Which All My Children cast members will sign on for Prospect Park's continuation of the series? That seems to be the question on the lips of most soap fans and TV journos these days. While a good portion of the One Life to Live cast has agreed to continue with that series, only Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley have signed pacts to continue on as con artist-turned-father-of-the-year Ryan Lavery and Martin-marrying Latina medico Cara Castillo, respectively.
As we hold out hope that such popular AMC stars as Michael E. Knight (Tad), Cady McClain (Dixie) Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), Darnell Williams (Jesse), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal), Jill Larson (Opal), David Canary (Adam/Stuart), Vincent Irizarry (David), Walt Willey (Jack), Julia Barr (Brooke), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake), Chrishell Stause (Amanda) and of course Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) will eventually sign on with the show, the clock she is a ticking!
With only three and a half months before the scheduled relaunch of All My Children, this show needs to book more than two stars, and fast. I think it would be smart for Prospect Park to reach back into AMC's storied, 41-year history on ABC to find other characters and/or stars to consider bringing back, as negotiations with the most recent Mouse House cast continues. Here are 10 (or so) past Pine Valley dwellers I'd love to see make a return visit!
No. 10: Jessica Leccia, One Life to Live
Memo to soap execs: Just because an actor is wildly popular on one soap doesn't mean they will work on another. We're sure One Life to Live was hoping Jessica Leccia would bring some of the old Otalia magic from Guiding Light along with her as she created the part of Inez Salinger. Unfortunately, all Leccia managed to bring with her were those deer-in-headlight stares and monotone deliveries that drove us crazy prior to her pairing with Crystal Chappell on GL. DC's Luke Kerr has often said Chappell did all of the heavy lifting when paired opposite Leccia on GL. After seeing Leccia painfully walk around Llanview trying to figure out where she was in 2010, the rest of us are finally inclined to agree with him.
No. 10: Adam Gregory and Kimberly Matula (tie), The Bold and the Beautiful
It’s no easy feat to pull off representing the next generation of chiseled Forrester studs and sun-kissed Logans, but newcomers Adam Gregory and Kimberly Matula have managed to do just that as California dreams Thomas Forrester and Hope Logan respectively on The Bold and the Beautiful. Whether it’s reeling from learning her mom accidentally slept with her boyfriend (her), or pulling his father’s wife into a scandalous lip lock (him), Gregory and Matula have proven they are more than capable of carrying on their families sexy, near-incestuous traditions for years to come.
Watching All My Children last week was like visiting a lush oasis after being stuck in a creative desert penned by Chuck Pratt. AMC fan are hoping what Lorraine Broderick has started will continue when former Guiding Light scribes David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski's episodes start airing. Given Kreizman's penchant for outlandish, over-the-top storytelling, it's no wonder people are a bit nervous, after seeing Broderick get the show back on track so quickly. That being said, I've come up with 10 ways to help keep things moving in the right direction in Pine Valley.
No. 10: Angie and Jesse Hubbard need to drive stories, not support them
Angie (Debbi Morgan) and Jesse (Darnell Williams) need to drive stories, not support them, as they have in the awful tales featuring Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber, aka Madison (Stephanie Gatschet) and Randi (Denise Vasi). Morgan and Williams deserve better and so do the fans who were so excited when they first returned in 2008. AMC has two of the most popular African American characters in soap history on their canvas, and it's high time they used them. READ MORE
No. 10: Shenell Edmonds, One Life to Live
One Life to Live made the wise decision to give Todd's (Trevor St. John) bulky bodguard Shaun (Sean Ringold) a family of his own to protect and spar with in 2009. As Shaun's straight-shooting kid sister Destiny, daytime newcomer Shenell Edmonds has proven to be quite the refreshing departure from the stick thin, fair-skinned teens who populate most daytime soaps. The chemistry Edmonds shares with Ringold and the rest of the actors who make up the Evans clan is a ready one, not to mention the fact that Destiny's heartbreaking devotion to Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson) makes you remember when love was young, surprising and oh-so-bittersweet. READ MORE
No. 10: Jason and Sam, General Hospital
Daytime Confidential has a reputation for being a pro-Liason site. Okay, technically this isn't an undeserved rap, since the majority of our bloggers favor the Jason and Liz (Steve Burton and Rebecca Herbst) pairing over JaSam (We still love ya, Jillian!), but our mourning over the loss of Liason had absolutely nothing to do with why JaSam finds itself on our list of the Worst Couples of 2009— we promise. Brian Frons's manufactured, wannabe Bonnie and Clyde pairing earned their spot on this list without any help from Nurse Liz Webber. After forcing Bob Guza to split up Liason, reportedly citing JaSam's popularity over Liason (yeah, tell that to the Nielsens), Frons and JaSam lovers got their dream come true in 2009, while the rest of us threw up a little in our mouths as Sam re-entered Jason's orbit via a rushed kidnapping storyline for Jason and Liz's lovechild Jake, that saw Sam literally try to make up for having watched Jake being kidnapped herself earlier, not to mention hiring goons to terrorize Jason's son and little Cameron, all before the commercial break during a car scene. If that wasn't bad enough, the moment JaSam begin "finding their way back to one another", GH became a watered down version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, once again, thanks to JaSam's mobtacular activities. Kudos to Burton and Kelly Monaco for giving it their all in trying to sell this farce, but sorry Fronsie, we ain't buying it!