TOLN isn’t leaving anything to chance with its new promo telling All My Children fans to get ready for the soap's return on April 29. The network has released a promo that heavily features classic scenes of beloved characters, such as Bianca (Eden Riegel), Angie (Debbi Morgan), Jesse (Darnell Williams), Zach (Thorsten Kaye), Brooke (Julia Barr), Adam (David Canary), Dixie (Cady McClain), Joe (Ray MacDonnell), Tad (Michel E. Knight), Myrtle (Eileen Herlie) and the dastardly David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry).
I couldn’t help but choke up rewatching Bianca’s coming out to Erica (Susan Lucci). The first nine minutes are a wonderful reminder of All My Children’s past, while the last minute gives viewers a taste of what’s to come. Prospect Park's All My Children premieres on iTunes and Hulu on April 29. Watch the promo after the jump! READ MORE
A couple familiar faces are returning to Pine Valley. Soap Opera Digest is reporting Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether will return to All My Children as Joe and Ruth Martin, for a Martin family event.
I made my final decision just a couple of days ago.
Don't expect her to hitch her truck and move to Beverly though. Lucci let it be known she will stay a New Yorker,
My life is here, said Lucci.
The AP also reports Lucci's co-star, Thorsten Kaye will not be moving to L.A.
Expect to see one less member of the fictional Martin clan. According to the news service, Ray MacDonnell who potrays the family patriarch Dr. Joe Martin, will retire.
This just in. All My Children and One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon has confirmed to Advertising Age that massive pay cuts have indeeed taken place at one of her two ABC soaps!
"All the actors on 'All My Children' have been reduced [in salary]," said creator Agnes Nixon, who also created the ABC soap "One Life to Live" and is now a paid consultant to the network's daytime division. "Susan Lucci, Michael Knight and Ray McDonald have all been reduced -- substantially. And so have I, as a consultant. The ratings are not the same."
In addition to ratings woes, the article cites the pisspoor state of the American automobile industry, a one-time strong advertiser during soap broadcasts, as reason for the economic hardships facing daytime television.
"The affiliate stations are really hurting because the automobile dealers don't advertise [like they used to]," Ms. Nixon said. "It's a ripple-down effect."
Sources indicate Ray McDonnell, who has played All My Children's Joe Martin ever since episode one back in 1970, is approaching contract renegotiation talks. Now before we grab the pitchforks and start our veterans' battle cry, this sounds like routine talks, however I do feel it is imperative in this day and age when soap execs seem to think putting the vets out to pasture is the quickest way to save more money for CGI stunts and/or "fix" fledging shows that we show our support to actors like McDonnell.
I don't think anyone expects to see him in front burner three-day-a-week storylines anymore, but for the fans who have stuck it out with this show come hell or high wind , it is still nice to know that you can tune in when you're at home from work on a sick day and find comforting, old Dr. Joe giving advice to Angie or admonishing a drunken JR. Here's hoping ABC does the right thing and continues to make room for McDonnell at the Pine Valley Inn.