Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Are Bringing Back All My Children
They're bringing the soap to primetime.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are going back to where it all started. According to Entertainment Tonight, the duo is in early talks to executive produce an All My Children series and bring it to ABC's primetime slate. The two met on the show back in 1995 playing Hayley Vaughan and Mateo Santos, taking an on-screen romance into the real world when they married just a year later. While there are no plans for Ripa and Consuelos to be regular cast members, Deadline notes that they could make appearances.
The new show will be called Pine Valley, the fictional location of the original soap opera, and will be written and executive produced by Leo Richardson, who has credits on The CW's Katy Keene and Fox's Star. The show will focus on a "young journalist with a secret agenda" and highlight a feud between the Kane and Santos families, making for plenty of opportunities for Ripa and Consuelos to stop by.
Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci, is one of the more famous Kanes and viewers will remember all the antics that she and her family got into (murder, death, other soap opera go-tos). Though there isn't any news on Lucci's involvement, Pine Valley could be the perfect way to introduce Erica Kane to a new generation. Deadline adds that All My Children has a history of inclusivity and tackling social issues, being the first TV series to "comprehensively address the Vietnam War" and feature a character undergoing a legal abortion. It also had a transgender storyline nearly 15 years ago.
The original All My Children aired on ABC from 1970 to 2011. Though they left the show before the final episode, Ripa and Consuelos returned for its 40th anniversary in 2010.