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AMC's Vincent Irizarry on David Hayward through writing regimes & more!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Vincent Irizarry makes being bad a whole lot of fun to watch! As Dr. David Hayward on All My Children he causes havoc for most everyone in Pine Valley.  And that havoc paid off when last year he won an Outstanding Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy!  TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco Spoke to Vincent about AMC’s move west, his time as David Chow on Y&R,  Vince’s idols, and the change in writing regimes in Pine Valley.  Here are some excerpts below!

Irizarry on Lorraine Broderick’s scripts:  ” I love Lorraine! I don’t think a lot of people know this but Lorraine created my character. David was originally intended to be on the show for only three months. Six weeks into working with Lorraine, Megan McTavish came in. Every time I see Lorraine, I run up and thank her for creating this character but I haven’t spoken with her since she has come back. Any time our show was struggling with bad writing, I’d always ask [executive producer] Julie Hanan Carruthers why she wasn’t trying to seduce Lorraine into coming back to AMC. Just like Agnes Nixon, Lorraine knows the history of the show. As you know, Lorraine handles AMC with respect and affection. It was odd. Lorraine is an artist. I was lucky to work with her on GL for a period of time as well.”

Irizarry on how Chuck Pratt wrote his character of David: “I know people had issues and problems with his writing but I can’t complain. Chuck wrote David very well. So, personally, I can only talk for myself and not for anyone else. And I’m grateful to have worked with Chuck. As a result, I won an Emmy Award with his writing, so you’re not going to hear me bash Chuck.”

Irizarry on working with Beverlee McKinsey on Guiding Light and his other acting idols: “Oh my God. I love, love, love Beverlee McKinsey. That’s why I mentioned her in my Emmy acceptance speech. She was at the top of the list. She had such a significant effect on me as a young actor. I was 23! When they told me GL was bringing on McKinsey as my mother, I had no idea who she was because I didn’t know the medium. Everyone came up to me and said, “Oh my God — you’re so lucky. Beverlee is an icon.” We clicked immediately. I adored her. I respected her professionalism. In fact, to be honest, she defined that term for me. She knew her lines, was always prepared. As I grow older, I realize it’s people like Beverlee who have had the biggest impact in my life. Angela Lansbury is another hero in my life. I did a guest spot on Murder, She Wrote. I learned from Angela that you have to make it fun for the crew to come in to work. And they did have fun! Oh, they did. Show business is a team effort. I don’t understand why lead actors have to be jerks on set. Remember when Lansbury explains everything at the end of the episode of Murder, She Wrote? She did it all in one take. And the crew appreciated that, let me tell you. James Mitchell was another hero of mine.”

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.


Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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