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Jill Larson's Video Message To Fans On Shooting New Episodes Of All My Children!

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You can’t have Pine Valley without Opal Gardner there! And the folks at Prospect Park knew that too! Now although fan favorite Jill Larson (Opal) had been already announced as joining the revival of All My Children, Larson posted a very special video message to her fans with the help of Soap Opera Socialite Productions!

The message taped on January 23rd was just posted online over this past weekend on January 26th and in it, Larson details that in just 32 days, she and other cast members will be gathering in Stamford Connecticut to begin shooting new episodes of AMC.

Additionally,  Larson points out that come April fans should be seeing the new episodes online, which confirms what OLTL new co-head writer, Thom Racina had alluded to previously in a facebook post.

So if you do the math, it would be 32 days from January 23rd when the message was posted for when things will kick-off in terms of projected production of AMC.  Watch Jill’s message after the jump, and then let us know what you thought of it!

 

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Brian T
Brian T

Love her and this was very sweet of her to post. I sure hope they announce more actors soon so we can really look forward to this. Why have we not heard a word about Rebecca Budig or Eden Riegel or Walt Wiley?

Bmonika
Bmonika

Walt Willey had said on his fb page that he was not asked by Prospect Park to come back and Susan Lucci has a scheduling conlict – she is committed to a prime time show something to do with Divas and Maids

Bmonika
Bmonika

I heard Eden Riegel has other projects going on same thing with Cameron Mathison

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I see no reason why Susan Lucci couldn’t do it part time. Her show is starting soon so they must have filmed most of the episodes. Who knows if the show ill even make it past the first season because some shows are not doing well and then the networks cancel them. Anyway, the show needs Erica and Jackson and also her two daughters and Jack’s daughter Greenlee.

mary
mary

Susan Lucci is going to be on Lifetime Devouis Maids by Marc Cherry who wrote Desparate Housewives.Abc is going to put it on Lifetime after the fallout over GCB.She also has a show on Discovery ID.

Max
Max

This all just keeps getting better and better! And I think we can live without LaLucci if we have to. Would like to see Susan back, but so many key players are getting on board, I think the show will do great regardless!

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Thank you so much for that wonderful video message! She seems as excited as the fans which is fantastic! Thanks for posting that Michael!

Tricia
Tricia

Jill, so excited for you! This is great news for all daytime fans.Can’t wait to see so many great, hard-working actors and actresses back to work. Jill, you are wonderful. Love oyou, Tricia!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Pine valley won’t be the same without opal so glad to hear she will be back. Is Michael E knight coming back?I hope we will hear about more actors soon. Thank you Michael for your updates.

Rose
Rose

I am really getting excited about the return of both All my Children and One life to live, can’t wait to watch my two favorite soaps again.

su0000
su0000

Great news. Looking forward to April..
But- how many have singed on from AMC??
Not much has said about about the AMC cast ..

Bmonika
Bmonika

the list is on soapcentral.com for both soaps

su0000
su0000

Thank you 🙂

Becky Cloutier
Becky Cloutier

! cant wait!!! Sooo excited!

Blake
Blake

So glad that Opal will be back. Hopefully Susan/Erica will be able to come back, what is AMC without Erica? But I’d also love for Tad and Dixie to be back full time also.

mary
mary

Want to see Tad,Jack,Jake,Krytal.Greenlee ask to.eed as many as the orginals as they can get.Sine they have a baker now they can afford good quality soaps.They change it nd phase these stars out I will not watch for a cheaper younger version.Didn’t fight all this time to make a different soap.

Johnny
Johnny

They will have to do some re-casting of roles, whether fans like it or not – they can “write around” Kendall for a while and they can “write around” Erica. But many of the actors have moved on to other projects. As long as they have the basic actors they will be able to maintain a semblence of what Pine Valley was ~ but fans will have to accept new actors, even if it’s on a temporary basis. I think there have been four Bianca’s by now, they can re-cast that role surely once again and other supporting roles but I do understand that recasting Erica Kane and Adam Chandler would be difficult for fans to accept.

twinkle mcjingles rosenkrands-embreuses
twinkle mcjingles rosenkrands-embreuses

yess we ne
ed opal and especially tad,dixie, and little kate,heard they were recasting j.r.

su0000
su0000

The worst ting that could happen to AMC is to bring 3 times dead Dixie back, again .. 🙂

mari r.r.embreus
mari r.r.embreus

incorrect!! dixie’s return was importanat when she returened the last year of AMC , and its always good for Tad’s daughter Kate with her,but ty for your mistaken opinion!! lol..

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

“Mistaken opinion”? Classy.

Johnny
Johnny

Actor Jacob Young who played J.R. from (I think) 2003 – 2011 is currently not available due to being on another daytime drama. So, I heard that they are
re-casting the role of J.R. ~ an important role as he is Adam Chandler’s self-destructive and not always so likable son. I think that we can expect to see many
other casting changes, but if they are competent actors assuming the roles I think it would be acceptable to fans over time.

mari r.r.embreus
mari r.r.embreus

YES IT WILL , HE’S ON B&B, AND MANY ACTORS CAN BE RELACED ITS HAPPENED BEUCOUP TIMES ON MANY SOAPS IF NOT ALL !! J.R. WOULD BE A GREAT ROLE FOR ANY YOUNG ACTOR!! LET’S HOPE THEY CAST WELL !

MK
MK

I am suspecting that either Tad or Erica was the shooting victim and is in a coma. Opal would be at the bedside of Both. Later when SL or MK are available then they can wake up. Remember SL didn’t first appear in 1970 until a week later.

Patrick
Patrick

Cute…. she was right and smart to say sequal….

her energy is so bubbly…

too much expectation… let it be what it is….

(my soap stars are employed!!!)

i want to believe – that no word on Tad – The big Prize! The icing on the cake, if you will….

mari r.r.embreus
mari r.r.embreus

hopefully erica as the actress is very busy on 2 other shows on cable and kendall hart returns so we will have one kane woman left to deal with as well as her hubby played by thorsten .

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

OK, I’m weeping with delight at this news!! There’s no WAY I’m gonna stop watching Days (at least not without one or more of the DHs on…) but WWWWOOOOOO HOOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOO I’m THRILLED to see that AMC is coming back! And to hear that Agnes Nixon is directly involved?! That’s the icing on the cake, baby!!! HAPPY DANCE!!!!

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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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