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All My Children

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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!

Rick Rowell/ABC

( — 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:


( — 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.


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
-C- 13/13/17/19/16/12/14/19/7

02..Jordi Vilasuso [Dr. Griffin Castillo]…126
-C- 11/13/17/18/15/12/13/18/9

03..Lindsay Hartley [Dr. Cara Castillo]…119
-C- 7/14/18/14/9/13/13/21/10

04..Michael E. Knight [Tad Martin]…117
-C- 8/13/14/14/9/14/13/21/11

—– 60% or 3 out of 5 Episodes (111) —–

05..Cameron Mathison [Ryan Lavery]…106
-C- 14/14/10/10/14/9/10/17/8

06..Vincent Irizarry [David Hayward]…103
-C- 11/9/6/4/7/13/16/22/15

07..Rebecca Budig [Greenlee Smythe]…102
-C- 13/12/11/7/14 /11/8/19/7

08..Jacob Young [J.R. Chandler]…100
-C- 13/11/12/7/7/14/16/11/9

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
-C- 9/13/15/8/10/14/10/8/7

11..Sarah Glendening [Marissa Chandler]…91
-C- 13/12/12/8/8/13/11/8/6

12..Christina Bennett Lind [Bianca Montgomery]…88
-C- 6/8/9/12/16/13/11/9/4

13..Walt Willey [Jackson Montgomery]…85
-C- 7/11/8/10/16/11/10/6/6

14..Chrishell Stause [Amanda Dillon Martin]…81
-C- 7/9/16/6/8/13/10/7/5
**..Darnell Williams [Jesse Hubbard]…81
-C- 6/9/9/13/6/5/8/13/13

—– 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
-C- 9/9/10/4/12/9/4/1/4

18..Daniel Cosgrove [Scott Chandler]…61
-C- 9/9/10/4/11/6/5/2/5

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
-C- 4/4/8/8/5/9/8/7/6

21..Bobbie Eakes [Krystal Carey]…58
-C- 5/4/10/6/8/6/5/5/9

22..J.R. Martinez [Brot Monroe]…50
-C- 5/5/8/9/3/3/6/5/6

23..Cornelius Smith Jr. [Dr. Frankie Hubbard]…47
-C- 4/2/5/3/9/5/8/3/8

24..Jamie Luner [Liza Colby]…46
-C- 10/6/4/3/7/3/3/5/5

25..Natalie Hall [Colby Chandler]…45
-C- 9/8/6/2/2/5/1/6/6

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
-C- 9/8/7/7/4/4/2/1/1

29..Michael Nouri [Caleb Cortlandt]…42
-C- 6/6/8/10/5/4/2/0/1

—– 20% or 1 out of 5 Episodes (37) —–

30..Tate Berney [AJ Chandler]…37
-R- 5/0/7/2/3/5/6/4/5

31..Jake T. Vaughn [Spike Lavery]…32
-R- 4/6/1/4/6/4/0/3/4

32..Uncredited Child Actors [Lucille Hubbard]…31
-R- 0/0/2/9/3/1/4/5/7

33..Danielle Parker [Emma Lavery]…28
-R- 2/5/6/6/6/1/0/0/2

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
-C- 3/2/7/2/1/6/1/1/4

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
-R- 1/0/3/4/5/6/0/0/4

39..Dannika Northcott [Kathy Martin]…20
-R- 2/0/4/1/2/2/3/5/1

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
-R- 2/2/1/2/1/2/3/1/3
**..Britton Reeder [Ian Slater]…17
-R- 3/2/1/3/3/0/0/1/4

43..Ellah Miller [Gabrielle Montgomery]…15
-R- 1/0/3/2/2/3/0/0/4

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
-R- 2/0/4/1/1/0/0/0/1

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
-R- 0/0/3/0/0/0/0/0/2
**..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]

54..Julia Barr [Brooke English]…4
-G- 0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/4 [Appeared on 9/16, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23]
**..Lee Meriwether [Ruth Martin]…4
-R- 0/0/2/0/0/0/0/0/2

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]


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

© John Paschal/

( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of September 26, 2011.


On Monday, September 26, Jason and Sam’s uninvited guest continues his creepy infestation of their reception. Olivia has a romantic surprise for Steve. Steve has a secret. Alexis takes action to impede Kristina’s career plans on Tuesday, September 27. Maxie figures out what’s bugging Spinelli. Ronnie puts the pressure on Spinelli much to Maxie’s chagrin. Ethan investigates the weird occurrences at Wyndemere. Helena and Ethan come face to face. Ethan walks into a open passageway. Where will it lead … or who will it lead to on Friday, September 30?

The Inside Story: Love Stoned
Lulu tries to reach Dante. Michael discovers Dante in dire straits. Olivia calls Lulu with bad news. Ethan finds Lucky. in complete shambles. Lulu tries to talk to Dante. Elizabeth and Lucky share a tender moment over their son. Lucky confides in Elizabeth. On Thursday, September 29, an enraged Lulu goes off on Lucky after he reveals that his drug addiction is the reason why Dante is where he is. Lucky discovers an envelope from Siobhan. Luke returns to the Haunted Star.

A Closer Look: Family Matters
Kate and Sonny get caught up in the past. Michael asks Shawn for his help in protecting Sonny’s assets. Kate tries to resist the pull into Sonny’s chaotic life. Shawn has his work cut out for him as he tries to work the new cop on the case, Delores Padillo. Johnny and Anthony face off. On Wednesday, September 28, a fainting spell does not impede Kate from going off on Carly. Alexis and Kate discuss Sonny. Olivia demands the truth after finding Sonny and Johnny going at it again. Shawn outsmarts Delores. Sonny and Johnny appear to call a truce. Abby finds Michael in tears. Carly and Shawn end up in a hot and sticky situation.


  • Shawn refuses to answer to Carly.
  • Tracy gets a few surprise visitors.
  • Sonny makes a decision.
  • Maxie remembers BJ.
  • Something’s not right in Hawaii.

AMC Recap: Thursday, September 22, 2011


( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 22, 2011.


Stuart flatlines. David’s attempts to revive Stuart fail. Brooke fears that Adam can’t survive losing Stuart again. Angie pulls David aside and asserts that Stuart needs a miracle of fate, not of medicine, and implores Adam to talk from his heart to his brother. Adam tells Stuart how much he needs him as we see flashbacks of their unbreakable bond. Stuart wakes up and the brothers are reunited. Scott and Stuart have an emotional reunion. Marian learns Stuart is back. Adam looks on lovingly at his brother.

JR appears to say final goodbyes to Dixie and AJ. Dixie calls for JR after Tad calls her with news about Stuart. JR walks away from his mother’s call and is clearly headed for trouble.

Cara fills Tad in on the latest developments in her life. Tad shuts down Cara’s speech about how wonderful David is with some simple facts. Seeing how happy she is, he does ultimately support her decision about the pregnancy. David and Cara have a warm encounter before Jesse takes him back to the station.

Tad questions Griffin about David’s other patient and explains what Dixie remembered from her time at the facility. Griffin tells Tad there was only one patient at the facility, Stuart.

Greenlee, Ryan, Marissa and Bianca surprise Zach and Kendall. They’ve planned a romantic trip for the reunited pair to New York City, sans the children. Zach and Kendall look forward to spending some time alone.

Erica tells Jackson their life together is going to have to be further postponed as her priority is bringing he life-story to the big-screen. Jackson tells Erica he’s done dealing with her and her priorities. Erica arrives at Kendall’s to complain about Jackson’s lack of understanding. She gets agitated when Bianca and Kendall make it clear they see Jackson’s point. Kendall tells Erica that she doesn’t want her to give up anything she wants but she needs to be honest with herself about the choices she’s making and why she’s making those choices. Later, Zach tells Erica he respects that she’s always done what she’s wanted to do and he doesn’t think she needs to change.

Ryan and Greenlee bask in the sunshine as they reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Ryan surprises Greenlee with tickets to the circus.

On the Next All My Children

  • Don’t miss “All My Children’s” final broadcast on the ABC Television Network.

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

( — Ratings Report for the Week of September 12-16, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,249,000 (-382,000/-799,000) <—– new low *
2. OLTL 2,668,000 (-148,000/+341,000) **
3. B&B 2,642,000 (-349,000/-551,000) <—– new low ***
4. AMC 2,491,000 (-212,000/+104,000)
5. GH 2,439,000 (-56,000/-202,000)
6. DAYS 2,322,000 (-35,000/-188,000)

* Previous low: 4,413,000 (August 22-26, 2011)

**Last time #2 in Total Viewers (May 23-27, 2005)

*** Previous low: 2,692,000 (April 11-15, 2011)

1. Y&R 3.2/11 (-.2/-.3) <—– ties low
2. B&B 2.1/7 (-.1/-.2)
3. OLTL 2.0/7 (-.1/+.2)
4. AMC 1.9/7 (-.1/+.1)
5. GH 1.8/6 (-.1/-.2)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (-.1/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 835,000 (-81,000/-264,000)
2. GH 660,000 (-69,000/-227,000)
3. OLTL 637,000 (-53,000/-27,000)
4. DAYS 581,000 (+10,000/-131,000)
5. AMC 532,000 (-25,000/-60,000)
6. B&B 510,000 (-42,000/-186,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/9 (-.1/-.4) <—– ties low
2. GH 1.0/7 (-.1/-.3)
2. OLTL 1.0/7 (-.1/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.2) <—– ties low (2nd straight week)
5. AMC 0.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
5. B&B 0.8/5 (-.1/-.3) <—– ties low

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 53,000 (+16,000/+33,000)
2. Y&R 37,000 (-21,000/-10,000)
3. GH 33,000 (+18,000/+13,000)
4. AMC 27,000 (+14,000/+18,000)
5. DAYS 22,000 (+2,000/+2,000)
6. B&B 16,000 (-13,000/-17,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.2)
1. DAYS 0.7/4 (+.1/same)
3. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
3. OLTL 0.6/4 (-.1/same)
5. AMC 0.5/4 (-.1/same)
6. B&B 0.3/2 (-.1/-.3) <—– ties low

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 956,000 (-55,000/-258,000)
2. B&B 580,000 (-71,000/-100,000)
3. OLTL 525,000 (-64,000/+90,000)
4. DAYS 516,000 (-15,000/-61,000)
5. AMC 464,000 (-119,000/+5,000)
6. GH 446,000 (-16,000/-67,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 2.0/2,640,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,237,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,486,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,488,000
Friday: 1.9/2,603,000

Monday: 2.2/2,941,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,626,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,500,000
Thursday: 2.1/2,680,000
Friday: 2.0/2,461,000

Monday: 1.8/2,429,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,303,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,410,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,291,000
Friday: 1.6/2,178,000

Monday: 1.9/2,386,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,396,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,321,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,637,000
Friday: 1.8/2,456,000

Monday: 2.1/2,865,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,417,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,675,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,606,000
Friday: 1.9/2,776,000

Monday: 3.2/4,357,000
Tuesday: 3.2/4,327,000
Wednesday: 3.0/3,953,000
Thursday: 3.3/4,481,000
Friday: 3.1/4,128,000


For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through September 18, 2011

1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9


Ratings Archive

AMC Recap: Wednesday, September 21, 2011


( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 21, 2011.


At the beginning of this episode celebrating the rich history and legacy of the Martin family, Michael E. Knight, who plays Tad Martin, dedicates the airing to the remarkable woman who played the Martin matriarch for a quarter of a century, Mary Fickett.

Joe and Ruth inform the family they’re returning to Pine Valley; Joe has been offered a consulting job at Pine Valley Hospital. The Martin family gather together at the Martin house to celebrate. Jamie arrives for the festivities. Tad and Dixie take a walk in the park and its clear there’s something on both their minds: a marriage proposal. The pair share words of love and commitment unaware the family is listening to their every word at the Martin home due to Tad’s phone snafu. Tad and Dixie return home to applause. Joe, Ruth, Tad, Dixie, Kathy, Jenny, Jamie Krystal, Opal, Jake, Amanda and Trevor gather together for the Martin family portrait.

Maria, who is in town for a consultation, treats a patient (played by Sarah Michele Gellar) who believes she is Erica Kane’s daughter. She tells Maria she recognizes her, too. Maria privately scoffs when the patient starts talking about seeing vampires. The patient asserts to Dr. Santos that she has been seeing vampires since before they became such a trend. Maria leaves the patient to the professionals. She tells Joe and Jake that as much as she’d love to come back home she and the children are settled in California. Maria leaves to take an important call from Miami.

Adam and Brooke arrive at the mansion. Adam is heartbroken to see everything packed up and is upset about JR’s current state. Babe takes the gun from JR’s hand. JR is ecstatic to see Babe and tells her everything he’s been going through without her. Knowing he’s headed for a fall, Babe tries to talk JR down. JR is devastated as Babe makes it clear she’s not one of David’s patients. He tells Babe she can’t help him because she’s “dead!” and vanishes her from his mind. JR lashes out at Adam. Adam tries to explain to JR why he had to disinherit him for his own good and apologizes for failing him as a father. He tries to convince JR to leave town so he can regroup like [Adam] did last year. JR goes upstairs to pack but becomes consumed by bitter memories of his recent encounters. He loads the gun he’s been carrying. Adam spills his regrets to Brooke, telling her he killed the one man who could save his son: Stuart. Adam suddenly hears Stuart’s voice.

Griffin tells David that the vitals of the patient are dropping despite him doing everything he can. David realizes the only way the patient can be saved is if he’s released from jail. After receiving a call, Angie arrives at the station to plead David’s case. Jesse agrees to let David go under supervision after David reveals the name of the patient and the circumstances. David, Angie, Jesse and Griffin arrive at the hospital and the patient is wheeled in. David reassures the patient, Stuart Chandler, that he’ll pull through.

On the Next All My Children

  • Through Thursday, “All My Children” will celebrate the rich history and legacy of one of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. The Chandler family will take center stage on Thursday’s episode. This week, the special guest appearances include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue, David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins.


( — 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


( — Last week, interviews released by The Hollywood Reporter had Alicia Minshew, one of ‘All My Children’s” most popular stars, directly quoted as saying she was “ready to move on” when asked about continuing with the 41-year old soap as it goes online. In the same interview, Minshew did concede she would be open to continuing with the show with a reduced schedule but that Prospect Park had yet to contact her to begin discussing terms. On Tuesday, the actress revealed to Soap Opera Digest that she is now in talks with the production company that licensed “AMC” and things are looking “really promising” for her to continue with the soap opera that put her on the map.

Talking with Digest, Minshew clarifies that she has never had any intention of just walking away from “AMC” which she feels appeared to get lost in the translation of the interview released last week. The 37-year old actress is married to a New York based restauranteur, Richie Herschenfeld, and notes at that some point she will have to return to the East Coast. The mother of a soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter, Willow, says for her it comes down to what is best for her and her family. She is hopeful something can be worked out, noting the people she is communicating with from Prospect Park “are really nice and really smart and they get it. They understand about family, which I love.”

Minshew debuted in the role of Kendall Hart in January 2002. The role was, of course, originated by Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1993 to 1995. (Gellar, who has moved on to prime-time television success, will make a brief cameo appearance on the Wednesday, September 21 episode of “AMC.”) Minshew has earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work as Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) oft-time rebellious first-born; a Supporting Actress nomination in 2009 and she landed in the prestigious Lead Actress category for her work in 2010. The actress reportedly recently turned down an offer to star on, as of 2012, one of the four remaining network soap operas.

Minshew is scheduled to appear with several of her co-stars on a special edition of “The View” on Friday, September 23. “AMC” last airs on ABC Daytime later that same afternoon.

AMC Recap: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 20, 2011.


Kendall and Bianca are upset after reading the detailed manuscript to Erica’s new book. Kit (John O’Hurley) presses Erica to give him even more insight on her relationships with her daughters and the men in her life. The diva gives Kit generic answers but privately reflects on her relationships both with Kendall and Bianca. The discussion turns to Jackson and his part in Erica losing custody of Bianca. Zach and Jackson both privately reflect on the Kane women. Bianca and Kendall confront Erica. Ryan, Zach and Jack try to keep the peace. The women end up making up and the Kane family – including the Montgomery’s, Slater’s and Lavery’s – gather together for family portraits.

Griffin insists to JR the patient in the room is not Babe. JR and Griffin get into a scuffle. Griffin is forced to knock JR out with drugs to keep him from uncovering the patient. David bristles as JR bad-mouths Marissa and reminds the young man he’s talking about his daughter. JR tries to choke David. David taunts JR. JR threatens Marissa and Bianca again and then proceeds to follow them back to Kendall’s house. He enters the house after everybody scatters and gets his hands on AJ. Erica finds JR with AJ and tells him to leave. JR refuses to abide until the men return to the room. He returns to the mansion where he once again strokes the gun he took from Adam’s belongings. JR is shocked when Babe (Alexa Havins) suddenly appears.

On the Next All My Children

  • Through Thursday, “All My Children” will celebrate the rich history and legacy of one of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. The Martin family will take center stage on Wednesday’s episode. This week, the special guest appearances include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva La Rue, David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins.

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