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'All My Children' Online: First Cast Members Announced, What Will Susan Lucci Do?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:30AM
Susan LucciThe lights will go dark for the last time in Pine Valley this week as fans bid a tearful farewell to veteran TV soap 'All My Children.'

However, preparations to relaunch 'AMC' as an online series are gathering steam, and it's been announced that some cast members have agreed to stay with the show when it moves to online production.

Prospect Park, the company that's taking over from ABC in producing 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' issued a statement Monday confirming that Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan Lavery, and Lindsay Hartley, who plays Dr. Cara Castillo Martin, have agreed deals to join the company's new production of 'All My Children.'

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Sneak Peek: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue on 'All My Children' (PICTURES)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 18th 2011 12:30PM
Eva La Rue, Sarah Michelle Gellar All My ChildrenOn Fri., Sept. 23, ABC says goodbye to 'All My Children.' But first, some very famous faces are returning to pay tribute to show that launched their careers.

AOL TV gave you the first look at Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to 'AMC,' and now, thanks to new pictures, we can report Gellar and returning star Eva La Rue share more scenes together.

Gellar, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Erica Kane's daughter Kendall Hart, will return to 'AMC' on Sept. 21. She won't be playing Kendall -- a request she made. Instead Gellar will be playing a hospital patient who thinks she's Erica's daughter.

Check out photos and video of their return to the soap opera below.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Michelle Gellar's Return to 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 13th 2011 3:15PM
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar is paying tribute to 'All My Children' by returning to the show with one very crazy guest role, and we've got the exclusive first look video.

In the Wed., Sept. 21 episode, Gellar -- who stars in The CW's 'Ringer' (premieres Tues., Sept. 13, 9PM ET) -- will not be playing Kendall, the role she made famous.

Gellar originated the role of Kendall Hart, Erica Kane's daughter, from 1993-1995. The 'Buffy' veteran won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal.

Now that Kendall is played by Alicia Minshew, Gellar specifically asked to return in a different capacity. So, who is she playing? According to TV Guide, Gellar will play a delusional hospital patient who thinks she's Erica Kane's daughter! Gellar's character has a run-in with Dr. Maria Santos -- yep, Eva La Rue is returning to 'All My Children,' too -- and recognizes her.

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'All My Children' Star Mary Fickett Dies at 83

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 2:05PM
Mary FickettMary Fickett, an original cast member of 'All My Children,' has died. She was 83, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Fickett won the first Emmy given to a daytime actress for her role as nurse Ruth Brent Martin.

Fickett played the character from 1970-1996. She left the series and was replaced by veteran actress Lee Meriwether. After departing the series, Fickett only returned to 'All My Children' once in 2000.

Aside from 'All My Children,' Fickett is known for her roles on 'The Edge of Night' and her Broadway work. She appeared in 'Tea & Sympathy' and was nominated for a Tony in 1958 for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in 'Sunrise at Campobello.'

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Susan Lucci Rejects 'All My Children' Online Offer: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 4:45PM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci is reportedly done with 'All My Children.' The only original cast member on the long-running soap has turned down an offer to move online with the series in 2012, according to Deadline.

The Deadline report says Prospect Park offered Lucci a very similar salary to what ABC was paying her, but the actress asked for more money, fewer hours and the ability to do a primetime series.

'One Life to Live' stars Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will remain with the show when it heads online in 2012.

Deadline reports Prospect Park may focus its resources on 'One Life to Live,' which had higher Nielsen ratings than 'All My Children,' and push 'All My Children' to the back since Lucci will not continue with the soap opera. Both shows are scheduled to debut online in early 2012.

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Susan Lucci Explains Why She Added Scathing Chapter to Memoir

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 1:30PM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci has added a juicy new chapter to her memoir, slamming ABC daytime executive Brian Frons for canceling 'All My Children.' "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country," she wrote.

But why did the Emmy-winning actress do it? Her publisher, HarperCollins, asked her to.

"The book had gone to print well before the cancellation and they felt my story wasn't complete without my response to the show going off the air," Lucci told TV Guide Magazine. "They wanted my honest and raw reaction to it. At first I didn't know what to say or even think. I was so upset and angry and stunned that my eyeballs were spinning in my head. But I sat down with my co-writer, Laura Morton, and we talked it through. And it is indeed raw. Very raw."

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'All My Children' Drama: Susan Lucci Blasts ABC Exec for Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 3rd 2011 4:00PM
All My Children, Susan LucciWith only three weeks of 'All My Children' left to go in the soap opera's legendary 41-year run, the show's stars are finally starting to speak out. Susan Lucci blasts ABC daytime exec Brian Frons in an epilogue to the upcoming paperback edition of her book, 'All My Life,' saying "I watched Brian Frons' decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country."

According to the New York Post, which obtained text from the epilogue, Lucci's criticisms weren't limited to Frons' business decisions -- she also says that Frons appeared "self-congratulatory" when he informed the 'AMC' cast of the decision to cancel the long-running soap, and that he "has what, for me, is that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance. I cannot fathom any network executive choosing to alienate millions of loyal viewers in these economic times."

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Sneak Peek: Carol Burnett's Return to 'All My Children'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 3rd 2011 10:00AM
Carol Burnett, All My ChildrenCarol Burnett is bringing Verla Grubbs back to Pine Valley. The legendary actress is returning to 'All My Children' once more before the show leaves ABC on Sept. 23.

Burnett starred as Verla Grubbs in the early 1980s and last returned to the soap opera in 2005 for the show's 35th anniversary.

ABC announced Burnett's return in June. "It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the 'All My Children' family and we look forward to reprising her character," Julie Hanan Carruthers, 'AMC' executive producer, said in a statement earlier this year.

Look for Burnett to appear in the Sept. 6 (1PM ET on ABC) episode. Check out some sneak peek pictures of Burnett back on 'AMC' below.

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'The View' Plans Salute to 'All My Children'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2011 11:40AM
Susan Lucci'All My Children' leaves ABC on Sept. 23, but it's not going out without some fanfare. According TV Guide, 'The View' is planning a special salute to 'All My Children' to air the same day as the historic soap's ABC finale.

'All My Children'
star Susan Lucci will co-host the show along with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Special guests include 'AMC' creator Agnes Nixon, Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig and Vincent Irizarry.

However, that's not all, look for surprise appearances by several other 'All My Children' stars -- past and present.

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SOAPnet Plans 'All My Children' Marathon Honoring Susan Lucci, Couples

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 26th 2011 1:00PM
Susan LucciWe're getting down to the wire before 'All My Children' leaves ABC, so what better way to celebrate the historic soap than with a marathon?

SOAPnet will dedicate a block of programming to the couples of 'All My Children' and the daytime queen herself, Susan Lucci.

"I Love Lucci" starts Sat., Sept 17 at 7PM and lasts until 12AM. "'All My Children': Last Chance for Romance" airs from 5PM-12AM on Sun., Sept. 18. The couples marathon will feature episodes focused on Cliff & Nina, Jenny & Greg, Tad & Dixie, Ryan & Gillian, Leo & Greenlee, Zach & Kendall and Angie & Jesse.

SOAPnet will air episodes dating back to the 1970s. Find out more about them below.

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Susan Lucci In Talks to Stay With 'All My Children' When it Moves Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 18th 2011 7:00PM
Susan Lucci'All My Children' without Susan Lucci? Don't fret just yet!

According to Deadline, Lucci is mulling over an offer to stay with the soap after it moves from ABC daytime to a new unnamed online home.

Despite news of budget cuts, the report says Lucci's pay would remain close to what she's making now, while the series airs on ABC.

'All My Children' departs ABC on Fri., Sept. 23, but not before a parade of former stars stop by. Josh Duhamel recently returned to Pine Valley and Carol Burnett and Sarah Michelle Gellar are set to make appearances before the September broadcast finale.

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'All My Children' Creator Agnes Nixon to Guest on the Canceled Soap This Fall

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 8th 2011 3:45PM
Agnes NixonWith many 'All My Children' alumni returning to the show for a final cameo before the long-running soap ends its 41-year run this September, it only makes sense that 'AMC' creator Agnes Nixon would get in on the nostalgia.

ABC announced today that Nixon will cameo on the soap as Agnes Eckhart, one of Pine Valley Hospital's long-standing board members, beginning Aug. 31. Nixon first appeared as Eckhart in 2005 to commemorate the show's 35th anniversary, and won a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys in 2010.

According to ABC, Agnes will be admitted to Pine Valley and treated by Cara and David. Naturally, she'll also encounter Erica Kane, and will reportedly have "a profound effect on all of the characters she interacts with that [will change] the course of their lives."

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Returning to 'All My Children'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2011 2:45PM
Sarah Michelle GellarWho says you can't go home again? Sarah Michelle Gellar is heading back to Pine Valley. The 'Ringer' actress confirmed she's returning to her former 'All My Children' stomping grounds before the daytime staple goes off the air.

But when Gellar returns to 'AMC,' it won't be as Kendall.

"I have no idea what I'm doing or who I'm playing. I told them I don't want to be Kendall; that's Alicia's [Minshew] role now," she said Thursday. "I just wanted to be a part of it."

Gellar won a Daytime Emmy for playing Kendall, the daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). Prior to joining 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' Gellar played Kendall for roughly two years. The role has since been taken over by Alicia Minshew.

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'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live' Moving to Cable?

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:15PM
All My Children'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' are moving online, but they may be getting another new home -- a cable network.

According to Deadline, Prospect Park is currently shopping the two beloved soap operas to various cable networks. The plans are to still launch the soaps on a new online network, but as part of the licensing agreement between Prospect and ABC, the soaps can air on cable, if a network wants them.

The current plan is to have the soaps air online first, then on a cable channel, if a home is found for the long-running shows.

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See Josh Duhamel's Return to 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:30PM
All My ChildrenJosh Duhamel is back on 'All My Children,' this Thurs., Aug. 4 and we're pretty excited.

Duhmael is just one of the many stars heading back to Pine Valley to pay respects to their former ABC soap home.

'All My Children' leaves ABC on Fri., Sept. 23. It will continue on a new, unnamed online network at an unspecified later date. Contract negotiations may delay 'AMC's' move online until 2012.

Duhamel's character, Leo du Pres, was last seen trying to save Rebecca Budig's character, Greenlee, during a waterfall accident.

In the clip below, it looks like Leo has seen better days, but when he sets his sights on Greenlee, well, see for yourself.

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