New Characters, Recasts or Ignoring History? Who Do You Want to Write, Direct or Act On ‘All My Children?’
With Prospect Park now signing agreements with key unions SAG-AFTRA (actors), the DGA (directors), and the WGA (writers), with an expectation to begin filming episodes of “All My Children” as soon as next month, we wondered who you wanted to see act on the soap when it moves to the web. Your choices can include past actors as well as wishful casting (recast and new characters are welcomed). We also wondered who you want to join the writing team now that thousands of writers are at Prospect Park’s disposal courtesy of their agreement with the WGA, as well as who you want to direct episodes of the series. Keep in mind that Agnes Nixon, who created both “AMC” and “One Life to Live,” is currently working as a consultant for Prospect Park, according to Foz McDermott, head of production for TOLN (Prospect Park’s The Online Network). Also note that actors Jordi Vilasuso (Dr. Griffin Castillo), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward) and Lindsay Hartley (Dr. Cara Castillo) are all confirmed as signing on to return to “AMC” when it moves to the web. Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart) has reported that she’s been approached, while Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery) hope’s he can be involved. There’s no word yet on the status of Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), who was the only original cast member from the first season of “AMC” that had remained with the show without interruption from its debut on January 5, 1970 through its final ABC broadcast on September 23, 2011.
Point of Reference: Recent Head Writers of “AMC” include David Kreizman (who also penned for both “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light” in their final years), Donna Swajeski (who also penned for “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “Passions,” “Port Charles,” and more recently “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Charles Pratt Jr. (who also penned for “General Hospital,” “Santa Barbara,” “Sunset Beach” and a variety of primetime soaps), Megan McTavish (who also penned for “General Hospital,” Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live”), Gordon Rayfield (who also penned for “Another World,” “As The World Turns,” and “One Life to Live”), and Anna Cascio (who also penned for “As The World Turns,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live”). James Harmon Brown (who also penned for “Days of our Lives,” “Guiding Light,” “Loving,” “One Life to Live,” “Port Charles,” and “The City” and a variety of primetime soaps) recently lost long-time writing partner Barbara Esensten, who together head wrote “AMC” from July 2007 through August 2008. Lorraine Broderick, who served as Head Writer during the soaps final months on television, is currently a breakdown writer at “Days of our Lives.” In addition to “AMC” and “DAYS,” Broderick’s writing credits include “Another World,” “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Port Charles.”