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WATCH: Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Version: Stars Of AMC and OLTL Shares Their Remembrances

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During the 44th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies on April 30th, attendees and fans online were treated to a touching segment and tribute to the late and iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon.

While Susan Lucci anchored the tribute with her speech honoring the woman who launched her career and created her character of Erica Kane. she also introduced a clip package produced by On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman featuring several former cast members from both of Agnes’ daytime drama.

While for time, the segment featuring those actors and more had to be kept short and tight, the extended version is now available online, which tells the story of Agnes’ journey, the impact Pine Valley and Llanview had on the audience, the seismic cancellations of both soaps, and ultimately Agnes’ passing.

Photos: Alec Hilliard and Damien Drake

Fairman went back to tell the story the way he originally envisioned the piece featuring emotional and riveting moments from: Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL), Thorsten Kaye (Patrick, OLTL and Zach, AMC) , Peter Bergman (Cliff, AMC) Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC) Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC), Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Brynn Thayer (Jenny, OLTL), Robert S. Woods (Bo, OLTL), Kim Delaney (Jenny. AMC)  and Andrea Evans (Tina, OLTL).

The Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Tribute was originally posted on Michael Fairman’s You Tube channel, The Michael Channel.  You can visit the channel and subscribe for my features to come.

Now, watch the extended Agnes Nixon retrospective tribute after the jump. Then let us know if it made you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more? And let us know whose story within the tribute touched you the most? Comment below.

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dmr
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dmr

When daytime television had talented actors and storylines devoted to real issues (with some exceptions). I miss daytime of the 80’s and (part) 90’s!

Lisa Z
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Lisa Z

This is a beautifully done production. I loved these shows especially in the 80s when I started watching. The actors gave wonderful tributes to Agnes and were honest in how she changed their lives. I found the remarks made by Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight to be the most moving and emotional. They all made me cry. The audience cared about the characters, and that is what kept us tuned in. I watched OLTL until the end, and this piece makes me miss the shows so much all over again. Thanks so much, Michael!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Thank you Michael for this wonderfully moving tribute. It is beautiful. Once again, thank you Agnes Nixon for All My Children and One Life to Live. I want to say more but I’m crying so hard that I can hardly type.

su0000
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su0000

Agnes Nixon . I heard of the legend and her legacy. However; seeing what I just watched it’s sad I wasn’t there through her time. Quoit- she cherished the ability to bridge the space between real and fantastic and make it all believable and- no one was ever safe not even the good guys.. “The Great and the Least, The Rich and the Poor, The Weak and the Strong, In Joy and Sorrow, In Tragedy and Triumph, You are ALL MY CHILDREN” I like that ^^^ .. If I were a Billionaire; I would create a network to rerun both… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

“You become part of the viewers’ psyche.” Michael E Knight.
This.
I’m not crying. Really.

Patricio
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Patricio

Thank You Mr. Fairman for the heartwarming tribute to a woman who touched more lives than anyone could imagine. Thank you to tha actors who shared their memories. They all showed such gratitude to this great storyteller. Let me add my voice as well. God Speed and God Bless !

Naomi
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Naomi

Om I’m crying.I miss these two shows like,an old friend.Great to see these characters I loved for so many years.Agnes was one special lady and so talented..I can’t beleive how emotional this was for me.Thank you to each of you for sharing with us.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many lives…actors and fans alike.

What a walk down memory lane..such nostalgia….puddle of tears over here….

Mary
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Mary

We need to bring back all my children and one life to live on abc we miss all the actor and actresses It is not the same they were a big part of are lives.we are hope to reboot them like they are rebooting so many other show now..Agnes was the one and only she will be very hard to replace

ShelleyDenman
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ShelleyDenman

This is just beautiful! The amount of respect these actors have for her is amazing and it says a lot about her. Great job Michael!

Beth
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Beth

Thank you so much, Michael, for putting this together and for treating Agnes Nixon and AMC and OLTL with the respect they all deserve. I love the group of actors you included in this tribute. These are veteran actors who were excellent spokespeople for the hundreds of actors who worked for Agnes. Michael Knight did me in. It was so great to hear him talk about that last scene on AMC where Tad toasted everyone. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Kim Delaney stayed in touch with Agnes even after she’d left AMC. Thanks so much for allowing us… Read more »

jeanette
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jeanette

that was a beautiful tribute. i miss those shows so much. and at the end credits, the amc theme played and i started to cry.

Barbara
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Barbara

I loved this. It was beautifully done and I think I cried through the entire thing. I still miss All My Children, the actors and the story lines and of course Agnes Nixon. Thanks so much for sharing.

brian
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brian

Bravo Mr. Fairman and thank you. And yes, i did “well-up” and it was so worth it. What more does ABC need to know ? These shows are still missed very much !

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

I grew up watching NBC and CBS soaps. But I kept up with other soaps by reading soap opera digest and soap opera weekly. Like Bill Bell, Agnes Nixon is a true legend.

Jay
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Jay

What a wonderful tribute to such an iconic lady.

One thing that I noticed about her work, particularly on OLTL, was that she would have the controversial storylines like the Cathy Craig drug story or Carla passed for white as well as traditional romance stories. She would interweave the characters and get the audience to invest in stories that they might not have otherwise embraced.

Becky
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Becky

Wow Michael. That was just stellar! I especially loved seeing the characters from long ago speaking of their time on the show and what Agnes means to them. A+++++

EastTXSoapGirl
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EastTXSoapGirl

love Love LOVE … exceptionally done … I think AD would be proud … and we, her fans, are eternally grateful for her life’s work … #AllMyChildren #OneLifeToLive

KATE CASH
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KATE CASH

What a gift this woman was to so many! She tackled so many issues with grace and dignity. Agnes, you will be missed.

Patrick
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Patrick

when actors “appreciate” GOOD writing man!   the acting mindset… there was no limits the audience :  feasted the combined RAW TALENTS of headwriting and just combustible acting… soared I HOLD ON to ALL my years and decades of watching this beloved genre. you can feel the welling up of emotion… dam spill this genre had power, respect, awe inspiring, the whole canvas in sync.   for all the actors who were and or ARE still a part of this .   heartfelt reach. Michael E Knight – what a man he turned out to be , right?   Tad the Cad… MEK is… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: @Peter Bergman. thank you thank you thank you for the kind, humbled, heart reach. I would have loved to have @minimum shaken James Mitchell, ( ex-Palmer Cortlandt, AMC ) hand… hug too. I loved the dance… between Palmer and Adam. this is how Shakespeare entered serial. everyone else who courted with… were just happy to be . yet I truly believe the words of Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight when they share just how ???? amazing it is to have worked with the best. like any other fan… @the emmies… I would have liked to have seen James… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Michael, thank you for the wonderful tribute to Agnes Nixon. It was a delight to see the performers in the show clips and your on camera interviews.

OLTL is one of my all time favorite TV shows, first started watching it about the time “Cathy Craig” was a teenager and her drug addiction story. I think that may have been around 1969.

I hope to see Erika Slezak again, always wanted to see her in a stage play.

Keep up the excellent work, Michael.
Thanks, Mark

John Gibson
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John Gibson

Beautiful tribute!

ASHLAND CRIPTON
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ASHLAND CRIPTON

I just miss these shows so much…

Everett
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Everett

Beautiful! Thank you Michael.

blake
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blake

Great tribute to Agnes Nixon!

Seeing Andrea Evans makes me miss her on soaps, she was great on OLTL and Passions. I wish she was still on daytime.

Margie-Rose
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Margie-Rose

Michael thank you very much.

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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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