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REPORT: All My Children's Mike Minor, Ex-Brandon Kingsley, Dead At Age 75

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An item over the weekend from Programming Insider indicates more sad news for All My Children fans, and those of the romances of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).   This past week on January 25th, Mike Minor, who played Brandon Kingsley on the iconic Agnes Nixon series reportedly passed away from cancer.  Minor was 75 years old.

Soap fans will recall that Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), who was down on her luck at the time met, a charming and handsome CEO of the Sensuelle Cosmetics company, Brandon Kingsley.  The new man in her life eyed to have Erica become the spokesmodel for the company.

At the time Erica was married to Tom Cudahy (Richard Shoberg), but her ambitions got in the way and they divorced.  Leaving Pine Valley behind, she started a whirldwind romance with Brandon as she rose to the top of the modeling world.  But eventually Erica’s affair with Kent Bogard, and Brandon’s betrayal that he already had a family and two kids crashed their love story.  Minor appeared on the show from 1980-1982.

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Mike Minor’s most memorable role was that of Steve Eliot on Petticoat Junction for over four seasons. While on the series he met and married his co-star, Linda Kaye Henning. The couple was together for five years from 1968 -1973.  Minor was also known for his singing voice.

When Petticoat Junction left the air in 1970, Mike began to work in daytime soaps appearing on The Edge of Night, As The World Turns,  Another World, and  All My Children.  His final TV acting appearance was on a 1993 episode of L.A. Law. 

Share your condolences for Mike’s loved ones below.  Do you remember Brandon and Erica’s love story on All My Children?  Post your thoughts below.

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Melissa
Melissa

Remember him so well from Petticoat Junction. So sad to hear he’s gone.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yeah..me too..he was the guy who landed there in his airplane…i did watch him on AMC…two of Ericas leading men gone so closely together…so sad.

Penny
Penny

Yes – I’m sad, too!

Timmm
Timmm

How cool was it that he married the women on the show in real life that he was courting at the Junction! Rest Mike.

Cindy
Cindy

Well, for five years, anyhow.

S. Davis
S. Davis

I remember him years ago on Petticoat Junction. He married the youngest girl on the show and in real life.
I didn’t realize he was 75. RIP Mike.

Mark Page
Mark Page

I definitely remember him on ALL My Children as Brandon. He was married to Sarah and had a daughter named Pam. Wow. Sad to hear of this news.

Shay
Shay

Checked into that “Shady Rest in the Sky” to meet up with Uncle Joe, Kate and Billie Jo Bradley. Oh, and Mr. Drucker, too!

Debbie Danner
Debbie Danner

I am so sorry to hear that mike minor has passed away i used to see him on petticoat junction and all my children. My condolances go out to his family. Debbie Danner

james r
james r

Rest in peace. Loved Petticoat Junction.

Anna Reeve
Anna Reeve

To Brandon’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. Seems just like yesterday I was watching him on All My Children. Brandon will continue to be loved and missed by many. R.I.P. Brandon

xaraxara
xaraxara

My condolences to Mike Minor’s family, he was a talented actor with a terrific, distinctive voice. I recently watched a few episodes of Petticoat Junction, such a great old show! I especially love the episodes where the train is decorated for Christmas – I still remember seeing it for the first time as a young child. Brandon Kingsley was among my favorites of Erica’s husbands on All My Children. I still miss All My Children and One Life to Live.

Nicky
Nicky

Pissed that Erica couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge his passing.

Cherry Houck
Cherry Houck

Hello,
My heart is broken to hear of Mike Minor’s passing. I grew up watching Petticoat Junction.
I was so young watching when Steve and Betty Jo got married.
I was ecstatic when they got married in real life. He was so handsome and charming. He will
never be forgotten. I wish I had gotten an autographed picture. May God bless his family
at this time of bereavement.
Thank you!
Cherry Houck

Lee Godart
Lee Godart

RIP Mike, and my condolences to your family–I remember many a late night carousing in Manhattan in the Eighties—good times— thanks for the laughs!—Lee Godart (Kent Bogard, AMC)

Peggy
Peggy

Brandon Kingsley and Kent Bogard on the loose in Manhattan in the 80’s- I can imagine and wish I were there! Loved you and Mike on AMC and hope you are well and no longer seeing Connie Wilks/Silver Kane! xox

Heidi
Heidi

My condolences to the family. I smile when I watch re-runs of Petticoat Junction nowadays, as he was my big crush as a child – the choice of husband for my Barbie Doll when playing as a little girl! What great memories, and what an impact someone you never knew can make on your life. I’ll always remember him fondly, and imagine so many other folks my age do, as well. God bless those who miss him.

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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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