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Susan Lucci Joins Lifetime's "Army Wives" for Multi-Episode story Arc!

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Breaking news this afternoon! Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) has signed on for her first television role post-All My Children!  The soap icon will be appearing in a multi-episode story arc of Lifetime’s Army Wives! Lucci will appear in at least two episodes and maybe even more for the sixth season of the series!

According to TV Line, “Lucci will play the wife of a retired general who gives Kim Delaney’s Claudia valuable advice on how to deal with a potential rival.”   Army Wives also gives soap fans an inside hook, as it will reunite Susan with her former AMC castmate Kim Delaney who played Jenny Gardner.

Now with that being said, does this mean Susan has moved on from life in Pine Valley, and is not reconsidering an offer from Prospect Park to join AMC in some capacity when it moves online next year? Or, perhaps, it’s just a great fun choice role that came up in the interim … and that Susan is looking at this point in her career to take on other roles?  Only time will tell, but it will be great to see Susan back on our television screens once again.

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Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

While it is great for Susan to have a new temporary role, it will be a huge disappointment if she does not remain in the role of Erica Kane. Disappointing because since April 15, 2010, every AMC fan fought to have this soap remain in some way, shape or form. Susan praised the fans in their fight. I am hoping she will remain faithful to her fans and sign up for the online trip. I am still missing All My Children very much. Having hopes of its return come January.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

I’m thinking it’s cool that La Lucci is playing a nice change-of-pace role for the time being! 🙂

Georgia
Georgia

That is fantastic news! I love Army Wives and Ms Lucci will be a welcome addition to the cast. “Erica Kane gives Jenny Nelson some advice!”

Torrey
Torrey

I just wish that we could get more news on the cast of AMC…..it’s seems like the news is few and far between. I agree with Nancy’s statement….the fans have fought really hard to keep AMC alive in one form or another, and I really hope the cast is considering moving along with AMC once it goes online. It would be devastating to have AMC return in January, only to find that the show is left with a skeleton cast….it would be hard to accept a version of the show that lacks so many familiar faces. Plus, I’m concerned that if Prospect Park can’t woo the talent to join up with the online venture, they will just scrap the whole show and focus their attentions on something else.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

It doesn’t look too promising for AMC to make the move. Lots of actors from OLTL have already signed up but only a few from AMC.

Jill Tidwell
Jill Tidwell

I hope this isn’t for good.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I imagine Susan Lucci and Prospect Park will come to some agreement, don’t you? Erica Kane is Lucci’s legacy and she will want to protect that. Even if Erica is in the “new” Pine Valley on a limited basis or for short-term periods (as Anthony Geary does on GH), everyone wins. I am hoping for a fresh start for AMC 2.0. I fear some of the lamer stories are the ones that will be kept on. I am so over resurrections and plots that truly strain credulity. AMC has strayed in the last years here and that is part of why ABC felt compelled to cast it away.

ethel
ethel

the reason abc felt compelled to cast away amc & oltl because when disney bought abc their ultimate goal was to get rid of day time soaps – to be sure gh will be next

Robynne
Robynne

Good for Susan! She should take every job she can before AMC starts again. I am hopeful she will go online with them. I have heard from a reliable source that Prospect Park is in intense negotiations right now with All My Children cast & crew. While we may not hear anything, it is happening! Yay!

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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Former All My Children Stars, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Donate 1 Million Dollars To Coronavirus Relief Efforts

We knew them when, and over the years, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have become households names since their humble beginnings as Hayley and Mateo Santos on ABC’s All My Children.

Now the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with her real-life hubby, and Riverdale star are swinging into action to help those in need affected by COVID-19.

According to PEOPLE: “The couple have donated $1 million to aid in relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Kelly and Mark’s contribution will be allocated in part to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City.

New York has been one of the U.S. states hardest hit by Coronavirus, which as of Thursday had reported 4,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths.

Many celebrities and pro athletes are jumping into action, making donations and helping others including” Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Ciara and Russell Wilson, JJ Watt, Kristen Bell and this weekend Rosie O’Donnell with her live-stream talk show for the Actors Fund.

What do you think of the good will shown by Kelly and Mark? Comment below.

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