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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.”

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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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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
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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
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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
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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!

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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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