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Casting All My Children: Who Are Grace, Hunter & Heather? New Roles … SORAS'D Characters… Recasts?

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As many fans have been noticing, the online version of All My Children is skewing young these days with its recent casting notices.  While long time AMC fans are hoping for news that some of their big name favorites will still sign on the dotted line and join Prospect Park’s Pine Valley reboot, casting is ongoing for the following three roles!

According to Soap Opera Digest, AMC is looking to fill the follwing younger demo roles: “The contract role of Grace, who is described as a blonde, driven, sexy, Caucasian girl in her early 20s, and the recurring roles of Hunter, a handsome, confident bad boy, Caucasian, 16 to 18-years old and Heather, a beautiful 18-year-old Caucasian queen bee.”

So soapers, do you think Grace, Hunter, and Heather are new roles for a new late-teen scene? Do you think they are some of the original Pine Valley residents children SORAS’d? Or, do you think they are recasts?  Weigh-in! And then let us know who do you think would be a good casting suggestions for the three roles?

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Jewell
Jewell

If they are the kids that got Soars’d why would they change the characters names?

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

They use different names in the casting calls to throw people off so they don’t know who they are casting and spoil possible story.

Gillian
Gillian

Emma Lavery, Spike Lavery Slater and Jenny Martin?

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I don’t think it is Emma only because Ryan and Annie are not coming back. More likely Dixie and Tad’s daughter Jenny. This will give them more story too since I am sure that Dixie and Tad are coming back too.

Claudine
Claudine

Jenny is Tad & Krystal’s daughter. Kate (Kathy) is T&D’s.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

That’s what I meant, Kathy will be older girl and younger girl will be Jenny. Emma will be off at college or something and if Ryan ever joins show then maybe she will be cast.

Lin
Lin

I hate SORAS and hope it is not done especially with the really cute ones. The last Emma (if they ahve Emma ) was adorable. I hope this show will not be aimed at Teenagers and forget about the rest of us. Just because it’s named AMC- if it’s totally different it may not last. I dont care if it has every character, but it needs to be basicially the same show and respect it’s roots.I thought it skewed too young before. Too much Babe and JR and not enough of the older generation.

MK
MK

The AMC of the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s dealt with multi generations from different social classes. I am hoping it goes that. The current AMC gad too many young children and not enough teens and young people with decent stories. Colby and Damon was a good start.

Brenda
Brenda

I give up…what is SORAS?

Skwyrley
Skwyrley

Soap Opera Rapid Age Syndrome….its’ when a ten year old kid goes to camp in June and comes back a hunky teen or beauty queen in September! ; )

Lin
Lin

Hi. It’s a soap opera term. It means Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome.
I can’t underline here, but it’s the first letter of each. It took me a long time to figure it out. But I figured it out as it’s in the soap opera magazines all the time.
I hate it. I mean some kids are uninteresting. But if someone is 25 and then has a 10 year old kid a year later? It’s stupid. If they want more action- then get a new character. Like on AMC have a new family move in with kids of different ages if you want an older kid. Don’t make Emma 15. I don’t know if Cameron Mathison is coming back. I just used that as an example. I think he probably thinks he’s too big for a soap now. Whenever he’s on TV he seems like he has a really big opinion of himself.

Phil
Phil

SORAS=Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome

Peggy Hegner
Peggy Hegner

I can understand that Prospect Park would want to appeal to a mix of viewers, including younger fans, but I wouldn’t want to see AMC turned into a high school soap. While I’m pleased with the veteran actors who have signed on, I’m still hoping for more of them. I really hope Prospect Park doesn’t make the same mistake the management at ABC made when they canceled AMC because they wanted to cater to the under 49 age group. As a viewer of this fabulous soap from day one, I intend to be around for another 30 years watching AMC. Please Prospect Park, don’t forget about your older viewers. I will certainly welcome the younger actors, but lets make sure the show appeals to all ages.

Nancy
Nancy

I have come to the sad conclusion that the only people that the advertisers care about are in that age group. It’s funny because us older folks are the ones spending the money. I do not like this but it is infiltrating the soaps so what can you do?

Peggy Hegner
Peggy Hegner

I’m afraid if they’re too youth oriented this AMC resurrection will be doomed to fail. If they change it too much and don’t bring back enough of the vets they’re defeating the whole purpose of the reboot. As to the new young casting call, it would be nice if they were using them to fill the old roles of Emma, Opal’s son Pete, J. R.’s son, etc.

Patrick
Patrick

OLTL is good to go….. all the STARS are back…. so to speak.

AMC… should WAIT… some… till they can get more of the cast back… I too am afraid, moreso for AMC….

agree with you Peggy…. they’re deating the whole purpose of the reboot….

on line viewers need to know they’re investing time to watch the “orig” cast…. or most of the cast we last saw.

Patrick
Patrick

they’re defeating

susan M.
susan M.

I want the orginial crew! That I have watched for years! I don’t want too many new characters at all. I identify with the characters I watched for years.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Of all the casting calls that they have posted this is who I believe they will be.
Ben is Pete Cortlandt
Charlotte is Miranda Montgomery
Luke is AJ Chandler
Grace is Kathy Martin
Hunter is maybe a new character or one of Kendall/Zack’s son’s.
Heather is Jenny Martin

Nancy
Nancy

It’s sounding like a new soap. I’m not interested in a new soap, I was looking forward to AMC and OLTL. Things aren’t looking good for AMC casting. Where are the Martins?

su0000
su0000

OLTL will survive, it has its core familiar cast, and that is a good thing, it will be much the same and carry over its’ fan..

AMC was doomed from its’ cancellation..
None of the cast, but 3 non core actors ,were willing to go. on .
AMC needs to rebuild, there no longer is an AMC vet cast to carry on as it once was..

Patrick
Patrick

I am an AMC Fan….

truth be told….

I’d rather see one good soap… because from the get go…. OLTL has it’s CORE ACTORS RETURNING…. THAT PP INVEST… in OLTL … and

sadly… delay AMC till further notice…. it’s like the expectations would be a blow to what AMC is.

Gillian
Gillian

Good point. I’ll take your statement one step further – AMC was doomed from the moment they moved it from NY to California. Part of AMC’s charm was always its’ East Coast roots. It was a New York soap. And it was spectacular. When they moved to CA, it lost some of its charm and was never the same great soap it once was. In my opinion, it lost its heart. When the end came, and favorite characters were reunited, it was a little late at that point. The damage had been done. It seems they are following that path now. The Castillos are set but no main characters other than Dr David are confirmed. Huh? One thing that was important with OLTL is that it never lost who it was. The core characters were always there. The last year was amazing. The show got better and better. When it ended, it ended on a high note. That momentum can be continued. Unfortunately, AMC didn’t have the same momentum.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Do not forget Angie a nd Jesse are there, they are pretty veteran if you ask me. Zack is also there, so Kendall can not be far behind. There shows are going to start off very slow they do not have alot of money to get the original show back intact, plus alot of the actors have moved on to other things Susan has two shows, Cameron does a variety of things, as does Cady (who is rumored to be coming back)

As far as aging the characters, I hear the show is going to start a year later from when it ended. So techinically they should not be aged, but you know if they age one of the younger ones, be it Jenny, Kathy, AJ, Emma, Spike they have to age them all since they are close to the same age.

Petey makes sense because we have not seen him in a while. I think if the other kids come back and they are aged they will be teens. I do not like it, but that is the way it is going to be I am afraid.

But we really have to wait and see what they present to us, as it is the audience is not going to be large, being that it is online.

su0000
su0000

It is more than obvious the PP is bringing ”new” younger actors..
after all it is All My ”Children” perhaps they decided to use younger, which is a great thing..
AMC was on life support its’ last years, the cast was too old, senior citizens and they are not good to entice younger people to watch..

PP is writing for a new generation who do watch via net and devices..
They will hold onto all they can get of the core families but outside of that, there will be big changes for AMC; not so for OLTL.. imo..

Patrick
Patrick

I still can’t believe… no word on Thadeus…..

I’m choosing to believe he’s the SURPRISE….. the frosting on the cake if you will.

i can’t diss what the SORA’s is about…

however… if the CORE returnees… are OPAL… perhaps BROOKE? THE HUBBARDS ARE A SURE THING… love Cara… her brother… Dr. David….

IMO… it just seems bleak…. SORA’s works… but, not for a whole CAST?

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in any event…. i want that: soap stars are employed.

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

Where are all the stars of AMC. We fought to get them back. New is good but old is stable. It won’t be AMC if the stars aren’t there.

Renee
Renee

I agree Nancy! I am not interested in having Prospect Park age all the characters to the point that they are not recognizable. I along with many others do not want them to start the show a year from where it left off. I want to know who JR shot. What happened to Erica and Jack. Did Adam and Brooke stay in PV, etc… baloney on all this other krap! PP should care about what the viewers want. We fought long and hard to get these shows back and now they are recasting all the kids on the show and they aren’t releasing any of the names since the initial few have signed onto AMC… NOT good business, especially if they want viewers to watch. Communication is always key.

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

For goodness sakes people, Everytime they put out a call for a new character it’s “the show had better not be taken over by the newbies.” And Everytime they soras a child it’s “They had better bombard with teen storylines.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but was there ever a time ALL of the adults disappeared and for months we were only shown teen storylines? No. So it’s not gonna happen.
We know they change names when sending out casting calls. Most of the actors who played legacy characters haven’t signed on as far as we know. And most of these casting calls are recurring characters. Meaning we may only see them for five out of the thirty minute show every other month if at all.
The most important thing is to get people watching. All ages. All demographics. It may suck not seeing your favorite character in every scene, but they’re the professionals. Let’s trust that every decision is being made for the well-being of our show.
AND I can’t see Agnus signing off to characters or storylines that aren’t true to the show.

Relax and take a breath sometime. We’re about to get our shows back!!!!! Yaaay! Happy day! They may be a little different and take some adjusting to get used too, but Agnus is not going to let them destroy her babies! 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

Well said… about Agnus Nixon….

thats something to hold on to…..

food for thought….

OLTL remains true to itself….

AMC for a NEW ON LINE VENTURE….. has to SORA’s a new cast… and lure in younger viewers….? I’d venture, it’s a worth while crap shoot…. honestly… the core cast, the good majority… are not available…. what can we expect?

MK
MK

AMC has always been a Peyton Place style, so I can relate that core characters are not available then following the example of Peyton Place with a New Generation and start from scratch without losing the essence of Pine Valley. In soap land, almost 2 years is 10 years in soapdom. OLTL was strong and the story has continued on GH, so they can continue. AMC has to reinvent itself.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

THANK YOU! Everyone gets too agitated too quickly!

And I agree that Agnes Nixon will NOT let her shows or characters be untrue to her vision.

Vira
Vira

Come on guys!!! Just be happy that our soap is coming back 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

Sorry…. don’t want to project doom n’ gloom… it’s hurry up and wait….. baited breath time… till AMC is fleshed out….. bottom line.

Brian tripp – nice casting call… sheet… on who the potential could be…. that’s treat enough just seeing those last names….

have to hold on folks…. Agnus is signed on … Per the hugo-boss…. agnus cares….

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nuOLTL! come out blazing…. !

usafsam
usafsam

So many possibilities…. Maria and Edmund’s kids Sam and Maddie would be teenagers now as would Haley and Mateo’s son Lorenzo. And what about Charlie’s kids. Isn’t it about time David’s little brother Trey got released from prison for good behavior….

bc
bc

tolerant hollywood’s casting calls are asking for more white characters? bec white chars are never represented on soap operas right? how are these soap revivals gonna be edgy if they keep using tokenism and quotas for racial minority chars?

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

Well, out of the seven characters FOR SURE signed to a contract, five of them are ethnic. Right now, Debbie is the biggest name signed on. AND they’ve already stated they’re going to recast her daughter. And they’re not done with castings and creating storylines. So how is that tokenism and “quota”? What other daytime show has as strong of an ethnic ensemble in leading contracted roles??? You’re comment, referring to these amazing actors who are also daytime Emmy nominees and have driven many compelling storylines, as “quotas and tokens” is far more offensive and racist than anything any of these shows are dishing out.

bc
bc

lindsay hartley is white. She’s not a racial minority. She’s not a latina even if she’s best known for portraying a part latina on passions. typical whitewashing from hollywood w/c often practices quotas and tokens w/ racial minorities. and btw I was referring to oltl reboot w/ regards to quotas and tokens and that oltl reboot is being done by the same group that’s running the amc reboot. only the Asian american chars are recurring on oltl’s reboot. such edginess! everyone knows that hollywood’s racist. a lot of racial minority actors have called hollywood racist. denzel washington has called hollywood harsh towards black women and he complained abt the hollywood’s lack of racial diversity during the academy award nominees luncheon by mentioning “you see many people like me walking thru the door?” perhaps daytime soaps ratings would not have plummeted and soaps would not have gotten axed had they been more racially diverse. there’s not 1 daytime soap opera and primetime soap that has ever had a core Asian american family. there’s not 1 primetime medical drama that has had majority Asian american doctors despite pew research reporting that Asian americans are the most educated among all groups and are the majority among professional and managerial roles. that new tnt medical drama only has token racial minorities. there’s 1 African american male doctor portrayed by ving rhames and 1 Asian american male doctor and 1 Asian american female doctor. the other 5 chars who are the majority are white. the leading female char is portrayed by former daytime actress jennifer finnigan and the leading male char is white. it’s bec everything has to be told from white char’s perspectives. even the styling of the show is completely racist. they style the leading white male doctor flatteringly w/ his wavy hair and show of his arms but the Asian american male doctor has to be styled unflatteringly of course w/ the glasses and the dorky hairstyle. who got launched to the A list again as the romantic lead of a medical drama? oh yeah george clooney. yeah bec all opportunities must be given to white actors bec they’re never represented right? it’s hilarious how people like you scream racism at people who call hollywood racist w/c it obviously is.

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

Actually Lindsey Hartley is Greek and Italian. And I believe Jewish as well. And this is a reboot. Not a remake or next generation. Meaning they’re starting from where they’ve left off. How about you see where these NEW producers and writers are going to take it before you just label them racists. You don’t know. And if it’s too big of an issue for you, why don’t you stop watching and supporting or insulting a group of people you have no idea about.
Yes, is there white washing in Hollywood. Of course. But have there been great strides and advances as well. Yes! It takes time. Is it taking a little longer than some would like, yeah, but you know what at least it’s happening. But the way to hep continue the change isn’t by getting on and insulting them. When have insults ever helped someone accomplish their goal.
Some of us on here are fans of these shows regardless. I’m an African American. And yes I’d love and fully support more ethnicity being shown. But I love the shoes and the stories and as for what I can see, we’re heading in a good direction.

bc
bc

she’s italian and greek and therefore she is not a latina. white actors and actresses have no business portraying roles of racial minorities. they are being a part of the problem bec they’re taking away roles from racial minority actors and actress who already have very limited opportunities to begin w/ bec hollywood obviously thinks discriminating against racial minorities thru whitewashing is acceptable. hollywood repeatedly whitewashes racial minority chars and therefore soaps like amc are following the typical hollywood traditions of marginalizing racial minorities. hollywood should be called racist more often. but instead the entertainment press rallies around hollywood’s racist products much like you’re rallying around amc. the entertainment press and hollywood praise tv shows like mad men and thinks it’s realistic for no racial minorities to be a part of a 60s ny era tv show. But it’s completely “realistic” that ny based tv shows like “how i met your mother” and “girls” have casts w/ only white people and ny based soap opera like gh has no Asian american doctors. This is what you call great strides? hollywood is very racist towards Asian americans. majority of the chars from the movie 21 were whitewashed. the leading actor was some nobody named jim sturgess who’s british. they had to hire a dialect coach for him. And yet the movie 21 is based on Asian american MIT students. hollywood would rather have a british actor who is white than hire Asian american actors to portray Asian americans! historical Asian chars like genghis khan are portrayed by white actor mickey rourke. katherine hepburn donned yellowface. mickey rooney donned yellowface to bash Asian americans as racist char Mr. Yunioshi from one of hollywood’s most cherished films breakfast at tifanys. yes those are old films but hollywood still employs whitewashing. the lead Japanese soldier char from “all you need is kill” was whitewashed for tom cruise. what does hollywood say? oh it’s bec it’s tom cruise and he’s an A lister and he’s known. and yet hollywood whitewashed the Japanese chars from dragon ball w/ unknown white actors. It’s not abt A list status and being a known actor. It’s bec hollywood doesn’t want leading role opportunities to be created for Asian american actors. hollywood’s not abt money. they’re abt controlling and shaping the culture and thus whiteness has to be idealized by them. Will smith has the highest grossing films. isn’t hollywood abt making money? shouldn’t there be more racial minority actors that are A listers then? there should be more opportunities bec a black actor’s films are the most profitable. But there are not bec hollywood has reached it’s “quota” for racial minority A listers while white actors like Taylor Kitsch can get tons of lead roles even if all his films where he’s the lead are flops. It’s the same w/ primetime tv. Former soap actress jennifer finnigan has had tons of flop primetime tv shows yet she is the lead on tnt’s medical drama. It’s bec whiteness is universal… Read more »

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

Listen Bitter party of one, I’m mad at myself for allowing this to carry on this far. There are only a couple of things in general that really make me mad. And people who choose anger and aggression and name-calling, when it’s not necessary, over finding more productive ways of making their point known, are one of them.
I can’t even read all of what you just wrote. And at the end of the day, it’s pointless. I get it. You think all of Hollywood is racist. You want more Asain Americans. Lindsey Hartley should be burned at the stake for auditioning and accepting a role to feed her family, that she’s great in……I’m sorry you’re angry but again, don’t watch then. Don’t support. Don’t come on sites that you know are about the things you loathe. Cause guess what, I’m the only idiot who fell into this convo with you. It’s pointless. You have a great life. And hope your TiVo is set on shows that will feature more Asain American characters. I’m sure what you’re doing is a great way to make that happen! ;-p

bc
bc

you’re upset that people are upset when they write abt hollywood’s racism. You’re really smart! And now you’ll write that you “can’t understand” anything I wrote. You’re obviously pretending that you can’t understand bec you can’t refute anything I wrote. Your writing is full of anger and resentment and bitterness. I’m guessing it’s bec you hate it that hollywood is being called racist w/c frankly it is. I don’t think hartley should be “burned” like a witch and you’re being soapy and melodramatic to deflect from the specific issue that white actors and actresses should not take roles that are not racially accurate to them. But whitewashing is obviously an accepted hollywood casting practice bec I have already written abt the numerous roles from primetime and film that have been whitewashed. It speaks of the larger problem that hollywood still thinks that whiteness is universal and that white actors and actresses can portray any role and people should accept them portraying any role. You wrote: “I’m sure what you’re doing is a great way to make it happen!” and then you stuck your tongue outta your very enlightened face. people have written and complained and it has stopped racist hollywood casting. An example would be the akira movie w/c halted production bec of complaints that r. patz and timberlake were up for the roles of Japanese chars.
pretend that a film was made abt openly gay actor matt bomer and the film portrayed him as straight. the entertainment press and glaad and hollywood would scream homophobia bec the film didn’t accurately portray and ignored his orientation. making a gay char straight wouldn’t be acceptable for hollywood. but hollywood has made it acceptable to whitewash Asian american historical roles and chars based on Asian americans and fictional Asian american chars. hollywood loves to lecture people on tolerance towards the lgbt community and yet hollywood keeps bashing Asian americans thru lack of representation and whitewashing. Giggles!

jim
jim

In the soap world bringing in a few new characters can help move the plot along but too many newbies that push out long time favorites can infuriate the fans and theyll stop watching. During AMCs finale year i barely recognized the show and didnt care when it was canceled. I can accept newbies on the reboot as long as most are connected somehow to the vets and shows history. More vets like Brooke should be there to please old fans while some newbies could be used to attract new ones. If too many newcomers replace old favorites it may as be well be called All My Different Children. But im willing to give it a chance because its better than another stupid talk show.

brian
brian

I do appreciate that the AMC fans love their show, but it just seems to me that the OLTL fans fought harder for their show. Maybe this is why OLTL has had better luck in getting the “original” cast back…?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

That is truly crap. I have been to more than one rally in support of this and we all worked hard. (and are still fighting – we are not done) We don’t need any more divisiveness…

brian
brian

I offer you my apologies. Perhaps the relocation and then, the cancelation cause the AMC actors to be more “scattered” than the OLTL actors… I don’t know.

brian
brian

I offer you my apologies. Do you think that after AMC moved to LA, and that the reboots are in the East, is the reason why OLTL has had “more luck” in securing the “original cast”

I have read that AMC was the “premiere” of the two for Prospect Park. I am only looking for a reasonable explanation as to why the AMC cast hasn’t come together like the OLTL cast.

Please don’t misinterpret my comment, I do enjoy both shows.

jim
jim

We already know of some actors who played David, Angie and Jesse are reprising their old roles, so why would Prospect Park need to be secretive about others even if the r recasts or not? Also is Prospect Park only reviving two soaps or do they have other types of series planned for their online network?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

That has always been a standard practice in the daytime drama world. And only PP can answer your last question.

jim
jim

I kinda like the secretive casting. i like the suspense not knowing, and its good plublicty to get people talking.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

And I LOVE that we can even HAVE these discussions! 🙂

Kathy
Kathy

I love my AMC. Because the actors were so good on AMC, many have gotten other jobs that they need to complete before coming back to AMC. While we wait for their return, why not enjoy some new characters. Actors are always coming and going on our soaps. We are use to people dying and then showing up alive. AMC has David, Zach, Angie, Jesse,Opal. These are great characters. Ryan and Kendall said that they would probably come back after completing their projects. We might even get Erica back. I liked Erica but she was not the only one that I liked. I will say that if they do make this a teenage soap, I will not watch. I really don’t think that is what is happening. I think we should not get upset over things that have not happened yet. Thank you, thank you for bring back my AMC! I will have my IPad charged up and ready !

susan M.
susan M.

I am so happy a lot of the orginial crew is coming back on OLTL reboot! Can’t wait to see
my favorite soap of all time. More of Viki, Bo, Nora,Clint , etc. HURRAY! Llanview Forever! And Landfair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C
C

Could the contract charaters be Colby? Wasn’t she in her early twenties?

And the other two roles are recurring, to play against the AJ/Miranda recasts. Nothing to fret about.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Here’s the problem with AMC vs. OLTL, all the OLTL actors live in New York so it’s very easy for them to get to CT. AMC relocated to LA and most of the actors are quite happy out there and involved with other projects. Cameron Mathison is working everywhere, Rebecca Budig only came back to AMC because they were moving to LA. Bobbie Eakes is involved in tons of web series out there, and Michael E. Knight is doing projects with his ex-wife Catherine Hickland. Ricky Paull Goldin has a series on HGTV. The actors I want to see are Opal (done), Angie (done), David Hayward (done). Hopefully they can lure David Canary out of retirement and bring back Brooke. They are also looking for Angie’s stepdaughter Cassandra for the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if the younger actors are JR, Colby, Jamie Martin, Pete Cortlandt, and Bianca. Also John James lives on the East Coast so perhaps they can bring Jeff back.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

It is interesting and fun to try and deduce which characters these might be. My favorite part….the fact that we are even having this discussion!!! YAY! 🙂 Looking forward to visiting Pine Valley and Llanview (NOT Landview- no D) again.

Leina
Leina

I love AMC and want them to always show and share multi-generational families. I feel lucky to have this show coming back to us. Having said that I surely don’t want them to model at all The Bold and the Beautiful. What a horrific show that they for half of the time feature a triangle of 20 somethings. After all the begging and pleading to Mr Bell to stop this he still continues on with it?????? Variety is the spice of life, literally.

Johnny
Johnny

Frankly, I don’t care if Cameron Mathison isn’t returning (at this time) as Ryan. There was too much storyline between him and Greenlee and Kendall for like the last three years, yeesch. I don’t want the show to become “All My Teens” and I don’t think the producers will allow it to steer too much in that direction, then again who can say. At any rate, right now it seems they don’t have an Erica Kane, or a Kendall, or a Bianca, or a Tad – I mean, I don’t want to come across as negative but if they are going to recast, they had better get on the stick.

GayAtheistLH
GayAtheistLH

If these are aged versions of some of the kids then the most obvious choices would be JR’s Son & Tad’s Daughters Kate & Jenny. But they could also be Colby & Petey recasts.

susanmz
susanmz

Is this going to be DeGrassi: The Next Generation?

I actually like DeGrassi, but if I want DeGrassi, I’ll watch DeGrassi.

richard
richard

I think Hunter will be Hayley and Mateo’s son, Lorenzo or Pete Cortlandt………Grace will be Colby and Heather will be Jenny, Tad and Krystal’s daughter……:)

JIM
JIM

There are enough older core actors/characters returning. David Hayward is a superb villain and could be around for a long time while Adam Chandlier is of an age like Palmer Cortlandt was where the actor really can’t handle a big storyline. Apparently 5 years have passed. If we had been watching all along for those 5 years many characters/actors would have come and gone due to personal decisions and contract negotiations or story necessity. It will be a little shocking to have it happen all at once but that is to be expected in this situation. I have enough patience to develop an interest in the characters and story lines. AMC for years failed to have interesting teen story lines thus a younger new audience was never corralled therefore dooming the soap to cancellation as older viewers died off or lost interest. The fact that they will have some younger characters is encouraging because younger people will likely watch on the computer and we all need more viewership to sustain this reboot. I don’t think these proposed new younger characters are fake names to surprise us when they are revealed to be younger characters all grown up because prospect park would want us to know as many of the returning characters as possible to increase our faith and interest.

Ruth Tetreault
Ruth Tetreault

Grace,Hunter and Heather are most likely to be a younger cast.Which will turn the soap into a teenagers soap. Therfore all of us dedicated soap fans who have been watching for years since the begining will loose intrest because our beloved favorites will no longer be on the show.They can;t afford to keep the experience soap stars.I am hopeing that it won’t turn out that way.We are all looking forward to AMC to return. Hope its not ruined for us again for the sake of saving money with a younger, inexperience cast members.Some new and younger cast members yes are welcome but lets not overdue it by making the soap for teens only we have waited for to long for amc return.

Ruth Tetreault
Ruth Tetreault

Anyone agree or disagree with me? Please leave a comment.

Drema
Drema

I want it the way it was not a bunch of new people because it will be like a new soap not our old one, I really miss all the people, please don’t put all young people either there is enough of those, I want my old soaps back

Barbara
Barbara

New shows are on tv all of the time. Watch the pilot episode, maybe the first week. If you don’t like, stop watching. That is what I will be doing with the AMC reboot. It sounds like it might be totally different than the cliff-hanger ending from over a year ago. No one will know until it airs. We fought to get our soap back, let’s give the show a chance.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

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I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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