More news from the brand-new set of ALL MY CHILDREN! When the show picks up -- from what our sources are sharing, it will be five years after JR fired that gun -- the character will now be played by Ryan Bittle according to Soap Opera Network. The actor played Todd on SWEET VALLEY HIGH as a teen, Jeff on 7TH HEAVEN and Eric on DAWSON'S CREEK. Last year, he appeared on THE NEW NORMAL and THE CLOSER, as well as starring in the Hallmark Channel movie Operation Cupcake. And how about this for a strange coincidence: In 2010, Bittle appeared on AMC as Logan, Madison's date... and when the casting call originally went out for the character of JR, it was under the name Logan!
And remember how we told you that the revamped soap would have a focus on a new crop of teenagers? Look for Eric Nelsen to be in the center of it all as JR and Babe's son, AJ. Jill Larson (Opal) shared the news of his casting on her Facebook page! One of the first television roles for Nelsen, who will be working with Liam Neeson in the upcoming movie A Walk Among The Tombstones later this year, was as Kevin Marler on GUIDING LIGHT back in 2006. Late last year, the actor shared the stage opposite Gretchen Mol in the Off-Broadway production of The Good Mother, and he'd previously starred on Broadway in the teen-centric 13 The Musical.
The Online Network has yet to confirm the casting of either actor.