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The stars of ABC Daytime take to the stage at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 2010 Benefit!

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Our little spies were out in full force last night in New York City for the 6th Annual ABC Daytime/SOAPnet  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit at Town Hall. Taking center stage where stars from All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital who sang and danced on Broadway for one night only in support of  the cause.  So, here were some of the huge highlights!  In a skit titled, There’s No Place Like Home written by OLTL publicist, Lauri Hogan, a lucky fan, Melanie Butler, got the soap loving opportunity of a lifetime.   Melanie bid on the auction item to perform in the skit.  Reportedly, she rehearsed on Saturday and knew her lines  very well going into Sunday’s Broadway performance.  Then the gal was the envy of every woman in America when she did the skit with OLTL’s David Gregory (Ford), GH’s Brandon Barash (Johnny) and AMC’s Adam Mayfield (Scott).  In the Wizard of Oz send-up, Gregory had no heart, Mayfield had no brains, and Barash had no courage.  The clever skit even found a way to work in Stacy Moraso’s boots, when Melanie put them on during her trip through Soap Opera Oz!  And yes, Gregory re-enacted the famous “bucket scene” from One Life in Oz too!

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GH’s Tony Geary (Luke), Nathan Parsons (Ethan) and Brandon Barash performed  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Geary also performed solo, American Dream from Miss Saigon.  OLTL’s Jason Tam (Markko) brought down the house with Too Darn Hot. Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL) who was celebrating her birthday performed a number from City of Angels. GH’s Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) delivered a stirring rendition of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. The View’s Sherry Shepherd made Mary Proud with her new version of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. The host with the most, Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC)  this year had a special co-host!  That distinction went to Lee Cummings,  who won the opportunity via the show’s auction to be Cam’s hosting partner.

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Bree Williamson and her best gal pal, former OLTL star Beth Ann Bonner performed a musical duet, and it really gave the audience a chance to see a different side of the talents of a woman who has played Jess/Tess/Bess and now a teenage Jessica.  David Gregory also surprised.  He has quite the singing voice!  AMC’s Bobbie Eakes (Krystle) performed a clever number from Young Frankenstein, and worked in a name familiar to Pine Valley residents, “David Haywardstein”. We will more on the performances and the benefit tomorrow at On-Air On-Soaps!

1.6 million dollars has been raised by the ABC Daytime lineup in over six years to help this most important cause.  For more on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, check out their website!

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The show was so amazing this year! Everyone really amazed me with their talents you don’t get to see on daytime tv! I also wanted to say that the young lady, Melanie, who did the skit was so fun to watch. If she can do drama as easily as acting in front of all those people, she would make a great addition to one of the shows! Also, Natalie Hall (Colby) was so impressive! She should audition for a full Broadway show!

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Dee

Never let it be said that Daytime television isn’t filled with insanely talented people! The performances were amazing, but I was particularly blown away by Jonathan Jackson. I knew he could sing, but I had no idea he could sing like THAT. My jaw is still on the floor!

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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