What does a typical day on the set of All My Children look like? Chaos, apparently.
In the exclusive clip below, AMC fans can get a glimpse at the frantic behind-the-scenes work that goes into churning out four 30-minute episodes (available on Hulu and iTunes) every week.
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After nearly 42 years of scandalous affairs, decades-long rivalries, fairy tale romances, kidnapped babies, serial killers, resurrected loved ones and the occasional Pennsylvania tornado, All My Children as fans have known it will come to an end on Friday. Two weeks before production wrapped, TVGuide.com spent a few days behind the scenes of Pine Valley as writers, producers and cast performed something of a three-ring circus, rallying to deliver what they hoped would be a satisfying conclusion for their loyal viewers.
During one morning meeting, longtime director Steven Williford planned out the moment in which Angie (Debbi Morgan) would get her sight back, enacting how she would stumble, joyful and teary-eyed, toward Jessie (Darnell Williams). Downstairs on set at the Pine Valley police station, Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Dixie (Cady McClain) -- together, at last — confronted David (Vincent Irizarry) perhaps for the final time, begging to know
Susan Lucci is not in denial. She knows Tuesday was her last day filming All My Children as it exists now on ABC.
At the same time, she said, "it just didn't seem real."
"Walking out on to the set for my first scene yesterday morning, I have to say, I started to feel it," the actress told TVGuide.com Wednesday, just several hours after the entire production wrapped its storied 42-year-run on broadcast television. "I had to rein my emotions back in because I had to work ...
Jordi Vilasuso, Lindsay Hartley
Cara making out with David? Griffin being bullied by Zach? If you feel like the Castillos are getting the short end of things as All My Children wraps its ABC run, you're not alone.
Before the network announced that it was pulling the home of La Lucci off the air after almost 42 years, Pine Valley's newest residents, a brother-sister team from Doctors Without Borders, were en route to love and happily ever after (for as long as that means on daytime TV). According to Jordi Vilasuso and Lindsay Hartley, who joined the cast as the Castillos last November, Cara was brought in as Jake's estranged wife and "soul mate" (not Tad's, and certainly not David's!), while Griffin was hatched as a love interest for Erica Kane's grieving daughter Kendall. But it was all so very short-lived!
Because of the axing — which spawned the resurrection of AMC superstars Dixie (Cady McClain) and Zach (Thorsten Kaye) — the Castillos have been reduced to being little more than appendages of resident villain David (Vincent Irizzary). What do Vilasuso and Hartley have to say about it? Plenty. The actors spoke with TVGuide.com Friday, just days before the series wrapped production entirely, about being hit with the cancellation curve ball, the Castillos' storyline switcheroo, and the online future of All My Children.
All My Children creator Agnes Nixon will reprise her role as Agnes Eckhart on the show, ABC announced Monday.
Nixon is just the latest in a long line of past cast members dropping by the show once more before it leaves ABC in September. Returning alumni include...
Michael E. Knight
He's the most famous and beloved rascal in all of soap history. But there's so much more to Michael E. Knight. As Tad (the former "Cad") Martin of ABC's All My Children — a role he won back in 1982 — the three-time Emmy winning Knight has emerged over the years as a consummate and deeply admired actor, equally gifted at comedy and tragedy, as well as a insightful statesman whose POV on the soap scene is both wise and heartfelt. TV Guide Magazine lunched with the actor to get his take on Tad's reunion with Dixie (Cady McClain), airing August 8...
Is Susan Lucci moving from Pine Valley to Wisteria Lane?
The All My Children alum says she's been talking to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry about joining the prime-time soap.
"There's been a lot of talking, but we'll see," she told Access Hollywood at the Daytime Emmys. "It's a show I like very much, of course. The cast is amazing. Marc Cherry is amazing."
ABC sets date of All My Children's final episode
For now, Lucci is focusing on All My Children's final weeks. The long-running soap ...
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Mark your calendars, soap fans! The final episode of All My Children will air Friday, September 23, ABC announced Thursday.
After more than 40 years on the air, All My Children will "end in a manner that...
Carol Burnett will return to All My Children this September to reprise her role as Verla Grubbs, ABC announced Friday.
Burnett first appeared as Verla, the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds), in 1983. She returned to Pine Valley 12 years later for the 25th anniversary ...
Eva La Rue
Eva La Rue has joined the growing list of All My Children alumni returning to the ABC soap before it goes off the air in September.
Earlier this week, the show announced that it had also snagged star Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Transformers). He'll be back for at least one episode in August, reprising the role of Leo du Pres, who died in 2003. Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) and Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), both of whom play characters who are now deceased, will also return.
La Rue, who currently stars in CBS' CSI: Miami, will be back for several episodes beginning in July.