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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.”

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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
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
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
su0000

Yah well, she returned to Pine Valley 🙂

Bren
Bren

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

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

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

Johnny
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 the actress who temporarily took over the role during the last year of the show’s ABC-TV run.

Patrick
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
Bren

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

Chaz
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
Brinard

I feel like JR shot Marissa.

Patrick
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
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
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
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
Bren

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

Joshua
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!)

bc
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 despite the low ratings of tv shows w/ lead gay chars like new normal and glee and smash. Unpopular chars like amc’s bianca return bec same gender marriage is a more significant issue compared to a show being profitable. You’d think there would be more tv shows w/ leading chars who are African american females especially bec the 18-49 demo ratings of scandal is better than all its competitors. The 18-49 demo of scandal is even higher than fox’s highest rated tv show american idol! There are tons of hollywood tv shows w/ leading and supporting gay chars. Yet scandal is only the 2nd hollywood drama to ever have an African american female as its leading char! Racial diversity is blamed when a night soap like nbc’s deception flops bec the leading char is African american female. Yet tons of tv shows w/ white chars and gay chars can flop. But the racial background and gay orientation of those chars won’t be blamed for those shows being flops. Racial diversity is clearly not a priority for tolerant hollywood. An unpopular char like amc’s bianca returns bec gay issues are hollywood’s priority.

Joliefan Forever
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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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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Send positive vibes Cameron’s way as he goes through his medical procedure this week, share your comments below.

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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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