Episodes: 10,712 (half-hour, hour)
TV show dates: January 5, 1970 — September 23, 2011
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Alicia Minshew, Michael E. Knight, Cameron Mathison, Susan Lucci, David Canary, Thorsten Kay, Jacob Young, Walt Willey, Aiden Turner, Melissa Claire Egan, Bobbie Eakes, James Mitchell, Rebecca Budig, Jill Larson, Alexa Havins, Ray MacDonnell, Chrishell Stause, Darnell Williams, Colin Egglesfield, Eden Riegel, Debbi Morgan, Julia Barr, Amanda Baker, Justin Bruening, Sabine Singh, Leven Rambin, Cady McClain, Jeff Branson, Sydney Penny, and Ambyr Childers.
TV show description:
This long-running ABC soap opera revolves around the lives of the residents of the fictional East Coast town of Pine Valley.
The series’ early plotlines focused on rich snob Phoebe Taylor (Ruth Warrick); sensible Dr. Joseph “Joe” Martin (Ray MacDonnell) and his family; and single mother Mona Kane (Frances Heflin) and her prima-donna daughter Erica (Susan Lucci). Lucci and MacDonnell have remained with the program for over 30 years. Erica Kane has become well-known for her many marriages and remains the soap’s trademark character.
Other popular past and present characters include twins Adam and Stuart Chandler (David Canary), Tad Martin (Micheal E. Knight), Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison), Palmer Cortlandt (James Mitchell), Julia Santos (Sydney Penny), Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey), Donna Beck (Francesca Poston, then Candice Earley), and Phil Brent (Richard Hatch, then Nick Benedict). Well-known actors who appeared as regular castmembers include Mischa Barton, Kim Delaney, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Meriwether, and Kelly Ripa.
The final week featured Dr. Joe and Ruth Martin relocating to Pine Valley to cover (recently arrested) David Hayward’s hospital duties. The return of Adam Chandler and Brooke English coincided with the revelation that David had somehow resurrected Stuart Chandler. Jackson Montgomery dissolved his relationship with Erica after she admitted that she prefers not to remarry.
Unresolved is JR Chandler’s plunge into insanity as he drunkenly aims a gun at a crowd of regular characters during a welcome-home party for Stuart. The screen darkens before revealing the victim, leaving the story open for an eventual continuation online. Those plans were later abandoned.
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