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

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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.”

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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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Tamara Braun and Jennifer Bassey Filming New Motion Picture Comedy ‘Kombucha Cure’

The cast of the new motion picture comedy, Kombucha Cure was revealed by Variety and in it. soap opera favorite and Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim and Carly, GH, Ava, DAYS, and Reese AMC) is featured in the cast along with Denise Boutte, Jayson Bernard and Jasper Cole in a film directed by Cecilia Choi.

In Kombucha Cure, Braun and Boutte play corporate enemy executives at a health insurance company sent to a small town to investigate what the company views as the unusual and expensive longevity of some of their clients with cancer.

Along with Braun, none other than another former All My Children and GH star Jennifer Bassey  is in the film along with Robert Craighead, Ali Zahiri, Lance Paul, Yorke G. Fryer, and Angie Kim.

The film is currently shooting in Los Angeles through the month of February, and the feature is being executive produced by Jonathan Chia and Tarun Raj.

In addition, Paul and Fryer of Ginger Knight Films are producers along with Bernard and Roberto Rosario, Jr. of J&R Productions.

So excited to hear of Tamara’s latest project? Comment below.

 

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FRIDAY: All My Children Icon Susan Lucci To Co-Host ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

Look for La Lucci to chat it up with Dr. Mehmet Oz on his Daytime Emmy-winning Daytime talk show, The Dr, Oz Show, this Friday (check times in your area).

In the Friday Celebrity Super Fan episode featuring Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) look for the full-hour to tackle hot health topics plus how Susan is doing today after her heart emergency that happened in the fall of 2018. . In addition, Dr. Oz looks inside Lucci’s heart with a live scan.

And, Susan will be surprised by her former AMC co-star and on-screen love interest, Walt Willey (Ex-Jack)

For a preview of the episode with Susan click here.

Excited to be part of tomorrow’s on-air episode of Dr. Oz, Lucci posted on her Instagram “DR. OZ! Co-hosting with the brilliant one himself! Tomorrow! He makes me do something I’ve NEVER done before!!”

Will you be checking out Susan on Dr. Oz and a reunion with Walt Willey? Will they talk about the bantered about pontential AMC reboot? Comment below.

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Cady McClain Remembers 'All My Children' On Its 50th Anniversary Sharing: "I Will Always Be Grateful For the Experience, and For The Lifelong Relationship With All The Fans"
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Cady McClain Remembers ‘All My Children’ On Its 50th Anniversary Sharing: “I Will Always Be Grateful For the Experience, and For The Lifelong Relationship With All The Fans”

The beloved All My Children first aired on January 5th, 1970 on ABC and ran on the network until it was canceled back in September of 2013.  The next year, the show received a short-lived reboot online via Prospect Park.

One of the actresses to appear in both the network and online version was Daytime Emmy winning actress Cady McClain, who became soap-famous for her role as Dixie Cooney Martin and together with Michael E. Knight, became one of soaps all-time popular duos as Tad and Dixie.

While so many miss All My Children every single day and the indelible characters created by the late, great Agnes Nixon, McClain took to her Instagram on Sunday to relate what the soap opera meant to her in her life.

Here is what Cady shared along with a cover of Soap Opera Digest featuring Michael Knight and herself as Tad and Dixie: “Today I am celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “All My Children”! I started on the show when I had just turned 19 in the fall of 1988. I worked as a contract player thru 1996. I was back in the fall of 1997 again under contract and worked through 2001. That’s roughly 13 years. Then I came back for a year in 2006, then for a couple months in 2012. Then I did the internet version for six weeks and then… the show was done.

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For many years this show and the people on it were like family to me. The makeup artists as much mom’s as my own mom to me at times. And thanks to the work I was able to afford some art school and college as well. I saw many great shows (both American and International) that came to NYC, which opened my eyes to what performance could be. It allowed me to do a lot of Off-Broadway theater and roles in five Indie films while working my day job.

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I was nominated three times and won my first Emmy. I made some lifelong friends like Michael E. Knight, James Patrick Stewart, Jill Larson, Penny Bergman, Julia Barr, Lonnie Quinn and many others both in front of and behind the scenes. And most importantly, I was able to take care of my wild but wonderful mother. ‘She who drove me nuts’ but impressed on me the importance of having art in ones life. Who read me poems and took me to museums. My child who died but who I so grateful to have known. Thank you ABC and all the producers and writers who supported me and my work. Because of your support my life was richer, broader, more interesting. I will always be grateful for the experience …. and for the lifelong relationship with all the fans! Massive shout out to the daytime fans who continue to support me in my projects. When I meet one of you on the street I am truly grateful for your time and that we got to share some really special moments together. . .”

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So, share your remembrances of All My Children and your thoughts on Cady’s sentiments via the comment section below.

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