'Dancing With the Stars': J.R. Martinez waltzes into Week 2 but bids goodbye to 'All My Children'


J.R. Martinez has faced a lot of challenges in his life -- including recovering from severe burns he suffered while serving as an Army infantryman in Iraq in 2003 -- but his tie for first place at the conclusion of the initial round of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" in the first week was bittersweet.His opportunity to move, with pro partner Karina Smirnoff, into the next round came only days before the end of the ABC daytime drama "All My Children," on which he has played injured Iraq war vet Brot Monroe since 2008.The show ended it nearly 42-year TV run on Friday, Sept. 23."It's sad," Martinez tells Zap2it. "It really is sad. Soaps play such a big part in people's lives. It's bigger than me; it's bigger than the characters; it's bigger than any one show. That's the way people spend quality time together."So, to see it go away, it's just tough. I'm so...



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