With the final days of "All My Children" on ABC airing this month, production has officially wrapped and the Pine Valley sets are being tucked away. Hopefully, all will return when the show moves to the internet in 2012, but Friday, Sept. 23, will be Pine Valley's final day on ABC. MSN TV was on set for one final visit before the cast was set free. Here's what Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach) had to say about it all. "All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC.
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MSN TV: Seeing you together makes me want to sing, "Reunited and it feels so good."
Thorsten Kaye: That's an '80s song.
Alicia Minshew: I know. I was born!
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Thorsten, what is it like to come back to "All My Children" with the end drawing near?
Kaye: It's been great. It's nice to come back to see friends, and some people you don't like that much who you can't avoid. [laugh] It's fun to be part of the end game. I talked to Julie [Hanan Carruthers, executive producer] and said, "What's the plan? I'd love to part of it in some way," and I am, so it's good.
Minshew: I've seen so many people come and go. This one, Eva LaRue, Agnes Nixon, Carol Burnett. It's been fun for me, but I'm especially happy to have him back, selfishly, because I get to hang out with him and act with him.
How do you feel about the way things are wrapping up on screen?
Minshew: I care what happens with the character and I am happy for Kendall that her husband and the father of her children is back. Yes, I know, I started to fall for another guy…
Kaye: Which is weird to me, right? So you're husband dies. Love of your life. There's crying ...
Minshew: You think he's dead!
Kaye: Hold on, hold on. There's Emmy nominations and, "Oh, what a great performance." On the way back, she's here putting her tongue into someone else? There's something strange about that. What is the commitment level? Am I wrong?
Minshew [laughing]: I know you're right.
Kaye: Mourn for a couple weeks!
Minshew: How long did I mourn? Like 9 months. In soaps, that's a long time.
Kaye: One commercial.
Minshew: But she hasn't made love to anybody, yet.
Could this go into a triangle?
Kaye: Would you like that, Kendall?
Minshew: I don't think it's necessary.
Kaye: But would you like it?
Minshew: I wouldn't hate it.
Kaye: See, that's what I'm talking about.
Minshew: But I'm a woman and there's two attractive men and--
Kaye: Most women are not like that. They like one man.
Minshew: If I could choose between anybody, I would of course want Zach and I'm happy that he's back. I don't know what they're going to do. There's still a few weeks left. Every time I open a script, I'm like, "What's going to happen?" I'm still waiting [to find out].
You guys have been through so much with all the confusion around the cancelation and pick up. How do these last weeks feel?
Kaye: It feels a little rushed, but in a way, it's good. If you watch soaps -- and I have -- sometimes, it drags out a bit. Now they can't. It keeps moving, and I like that. Hopefully they learn something from that.
Minshew: Right, one thing after the other is happening, and you're not saying the same thing over and over again. There's progress, so I don't know how it's going to end.
You can't take anything too big, since the show is moving to the net, but is there anything on set you have your eye on as a keepsake from the ABC days?
Minshew: If it had strings, I'd love that piano.
Kaye: Tough to fit that into your purse.
Minshew: I'll have you help me lug it out.
Kaye: I'm not going to help you.
Minshew: What, it's just a piano!
Kaye: I think it all stays here. They're going to keep doing this, exactly here with these sets and hopefully, all the props.
Have you started talking about the going away party and your last day onset?
Minshew: Our last few days here is when it will all sink in. Right now, I'm just trying to learn my scripts, get through the day and just focus. When it gets down to the wire, maybe I will.
Kaye: In theater, you always have limited run and in the last week, it's weird. You get a huge high from getting to do this a few more times. The low comes when you're cleaning out your dressing room. That's coming, and that's not going to be fun.
Minshew: That's going to suck. I'm just going to say it in very classy, simple terms. I'm not going to enjoy that part.
Kaye: She's a crier.
Minshew: I am. Now that I'm a mom? Forget it. I'm the worst.
Kaye: You were always a crier.
Minshew: I was, but I'm even worse now. It's deep.
What will you guys miss the most?
Minshew: The people, on a daily basis, for sure. Just seeing these faces, the camaraderie, talking to people and acting with them, and playing this character everyday with people that I love.
Kaye: Yeah, you'll miss the people and you can say, "We'll get together," like you do at the end of high school, and you never do. That's a bit of a bummer.
Do you have any message for fans?
Minshew: I would Just say thank you for being so supportive and amazing and watching our show and keeping us on the air as long as they have.
Kaye: And if and when this does go somewhere else, don't give up on it. Give it a shot.
"All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC through Friday, Sept. 23.