‘AMC’ February 2010 Casting Notes

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:30 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — February promises to bring along some changes to “All My Children.”

“All My Children” fans may start seeing some things a little differently as February sweeps in – things like sets. Many of the sets airing on the Tuesday, February 2nd episode will have a West Coast flare to them. February 2nd is the airdate of the first episode the soap taped at the Andrita Studios in Los Angeles. Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers assures that while they were able to “upgrade and modernize some of [their] environments” that over ninety percent of the sets and props were shipped to L.A. and “AMC” will look familiar to the audience. Among some of the cosmetic changes accumulated from the move to Los Angeles, look for the Chandler Mansion to get a noticeable face lift, while ConFusion and Fusion will just have a little extra pop from a paint job and new light fixtures. Look for a new set or two to pop up as well, word is Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) will finally move out of her Yacht Club room and into a penthouse.

Stuart’s mother makes her last appearance on “AMC” on Tuesday, February 2nd. Look for Damon’s (Finn Wittrock) instability as a father and his growing connection to Colby Chandler (Natalie Hall) to contribute to the character’s exit. In real life, the young actress – who debuted on “AMC” last October in the recurring role of Bailey – decided it wasn’t the right time for her to change coasts. Sofia Black-D’Elia taped her last episode of “All My Children” in New York on December 10th. Speculation is that baby Stuart will leave the Pine Valley scene with his mother.

Walt Willey will have his most active month as Jackson Montgomery on “AMC” since July 2009. The actor is slated to appear in at least a handful of episodes beginning on the week of the 8th. Look for the Willey’s first episode back – on Monday, February 8th – to be opposite Mr. Montgomery’s true love, Erica. If everything is as it appears, fans will approve of the swift effect this meeting of the minds has on Ms. Kane’s romantic life. Look for Jackson to also tangle with his trouble-making daughter, Greenlee (Rebecca Budig). Jackson’s last appearance on “AMC” was on January 6.

Alicia Minshew, who plays Erica’s first born Kendall, recorded a segment to air on “AMC” on Tuesday, February 9th. Minshew recorded the appearance during the soaps last week of taping at their New York studios. The popular actress and real-life new mother is currently on an extended maternity leave.

“AMC” will get a little bit political on the week of February 15th. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaragosa, will appear on the Wednesday, February 17th episode of the soap. Mayor Villaragosa will play himself. The mayor will mix it up with his old acquaintance, Erica Kane, at Pine Valley hot-spot ConFusion. City Council President Eric Garcetti will mix it up with Adam Chandler (David Canary). In the segments set to air, the men will discuss some of the initiatives they are taking together to make Chandler Enterprises more environmentally friendly. Garcetti airs on Tuesday, February 16th.

Many, many “AMC” fans are licking their chops over this long over-due casting tidbit: Julia Barr brings Brooke English back to “AMC” on Tuesday, February 23rd. The popular and acclaimed actress is back for what is reported to be a great three-month story arc. How will the current Mrs. Chandler, Annie (Melissa Claire Egan), handle the torch of adoration Mr. Chandler still has for his favorite ex-wife? Look for Brooke to reclaim top position at Tempo courtesy of Adam. While the Chandler clan may occupy most of Brooke’s time, “AMC” insiders assure that the soaps best set of frenemies ever, Erica and Brooke, will get in their fair share of sparring.

As previously reported, all of the children of Pine Valley have been (or are in the process of being) recast due to move from New York to Los Angeles. This includes Lucy Merriam, who played the part of Emma Lavery since 2006, Alexa Gerasimovich, who played the part of Kathy Martin since 2006, Rory and Declan McTigue, whom played Adam Chandler the third since 2008. Look for the new children of “AMC” to begin airing some time in February. Will there be an overdose of SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome)? Stay Tuned.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.


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