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24 February 22nd, 2013 Prospect Park Officially Confirms Julia Barr’s Return To All My Children!


As we previously reported Julia Barr was known to be among the long time Pine Valley veterans that would be making their way back to the All My Children reboot!  Today, Prospect Park’s, The Online Network had officially confirmed the return of the fan favorite Daytime Emmy winner as Brooke English!

The official announcement came in this press release as follows:  “The Online Network announced today that two-time Daytime Emmy Winner, Julia Barr will return to the beloved serial drama All My Children, set to debut later this spring. Barr will reprise her role as Brooke English, the character for which she has garnered Two Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress along with eight nominations.

In an announcement earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed its plans to re-introduce the beloved franchise, through a groundbreaking content deal that will bring premium first-run, broadcast-quality programming to a mass market audience via the Internet.  Brand new 30-minute episodes of  All My Children will be launched each weekday and available to stream online via the free service and to subscribers of Hulu Plus making these venerable dramas available in a new format that suits the viewing habits of the digital generation. In addition, the iTunes Store will offer both series via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac or PC.

Previously announced All My Children cast members include: Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin), Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin Castillo), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater).  Additional casting details will be announced in the coming weeks.”

So soapers, what do you think of the return of Julia Barr?  What storyline would you like to see for Brooke? Weigh-in!


Additional casting details will be announced in the coming weeks.


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  1. louisa says:

    Woo hoo! NOW I can watch.


  2. Todd says:

    Supposed to start taping on Monday? Still doesn’t look like enough characters.


    Eddie replied

    I believe they will be recasting a lot of characters. I would also like to see Jamie come back but the actor who plays him is now on Grey’s Anatomy as a EMT. It would also be nice to see Babe back from the dead. Maybe Dr. Hayward fixed her too.


    Johnny replied

    That’s a good point you bring up about Babe Chandler, Eddie. Wasn’t one of the big cliffhanger questions concerning whether or not Babe was still alive and it was yet another thing haunting the already tormented J.R. Chandler? If Babe comes back I hope the actress who portrays her does more with the character than the second actress who played Babe Chandler did.

  3. Rose says:

    Cool, love her she is a great actress. Does anyone know if we have to purchase a “program” to be able to access the shows or where to find them when they finally do start airing? Caught up in all the updates, but have no clue how to access/the shows. Thanks.


    Stephanie replied

    If you are in the US (not sure outside of US) you can watch on for free, or you can watch on itunes and you would have to pay per episode I am sure. HuluPlus is a paid service 7.99 us dollars per month, but you can watch lots of content and hook up to a device such as a Kindle, like I have.


    Rose replied

    Thank you. Much appreciated. Now I have a place to watch :-)

  4. Ricky Ortega says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! This is fantastic news!! I love Julia Barr and I am so happy she is returning to Pine Valley!!!!!!


  5. Kelly says:

    I think people are missing the point. This is going to be a REBOOT meaning that they will be focusing on different characters, different plots, and going in a different direction to attract a new, younger audience. Think of the Dallas reboot – it’s not going to be the same as it was. Will it be better or worse? Time will tell. Only thing for certain is that it’s going to be different.


    jim replied

    Thats what i believe too. Its obvious that its not going to be the same, but im willing to give it a shot. I like the Dallas reboot with the mix of new and old, so i hope ill be able to say the same about AMC. People need to tune it in before judging what they havent seen. I use to prejudge something before it aired, took a peek, and ending up liking it. So now i wait and see.


    Patrick replied

    i wanted to make the same analogy – the nuDallas… which focuses’ on the younger set – the core characters children… sounds very much like the nuAMC…. and i’m stunned by how caught up I am in Dallas…. if nuAMC is taking notes… and Agnes Nixon is steering…. then, it would seem like a given that it’ll be the sequel and nuAMC. I’m waited with baited breath…. i never watched OLTL.

    as far as Dallas…. IT’S A GOOD SHOW. so much maternal love to chilling drama… and it’s still coming from the core….. Ann, Sue Ellen, JR, Bobby, and Cliff Barnes… add in Ryland.


  6. jim says:

    I still get soapnet. And ive watched repeats here of AMC&OLTL. I wish they could cut a deal with PP to air their repeats to give viewers more chances to watch in case they cant watch online.


    Gillian replied

    I still think SoapNet will run the new reboots at some point. They were supposed to go off the air last year but remained on air. There has to be a reason. I think it will be to air original programming, like AMC and OLTL, even if it is behind (like DirecTV did with a few shows). Glad Brooke is returning. I always felt it was a mistake to shed so many legacy characters. Phoebe, Palmer had no air time for years before the Actors’ deaths. Brooke was written off the canvas. There needed to be more than one strong female legacy character (more than just Erica).


    jim replied

    I agree about what you said sbout the legacy characters…the loss of so many makes it a completely unfamiliar show but at the same time, as long as they dont drop too many vets or barely use them, i can accept newbies who are needed to keep the plots moving and it does sometimes help keep most of these shows from turning stale. I also dont mind younger characters as long as they are tied in to the shows core families because they are needed to help the shows ratings plus to help the show proceed into the future because its aging stars and aging fans arent going to be around 4ever unfortunately. I believe online programing is the wave of the future and its the younger generation they’ll need to take it there.

    jim replied

    i goofed again. i meant to say younger characters help the shows ratings by drawing in new younger viewers…

  7. Shirley Miller says:

    So excited to hear that Brooke English/ Julia Barr will be returning to the rebooted AMC Soap. Love her – she would be good with Adam Chandler/Canary or Michael Knight when he eventually returns. I’m just thrilled to know she will be returning to this fantastic soap!!!!! Thanks for your up-date on AMC, Michael Fairman!!!!!!


  8. Brian Tripp says:

    This is great and I never understood why she was not used more before. I am still waiting to hear something about Bianca and either Reese or Marisa. If they want to tell current stories they need to have the lesbian & gay story present and Bianca was one of the best IMO. I really hope that Eden is able to come back to be part of it.


  9. Rapids says:

    I agree people’s expectations may not be met, this is not a tv show. This is an experimental online reboot of a show mostly watched by a senior audience. I have no idea how many will log in to see it. I have read they will take the show much younger and the veterans will come and go but mostly be background players.


    jim replied

    True or not about the vets shows like these do need younger characters to bring in new younger audience to help keep these shows continue into the future because its aging stars and aging viewers arent going to last 4ever unfortunately. Online programming appears to be the thing of the future and its the younger generation they need to take it there.


  10. Emily says:

    Yay, Julia Barr:)!!! Always loved Brooke, another natural, very watchable actress:)


    Emily replied

    I wonder what happened to the original “Liza”, by Marcy Walker? I think she’s living in CT of what I last read, not sure. She was another fav too.


  11. su0000 says:

    Good to have ”Brook” back..
    I wonder;
    their contracts hmm are they solid 1-3 year contracts or 3 month ”try me out” contracts..
    I am curious about length and stipulations in the contracts..
    I feel the contracts are very giving ; try it and after agreed amount of time stay or leave.


  12. jas says:

    sorry, I always felt that Brooke was an amazing bore and not very good to look at either. but that’s just my opinion. also, her story line was so uninteresting.


  13. Smitty says:

    OMG! Can’t wait to see them back. Susan Lucci, please come back! Have missed the show soooo much. The Chew should never have replaced them.


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