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50 March 16th, 2013 Cady McClain’s Latest Blog: Let’s Talk About The Kids (Of All My Children)!

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We did not think it was even possible to find Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain (Dixie Martin) more endearing than she already is …  but in her latest blog on her website, Cady makes us love her even more with her honesty mixed with humor that cuts to the chase.

In her writings, McClain deals with the issue at-hand that has been of concern for long time viewers of All My Children.  That is, that when AMC returns on April 29th there will be a host of new faces who have joined the series!

Cady reveals just how exciting the new additions to Pine Valley truly are including: Eric Nelsen (AJ), Ryan Bittle (JR), Sal Stowers (Cassandra), Robert Scott Wilson (Pete(, Jordan Lane Price (Celia), and Heather Roop (Jane) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda).   She also reminds the viewers that All My Children had always been about exactly this at its core – the children of the residents of Pine Valley in some shape or form – and the veteran characters who are beloved staples of the iconic series.

Here now is an excerpt from Cady’s blog:  “I want to talk about the new young people on All My Children, and why I think (and hope) the audience should give them a chance.  I am not known for blowing smoke up anybodies hoo-ha, right? Let’s just start with that as a baseline for this conversation!

Before you totally freak on me, let me tell you that I TOTALLY understand what happened to AMC during the ‘oughts of 2000-2010. The show lost heart (in my opinion) and it’s way.  Franz and company dominated and upended the show during that time, throwing old favorites into the fire and overwhelming the fans with too many new faces.  I can totally get why someone might say, “Oh please, not again!” or “Stop ruining my show!”

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Here is why I think, no scratch that, I KNOW that is NOT going to happen.  First off: lets look at the COMPANY of actors on the list.  On the classic side, there are: Julia Barr (Brooke), Jill Larson (Opal), David Canary (Adam), Ray MacDonnell (Joe Martin), Debbie Morgan (Angie), Darnell Williams (Jesse), me (Dixie), Eden Reigal (Bianca), Vincent Irrizary (David), Francesca James (Evelyn), Jordi Vilacuso (Griff), Lindsay Hartley (Cara), and Thorston Kaye (Zack)… that’s THIRTEEN veterans of the show in place from the START, and you can bet there are more to come.

On the newbie side there are: Eric Nelsen (AJ, son of JR), Ryan Bittle (JR), Jordan Lane Price (Celia, can’t tell you who she’s related to… YET!), Heather Roop (Jane), Sal Stowers (Cassandra, daughter of Angie and Jesse), Robert Scott Wilson (Pete Cortland, son of Opal and Palmer), and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, daughter of Bianca)… that’s only SEVEN and almost all of them are related to long standing, beloved core characters!

Then lets consider that Agnes Nixon was not allowed to give hardly ANY input when Franzie was running things. He REALLY threw her to the fire!  NOW she is back in FULL FORCE and is totally and completely respected by the new bosses of the show. I have personally heard Jeff Kwatinetz talk about how blown away he is by her and her genius.  Not only that, but Ginger Smith, who was an associate producer under every regime since I started, oh 25 years ago (lets not talk about that number, shall we?) is AT THE HELM.  In all my years, I have never known ANYONE who LOVED and UNDERSTOOD All My Children at it’s CORE like Ginger.  She is the MAIN reason I returned. I love and respect her so much.

Now let me tell you about my experiences with these young people.  I don’t know if you’ve heard me talk about this yet, but you will.  The short version is: when I came to the set the first day, I COULD NOT LEAVE IT.  Even though I wasn’t shooting until the end of the day, I stayed on the set for HOURS.  Guess who sat next to me all that time? Eric Nelsen who plays “AJ.”

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We sat and watched the monitor and I talked to him about the show, it’s history, how to work with cameras, everything that came into my mind on that very special day. He was a total doll, respectful, grateful and attentive. He studied at PCS, aka Professional Children’s School for Actors, and I could tell he is very passionate and committed to his work.  As a child actor myself, we had an instant bond.  Later, I got to watch him do his thing on set. He is totally committed, adorable, and incredibly talented. I can’t speak highly enough of this young man. I totally adore him.”

For more of Cady’s thoughts on the other new kids on the block, make sure to visit her blog here!

So what do you think of the point that Cady is making? Will you give the “newbies” a chance and kick back and enjoy the story and just let it play out before making any judgement?  Which “New Kid” are you looking forward to seeing the most?  Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Llanviewer717 says:

    This is fantastic to hear especially coming for a seasoned veteran like Cady. It is wonderful to know that the powers that be respect the history and core of our shows and value the vision and talent of Agnes Nixon. It is clear the alphabet network and their hatch man had no respect for or interest in AMC or OLTL or their audience. Everything we’ve heard about Prospect Park, including these comments from Cady, seem to indicate that narrow minded attitude is history. Good riddance. Thank you Cady.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Great post I completely agree!

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  2. Beth says:

    Love Cady!!! Love her writing and acting and can’t wait to embrace the show once again!!!

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  3. su0000 says:

    Looks like Prospect Park is giving the soaps their all and are giving Agnes great respect and letting her do her thing/magic..

    Some people were terrible and cruel when PP could not make this happen last year, but the investors were not on-board and then unions could not be won over for them..

    Now, seeing how much time and effort has gone into launching the 2 soaps there was no way back then that PP could have done this in 3 months, no matter how much they wanted to..
    PP did say they would keep trying and they did, and now thankful to PP we will have our soaps back… They had no intentions of failing us ..

    And to all who were so very terrible, mean, and cruel to PP, hang your heads and big nasty mouths in shame :)

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    jim replied

    But PP did crush a lot of hopes when in Nov. 2011 it did announce it wasnt able to relaunch both shows so i for one can understand the fans anger. PP shouldnt have said anything unless it was a guarantee go. Even many actors thought it was the end and moved on. So i dont feeling any fan should feel ashame at all. Besides many of us didnt feel these shows were coming back until almost a year later so it was easy to give up on PP which hadnt really been established yet. No, they shouldnt feel ashamed because it wasnt their fault to feel that way. But now that PP has got their act together and the show is on the road we should move ahead instead of backwards and all be grateful that they are back.

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    su0000 replied

    Sorry, there is absolutely no excuse for the terrible behavior of some of the fans..
    They were grownups acting outrageously towards PP who promised them nothing nor owed them nothing.
    They were so out of control that through this past year while PP was still working to launch the soaps it was done in complete secrecy so not to have to deal with the terrible actions of out of control fans who caused them problems/damage with their tentative investors the first time around from their boycotting and whatever other threats to PP ..
    Everyone one them should be ashamed for their neurotic behavior
    No excuse for that type of behavior.
    Just saying …

    It is wonderful that PP kept on with their project to give us our soaps back and awesome that they did succeed !! Many of the stars are back and a new beginning along with Agnes is back!!
    We have to remember this is an enormous groundbreaking undertaking and has never been before, a new frontier for the internet and hopefully many other soaps will eventually follow suit to keep the network soaps living on into the future!! … awesome ..

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Hey Jim, Yea some hopes got crushed however they did say that they were not giving up on bringing them back and most fans stayed behind them doing all we could to try to help………

    Su0000 you really need to quit, you were all over the Micheal Easton thread bashing PP up down and side ways, so you should be ashamed for your “neurotic” behavior!

    jim replied

    I feel ill split it down the middle…50% 4 PP for not letting the fans know at first they were still working on bringing them back which could have avoided their childish reaction and the other 50% for the fans 4 being childish. Dang, i hate my honesty because i was one of them, and i cant lie about it. lol. But now its time for all those fans to put the anger behind them and move forward with happy thoughts that their favorite shows are returning.

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    su0000 replied

    Joliefan Forever, that was not me bashing in any ME thread, I’m not a basher, not mtything..
    I am all time total supporter of PP , never said a bad word about them/PP..

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Hey Jim,
    The day they announced that because of Financial Backing out due to no fault of their own, they could not put the shows on at that time they did say that they were not giving up on bringing them back, and it didn’t deter SOME fans from acting like little kids then and now…..See I wasn’t, me and a group of AMC and OLTL fans dedicated pages and sites to bringing back them shows and promoting PP etc, ya know the phone calls and what not LOL…..I agree all the fans should be happy that the shows are back and the ones that bash them and hope they fail IMHO were NEVER TRUE fans of the shows I don’t care how mad they were……

  4. OLTLFANBRUCE says:

    I am happy these shows are back and I WILL support both!

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  5. Beacon says:

    I just hope the teens on New AMC are not isolated amongst themselves and have storylines with the veterans. I also hope the teenagers will have psychological depth and not be vacuous and materialistic.

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  6. jim says:

    The vets and newbies work for us fans of Dallas and i see no reason why it shouldnt work here. There is enough vets to satisfy long time fans and the newbies are playing characters with connections to the vets just like Dallas has successfully done. Its starting to feel more like the AMC i remember than that last year it was on ABC so i dont see any reason fans should complain. Besides if one of your missing favorites isnt there when the show starts, it doesnt mean they cant come back later. Im sure PP will always leave the door open for them. Plus you got to remember these are 30 minute shows now and you cant fit in as many characters as you could when they were an hour. But if someone does eventually quit that will open up some room for a returning vet unless there is a recast. And they could also make guest appearances and do short story arcs that works over at GH. See, there is endless possibilties so dont give up your wishlist just yet and be grateful its coming back at all. Maybe you dont like it now but that could change later. I stopped watching GH and now im back again. I always have this love/hate relationship with my soaps.

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    Jenn replied

    Great post! I’m looking forward to the new and improved AMC.

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    su0000 replied

    The soaps now are around 30 minutes actual run time..
    So, having them on the internet now at 30 mins is near the same..
    When watching the soaps on-line they around 36 minutes including the commercials.
    So, there is really no difference in run time of the actual soap..
    The soaps run an hour on network TV because of all the commercials ..

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Hey Jim, They did say that the shows could go to one hour each, But like I said before on another thread even tho GH Is on for an hour the show is actually about 35 minutes long because of the commercials, and AMC and OLTL are supposed to have very little to No commercials. I don’t think the writers will have any problem blending in the newbies as they are only newbie actors not newbie characters they just aged the kids that are already apart of the show. And they have the Queen of Daytime and all her experience Ms Agnes Nixon I don’t see it being a problem :)

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    jim replied

    Out of all the returns mentioned, Agnes Nixon was the best one of them all! Long live the queen!

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Jim Long Live the Queen LOVE IT!!!!

    jim replied

    I dont feel i was really mad at PP like some of those others were, i was kinda depressed more and i didnt see anything on line about PP park because of lenghty health issues but now im feeling better about what im hearing about PP and feeling somewhat better healthwise as well. I couldnt respond to your last reply so i did here. Thanks 4 reply.

    Joliefan Forever replied

    So sorry to hear you were not well but glad to hear you are feeling better!!

    Barbara t loves One life to live replied

    You are right again Jim.

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    jim replied

    I like to think im always right. LOL! Thanks!!!

    Barbara t loves One life to live replied

    You are very welcome Jim

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  7. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Beuaitful, beautiful writing by Ms. Cady McClain! She has such a beautiful way with her words. And let’s think about it: isn’t everyone a “newbie” anyway? Cady was, Julia was, Lindsay was. It’s how soaps grow. And that’s how AMC is going to grow. Without the new actors, how is the show expecting to grow and more forward with its history. These actors won’t be alive forever, so “newbies” will forever be coming in.

    I think it’s beautiful that the show is evolving and that they are being accepted and welcoming by the returning veterans of the series. It’s so fantastic. I cannot wait to see the relaunching of AMC. It’s going to be brilliant.

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  8. Ron says:

    I am so glad that Agnes Nixon is behind the scenes. I have the utmost faith and confidence in her and look forward to the first episode.

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  9. Michael says:

    What story lines do people still remember from the first days of All My Children? Erica’s scheming to break up Tara and Phil (and Chuck woven in their as well). And consider some of the most beloved current vets: Angie and Jessie (started out as teen characters), Dixie (was pretty creepy that Adam hit on her when the actress herself was that young) and Tad (who will eventually make his way back), Brooke came on as a teen. Eden Riegel’s turn as Bianca was a teen subplot. Agnes Nixon knows how to plot teen stories that become life long favorite characters. It was only in the Frons era that the teens became totally forgettable. And the teen/later generation should be strong as well (remember: Erica/Mona, Phil/Ruth, Tad, jenny, angie and jessie being intertwined with their parents and surrogate parents)–whatever is going on with Kendall and Zach needs to be resolved so Thorston Kaye can be in the intergenerational mix as well–lots and lots of potential here.

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    AbbyS. replied

    I agree with all you said, and I’d only add that I hope whatever is going on with Kendall and Zach is resolved so that the Slaters are back together where they belong. Like Cady, I have alot of confidence in Agnes Nixon’s storytelling and I’m looking forward to seeing the veteran actors interact with the newer ones. This should be good.

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  10. Brian Tripp says:

    Cady is my favorite! She’s such a cheerleader for soaps and we need more like her. People like Cady, Jordi, Kassie and Jerry who promote their shows on websites and blogs are what help keep the fans excited.

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  11. WingsStef says:

    I am excited to watch too. I am sure one or two of these SORAswill be a bit much (age wise. Bianca didn’t have Miranda as a teenager for example) but I can learn to overlook that (not like something like that hasn’t happened before). Still it’s going to be an interesting ride, and like was mentioned All My Children is about family. I can’t wait to watch next month.

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    su0000 replied

    Yes, the SOAR characters will be a bit different..
    But, in order to keep the core families alive they needed to have older children..
    Without the SRARed the stage would be a bit empty and the stories empty lol ..
    I’m looking forward to the new adventures!!!
    I feel the grownup children now young adults, will have a lot to offer, story wise, for sure.. exciting!

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Miranda was born in 2004 that makes her 8 years old they are going ahead 5 years that makes her 13. I think what makes it so weird is that Bianca hasn’t aged……

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  12. MK says:

    Just hearing about the concept and how it will be just like the AMC of the 70′s and 80′s that told me that Agnes is in total control. She used to own the show at the beginning and is what CLASSIC AMC is all about. I knew that ABC wanted Agnes out, that is reason why both AMC and OLTL got the ax. For GH, The creators are dead, and ABC controls the show. Even Bridget Dobson, Frank and Doris’ Daughter has no control.

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  13. jim says:

    Aging soap kids is a lot like how quickly real life kids seem to age. 0ne day they are these sweet adorable little moppets your listening say their first words, taking them to see Santa, and watching them go off on their first day of school. Then b4 you know it they get older and our talking back at you, lieing cheating and stealing, and going off to jail for a crime they did commit. (Ok not all kids are bad! lol) Im just saying that childhood is very fleeting in soaps and in real life!

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    jim replied

    …meant to say 4 a crime they did or didnt commit. But im sure you get my point and the humor.

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  14. Eileen Hargis says:

    O.k., let me start by saying I love Cady and respect her as an actress. And I know how much the returning actors want this to work, so do I! But in her blog, she states ” its ONLY 7 new faces of aged rolls.” There are 20 actors in the new cast photo. Thats one third of the cadt that are newbies, unfamiliar and untried to fans. The show already has enough walls to climb, a new firmat to watch, web and not tv, 30 minutes each show and 4 days a week, and 1/3 new faces?
    Come on, how can we NOT be skeptical? If the 4 soaps on right now: Y and R, B and B, GH and

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    Days, recast 7 actors all at once, u think that wouldnt be a huge problem?

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    jim replied

    Whats the big deal? Most of the vets were unfamilar newbies and untried to us fans when they first started on these shows. Most of the recasting is 4 the aging of the children because the show takes place 5 years later after it left ABC. Recasting adult characters cant be helped for a because their previous potrayers are committed to other things. This is called a reboot for a reason. We should be grateful the show is coming back in any form. Give it a chance first then decide if you like it or not. I did with Dallas who did the exact same thing…mixed vets with newbies…and a lot of us like it. Those who didnt simply dont watch it. We can do the same here.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    I agree Jim Great Post!

    jim replied

    Whats the big deal? Most of the vets were once newbies who were unfamiliar and untried to us fans when they first started on the show. Many of the newbies r for the aging of the children because the series takes place 5 years after its original run on ABC. The teens feel like a nod to the shows original beginings, and i mean that in a postive way. The recasting of any adult character cant be helped because their previous potrayers are mostly committed to other projects. They dont call these reboots for nothing. We should be grateful that there are people helping to keep the soap genre alive. Dallas was a reboot with a mix of vets and newbies just like they are doing here and i gave it a chance and now i like it. Those who didnt simply dont watch. The same can be done here.

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    jim replied

    Sorry if your seeing double…i thought one of my replies got cancelled when i pushed the wrong thing to edit!

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  15. Stephanie says:

    I can’t believe that people have the nerve to complain when they are lucky enough to be getting their show back. What I would do to get ATWT back – ugh! Be grateful, not hateful!

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    jim replied

    Atwt is missed by me too. I play that special Upstairs/Downstairs Christmas episode every Christmas season.

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  16. jim says:

    Im beginning to wonder if some of the complainers are related to Brian Frons and hope these reboots fail just to prove him right.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    I wouldn’t put it past him! Frons already looks like the ASS that he is!!! This Reboot has got to be a MAJOR SLAP in the face to him and his “Knowledge” of the “Common Housewife ((FANS))” & what they want to watch on TV……Actually the SLAP is going to be felt By him, ABC and Disney! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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    jim replied

    Agreed…i just wish Micheal could interview Brian and get his opinion on all this but i dont Brian would have the balls to do it!!! lol

    jim replied

    meant doubt…

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Hahahaha That would be awesome! But your right Brian ain’t got the balls to do it! :)

  17. jim says:

    Are any of these complainers of the reboots related to or are friends of Brian Frons and are hoping the revivals fail just to prove BF right? I plan to tune in b4 i judge what i havent seen and then ill decide if i like what i see or not. Hopefully ill like them but if i dont( of course i might not like it at first and then i might later. Ive often gone back and forth liking and dislking my soaps) im still gratefull that the soaps may still be around for many generations to come.

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    jim replied

    Another one! I thought i cancelled the first to do a rewrite!

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  18. aline robichaud says:

    I can’t wait to see all my children sometimes fighting for what you want works because this was part of my family as for many more I know and can’t wait to see my friends again .Il’s like the unemployment everybody is fighting for what they want and it’s not easy hope everyone will get at lease some of what they want thank you for being there All my children

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