(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One day on the air and “The Chew” is already beating “All My Children’s” most recent performance in Total Viewers and the key sales demographic of Women 18-49. The new food and lifestyle talk show also beat the soaps season to date performance for the 2010-2011 television season that concluded on Friday, September 16.
Per ABC via TVbytheNumbers.com, “The Chew” averaged 2.5 million viewers and 590,000 Women 18-49 viewers compared to “All My Children’s” average of 2.491 (averaged to 2.5 million for technicality purposes) and 532,000 Women 18-49 viewers during the week of September 12-16, 2011. It should be noted however that “AMC’s’ Monday, September 12 episode actually beat “Chew” in total viewers (2,640,000 vs 2,500,000). Ratings data for “All My Children’s” final week on television (September 19-23, 2011) won’t be released until as early as Thursday, but the 41-year old soap is expected to top “Chew’s” current performance in both viewers and demos.
For the 2010-2011 television season, “The Chew” beat “All My Children’s” average in Total Viewers (2.5 million vs. 2.4 million) and Women 18-49 (590,000/0.9 rating vs. 541,000/0.8 rating).
Also per ABC, “The Chew’s” premiere episode also exceeded the performance of the series debut of the networks flagship daytime program “The View,” which debuted in August 1997 with 1.9 million viewers, and CBS’ “The Talk,” which launched with 2.2 million viewers in October 2010. The network noted “Chew” also beat “Talk’s” premiere episode in Women 18-34 (167,000 vs. 158,000), Women 18-49 (590,000 vs. 568,000) and Women 25-54 (732,000 vs. 672,000), despite neither show airing against one another in the major markets.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Nearly three months after licensing the rights to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from ABC, Prospect announces the launching of a new web channel, The Online Network, which will air both soaps along with the upstart company’s other current and future programming.
According to a press release, the new site will launch in January “with the goal of eventually providing viewers with a full programming selection of first-run, long form content on an anytime, anywhere basis.”
“We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television long-form programming anytime and anywhere. With broadband availability in 70% of US households and the proliferation of internet enabled televisions, DVRs and wireless devices, ultimately we believe that online distribution provides the best platform to access 30 and 60 minute entertainment content. The viewer response to the shows we have licensed has been tremendous, and we have much more in development to appeal to a broad audience base,” adds Prospect Park co-founders Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz.
Furthermore, it appears that Canadian fans of the soaps will be in luck, as ABC Soaps in Depth tweets that our friends north of the border will be able to watch “AMC” and “OLTL” on The Online Network as well.
Fans wanting to receive updates regarding The Online Network, as well as its show (including “AMC” and “OLTL”), can register with your e-mail address or cell phone number at www.TOLN.com or www.theonlinenetwork.com.
“All My Children” aired its final episode on ABC last Friday, while “One Life to Live” will last end its network run on January 13, 2012. Both shows are expected to resume with Prospect Park early next year.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Llanview comings and goings for the month of October.
Thought you’d seen the last of Llanview’s craziest physic, but were hoping that you’d be wrong? If so, then you are in luck. Lea DeLaria reprises her role of Madame Delphina on Monday, October 10 when she encounters someone who is feeling a little guilty over something they’ve done as well as someone that asks her to repeat something in particular that she did for him once in the past.
Wendy Moniz is back as Llanview’s new mayor Kathleen Finn on Monday, October 3, and again on Thursday, October 20 when she shows the Llanview Police Department some tough love.
David A. Gregory (Ford) has listed his October airdates on his Facebook page as being the 5, 6, 18, 19, 25, 27, and 31. That is 7 out of 21 episodes airing during the month.
Christopher L. Graves will play a Paparazzi on Friday, October 21. Also in that episode will be Nic Robuck (James), according to IMDb.
Expect to see a little more of Barbara Rhoades (Irene Manning) as the calendar changes from September to October. But will that be the last fans will be seeing of her, or will Irene’s reign of terror continue? Tune in to find out!
Don’t look for Kathy Brier (Marcie) or Chris Stack (Michael) to come back to Llanview for a little while longer. Brier tells a fan on Facebook that their return won’t happen until “Toward the end of October.”
It’s Halloween time in Llanview. Sean Ringgold (Shaun) posted this picture on his Facebook page last Friday, along with the comments “Hey Guys I’m in the Studio about to shoot some Halloween scenes . Can anyone guess what I will be ? I’m sure some people will have jokes for this question but what The heck :- )”
If your wondering about when some of your favorite (or not) recurring characters will be getting a little more airtime, no need to fear. Several actors, including Ilene Kristen (Roxy), Kim Zimmer (Echo), Nick Choksi (Vimal), Shenaz Treasury (Rama), Austin Williams (Shane), and Austin Peck (Rick) will all appear on screen at one point or another again in the coming weeks.
Are Farah Fath (Gigi) and John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) about to leave “OLTL” behind? Fath tweeted on September 21 that “I’ll study twitter slang tomorrow, i gotta go to bed now, ‘OLTL’ at the crack…” And, when asked about how much longer she would be in New York City (where “OLTL” is taped), she responded with “Only for 2 more months.”
And talk about a long day on the set. “OLTL” make-up artist Julia Davis tweeted on September 22 that “They have extended our out time. No cooking tonight. This calls for takeout,” and that she was “Finally headed home after 13 hours on set. Thanks a Good Night to Llanview… In need of some zzzzz.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” replacement show “The Chew” debuts today, just three days after “AMC” aired its final episode on ABC, and I can’t help myself in wishing it would just go away. No, it isn’t the show or what it is all about. In a perfect world I’d care to watch it from time to time, after all we all have to cook good and healthy meals don’t we? But it is the way the network went about handling “The Chew” which included non-stop advertising during “AMC’s” final weeks on television along with non-stop advertising on soap opera centered websites including Soap Opera Network that I find myself saying “what a way to spit on your audience.”
Of course daytime has changed according to ABC’s own research and their viewers were really tired of watching soap operas so it makes sense to promote your new shows to your audience, but the only audience you had were watching soaps, so who is going to watch “The Chew” if not soap fans? “The Chew” is being promoted everywhere you look. On TV, on billboards, in magazines and if I recall correctly (or IIRC) and not mistaken, it’s also being promoted in movie theaters with pre-show clippings. Where was this type of advertising for daytime soap operas?
Do I wish the show failure? If I were being honest with myself I’d say yes just so ABC can be proven wrong in their presumptions, but I don’t think it will bomb. No matter if it lands itself below “All My Children” in every ratings category from here on out, it will still be a success for ABC because the network is spending 30-40% less than they did on “AMC.” Ratings no longer matter, it’s all about the bottom dollar and just like Jeff Zucker, who has joined the network as it gets ready to launch a Katie Couric hosted daytime talk show next year, said when he ran NBC “we’re managing for margin, not for ratings. So it’s the expense of our shows, the consistency of our shows being on the schedule. It’s not determined by the size of the ratings, because the size of the ratings of a show we cannot afford is not going to do us any good anymore.” Right or wrong, that’s just the new reality.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The 25th Annual Broadway Fleamarket sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took place today and several of daytime’s biggest stars were on hand as celebrity guests including stars from “One Life to Live” such as Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning), Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom) and even former cast member Judith Light (ex-Karen Wolek). Also in attendance was former “Guiding Light” actor Ron Raines (ex-Alan Spaulding), who is currently appearing in previews for the Broadway production of “Follies.” Raines’ former “Light” co-star Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra Spaulding) was scheduled to appear but had to cancel due to illness. Also scheduled was “As The World Turns” actresses Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa Grimaldi) and Ellen Dolan (Margo Hughes). Soap Opera Network spoke with a few of the stars and learned some interesting tidbits, one of which being that Ringgold received his offer from Prospect Park on Friday and he’s since decided to continue with the show when it moves to the web in January along with “All My Children.”
“You know what’s funny, I was making up my mind cause I got the offer to come over on Friday [September 23] actually and I didn’t give them my response, but after speaking with a couple of hierarchies, I just said ‘you know what? I’ll give it a year!’ Why not? So I’m going to come over to Prospect Park.” As for what the new version of the soap may look like and what fans can expect, Ringgold emphasizes that “There’s going to be more of a free reign to do more things on the internet than you could normally do on network. It could get quite interesting. I’ll leave that open for the imagination.” As for the chance of new faces popping up and where they’ll find their new filming digs, the actor says “I’m sure there are going to be new characters who are going to be brought on and I hope the studio goes to Brooklyn because I live in Queens. Although coming into Manhattan wouldn’t be a bad thing – I’ll miss Manhattan – but to just be able to wake up out of the bed and drive 10 minutes over to the studio. I’ll be in heaven.”
What is Ringgold looking forward to most for his character as the soap transitions from ABC to Prospect Park? “As long as Shaun is there for Destiny, and being supportive of his sister with her decision, whichever way we’ll see how that turns out to be… just to be there for [my] sister and to make sure she’s good and also my mom. They’re going to bring my pops back and it’ll be great if Greg [Terrell Tilford] popped up as well.” Speaking of Destiny, particularly her portrayer Shennell Edmonds, can we expect to hear news of her continuing as well? While Ringgold couldn’t confirm it as fact, he does hope it turns out to be the case.
Lastly with “One Life to Live” being canceled in April by ABC only to be picked up in July by Prospect Park, what happens to the planned series finale that was scheduled to air in January? “I’m sure they are changing the story a little bit because we’re going to continue on with Prospect Park.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This week has been full of well deserved tributes, accolades and goodbyes to a 41-year old television institution, “All My Children.” Lost in the avalanche of interviews with the actors who have contributed their talents to the popular soap opera may have been several of the shows most popular actors sharing if they have been asked to follow it to the internet and if they’re willing to. The production company that has licensed their soap opera, Prospect Park, has recently stepped up talks with “AMC’s” cast members locking in deals with Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and Lindsay Hartley (Cara). Where do “AMC’s” other popular stars, including their biggest star Susan Lucci (Erica), stand on moving to the net? Continue reading to find out.
Fans may have felt a renewed sense of doom when Deadline.com turned up with a scathing report about Lucci and Prospect Park failing to come to terms due to the superstar trying to “gouge” the production company thus endangering the daytime drama’s future. Coincidentally, that report came out in the days following the paperback release of her memoir, “All My Life.” The book contains a new chapter where the respected actress reveals her not so positive true feelings about ABC Daytime’s top brass. This Friday, the stunning 64-year old actress talked to NPR about her career and her future with “AMC.” Lucci revealed that she is still in negotiations with Prospect Park and is currently “waiting for a response” to terms she has put on the table. The popular actress shares that she’d love to continue with the soap that she help put on the map. She asserts that “[her] heart is there with Agnes Nixon, Erica Kane, [the] viewership, [the] fans.”
Michael E. Knight, on the other hand, appears to be settling in for a long break from Pine Valley. Earlier this week, he revealed to Michael Fairman that the men behind Prospect Park reached out to him “hard and fast” early on in the game with a respectful and generous offer for a long-term contract. Knight turned that offer down. The Daytime Emmy Award winner reveals he certainly feels a responsibility to the soap opera he joined in 1982 and to its loyal fans, so he has told Prospect Park executives, Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, he’d be willing to “go forward on a recurring basis, or short-term, or whatever.” The exhausted actor feels the character of Tad Martin has been put in a corner in terms of storyline and appears to be, respectfully, enjoying having a choice in term of his future after years of dealing with a demanding and demeaning ABC Daytime brass. Knight does not rule out a contract return to the soap at some point in the future.
Frustrated with the writing for her once spitfire character, Greenlee Smythe, Rebecca Budig initially appeared to be ready to jump ship before Prospect Park even imagined extending an offer. This week she revealed to TV Line that she has met with Prospect Park and they’re “still talking.”
As previously reported, one of Budig’s best friends and her former co-star, Alicia Minshew found herself in a similar situation to both Knight and Budig; ready to move on and only willing to remain with the show within a limited capacity. After beginning talks with Prospect Park, though, the actress appears to feel more positive about ultimately being able to work something out.
Prospect Park is currently doing its best to get “AMC” back to viewers through the internet with new content by January 2012. The production company still has to iron out deals with the actor’s union, AFTRA, and work out tentative deals with enough actors to get “AMC” and “One Life to Live’s” ships sailing.
Susan Lucci has portrayed Erica Kane for 41-years – debuting during the shows 10 episode in January 1970 according to her book “All My Life,” and along with millions of viewers across the country she watched the soap that launched her career end its run on ABC earlier this afternoon. Ever the relevant personality (despite what ABC says), Lucci shares her thoughts with her Facebook friends and followers on the final episode of “AMC” and gives some minor hope as to what lies ahead for the soap opera in the coming months.
I just finished watching the last episode of All My Children – a very emotional time for me. I am so grateful to “The View” and ABC for their beautiful tribute show for ‘All My Children’ and Agnes Nixon. And to Agnes and to ABC for the incredible opportunity to play the amazing Erica Kane. At the center of all my gratitude is you, the fans. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for us, for spending all those days with us in Pine Valley and for bringing so much sunshine into my life.
Let’s hope we all get to see more of Pine Valley and the beloved characters Agnes Nixon has created. Today’s episode ended with quite a cliff hanger – and I really want to see what happens next!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After 41 years on television (41 on ABC and 11 on ABC and SOAPnet), “All My Children” has closed its final chapter in broadcast television history with an ending that may please many or anger a lot, but its ending did one thing that was impossible for a soap to accomplish just a few short years ago – tracking the reactions of viewers as it came to a close.
Thanks to the power of social networking service Twitter, “All My Children” and Erica Kane (portrayed by Susan Lucci) found themselves both trending across the United States shortly after the last episode of the drama series aired today on the ABC Television Network for the final time. Also trending was the word “Erica” in some cities across the country.
For a soap opera that was deemed irrelevant by its network after research data found daytime viewers wanted more talk shows, the end of the drama series and its connection to relevant aspects of everyday life such as Twitter only shows that research can be miscalculated and misleading. All it takes is some time and effort and something old can become new again. A good example of this is Ford, which discontinued its flagship Taurus brand a few short years ago due to lack of sales only to re-design the product and find sales as good as ever.
What follows are just a few examples of the cities across the United States that were talking about the soap after its final scene aired:
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s with a sad heart that Soap Opera Network brings you “All My Children’s” final episode count for its run on network television. We wish “AMC” and “One Life to Live” success in their future incarnation. We will continue to cover each soap. Visit SON’s Episode Count Archive where we’ve kept track of how much your favorite – or least favorite – daytime stars have aired going back to 2005. A special thank you goes out to SON Message Board posters “Adam” and “alexisfan07″ for their contributions to the “AMC” episode counts through the years.
CREDIT IF COPYING AND PASTING…
Key: C is Contract; (C) is formerly on Contract; R is Recurring; (R) is formerly Recurring; G is for Guest Appearances
2011 Episode Count
185 Episodes from Monday, January 3 – Friday, September 23
—– 80% or 4 out of 5 Episodes (148) —–
01..Alicia Minshew [Kendall Hart Slater]…130
02..Jordi Vilasuso [Dr. Griffin Castillo]…126
03..Lindsay Hartley [Dr. Cara Castillo]…119
04..Michael E. Knight [Tad Martin]…117
—– 60% or 3 out of 5 Episodes (111) —–
05..Cameron Mathison [Ryan Lavery]…106
06..Vincent Irizarry [David Hayward]…103
07..Rebecca Budig [Greenlee Smythe]…102
-C- 13/12/11/7/14 /11/8/19/7
08..Jacob Young [J.R. Chandler]…100
09..Susan Lucci [Erica Kane; 82 & Jane Campbell; 34]…96
-C- 9/10/9/10/16/12/12/9/9 [Jane Debuted on 5/12; Exit on 7/22; Appeared on 8/11]
10..Ricky Paull Goldin [Dr. Jake Martin]…94
11..Sarah Glendening [Marissa Chandler]…91
12..Christina Bennett Lind [Bianca Montgomery]…88
13..Walt Willey [Jackson Montgomery]…85
14..Chrishell Stause [Amanda Dillon Martin]…81
**..Darnell Williams [Jesse Hubbard]…81
—– 40% or 2 out of 5 Episodes (74) —–
16..Eddie Matos [Ricky Torres]…63
-(R)- 3/11/13/19/16/1/0/0 [Last Aired on 6/2]
17..Stephanie Gatschet [Madison North]…62
18..Daniel Cosgrove [Scott Chandler]…61
19..Debbie Morgan [Dr. Angela Hubbard]…60
-C- 3/0/7/9/5/7/8/10/11 [Returned full-time from sick leave on 3/14]
20..Jill Larson [Opal Cortlandt]…59
21..Bobbie Eakes [Krystal Carey]…58
22..J.R. Martinez [Brot Monroe]…50
23..Cornelius Smith Jr. [Dr. Frankie Hubbard]…47
24..Jamie Luner [Liza Colby]…46
25..Natalie Hall [Colby Chandler]…45
26..Mariah Buzolin [Maya Mercado]…44
-R- 0/0/2/8/5/7/6/9/7 [Debuted on 3/30]
**..Cady McClain [Dixie Cooney]…44
-C- 0/0/0/0/1/4/12/18/9 [Returned on 5/17]
28..Trent Garrett [Asher Pike]…43
29..Michael Nouri [Caleb Cortlandt]…42
—– 20% or 1 out of 5 Episodes (37) —–
30..Tate Berney [AJ Chandler]…37
31..Jake T. Vaughn [Spike Lavery]…32
32..Uncredited Child Actors [Lucille Hubbard]…31
33..Danielle Parker [Emma Lavery]…28
34..Melissa Claire Egan [Annie Chandler]…27
-(C)- 12/10/2/0/0/0/2/1/0 [Last Regular Airing on 2/15; Official Exit on 3/18; Appeared on 7/28, 7/29, 8/5]
**..Denise Vasi [Randi Hubbard]…27
36..Thorsten Kaye [Zach Slater]…26
-C- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/17/9 [Returned on 8/5]
37..Ella Thomas [Diana Holden]…24
-(R)- 0/4/12/6/2/0/0/0/0 [Debuted on 2/18; Exit on 5/20]
38..Mackenzie Aladjem [Miranda Montgomery]…23
39..Dannika Northcott [Kathy Martin]…20
40..Emerson Brooks [Ben]…17
-(R)- 0/0/0/0/5/5/7/0/0 [Debuted on 5/4; Exit on 7/22]
41..Michael & Brody McMackin (15) & Dylan & Jordan Duszynski (2) [Trevor Martin]…17
**..Britton Reeder [Ian Slater]…17
43..Ellah Miller [Gabrielle Montgomery]…15
44..Shannon Kane [Natalia Fowler]…14
-G- 5/2/2/1/0/0/0/1/3 [Departed on 2/4; Appeared on 3/28, 3/31, 4/1, 8/26, 9/13, 9/19, 9/23]
45..Real Andrews [Agent Trumbull]…10
-(R)- 0/4/4/0/1/1/0/0/0 [Debuted on 2/18; Exit on 6/17]
**..Trai Byers [Mookie]…10
-(R)- 0/0/0/0/0/1/5/4/0 [Debuted on 6/30; Exit on 8/16]
**..Finn Wittrock [Damon Miller]…10
-(C)- 9/1/0/0/0/0/0/0/0 [Exit on 1/26; Appeared on 2/21]
48..Darby Jo [Jenny Martin]…9
49..Kate Collins [Janet Green]…8
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/3/5/0 [Appeared on 7/25, 7/28, 7/29, 8/1, 8/4, 8/5, 8/8, 8/10]
50..Jennifer Bassey [Marian Chandler]…5
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/2/1/2 [Appeared on 7/28, 7/29, 8/5, 9/22, 9/23]
**..Ray MacDonnell [Dr. Joe Martin]…5
**..John O’Hurley [Kit Sterling]…5
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/5 [Appeared on 9/9, 9/12, 9/20, 9/22, 9/23]
**..Elena Campbell-Martinez [Leticia Castillo]…5
-(R)- 0/0/5/0/0/0/0/0/0 [Debuted on 3/3; Exit on 3/9]
56..David Canary [Adam & Stuart Chandler]…3
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/3 [Appeared on 9/21, 9/22, 9/23]
**..Eva La Rue [Dr. Maria Santos]…3
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/2/0/1 [Appeared on 7/19, 7/20, 9/21]
58..Justin Bruening [Jamie Martin]…2
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/2 [Appeared on 9/21, 23]
**..Carol Burnett [Verla Grubbs]…2
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/2 [Appeared on 9/6, 9/7]
**..Josh Duhamel [Leo du Pres]…2
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/2 [Appeared on 8/4, 8/5]
**..Alexa Havins [Babe Carey]…2
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/2 [Appeared on 9/20-21]
**..Jason Kincaid [Sam Brady]…2
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/2 [Appeared on 9/7, 9/9]
**..Agnes Nixon [Agnes Eckhart]…2
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/1/1 [Appeared on 8/31, 9/1]
64..Sarah Michelle Gellar [Patient]…1
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/1 [Appeared on 9/21]
**..Cheryl Hulteen [Winifred]…1
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/1 [Appeared on 9/23]
**..Wanda De Jesus [Mayor Iris Blanco]…1
-(R)- 1/0/0/0/0/0/0 [Last Aired on 1/13]
**..Esta TerBlanche [Gillian Andrassy]…1
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/1 [Appeared on 8/24]
2011 NUMBER ONES:
January: Ryan (14/20)
February: Ryan (14/19) Cara (14/19)
March: Cara (18/23)
April: Kendall (19/21) Ricky (19/21)
May: Kendall (16/21) Ricky (16/21) Erica/Jane (16/21) Jack (16/21) Bianca (16/21)
June: JR (14/22) Jake (14/22) Tad (14/22)
July: JR (16/20) David (16/20)
August: David (22/23)
September: David (15/16)
September 2011 Episode Count
16 Episodes from Thursday, September 1 – Friday, September 23
01..Vincent Irizarry [David Hayward]…15
02..Darnell Williams [Jesse Hubbard]…13
03..Michael E. Knight [Tad Martin]…11
**..Debbie Morgan [Dr. Angela Hubbard]…11
05..Lindsay Hartley [Dr. Cara Castillo]…10
06..Bobbie Eakes [Krystal Carey]…9
**..Thorsten Kaye [Zach Slater]…9
**..Susan Lucci [Erica Kane]…9
**..Cady McClain [Dixie Cooney]…9
**..Jordi Vilasuso [Dr. Griffin Castillo]…9
**..Jacob Young [J.R. Chandler]…9
12..Cameron Mathison [Ryan Lavery]…8
**..Cornelius Smith Jr. [Dr. Frankie Hubbard]…8
14..Rebecca Budig [Greenlee Smythe Lavery]…7
**..Mariah Buzolin [Maya Mercado]…7
**..Ricky Paull Goldin [Dr. Jake Martin]…7
**..Alicia Minshew [Kendall Hart Slater]…7
**..To Be Determined [Lucille Hubbard]…7
19..Sarah Glendening [Marissa Chandler]…6
**..Natalie Hall [Colby Chandler]…6
**..Jill Larson [Opal Cortlandt]…6
**..J.R. Martinez [Brot Monroe]…6
**..Walt Willey [Jackson Montgomery]…6
24..Tate Berney [AJ Chandler]…5
**..Daniel Cosgrove [Scott Chandler]…5
**..Jamie Luner [Liza Colby]…5
**..John O’Hurley [Kit Sterling]…5
**..Chrishell Stause [Amanda Dillon Martin]…5
29..Mackenzie Aladjem [Miranda Montgomery]…4
**..Julia Barr [Brooke English]…4
**..Stephanie Gatschet [Madison North]…4
**..Christina B. Lind [Bianca Montgomery]…4
**..Ellah Miller [Gabrielle Montgomery]…4
**..Britton Reeder [Ian Slater]…4
**..Denise Vasi [Randi Hubbard]…4
**..Jake T. Vaughn [Spike Lavery]…4
37..David Canary [Adam & Stuart Chandler]…3
**..Shannon Kane [Natalia Fowler]…3
**..Michael and Brody McMackin [Trevor Martin]…3
40..Jennifer Bassey [Marian Colby]…2
**..Justin Bruening [Jamie Martin]…2
**..Carol Burnett [Verla Grubbs]…2
**..Alexa Havins [Babe Carey]…2
**..Jason Kincaid [Sam Brady]…2
**..Ray MacDonnell [Dr. Joe Martin]…2
**..Lee Meriwether [Ruth Martin]…2
**..Danielle Parker [Emma Lavery]…2
48..Trent Garrett [Asher Pike]…1
**..Sarah Michelle Gellar [Patient]…1
**..Cheryl Hulteen [Winifred]…1
**..Darby Jo [Jenny Martin]…1
**..Eva La Rue [Dr. Maria Santos]…1
**..Agnes Nixon [Agnes Eckhart]…1
**..Dannika Northcott [Kathy Martin]…1
**..Michael Nouri [Caleb Cortlandt]…1
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In preparation for it’s last network presentation on Friday, September 23, “All My Children” has been spending each day of this week paying tribute to one of its core four Pine Valley families. On Wednesday, the Martin family will take center stage. Mary Fickett memorably played the Martin matriarch Ruth, wife of Dr. Joe Martin (Ray MacDonnell), for more than a quarter of a century. Wednesday’s episode will be dedicated to Fickett who passed away at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease on September 8, 2011.
Beginning in 1949, Fickett began a successful run in theater, television and film. The talented actress starred in her first Broadway play, “I Know My Love,” in 1949. She earned a Tony nomination in 1958 for her work on “Sunrise at Campobello.” In the 1950s, she parlayed her theater experience to television appearing on programs like Kraft Television Theater. Fickett appeared on numerous television series through the 1960s including “Bonanza” and “The Defenders.” She made her feature film debut opposite Bing Crosby in 1957 in “Man on Fire.” Fickett began her daytime career on CBS’ “The Edge of Night.” In 1970, Fickett became an original cast member of the ABC daytime drama “AMC” as Ruth Parker Brent Martin, R.N. She went on to earn two Daytime Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in that time. In 1973 she took home an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in a Daytime Drama for her work on a storyline that called for Ruth to protest the Vietnam war. The actress, who wanted to spend more time with her family, failed to come to terms with “AMC” in 1996 and then again after a short stint from 1999-2000. Fickett retired from the business in 2000 and was replaced by Lee Meriwether who took over the role after her initial exit in 1996.
Fickett was born in Buffalo, New York on May 23, 1928. She was married three times and leaves behind two children from her first marriag