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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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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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‘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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