ABC has issued its long awaited press release today of who in the current cast of contract players of All My Children will be with staying with show with its move to Los Angeles. Among the notables that are staying put and/or moving west are: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Michael Knight, Debbi Morgan, Ricky Paull Goldin, and David Canary. However the sad news is that Thorsten Kaye will not be relocating with the show and Alicia Minshew will be off on maternity leave during the time the show makes its coast to coast move. Veteran Ray MacDonell, (Dr. Joe) has decided to retire! As far as the actors on recurring status it was noted that pending the shows needs on storylines and availability it would be determined, in what would seem, a case by case basis.
Below is the ABC press releasse in its entirety!
SUSAN LUCCI, CAMERON MATHISON AND MICHAEL E. KNIGHT ARE AMONG THOSE CONFIRMED TO BEGIN TAPING “ALL MY CHILDREN” IN LOS ANGELES IN JANUARY 2010.
In August 2009, it was announced by Brian Frons president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television, that the Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama “All My Children” will move production from New York City to Los Angeles, California. The final date of production in New York is December 11th.
With production set to resume in Los Angeles on January 4th 2010, the following contracted cast members are confirmed to begin taping at the Andrita Studios in Los Angeles: Brittany Allen, David Canary, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Stephanie Gatschet, Ricky Paull Goldin, Vincent Irizarry, Michael E. Knight, Susan Lucci, Jamie Luner, Adam Mayfield, JR Martinez, Cameron Mathison, Debbi Morgan, Cornelius Smith, Jr., Denise Vasi, Darnell Williams and Jacob Young.
Ray MacDonnell has announced that he will be retiring. We wish him well and our heartfelt congratulations. Thorsten Kaye will not be relocating to Los Angeles, and Alicia Minshew will be on maternity leave beginning November 2009. She will continue to appear on air through the month of December. Appearances by actors on recurring status will be determined by storyline needs and availability.
“All My Children’s” new, larger facility at Andrita Studios will give the show the largest production footprint of any of the ABC soaps. The site is twice the size of “All My Children’s” current New York home and contains two stages, which will enable production to keep more standing sets, thereby reducing transportation, set-up, knock-down and storage costs. The new facility will also allow for series production to immediately transition from Standard Definition to High Definition.
“All My Children” will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on January 5, 2010. The program has successfully maintained its popularity and continues to be one of daytime’s most compelling dramas. “All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. In 2004 the show also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Writing, its third Writers Guild Award and its fourth GLAAD Media Award in March 2007.
Created by Agnes Nixon, “All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer and Charles Pratt, Jr. is head writer. “All My Children” is currently produced in New York and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.