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Susan Lucci To Reunite With All My Children Cast & Guest Co-Host Home & Family!

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Courtesy/Home&Family Hallmark

Daytime icon, Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane, AMC) is about to become a special guest co-host for a week’s worth of episode on the Hallmark Channel’s morning talk show, Home & Family! People.com revealed the news that La Lucci will begin her co-hosting duties next week beginning with the Monday, January 30th installment. Home & Family airs at 10amest/9amcst.

Viewers can look for Susan to participate in every aspect of the morning program, including cooking, playing games and sharing personal stories with viewers. Lucci will also be joined by her husband Helmut Huber and two children: her son, Andreas, and daughter, Liza Huber (Ex-Gwen, Pasions).

But of special note to All My Children fans, circle your calendar for the February 2nd episode when Susan will host an AMC reunion with former cast members including: Peter Bergman (ex-Cliff; Jack, Y&R), Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee; Hayden, GH), John Callahan (ex-Edmund), Kim Delaney (ex-Jenny), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Laurence Lau (ex-Greg), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Kathleen Noone (ex-Ellen) and Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca).  A tribute to the late Agnes Nixon is also on tap!

So, looking forward to the AMC reunion and Susan’s hosting duties? Comment below!

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Marva
Marva

Walt should be there, unless he his busy….

cdee
cdee

Wonder if anyone can see it who does NOT get Hallmark channel.?

Iakovos
Iakovos

Might Hallmark be a home for classic soap reruns or a revival of one of the classic titles?

Rj
Rj

Good idea! Would be great to watch the reruns since Hallmark runs other reruns. If they could revive the classic titles would be good, but if not, if they could do periodic movies of AMC, OLTL (and other soaps), with the cast and related storylines of these shows. I know so much depends on rights of the shows, money, pulling the casts together (as many as they could get), etc., but Hallmark may want to think about it since there is such a loyal fan base.

Lisa
Lisa

I am so looking forward to it!

brian
brian

Let’s hope more good news on the way for a possible return of both AMC & OLTL

Yes, I still have hope.

Marilyn owens
Marilyn owens

I have just set my DVR to record these shows. It will be so great to see some of the old AMC gang. Just wish Michael Knight was going to be part of the program.

shirley Endres
shirley Endres

I can’t wait. I loved AMC and haven’t watched soaps since it went off.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Will definitely be on hand for February 2nd.

rocky83
rocky83

From your lips to God’s ears…..

Claudio
Claudio

I love Susan Lucci, she is a wonderful actress. I want to see Erica Kane on GH, that would be terrific. Too late to revive AMC and OLTL, ABC will not bring back AMC and OLTL, they will never admit there mistake.

Debbie
Debbie

I kicked the soap habit a long time ago, but became addicted again when Michael Knight
came to Y & R. I’m addicted again. I wish he would come back.
I hope I’m able to see the gang next week.

Silvio
Silvio

Looking forward to this. I’m from Brazil, Rio and AMC was the very first American soap I started watching.

Mickey
Mickey

Hi Silvio, I’m writing from Italy 🙂

Do you watch Globo/Record/Sbt’s novelas? Beside american soaps, I do love brazilians series 😉

Anne
Anne

My mother wishes that Dimitri Merick -who ever that was – would be on the guest list. She used to record All My Children just for him. Then when he left the show my mother stopped watching on a daily basis.

Pat Lang
Pat Lang

Wonderful! It’s a start. I would love to see All My Children have an ending (after 40+ years) of faithful viewing. ABC/Disney owes us this, but I would be happy with anyone providing an end to our wonderful soap. Still waiting!

dmr
dmr

Had my interest until the mention of Rebecca Budig-no thanks. I wish her annoying, obnoxious character (Hayden) would disappear from Port Charles.

Steven Turner
Steven Turner

I can’t wait to to watch Susan Lucci and, the rest of the All My Children cast I have missed watching All My children so much!!! 🙂

Sonja Mastrogiacomo
Sonja Mastrogiacomo

I can’t wait to see Susan host the show and I can’t wait to see some of the All My Children cast, wish they would all be there. I am still missing and mourning for the show. I watch Devious Maids just so I can see her, hoping that will be back on too.

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

It will be wonderful to see Susan and the AMC team but we need the real AMC back in our homes or at least Susan Lucci back on the screen. It is a tough world out there in respect to work but Susan deserves after her years of dedication and loyalty to ABC and the daytime genre – unlike others she always kept AMC first, she didn’t leave AMC even though she did other projects (she was the first to do tv movie of the week as a daytime star and actually score huge ratings even against her more famous night time stars). If anyone saw Devious Maids while she was not Erica Kane she was hillarious. Really good.

Lenore R Brown
Lenore R Brown

I missed the Feb. 2 Hallmark All My Children reunion. Will this be aired again?

Lenore R Brown
Lenore R Brown

Please air the Feb. 2, 2017 All My Children renunion again! I did not even know that this would be on the Hallmark Channel, or I would have recorded it on my DVR!

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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.

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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,

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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”

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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.

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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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