of my first fan events and I was like, “Oh great.  We killed this child!”

Then, Cameron Mathison brought the house down when he revealed his most memorable fan encounter! “There was another time I terrified someone, but I have had frozen turkeys thrown at me, and some woman brought her pet horse to a mall signing because the horse was fan of my work! This is all true. But, my favorite all-time fan story was back 12 or 13 years ago. Ryan was on trial for rape and it turns out he didn’t do it.  It was his brother and so the DNA was similar, etc, etc.  So, I was in a very busy department store during the holiday season and the escalator sort of goes up from the main floor. I was there with my girlfriend at the time.  There was a woman going up the escalator with sort of view of the entire floor and she spots me in a crowd. She yells, “Ryan! Ryan!” And being new to the show, and kind of getting off on this, I put my hand up in recognition, and I yell, “How you doin’?”  And the woman yells back, “I am so glad they let you out of jail. I knew you didn’t rape her!”  (Laughs)

Next, Chrishell Stause (Amanda) chimed in about her most unusual fan encounter.  “When I first came on the show, Amanda was not the most liked person on the planet. I was walking around the streets of New York one day, and it was right when I taking Lily’s boyfriend….Lily, who was autistic!  So this woman comes up to me on the street screaming at me, “How could you do that?  I can’t believe you took her boyfriend!” And she is yelling so loud I thought she was going to haul off and hit me.  At first, I thought it was a joke, and I laughed. But then I quickly realized she was not kidding. And I had to quickly and slowly back away! It was very sick!”

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Later when Willey asked the panelists, what was your favorite scene, Minshew kicked it off when she said, “One of my favorite scenes is with Rebecca Budig (Greenlee). It involves a wedding dress and a wedding cake, and it’s the two of us scrapping it out and throwing cake on each other.  And that is when Rebecca and I became friends.  And, also there was a time when Greenlee and Kendall were once again fighting on the floor of Fusion and Greenlee picked up a bottle of lotion and squirted it all over me, and then Palmer threw water on us.” (Laughs).

Budig also offered up something that was also hilarious:  “I think there was a story point where Kendall was alluding to being gay, in front of Erica. Greenlee is not in on this. So Kendall waltzes in, in front of Erica, and she is supposed to dip me back and kiss me.  And we thought, “Oh, this is going to be weird!” (Laughs) But I was ready, and Alicia comes in to kiss me and dip me, and she fell… on top of me!  And we are both on the ground and we are dying laughing. We looked over at Susan Lucci (Erica) and she is still acting.  She never broke character. And we keep looking at each other laughing and looking over at Susan.  We go, “Oh my God. She is still acting!” (Laughs)

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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