Actress Carol Burnett will reprise her dream role on the long running soap opera “All My Children” this week after creator Agnus Dixon came up with a new part for her to play.
Burnett, who has made guest appearances in “Glee” and “Law and Order” – will reprise her role as Verla Grubbs, Langley Wallingford’s long-lost daughter on the ABC soap opera.
Burnett has also hosted the 25th anniversary special about the show in 1995 and later appeared as her alter-ego in the 2005 35th anniversary program. She will be appearing on Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes this week.
All My Children has been a fixture of the daytime lineup on ABC for four decades, and its final episode will air on September 26th. So this will mark the last appearances for the 78-year-old Burnett on the ABC series.
“It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the All My Children family and we look forward to reprising her character.”
All My Children will be replaced by chat-show “The Chew” at the end of September. Much hand wringing has ensued over the showâ€™s cancellation, and FarmVille and its distracting effects on the predominantly female, stay-at-home viewers of the show was briefly blamed after its somewhat shocking cancellation.
At one time, the program’s popularity positioned it as the most widely-recorded television show in the United States. Also, in a departure from societal norms at the time, All My Children, in the mid-1970s, had an audience that was estimated to be 30% male.