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AMC's Julia Barr On Bringing Pine Valley Back To Life, Brooke & Adam and JR's Gun Shot!



Daytime Emmy winner Julia Barr (Brooke English), along with many other beloved performers from the original All My Children have been getting their feet wet over the past few weeks in the iconic soaps new home and studio, through the efforts of Prospect Park to bring the fictional town of Pine Valley back to life!

In a new interview with TV Line, Barr spoke of the new sets, new production schedule, whom she has worked with thus far and that all important question; what happened to Brooke and Adam (David Canary), and the others, after JR fired a shot from a gun on the final ABC episode of AMC?  Here are a few interesting excerpts from Julia!

Julia on how when AMC fans last saw Brooke, life was good as Adam proposed to her, and then a shot rang out:  “That’s right. And it knocked a big old vase off the mantelpiece. (Laughs) I’m kidding. I’m sorry, I’m not at liberty to discuss what happened but it’s actually a great opening script that lets you know a certain amount of things that happened and who they happened to. It’s really good. It’s approximately five years in the future as far as [the show] wanting to age some of the kids. Of course, the adults did not age, and I’m so glad. (Laughs)”

Julia on how the first few days of taping went, and what can she tease about Adam and Brooke:   “Actually, not bad… But I have to tell you, Ginger Smith, who’s our executive producer… has pulled together a fantastic group of people… There’ll be some surprises. I was even surprised yesterday to hear about somebody that I’ll be working with on Thursday. She’s pulled together this group of not only directors we all know but camera people, production people… It’s really great. To step into something that is familiar and yet completely unfamiliar in a way, it’s great to have this going forward as a group… Adam and Brooke are engaged and still very much in love, so we’ll see what happens. And there’s a lot of intrigue about what actually happened at Adam and Brooke’s engagement party five years ago!”

So what do you think about Julia’s comments about what happened since we last saw Brooke and Adam and the characters of AMC?  How do you think the story will pick-up five years later after the JR incident?  Weigh-in!

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The Five Year Engagement?

i’m with you lol…dont you think after 5 years they would be married already…i mean they arent teenagers lol

JR is in a coma. I knew that it would play out they delayed getting married. And I’m happy because I deserve to SEE the wedding I’ve waited decades for in its entireity.

If you think 5 years is long to be engaged…my late uncle and his girlfriend took a little over 30 years b4 they tied the knot!!!

Oh and this: “Adam and Brooke are engaged and still very much in love”

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! Julia’s greatest quote since “Well, he always did love me best, anyways … ” On Brooke taking Adam away from Annie in 2010.

My babies.

Wow! I didn’t know she said that , but I totally agree. He’s never loved anyone as much as Brooke! I can’t wait for the show!

So the vase got it.NICE!!!!
Cliffhanger finally solved.

Yea they are jumping 5 years ahead so they could age some of the kids of the show like Pete Courtland, Miranda, and AJ Chandler.

“…And it’s really lovely because it envelops you in this comfort level, … ”

Julia Barr… speaking volumes…. etc: about, mixing it up with the newbies and veterans….

and, if I may…. ditto… I share her “thoughts” if you will…..

FANS have supported them ALL along the way….. adore Brooke and Ms. Julia.

I agree Patrick!

I’m getting sooo excited !!

I wish there were a count down clock; counting the days until launch!!!

That would be exciting watching the count down..

No matter how its coming back, its still coming back.

Wonder if Hulus web page will crash, with all of us fans RUNNING to watch these shows! : )

I hope they reveal soon when this show is coming back! I’m really glad that Julia Barr was asked to return after how unfairly ABC dismissed her. As Phoebe’s niece and Erica’s chief rival, I always thought Brooke was just as integral to AMC as Tad or Erica.

geez! there’s so many levels… and/or layers…. hopefully, the writing gives…. Brooke….

we all know she has the acting chops… to bitch, diva, command, roast, rule, femme, mother, etc….

stand back Erica…. Brooke’s Home.

Have they annouced the first webcast date?

Have read April 29th starting at noon.

Can’t wait till the abc now PP soaps are back. I will be watching.

When we last saw Brooke, Adam had proposed to her and she accepted. Now, it’s five years later and they are STILL engaged? Well, they’ve only (the characters) known each other for thirty years, I guess they didn’t want to rush into anything.
Just kidding, I think she is great, one of the truly fine actresses in Daytime Dramas – or whatever they will be called now, since our viewing won’t be strictly daytime. For years (and I mean YEARS) I recorded the shows and would watch them at night, due to work constraints, obviously. I’m glad that it really won’t be necessary to “tape” or “record” the shows for night-time viewing, we can just stream the shows at whatever time we want. I wonder though, will there be a window of time when we can watch the shows or will their view-time be expired?

it’s my understanding… that if you choose to pay… ie: $ 7.99 @ month… for you have all the time to watch…

whereas…. FREE, you have minimal time… so… that mean’s – for me – i’m going to have to keep up….

i heard that you may have within or up to a week? to watch current episodes..

It is basically up to the channel how long they keep it on Hulu and how many episodes they can keep on the site.

thanks rose….

which means for me…

stop dilly dallying…. my mind wanders…. and keep up w/ AMC.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

Photo: Live with Kelly/Mark IG

Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!


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