“All My Children” is being reincarnated, but is Pine Valley’s most famous resident?
On Jan. 7 TV Guide reported the long-running ABC soap, which was unceremoniously cancelled in 2011, is officially being rebooted and coming soon to a website near you. The confirmation of the web-based series comes after a long tangling with Prospect Park, the production company that originally planned to take on the series when it ended but put the kibosh on the deal due to financial constraints.
Fans may remember that the show ended its 41-year run with a bang—literally. The final scene featured a gunshot and a fade to black, with Susan Lucci’s iconic character, Erica Kane, in the line of fire. Talk about a cliffhanger.
The big question is, will Erica (and her infinite succession of husbands) be back?
In October, Lucci told Parade she had come to terms with the show’s demise.
“It really has taken a year for me to comprehend that it’s in the past, but I’ve made peace with it,” she said. “Life goes on, and I’m moving on to the next thing, but I hope the soaps that are still running will thrive. They have millions of loyal viewers.
Two stars who will be back are Vincent Irizarry, who plays dastardly Dr. David Hayward, and Lindsay Hartley, who plays Dr. Cara Castillo.
“All My Children” has several ties to the Philadelphia area. Show creator Agnes Nixon resides on the Main Line, and the show’s collection of scripts is permanantely housed at The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication as a resource for the school's broadcast history students.
Nixon’s other cancelled soap opera, “One Life to Live,” is also slated for an online return.