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Happy 40th Anniversary AMC- What and who were you faves?

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A big congratulations are in order today to ABC’s All My Children. While the soap celebrates its 40th anniversary officially tomorrow on January 5th, ( things kicked off in Pine Valley back in January 5, 1970) it’s celebrating big-time with a special two part episode that airs today and tomorrow bringing lots of your favorites back to name Pine Valley “The Best Town in America.”  But while AMC has had its ups, and in more recent time, real downs, there have been some amazing storylines, moments, and social issues that had been part of the shows cornerstone. From Erica’s original “abortion”,  to Phil going to Vietnam, to Cindy dying of AIDS,  to Bianca’s coming out story and the first same-sex wedding on daytime, to Iraqi vet JR Martinez, AMC has touched upon many a hot topic.

And the romance!  Phil and Tara Brent were the original supercouple of AMC back in the 70’s, and the spoiler of course was a young Erica Kane!  The romances of Dimitri and Erica, Edmund and Maria, Hayley and Mateo, Nina and Cliff, Greg and Jenny, Jesse and Angie, Phoebe and Langley, Tad and Dixie, Trevor and Natalie, Zach and Kendall, Julia and Noah and Leo and Greenlee,  also had fans at times on the edge of their seats, and shedding tears of joy and sorrow.

But ah, those villains!  Vanessa, Cobra, Billy Clyde Tuggle, David Hayward, Michael Cambias, Greg Madden, Dr. Kinder, Ray Gardner, and many more that put their stamp on the poor citizens of P.V. that some never recovered and some of the above never did either, as they were “killed-off” which launched many a murder mystery for their crimes and behavior.

To the storylines:  these are some of On-Air On-Soaps most memorable favorites:  Brooke’s daughter, Laura dies, Myrtle’s funeral, Mona dies, Bianca’s coming out, The Miranda Baby Switch, The Maria baby switch (Erica took her!), Leo dies, Cindy dies of AIDS, Erica’s Alcholism/rape… and her brother Mark’s drug addiction,  Donna and Estelle in the clutches of Billy Clyde Tuggle, and any moment of the wildly entertaining Ruth Warrick as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, and don’t forget…Carol Burnett as Verla Grubbs!

Let us know your thoughts on Pine Valley favorite moments, actors, characters or storylines by replying to this post.  Happy Anniversary AMC from On-Air On-Soaps!

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greg
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greg

Unbelievable. No Phoebe or Grand Ma Martin. Who give a fuck about the shitty cast now. It’s the memories that keep Pine Valley alive.
Very dissapointing. Phoebe and Mona must be turning over in their graves.

Ginny
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Ginny

VERY disappointed in the 40th anniversary show. It was more like who’s on now and what’s happened in the last 2 years show. I wanted clips of FORTY YEARS OF SHOW. Where’s Margo, Billy Clyde, Ann, Paul, Pheobe, Dottie, Phil and Tara, Kitty and Kelly, Kent, Trevor, Janet to name JUST a few!!

liz
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liz

i watched all my children for yrs and yrs tad and dixies wedding nina and cliff my favorite actor that really made the show worth watching as billy clyde tuggle . that man was something elese wow what a villian he was always causing trouble. wish he could come back again i use to love watching him he was a great actor

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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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