September 23, 2011 2:38pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
'All My Children's' ABC Finale Goes Out With Bang; 'The View' Celebrates Series (Video)
The waterworks kicked off early during the Friday, Sept. 23 broadcast of The View, marking the network finale of ABC’s All My Children. Susan Lucci served as a guest host of the program, discussing the storied 41 year history of her beloved soap.
The series went out with a signature cliffhanger -- and a bang -- as [SPOILER] JR fires a gun at an unknown target at a Chandler mansion party, where nearly the entire town was in attendance. Though All My Children has said goodbye to its television home, the drama will live on through the Internet via Prospect Park.
Lucci's Erica Kane decides to pursue her lifelong Hollywood dream, moving to California and leaving Jackson (and his marriage proposal) behind. Lucci remains undecided regarding her own involvement in the web series, but Erica vows to get Jackson back... Someday.
Series creator Agnes Nixon and executive producer Julie Carruthers joined Lucci in the studio, as well as actors Cameron Mathison, Alicia Minshew, Rebecca Budig and Vincent Irizarry. Pre-taped segments were also aired, featuring former cast-members Carol Burnett and Josh Duhamel.
Carruthers shared her favorite storyline from the long-running program, saying, “I think one of the stories I’m the most proud of and there are quite a few, but one that stands out is the story on-camera of Brot Monroe and off-camera of JR Martinez.” The retired U.S. soldier was chosen out of 600 injured war vets for the job, and has parlayed the gig into a stint on Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars, airing currently on ABC.
The special also featured a reunion between Kim Delaney and Lawrence Lau, who played lovebirds Jenny and Greg on the series. “It was a wonderful Romeo and Juliet story that lasted for three years,” Lau said of the on-screen romance. “They developed it so gently and so believably for years.” Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams (aka Jesse and Angie) also hit the couch for a little reminiscing of their own love story.
Watch the full episode below, including a look at the final moments on set --- complete with a champagne toast and one final cast photo.