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AMC's Thorsten Kayes Speaks On Zendall's Future & Susan Haskell On OLTL!

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In an new blog post on the Tainted Dreams website, renowned soap columnist, Carolyn Hinsey spoke with All My Children fan favorite Thorsten Kaye (Zach) following the first week of production of Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

In the interview, Kaye discusses the atmosphere on set, the storytelling, the recent cast photo shoot, and more.   There were two interesting excerpts that caught our eye, that fans have been inquiring about. First, what will be the state of the marriage between Zack and Kendall, in lieu of Alicia Minshew (Kendall) not yet confirmed to return to the series, and if Thorsten’s real-life wife, Susan Haskell might make a return to One Life to Live as Marty Saybrooke.  Here is what he had to say below:

Thorsten on the state of the relationship of Zendall moving into AMC 2.0:  “Someone says, ‘I’m sorry about you and Kendall.’  That makes me want to watch: ‘What happened? Where is she?’ I think people will want to tune in to see how we tell the story. In theater, you often know the end of the play but you still go to see how the actors tell the story. In soaps, you don’t know the ending which is cool in its own way. ‘Hey, you and Kendall aren’t together and your wife may be with someone else.’ That informs every scene I do. I care about where we left these people. ‘Where are they now? The writers aren’t ignoring past relationships. I’ll jump on that train.”

Thorsten on if Susan Haskell might return to OLTL even though the couple is raising two young daughters:  “I hope she does One Life to Live.   It would be nice for both of us to work a half hour away. This has been a tough few months for Connecticut. I want to be close to home.”

So AMC fans, what do you think about how the show will handle the relationship

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melanieofoz
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One should never assume Kendall and Zach will never be again. Great soap couples are always kept apart for one reason or another yet later thrown back into eachother’s lives. Maybe Alicia Minshew isn’t able to come back now but might later in the future. If not her, a recast which I know is unheard of for most viewers. Who knows, a new character could come along and have a strong chemistry where viewers will root for them instead. I would love for Susan Haskell to return to OLTL. Don’t like how they massacred her character but it could be… Read more »

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

I agree Melonie. It’s been done before where a character is brought back into the show at a later date. It would be sad to see her recast, but again, it has been done before and accepted. Alicia’s shoes will be tough to fill though, but I am sure open to a new Kendall if Alicia can’t come back.

Jan
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Jan

Kendall has always annoyed me , the actress I don’t think can even act as she always made me think THIS is NOT Eric’s daughter at all.
I think Zach is boring and wasted character for Thorsten Kayes and so he needs to pack he’s bags and head over to OLTL at Patrick so we can bring back mean full stories. It’s not so hard to write meaning full stories but AMC has proven
different in in this case. This is why soaps fizzled.

Katherine
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Katherine

I love Thorsten and since Zach on all my children is not with Kendell now I would love to see him return as Patrick and workwith Susan again

Gillian
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Gillian

Love him! So talented. I wonder where Zach and Kendall’s kids are though. Would she leave them? Would she take them? Interesting plot twist. Also proves that no couple is happy for long on daytime soaps.

jim
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jim

Its really hard to predict how they’ll handle the realationship between Zach and Kendall when you you dont know if the actress is returning or not or if they’ll recast. Id b all 4 Marty returning to OLTL but there not be much there for her now that son Cole and granddaughter Hope were killed off on GH. However if they could get Starr back for a brief story arc with Marty accusing Starr for Cole & Hopes deaths, even though Starr wasnt responsible, something like that could work.

Nita Wuest
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Nita Wuest

She’s returning. See post with link above.

jim
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jim

Thats great to hear! love her! Thanks for the reply.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

True love finds a way. Heck, Zach rose from the dead, didn’t he? Maybe Alicia Minshew will return, maybe not. Maybe they recast Kendall. This is why we tunein tomorrow, yes? As for Marty back in Llanview, I would accept it IF she returned as a strong vibrant woman, someone who realizes, despite her life’s tragedies, she has a new lease on life, and not as the plotline punching bag/loon she was in her final days previous. I wonder if we will be forwarded five years in Llanview as we are in Pine Valley come premiere week this spring. Does… Read more »

Angie
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Angie

Does anyone know if Susan Haskell has been approached to come back?

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I love Susan Haskell and I love Marty Saybrooke. Considering the radical changes made in the character at the end, mental illness and murder, it’s isn’t likely Dr. Seybrooke will return. Besides, she flew off into the sunset with the newly found alive Patrick (Kaye’s old character). Perhaps she could make a clandestine return to grieve the loss of her son and granddaughter but I don’t see her coming back permanently. Which is a shame because Susan Haskell is a fantastic actor. Haskell and Kaye are super together. Since it looks like Alicia Minshew has moved on with her life,… Read more »

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Yes, I agree with you, I hated the way her character was turned into a nut case, I would love to see her return to OLTL to.

Cindy
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Cindy

I heard she was in talks with PP.

BeckyZ
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BeckyZ

I think Susan could play Kendall!

su0000
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su0000

They are jumping years ahead.. a lot can happen to a soap couple in an years time and even more in 5yrs time (not knowing how many years ahead)
I do not see AMC picking up from where it let off with the exception of a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 year coma for the JR story..
AMC is going to look and be different, but yet somewhat the same..
A couple can not be the same when their children are not, they will be grownup..

Can’t wait to see how all will play out!!!

Chris
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Chris

“Sorry about you and Kendall” could mean a lot things. I am going to wait see who says this to him. I still have high hopes that Alicia will be back for the next arc. For now I am just going to enjoy seeing Thorsten and having our show back.

Cartini
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Cartini

Omg Finaly!!!! Susan Haskell please come back ! I would even accept Susan as a new Kendall!!

Johnny
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Johnny

Fans seem to not like recasts generally speaking, but if Alicia cannot return as Kendall, and Kendall is important to the storyline, re-cast Kendall. It’s a part in a soap opera, if it is well cast, and of course that’s an important “if”, I think it would be fine. Before everyone screams at me, please keep in mind it’s just my opinion – they have recast J.R. Chandler, and he was played very well by Jacob Young so if they need to recast Kendall, I think it would be fine too.

Nita Wuest
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Nita Wuest

She’s returning. See my post with link above.

MK
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MK

Kaye was so angered at the way they made Marty, Kaye refused to play Patrick to escort off. Would been great to see a Marty and Todd closure since the guy she slept with Victor and not her rapist.

Scott
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Scott

I’m glad both shows are back,but it is hard to believe that Tad and Dixie and to a lesser extent Kendal and Zac would ever separate after beating death to reunite.It would be so hard to believe,so hopefully they get creative about the separations.Perhaps outside forces not connected to their relationships are keeping them temporarily apart.

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

I agree that it’s going to be hard to accept that Zach and Kendall are not together for any reason. I have to hope that AMC knows what they’re doing and doesn’t blow them up too much. Whether Alicia returns or there’s a recast, Kendall is a core character and she’s got a great history with Zach. I’m willing to watch AMC without Kendall, and I’m very glad to hear how highly Kaye thinks of this new version and how well he’s being treated, but a Zach and Kendall reunion is a must for me.

Darly
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Darly

Susan would make a great Kendall .. if Alicia isnt coming back

Barbara
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Barbara

Being true to the previous stories, if Susan returned as Marty (OLTL), she would probably end up in jail or the “nut-house”. She doesn’t need to go to Llanview to mourn her son, if she wanted to do it, she should have done so already in Port Charles (where he did die).

I personally, would not be opposed to Susan returning as a Kendall recast. I truly believe that it could work. Want AMC 2.0 to work. To do so, we need Zack and Kendall as part of show!

Nita Wuest
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Nita Wuest

There are a lot of talented actresses out there, some who might resemble Alicia somewhat more, who could be recast in the role, if they decide to go that way. I love Susan Haskell, but she does not resemble Kendall enough to work as her recast. It would be hard to believe it, unless they came up with some crazy plastic surgery storyline, which has been done before. On OLTL, Patrick and Marty were magic, but those days are over. I don’t think there is anything left for Susan at OLTL. Since there is no Tad and no Kendall, maybe… Read more »

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “It’s a Darker Look at things, and I’m Very Excited About It.”

According to talk-show host, executive producer, and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), the highly-anticipated reboot in the works of the beloved soap, will be focused on the children of familiar characters from the town of Pine Valley and have a much darker feel than its original daytime counterpart.

The series that everyone has been talking about is, of course, Pine Valley, which is being executive produced by Ripa, along with her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Andrew Stearn.

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Kelly, who is celebrating her 20th year on ‘Live’, spoke with Entertainment Weekly where part of the conversation turned to what she could share on the AMC reboot.

Ripa expressed how the original cast would fit into the new updated version of the soap: “We would be the parents, and this show is really more about the children of Pine Valley.”

She went on to say, “It’s a darker look at things, and I’m very excited about it. It was pitched to us and we were like, ‘We will absolutely produce this. And we want to be a part of it.’ Immediately we called Eva LaRue (Ex-Mara), all of our friends, and we started saying, ‘Just be at the ready. Get ready.’ ”

Just as fans are excited about the return to Pine Valley, so is Ripa: “All My Children is responsible for every singular good thing that has happened in my life. I met my husband there, I had my children there – not in the studio but pretty close; they kept you there until your contractions were five minutes apart, as we like to say.  It’s from there that I got the talk show. It’s from there that I got Hope & Faith…. and our first production deal. So it’s truly responsible for every good thing in my life that’s happened to me.”

So what do you think about the edgier All My Children on the way? Who would you like to see cast in the younger set to play some of the kids, and their love interests, of the Santos and Kane families, etc? Comment below.

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