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All My Children: Success Due to Strike

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amc-picket.jpg More than any other soap opera, All My Children is in the midst of a massive cast overhaul. New faces are gone (sorry, Sabine Singh); old faces are back (hello, Rebecca Budig).

Not only are these changes taking place during the writers' strike - Brian Fons, president of Disney-ABC's Daytime group - says they've been taking place because of the writers' strike.

"The strike actually helped us in terms of luring these actors back to the show,” Fons recently said. “If you aren't an actor with a steady prime time gig, you probably won't find [work] until fall of '09. So I think that gives soap operas a chance [for actors] to find steady work."

A solid example of this is Mario Van Peebles. The movie star has agreed to a role in All My Children, most likely due to his fear of how the strike will affect any primetime or big screen roles.

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All My Children Quotes

Erica Kane: [indicating Adam] Oh, this isn't my friend; this is my ex-husband.
Adam Chandler: One of many. I'm third from the end - at least, I think so; I haven't seen Erica for a couple of days.

Zachery Slater: Hey, maybe you want to talk about something, you know?
Erica Kane: Why on earth would I bear my scars to you?
Zachery Slater: Maybe I can help you, be a friend.
Erica Kane: A friend? Oh, no. Please, no more friends, please. I have had it up to here with people who have claimed to be my friend. Who say that they only mean well and they want to help me and they only have my best interest at heart.
Zachery Slater: That sounds like someone who's been burned pretty badly.
Erica Kane: Don't shrink me, Mr. Slater. I can see straight through you. Yeah, be hind this nice, sympathetic smile is someone that wants something.
Zachery Slater: Like what?
Erica Kane: Well, why don't you tell me? You're the one who activated your, ahem, search engine. How would you like it if I did a little sneak peek into your past, did a little search on you? Everyone is hiding something, Mr. Slater. How deep and dark are your secrets? Oh, I am very sure you're hiding quite a lot, but you know what, I don't care, keep your secrets to yourself. The last thing I need in this world is another so-called friend that I should trust my life with, because it only dead-ends in betrayal.

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