Liza is coming back!
March 19, 2009 4:34pm CST
I think I am happy about this. I will reserve final judgment until I see what she can do. But she looks awfully young. http://www.soapcentral.com/amc/news/2009/0316-luner.php Liza Colby is returning to All My Children, but don't expect to see Emmy winner Marcy Walker reprising the role. Former Melrose Place star, Jamie Luner, takes over the role of Liza in April. Walker, who had stepped away from acting, originated the role of Liza in 1981 and was last seen when Liza made a brief appearance in 2005. Things in Pine Valley are about to get a little more interesting -- especially for the Chandler family. After more than four years away from the small Pennsylvania town, Liza Colby has decided to head home. When she does, long-time All My Children fans may have to do a double take. With the best-known Liza unavailable, the ABC soap has opted to recast the role. Beginning next month, former Melrose Place star Jamie Luner takes over the role of Liza Colby. In joining AMC, Luner will be reunited with the show's head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr., who served as a writer on Melrose Place from 1992 to 1999. Luner isn't just known for her role as Lexi Sterling on the former FOX primetime soap. Luner also had a starring role on Growing Pains spinoff, Just the Ten of Us, and in The WB's short-lived series, Savannah. Among the actress' other primetime credits are recurring roles on Profiler and 10-8: Officers on Duty The role of Liza Colby was originated in 1981 by Emmy-winning actress Marcy Walker. During that time, Walker played out one of the show's most talked about plots: Liza and her mother, Marian, were both sleeping with Tad Martin. Walker left All My Children in 1984 and the role of Liza was recast. Alice Haining lasted in the role just a short amount of time before Liza was written off the canvas. Walker returned to All My Children in 1995 and remained a major player for the next nine years. In 2004, ABC took Walker off contract with the hope that the actress would continue to appear on a recurring basis. Walker appeared for a short time, but Liza eventually fled Pine Valley to make a new life for her and her four-year-old daughter, Colby. Two years later, a then-teenaged Colby ran away from her mother, saying that Liza had become a horrible parent Walker, meanwhile, has turned her attention from acting to something different: sharing the joy of faith with children at a North Carolina-based ministry. Luner will have her work cut out for her initially when it comes to winning over viewers. In a poll conducted by soapcentral.com in 2006 when Smith discussed her exiting the acting world, nearly 40% of respondents indicated that they did not want All My Children to recast the role of Liza. Luner makes her All My Children debut in late April.
• United States
19 Mar 09
That should make for some new and interesting storylines that could involve Jake and others. Maybe she will get thrown into the whole Kendall, Zack and Ryan whatever it is. It also makes one wonder if her sister Mia will be brought back. Amelia Heinle who played Mia seems to be pretty well ensconched at Y&R even if she hasn't been on it much this year.
• United States
20 Mar 09
i never saw that character before (must have been the years i didnt watch) so that will be interesting for me just to get to know her lol.. but god do we really need another woman that has hooked up with tad and adam in the mix?!? they need so seriously bring some new blood in this town
• United States
20 Mar 09
Let's hope that this puts a little life into the show. I am starting to lose patience with the stories going on here. Ryan and Kendal? Zach and Reese? I can't even watch daily anymore. I might be missing something, but it's better than sitting in my house yelling at my tv shouting, "What are you doing? Oh come on!!!" Maybe Liza can hook up with Tad and get him doing something a little more Tadish.