Prophecy Realized After months of
rumors about her departure, Finola Hughes left the role of Anna in September.
Though Hughes pinned her exit on a desire to live full-time in Los Angeles,
insiders whispered that ABC purse-tightening may have been a factor. The actress
herself said she was leaving the show on the best of terms: "I love playing
Anna. I've had the most extraordinarily concentrated, fabulous four years with
All My Children ." (SOD 1/6/04)
Best and worst of 2003: Anna and David's Baby Died
and David learned they were going to be parents, but their baby had a heart
defect. After a risky in-utero survery that David performed, the Haywards were
thrilled when they were blessed with a beautiful baby they named Leora. The
little girl faced many problems from the get-to, which caused her parents to
argue over the best treatment for her. While Anna believed that she should be
fitted with a pacemaker, David thought their daughter was too young to endure
another surgery. Anna ultimately made the decision minus her husband's input and
scheduled the operation. A worried David disrupted Joe while he performed the
delicate surgery, but he was removed from the room by Tad. Alas, both parents
were devastated when Joe informed them that Leora had died on the operating
table. While Anna quietly grieved, David blamed Joe and Tad for the baby's
death. As they mourned the loss of their daughter, the couple grew further
apart. Before the year was over, Anna told David that her feelings for him had
changed, and she left town. (SID 12/23/03)
The Year in
Review (SOD 12/30/03)
and Anna's daughter, Leora, was born with a heart defect.
*May- David and
Anna were shattered when Leora died during surgery.
blamed Joe and Tad for Leora's death.
dropped his vendetta against the Martins.
nixed a reconciliation with David and left town.
Plot! "As painful as it was to
watch, David and Anna losing the baby was so exquisite and so heartbreaking and
devastating. I think it really utilized what the show could be: the brillant
actors, the writing, the heart-wrenching situation that these two people find
themselves in and their struggle to continue with their lives and to move on and
to stay together. It was so clear that they loved each other, but there was
something that was constantly hovering like a black cloud [over them], and it
was very interesting to see these two very smart people try to work through
their problems in very intelligent ways and still fail." -Eden
Riegel (Bianca) on what was AMC's best 2003 storyline (SID 12/23/03)
Fall Preview- David
and Anna: David Without Anna- Just as the news broke that Finola
Hughes would be leaving her role of Anna in the fall, McTavish had this
to say about the future of David minus his significant other: "It's
not that David is going to become a good guy, but if he is villainous,
he will be villanious in [support of] a very good cause as opposed to a
very bad cause."
With Anna leaving, David will spin off into other places.
He will grow closer to Erica as a friend- for now. Anna's departure will
be a very important emotional moment for both.
Edmund and Maria's Next Move:
What's next for Pine Valley's favorite reunited couple? "Edmund and
Maria have much more stuff coming up," promises McTavish. "We
just haven't cast the other characters [involved in their next
storyline]. It's taking a little longer than we would like to get it
going." (SID 9/2/03)
Critical Condition: Death and Mircles on
Daytime- “I do no think dead babies are anything to celebrate. But there are
miraculous elements in the story of story of Leora’s death on All My
Miracles Do Happen- Miracle No. 1: The Writing. Some other shows have
shied away from playing each
and every agonizing beat of a child's death. This is definitely not the case
here. Consider that almost-unwatchable anguish when David and Anna learned about
their baby's passing; the first time David and Anna started to blame each toher;
Anna and David sorting through the baby's things. (The scene in which david
destroyed the crib while Anna sobbed in the corner may be on the top 10 list of
most heartbreaking scenes on any soap, ever.) And finally, everything
surrounding the funeral, including David'ss surprise appearanace after he was
certain he wouldn't be able to handle attending. Every moment of this story has
been heavy with dark, relaistic pain- just the way it should be.
Miracle No 2: The Acting: I have always been a a huge fan of Finola Hughes
and Vincent Irizarry (Anna and David) and in this story they demonstrate why.
Anna's torment is played vividly, but without histrionics- her outburts are
deftly timed and do not smack of "acting for acting's sake."
Irizarry is also doing the work of his career. We have to dig
surface of David's wrecked emotions to see his pain. David hasn't broken our
hearts with vociiferous tears the way Anna has. His pain is much more quiet yet
just as powerful, and sublimated into anger at Tad, Joe and Annaa. In fact,
Anna's teary, painful, explosions contrasted with David's silent sorrow and
angry outburts are the eemotional essence of what soap operas are all about.
Miracle No. 3 This Story is on AMC. I anxiously anticipate watching AMC every
single day. How miraculous is it that this amazing tragedy is being featured on
a show not that long ago made me want to tear my hair out. If you had told me as
recently as six weeks ago that the tale I would follow most intensly would be on
AMC, I would have called you delusional. The mere fact that this story is
running on AMC (along with other nifty stuff, including Mary/Jack/Erica and
Greenlee's paterinity) is a wonder. (P.K. Waddle, SOW 7/29/03)
over for David and Anna? To see an on-screen union
socked by something as sudden and tragic as newborn Leora's death can be
devastating for an actor. Irizarry, though, says he and Hughes were
prepared for the grim twist since the day the baby was named. "It
wasn't a big surprise for either of us. The second we heard the name,
Leora, we said the child wasn't long for this world," he shares.
"Literally, I said to Finola, 'This child's not going to live.
They're not going to say the name Leora on a soap opera for 20 years,
trust me!' It was a ridiculous name."
Even so, once it came time
to play David and Anna's reaction to the loss, both actors stepped up to
the plate. "We'd invested a lot in it," says Irizarry.
"We've been beating the heck out of each other for the last five
weeks. It's been torture... Grueling."
Looking ahead, can Anna
and David- who blame each other and themselves for Leora's passing- find
their way back to each other, or will this rift rip apart their
marriage? "I'm worried because I don't know how entertaining it is.
It's such a crippling storyline and it's very sad," says Hughes.
"I just hope that the audience comes along for the ride." (SID
Maria: Total Recall: This week on AMC, Maria is plagued by
nightmares, both literally and figuratively. In her dream state, she
imagines being forced to chose between Maria's husband, Edmund, and
"Maureen's" fiance, Aidan. Then, with her eyes wide open, she
must watch in horror as a murderous Evan Flanders tosses her little
girl, Maddie, over the side of Adam's moving yacht.
"Up to that point, her memories just come at will- here and
there," explains Eva La Rue (Maria). "She can't conjure them
up. But once she jumps into the water to save Maddie, that's when the
world becomes very clear to her. That's when she gets all her
But there's little time to celebrate- or tell anyone, for that matter.
Maria rescues Maddie, but just then, the yacht crashes and explodes with
Aidan and Flanders on board. "It looks like Aidan's dead," La
Rue previews, adding that the timing prevents Maria from filling
Edmund in about her memory surge in the water.
Once she does, La Rue believes that Edmund and Maria will reconcile.
"We need to see them rebuild their life together and we need to see
them be happy," she assert. "but you know they can only be
happy for a month or two, and right around then is when you find out
[that someone] may be pregnant. I don't know if they'll do that with
[Edmund's lover] Mia- but she does have that kid hanging out there, so
we know she's fertile!" (SOD 5/27/03)
and Anna's Marriage is Tested! Despite having weathered the worst,
"David becomes obsessed with protecting and keeping their daughter
alive, which proves to be much to the detriment of his relationship with
Anna," shares executive producer Jean Dadario-Burke. "While
they still both love each other very much, they wind up at odds over the
health of the child." [Note- for some reason the press people for
AMC keep forgetting that Anna and David are divorced, not married.]
Child in Jeopardy! "Edmund and Maria are both trying to move
on with their lives," says Burke. "However- and that's a big
however- big things happen." Such as? "Maddie's life is
threatened, bringing Edmund, Maria, Mia and Aidan into a dangerous
situation protection her."
AMC's Edmund and Mia Make Love: No, that's
not a typo, it's not Maria bedded Edmund this week on AMC- it's Mia.
"Edmund and Mia are beginning to draw closer together," teases AMC
co-head writer Gordon Rayfield. Indeed. When Edmund confronts David, the
dastardly doc reveals that Maria told him she doesn't want to regain her
memories, which would include her love for Edmund. Mia is happy that Edmund
seems ready to turn the page on his past and, after initially putting off
spending the night together, they finally do throw caution to the Wildwind and
So, is the book closed
on Edmund and Maria- and Edmund and Brooke, for that matter? "Brooke and
Edmund have basically made their peace," offers Rayfield. "They're
friends. We're looking to involve Brooke in a story that will begin to play in
May, but it's mostly a summer story." As for Maria, "I wouldn't say
they're finished," winks Rayfield. (SOW 4/22/03)
Baby Makes Three On AMC:
AMC's Anna gives birth this
week- no small news, considering how precarious pregnancies can be on daytime.
"It's nice to think that they're going to let
this child live!" laughs Finola Hughes. "Of course, we'll probably never see the child once it's
born, but still...."
At the beginning of the week,
Anna is forced to undergo an emergency C-section. "It's quite good
drama," promises Hughes."It's touch and go, and there are lots of
Baby Girl Hayward finally makes her entrance, and this, notes Hughes, is when
the real fun starts for fans of David and Anna. 'I've already heard what's happening next,
and it's very interesting, very unexpected, what [having a child] does to the
relationship. I was surprised with what they have up their sleeves. This birth
is the beginning of a new phase for them. But the drama and conflict will remain
between these two."
It certainly seems that
way because David has been tinkering with a formula to cure Maria's amnesia, and
Anna has no clue about that. "The baby has become paramount in her
mind," Hughes notes. "She's not watching David with suspicion; she's
looking to him as a medical expert and as her partner. She needs his strength
right now. But the built-in conflict between them is and always has been that
David is a liar, and Anna is not. She itches for truth, and David? He likes to
keep things to himself." (SOD 3/4/03)
will Maria Choose? "This is the biggest story we have for
February sweeps," shares Rayfield. "Aidan's life is in danger,
and we will be going on location to a beautiful Carribbean island where
all of this will play out. A really exciting, action-adventure story
will take place [over the course of] five different episodes."
Eva La Rue on Aidan vs. Edmund AMC's
Aidan and Maria have bigger problems than people trying to kill them: Can their
romantic adventure at Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort make fans forget about
Maria and Edmund?
"I know a lot of
the audience is against [Aidan and Maria] because they felt like Edmund and
Maria never got a chance, and I feel the same way," admits Eva La Rue
(Maria). "I was coming back just as we were getting ready to change head
writers and heads of daytime, and Edmund and Maria got caught in the transition.
They didn't know what to write for us. A lot of the fans are afraid to let the
Aidan/Maria thing happen because they're so pissed off that the Edmund/Maria
thing never got off the ground. But I hope they at least go along for the ride,
because it is kicking off in a fun and exciting way."
Exciting is right. This week,
Maria and Aidan make love. But that doesn't necessarily spell the end of Edmund
and Maria. "When Edmund and Maria do get back together, it makes for much
better soap story if there's a triangle," offer La Rue. "There was no
chance of a triangle if Maria got her memory back right away. If Maria has
fallen in love with somebody else and then suddenly wakes up one day and
remembers the true love of her life, now she's really got a
problem." (SOW 2/18/03)
Aidan Faces Danger! Aidan
is desperate to escape his captors, but this week finds the AMC hunk fighting
for not only his freedom, but his very life as well!
A Desperate Lie-
At the hideaway where he's being held hostage, a bound Aidan decides to try and
outsmart his ex-lover, Morgan, who's working for the as-yet unseen Julian. With
that in mind, Aidan breaks out the oldest trick in the book by quickly spinning
a web of lies, claiming that if anything happens to him, a letter will be sent
to her boss!
Hoping to impress upon
her just how dangerous Julian is, Aidan tells Morgan that the letter details how
she stole money from her current partner in crime following a recent heist.
Aidan goes on to warn Morgan that staying involved with Julian, whether as a
partner in business or in bed, is the best way to dig her own grave. One way or
another, she'll wind up dead!
Although shaken, Morgan remains devoted to her lover's plan, keeping in mind
that Aidan has every reason to try and worm his way out of the situation, given
the fact that he was once involved with Julian's wife, Fiona! Her decision to
remain loyal proves to be a smart one (for her, if not our hero) when Julian
calls and she is able to report that she has the situation under control. Which
is bad news for Aidan, but music to the ears of Julian, who plans on personally
erasing the man who slept with his wife.
Unfortunately for Aidan, nobody in Pine Valley has yet realized that he's
missing. After all, only last week he told Maria, whom he hoped to keep safe,
that she should return to Wildwind with Edmund. If the handsome Brit winds up
taking another bullet, will there be anyone to mourn his passing? (SID
"They will have a crisis with her pregnancy, a medical
emergency that will play out through the month, Finola [Hughes,
Anna] will be back from vacation- in full force."
counts on David! Although Anna already has been experiencing
problems with her pregnancy, headwriter Gordon Rayfield reveals that
there will be another "medical crisis for her and the baby that
will involve David's surgical skills."
"Adian and Maria are in danger- someone is trying to kill
them- and they're falling in love. And Edmund is getting jealous.
The triangle is going to play out in February with a [location
shoot] in the Bahamas that we think is a really great, exciting
adventure story. A lot happens while they're down there that will
resolve the situation for now, but will also move the triangle in
a new direction." As for the dark side of Edmund demonstrated
by drugging Maria, "We're going to see more of that. He's
been put in a difficult position; he's desperately in love, but at
the same time, Aidan and Maria are getting more and more involved.
That's our drive through most of sweeps."
Maria "Edmund, out of
love, is being driven to desperate measures," says John Callahan of hat
propels his character to play doctor ith his amnesiac ife this week on AMC.
After Brooke implores
Edmund not to give up on Maria so easily, he visits David to check on the cure
that the doc is brewing to reverse Maria's memory loss. "It 's a mixture of
what he gave to Dixie, plus two parts cosmopolitan martini" jokes Callahan.
David reports that the drug is only 98 percent complete- but Edmund, in
Callahan's words, "pulls a Winona [Ryder]," pocketing the concoction
while David's back is turned.
In the meantime, Aidan
is busy convincing Maria that she must leave the condo in which he's hiding out
for her own safety, as her affiliation with him puts them in the line of fire of
the assassin who is pursuing him. When Edmund arrives and Maria brings him up to
speed about the threats Aidan is facing, Edmund panics. "He believes her
life is in danger," sighs Callahan. "She's hanging out with this guy
who has an assassin after him. Plus, she's not quite sure who she's in love with
or what she's feeling."
So, when Edmund escortss
Maria back to Wildind and offers to fix her a drink, he has more than calming
her nerves on his mind. "He's having vial thoughts," Callahan quips.
"He puts a couple of drops [of David's elixir] into her drink before he
gives it to her It's a page out of Timothy Leary's book of romance."
But, the actor allows,
there's no telling what kind of effect the drug will have on Maria. "It's
hopefully going to have some good effects, so she can get memory back and get
right in the head. But I think Edmund is totally clueless. Remember, he did not
go to bartending school." or medical school, for that matter... (SID 1/7/03)
The story involves Aidan's past and the payoff will reveal the kind of
person that he really is. Brooke will be involved, too. David/Anna:
Their baby will be born in the spring and will face some tough
"Hell's a-poppin' in that story," reports Executive Producer
Jean Dadario-Burke. "Edmund becomes obsessed with getting Maria's
memory totally back, and David will be involved in that. Also, a lot of
action is going on- an outside force will cause complications for Edmund
and Maria." Could Aiden possibly be the cause? "Aiden is going
to be very much involved," she teases. As for Dr. and Mrs. Hayward,
Burke says, "They will continue to have their unusual marriage,
which is full of incident. But they are expecting their first child and
are very much in love." (SID 1/7/03)
Holidays? On Christmas Eve, Greenlee plans a gathering for Trey, David, Anna
and Maggie, believing that Leo would have wanted her to spend time with their
extended family. Proving that miracles do happen, the evening seems to bring
David and Trey closer. For the first time, they seem more like brothers than
Before the night is over, the group is feeling festive enough to try singing a
few carols. Meanwhile, Greenlee slips away to spend a little time with Leo... or
at least her memories of him, raising a toast to his picture and reflecting upon
their all-too-short time together.
Next up on the casting front is a brand new face to daytime:
model Daniella Van Graas, who plays Fiona, a woman Aidan's past, beginning
Thursday, December 26. "Fiona was married to a person who was horrible and
she wanted to leave him because she was scared of him," explains the Brit
hunk's portrayer, Aiden Turner. "So when she met me, we hooked up and fell
in love." Alas, following a tragic twist of events, Aiden found himself on
the run. "That's when I fled to the States," says Turner.
Although the actor enjoyed working with Van Graas- "She is stunningly
beautiful and played the part very well," he notes- Fiona's appearance is
short-term, due to the nature of her storyline.
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