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FIRST LOOK: All My Children … How The Little Ones Have Grown!

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When All My Children premieres premiere April 29th on Hulu.com, fans will note the five year leap in story, plus will try to embrace the SORAS’d AMC kids of veteran characters who have sprouted to teenagers or young adults !  As Prospect Park has brought the shows back to life, it’s now up to the audience t take a leap of faith that this will all work out just fine for short and long term story trajectory!

“Our little ones are now teenagers in order to make them more dramatically viable,” Thorsten Kaye (Zach) told TV Guide in this exclusive.  “I mean, how interesting is a 7-year-old?”    One of the newbies is sexy Rob Scott Wilson who first was known to daytime audiences as the first Price Is Right male model, and who is now the new Pete Cortlandt, Opal’s son (Jill Larson), on AMC!

Thorsten Kaye also related the enormity of what Prospect Park has tackled to get this show and OLTL on its feet again, “It’s been terrific getting back to work but we’re definitely experiencing some growing pains. This is a huge undertaking. ABC did it for 40 years. For a company that’s new to soaps like Prospect Park, it’s a whole other ball game. We ask the fans to bear with us. It will take a bit of time to get it right but I do believe we can!”

So soapers, what do you think of the SORAS’d kids? Will you give them a chance?  Weigh-in!

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su0000
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su0000

We are use to seeing our soaps being done on TV by veteran producers of soaps..
PP will need time to ‘get it totally right; that is just commonsense ..
I really hope the chronic complainers will zip their big whining mouths, and give PP a chance..

Felicia barosa
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Felicia barosa

Is it really ness assert to charge us $7.99 a month? That’s a bit costly for many of us, as we are on a fixed income. We were your moused devoted fans for many years. Too many people feel it’sout of wack and we won’t pay to see them shows.

Kim G
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Kim G

Hulu is free.

jim
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jim

I myself cant afford to pay much more…my internet bill recently went up and i have to find a different company in the next few months or ill be forced to drop it. And ill no longer be able to participate in these chats. This is why we 2day cant afford much and it hurts the economy…tv use to be free(well, it still is if u use an aerial ect.) and there is hardly anything you can get thats free that use to be free. But hulu is free(but you never know 4 long) so thats your best way to… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

Regular Hulu is free. You have a limited time to watch them. That’s what I have
been told! Hulu Plus is $7.99…

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

You don’t have to pay anything if you watch on regular Hulu. It is Hulu Plus that has a monthly charge. I will be watching on Hulu.

Felicia
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Felicia

Well, I checked it real well and you get one week free. Lets go back to the adds for products, better than 8 buck a month. By the I will not zip my mouth. It’s called saying what you feel.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I will be patient and watch AMC and OLTL online, even through the growing pains! I’m just so happy that through the hard work of many folks, my shows are back!!!

Renee
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Renee

As a long time viewer of AMC & OLTL I personally think 7 yr olds are pretty interesting. I loved the kids that were on these shows when they went off and had looked forward to watching them “grow Up”. However, I do understand why PP did what they did and decided to age the kids to teens and young adults hoping it will expand the audience and bring in more young adults. Sex sells and hot young bodies do as well, especially in great story lines! Good Luck PP will be waiting and watching!! Excited

Lin
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Lin

I will miss teh little girl who played Emma. She was terrific. It’s good to have some little kids. And teenagers are not of interest to everyone. When I was a teen there were some teen drama and teen supercouples. But I hope they don’t dominate the show now. The little girl, I think her nane was Danielle Parker was terrific.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I loved the Emma when they were still taping in NYC (Lucy Merriam) and hated they had to recast, but I understand because they moved the show across the country.
I was pleasantly surprised at the actress they found (Danielle Parker) to play Emma in CA and grew to love her just as much!

BTripp
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BTripp

Yes I plan on giving them a chance. Heck I think I like them already from the photos. Nu-Pete is so handsome and Nu-Miranda looks so much like Eden R. so they did a great job casting. BTW, love the sneak peek photo of Opal and Pete!

jim
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jim

How interesting is a 7 year old? Hate to be a 7 year old in Thorstens house but i know he only meant that 4 the show! Everyone watching has to give them a chance…they have no other choice if they want to really support the show. Im willing to give them the chance to work out all the kinks and i wont judge it too quickly. And, others, please lets not go on again about the 5 year jump. Been there, done that,…now lets move on like 5 years has passed!!!

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

It’s all going to work out just fine! We will watch and grow with them enjoying every second because we are just so thankful to have our shows returned to us.

Liz Arnold
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Liz Arnold

Listen up everyone. I have been watching both these shows since day one. Now, I do love the vets but understand why they will focus at least part of the show on the youngsters. There is nothing new about doing this in soap opera land. As long as there are plenty of vets on the scene and some juicy stories for them, I’m in!! I will be watching and I will give them time to get it together if they need it. I am so grateful that AMC & OLTL are coming back that I will support them in any… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Bravo-you couldn’t have said it any better

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Very well said Liz and I agree with you. This is the last chance for these shows. I have been miserable without OLTL and my friend has been miserable without AMC. Now, I will watch both shows and am willing to do whatever it takes to support both shows. I hope people know that, between radio and television, The Guiding LIght had 72 years of broadcast history, 15 years on radio and 57 years on television. (No I am not that old.) There is no reason why AMC and OLTL cannot match and hopefully top that. These are excellent programs… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Great post Liz! I’m with AMC & OLTL!!!!!!!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Love ya Liz! 😉

Caroldee
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Caroldee

I watched GH when the character ROBIN was that age.. still watch her all grown with a child of her own. Some characters just get more beloved as time goes by. “HOW interesting is a 7 year old”…ask anyone who watches GH..Bobbie’s daughter BJ gave her life for another to live at that age.. they can be heart-breakers and life long loved.

nancylp300
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nancylp300

Just happy the shows are back…and very grateful so I am giving these shows a lot of time to work out any kinks….Just make sure Todd is back in Llanview for good

Cindy
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Cindy

I will take them any way I can get them!!! Thank you prospect park!!!

Tracy
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Tracy

I think it makes sense to have the kids as adults , now the next generation can give us new stories along with their parents. I am soooooooooooooooooo HAPPY we got our SOAPS BACK!!!!

Kathy
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Kathy

As a lifetime fan of AMC, I was having difficulty accepting any change to AMC. I will say that I did enjoy the young children on the show. I also enjoyed Petey and Colby. I don’t have a problem with the aging of the children. My concern is the emphasis being played on sex. As an example, Angie is chief of staff at the hospital when David is not. To show Angie with a dress slit up to the top of her leg is just wrong. Young girls need role models. Every female and all the young people were looking… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Kathy, while I understand your concern, it is unfounded. Angie will not be wearing any dresses with slits up to her thigh at the hospital, or in general. Now if her and Jesse go to an event…then it makes perfect sense. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I work in an office with a strict dress code – but when I go out to a party I dress differently, sexier. The cast photo they put out was meant to be sexy – not a reflection of their characters. This way they can attract a new (younger) audience. I am… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Are you saying that Angie never dressed “sexy” on AMC? Cause I remember a few outfits she wore where her cleavage was right in your face. Just because Angie is a DR does not mean that she is not a woman that likes to dress sexy, obviously not at work, but I see no problem with it cause the women on AMC and OLTL have always dressed sexy…..And the men have always been Hot……gotta love soaps LOL

Debbie Hamilton
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Debbie Hamilton

I am afraid AMC and OLTL are going to be taking a new twist to their programs. Showing more skin, being more sexually driven and more open with their use of nasty talk. Personally I hope this is wrong and our shows stick to their decent family oriented programming. When I saw that group picture of the castmates of OLTL and Vicortia Lord Bucannon sitting in her classy black sparkly dress with her legs crossed and a slit from her knee to her hip: I thought Victoria would never dress like that. I am not interested in a future of… Read more »

Dory
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Dory

The shows are going slightly more sexy and may or may not use expletives but they both have Agnes Nixon as a consultant on set and if you trust no one else trust Agnes to not let the shows she created go to far with anything.

bc
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bc

Actors who are children can be even more effective than hollywood’s typical models turned actors. Child actress quevenzhane wallis has no prior acting experience and she already has an academy award nomination. No experience necessary really for acting. While thorsten kaye’s other soap smash has tons of broadway and film and reality tv show veterans. Yet that musical soap is a low rated mess w/c had to be moved to saturdays bec of its dwindled audience share. Heck nbc is such a flop that Latino american channel Univision has higher total ratings. One of its telenovelas has higher ratings than… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I am happy to have these shows back and I’ll take them any way I can get them! There has always been characters and story lines that someone doesn’t like. You cannot please everyone all the time. But that doesn’t mean you stop watching, that doesn’t mean you don’t still love the show. If anything it shows how passionate we are about our TV families and love to discuss them. I look forward to seeing them through the ‘growing pains’ and watching this ‘younger” set grow and have the kids… 🙂 And a big THANK YOU to Prospect Park, the… Read more »

jas
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jas

Just watched and cannot believe this whole thing. It is a disaster and I, for one, do not plan to watch. Hate the new demographic (it sucks in real life, so why watch it on my computer?). I feel pity for the great old stars of AMC – they are so very talented. So sad that they have to stoop to this to make money. How about the theater, where your true acting skills would shine. This just looks like another ridiculous, banal blabber fest from a lot of empty-headed young wanna bees who will probably never bees! Thorsten, David… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Well, if you “don’t plan to watch”, why are you here?

Don’t you believe in giving something a fair chance? They have some very talented actors on board and some excellent writers as well. I’m happy that ALL MY CHILDREN is back and Internet viewing and new viewing devices are the window to the future. Broadcast TV will eventually fade away as more and more people choose Internet Entertainment.

jas
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jas

Well, Johnny, I am here because AMC was and still is my favorite program – with the original cast – and I continue to watch on SOAPNET. And what is currently on is taking place BEFORE the ridiculous Castillo family plot line appeared. What a relief! I like Michael Fairman and what he writes and so I am here, on his site, reading to stay current. I was as curious and thrilled as anyone else as to what was to become of AMC. But my choice was television – not the internet. I hate the net and am, unfortunately, at… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Hey listen Jas, I wasn’t pronouncing a Judgement on you in any way. If you don’t want to watch, that’s fine, don’t watch.
I understand that it’s not like the “old days” of ABC-TV’s “All My Children” but I think it is great that the shows are back, and the storylines could be great.
When you say “I don’t intend to watch” – before the shows have even aired – aren’t YOU passing judgement on something without (at least) giving it an honest try?
But still, that’s your decision and your choice –

Carmen Thomas
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Carmen Thomas

OH YEAH!!! BIG PROBLEM!! HULU REQUIRES A CREDIT CARD TO JUST SIGN UP!!!! AND IT’S FREE BUT REQUIRES A CARD!!! HOW MANY PEOPLE DON’T HAVE CREDIT CARD ANYMORE??!! OR HAVE EVER HAD THEM?? Personally mine is maxed out & cut in half! ( lol-but not lol really) I JUST TRIED TO SIGN UP AND IT REQUIRES A CARD!! AND I KNOW FROM PAST EXPERIENCE THAT WHEN THEY REQUIRE ONE BUT PROMISE NOT TO CHARGE AGAINST IT… THEY DON’T…BUT IT HAS TO BE A VALID! CARD ! ONE ATTACHED TO YOUR NAME! YOU KNOW.. SO THEY KNOW THEY CAN GET SOME… Read more »

Carmen Thomas
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Carmen Thomas

Oh. I think you’re REALLY WRONG DUDE!! About people leaving traditional tv !! & going to Internet!!! WAKE UP ! YOU MUST BE AN ELITEST RICH SNOB! LIVING IN YOUR OWN LITTLE WORLD THAT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT HALF!! 1/2!!! HALF!! OF AMERICA DOES NOT HAVE INTERNET NOR DO THEY DATA PHONES!!!!! DUDE! Or CHIC!! Whoever belongs to what I read above!! And I Thought I lived in my own little world!!! OMG ! & I DO! But at least IM AWARE OF THE REALITY OF THIS COUNTRY!! & EVEN FEWER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE LUXURIES IN… Read more »

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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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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