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Brooke Newton and Jason Pendergraft Join The Cast Of All My Children!

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The Online Network announced today that actors Brooke Newton and Jason Pendergraft have joined the cast of All My Children! Newton steps into the role of  Colby Chandler, the spoiled entitled daughter of patriarch Adam Chandler.

Pendergraft checks into Pine Valley Hospital as the handsome Dr. Anders, an all-business physician and a brand new character.   Newton’s episodes of AMC begin streaming on Thursday, May 16.  Fans can check out Pendergraft’s episodes which begin running on Monday, May 27.  New episodes of AMC are available on Hulu and iTunes!

A little about Brooke Newton:  Born and raised in Ocala, FL, Newton began appearing in TV commercials when she was just 8 years old. Newton’s television credits include “Gary Unmarried,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Glee,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mad Men,” “Happy Endings,” and “Suburgatory,” to name a few.  Newton has also appeared in numerous motion pictures including  “Natale a Miami,” “Real Premonition,” “Sydney White,” “Little Fish, Strange Pond,” and “RoboDoc,” among others. This summer, Newton has several films set to be released including “Jake Squared,” “Hamlet’s Ghost,”  “Jet Set,” and “A Leading Man.” Fans can check out Newton in the feature film “Knife Fight,” starring Rob Lowe, which is currently in theaters. From 2004 – 2005, Newton was a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers.

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/MaxPhotos

A little about Jason Pendergraft:  Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jason earned a degree in Theater from University of Washington.  He moved to New York City where he studied at the William Esper Studio for three years. His television credits include “Law & Order,” “As the World Turns,” “CSI: New York,” “Gossip Girl,” “Army Wives” and “White Collar,” among others. His film credits include “When Will I Be Loved” and “Frat Brothers of the KVL.” When he’s not in front of television cameras, Pendergraft is an accomplished carpenter and cabinetmaker.

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So we have question for AMC viewers, who do you think Dr. Anders will be paired with romantically? We think we know, but won’t spill the beans! And what do you think of another Colby to the canvas, when there have been so many previously? Will this Colby get the golden Chandler ticket?  Let us know your thoughts!

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susan M.
susan M.

Nice looking!

susan M.
susan M.

We shall see!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

I’m glad to see AMC is back, I just hope they introduce new characters slowly & give viewers a chance to know who they are & like/hate them before they’re put on the front burner. As for re-casts, please – don’t just hire pretty faces – hire people who can act! I’ve loved every moment of what I’ve seen thus far and am looking forward to decades more of All My Children! Welcome back, we missed you!!!

Lew S
Lew S

She sort of resembles Natalie Hall, the previous Colby.

SZima
SZima

I was thinking the same thing

bob
bob

You’re right I think it might be the blond hair and blue eyes.

susan M.
susan M.

I am not use to the swearing on AMC & not so much on OLTL . It seems to happen more often on AMC.. Like today. Which I don’t think is necessary. It is mainly the young
actors doing all the swearing. There are so many other words they can use… Is it so necessary to swear ???? Again I am not use to it after watching AMC for a long time. That is my only complaint. I will still watch AMC .

clh
clh

It will take a little getting used to but honestly, have you walked the halls of a high school lately, or been behind a group of teens at the mall? This is the reality of how teens talk when their parents are not around. Not judging whether it’s right or wrong for teens to act that way, but the reality is that they do.

When you’re trying to reach a younger audience they are not going to be interested if they are not going to be depicted as how things really are for them in the real world.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m happy to see that Colby is coming back to AMC. Kind of wish that Natalie Hall was returning, but I am willing to give Brooke an honest chance. As for Jason, I don’t know much but I’m sure he’ll be great!

bc
bc

Casting for amc should be for more African american chars and some Asian american chars. Best casting news for soaps though is from downton abbey! It finally has a racial minority cast member portraying a singer. There really should be more racial minority cast members on downton abbey. It would be very realistic to have Indian chars on downton abbey.

Johnny
Johnny

Well, honestly, I have literally lost count on how many Colby Chandlers there have been – for a while there it seemed like every six months someone else was playing the role. So, I guess it is fine that a new actress is doing the role, at least it is a character we all (sort of) know.
On Friday’s re-cap show, they did say that more core characters were definitely returning – I hope this means Michael Knight is returning as Tad Martin….they need him. Without him, I’m not sure what Dixie is supposed to do – and the same goes for Zach, who has stated that Kendall left him (rather simplistically) – they need Kendall back. I’m sorry, I don’t mean for my comments to come across as complaints, but for me to give an honest overview I think more familiar faces need to return to Pine Valley.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

And they have been mentioning him A LOT lately! I can’t wait to see Tad the Cad back in Pine Valley!!

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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