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Meet All My Children's Francesca James Video! Longtime Favorite Returns In Front Of The Camera!

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Well what can we say about this terrific video from the folks at The Online Network and All My Children!  Soap opera actress and daytime drama director and producer extraordinaire, Francesca James is back working on AMC, but not behind-the-scenes as a director or a producer or executive producer, as she has done previously with AMC, and in part with General Hospital, but as one of the new online revival characters named Evelyn Johnson! But is she really “Evelyn Johnson”? That remains a big question!

Daytime and AMC fans remember Francesca for her role as Kitty Shea Tyler, and later as  her identical twin Kelly Cole!  Francesca also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1980 for her work on AMC! In this newly released video which landed first at TV Guide, “Meet Francesca James”, the talented woman is seen coming back to work for the first time in AMC’s new Connecticut studios, and having some very humorous banter in the dressing room hallways with co-star Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater).  In addition, Julia Barr (Brooke) and Vincent Irizarry (David) add their comments on having this true soap legend back in the saddle as one of the series cast members!

And yes, you will hear On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman asking Francesca questions and commenting on her return to All My Children during the clips from an interview conducted at the Sleepy Hollow cast photo shoot in New York City a few months back.

So what do you think of Francesca playing a role on-camera on the new All My Children? Who do you think Evelyn Johnson will turn out to be?  Related to who?  What will be her “drama”?   Share your thoughts below!

 

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Kim
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Kim

Maybe David gets a momma? Or a thought dead wife for Adam?

Lin
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Lin

David had a mama. She was a horrible witch.

Kim
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Kim

She could come back! I actually dont remeber her! I only watched on occasion…i mostly watched OLTL!

Lin
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Lin

I’m almost certain she was killed. She killed his father or caused the father to kill himself. She was a maniac.

Patrick
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Patrick

horrible… yes. but… grifter”s’-

acted by the indomitable… “Marj Dusay”.

love her… Period.

Guiding Light was all that.

Lin
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Lin

This was a fabulous interview. Thank you! The best thing I’ve seen.

Mark in FLA
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Mark in FLA

Michael, you are so correct, Ms James is on of the best actresses ever on daytime. I admired her as Marcy W

Mark in FLA
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Mark in FLA

Michael, you are so correct, Ms James is one of the best actresses ever on daytime. I admired her as Marcy Wade on OLTL before she joined AMC. Her speaking voice is so distinct and wonderful to hear again. I hope her new character is somehow related to Kitty and Kelly.

Lin
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Lin

Michael, this does not have to do with this video, but why is there no way to reach Prospect Park /TOLN.? I found a FB page, but it turns out to be just a fan page. thank you for keeping us posted through all of this, Michael. You are the best. I didn’t discover your page til our shows were originally in Jeopardy but am so glad I did!

Kim
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Kim

I agree…there should be an address to write them…they should listen to viewers feedback!

Lin
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Lin

They should have a presence on Facebook or a “contact us” or something on their website. Heck, if they’d hire me I’d do it from home, if they’d give me info. There is no way to contact them at all. I found a site on Facebook that looks like it is them. Then I read really old posts and it used to be an “anti” Prospect Park site. And once it looked like the shows were coming on, it changed the name, and now it looked like it IS Prospect Park, but it is just a fan page.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

You can write to the stars here:
PO Box 110237 (for OLTL); 110236 (for AMC)
Stamford CT 06911

or contact PP via twitter:
@prospectpk or @toln

lisa
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lisa

Love Francesca – But I must confess I do hope it’s revealed that she’s actually Kelly Cole Tyler and that Linc (Peter White) is not far behind.
It would be nice to have some (old) stock of Pine Valley in the form of some Tyler blood (was there any left when AMC went off the air)?
In any case glad she’s back – in front of the camera.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is wonderful. I remember as Kitty/Kelly years ago when I did watch AMC and I’ve certainly watched episodes she directed on GH. Can’t wait to see her as a new character.

Mary Moore Fergen
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Mary Moore Fergen

What a fun video! It’s great that Francesca is back on the show again. Yet another reason to be excited for April 29!

heidi
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heidi

Love it!!! I remember her from years ago and she was fabulous!!! She looks great!!! Se’s going to be awesome and love that there are mysteries… will have to watch!!! I stopped watching AMC years ago and yet now that I know she will be back… wow!!! Love it!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I alway’s liked her! Nice to see her back!

Gracies BFF
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Gracies BFF

I am absolutely over the moon!!!

Welcome back Ms James… you have been off camera for way to long and I have missed you big time.

I have watched AMC since day one and Monday cannot come soon enough for me to say the very least.

EJ
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EJ

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! All I dreamed of was to retire and be able to watch All MY Children. I retired last July, and I have been waiting for you. Now my wait is over. I will be with you everyday. I have watched this soap from the very first episode b&w 1/2 hr.
See you Monday

Kathy
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Kathy

Wonderful news! Great actress! Yea!

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

One of my earliest soap memories was the Linc and Kitty pairing-though I ran into Kelly at some point, I’m sure. At any rate, this will be my first REAL exposure to Francesca-looking forward to it

Jody
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Jody

Love, love,love Francesca James……..great interview

Jonathan
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Jonathan

My first memory of her was as Marcy Wade 42 years ago!!

Kim
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Kim

Would love to see Gillian Spencer show up in Llanview claiming to be the real Viki Lord!(she did originate the role from what ive been told) Or is the war of two Todds, and the Natalie/Jessica storyline enough of the twin story? I still think the two Vikis would be fun to watch…especially if they turn out to be faternal twins like Nat and Jess!

David
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David

It seems incomprehensible that Brooke at least won’t say something about how much she resembles her cousin Linc’s wife. She and Joe Martin are probably the only character’s still on who really knew the Kelly Tyler character. She looks wonderful, and her spirit is as lovely as I recall.

Jody
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Jody

Hey Gracie. Actually, She was on in 2005 at Phoebe’s Funeral and that was 8 Years Ago. She was on in 2008 at Myrtle’s Funeral and that was 5 Years Ago. Maybe She Meant as Her Storyline was that They Moved to Switzerland. Francesca Took Care of Eileen in Real Life. Also, Ginger had It Wrong when she said that Francesca was on from the Beginning. Francesca came on in 1973. I Remember when Hal Short was on there and Somebody said He is A New Character. He was Actually Al Shea and He was her Ex Husband. He wanted… Read more »

Jody
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Jody

Hey Kim. NO, I want Erika Slezak to be Viki. Whenever I see Gillian Spencer, I Think of Daisy Cordtlandt. Jody

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karen l fredericksen

Hi, Michael Fairman, I just recently viewed your interview and video of Ms James! I am so happy that she is on the show as a new character! She looks fabulous! Do you ever get a chance to run into her? I am sure that a lot of people have missed her performances! She has accomplished greatness in her professional life. What a gift!Thank you, Karen Fredericksen!

Belinda
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Belinda

I kept racking my brain trying to figure out who Evelyn is!! I googled and it brought me here…..got my answer! Of course, it is Francesca! It had been so long! I loved her then……cannot wait to see where this goes! It feels so great to have the AMC family back in my living room again. Now if I could just get the GL family back too! thank you OWN for doing this……I hope it is not temporary!

Cathy
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Cathy

As soon as I saw her face, I knew she was Kitty, Link Tyler’s wife! Been watching a long time!

Lillian
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Lillian

I went to school with Francesca and watched her on the soaps and I must say she is just as beautiful as she was then, and so talented. We all knew she would succeed in anything she tried, Good Luck Francesca, welcome back to the front of the camera

Carol
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Carol

I too, went to school with Ms. James and knew always that she was going to become somebody special in the acting arena. She could act, sing, dance, and she was a brilliant student. She had it all. I don’t watch the soaps but wish Francesca the best in the years ahead I am sure there will be another emmy for her in the near future.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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