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AMC's Eden Riegel On The Fast Forward Five Years, Where's Erica? & Bianca's Future!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

We are now less than a month away and counting down the days till the return of All My Children when it launches online at Hulu.com.  AccessHollywood.com caught up with returning favorite, Eden Riegel who is reprising her role as Bianca Montgomery to help kick-off the online revival of Pine Valley.

During the conversation,  Riegel addressed some hot topic and want-to-know questions, and was able to tease some story information which the savvy soap fan will try to detect.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Riegel on where All My Children picks up after the ABC final cliffhanger, which had J.R. firing a shot from his gun at the Chandler gathering featuring many Pine Valley residents:  “By having a quick sort of fast forward you get the opportunity to restart things because things have changed a lot in these people’s lives and yet, they’re still struggling with some of the same issues, and, of course, that final cliffhanger has definitely affected — it’s ricocheted and affected people’s lives and Miranda and A.J. who were just little kids at that point are now teenagers and dealing with the fallout themselves. So I think it was a really, really smart move to do this time jump because then you just get so many more possibilities. You don’t have to quickly rehash and finish up old stories. You get to start fresh with the same people, but at a slightly different point in their lives.”

Riegel on if the reboot explains the absence of Eden’s on-screen mother Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci:  “No. I think in a good way… there isn’t a lot of time on like, ‘Oh, where’s so and so?’ ‘You remember she’s out of town doing this…’ They don’t spend a lot of time on the exposition of that stuff so what you end up getting is the feeling that those people still are present. They’re just not featured. And soap audiences are used to there being a large cast and not every storyline can be dealt with every day so, it doesn’t have to be mentioned that Erica’s at the nail salon today. So I don’t know if it’s specifically mentioned where she is or what she’s doing… I don’t think that her absence is gonna be quite as palpable for the audience, which is good because I’m sure they’re gonna miss her enough and they can sort of believe that she is present.”

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Riegel on if there is romance this time around for Bianca:  “They’re being very secretive and I can’t reveal anything and some of it has to do with — Bianca was very affected by what happened at the end of the show — the big cliffhanger and her family is very affected by it, so if I tell you what’s going on with her romantically, it’s a big reveal.”

So soapers, how do you think AMC will pick up five years later after the shot was fired? How was Bianca affected by what happened at the end of the last episode of AMC on ABC?  What do you think about not addressing where Erica is? Smart move?  Share your thoughts!

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Michael
Michael

Really excited to see Eden as Bianca and what new paths she will take. I guess this five years ahead angle will be alright. Where is Erica, anyway? Shooting movies as shown on the finale?

ghfan4evr
ghfan4evr

I really think it’s, for the best! It would be too difficult to pick up right where they left off. I just can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. April 29th can’t get here fast enough!

jimh
jimh

IF the shooting affected Bianca in some way, it seems perhaps it involves Erica? Maybe she could also be off somewhere with Jackson? If Erica is ever needed for storyline purposes and Susan isnt available, id bring back Anna Stuart in the part. She does resemble Lucci in some ways and her acting style is the same, so i feel AS would be the perfect recast. Same 4 Tad…James Depaiva ex Max OLTL could pass as Tad. But i feel in the beginning
there are no immediate plans to use those characters, and like Dallas not needing Pam or Rays wife when its reboot started, im certain AMC can move on without certain characters as well. And just because AMC jumps 5 years, i know itll still be 2013 in Pine Valley!

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

I absolutely LOVE Anna Stuart! Loved her on Another World, loved her when she came to AMC. But, replace Susan Lucci and play Erica Kane? No way. There’s only one person for that role, and that’s why they’re not recasting…

jimh
jimh

I couldnt imagine replacing Lucci in the iconic role of Erica that made her famous, but if its ever needed and Anna is available shes the only one i feel close enough to play the role. She was kinda like Erica on AW. Ive liked her since she was Toni on The Doctors and she also played Gina on GH during the late 70s.

John Presutii
John Presutii

Anna Stuart was classic years ago on Another World among others….. HOWEVER as a viewer of AMC since Erica was in High School……
NO ONE can or should ever replace Susan Lucci as Erica Kane……. if Ms. Lucci does not chose to come back then Erica shall remain off camera or killed off….. No one else can EVER be ERICA KANE ! Case closed…

jimh
jimh

I meant that as a ‘temp’ recast if Erica was needed and Susan wasnt avaiable…kinda like they did for Erika Slezak as Viki on OLTL when they needed a temp for Viki when Christine Jones filled in for her years ago!

shlepper2
shlepper2

I am sure they are leaving the Erica story blank in hopes that Susan Lucci will return when she see’s how this new media will play out. I am praying for the show to be a success. I miss it so much, I don’t care how it starts out, I just want it to begin already. Good luck to everyone involved in putting this show back up from cast to crew, from writers, to producers, directors, and everyone else in-between.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Knowing Susan Lucci has other commitments – I am fine with them leaving it open. I know she will work her schedule out and show up in Pine Valley.
I am also not worried about the changes. I am confident they will do Pine Valley justice. With Agnes Nixon consulting, I can’t see it any other way!
SO looking forward to 4/29/13!!! 🙂

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

I’m betting JR shot Marissa. It would help continue that on again off again feud with not only the Kane women, but Zach as well as David. Who’ll probably blame him for both his daughter’s death. Gives AJ reason to hate his father. Continuing on with that Chandler men family drama.

I know it’s just wild guessing, but I’m sooooo freaking excited about these reboots.

And though I’m one who is still struggling really seeing Pine Valley with no Erika Kane on a regular basis, it’s probably best they aren’t spending a lot of time on where exactly all the missing folks are from the start. Gives a chance to embrace the new stories and hopefully build up more suspense got future returns.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

It seems as if Marissa isn’t going to be in Pine Valley and won’t be with Bianca, and that makes me happy purely because of Eden in the role. I’m sure they’ll bring Reese back either with Tamara Braun or a new actress, or just create a new love interest for her.

I just wish Christina Bennett Lind and Sarah Glendening were returning together!

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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.

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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,

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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”

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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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