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Prospect Park To Name Jennifer Pepperman As Executive Producer Of One Life to Live!

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Breaking news this morning out of Soap Opera Digest!  Their sources are telling them that Prospect Park has tapped former One Life to Live coordinating producer Jennifer Pepperman, who is also a former director at One Life to Live and As the World Turns, for the job as the new series executive producer as it begins production and moves online in 2013!

While again, no official press release or statement has yet to be released by Prospect Park (and the naming of Pepperman for the One Life EP job and previously mentioned Ginger Smith for the All My Children EP position) this item certainly makes it appear that things are rapidly ramping up to bring these two iconic shows into production again!

In addition, Digest also reports that Lindsay Hartley (Cara) is inking a deal to be  part of the AMC reboot (which was reported previously via Soap Opera Uncensored) and says that Prospect Park has “reached out to three other big name Pine Valley stars and has its sights on some OLTL biggies, too.”

So what do you think of Jennifer Pepperman as the new EP of One Life moving into its next phase with the upcoming web reboot?  Hartley signing on?  Weigh-in!

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MK
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MK

Hope Ron C will write for OLTL. There is no reason why he can’t do both (GH too) since he still lives in NY and the show will only be 30 min and 4 days a week.

Anthony
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Anthony

I agree – I’d like to see Ron still writing for the OLTL characters. Haven’t a clue who this Pepperman lady is BUT whatever get OLTL back in production is okay with me!!

susan M.
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susan M.

DOUBLE DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gloria
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gloria

Absolutely he could! Oh PLEASE PLEASE let this happen. What a great thing for 2013 with all the crazy, awful things going on. This would mean so much to so many.

Debbie
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Debbie

Thank God someone has finally had the brains to put 2 great shows back on the air or on line. Good bye ABC and general hospital we don’t need u to see our OLTL favorite stars.

John
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John

she also produced OLTL

tina
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tina

I think it is a good things I also think it is will be great to have my beloved show soap operas back on my hat goes off to those trying to put them back on the air good luck and I hope it makes it

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Fool me once?? … You know how the saying goes.

Ann
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Ann

Why isn’t PP releasing these announcements themselves? Why are they being so quiet? Still skeptical of the whole thing.

su0000
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su0000

PP has our e-mail address to notify us when and where to watch etc..
looking for mine to come !
and none of the TV networks make statements about what they are doing, why should PP .. We won’t hear from PP until they are near ready to launch. and promote, same as all the networks.

Joe
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Joe

Still not going to hold my breath on this til Erika Slezak says its so! 🙂

Torrey
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Torrey

Just read that Vincent Irizary is signed on to play David Hayward for AMC, so who knows maybe this time PP has their act together….but I’m still not holding my breath..LOL

susan M.
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susan M.

I wonder if any of the cast of OLTL signed yet with PP yet?????

Lj
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Lj

Maybe they’re waiting for ABC to buy them out and fix the mess they know they made

tina
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tina

please do not get our hopes up and then let us down again we miss in love All My Children and One Life to Live they are like part of our family that has been gone now for a year and we want them back we would love to have the original the actors back in their original rolls or characters if possible they make the show and we love them all

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree! I hope thet aren’t yanking our chains again! I would really like to see OLTL again! Yes Llanview!!!!

Tim
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Tim

The big question to me is,which actors will be returning? A few still live in the NY area,but alot have moved to Ca ,and gone on to other things.If PP is planning on bringing in recasts,then I won’t be watching.

skp53
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skp53

I agree. I’d love to know who has been approached to come back.

susan M.
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susan M.

If it were a re-cast, I will not watch it either. Has to be the original cast!

Marc
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Marc

When I see it, I’ll Believe it!

susan M.
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susan M.

ME TOO!!!

EDNA BAREFOOT
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EDNA BAREFOOT

I will not believe PP til I see OLTL back on. I don’t trust PP or ABC. They have lied before. Also if Erika Slezak is not on I will not watch.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with everything you said….. Without Erika Slezak OLTL will not be the same……….

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’m excited, yet cautiously optimistic. Fingers crossed!

Deb
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Deb

I’m SO with u on THAT!!! Just lost my mom so would LOVE 2 have my ‘escape’ back, tho I DO NOT need yet ANOTHER reason 4 tears. Puuulease let it be so!!! Will NOT wholly be convinced til I see it!!! As U said…FINGERS X’d Peace Out Peeps 😀

susan M.
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susan M.

Me too!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I want to believe….but am having a hard time doing so…

moshane58
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moshane58

I thought PP made a deal with Loraine Broderick the first time around to keep her on AMC writer and producer.Don’t like the sound of this.She knows all the characters on AMC.Seems like alot of lies here.They said they would keep it the same format.Already cut it down to a half hour.Now renaming producer not known to the show.What is it gonna be the new AMC and OLTL with unknown characters.

Blake
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Blake

Lorraine is working at Days now, she’s under contract there. I would not be upset if she could do both shows, same with Ron C. for GH and OLTL.

susan M.
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susan M.

Better be the original characters! Or I will not watch.

Carol
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Carol

Lindsay Hartley has signed on for AMC.

Cassie Hicks
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Cassie Hicks

It’s amazing that Ms. Korman has signed on to continue with “All My Children”. Now, if Ms. Smith starts reaching out to the rest of the remaining castmates of that soap, it’ll be easier.:)

Annie
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Annie

Think happy thoughts! Woohoo!

Michael
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Michael

I’m not holding my breath either.

Susan
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Susan

Here we go again!!!! I was getting used to the GH soap being on at 2 PM. What about Roger Howarth, Kriten Alderson, Michael Easton? They have their feet plante in Port Charles. I think it’s the New Yorkers wanting a soap because they want to have one back in NYC.
IMO, I think this will go nowhere and it will be a donedeal with the NYC soap lovers.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

I’m wondering also – how would this affect Todd Manning, Star Manning & John McBain? I would think PP would want some kind of residuals for the use of their character/likeness on GH. A month ago, Ron Carlavati said that John McBain/Natalie Banks aka-JOLIE story would continue, which show does Natalie (Melissa Archer)go on?Jolie fans have been waiting a year for her return. PP or ABC needs to get off the pot! Will be waiting for the real story.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

BTW – Recasts of the original cast members won’t do for me, either!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I remain wary, but I would love to see AMC and OLTL back in production. That said, I am preparing myself for new versions of each. As time goes by and in a new online format, I do not expect the same atmosphere or the same actors and characters. I expect a couple to establish the new series and get us on our way, but I am prepared for a lot of “brand new” should this come to pass.

Lisa Jaworski
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Lisa Jaworski

I’m just happy to hear there is progress!

gloria
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gloria

Me too! I’ll take them however we can get them & with whoever we can get. Anything would be better than what we have.

Lisa Jaworski
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Lisa Jaworski

I agree Gloria, something is better then nothing! I am also grateful that Michael Fairman is reporting anything he finds out.

Debbie Hamilton
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Debbie Hamilton

Okay, if these shows; OLTL and AMC are put back in production would be a blessing for all of us who have missed them so very much. But the question is… what actors are going to return to their roles? Starr is in contract to GH, So is Roger Howorth, and so is Michael Easton. Are they going to play both soaps? Or are all the roles being planned by new faces? The show will have same name but different actors. Alot of ifs if you ask me. Going to hold out till fat lady sings! I would love for… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

i just hope Jessica, Bree, And Ryder come back.

Rob
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Rob

Hope Jessica comes back with Bree and Ryder

Kim
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Kim

I hope this happens.

Julie
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Julie

I have remained cautious because our hearts have been broken before. However, if it happens, it will be wonderful. I think, because so many of the stars have gone their own way over the past year, it will take a while for the stories to come back. Maybe the all characters and their story lines will be able to return in time, or maybe they will need to be played by others. I think no matter what, it will take time to rebuild them, but that is ok, we are patient, right?

Lisa Boring
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Lisa Boring

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let this be true regarding OLTL & AMC!! I cannot tell you how happy this would make me & millions of other devoted fans! You really don’t know how important these shows are to our lives. If its not true, then please dont get our hopes up.

Val
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Val

Unless/until Prospect Park strikes a deal with the WGA (writers’ union), RC will not be able to write the new OLTL. Sadly ditto for LB and AMC, whom I really want as HW so I’d have a good chance of seeing my David/Cara/baby love/family story continue!

LINDA MALONE
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LINDA MALONE

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM BACK ON TV.BUT IF THEY PUT IT ONLINE I WOULD STILL WATCH IT.I HAVE WATCHED THEM FOR OVER 30 YEARS.I WAS SO SAD TO SEE THEM GO.

susan M.
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susan M.

Again all I have to say it better be the same characters that we have grown to love and watch for all these years! It wouldn’t be the same without ERIKA SLEZAK etc….

Rob
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Rob

would be nice if they could still have OLTL characters interact on GH, maybe have a couple of tie in stories to get people watching OLTL again.

I love Todd and Starr on GH, but it looks like they may be having a problem integrating McBain.

KAYE
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KAYE

Great news but still not sure the shows will be something I will watch. I need all my veteran actors in their roles. No HBS, Bob Woods, Erika Slezak, and Robin Strasser and I will not be watching.

jp
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jp

I hope this is true. I so want to have ONE LIFE TO LIVE back. Like many have said, its about the actors/actresses who played these roles we love. Of course, some recasts are inevitable. I can’t speak for AMC, but OLTL has to get Erika Slezak. I know she was one of the first to sign on originally. I truly believe PP will do whatever they can to sign on Erika. She is OLTL and the show needs to be based around her and the Buchanans.

I m keeping my fingers crossed. Love you OLTL.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Glad to see that OLTL has been victorious. Let ABC fail, but watch in misery and regret that they let their two soaps go. Glad to see The Revolution failed, as well as failing Katie and The Chew, and yet OLTL will be brought back!

Aria
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Aria

Doubt if abc will suffer like you would like it to, as abc still owns the show if prospect park succeeds in relauching amc n oltl abc will make $$$ of it .

Robert
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Robert

Fingers still crossed!

Kelly
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Kelly

I don’t doubt these shows will be launched and they may get some of the actors back but they won’t last. Any successful web series out now is done on a shoe string budget (single set or literally in a rented house) and not put out 4 days a week (I don’t care if it’s only 30 minutes). My fear is that PP pulled the rug from under us at the last minute once before which resulted in both shows (more so AMC) from getting a proper send off. So if they botch this up, this will screw the shows… Read more »

brian
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brian

Down with all the nay saying… I am just happy OLTL is being given a second chance and I for one, will be watching. Good or bad, we have been given what we all have wanted… until it’s up and running, I will reserve any judgement.

Ruth
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Ruth

I can’t believe that since AMC ended that a young talented actress like Lindsay Harley wasnt offered any other roles to play on TV.

Aria
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Aria

If both shows ( amc, oltl, ) are being brought back in a 30 min format with only 4 original episodes a week then they don’t have to get/ gather everyone back all at once. It’s going to be a reboot for both shows as neither show can just pick up where they left off, so, so maybe they’ll have some familiar faces mixed in with new characters an begin a new chapter to their long history. For fans to expect all their faves to return is unrealistic as some wont want to come back.

emtk
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emtk

I really hope this will happen for OLTL (and AMC)

Cathy
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Cathy

In the case of the OLTL actors already on GH, it’s not really a question of wanting to return or not. PP owns the licensing rights to the characters, & ABC is currently paying a “rental” fee to use them on GH. If PP decides it wants some or all of those characters back for the reboot, it won’t matter what the actors want – they won’t be able to continue playing those characters on GH. At least not permanently – not unless they agree to do the reboot. Roger Howarth can refuse to sign with PP, but that may… Read more »

Denise Pence
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Denise Pence

“Revenge of the Soaps” article by Alex Ben Block in the 12/14/12 edition of the Hollywood Reporter says there is a “ratings resurgence” for the current soaps still on the air. Fans are hyper-loyal & will find us on the web . . . too bad The Guiding Light is not among those finding the light on the web . . .

Ruth
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Ruth

One of the things to consider is that the soaps will be taped in Connecticut. The majority of the cast of AMC has settled in Los Angeles. I don’t think many of them would want to move back to the New York area for a half hour show only 4 days a week.

Jan
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Jan

That totally makers no sense. I know I would not.

Christy
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Christy

don’t know a thing about her, but power to her and hope this is a go — for real this time!

so, can anyone tell me, how do you “record and save” and online show to watch later??? like maybe I’d watch it after work, or like maybe I want to watch it years from now? Is there a way to save it to your own computer?

Christy
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Christy

only asking because I’ve never watched online programming… I suspose they would have it to click on for a while, like ABC has GH you can watch, but they only keep it for what a few days and it’s gone. I’d like to keep the shows to watch much later, or over and over.

Jan
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Jan

Interesting….

VIcky
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VIcky

OMG I AM SOOOOOOO excited that ONE LIFE TO LIVE could be returning!!!!
I grew up with that show and was soooooo sad to see it end… I will be waiting and excited to see it come back!!!! Thanks so much for giving it back to us! :o)

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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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