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Brian Frons officially announces Lorraine Broderick as head writer of AMC!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that Lorraine Broderick has been named head writer of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime drama, All My Children. This comes on the heels of reports through the weekend that this shift in the writing regime had been made, and current AMC head scribes, David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are on their way out.

But is this move to bring in Broderick really a long term move, even though she has reportedly been given a multi-year deal? Or, is she been brought in to wrap up the series, if indeed the rumors become true, that OLTL may be the first show to go, (as its current timeslot is most desirable for the network to a launch a new fall show), and that AMC may follow six month later? Whatever the case, Broderick certainly knows All My Children and this good turn out to be a good move for story and the characters that inhabit Pine Valley.

Here is some more on Broderick’s background with All My Children from ABC’s official press release of her taking over the reins of Pine Valley.  “Broderick has long standing history with All My Children. She originally joined the show as scriptwriter and breakdown writer in 1979 under the guidance of then head writer Agnes Nixon.  In 1982 she was promoted to associate head writer, and in 1986 to the position of co-head writer. One year later she held the position of sole head writer on the show. After 12 years Broderick left to serve as co-head writer of Guiding Light, then as head writer for Another World, to return to All My Children in 1995. Following a second leave from the show, she wrote for As the World Turns” and Days of Our Lives, ABC’s Port Charles and, in 2001, as head writer of ABC’s,  One Life to Live. Following her tenure with One Life to Live, she accepted a position as a screenwriting and playwriting professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and in 2009 returned to All My Children as associate head writer. Broderick has won a total of four Daytime Emmy Awards for her works as head writer for All My Children.”

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Lisa
Lisa

AMC is not safe; it’s temporary

Clarissa
Clarissa

It’s to wrap up the show in ’11 or ’12..Lorraine didn’t take this job the first time, what changed? she could have stopped those two show killing hacks from making PV so unrecognizable.

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

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