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Cady McClain's Latest Blog: Let's Talk About The Kids (Of All My Children)!

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We did not think it was even possible to find Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain (Dixie Martin) more endearing than she already is …  but in her latest blog on her website, Cady makes us love her even more with her honesty mixed with humor that cuts to the chase.

In her writings, McClain deals with the issue at-hand that has been of concern for long time viewers of All My Children.  That is, that when AMC returns on April 29th there will be a host of new faces who have joined the series!

Cady reveals just how exciting the new additions to Pine Valley truly are including: Eric Nelsen (AJ), Ryan Bittle (JR), Sal Stowers (Cassandra), Robert Scott Wilson (Pete(, Jordan Lane Price (Celia), and Heather Roop (Jane) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda).   She also reminds the viewers that All My Children had always been about exactly this at its core – the children of the residents of Pine Valley in some shape or form – and the veteran characters who are beloved staples of the iconic series.

Here now is an excerpt from Cady’s blog:  “I want to talk about the new young people on All My Children, and why I think (and hope) the audience should give them a chance.  I am not known for blowing smoke up anybodies hoo-ha, right? Let’s just start with that as a baseline for this conversation!

Before you totally freak on me, let me tell you that I TOTALLY understand what happened to AMC during the ‘oughts of 2000-2010. The show lost heart (in my opinion) and it’s way.  Franz and company dominated and upended the show during that time, throwing old favorites into the fire and overwhelming the fans with too many new faces.  I can totally get why someone might say, “Oh please, not again!” or “Stop ruining my show!”

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Here is why I think, no scratch that, I KNOW that is NOT going to happen.  First off: lets look at the COMPANY of actors on the list.  On the classic side, there are: Julia Barr (Brooke), Jill Larson (Opal), David Canary (Adam), Ray MacDonnell (Joe Martin), Debbie Morgan (Angie), Darnell Williams (Jesse), me (Dixie), Eden Reigal (Bianca), Vincent Irrizary (David), Francesca James (Evelyn), Jordi Vilacuso (Griff), Lindsay Hartley (Cara), and Thorston Kaye (Zack)… that’s THIRTEEN veterans of the show in place from the START, and you can bet there are more to come.

On the newbie side there are: Eric Nelsen (AJ, son of JR), Ryan Bittle (JR), Jordan Lane Price (Celia, can’t tell you who she’s related to… YET!), Heather Roop (Jane), Sal Stowers (Cassandra, daughter of Angie and Jesse), Robert Scott Wilson (Pete Cortland, son of Opal and Palmer), and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, daughter of Bianca)… that’s only SEVEN and almost all of them are related to long standing, beloved core characters!

Then lets consider that Agnes Nixon was not allowed to give hardly ANY input when Franzie was running things. He REALLY threw her to the fire!  NOW she is back in FULL FORCE and is totally and completely respected by the new bosses of the show. I have personally heard Jeff Kwatinetz talk about how blown away he is by her and her genius.  Not only that, but Ginger Smith, who was an associate producer under every regime since I started, oh 25 years ago (lets not talk about that number, shall we?) is AT THE HELM.  In all my years, I have never known ANYONE who LOVED and UNDERSTOOD All My Children at it’s CORE like Ginger.  She is the MAIN reason I returned. I love and respect her so much.

Now let me tell you about my experiences with these young people.  I don’t know if you’ve heard me talk about this yet, but you will.  The short version is: when I came to the set the first day, I COULD NOT LEAVE IT.  Even though I wasn’t shooting until the end of the day, I stayed on the set for HOURS.  Guess who sat next to me all that time? Eric Nelsen who plays “AJ.”

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We sat and watched the monitor and I talked to him about the show, it’s history, how to work with cameras, everything that came into my mind on that very special day. He was a total doll, respectful, grateful and attentive. He studied at PCS, aka Professional Children’s School for Actors, and I could tell he is very passionate and committed to his work.  As a child actor myself, we had an instant bond.  Later, I got to watch him do his thing on set. He is totally committed, adorable, and incredibly talented. I can’t speak highly enough of this young man. I totally adore him.”

For more of Cady’s thoughts on the other new kids on the block, make sure to visit her blog here!

So what do you think of the point that Cady is making? Will you give the “newbies” a chance and kick back and enjoy the story and just let it play out before making any judgement?  Which “New Kid” are you looking forward to seeing the most?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is fantastic to hear especially coming for a seasoned veteran like Cady. It is wonderful to know that the powers that be respect the history and core of our shows and value the vision and talent of Agnes Nixon. It is clear the alphabet network and their hatch man had no respect for or interest in AMC or OLTL or their audience. Everything we’ve heard about Prospect Park, including these comments from Cady, seem to indicate that narrow minded attitude is history. Good riddance. Thank you Cady.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Great post I completely agree!

Beth
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Beth

Love Cady!!! Love her writing and acting and can’t wait to embrace the show once again!!!

su0000
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su0000

Looks like Prospect Park is giving the soaps their all and are giving Agnes great respect and letting her do her thing/magic.. Some people were terrible and cruel when PP could not make this happen last year, but the investors were not on-board and then unions could not be won over for them.. Now, seeing how much time and effort has gone into launching the 2 soaps there was no way back then that PP could have done this in 3 months, no matter how much they wanted to.. PP did say they would keep trying and they did, and… Read more »

jim
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jim

But PP did crush a lot of hopes when in Nov. 2011 it did announce it wasnt able to relaunch both shows so i for one can understand the fans anger. PP shouldnt have said anything unless it was a guarantee go. Even many actors thought it was the end and moved on. So i dont feeling any fan should feel ashame at all. Besides many of us didnt feel these shows were coming back until almost a year later so it was easy to give up on PP which hadnt really been established yet. No, they shouldnt feel ashamed… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Sorry, there is absolutely no excuse for the terrible behavior of some of the fans.. They were grownups acting outrageously towards PP who promised them nothing nor owed them nothing. They were so out of control that through this past year while PP was still working to launch the soaps it was done in complete secrecy so not to have to deal with the terrible actions of out of control fans who caused them problems/damage with their tentative investors the first time around from their boycotting and whatever other threats to PP .. Everyone one them should be ashamed for… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Hey Jim, Yea some hopes got crushed however they did say that they were not giving up on bringing them back and most fans stayed behind them doing all we could to try to help………

Su0000 you really need to quit, you were all over the Micheal Easton thread bashing PP up down and side ways, so you should be ashamed for your “neurotic” behavior!

jim
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jim

I feel ill split it down the middle…50% 4 PP for not letting the fans know at first they were still working on bringing them back which could have avoided their childish reaction and the other 50% for the fans 4 being childish. Dang, i hate my honesty because i was one of them, and i cant lie about it. lol. But now its time for all those fans to put the anger behind them and move forward with happy thoughts that their favorite shows are returning.

su0000
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su0000

Joliefan Forever, that was not me bashing in any ME thread, I’m not a basher, not mtything..
I am all time total supporter of PP , never said a bad word about them/PP..

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Hey Jim, The day they announced that because of Financial Backing out due to no fault of their own, they could not put the shows on at that time they did say that they were not giving up on bringing them back, and it didn’t deter SOME fans from acting like little kids then and now…..See I wasn’t, me and a group of AMC and OLTL fans dedicated pages and sites to bringing back them shows and promoting PP etc, ya know the phone calls and what not LOL…..I agree all the fans should be happy that the shows are… Read more »

OLTLFANBRUCE
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OLTLFANBRUCE

I am happy these shows are back and I WILL support both!

Beacon
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Beacon

I just hope the teens on New AMC are not isolated amongst themselves and have storylines with the veterans. I also hope the teenagers will have psychological depth and not be vacuous and materialistic.

jim
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jim

The vets and newbies work for us fans of Dallas and i see no reason why it shouldnt work here. There is enough vets to satisfy long time fans and the newbies are playing characters with connections to the vets just like Dallas has successfully done. Its starting to feel more like the AMC i remember than that last year it was on ABC so i dont see any reason fans should complain. Besides if one of your missing favorites isnt there when the show starts, it doesnt mean they cant come back later. Im sure PP will always leave… Read more »

Jenn
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Jenn

Great post! I’m looking forward to the new and improved AMC.

su0000
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su0000

The soaps now are around 30 minutes actual run time..
So, having them on the internet now at 30 mins is near the same..
When watching the soaps on-line they around 36 minutes including the commercials.
So, there is really no difference in run time of the actual soap..
The soaps run an hour on network TV because of all the commercials ..

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Hey Jim, They did say that the shows could go to one hour each, But like I said before on another thread even tho GH Is on for an hour the show is actually about 35 minutes long because of the commercials, and AMC and OLTL are supposed to have very little to No commercials. I don’t think the writers will have any problem blending in the newbies as they are only newbie actors not newbie characters they just aged the kids that are already apart of the show. And they have the Queen of Daytime and all her experience… Read more »

jim
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jim

Out of all the returns mentioned, Agnes Nixon was the best one of them all! Long live the queen!

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Jim Long Live the Queen LOVE IT!!!!

jim
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jim

I dont feel i was really mad at PP like some of those others were, i was kinda depressed more and i didnt see anything on line about PP park because of lenghty health issues but now im feeling better about what im hearing about PP and feeling somewhat better healthwise as well. I couldnt respond to your last reply so i did here. Thanks 4 reply.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

So sorry to hear you were not well but glad to hear you are feeling better!!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

You are right again Jim.

jim
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jim

I like to think im always right. LOL! Thanks!!!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

You are very welcome Jim

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Beuaitful, beautiful writing by Ms. Cady McClain! She has such a beautiful way with her words. And let’s think about it: isn’t everyone a “newbie” anyway? Cady was, Julia was, Lindsay was. It’s how soaps grow. And that’s how AMC is going to grow. Without the new actors, how is the show expecting to grow and more forward with its history. These actors won’t be alive forever, so “newbies” will forever be coming in. I think it’s beautiful that the show is evolving and that they are being accepted and welcoming by the returning veterans of the series. It’s so… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

I am so glad that Agnes Nixon is behind the scenes. I have the utmost faith and confidence in her and look forward to the first episode.

Michael
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Michael

What story lines do people still remember from the first days of All My Children? Erica’s scheming to break up Tara and Phil (and Chuck woven in their as well). And consider some of the most beloved current vets: Angie and Jessie (started out as teen characters), Dixie (was pretty creepy that Adam hit on her when the actress herself was that young) and Tad (who will eventually make his way back), Brooke came on as a teen. Eden Riegel’s turn as Bianca was a teen subplot. Agnes Nixon knows how to plot teen stories that become life long favorite… Read more »

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

I agree with all you said, and I’d only add that I hope whatever is going on with Kendall and Zach is resolved so that the Slaters are back together where they belong. Like Cady, I have alot of confidence in Agnes Nixon’s storytelling and I’m looking forward to seeing the veteran actors interact with the newer ones. This should be good.

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

Cady is my favorite! She’s such a cheerleader for soaps and we need more like her. People like Cady, Jordi, Kassie and Jerry who promote their shows on websites and blogs are what help keep the fans excited.

WingsStef
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WingsStef

I am excited to watch too. I am sure one or two of these SORAswill be a bit much (age wise. Bianca didn’t have Miranda as a teenager for example) but I can learn to overlook that (not like something like that hasn’t happened before). Still it’s going to be an interesting ride, and like was mentioned All My Children is about family. I can’t wait to watch next month.

su0000
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su0000

Yes, the SOAR characters will be a bit different..
But, in order to keep the core families alive they needed to have older children..
Without the SRARed the stage would be a bit empty and the stories empty lol ..
I’m looking forward to the new adventures!!!
I feel the grownup children now young adults, will have a lot to offer, story wise, for sure.. exciting!

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Miranda was born in 2004 that makes her 8 years old they are going ahead 5 years that makes her 13. I think what makes it so weird is that Bianca hasn’t aged……

MK
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MK

Just hearing about the concept and how it will be just like the AMC of the 70’s and 80’s that told me that Agnes is in total control. She used to own the show at the beginning and is what CLASSIC AMC is all about. I knew that ABC wanted Agnes out, that is reason why both AMC and OLTL got the ax. For GH, The creators are dead, and ABC controls the show. Even Bridget Dobson, Frank and Doris’ Daughter has no control.

jim
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jim

Aging soap kids is a lot like how quickly real life kids seem to age. 0ne day they are these sweet adorable little moppets your listening say their first words, taking them to see Santa, and watching them go off on their first day of school. Then b4 you know it they get older and our talking back at you, lieing cheating and stealing, and going off to jail for a crime they did commit. (Ok not all kids are bad! lol) Im just saying that childhood is very fleeting in soaps and in real life!

jim
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jim

…meant to say 4 a crime they did or didnt commit. But im sure you get my point and the humor.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

O.k., let me start by saying I love Cady and respect her as an actress. And I know how much the returning actors want this to work, so do I! But in her blog, she states ” its ONLY 7 new faces of aged rolls.” There are 20 actors in the new cast photo. Thats one third of the cadt that are newbies, unfamiliar and untried to fans. The show already has enough walls to climb, a new firmat to watch, web and not tv, 30 minutes each show and 4 days a week, and 1/3 new faces? Come on,… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Days, recast 7 actors all at once, u think that wouldnt be a huge problem?

jim
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jim

Whats the big deal? Most of the vets were unfamilar newbies and untried to us fans when they first started on these shows. Most of the recasting is 4 the aging of the children because the show takes place 5 years later after it left ABC. Recasting adult characters cant be helped for a because their previous potrayers are committed to other things. This is called a reboot for a reason. We should be grateful the show is coming back in any form. Give it a chance first then decide if you like it or not. I did with Dallas… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

I agree Jim Great Post!

jim
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jim

Whats the big deal? Most of the vets were once newbies who were unfamiliar and untried to us fans when they first started on the show. Many of the newbies r for the aging of the children because the series takes place 5 years after its original run on ABC. The teens feel like a nod to the shows original beginings, and i mean that in a postive way. The recasting of any adult character cant be helped because their previous potrayers are mostly committed to other projects. They dont call these reboots for nothing. We should be grateful that… Read more »

jim
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jim

Sorry if your seeing double…i thought one of my replies got cancelled when i pushed the wrong thing to edit!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I can’t believe that people have the nerve to complain when they are lucky enough to be getting their show back. What I would do to get ATWT back – ugh! Be grateful, not hateful!

jim
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jim

Atwt is missed by me too. I play that special Upstairs/Downstairs Christmas episode every Christmas season.

jim
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jim

Im beginning to wonder if some of the complainers are related to Brian Frons and hope these reboots fail just to prove him right.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

I wouldn’t put it past him! Frons already looks like the ASS that he is!!! This Reboot has got to be a MAJOR SLAP in the face to him and his “Knowledge” of the “Common Housewife ((FANS))” & what they want to watch on TV……Actually the SLAP is going to be felt By him, ABC and Disney! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

jim
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jim

Agreed…i just wish Micheal could interview Brian and get his opinion on all this but i dont Brian would have the balls to do it!!! lol

jim
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jim

meant doubt…

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Hahahaha That would be awesome! But your right Brian ain’t got the balls to do it! 🙂

jim
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jim

Are any of these complainers of the reboots related to or are friends of Brian Frons and are hoping the revivals fail just to prove BF right? I plan to tune in b4 i judge what i havent seen and then ill decide if i like what i see or not. Hopefully ill like them but if i dont( of course i might not like it at first and then i might later. Ive often gone back and forth liking and dislking my soaps) im still gratefull that the soaps may still be around for many generations to come.

jim
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jim

Another one! I thought i cancelled the first to do a rewrite!

aline robichaud
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aline robichaud

I can’t wait to see all my children sometimes fighting for what you want works because this was part of my family as for many more I know and can’t wait to see my friends again .Il’s like the unemployment everybody is fighting for what they want and it’s not easy hope everyone will get at lease some of what they want thank you for being there All my children

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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