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29 February 28th, 2013 Francesca James to Play New Role On All My Children! Robert Gorrie The New Matthew Buchanan On OLTL!

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Two big pieces of casting information came to light today via press release from The Online Network!  First, Francesca James who started out her daytime soap career as Kitty and Kelly Shea on All My Children, and who later went on to direct, produce and executive produce series from All My Children to General Hospital is returning to Prospect Park’s new version of the series as a new character named Evelyn Johnson!

In addition, casting news out of Llanview has the role of Matthew Buchanan last played by Eddie Alderson now being recast and played by Robert Gorrie who many may recall in the role of Nate on As the World Turns!

What do you think about the surprise return of Daytime Emmy winner Francesca James?  And a new Matthew Buchanan?  Let us know!

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  1. jim says:

    R.G. could be the perfect recasting choice to play Mathew. Its great seeing Francesca back in front of the camera on AMC no matter who she plays. But whatever happen 2 Peter White who played Lincoln Tyler her huband on the show when she was Kitty then Kelly?

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    Kelly replied

    I actually saw him the other night at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA attending a charity concert! He’s still around – not sure if he still acts.

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    jim replied

    Good to hear.

  2. clh says:

    Always liked her in the role of Kitty/Kelly. Will be hard to get used to the new role, but willing to try. I still want the character of Bennie Sago back, especially since Brooke will be there.

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    jim replied

    I mentioned Benny b4 myself. It would be great if he could be her good friend and confidante.

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    Mitchell1660 replied

    Jeez, how long ago was THAT? 30 years or more? Who even remembers Kitty/Kelly? Francesca James will be just fine in the new role, and no one is interested in seeing Benny Sago; no one was that interested when he was in the show.

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    jim replied

    Obviously some of us do like Benny or we wouldnt have mentioned him. Benny was friends with Brooke in the beginning of her storyline. It would be nice for some of us to see a few characters from the shows past turn up in Pine Valley for short story arcs the way the do at GH. Benny could have a grown son by now in his thirties who is a doctor or a lawyer who falls for the older Brooke unaware his father always had feelings for her. I know not all of us like or dislike the same characters and im fine with that but i still wouldnt mind seeing a few oldies but goodies from time to time.

    clh replied

    Well gee who do you think has been fighting for the shows to return. Those people that watched 30 years ago or more I would say.

    As far as Benny Sago, just because you apparently didn’t like the character, doesn’t mean no one else did. Having grown and matured since then it would be nice to see a mature friend relationship for Brooke.

    Michelle replied

    That would be cool to have Benny Sago back on !
    And I remember. Kitty/Kelly . I started watching AMC , when I was in 7th grade ! I always loved this show. I am now 54.
    Am so glad that both AMC and OLTL are both online and we an access them at anytime that we want !

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  3. clh says:

    We’ll see about the new Mathew. I loved Eddie. If we could make a wish list, would love to see Max Holden return.

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    susan M. replied

    I agree with you…….

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    Michelle replied

    I loved Max Holden. I wish he would come back !

  4. Blake says:

    He looks like a cutie so can’t wait to see how he and the new actors play the roles!

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  5. Shawn says:

    I think Robert Gorrie will do great to play the role of Matthew Buchanan even let’s hope he don’t mess up.

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    susan M. replied

    I like the orginial character!

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    Shawn replied

    Me too EA was great! he own that role, But, I’m just glad they atleast want Matthew and Destiny to return to the new OLTL unlike they didn’t bring back Rex, Gigi, Shane, Roxy, Jessica, Brody, Victor. And we still don’t know if John and Starr will be back yet? But, I’llgve my support to both RGand LH as the new Matthew and Destiny, who knows maybe they will be the next SuperCouple.

  6. MarkInFLA says:

    Didn’t Ms James start on OLTL as Marcy Wade? She tried to come between Viki & Steve Burke and went as far as to dress up as Niki Smith?

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    jim replied

    She did play Marcie but thats all i remember about her. I rarely watched OLTL back then, but i became a regular viewer in later years. Too bad those episodes from the 1st 10 years of OLTL seem to be gone 4ever. Networks back then erased them to reuse the tapes thinking soaps would never be seen again once they original aired. Only a few if any remain pre 1975. Dark Shadows and Strange Paradise from the 60s era still have almost every episode with just a few missing. There is still a few clips and episode of older soaps episodes on utube including a rare one from OLTL made in the 1960s. I keep hoping that somehow someone might have copies of them. I really would have loved to see those early years.

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    Johnny replied

    Wow. I have the faintest, slightest recollection of that. Yes, she played that role and it was when, I don’t remember why, she resented Victoria who by that point was being played by Erika Slezak. She tried to make Vicki think that Nicole Smith had returned, but it wasn’t true at that time. I think she left evidence around that the flamboyant Nikki had returned to make Vicki doubt her own mental stability.

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    melanieofoz replied

    I believe Marcy was interested in Joe Riley. Marcy was the one with him when he returned to Vicki who had just married Steve Burke not knowing Joe was still alive. Wow that sentence sounded like a true soap recap.

    Always loved Francesca James in any role. Interesting that she’ll be a new character. Kitty and Kelly’s triplet sister maybe? LOL

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    LJ replied

    Marcy worked for and was in love with Steve. She considered Viki her rival and sought to eliminate Viki by framing her alter ego Nikki for the planned murder of Vinny Wolek.I remember Steve found Marcy one night perhaps at the docks, she had a gun. They struggled, the gun went off, Marcy was dead, adn Steve was arrested. I also remember Marcy making an impression of a key using a soap bar, but I dont remember the rest.

    Steve was arrested, got off. I think he and Viki were married but Viki eventually decided to go back to Joe after he returned.

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    Mark in FLA replied

    WOW-we sure are some die hard OLTL fans. I fondly remember the early days. The storyline that got me hooked was the Cathy Craig drug addiction epsidoes that included group sessions at the Odessey House in New York. It was truly remarkable television for the time. I hope Ms Nixon can infuse some of the original vision into this new version.
    I even remember Dr Dorian Cramer’s first scene when Dr Craig hired her at the hospital!

  7. Brian Tripp says:

    I found a scene with him from ATWT. He is handsome and totally looks the part of Matthew. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMw4oX0Gql4

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    Brett Bradley-Howarth replied

    Thanks for that, I couldn’t recall him until I saw that clip. They are definetely trying hard to get good looking men on these shows; no complaints here!

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    Shawn replied

    I saw him on the ATWT as the role of Nate. I can picture him as he new Matthew Buchanan. I can’t wait to see AMC and OLTL start showing it on Hulu next month!

  8. marfa says:

    Nope, Eddie will always be Matthew.

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  9. LJ says:

    Francesca James started her daytime career as Marcy Wade on OLTL in 70 or 71. Kitty/ Kelly was 72 or 73.

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  10. karen l fredericksen says:

    I am thrilled to see that All My Children is again making it’s debut on the internet! All My Children has always evolved and progressed with the times.

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  11. karen l fredericksen says:

    Just wonderful! Ithink Ms James new character will offer great depth. She has evolved and I am sure that her new character will be a winning addition. Congratulations to ALL MY Children taking us into a new and progressive venue-the internet!

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