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Hulu and All My Children Present "Opal Gets A House" – Behind The Scenes Of The Rebuilding of Pine Valley!

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Now All My Children fans, if this doesn’t get your excited, nothing will!  This afternoon Hulu and The Online Network’s All My Children released a very touching video which offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the rebuilding of the iconic soap town of Pine Valley!

As documented in the video, All My Children executive producer, Ginger Smith had to work fast and furiously with the scenic design team to build the new Pine Valley for Prospect Park’s online reboot of the series.  But for AMC favorite Jill Larson (Opal Gardner), this was a milestone for her character, because Opal gets a house for the reborn AMC!  Larson related her excitement when she said,  “In soap operas, when you have your own house, it’s a big deal!”  As you will see, Cortlandt Manor, Angie and Jesse’s house, and more of the town is revealed, as preparations began a few months ago to have sets for the story of All My Children to continue!

The beloved series will make its online debut with all new sets, all new excitement, and all new drama on Monday April 29th and will air in HD (where available) and will stream online via the free Hulu (www.hulu.com) service and to millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tables and PCs.

Now after the jump, watch “Opal Gets A House” and let us know what you thought! Pine Valley’s come to life, kids!

 

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I really hope that Opal is put front and center more, this time around. I think Jill Larson is an incredible talent, and it will be nice to see her have a chance to really carry some stories and spread her wings a bit. I always thought that she was overlooked and put in the background too much, just to play sidekick for Erica. Now, it’s time for Opal to shine!!! Thanks for sharing this video. The sets look beautiful!

I couldnt get the video to work for me but i agree Opal needs her turn to shine for a change…Jill Larson is a favorite of mine whom i met years ago, and not to use her talent in her very own front burner storyline would be just as bad when ABC cancelled these shows!

I agree Opal is a Riot, I loved her and her best girlfriend Erica They were awesome together! I can’t wait to see her and the all grown up Petey! The only thing missing is Palmer 🙁

I just remember how she pulled at your heart strings when they did the story about Palmer’s death. She gave such a touching performance. I know that Opal has always been the funny gal pal, but I really hope this go around, they give her a chance to really sink her teeth into a story, and give her some serious story lines.

Thank you, Prospect Park!!
You are bringing back the Power Families of Pine Valley..
The Cortland house/home with its’ reborn characters, will be full of great stories..
And the Hubbard’s will bring us drama from their home..
There will be a Chandler home, for sure..
hmm wondering if there will be a Martin home?
Just like the old days when core families had homes and hopefully now kitchens to gather in ..

I was wondering about the Martin house too, and if Lee Meriweather was going to make any guest appearances as Ruth Martin?

hmm there are no Martians to build a house for ..
No Ruth and Joe, they have retired and Jake & Tad have not signed on..
Dixie is not actually a Martin, she will be put with JR and the Chandlers..

So, if a Martin does return to PV, whomever will get an apartment lol ..

The actor I can never remember his name who played Jake is now on a CBS show, I think Y&R but not positive….I liked him as Jake too, So hopefully they can just recast him and they can build a house for A Martin LMAO!

Joe is still part of the reboot…so he will be shown!

Yah, shown once every blue moon ..
He is retired and on as a courtesy to have a Martin in town lol ..

To be current the once in a blue moon Martin house could be a retired Joe visiting in a travel trailer but there wont be many for him to visit without Tad or Jake there. lol lol lol

It’s looking really GREAT!!!!

I know this may sound corny but you know those wii sims game where you create people and build a town? I kinda wish they make some based on these soap operas…all 6 of serials. I think it might be a good way to introduce and attract the next generation of viewers to the soap world. Hell, even i would play and im such an old geezer…but i still think young.

This is awesome! Love that they are giving Opal a house!!! I can not wait to see all of Pine Valley!!

Yes, she can take the Martian boys in, if , they return..
Then Tad can live in his mommie’s basement .. lol

LMAO SU!!! Can you picture Tad the Cad’s Basement Apartment?? Having Opal coming down to do laundry LMAO!!!!

I think all this is great! The videos and interviews are great, much better than ABC ever did. Keep it up, I think the fans like to know what’s going on behind the scenes. I hope PP keeps doing this after the launch.

The sets look better than what ABC did. However, I hate to be the first big complainer, but here it is. If Pine Valley and Llanview don’t look like the familiar places we have come to know and love it just won’t feel the same. Some will have to be different, but places like Llanfair and La Boulaie need to look the same to be the same. Maybe it’s just me. 😉

What do you think of the updated interiors at Southfork on Dallas?

I am so thrilled. Gigantic thank you to Prospect Park for bring our beloved shows back to us.

Bobby Martin, who disappeared early on without explaination, should reappear without explaination saying some people think its bad to loose 5 years of Pine Valley but look at me…ive lost over 40! lol

That’s actually not a bad idea, Bring back Bobby! Everyone always said he was living in the attic LMAO!!!

Maybe Trevor St. John could play Bobby since OLTL already has RH playing the REAL TODD MANNING! LMAO!!!

Sorry joliefan but i had to bring up TSJ just one more time…maybe? lol

Now that AMC is supposed to be ahead 5 years, does this also mean the shows been on for 45 years instead of 40? im joking lol

I am totally in for OLTL and AMC and I was never a fan before. Great promotion and videos (especially here). Loved this look behind the scenes. Can’t wait for 4/29/13.

It is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much for giving our
soap back to us! To say this show was missed is just a understatment. When my mother paased 13 years ago we watched AMC just before.
Thank you

can’t wait!

I have missed AMC can’t wait!

I think it looks great and I too hope that JILL LARSON as Opal gets a stronger storyline of her own, she is so lovable both as the character Opal and in real life as well. If the sets don’t look EXACTLY as the old ABC-TV sets, well hey that’s okay time has passed in Pine Valley and I’m sure Jesse and Angie have moved and so has Opal evidently – am very much looking forward to tuning it to the folks of Pine Valley ~

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Josh Duhamel to Star in Netflix Romance Drama ‘Ransom Canyon’

Former All My Children star and Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo duPres) will star in a new romantic series for Netflix. The streamer is expanding its romance brand with the upcoming drama, Ransom Canyon.

In story, Ransom Canyon “charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country.” It is said to be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western rolled intoone.

Duhamel will take on the role of Staten Kirkland, said to be,”The owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch.” Staten is, “steadfast and stoic, and leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves.”

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Minka Kelly stars opposite Duhamel in the role of Quinn. According to the loglines, the character, “has often found herself in the shadow of others, but after a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she has returned to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself.”

The series has received a 1o-episode order. Ransom Canyon follows the success in this genre of show for Netflix s such as Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias. The show is created by executive producer April Blair, whoseTV credits include: Jane by Design; All AmericanHart of Dixie and the Gossip Girl reboot.

As for Josh, he has recently appeared in motion pictures in the Transformers franchise, as well as features such as Shotgun Wedding. and on TV, he appeared in the NBC miniseries, The Thing About Pam with Renee Zelleweger. Minka is best-known for her roles in Friday Night Lights and Euphoria.

So, intrigued by this new romance western drama starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly? Comment below.

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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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