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'AMC' and 'OLTL' casts revealed at photo shoot

New and returning stars strike a pose for cameras

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Mar 1, 2013 3:57PM

The online casts of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” came together for their first photo shoots, styled by "Fashion Police" diva George Kotsiopoulos. With press on hand, the producers finally had to come clean about the "All My Children" returns of Cady McClain, Eden Riegel and David Canary, along with other casting reveals. The controversial "General Hospital" trio was not caught on tape. 


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"It's an emotional day," Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer, "One Live to Live") told ET, who was on hand for the photo shoot. "The last time we got together for a press junket for 'One Life to Live,' we were saying goodbye to it. Today we're celebrating a rebirth and it is really amazing. I'm actually a little overwhelmed.


"I think the fans never left," added Thorsten Kaye (Zach, "All My Children"). "They enjoyed the way we told stories back then, and I got a feeling this might be even better."


Thanks to the photo shoot, "All My Children" fans can rest easy knowing David Canary (Adam Chandler), Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery) and Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney) are officially back in the fold, as rumors suggested. Julia Barr (Brooke) was missing from the official news release, but no worries: She was at the shoot. Ray MacDonnell (Dr. Joe Martin) is also back in town, along with previously announced returning veterans 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).

Ryan Bittle has assumed the pivotal role of JR Chandler. Other new additions to the cast include Eric Nelson (AJ Chandler), "America's Next Top Model" winner Sal Stowers (Cassandra Foster), Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery), Jordan Lane Price (Celia Fitzgerald), Heather Roop (Jane McIntyre) and Francesca James (Evelyn Johnson). 

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Over at "One Life to Live," Robert Gorrie (Matthew Buchanan) and Laura Harrier (Destiny Evans) join the previously announced cast, which includes Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth) and Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning). Recurring players on board include Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel) and Nick Choksi (Vimal Patel).

There has been no update on what's going on with Todd, McBain and Starr and portrayers Michael Easton (McBain), Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kristen Alderson (Starr), who had moved to "General Hospital" after the cancelation of "One Life to Live." Last buzz had Howarth back for a month, but that has not been confirmed. 

ET cameras also caught up with Erika Slezak, David Canary, Kassie DePaiva, Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams and gave fans a sneak peak at the hot newcomers joining the cast. You can watch that video here

"One Life to Live" and "All My Children" are set to debut in late April on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes


Mar 2, 2013 6:21PM
We are so looking forward to the return of our beloved "AMC" & "OLTL"!!! It is about time! ABC should NEVER have cancelled them to begin with.  Soap fans prevail!!
Mar 2, 2013 3:34PM
Can't wait until my favorite soap is back AMC.   I certainly hope Susan Lucci comes back also Micheal Knight, he's the best and gotta have JR.  These 3 were the glue that held the show all together.  Those that think Lucci can't act better stay with watching the lower then low daytime talk shows. 
Mar 2, 2013 2:36PM
I figure no Susan Lucci because they will reveal she was the one shot and killed at the series finale cliff-hanger... since Bianca is back, and we all know thats who he was gunning for... Great to see Trevor St. John will be back on OLTL... they had already revealed that he was alive and not murdered by his twin Toddat the series finale of OLTL... It should be a rollercoaster ride as these fine programs get new life thanks to the internet... my one wish would be for them to get soapnet on board to show these new episodes too...
Mar 2, 2013 2:35PM
rather watch full house and happy days
Mar 2, 2013 2:03PM
They will not get the following as wanted if they are just bringing back the characters but not where the story left off. I really do not think I will watch now that I think about it. I think I shall remember them as they were and bid my farewell.  They are just new soaps with our favorite characters. What a shame.
Mar 2, 2013 1:25PM
I think these two comeback Soap Operas will be a huge flop. Beyond that I have watched General Hospital for 40 years, since I was a teenager, and if ABC cancels it like "One Life To Live" and "All MY Children", (as is rumoured) I''m through. The replacement show "The Chew" is a train wreck. ABC should have kept it's soap line-up.
Mar 2, 2013 12:49PM
As much as I have always loved AMC & OLTL (fan since day 1)  I am really worried about the return. So much time has passed & so many old favorites are not returning not sure I can get invested in the shows. Will give it a whirl.
Mar 2, 2013 12:16PM
I think we might all be disappointed at what the out come will be for the soap we once loved to watch everyday. If you notice the age of the young ones they will be starting with the babies grown and trouble from them. Storie lines will be more about them rather the old characters we most love. I do not know if I will be a steady watcher but I will give it a try. I was hoping they would bring it back but to make such changes is just not what I would do to get people to come back and watch.  Let us see what happens but it has been over a year since it left the airwaves. I am not so sure that it will make it. Good luck AMC and OLTL.
Mar 2, 2013 11:45AM
This just gave me a reason to subscribe to HuluPlus. Best part for me is Melissa Archer being in, she's my favorite!
Mar 2, 2013 10:59AM
It would be nice to see if PP could bring back ATWT AND GL there were two legendary soaps not to say that AMC and OLTL live were legendary too but it would be nice to have the soaps still be part of daytime instead of talk shows that are on every channel every part of the day...
Mar 2, 2013 10:05AM
Did I miss something somewhere?  Who is going to sit in front of a computer watching soap operas after having to sit in front of a computer all day every day at work!  Spring and warmer weather coming, daylight savings time coming giving us more daylight in the evening to finally be able to get out of the house after a long winter and start enjoying life again with family and friends in the great outdoors.  Not going to sit in the house and watch old soap operas that's more sure.  Also wondering how many people are going to watch a soap at night when Dancing With the Stars will be on, American Idol will be on, not to mention all the millions of people who are involved with Spring, Summer, and Fall team sports and golf leagues,  Whoever came up with this ridiculous idea needs to get a life.  Send John McBain, Todd Manning and Star back to GH where they belong now.
Mar 2, 2013 9:44AM

Not a AMC fan anymore. Even though I will always love Darnell and Debbie. Being an African-American female it was nice to see a black couple. The only way I will watch OLTL is if Todd comes back full time. GH is my soap since 1970 and that is where my heart is. I am happy for the fans who follow those two soaps. Good Luck!!

Mar 2, 2013 9:42AM
Let's hope Susan Lucci won't be back.  She's not a good actress, which is why she couldn't win an Emmy.
Mar 2, 2013 9:22AM
Can't wait! But what about Susan Lucci?!
Mar 2, 2013 8:28AM
Yeah I watch the african soaps now on the africa channel since I  am black I want to watch something that reflects me an yes there are several whites in the cast more than blacks in pine valley I quit watching american soaps years ago when the writing became redundant for some reason but good luck to you all hope you have another 20 to thirty year run
Mar 2, 2013 8:06AM

This is going to be quite a long comment and I am probably going to get many thumbs down but I don't really care. The thing is, I was not an AMC viewer accept when I had nothing else to really watch of interest, therefore, I saw the show on Soapnet.  I watched when it first started but lost interest quickly.

What makes this show any different then ATWT or GL?  What makes this show anymore worth fighting for then the CBS soaps that was unjustified by cancelling?  ATWT puts AMC in the dust and GL, given room for better  writing would have followed. Unfortunately, although I was an avid viewer of GL, it should have been given a chance other then to be cancelled.

ATWT was a show that was always on the spot for storylines and the actors and actresses were beyond excellent. What a waste for these individuals to no longer represent the fictious Oakdale.

Now, what a gain for The Talk to be in ATWT time slot. How convenient for this wannabe The View be televised. Oh I know, Julie Chen's husband who is the president of CBS.

What is a Prospect Park? To revive AMC and OLTL, why?

Don't get me wrong, OLTL also puts AMC in the dust. I started to watch OLTL after I basically boycotted CBS accept for Y&R and B&B (another annoying show), haven't quite figured out why I still tune into this one.  I am also a dedicated viewer of GH, an awesome show.

Now, there are , what,legal issues as to whether Michael Easton, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson remain with GH? Good God, they are already in their characters and all of a sudden because this Prospect Park is reviving OLTL there are problems as to whether these three brilliant additions to GH is questioned? They are still with ABC and now, we have all gotten used to their  presence. Leave them be, remain in their characters, John McBain, Todd Manning and Starr Manning. To have them remain with the possibility of changing their name or character does  an injustice. Who the hell knew that Prospect Park was going to have these cancelled shows return via the internet?  It will not have the same affect as to being televised, sorry.

In the not too distant past, Prospect Park was not going to bring AMC or OLTL back. So, there was absolutely no reason to not continue with Easton,Howarth or Alderson to be on GH. This were decisions prior and characters in place. What gives and who gives PP the right to cause such controversy as to put these three wonderful acceptional people in jeopardy of not continuing to represent the characters on GH? So, we the comitted fans of GH has to be left to wonder what is going to happen to these characters that we have all accepted in their roles to be put in limbo If PP was given the rights to revise these two cancelled televised Soaps,let them worry about how to replace the characters and leave McBain and the two Mannings left on GH. Whoever brought these characters on GH is brilliant. The interaction with others on GH was instant and the chemistry phenomenal.

Why should PP have the right to dictate or to have the power over ABC to appease the history of OLTL? What gives them the right to have Easton, Howarth and Alderson to sacrifice their characters and in reality of relocating to the West Coast to represent their characters on GH? This is totally unfair and quite selfish that there be expectations and to have legal issues over the rights that were already in place to have the three characters from OLTL to be a part of GH. Why should these three be off of GH until  a decision is made?  Let me think, OH, it is the way the industry works?

Mar 2, 2013 6:35AM

Would've been nice if Guiding Light came back.  That was my favorite soap.  As the first to go back in 2009, internet TV viewing was not near as popular as it is today.  Doubt there is any hope for it  now.

Wishing the best for AMC and OLTL. 

Mar 2, 2013 6:28AM
I'm going to tell All My Children that they only have one life to live. Perhaps they should spend it watching daytime role playing, far fetched fantasy t.v. Then they can spend the nights wasting away with the bachelor next door!  Want Soap operas?  Look out your windows and see the most lying, cheating, killing, backstabbing, raping, baby stealing, corrupt society right there. Enjoy the show and save on the cable bill.
Mar 2, 2013 5:00AM
Can't wait - Watched AMC for so many years I lost count.  When they said it was going off air I was so mad I stopped watching it and don't even know how it ended.  I thought what's the point they're taking it away from me.
Mar 2, 2013 4:00AM
Bring it on!!!!  I'm more than ready.    I really missed my two favorite soaps.   
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