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Julia Barr speaks about her departure and brief return to AMC!

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One of soap opera’s favorite leading ladies, Julia Barr is back to Pine Valley and All My Children for the soaps 40th anniversary episodes on January 4th and 5th.  In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine, the actress discusses her leaving the soap opera back in 2006  after ABC wanted her to go off-conteact and work as a recurring player.  Barr chose not to stay with the show under those terms.  What followed was  a decision  made by some powers-that-be at AMC to not give Barr a proper exit after decades with the series.  Now, as we had into 2010 with that behind her, the actress opens up about her return to the little soap town that made her famous.  Here are a few excerpts:

Barr on her being written off with no exit scene…”It was not an appropriate way to go. After being on the show for so long the character needed some kind of closure and so did the fans. For whatever reason that didn’t happen. Now, hopefully, it will.  I would have liked to have kept working if there was story for Brooke but that’s something I had no control over. I know people miss the interaction [that might have been]. I’m saddened by the loss of historical characters on AMC. When they killed Dixie with the poisoned pancakes, it was like the death of romance. For me, that was worse than my own exit!”

On what she has been working on….”Jill Larson [AMC’s Opal] and I are developing a series that she’s been writing for the internet We’re editing the teaser trailer now. Linda Dano is in it with us. It’s called The Vindicated, about three women who are at a point in their lives where they are without their male counterparts for different reasons. Hopefully it’ll see the light of day.   It’s been a steep learning curve for us on the internet. The show is a little out there. That’s the business side, the other part of my life finds me doing whatever I want to do because I no longer have a schedule that constricts me. For such a long time I was fully busy with AMC and raising a family and now it’s such a nice experience to just go off to the theatre or have lunch with friends whenever I want to.”

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I’m glad Julia Barr’s Brooke English is making an appearance on AMC for the 40th anniversary. The fact that tptb could not create story for the lovely and talented Barr and the way they mis-handled the exit speaks volumns on why this show is on a decline. It wasn’t only her legacy character that got screwed over, besides Dixie, there’s Edmund and Maria and Julia Santos. We will see how they handle the 40th show and the returning characters. If it’s going to be a 5 min thing with 15 sec flashback then back to the Ryan story 90%. Very… Read more »

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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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