(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Susan Lucci’s memoir “All My Life,” a New York Times Bestseller, hit book stores on March 29, 2011. On September 13, 2011, the paperback edition of the book will be released with a new chapter where the actress, who is regarded as one of the biggest names on daytime television, tells fans what she really thinks about a multitude of events surrounding the ABC Daytime cancellation of “All My Children.”
In the new thought-provoking chapter, written before “AMC” was given a new lease on life upon being licensed by production company Prospect Park, Lucci takes on ABC Daytime President Brian Frons and the detrimental influence she believes his decisions had on ”AMC.” High-up on her list of management criticisms includes the 2008 hiring of former ”AMC” head-writer Charles Pratt, Jr. who had fans and actors alike running for cover with his quick-shot character assassinations. The Emmy winner also gives a detailed description of the days surrounding the announcement that the soap she helped launch in 1970 had been given the axe.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Moments before the announcement that production company Prospect Part had licensed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from ABC and saved it from imminent cancellation, it was announced that Debbi Morgan (Angie) had already signed on to “The Young and the Restless.” She will debut on the popular CBS soap this fall. Not too long after that, Jacob Young (JR) announced that he was unable to ignore the call back to “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He returns as Rick Forrester on Monday, September 26. At this moment, Prospect Park is still trying to work out a deal with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) that will allow them to begin negotiating with actors for a hopeful January 2012 relaunch of both ABC soaps. This leaves the actors of “AMC” with free time and a contract with ABC that dissolved earlier this week. In the September 13, 2011 issues of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, it is revealed that Alicia Minshew and Chrishell Stause have also both been contacted to join another soap.
Both actresses declined. Minshew, who joined the cast of “AMC” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, apparently would like to remain with the show if it’s feasible. The Emmy nominated actress does not want to make a commitment to another daytime drama without giving Prospect Park a fair chance to iron things out behind the scenes. Stause, who joined the cast of “AMC” in 2005 as Amanda Dillon, is planning to take advantage of being in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. The stunning young actress who was scheduled to split ways with the soap in 2010 to go to Los Angeles changed her mind when it was announced “AMC” would be joining her on the West Coast. Stause does not rule out a return to daytime television in the future, but wants to try out different formats of entertainment for the foreseeable future.
Various actor interviews also indicate that red-hot commodity Susan Lucci (Erica), as well as long-time “AMC” stars Walt Willey (Jack), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Vincent Irizarry (David) and expert schmoozer Cameron Mathison (Ryan) share Minshew’s willingness to wait a while longer for Prospect Park to get everything aligned before making any major commitments that could impede the potential to join a relaunch of the soap. Mathison, in the meantime, has taken up one more part-time hosting job. Beginning on October 3, fans can see the “Good Morning America” correspondent hosting a new reality-series, “Ultimate Proposal,” a web-series that will be produced by Yahoo! The star who joined “AMC” in 1997 is also slated to begin filming a Lifetime made-for-television movie, “The Wife He Met Online,” opposite former “AMC” star Sydney Penny (ex-Julia). Lucci, meanwhile, has denounced rumors that she’s going to ABC’s prime-time series “Desperate Housewives” but has admitted to having had a good talk with its executive producer Marc Cherry. While waiting for things to take shape, the stunning 64-year old does plan on taking advantage of the time that has opened up and is pondering a return to the stage.
Production of “AMC” for ABC network airings ended earlier this week. The last episode of “AMC” on the ABC network is scheduled to air on Friday, September 23.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 5, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS
- Monday: (Encore Presentation; OAD 8/5/11) Bianca and Kendall are surprised to find Erica on their doorstep with Dixie, Janet and Marian. Leo and Greenlee talk about the past and the present. Greenlee wakes up and finds an unconscious Zach in the locked room with her.
- Tuesday: Ryan thinks David is banking on people forgiving him for all he’s done by bringing back their loved ones. Erica remembers working with Mike Roy on her first book. Carol Burnet reprises her role as Verla Grubbs.
- Wednesday: Bloodied and bruised, Ryan and Zach are hauled down to the police station. David says two of his patients are well enough to be revealed soon. Opal plans on meeting her old flame Sam with Dixie and Krystal by her side.
- Thursday: JR faces a foreclosure on his home. Marissa offers JR legal help. Madison apologizes to Scott for shutting him out.
- Friday: Jesse wants Ryan to drop his vendetta against David. Zach warns Ryan not to mess with something he doesn’t understand. Cara is shocked by the results of her test.
Friday, September 23, 2011 may be the final airdate for “All My Children” on ABC, but Wednesday, August 31, 2011 marked the last date an actor was under contract with the drama series since the filming of the soaps pilot episode in late 1969.
Although “One Life to Live” debuted nearly two years before it, “All My Children” was actually the first soap opera created by Agnes Nixon that was geared towards the ABC Television Network’s daytime audience. Initially, ABC thought the idea of “AMC” was too much for daytime television, especially with an untested series creator (Nixon), so the network asked the scribe to conceive a totally different soap opera (“OLTL”). With the success of “One Life,” Nixon was given the go ahead to move forward with “All My Children,” which takes place in the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania. The series debuted as a half-hour program and was owned by Nixon’s Creative Horizons, Inc. before being sold to ABC outright in 1975. “AMC” was expanded to an hour long serial beginning in 1977.
After more than 10,700 episodes and 41-years on television, “All My Children” will end its broadcast run on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011. In its final week and leading to its final moments, “All My Children” will celebrate the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Nixon has promised a cliffhanger ending that will have the audience excited for the next chapter of her 41-year old sudser. Susan Lucci, who portrays matriarch Erica Kane, will have been the only original cast member from the first season of “AMC” that has remained with the show without interruption since its debut on January 5, 1970.
At this time it is unclear as to who will be returning to the soap when “All My Children” resumes production later this fall/early winter in order to make its grand return when it moves to an online format beginning in January 2012 when Prospect Park takes over production from the Disney/ABC Television Group.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 31, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Tad tells Cara they can’t put off the interview otherwise she could be deported. “All My Children” creator Agnes Nixon makes a special guest appearance.
Tad admits that seeing Dixie with David reminded him all over again how David convinced her to leave town while pregnant with their baby.
Marissa tells Bianca that JR is making trouble for her.
Angie reels off the loss of her baby and asks Jesse to tell her about their little girl.
On the Next All My Children…
- Jesse tells Brot he doesn’t want him to risk his badge or relationship with Natalia due to him.
- Jackson tells Erica her new book is creating good buzz and her publisher wants to put her on a talk show in LA.
- Erica gets a message from Mona.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A quick peek into what’s happening in Pine Valley this September.
ALL MY CHILDREN: SEPTEMBER PREVIEW
JR hits rock bottom. Can anybody save him from himself?
Erica decides whether or not to pursue her past or leave it buried.
Jake and Amanda make a profound decision about their future.
Cara shocks David.
Angie and Maya both make difficult decisions that could forever change their future.
Zach surprises Kendall.
On it’s final week on ABC (September 19 to 23), look for many returns as ”All My Children” celebrates the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Creator Agnes Nixon promises a cliffhanger ending that will have the audience excited for the next chapter of her 41-year old sudser.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Cara tells David she’s starting to worry about him Griffin.
Zach asks Kendall if she trusts him enough to keep a secret. Cara tells Tad she isn’t going to the immigration interview.
Angie asks what happened to her baby.
On the Next All My Children…
- “All My Children” creator Agnes Nixon makes a special guest appearance.
- Dixie wonders if Tad’s really forgiven her for what she did.
- Marissa tells JR neither she nor Bianca will be blackmailed by him.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This evening, ABC confirmed the list of contestants for the 13th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The list leaked earlier today on Twitter proved to be accurate. Both lists included actor J.R. Martinez, 28, from “All My Children.” Martinez is a veteran of the Iraq war and a highly sought-after motivational speaker for the causes that effect his fellow veterans. He joined the 41-year old ABC soap as Brot Monroe in November of 2008. Martinez follows in the foot steps of former “DWTS” winner Kelly Monaco (Sam, “General Hospital”) and his “AMC” co-stars and former “DWTS” contestants Cameron Mathison (Ryan) Susan Lucci (Erica) and Aiden Turner (ex-Aidan).
Joining Martinez will be a slew of figures from the entertainment (actors, reality stars, commentators, and musicians) and sports world including:
- Elizabetta Canalis, 32: Canalis is a stunning Italian actress. To the world at large Canalis is best known as the former long-term flame of mega-star George Clooney.
- Kristin Cavalleri, 24: Cavalleri is an aspiring actress and a successful reality television star. She starred on MTV’s reality hits “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills.”
- Nancy Grace, 51: Grace is a former prosecutor and an outspoken television host, journalist and legal correspondent.
- Ricki Lake, 42: Lake is best known for her daytime talk show “Ricki Lake.” The gab fest aired for ten seasons on syndication from 1993 thru 2004. Lake is also a successful actress.
- Chynna Phillips, 43: Phillips is best known for being one third of the successful 1980s musical trio Wilson Phillips. Phillips is married to William Baldwin.
- Hope Solo, 31: Is an America soccer goalkeeper. She is the starting goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.
- David Arquette, 39: Arquette is an actor, writer, director and screenwriter. He most notably starred in the “Scream” series of films. Arquette was married to Courtney Cox (“Friends” and “Cougar Town”). He’s recently been in the news due to substance abuse problems.
- Ron Artest, 31: The Queens, New York native won his first NBA Championship in 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers. Artest was drafted to the NBA in 1999 by the Chicago Bulls. The talented athlete has been a controversial personality on-and-off the court.
- Chaz Bono, 42: Chaz is the son of legendary pop icon Cher and partner Sonny Bono. Chaz was born a female named Chastity.
- Rob Kardashian, 24: Kardashian is a reality television star. He stars on E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s” and “Khloe and Lamar.”
- Carson Kressley, 41: Kressley is a fashion guru and commentator. He’s hosted such fashion oriented shows as “Queer Eye,” “How to Look Good Naked” and “Carson Nation.”
The professional dancers scheduled to partner with these performers include Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff, Lacey Schwimmer, Anna Trebunskaya, Tony Dovolani, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkoviskiy, Val Chmerkoviskiy and Tristan MacManus.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, August 29, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
JR misses AJ.
While asleep, Erica tosses and turns, thinking of David taunting her with the idea that someone she loves is alive. David asks Cara why she wants to work with him.
Angie recounts giving up Frankie and how Jesse forgave her and helped find him.
On the Next All My Children…
- Will Jesse tell Angie the truth about her baby?
- Cara tells Tad she isn’t going to her immigration interview.
- Cara gets an email from Griffin saying he’s gone back to Doctors without Borders.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Teasers for the Week of August 29, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: TEASERS
- Monday (Episode #10695): J.R. intimidates Marissa. Maya opens up to Angie. Jesse prepares to make a difficult confession to Angie. (Rated: TVPG D)
- Tuesday (Episode #10696): Cara makes the decision to blow off her immigration review. Cara receives correspondence from Griffin about his returning to the Doctors Without Borders program. Will Jesse come clean to Angie about the baby? (Rated: TVPG)
- Wednesday (Episode #10697): Dixie isn’t sure if Tad has ever forgiven her. Marissa stands her ground with J.R. A very special person returns to Pine Valley. (Rated: TVPG D)
- Thursday (Episode #10698): Jackson has good news for Erica, who finds a message from her late mother. Jesse reassures Brot. (Rated: TVPG D)
- Friday (Episode #10699): Cara opens up to David. Erica is determined to figure out what Zach is hiding. Jesse is confronted by Angie. (Rated: TVPG)