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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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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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