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PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children hits newstands tomorrow!

PEOPLE magazine, the world’s most popular celebrity weekly, announces the release of PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children, a collector’s special that chronicles the iconic soap opera, which ends its 41-year-run on daytime television this month. The 128-page commemorative soft cover book, which hits newsstands on September 9th ($11.99/US), is rich with dozens of brand new exclusive photos and interviews, insights from Emmy award-winning actress Susan Lucci and creator Agnes Nixon, and stories of the memorable scenes, favorite moments, crazy characters, groundbreaking plots, and legendary stars that made this show an American institution for four decades.

PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children takes a look at the woman behind Erica Kane, with a decade-by-decade profile of Susan Lucci – the actress who made her mark playing the most notorious vixen (with eight husbands!) in soapdom.

“I loved Erica Kane from the moment I read my first audition scene, and I will always love her,” Lucci tells PEOPLE. “She made me feel like I can fly.” She adds, “The show always had a mandate to inform as well as entertain. The story lines about drug addiction and gay teens…it was groundbreaking.”

PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children checks in on the actors who played the show’s favorite characters, such as Adam Chandler, Brooke English, and the first Opal Gardner. It also provides an all-access pass to the set including behind-the-scenes photos of the stars getting their makeup done and Susan Lucci lounging in her dressing room. There’s a rundown of AMC hunks throughout the decades featuring Josh Duhamel, Mark Consuelos, Aiden Turner, Keith Hamilton Cobb, and Cameron Mathison. A Pine Valley wedding album of the show’s most memorable nuptials is also included, from Cliff and Nina’s over-the-top extravaganza to Edmund and Maria’s luxe, winter-wonderland event to Bianca’s historic day.

What do Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, and the New Orleans Saints all have in common? They were all big AMC fans who got the chance to appear on their favorite soap, and their celebrity cameos are featured in PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children. Stars like Melissa Leo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amanda Seyfried and Jesse McCartney, who all got their starts in Pine Valley before moving on to work on the big screen and in prime time, are also featured. And PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children also pays tribute to the AMC stars that have passed on, including Ruth Warrick (Phoebe Wallingford), Frances Heflin (Mona Kane Tyler), and James Mitchell (Palmer Cortlandt).

The hardcover version of PEOPLE Celebrates All My Children is available beginning September 27th ($19.95/US) wherever books are sold and can be ordered online at www.PEOPLE.com/allmychildren.

So soapers, will this be on your must-have memorobilia for all things Pine Valley? Let us know!

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Kim Anderzak
Kim Anderzak

Sounds like it will be a wonderful tribute to such deserving actors! I can’t wait to get my copy and one as a gift for my aunt who is also a long-time fan. I hope this issue also pays tribute to the crew as well, for without THEIR talents, the show wouldn’t have maintained the quality it has for so many years!
Hats off to All My Children!! From the bottom of my heart…Thank you for “being there for me”!
(Oh, and I WILL be watching when AMC moves on-line!! See everyone there!)

Robynne
Robynne

I really love this idea and can’t wait to get the hardcover! 🙂

ethel
ethel

just reading this brings tears to my eyes – i have already pre-ordered the hard copy & can not wait to get it…………..

LUMI
LUMI

I got ours today at wal-mart,,,, Its a great book,41 years of AMC,actors from some of the other soaps are in there too,

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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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Soap Alums On Parade At ABC TCA Winter Press Tour: Photo Gallery

This week at the annual ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, the network introduced members of the media to some of the new shows that will be rolled out in the coming months on both ABC and Freeform.  Many notables, who started on the soaps, are in the casts of some of the more exciting new offerings.

In addition, several soap graduates, who are currently appearing on the network in major primetime series were also in attendance promoting the ABC line-up of programming.

Look no further than the photo gallery below to see: Bryan Craig, Denye Tonzts, Eric Winter, Sam Page, Eva Longoria, Jason George, Rome Flynn, and a host of others as they step out and pose for some photos.

So, are you excited to see GH alums, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan), in his new role as Javi on Grand Hotel? Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) in her new role on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists?  Check out the gallery, and let us know via the comment section.

 

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All My Children Reunion Coming Up On ABC’s Strahan & Sara

Some of your all-time favorites from Pine Valley are getting together to appear on Good Morning America’s re-branded Strahan & Sara ,formerly known as GMA Day.

Make sure to catch the show next Monday, February 11th when hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines welcome Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica), Jacob Young (Ex-JR), Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack),and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal).  And, you never know who else might pop up and join this group.

Strahan and Sara airs on ABC at 1PMEST/12PMCST weekdays.

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Are you missing Pine Valley? Here’s a chance to see some of these enduring stars together again.  Most recently, Home & Family back in February of 201,7 held an on-screen reunion for many notables from the series following the passing of its legendary creator, Agnes Nixon.

Will you be checking out Strahan & Sara next week for the segment? Let us know via the comment section below.

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