In making the announcement, ABC promised that AMC “will end in a manner that respects the show’s legacy and honors its history,” with the series’ final episodes paying tribute to “the stories of the families that fans have grown to know and love over the years.”
In addition to previously announced returnees such as Josh Duhamel, Eva La Rue, Carol Burnett, ABC has confirmed that Leven Rambin (Grey’s Anatomy) will make her way back to Pine Valley as Jackson Montgomery’s autistic daughter, Lily.
Meanwhile, AMC‘s replacement, “lifestyle series” The Chew, is slated to premiere Monday, September 26. Please contain your excitement.
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• Rejoice, Voice fans! All four judges — that means Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green — will return to NBC’s big red swivel chairs next season.
• In sad soap news, As the World Turns vet Anthony Herrera has died at the age of 67. According to MichaelFairmanSoaps.com, the beloved Oakdale super-villian passed away on June 21 in Buenos Aires after a decades-long battle with the rare mantle cell lymphoma. Herrera’s ATWT costar Martha Byrne took to Twitter Wednesday to express her grief. “RIP Anthony Herrera…so many great memories,” she wrote. “He died in a place he loved…God Bless.”
• Funnylady Joan Rivers and Amadeus‘ Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham are set to guest star on the second season of FX’s Louie, per EW.com. Rivers appears in the fourth episode as herself.
• BBC America will air U.K.’s hit comedy Free Agents in tandem with NBC’s launch of the U.S. offshoot this fall. Added bonus: Buffy‘s Anthony Stewart Head appears in both series as the same character!
• G4 fans, take note: NBC plans to air the two-hour season finale of American Ninja Warrior on August 22 at 9 pm.
• BIO Channel has renewed Aftermath with William Shatner for a second season, set to bow July 5.
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