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BIG AMC & OLTL Casting Updates! Thorsten Kaye, Melissa Archer, Hillary B. Smith & MORE!

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Courtesy/ABC

This was the news that One Life to Live fans have been waiting for and a big update for All My Children fans too!

This afternoon, Prospect Park has issued two press releases confirming the names of those thus far that will be part of the two series reboot and it includes a spectacular list on the OLTL side, and a giant addition on the AMC side.

Prospect Park announcmnet stated, “It has closed the following deals with cast members and production executives, with more deals expected to close in the coming weeks, for The Online Network’s production of  All My Children.” Now take a look at the official cast as of today!

One Life to Live Cast List:

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Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan
Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
Tuc Watkins as David Vickers
Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan
Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer
Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan
Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado
Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks
Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan
Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning
Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans
Shenaz Treasury Rama Patel
Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel

All My Children Cast List thus far:

Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard
Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard
Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward
Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin
Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo
Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt
Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater

In addition, One Life to Live has hired Jessica Klein (EX-ATWT writer, former showrunner of Beverly Hills 90210, Alex Douglas (Royal Pains),  and Jeff Wilber to their writing team! Carol Shure has the title of Production Executive for both shows.

So soapers, what do you think of the cast of One Life to Live?  The addition of Kaye to All My Children?

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Robert Coplin
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Robert Coplin

I hope they can get a few more members of the cast of both shows as the cast right now looks a little thin on All My Children.

Ina
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Ina

I was thinkg the same in regards to AMC! it doesn’t seem as many want to return and Susan Lucci is STILL MIA! I don’t think they can afford her.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Susan is doing a TV show. She can’t leave it as there is a contract for her, which she did before all of this coming back alive came about.. I wish she could come back though!!!

sarah
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sarah

i agree about amc am glas thor kaye will be on but hope they bring am as kendal
hopefully

and susan lucci needs to come on board also tad

pv will not be same without erica kane and tad

Patrick
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Patrick

Thin? It’s two pounds away from organ failure lol! It so upsetting and it’s because AMC was in the wrong hands for too long. The show was hastily moved to the west coast and ABC never supported It the way it should have. Now So much time has passed since ABC was a beautifully told storY about people we loved. Let’s hope it’s not too late. Tune in tomorrow!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

O M G!!!! I literally have goosebumps. I am doing the happy dance! Woo Hoo! 🙂

Jules
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Jules

High fives all around!!!!! It’s happening!!!! It’s really happening!!!

FrogProd
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FrogProd

SO EXCITED!! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Em
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Em

Love this news!!! One Life to Live really is alive again!!

boes
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boes

The news just keeps getting better every day.

Rose
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Rose

I am so thrilled by all this news………I waited and never gave up hope that AMC and OLTL would really return. Really happy to see the cast of OLTL really are coming back together!!!!!! Can’t wait for the return!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

AMC’s list is looking so sad. But that’s because most of the actors located to LA for the series’ move. And unlikely that a lot will once again re-locate. So getting original cast members is going to be harder. So I’m expecting a good bunch of recasts to that series or a complete re-vision of what’s happening on it. I hope more sign on like Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca), Sarah Glendening (Marissa), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) and people like that!

Dixiemartin
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Dixiemartin

Let’s not forget the main players too. Tad, Dr. Martin, Kendal, and Jr. What about Erica and Jackson. Remember the last scene before it ended someone was shot and it looked like Erica

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I could care less if Erica or Jackson returned. Both characters were bore for me. JR/Jake got annoying for me, too.

Patrick
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Patrick

this is the biggest surprise…. why no word on Tad…. ?

Brooke would make an excellent grand dame… along with Opal.

Mark F.
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Mark F.

I could do without Rebecca Budig, to be honest. Couldn’t stand her character or Cameron Mathison’s Ryan, but I would love for Christina and Sarah to sign on!! And of course, Susan Lucci!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I could care if Susan returned to the show. Not a fan.

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

If Susan came back; great. If not, won’t be watching. Hard to imagine Pine Valley without Erica Kane…

nessmess50
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nessmess50

I couldn;t stand Ryan and Greenlea either,i hope they do not come back…I liked OLTL better than AMC anyway….AMC was very boring with the storylines they had…

Patrick
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Patrick

I sincerely hope Christina and Sarah come back…. it took some time… and took awhile… but, THESE TWO, MADE THEM THEIR OWN. It was so loving, moving, and familial… A treat to watch.

Bianca and Marissa!

Alan
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Alan

The OLTL cast is fantastic! The writing staff on the the other hand…

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Exactly. Carlivati would be a hard act to follow in any case, but I am unimpressed so far with the writers who have been selected. Neither Klein nor Bedsow Horgan made much of an impression when they were (separately) headwriters for As the World Turns.

Patrick
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Patrick

Your right Alan. Oltl had the best writers who truly understood these characters. Any new writers will need some luck , support, and talent! I hope they have it all!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

I need Michael Easton back as John McBain – then my soap world would be complete!! Excited for OLTL!!! Can’t wait for it to start. Hope the writers have Natalie giving birth to John McBain’s little red headed girl! One day maybe he (ME) will be back.

Mary H
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Mary H

Agree I need Michael Easton back on OLTL also!

Emily
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Emily

I agree too!!! Fingers crossed for Jolie!!!:)

terri
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terri

My last wish would be for a Michael Easton return!!!! Please please please soap gods!

Michael
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Michael

He is under contract at General Hospital.

rebecca
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rebecca

I prefer him with Sam on GH…that story is just getting started and their chemistry is great…

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Totally agree.

JOLIE LUV
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JOLIE LUV

Definitely want John back on OLTL.

Cassie
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Cassie

I will be surprised if ME returns to OLTL. Love him on GH & hoping he stays, even if it is as Caleb (which indications point to)

Michael
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Michael

That’s awesome!

Kimberly T.
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Kimberly T.

I was shocked and beyond thrilled at that “Prospect” of Thorsten joining the AMC Reboot. I thought there was no way they would get him. Prospect Park has done a fantastic job thus far of getting some of the great actors of AMC past to really make the future one successful. Each actor chosen has had a key role on the show in the past.

Tracy
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Tracy

I agree completely! So glad to hear of Thorsten Kaye and Tuck Watkins, wasn’t sure if either would sign on. I hope OLTL also grabs Trevor St. John and that GH keeps Roger Hawarth. There is so much story to be told about the Lord twins and crossovers between the two shows would be mutually beneficial. I also hope OLTL signs Ilene Kristen as Roxy. Her humor, like Tuck’s is amazing.

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

Very happy the actors that signed so far I can’t wait to see what the stories are going to be. I want to wish everyone good luck . Michael thanks again have a great day.

Alan
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Alan

…has me less than enthusiastic. Really wish Ron Carlivati could be doing OLTL and GH to create a real shared universe between Llanview and Port Charles.

Paul
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Paul

I completely agree. That would be the best case scenario.

Patrick
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Patrick

it would be pretty amazing…. if RC could DO BOTH… helming both shows… would ensure… credibility… and SOS…. save our soaps.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I’m doing the happy dance! Keep the good news coming!

su0000
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su0000

Me too! Petal’s are back! .. Main khushi hoon!!!
I feel being all the big stars are signing on that it is hush hush that a cable deal is in progress..
That is what I think, they know , we don’t.. 🙂
This is going to be sooo much better than we imagine it will be!

Wanda P
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Wanda P

But what about Walt Willey aka jackson Montgomery? I guess Erica isn’t coming back, so she must be the one shot. I know Walt has posted that he has not been contacted. Hmmmm.

Johnny
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Johnny

You know, that’s a good question. I did not know that Walt Willey was not approached ~ either they are allowing his character of Jackson to exit, as he did on the last show, and let it go at that – I don’t know. But if Susan Lucci chooses not to reprise the character of Erica Kane, which somehow I suspect since she is busy with other projects, then where will the storyline of Erica and Jackson go? Maybe this new inception of the show will go in many directions, but they need the basic characters to at least get… Read more »

Max
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Max

Ok love this so far for OLTL but still need Jessica, Kelly, and Victor.

Bobby
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Bobby

That’s right!!

Jennifer Janeiro
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Jennifer Janeiro

Kind of a confused, how can the age Matthew and Destiny and not age Danielle or Jack. Otherwise the cast looks great. I just wish they woudl bering back the original actors for Matthew and Destiny.

Elhu
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Elhu

Jennifer, my EXACT thought as well !!!! I am thrilled with all of those already signed on to return to each show, but why on earth would they not want the original Matthew and Destiny, since they are bringing Danni and Jack back. I know they will now be parents of an infant, but I can see Eddie Alderson and Shenell Edmonds playing those parts quite well. I know Eddie moved to the West Coast, and if it were the decision of both actors not to return, then I will be disappointed, yet would understand, as it is their choice,… Read more »

Elhu
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Elhu

I am also keeping my fingers crossed that Trevor St. John can return as well, even if it is for short stints, since I know he is involved in other endeavors!!

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Matthew; yes. Destiny; no. Her acting was as bad as Jack’s (and HE’S coming back?!)

Jennifer Janeiro
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Jennifer Janeiro

I find that a bit rude. Shennell’s acting improved alot. She was better then some others who I will not name.

Bricaer
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Bricaer

We need Trevor St John so that the cliff hanger can be solved.

Bobby
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Bobby

That’s right it would be great for everyone to know that Todd never really killed him….and it would give tea a great love story.

Kris
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Kris

Plzzzzzzz tell me Bree Williamson will return as well!! She needs to be there. Awesome awesome actress!!!!!!!!!!!

rebecca
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rebecca

she moved to California and is starring in Deception…

Debra Bardani
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Debra Bardani

Bree’s stint on Haven is wrapped up. She only had the pilot episode in Deception. I too hope she’ll come back.

Kris
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Kris

Yes,I saw her on Deception last week but I dont think she is committed to anything right now so she can come back if they ask her and if theyre smart they WILL!!!!

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Bree wasn’t just in the pilot. She also does flashbacks in future episodes to explain her past, leading up to the character’s murder. But, I hope she comes back to OLTL; she was one of my favorites.

Colene M
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Colene M

glad to see the soaps coming back to life just like in the movies… What channel will they be on…

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

http://www.toln.com at first; they’re still working on what cable channel…

Annette H
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Annette H

Super excited! Can’t wait for the shows to start. I’ve really missed OLTL !

KenJ
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KenJ

Looks like a good cast so far, but where are Rex and Gigi? I hope they show up at least once in a while, Langston also.

boes
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boes

Farah Fath doesn’t seem to want to come back, and it appears she wasn’t asked either. She indicated she was pretty much done with soaps when she left.

It also appears that JPL wasn’t asked back. At least not yet.

Patrick
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Patrick

I hope she hasn’t “gone” HOLLYWOOD… it’s a shame….

these actors certainly deserve more than?

Farah Fath… SUCCESSFULLY ACTED IN TWO SOAPS…. days & oltl. that’s a rare feat.

Hopefully, she hasn’t turned her back on the genre.

She’s a likeable actress.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

They were asked – but both said no! That was on here last week or so.

rebecca
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rebecca

I’m just wondering how much airtime we’ll actually get. If the show’s are going to be only 30 minutes…with time out for commericals…what do we get? Fifteen minutes of show?

su0000
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su0000

it will b much the same..

I watch the soaps on the web, they run are 36 minutes with the commercials..

The reason they are an hour on network TV is because of all the commercials ..

rebecca
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rebecca

yes but I’m assuming there’ll be commercials on their site as wel. there are on Hulul…not just 30 minutes straight. so it will probably be much shorter…hope I’m wrong because that would be really minimal.

boes
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boes

I think that will all depend on what platform PP uses.

The soaps that are rebroadcast on the web – all of the current ones which are accessed either directly or indirectly via the networks are dependent for their online viewing from the network broadcast, with the network formula for ads.

The online only soaps do it differently and in fact aren’t always following a strict halfhour format. They usually have only a few – up to 4, usually – commercials, never more than 60 seconds long.

I think we’ll be seeing more show than commercial in a big way.

Emily
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Emily

So happy, thrilled, the whole 9 yards:)))!!!! I hope AMC gets more sign ons. Would like to see Tad, Brooke, guessing David Canary is retired, so no Adam. Waiting to hear about the GH3. Very curious about that, would like to see John/Nat again, FINALLY.
Still very great news, thanks Mr. Fairman:)

Debra Bardani
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Debra Bardani

I’m hoping since David Canary lives in Ct. he’ll be back even if part-time. I hope MEK comes back. I do see this as an opportunity to bring back core families like the Cortlands with recasts. I would love Nina , Pete, Bobby and the clan come back to PV. Cliff can be re-cast since its been so long. He could come back to PVHospital. So many possibilities

Patrick
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Patrick

Wow…. The Cortlandts’…..

Amazing memories…. I LOVED NINA.

Trapper
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Trapper

You have made my day!! I miss all of them, but especially my heros, Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith!! Woo! Happy Dance indeed!!

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I’m really excited and happy to hear that PP has gotten so many of the original OLTL actors to come back and reprise their characters on the reboot! Sounds like it will really be recognizable as OLTL with the main nucleus of the old show coming back! The only thing missing is the John McBain character and Starr and Todd and/or Victor. I just hope something can be worked out withABC/GH to keep those characters on GH and maybe have them make occasional appearances on the PP OLTL show.. Trevor St John could come back as Victor! Now that would… Read more »

jp
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jp

Wow! I am so happy with this big casting news for OLTL. With this new endeavor on the internet, I would never imagine so many big time players signing on to do OLTL. Thank you, PP and to the performers who have signed on thus far. I can’t wait for April.

Annie
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Annie

Best. News. Ever.

meg
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meg

WE NEED TREVOR ST JOHN /VICTOR,I LOVE VICTOR N TEA , AND SAM /PATRICKI’ GLAD ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE BUT I’ DISAPPOINTED THAT SHENEL AND EDDIE, MOST OF ALL I WANT TSJ ,PP GIVE HI WHATEVER HE WANTS,PLEASE.

Lynn
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Lynn

I’ve been jumping up and down we almost have the whole OLTL cast back minus the three on GH and Jessica! Now if they could just work out a deal where they are on OLTL then visit GH and not the other way around LOL the way it was for the last 9yrs or so!!!!!! Happy happy day!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

Agreed Lynn!

brian
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brian

With Thorsten Kaye on AMC, I hope Susan Haskell (Marty) will be back on OLTL, given they are married in real life.

Aria
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Aria

Hey Mr. Fairman, isn’t time to take oltl and Amc off the R I P mark?

brian
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brian

I recieved my first email from The Online Network ! confirming the return of OLTL, so I second the above question.

brian
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brian

or maybe you could put “returning this April”

rob
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rob

I hope they bring Jessica back. She’s my fav. Loved her and Ford.

B Tripp
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B Tripp

Yes even if Bree can’t come back they need Jessica. Jen Lilley from GH or Martha Madison from Days would be great! Also where is Brody?

Bricaer
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Bricaer

They could bring back the old Jessica, Erin Torpey, since Bree Williamson is in California.

Blake
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Blake

Love the additions to OLTL!!! So glad that it’s official that Viki, Tea, Bo, Nora, David, Blair are definitely back. And I’m glad to see Vimal back, even if it is recurring. I always thought he was so entertaining and funny. I’m glad to see Cutter back too, I hope he’s shirtless often like he was before lol. I’m glad to see Melissa back as Natalie, I always liked her. Can Brody come back for her since John will likely stay on GH? He was man candy too! And I actually liked Bree as Jessica, she could always come back… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

OLTL… what with Cutter, David… and hopefully… Trevor St. John…

these three… are serious, major, eye candy… and/or beefcake…

not to mention… they are incredible actors.

Blake
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Blake

Oh I forgot to mention Trevor! Yes, he needs to be on OLTL also! If they won’t have Todd and John they need a male lead in the 40s and he’s perfect for it! And yes he is definitely beefcake and eye candy too!

Bricaer
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Bricaer

Definitely need Ilene Kristen as Roxy!!!! She made the show have comedy too. Also the Buchanan butler!

Blake
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Blake

I swear you guys are reading my mind, I seriously meant to include TSJ as Victor, Roxy, and Nigel in the people I would like on OLTL also. There are so many favorites to want to bring back!!!

Lisa Postles
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Lisa Postles

The oltl cast looks great!!! I am so excited for the show to start up again. I have missed it so much!!!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Susan Lucci.

mike
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mike

AMC needs Michael E. Knight more than anyone else.

Bricaer
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Bricaer

Definitely, he was major part of show.

Pam
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Pam

Who is Griffin Castillo?

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Cara’s doctor brother, once Dr. Hayward’s biggest booster until he realized what a louse he was!

B Tripp
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B Tripp

He’s the cute Latino doctor who fell for Kendall when Zach was presumed dead. His sister is Cara and she was married to Jake.

Pam
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Pam

So, how is this going to work…will this be broadcast on Hulu or the like. Will we be able to watch on TV, or only on a computer?

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Probably computer, phone, ipad…

mo
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mo

I think it’s only available online and you’ll have to pay a fee to watch.

Torrey
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Torrey

They need Tad, Dixie, Greenlee, they can recast Kendall (maybe even bring back Sarah Michelle), Brooke would be nice to see, Amanda, Jake and a few new faces would be nice to add to the list. Also, I hope and pray that PP is looking to take AMC & OLTL to a cable network. I will be watching the online venture, but I really would like to see both shows make a return to television…..if for any reason, to just stick it to ABC…LOL

AJ
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AJ

Without some kind of TV deal to share the costs, this has very little chance of getting off the ground. And without Susan Lucci, AMC might as well stay cancelled. It wasn’t exactly drawing in crowds when she was still on toward the end on ABC. This has “FLOP” written all over it.

boes
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boes

Unless you’ve some inside knowledge we don’t, then I can’t imagine what you even mean. PP isn’t new at this, they’ve got other series up and running. And they’ve got the financial backing to put both shows back up and running. There aren’t that many numbskulls around with tons of money to lose, so it’s very safe to say that the people who are backing this believe it will work. Not only hope, but believe, with a sound basis. Unless you’re in the industry yourself, and based on what you wrote, you’re not, then you’re only blowing smoke because you… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Thanks for the endorsement.

Bricaer
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Bricaer

Why don’t they COMBINE the two soaps!

emtk
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emtk

This sounds fantastic! You just need to make Michael Easton/John McBain a definite! I need more John and Natalie!!!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

JOLIE = Awesome!

Delphine
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Delphine

Please bring back Roxy!

B Tripp
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B Tripp

Yes we need Roxy! Rather have her then Sean (Destiny’s brother)
Also think they need Cutter’s mother Alex Olanov to cause trouble. Maybe a recast Adrianna too so Dorian has a daughter to deal with.

susan M.
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susan M.

I second that!!!!!!

Tali (not Smith)
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Tali (not Smith)

Stunned by the list of actors reprising their roles on OLTL. This is just the best news. Bring back the GH3, Roxy who was so wonderful at the end and little Sam. Practically weeping tears of joy.

Patrick
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Patrick

It’s Stunning to even comprehend….

it’s calming to realize that what we’ve loved for YEARS…. and for A LOT of US!!!!

I’ve never cared… what people have said about soaps…. I love this stuff….

High Five!

B.J.
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B.J.

Just thrilled with the latest additions especially Thorsten! It seems too good to be true. Now all we need is for Alicia to return for Zach & Kendall to carry on. 🙂

OLTL is looking great!!! All we need here is Kassie and Trevor to sign on, and maybe Ted King for Blair. 🙂 Can’t wait to see Tea & Victor together if they can get Trevor back.

brian
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brian

Kassie is in the above list. 🙂

B.J.
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B.J.

Thanks, I can’t believe I forgot that, because she is so important to me, in the overall cast.

Things are really looking up for the OLTL fans! 🙂

Susan
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Susan

With the signing of Thorsten Kaye hopefully Alicia Minshew will sign and Team Slater will be back on my screen. AMC definitely needs the return of the core families. Happy for OLTL fans getting so many cast favorites returning.

Patrick
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Patrick

Krystal… and her daughters…. at the very least Marissa…..

Bobbie Eakes.

MK
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MK

The Core Family on AMC so far are the Castillos and Hubbards. Where are the Martins and the Kanes and the Chandlers? AMC is about Multi class and Multi generational families. When that changed in the late 90’s the show went down hill.

OLTL is Rock Solid! Happy the Vatel’s are added. (the first hindu family in daytime)

Daniel
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Daniel

AMC needs several shots in the arm if the online venture is going to work: a matriarch busybody character like Phoebe Tyler Wallingford to add some fun (while giving more meaningful storyline to Opal), a character we the audience could relate to as our beloved grandmother like the Myrtle Fargate character, and of course Tad and Dixie to add heart and focus to the show. Above all, I hope some INTERESTING AND INTRIGUING STORIES are on the way. I’ve loved AMC since 1975 but for many of the recent years it was on the air, the storylines were dull and… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Your points are very well made ~ ALL MY CHILDREN got a little repetitive towards the end with too much storyline around the Ryan and Kendall and Greenlee trio –
and no disrespect intended but they need stronger actors and not just pretty faces to keep the action moving along. I am not really sad that the actor who is known for portraying Ryan may not return for the online presentation. I hope the writing is interesting and I hope they do some respectable recasting of important roles.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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