All My Children: Creator Agnes Nixon to Appear Before ABC Finale

All My ChildrenThough All My Children is set to continue online (and possibly on cable), the fact that it is leaving network television after more than 40 years is still reason for pause.

Several castmembers from the show’s past will be returning before the TV series leaves ABC next month. Now, the soap’s creator, Agnes Nixon, is set to come back as well. She’ll reprise her role as Pine Valley Hospital board member Agnes Eckhart. Nixon has appeared on her soap several times and first played Eckhart (Nixon’s maiden name) for the show’s 35th anniversary in 2005.


Agnes Nixon, creator of ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children,” returns to the show as Agnes Eckhart, a long standing board member of Pine Valley Hospital.

Nixon, often called the “queen of the modern soap opera,” created “All My Children” in 1970. She was a pioneer in daytime, writing for such shows as “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “As The World Turns” and “Search for Tomorrow” before going on to create “One Life To Live,” “All My Children,” “The City” and “Loving.” It was on these shows where Nixon brought many current and important social issues to the small screen. She was honored in 2010 with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmys.

Nixon first appeared on “All My Children” in 2005 as the character Agnes Eckhardt, a role she created to celebrate the show’s 35th Anniversary. This time around, Agnes Eckhardt is admitted to Pine Valley Hospital where Cara (Lindsay Hartley) and David (Vincent Irizarry) tend to her. She also crosses paths with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). Agnes has a profound effect on all of the characters she interacts with that changes the course of their lives. Nixon’s first episode airs on August 31, 2011.

Hallmarked for its iconic brand of humor and satire, “All My Children” has been prized with more than 30 Daytime Emmy Awards over the past four decades including the three-time top honor of Outstanding Drama Series. Praised for its socially conscious foundation, the show has been at the forefront of such issues as AIDS, rape, abortion, alcoholism, spousal abuse and racial bias, among others.

“All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer with Lorraine Broderick as head writer. “All My Children” is produced in Los Angeles and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

What do you think? Will you tune in to see Nixon say goodbye to her soap on ABC?

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    No because I ‘m mad that they are taking off all my children and one live to live.I love both of the shows and just when they are getting good you cancel them. I also was mad when you killed off gigi marassco. I wait a long time to see her and rex get married then when they were going to get married you killed her off that was really sad it made me cry. I hope you finish the story about todd and tell us who the imposter is and not let us hang and don’t know what the true is. Also I would be happy if you killed off david hayworth character.I thought you did but you had to bring him back. And I didnt like when you killed off stuart chandlers character that was really sad it made me cry. Now what are all us fans going to watch on 1 to 2 and 2to 3. I know they are only made up chacaters but when you watch them you get in to the story line and it makes your life not seem so bad. Is there any where we can write to so they won’t take it off. I have watch both these show from the begin and I ‘m gone to miss them. Even I know they are made up chacaters You can really get in to the stories . And forget about you problems and what gone on in the world for 2 hours everday. I am really gone to miss them. A mad fan because you are taking them both off the air. Wht don’t they cancel the other soap operas no one likes or watch. What do you mean we can watch them on the internet is it the old ones or are they gone to continue where they left off.

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