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From Executive Producers Ricky Paull Goldin & Debbi Morgan, MTV's True Life Presents The Benjamins!

Two of your favorites from the world of daytime soaps have made this very special real life story come to a fruition to the masses, and it’s an important one!

From former All My Children, Guiding Light, Another World, and current Beacon Hill favorite Ricky Paull Goldin, and former All My Children star Debbi Morgan, along with principal EP Brian Flanagan, comes an important real life story of the Benjamin brothers, that will air next Saturday, April 26th on MTV’s True Life Presents The Benjamins! (7PMEST/6PMCST)

The cameras follow brothers Kenny and Brad who have autism spectrum disorder. The brothers  live with their parents in Bowie, Md., and are taking steps towards greater independence – they’re learning to shop for groceries and cook their own meals, preparing to get their driver’s licenses and increasing their social interaction by throwing a dinner party.

In addition to wanting jobs and girlfriends, “We want what lots of people want,” Kenny says, and both brothers aim to increase awareness of autism.   “We want the people to show great respect for autistic people,” Brad, 24, told PEOPLE. “Not to be called names. We have the same problems as other normal people do. We have challenges that can make it harder.”  We’re smart, we’re fun and we’re polite,” Brad says. “My bro’s nervous about being on TV because people might make fun of him. So am I. ‘Cause people aren’t always kind to us. They should be kind to all people who have autism.”

This special True Life Presents …  is an observance of World Autism Awareness Month. And in addition, this Wednesday in Washington D.C.,  The Grantham Hotel is hosting a reception in honor of Brad and Kenny in a show of support.  You can get your tickets here if you are interested in attending, and will be on the east coast.  And for more on The Benjamins, visit the show website here!

Watch a preview clip of True Life Presents The Benjamins below! Then, let us know what you think of the project from Debbi and Ricky?

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Mama
Mama

It’s on MTV though.

I stopped switching to that channel when they stopped playing music videos in 1999. Not even Cynthia Watros or Debbi Morgan can get me to tune back in.

ethel
ethel

OMG!!! this is just so awesome – i can’t wait to see it!! congrats to debbie & ricky!!

sami
sami

Looks awesome. Wow my heart goes out to those young men and their journey for independence, just plain beautiful.

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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Soap Alums On Parade At ABC TCA Winter Press Tour: Photo Gallery

This week at the annual ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, the network introduced members of the media to some of the new shows that will be rolled out in the coming months on both ABC and Freeform.  Many notables, who started on the soaps, are in the casts of some of the more exciting new offerings.

In addition, several soap graduates, who are currently appearing on the network in major primetime series were also in attendance promoting the ABC line-up of programming.

Look no further than the photo gallery below to see: Bryan Craig, Denye Tonzts, Eric Winter, Sam Page, Eva Longoria, Jason George, Rome Flynn, and a host of others as they step out and pose for some photos.

So, are you excited to see GH alums, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan), in his new role as Javi on Grand Hotel? Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) in her new role on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists?  Check out the gallery, and let us know via the comment section.

 

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All My Children Reunion Coming Up On ABC’s Strahan & Sara

Some of your all-time favorites from Pine Valley are getting together to appear on Good Morning America’s re-branded Strahan & Sara ,formerly known as GMA Day.

Make sure to catch the show next Monday, February 11th when hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines welcome Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica), Jacob Young (Ex-JR), Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack),and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal).  And, you never know who else might pop up and join this group.

Strahan and Sara airs on ABC at 1PMEST/12PMCST weekdays.

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Are you missing Pine Valley? Here’s a chance to see some of these enduring stars together again.  Most recently, Home & Family back in February of 201,7 held an on-screen reunion for many notables from the series following the passing of its legendary creator, Agnes Nixon.

Will you be checking out Strahan & Sara next week for the segment? Let us know via the comment section below.

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