While they appeared on “All My Children” during different time periods over the show’s 41-year run on ABC, and one of their characters was killed off after being a victim of a jet ski explosion, both Kim Delaney (ex-Jenny Gardner Nelson) and Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart) are open to reprising their roles on “Pine Valley,” ABC’s primetime reboot of the daytime drama series which is currently in development at the network.
In an interview with She Knows Soaps, Delaney told the publication, “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.” She added, “Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere…” Delaney, who currently appears as Jackie Templeton on “General Hospital,” portrayed Jenny Gardner Nelson on the soap from 1981-1984.
Delaney exited the series after her character was killed off when the jet ski she was riding exploded in an event meant for her husband, Greg (Laurence Lau). The actress reprised the role in 1994 as a spirit who came to Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight, currently playing Martin Grey on “GH”) who was in a coma at the time.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Soap Opera News, Minshew shared that she would also be open to reprising her role as Kendall Hart on the soap. “I don’t know who’s a part of it,” noted Minshew to the website. “I know Kelly [Ripa] and Mark [Consuelos] are. And probably Susan [Lucci] because you know you can’t have Pine Valley without Erica Kane. She should still be running that town I think. It’s so dear to my heart. I’m sure they will do right by the fans. They’ll make sure to tell the history correctly and make it a fun show for old and new fans. I hope it does well. And hey, if they call me I’m in!”
As for what Minshew thinks Kendall could be up to in the nearly 10 years since the ABC version of the soap went off the air, the actress said she thinks that Kendall and her husband Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye, currently playing “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Ridge Forrester) might be conquering the world together, “Or, I feel like she could go into business with her mom and sister. She and Erica could be running some fantastic company together with all the Kane grandchildren helping out in some way.” Minshew added, “It’s funny because I feel like it was just yesterday that I was playing her. So, it’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since it went off the air.”
The ABC version of “All My Children” ended its run on September 23, 2011. An online revival spanning just 43 episodes ran from April 29, 2013 to Septemeber 2, 2013. It was available to watch for free on Hulu and for purchase on iTunes. The continuation series took place five years into the future following the ABC version’s series finale and was produced by Prospect Park Networks under a licensing agreement with ABC.
It was announced in December 2020 that ABC had plans to revive the daytime soap as a primetime drama series to be spearheaded by Consuelos and Ripa, who will serve as executive producers alongside Andrew Stearn and Robert Nixon, son of the late Agnes Nixon, creator of “AMC” and “One Life to Live.”
Created by Stearn and based on a script by Leo Richardson (“EastEnders,” “Katy Keene,” “Star”), the potential series will follow a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to Pine Valley to expose the dark and murderous history of the town only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series plans to explore all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names. Richardson will also serve as an executive producer.