Will Joe Martin Stick Around Pine Valley?

Sources indicate Ray McDonnell, who has played All My Children’s Joe Martin ever since episode one back in 1970, is approaching contract renegotiation talks. Now before we grab the pitchforks and start our veterans’ battle cry, this sounds like routine talks, however I do feel it is imperative in this day and age when soap execs seem to think putting the vets out to pasture is the quickest way to save more money for CGI stunts and/or "fix" fledging shows that we show our support to actors like McDonnell.

I don’t think anyone expects to see him in front burner three-day-a-week storylines anymore, but for the fans who have stuck it out with this show come hell or high wind , it is still nice to know that you can tune in when you’re at home from work on a sick day and find comforting, old Dr. Joe giving advice to Angie or admonishing a drunken JR. Here’s hoping ABC does the right thing and continues to make room for McDonnell at the Pine Valley Inn.

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    I’m sure he’s great but I have just about had it w/ the Martins.

    Also, can someone at DC give us some info on what’s up w/ Regan! This is not concern about the spoilers but about whether she is fine or not. And, Bernard, as well. I believe he posted that there was a family emergency he had to tend to. I pray that all is or well be fine w/ both, Regan and Bernard.

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    I am trying to think if i have ever actually seen Joe -.-, i guess i have but its just sad when I have to actually sit down and think if I have ever seen _insert vet_.

    Hope he resigns because I like having people that have been there since Day 1 on soaps and hate to lose them.

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    I love Joe Martin…I remember some of the hot storylines he & Mary Fickett had together…damn they were good.

    Hope Ray can stick around…Jake & Tad need to hear from Papa Joe every once in awhile.Its so nice to have all the generations on AMC.

    *sniff* Still can’t believe we lost the wonderful Eileen Herlie…..

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    I would miss Dr. Joe .. but if it’s HIS decision to leave … then go enjoy your retirement … maybe come see “All YOUR Children” from time to time. God, it’slike I grew up with him as a distant relative .. haha. But, just don’t let TPTB push u before your ready.

    Luv my AMC since day 1!!

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