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Susan Lucci on working with Benard on "What-If's" and new Bianca!

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps was on the set of All My Children today for a very special announcement coming next Monday for fans of the show.  While there, we caught up with Susan Lucci (Erica) to ask her about working with Maurice Benard (Sonny) General Hospital in the upcoming “What-If’s” web mash-up series from ABC.com and SOAPnet.com, and how she feels working with her brand new on-screen daughter, Christina Bennett Lind, who premieres on June 15th in the role of Bianca.  Here are some excerpts:

Susan on working with Maurice Benard (Ex-Nico, AMC, now Sonny, GH) in the new “What-If’’s” web series premiering later this summer. “It was fantastic.  Maurice and I had been on our show together, and we always got along very well, but I don’t think we ever had a scene together.  I know when Maurice left All My Children, we both had these headshots with our hair wet and slicked back, and we looked like separated at birth! (Laughs) And, they had them up in the hallway of our studio. (Laughs) But, doing the “What-Ifs” with him… I loved it.  We both had a wonderful time. And we were very vocal about it! (Laughs)  We kept saying, “This is great.  We love working together.  I love you. I love you.  It was great!”

Susan on working with her new Bianca, Lind:  “Christina is wonderful, and is doing a spectacular job, and has big shoes to fill. Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC, and now Heather, Y&R) is a very special girl, actress, and human being, and we are close friends.  I don’t like to make comparisons because each person is an individual. So far we have had wonderful scenes together. Christina has a wonderful presence, and a really nice sensibility about her.”

Susan on if Christina has come to her for any advice: “No, she hasn’t it.  As scripts would come up, and if there was a part of our character’s history that I thought she may not be aware of, I would say to her, “Do you know about this?”  And she basically does.  She has been filled in on all of it very well.   She is a lovely actress.”

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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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