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Jennifer Bassey Tweets: "Wonderful Surprises on AMC In Next Few Months … Sworn To Secrecy!"

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OK so what is up with the possibility of David Canary and Jennifer Bassey joining the Prospect Park’s All My Children?  Will Stuart and Marion and of course, Adam, be part of the canvas?

Well in a tweet a few hours ago from fan favorite Jennifer Bassey (Marion Colby Chandler) looks like something IS on the horizon when she stated: “News. there will be some wonderful surprises in the next few months on AMC.  That’s all I can say right now. Sworn to secrecy. xxxx J”

This came on the heels of some prior tweets in which Bassey originally revealed that she and Marion were not coming back to Pine Valley, and that was then followed with a new tweet saying she was indeed meeting with the the new producer of AMC to find out what is going on!

So would you be happy to see Marion back in Pine Valley?  Do you think David Canary could be dropping in too?  Let us know your thoughts!

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B Tripp
B Tripp

Oh please bring them all back. I want Scott Chandler and Colby too.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I would love to see Jennifer Bassey, but would be even happier if David Canary returned. IMO he would be the biggest asset to the canvas!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Well, I would have to add Michael E. Knight would be up there with David Canary on my “must-have” list. Can’t forget Tad. He’s been my favorite since I started watching AMC.

su0000
su0000

At the end. The Chandlers and the Martins had but 2 or so left to carry on..
The core families were on the endangered species list ..
I wonder if and how they could be rebuilt..

mike
mike

They never used her enough, great character, great actress

Ella
Ella

Yes! Missed Marion so much when she was written off the canvas.

Blake
Blake

Marian, Adam, Stuart, Dixie, and Tad all need to come back to AMC!

Torrey
Torrey

Yes, but don’t bring back Jamie Luner as Liza!!!! Please try and bring back the one and only Marcy Walker. She is the one and only Liza in my book. And the chemistry that she had with Tad, Dixie, Marion and Adam was unbeatable.

Blake
Blake

Yeah but it seems Marcy is retired from acting, she’s big into her religion, I believe Christian. Maybe a recast Liza would help. People have mentioned Beth Chamberlain that played Beth on Guiding Light and I think she could be good. She definitely has the chops.

Violet
Violet

I agree!!

Torrey
Torrey

You know Blake, they should have given that role to Beth Ehlers when she came on AMC….she had good chemistry with Tad, but they blew her storyline to pieces and wasted her talent. And I’m from the school that on some characters, just don’t recast because it won’t work. Liza was played to a T by Marcy, so I just don’t think they should recast it.

marfa
marfa

The show would be boring without David and Stuart. Hope they bring him back, if they do, then I might think of watching again. And don’t forget Brook.

mary
mary

I hoped he was coming to.Someone had posted he was in bad heatlh.Hope its not true.Adam is the monarch of the family and Sturat the loveable one.

Johnny
Johnny

I did not think that David Canary wanted to return ~ but then again what would Pine Valley be without Adam Chandler – but we have to realize that these are NEW shows, a new inception of AMC – they will be introducing new characters I’m sure and some fans will like it and some may not – the soaps are being launched into unchartered waters and just how they will float is anybody’s guess (how’s that for poetry) ~

Jay
Jay

I miss hearing her say “Darling” in that breathy voice….Please bring back Marian!

twinkle mcjingles rosenkrands-embreuses
twinkle mcjingles rosenkrands-embreuses

stuart is a must have!! lol..

Patrick
Patrick

I hope we get to watch Jennifer Bassey…. Marion is GOLD.

At the “ending” of AMC….. it was the scenes with Marion and Stewart (coming back to life) that had me sobbing…. my favorite “ending” off…..

I’d like to salute and Commemorate the superlative…. ubber talent… Marcy Walker…. Liza….. Mother and Daughter ran with the gamut of emotions…. They transcended.

Marion and Stewarts’ loving relationship beamed….

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Love just love David Canary.

Patrick
Patrick

Ms. Bassey is a wonderful actress and in the final months showed her comedy chops as well! Hope we will be seeing her!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I believe that means that David Canary will be on board. Julia Barr is rumored to be returning also, so with both of his leading ladies on board – he can’t be far behind. Also noticed we haven’t heard from Michael Knight or Susan Lucci yet.

I do understand this is a reboot and not all characters will be returned…but to start, you really must have Tad and Erica..

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

David Canary is just the best……..It won’t be the same if he doesn’t return. I love Tad……he needs to be with a woman that will love like he does. Hope Erica can get out of the contract she has and also that Kendall and Ryan will return.

Lia
Lia

I would love to see her back. She was once a major player on this show, and I would love to see them take Marion back to that.

Dannett Scappaticci
Dannett Scappaticci

OMG this is wonderful. I love Stuart and Marion, not to mention Adam! How can ya have All My Children without Adam Chandler LOL? Yes I know JR is coming back but Adam Chandler Jr is NO Adam Chandler Sr LOL…..

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Glad JR iscoming back too.

Dannett Scappaticci
Dannett Scappaticci

Me too just wish it was JY, but maybe he can come back after his contract with the other show is up….Loved JY!

Stacie
Stacie

Does anyone know when it will be up and running? I’m having some fars that I may miss the beginning

Stacie
Stacie

Fears***

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

PP hasn’t announced it officially yet, but it looks like AMC will start shooting in late February-projected for a potential early April start

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Can you see the first show now?????

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Should never have been canceled in the first place. I am sick of cooking and eating shows.

Dannett Scappaticci
Dannett Scappaticci

I agree and your not alone if I want to see a cooking show I will turn on the Food Network LOL

susan M.
susan M.

I am sick and tired of cooking shows & eating shows like ‘The Taste”. Give me a break with that one. Yes all these cooking shows should be directed to the Food Network where they belong. Never watched one ever and never will. They
don’t interest me in the least. I rather go to my cooking book not these cooking
shows!

Cassie Hicks
Cassie Hicks

Yes, and yes! Let the fun begin!=)

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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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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