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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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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 Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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