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AMC's Eden Riegel: "The cliffhanger definitely impacts my character in particular & she’s reeling from the effects!"

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When All My Children debuts next week on Monday April 29th, the fallout from the 2011 ABC finale cliffhanger, where JR fired a gunshot at the Chandler soiree’ will resonate in many ways and for many characters.

For Bianca Montgomery, played by fan favorite and Daytime Emmy winner, Eden Riegel, it will provide spark for major story for her long suffering morale center of Pine Valley, who happens to be gay and now raising a teenaged daughter, Miranda played by Denyse Tontz!

In a new interview out today with the Dallas Voice, the premiere media voice for LGBT Texas, Eden Riegel previewed what to look for when things kick-off for her character in the revival of AMC.  Riegel related,  “I would say the cliffhanger more than gets addressed. The effects are felt basically by everyone in Pine Valley. It’s five years later, so we get this exciting time jump and catch up with these characters’ lives. The cliffhanger definitely impacts my character in particular and she’s reeling from the effects. It’s affecting her family, so it’s definitely a big part of the show. Moving it forward means that people don’t have to stand around in black and mourn for weeks.”

Eden also informed the Dallas Voice that Bianca being a gay mom does impact the now SORAS’d Miranda in High School: “Miranda is dealing with things at school that have to deal with her mother’s sexuality. The fact that Bianca is gay is really sort of first and foremost in her life and the plot. We deal with that fallout, too, because we’ve never seen Bianca with a grown daughter having to deal with maybe her daughter feeling the effects of intolerance. Bianca has certainly dealt with that, but it’s a lot different when the person you love more than anyone in the world has to deal with it because of you. So I think Bianca feels some guilt about that and is trying to help her daughter deal with that. Bianca’s sexuality definitely plays a role in the context of her family.”

So where do you think Bianca will be at emotionally from the fallout from the 2011 gunshot and Miranda’s teenaged angst?  Weigh-in!

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Simi
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Simi

Will Bianca’s daughter with Reece be on the show? I cannot even remember her name. I just remember Zach being the biological father.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

I am not sure if I am remembering this right or not but I thought that child went with Reese back to Paris?

su0000
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su0000

Yah well, she returned to Pine Valley 🙂

Bren
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Bren

That’s Gabby. She was on the show that last year. I’ve been wondering where she’s been too.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Maybe they are casting Gabby and will be on screen later on?

Johnny
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Johnny

So, for Bianca to be impacted so strongly by the gunshot fired by J.R., does this mean perhaps that Erica Kane [her mom] was shot? I somehow doubt that, so who was Bianca with at the get-together when the shot rang out? I know that at the time her character was being played by another actress, but I can’t seem to remember now – it occured back in September 2011 and my memory of it isn’t that great – I will say though that I’m happy that Eden Riegel is reprising her role as Bianca, I wasn’t overly impressed with… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

what if it was Marissa who was shot?

you could see that happening…. JR WAS maligned… caught off gaurd… this would never happen to him….

unfortunately… this would give Bianca years and years of story… and big history.

Bren
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Bren

Marissa was his ex-wife who left him for Bianca. It seems very likely that is who he shot.

Chaz
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Chaz

My guess is Erica was shot . I doubt they will kill off the character and with Susan Lucci scheduled for 1 appearance, I believe, Erica is probably in a coma somewhere in Switzerland. Looking glam, naturally….lol. (Hey, maybe Faison has her,too! LOL)

Brinard
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Brinard

I feel like JR shot Marissa.

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto….

by choice and/or wrong place at the wrong time…

and… this would give Dr. David Hayward… plenty to real with.

hardened evenmoreso.

Gosh how I love his acting.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I never thought of Marissa. I thought maybe he shot Brooke, but when the shot Personally affects Bianca, I wonder if it is Erica, that would be a way to keep her “alive” and yet not have to see her until Susan is able to return…..

ethel
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ethel

i think it was marissa because in the preview david is at a cemetary standing by a tomb stone saying he is back & there is going to be hell to pay……………….

Johnny
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Johnny

Was Marissa at the Get-Together with Bianca when the shot rang out? I would have to dig out the last ALL MY CHILDREN abc-tv episode to see where she was at. I don’t remember everyone who was there, I just remember Opal telling Erica “now you’ve done it, you’ll never get him back now” and a determined Erica running out after Jack, and the shot rang out – that was it — I don’t know if they will ever re-enact the scene, because not all of the actors are returning.

Bren
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Bren

Marissa was standing next to Bianca. JR aimed the gun at Marissa, Dixie, Angie… bang…

Joshua
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Joshua

I thought Tad was in a coma, too. We can’t have both Erica and Tad (and possibly Kendull) all three in a coma.

Would be nice if J.R.’s gun actually sidelined two characters (permanently!)

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bc

Wasn’t bianca and char of tamara braun very unpopular w/ amc’s audience that they had to be being written off amc? Not odd though that bianca’s back w/ amc. A poll from ipsos media center reports that 18% of americans have become more favorable to same gender marriage bec of hollywood tv shows like “new normal” w/c shows gay couples. This is what hollywood does. They push for same gender marriage bec that’s hollywood’s priority. There are 205 countries on this planet. Only 14 have same gender marriage. But same gender marriage is such a priority for profit driven hollywood… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Dude just shut up already about the lack of Racial Equality practices in Hollywood. Bianca is not an Unpopular character because she is gay, Bianca’s character has always been a popular character before and after she came out! Bianca and her “Wife” Reese was an unpopular couple because Reese Cheated on Bianca and was controlling and a leach…..Now really dude take your Racial equality in Hollywood and go post it on a HOLLYWOOD SITE, NO ONE ON HERE CARES TO HEAR IT REALLY!!!

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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