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"Due to unforeseen circumstances the Jacksonville, Nashville and Cleveland shows have been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase," is the message posted on the official website of A Tribute to Pine Valley, which has held events around the country honoring the 41 year life and history of ABC's "All My Children."
Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane was generally the glue that held “All My Children’s” Kendall Hart Slater (Alicia Minshew) and Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey) together, but this time, the two are teaming up solo! And if you’re a fan of either of the actors, who are known for their real-life silliness and humor that they rarely had the chance to show onscreen in Pine Valley, then you definitely don’t want to miss it.
TNA Impact Wrestling Superstars Jessie Godderz ("Big Brother") and Lisa Marie Varon have joined the ever growing cast of the NYC Brand Productions online series "Tainted Dreams," created by "All My Children" Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo. Godderz, whose wrestling stage name is Mr. PEC-Tacular, is probably best known for his time on CBS' "Big Brother." Varon appears in TNA programming with the stage name Tara (aka Tarantula).
When “All My Children” stars originally signed on to the A Tribute to Pine Valley tour, they viewed it as their last opportunity to say heartfelt, personal goodbyes to their most loyal fans. But now, with the show set to debut on TOLN on Monday, April 29, they’re looking at the tour dates as chances to party! And guess what? Two more celebratory Tribute dates have been added!
Earlier in the winter it was announced that former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Dina Manzo has joined the cast of the upcoming online soap opera, "Tainted Dreams." With drama that can only rival the antics seen on soap operas encompassing the New Jersey edition of the popular Bravo "Real Housewives" franchise, Manzo decided that enough was enough by the close of Season 2 and bid adieu. [Manzo's siblings, Caroline and Chris, remain regulars on the series.] Following her "Real Housewives" exit, Manzo landed the more easy-going reality series "Dina's Party" on HGTV. On her impending move to scripted serial drama, Manzo - a long-time "One Life to Live" fan - exclaims to Celebuzz.com that she is "excited to be part of a project centered around the rich, proud heritage of NYC-based daytime drama."
Viewers of "All My Children" remember Michael B. Jordan as the memorable Reggie Montgomery, the adopted son of Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey), who first made waves in Pine Valley in early 2003. This weekend, the 24-year old actor added an impressive notch to his professional belt. On February 3, Jordan landed on the big-screen in his first leading role in a motion picture (alongside Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly). That motion picture, the science-fiction thriller "Chronicle," topped the United States Box Office for the weekend. Although the race is very close, early estimates have "Chronicle" just topping "Woman in Black," which stars Daniel Radcliffe, with an estimated 22 million dollar total. The film exceeded expectations of it grossing anywhere from 8 to 15 million dollars in its first weekend in theaters.
After a successful three-city tour on the east coast, "A Tribute to Pine Valley," produced and presented by Celebrity Events Group, Soap Opera Digest and Visit Myrtle Beach: South Carolina, is taking the show to the midwest. Beginning today, January 13, the tribute will hit three venues in Wisconsin and Illinois. The tour boasts a cast of some of "All My Children's" most popular and sustaining actors for a question and answer session as well as an autograph and photo session where you can meet your favorite stars up-close and personal.
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.
Monday, September 5, 2011 will mark the final Labor Day repeat airing of ABC's canceled daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and likely the second to last time "General Hospital" will air one during its current 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot as Katie Couric takes over "GH's" slot beginning in September 2012.