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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

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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.

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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Rachel
Rachel

I want all my children to come back to abc! They should have never cancelled it !

Ray
Ray

I am probably being over-sensitive, but I thought it was in poor taste that Strahan mentioned that his show now has “AMC’s” time slot. Does he not know this is still a sore spot with “AMC” and “OLTL” fans? But, I appreciate the show giving us a mini reunion. Since Cady was there, I would have loved to have seen her with Michael E. Knight.

Georgianne Nobile
Georgianne Nobile

Would have loved to see MEK too

Joyce Hamilton
Joyce Hamilton

Miss All My Children. Replace Strahan and get it back! So sad.

Knots
Knots

Pretty bad show!! Great seeing them all but it was like they were making fun of the show with those recreations. How many times did S\S say something about fans!?? ABC get the hint even from your ‘talent’ the fans want AMC back in the air!!

John Gainor
John Gainor

I too felt as if they were ‘mocking’ the show and I didn’t care for that aspect of it – they need to bring ALL MY CHILDREN back, plain and simple.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

There is no reason why All My Children and One Life to Live are not on the air today!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for posting the clips. It was great to see those cast members and know they are busy.

brian
brian

ONE LIFE TO LIVE is all I can say, other than BRING MY SHOW BACK !

Marianne
Marianne

Miss my OLTL so much. Not the same watching GH. When I see Roger Howarth I think there’s Todd and when I see Michael Easton I naturally see McBain. Makes it hard to watch.

Georgianne Nobile
Georgianne Nobile

THAT’S the way Jack/Erica should have ended. Thank you Walt & Susan for caring for your fanbase since AMC writers did NOT. Loved seeing them together again..

aria
aria

some of the amc characters should pay GH a visit, especially Susan Lucci, in fact, the time now would be perfect with the reason health scare Susan had, Erica could be visiting Port Charles when she starts feeling not so good and is taken to GH were she’s having similar symptoms that Susan had, so she’s hospitalized and of course she comes out ok, but while recuperating she runs into Anna Devane, and meets other characters and some fun ensues. in fact even before Erica has her surgery she insist David Hayward operate on her, and guest who he would run into? his ex Anna Devane, come on now, do I have to keep going, GH does cameos and brief stints all the time, no reason why we can get some of this actors to guest star on the show, nobody is younger, and no body is planing a reboot anytime soon so lets not waste time and be creative, do what’s possible now instead of wishful dreaming of reboots ect…

Rodd
Rodd

I feel sad for AMC fans on one hand because it has to still sting that their show isn’t on where it should be. On the other hand, I think they’re lucky because they keep getting little reunion spots on various shows over the years. I wish it would happen for some of my favorite shows. I long for that. I long for a great big show that celebrates all the shows that have departed and those four that are still with us. One can dream.

boes
boes

Damn……this was great. Even so, it brought tears to my eyes. I really still miss this show.

lis
lis

The Talk also does this sometimes with the Proctor and Gamble shows. I’d love to know what the ratings are when they have these soap reunion shows.

If they can do a Brady Bunch reunion show and a Downton Abbey movie why can’t the soaps show Erica Kane and the Martins over a couple of days with the grand kids. We’d see Erica and Jack in their twilight years. Learn if Kendall and Zak stayed together. Watch JR mourn Adam. It would be so moving. I guess the networks don’t want to feed the appetite for soaps again.

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Soap Alums On Parade At ABC TCA Winter Press Tour: Photo Gallery

This week at the annual ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, the network introduced members of the media to some of the new shows that will be rolled out in the coming months on both ABC and Freeform.  Many notables, who started on the soaps, are in the casts of some of the more exciting new offerings.

In addition, several soap graduates, who are currently appearing on the network in major primetime series were also in attendance promoting the ABC line-up of programming.

Look no further than the photo gallery below to see: Bryan Craig, Denye Tonzts, Eric Winter, Sam Page, Eva Longoria, Jason George, Rome Flynn, and a host of others as they step out and pose for some photos.

So, are you excited to see GH alums, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan), in his new role as Javi on Grand Hotel? Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) in her new role on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists?  Check out the gallery, and let us know via the comment section.

 

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All My Children Reunion Coming Up On ABC’s Strahan & Sara

Some of your all-time favorites from Pine Valley are getting together to appear on Good Morning America’s re-branded Strahan & Sara ,formerly known as GMA Day.

Make sure to catch the show next Monday, February 11th when hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines welcome Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica), Jacob Young (Ex-JR), Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack),and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal).  And, you never know who else might pop up and join this group.

Strahan and Sara airs on ABC at 1PMEST/12PMCST weekdays.

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Are you missing Pine Valley? Here’s a chance to see some of these enduring stars together again.  Most recently, Home & Family back in February of 201,7 held an on-screen reunion for many notables from the series following the passing of its legendary creator, Agnes Nixon.

Will you be checking out Strahan & Sara next week for the segment? Let us know via the comment section below.

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All My Children’s Candace Earley Nolan Passes Away At 68

She played Pine Valley’s Donna Beck for 18 years, and over the weekend the soap world also lost Candace Early Nolan.  The former daytime actress died last Thursday, January 31, 2019, after an 8-year struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.

Earley was on ABC’s All My Children from 1976 to 1992 and returned in both 1993 and 1995.  In story, Donna started out in Pine Valley as a prostitute.  She had romances with Dr. Chuck Tyler and then at one time, Palmer Cortlandt.  Candace also appeared on Broadway in Jesus Christ SuperstarGrease, and South Pacific, to name a few.

In her obit it mentions that while eating lunch at world-famous Sardi’s in New York, a Casting Director of ABC daytime television asked,  “Who is that attractive mid-western looking type across the room?”.  Shortly thereafter she was cast as “Donna” on AMC.

Check out this clip of Earley with Richard Van Vleet as Chuck Tyler in a scene from her time on AMC below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Candace via the comment section below.

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