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All My Children & One Life to Live Halt Production Early For Hiatus Due To Labor Dispute!

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More breaking news this afternoon from Prospect Park and The OnLine Network.  The labor dispute that recently came to light by The Wrap earlier this week, has caused some issues with production now for both All My Children and One Life to Live!  And because of this, the scheduled hiatus for both shows is now beginning effective tomorrow on June 6th, instead of June 17th.  What this means for the future status of production remains to be seen, but according to an official statement just released by TOLN, they hope thing can be hammered out so by August they begin shooting all-new episodes on time!

TOLN Official Statement: “As a result of a dispute with the I.A.T.S.E., The OnLine Network is beginning a long-planned hiatus for both All My Children and One Life To Live tomorrow instead of June 17.  The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue. Right now we have 40 episodes of each show ready to post through September, and if we can resolve this issue by August, we can get back into the studio on time so audiences will enjoy uninterrupted postings of their favorite shows.

We believe we have met all contract requirements with I.A.T.S.E, and as an internet start-up, and per our contract with the I.A., we cannot afford, and our business model cannot sustain, traditional broadcast rates.

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The writers, directors, actors and rest of crew have been supportive of the shows and our success. Both One Life To Live and All My Children consistently earn top rankings on both Hulu and iTunes since launch just over a month ago. The popularity of the shows is matched by the continued passion and excitement from the fans. We are committed to these shows, and to the nearly 300 jobs they produce, thus we are exploring every legal and logistical option to maintain our production schedule.”

So AMC and OLTL fans, what do you think of the latest news? Hoping all will work out come August?  Share your thoughts!

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OLTL fan
OLTL fan

Ugh. Can’t I enjoy my stories without all this backstage Drama? I just want my shows and I haven’t see any elaborate episode to make me believe any episode has cost way over.

Cheri
Cheri

Who gets all the revenue from all the commercials that are on during AMC & OLTL?

Mike
Mike

Then don’t read these Blogs! LOL I just kidding I know what you mean.. but WE MUST STAND BY OUR SHOW OR IT WILL BE GONE AGAIN!!!!! 🙁

Cher
Cher

You guys need to rectify this situation as quickly as possible. I have watched these two soaps from day one and was totally depressed for one week when they ended. I am totally enjoying these soaps right now and i am totally delighted with the writing team so let’s go guys and get this resolved!!!!!

Bog Daddy William
Bog Daddy William

I knew they would not last. It is pure and simple GREEDY actors wanting more money!!!!!
I work on All My Children for room and board
LOL

su0000
su0000

The unions have always been a pain in PP bitts..
what PP is doing has never been done before, they are explorers of this new media bring TV to internet.. and what they suffer through will pave the way for all follow..
I feel bad for PP..
they have struggled endlessly with unions and contracts to be able to bring the soaps back, and it seems it is never ending for PP ..
Can you imagine what all they are going through is this new venture to keep the soaps alive dealing with problems as this union destitute…
I do give praise for PP for enduring their never ending struggles and for never giving up, but fighting!!!
That is total commitment to succeed in this never done before feat/undertaking…

Tim Dillon
Tim Dillon

Agreed. I don’t understand people being mad at PP. They seem to be doing anything they can to keep these shows in production. It makes me sick that so many want to look this gift-horse in the mouth. I am confident they will figure it out.

Willow57
Willow57

I couldn’t agree more. I am all for unions in the right situations…..but right now they are kind of getting on my nerves. Now-because of all of this finagling-what if PP decides to get rid of all of these headaches and stop production for good-what will the union do then? Having a job is better then having none at all.

Kelly
Kelly

Um, the union, in this case, has bent over backwards to accomodate PP. They have been quite flexible with them. And now PP has reneged on a few of the things the union asked. So yes, PP is to blame.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

If you remember correctly it was PP that BENT OVER BACKWARDS to get the Unions not the other way around…

howard
howard

That is the problem in ths country UNIONS…they have distryed the economy and this country…$65 an hour to put a bolt in a new car really?!? I can imagine what the TV unions want. In this day people should be happy they have jobs!

howard
howard

I am not saying unions are bad just greedy I am a union member

vik
vik

It saddens me to keep hearing of problem after problem. I know TOLN &PP are doing what they can for us, and Its still trial and error because this is a new medium. Still makes us nervous. Love the new shows…dont want to see them fail… or be taken off, AGAIN!

Colleen
Colleen

It’s just another prime example of greed and how unions can do more harm than good.

Michelle
Michelle

If unions bother you so much why don’t you move to a country where they don’t allow them…. ie: North Vietnam…

There is good and bad in everything, I believe job safety and decent pay are worth any inconvenience you may have by waiting for a few new episodes.

David
David

Or just move to Texas. We are a right to work state and do pretty well for ourselves. Many of our cities were cited as places to live to ride out a bad economy. Unions have no control here and we are doing quite well.

gin9rrsnap
gin9rrsnap

Oh please – they have signed agreements – you think that PP should be allowed to break at will? I agree PP has been doing all they can, but they cannot break duly negotiated collective bargaining agreements – stop denigrating unions – they are OUR only way to be heard.

MissQ
MissQ

Gin,

Unions are not the ONLY way to be heard. They are NOT the only way to work, garner a decent salary/wage. Thankfuklly one company I worked for I could chose to belong or not. I chose not to after asking friends of mine that were in the union. The union played its own favorites game and guess what……….their OWN elected treasurer embezzled their funds and guess who had to replace them due to a ever so unjust arbitration team deemed – the company! Now why should the company pay the amount of the embezzled funds that they had absolutely NOTHING to do with? Because the union muscle BS said they could not do it and someone had to cover the missing money (of course not their very own treasurer that embezzled the money and was NOT charged or jailed for it either!)! If I have an employer abuse me with low wages I have the option to go elsewhere to work. I do not need to pay a corrupt union official to retain my job if I screw up, because I chose ot take responsibility for my actions. I witnessed union workers drinking and coming in high and screwing up and getting off because of the union. Yeah that so does NOT work for me and it certainly is not the only place I witnessed this.
There are more than two sides to every story hon.

MissBeth
MissBeth

Michael, can you shed light on just who I.A.T.S.E is???
As well as why they are now causing problems this far into production?
I assume it’s some sort of labor union???
If so, I assume this is some kind of money grab on their part???

I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed this will all be resolved during the hiatus!!!!

su0000
su0000

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is the organization which oversees the working conditions, including standardized rates, for much of the crew. Today the IATSE is the largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry. Their members work in all forms of live theater, motion picture and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry. The IATSE represents virtually all the behind the scenes workers in crafts ranging from motion picture animator to theater usher.

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

Thanks for explaining, Michael. I understand IATSE a little better now. This union can certainly create a lot of problems for PP and all the actors and crew involved in these soaps, if I understand this correctly. They must be sure to follow all rules to the T !!!!!!!! Good luck to all !

MissBeth
MissBeth

Thanks for that info!!!!

Terri
Terri

Should I be worried I am soooo happy to have oltl back…..Itngives me such delight to see my show again.

Laura
Laura

I love OLTL- I have watched it since it began in 1968. I love being able to watch when I can instead of missing episodes. Please do not take this away again- I do not think I could go through the mourning!

Jaesun
Jaesun

I hate to say it but it feels like Prospect Park has been looking for a reason to halt production and the labor issue gave it to them. I’m starting to wish these shows never came back. General Hospital did a better job at keeping Llanview alive than Prospect Park’s One Life. It is really hard to try and stay with the show when nothing they have done has inspired viewer loyalty.

Kiki
Kiki

then go watch GH – we don’t need your negativity – One Life is fantastic

MissQ
MissQ

Jaesun

It’s not PP or TOLN, it’s ABC behind this. They prefer to see them fail as vindication for cancelling these two shows we love so dearly. Frankly, they screwed up in a major way and realize it and it is making their little mouse ears and tails shrivel like the tiny pathetic cowards they are.

Kelly
Kelly

I’m sorry but the halted production. I’ll be surprised if they come back. A hiatus at this point in time is not exactly the best idea. Talk about halting any momentum that they have built up.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Kelly do you read the articles or just skim it? They were all ready taking a SCHEDULED hiatus on June 17th til August 12th, they are only going on hiatus about a week or 2 earlier, your acting like this hiatus was not planned and they are taking it because of the Union deal……

MissQ
MissQ

Kelly,

Reading and comprehension must not be your forte. AMC has been on hiatus,,,,,,,,,a scheduled hiatus at that! If you recall AMC started shooting a little over a month before OLTL. Because they have not shot one hour episodes and clearly stated half hour episodes their work day/week is not anywhere near as long as before. If you also recall when they were on ABC, they had started the past few years they were having short hiatuses. Holiday programming showing older episodes. There is NOTHING nefarious going on and no big deal that OLTL is going on hiatus 11 days before the original PLANNED hiatus for them. Get a grip girl! Or better yet, get a real clue. Know what you are talking about before opening your yap!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Fingers crossed for a speedy resolution to all of these issues. Good luck Prospect Park, TOLN and to the performers and crews of AMC and OLTL. It’s great to have these stories back!

John
John

This Hiatus is only a week early as OLTL was gonna film til June 14th.

I feel they will come to an agreement and the shows will be back filmung as scheduled n August 12th. Plus they have enough episodes of both shows to air thoughout September

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

I agree John…..

Annie
Annie

Prospect Park is breaking ground, and this is yet another example of “growing pains.” OLTL and AMC have proven successful and what the PEOPLE want. Viewers were heard. OLTL and AMC and Prospect Park will prevail….

susan M.
susan M.

YES!!!

David
David

Prospect Park only has itself to blame. The union would not even be going after them if they hadnt gone over budget. Do you think the union does this just because. The union isn’t going to waste their time going after PP if they have no cause.

The fact that PP has halted production tells you there is obviously something that was broken. PP is fearful of what they are going to pay out so they are halting production early. I hope production does start back up but sadly I fear the fans of these shows may be saying good bye to them again and in a short amount of time. Very say

Pen
Pen

You don’t have a show without a crew. Period. And those crews deserve to be paid what they were promised. That was the deal. They’re already working for scaled-down salaries as it is.

chery
chery

if they would have left them on air they wouldn’t be going thru this they were making money all true watchers watch everyday and I one of them bUT I refuse to pay to watch the now and the one episode I watched they have aged the kids 5 years put our soaps back on air the fans are what made then what they are today I LOVE OLTL AND AMC BUT WONT PAY T WATCH THEN

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

They’re already working for scaled-down salaries as it is…..

Why didn’t their Union step in then??? Please!

MissQ
MissQ

The union is making an allegation that they are not being paid according to their deal, remember in American innocent until proven guilty. Secondly, I am sure there are things that were not foreseen by PP nor the union, since this is a whole new medium. There will be ups and downs and lessons learned by ALL. It doesn’t mean that ANYONE is trying to screw others.

Sheesh I wish people would chill and try to learn before opening their yaps with negative BS. I had enough of that from ABC/Disney the past 2 yrs!

Pen
Pen

Joliefan, the Union did step in. They hammered out a deal with PP, allowing the crews to be paid A SCALED DOWN SALARY as long as the shows didn’t go over a certain daily budget. That was the deal. The crew has every right to be paid what was agreed.

jimh
jimh

Hope they dont end…in spite of backstage drama and some storyline problems, im slowyly starting to like oltl again.

Nikki
Nikki

David, thank you very much for your post. With all of the ignorant, nasty anti-union comments I’ve seen on here, it’s nice to see a level-headed person make this assessment. I concur wholeheartedly.

Jason
Jason

All Ill say is that I hope they can resolve this quickly. I don’t want the union to be the reason we lose our shows here.

Trapper
Trapper

I hope that they get this all worked out and that the unions will cut them some slack. They’re trying to make this work, and if this keeps up, there will be a lot of people out of work. This can’t be better.

Margaret
Margaret

Makes me afraid to invest my emotions in these reboots. Seriously cannot take another cancellation.

jimh
jimh

Same with me…im not 100% into oltl again but im still watching and starting to like it again…its not as good as when it was on the network but it still has entertaining moments and i remain hopeful the new writers make it better.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you!

Dennis
Dennis

First, I am grateful to Prospect Park for bringing my favorite show back to “life.” But it it just me or do these guys seem like a bunch of drama queens? First they cut the number of episodes because viewers aren’t watching enough. That also caused FX Canada to stop airing the shows. Then the union asks a question about finances and they shut down production. These issues arise in television all the time, but don’t have to cause so much drama. I say keep the drama on the screen and work out your troubles like professionals.

Jules
Jules

They need to make it work! Everyone’s doing the best they can, and they just have to remember they’re in it for the same passion and purpose. Money is important and I wouldn’t want anyone not to get pay they earn, but considering they HAVE jobs thanks to P&P, they should all come together to work out a mutually beneficial solution together that will not impact the shows, those who work on them and love them, and those who love to watch them.

Get it together people!

Margaret Hall
Margaret Hall

Its bad enough that we have to watch on the internet, be cut to two days a week and after having three characters move to another show, we lose those characters, now we get this, its ridiculous!!!

Michelle
Michelle

They have shows through September in the can. We the viewers, will not notice anything. I’m sure this labor dispute will be worked out, and it’s just growing pains due to the new medium. We need to not go all Chicken Little on this, the sky is not falling!

Kelly
Kelly

Yes, you will notice. There will now be at least a 2 month hiatus for production which means a lag time for new shows airing – granted, it may not be 2 months, but there will be a time when no new shows will air.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

There was always a 2 Month Hiatus all ready planned! OMG read the actual article!!

Dori
Dori

I agree. Two days a week is not enough, but I am thankful to at least get that. I don’t want to lose OLTL again. It’s not great watching on the internet, but it’s better than not at all.

David
David

Kelly, they have enough in the can to go through September. They had scheduled the hiatus anyway and picking back up in August, they will continue on without a break of broadcast.

storyofcory
storyofcory

It’s my understanding that there has been nothing but drama since OLTL and AMC undertook this online only venture. I REALLY wish that everyone would have gotten their **** together BEFORE the shows launched.

Michelle
Michelle

The didn’t have time, if they had waited any longer they risked losing
the rights to the shows. Under the circumstances, I think they’ve done a stellar job, I’m loving AMC!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Me too Michelle both shows are awesome and AMC is off the hook with the Cassandra SL!!

Fay Reid
Fay Reid

I just wish a network like lifetime, OWN, or something would team up with PP and get our soaps back on tv!

jimh
jimh

I wish the same thing but i doubt it…i almost stopped watching but after rewatching some recaps today im starting to like oltl a little more. its not as addictive as when on abc and the stories are somewhat disjointed ect. but when Todd is on and Dorian and Viki it does have some good moments to keep me entertain…hoping new writess will make it better.

Val
Val

I am sure ready to do whatever Prospect Park needs us to do to help this all become a success, we cannot stop fighting now, the shows are on top with Hulu and Itunes, we will keep that momentum going and the rest will fall into place, but this backstage drama is never going to over shadow our shows and the love we have for all those involved in them including those backstage! These shows provide jobs for many and we are concerned the union is not doing what is best for them after all they are all about making the shows work, so they can, lets not screw up the great start of the return of these iconic shows. Prospect Park will ask and we will do, so stay tuned i guess…..fasten your seatbelt this is not going to be over.

Michelle
Michelle

Well said Val!

MissQ
MissQ

Amen!!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Ditto Val!!!

Kathy Bourgeois
Kathy Bourgeois

I am loving the shows. The writing is better than ever. Please don’t take it away again!! Also,is there a way to record these shows so that I could send them to my elderly mother, who doesn’t have a computer or an I-phone? I feel bad that she is missing her shows!

Michelle
Michelle

Hi Kathy, you could buy them on iTunes, but I don’t know if you’re allowed to burn
them onto blank DVDs. Yhere may be a workaround though.

Annie
Annie

Yes, you can burn onto DVDs from iTunes. I do so to take and load on my mom’s computer because she doesn’t have high speed internet service.

Kathy
Kathy

Thanks Michelle and Annie. I feel bad for the elderly people that have been loyal AMC & OLTL fans all these years and can’t watch it now, because they don’t have computers.

Sue
Sue

Could this be why they moved it to twice a week, to stretch it out? I believe unions serve a very good purpose but this is why many of us have issues with unions, so, instead of being paid less, they will ALL end up losing their jobs. And here WE ARE the fans; screwed again. Or, Is ABC somehow behind it….will never rtrust them. Also noting that the SOAP opera magazines have rater limited thier coverage of the online soaps, making it less likely that the be successsful, is that to make ABC happy? Although that doesn’t make a lot of sense since they only have
one soap left.

Karen
Karen

this really sucks! I’m so tired of the drama……first ABC takes away my fav daytme shows, now this……I’m about to give up on soaps all together, not worth the aggravation, but hope they resolve this matter soon! PLEASE

wayne r harrison
wayne r harrison

I have gotten used to the fact that all my children n one life to live are on two days a week,now b/c of this labor bullshit,I,just like many other fans ,who worked ,so hard to bring the show back on the air,via ,the internet have to suffer ,during the summer b/c prospect park hasn,t gotten ,their shit together,yet,I hope that everything works out n that,they,ll be back on the air ,by august

Lynette H
Lynette H

I am hopeful that all will be resolved on all sides. I will stand steadfast and supportive of PP s efforts to continue to give the fans what they want! Love having both OLTL and AMC back! Hang in there everyone! Keep making these stories #1 on Hulu and iTunes!

Shannon
Shannon

I’m sure there are many meetings & documents we know little about; my hope is that reasonable minds will come to the table & agree to each give something so this can be put aside, and everyone can get back to work.

Maribeth
Maribeth

I have to say I am not thrilled with the OLTL reboot. It just doesn’t feel the same. I do not like the whole club scene and the acting is very stilted. And I am no prude but the cursing just because they can appears false and sophomoric. I am totally not vested in this show and that makes me sad because I have been watching it since 1971.

jennifer donahue
jennifer donahue

Disney is probably behind this

Ihatethechew
Ihatethechew

You can blame the unions, blame ABC, blame viewing habits, blame the new writers, blame the old writers, blame Ron and Frank, blame Michael and Kristen. The common denominator is Prospect Park. Poor babies! They try so hard for us and everything happens to them!
The shows returned IN SPITE OF those 2 clowns- NOT because of them. It isn’t their money they are burning through now. It IS their horrible business decisions that have been going on for a couple of years now. If they go away and let people who know what they are doing give this a try things may work out. If not- how many weeks in a row can we take of new boxes of dog sh*t wrapped in ribbons and roses? Every week we get new signs that things are bad even though Hulu ratings are great. What more did they want?

Bruce
Bruce

Let me share a cynical conspiracy theory. Considering all the legal battles already in place, I’m suspicious that ABC may be working behind the curtain on this one. From what I understand the union dispute is claiming that AMC and OLTL are going over budget? Everybody wants a piece of the pie. Sad.

Karen
Karen

I’m disgusted and VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! First they move it to twice a week and now this. I may give up on HULU as I have with channel seven. 🙁

Corey
Corey

If both shows are like the previous 6 weeks I dont think the labor disputes will help. in the future. the shows will lose viewers because each show adds nothing.to the last……I find them boring because they are very repetitive. If you really asked someone what has happened on these shows for six week you would answer in 4 sentences or so. I have been enjoying coronation street on HULU. Now this is a story that moves along and well unlike general chit chat in a coffee shop.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Really?? Let’s see! A mystery man came back to Llanview on the day that Dani Over Dosed on X at Blair and Cutter’s Club named Shelter. The Mystery man was Victor Lord Jr ((TSJ)), Dorian came back from DC in a cloud of Misconduct and cover ups…. Todd came back to town with a card with the same symbol that Vic Jr has Tattooed on his forearm, an evil agency is behind the symbol. Todd and Victor try to make a mends for the kids sake. Dani and Jack still want nothing to do with “Todd”. Victor reunited with his family and even say down to play some video games with the kids. Viki and Clint are still engaged. Natalie has Liam and receives a phone call From John then discovering that her father had a hand in her relationship with her John and their son Liam. Matthew is a Dead beat father, Destiny is a Single mother. Clint tries to slap Matthew in to reality about being a dad but it takes his Uncle Snoop to make him see the light of the situation. David is filming the life of Vickerman. Tea tells Victor about the death of their baby. Victor sees someone with a Gun and the same symbol he has on his arm at the local coffee shop and he leaves to “finish business” with the agency and keep Tea and his family safe. Victor poisons Todd with Arsenic however Todd did not die. Viki tries to get the Banner in to the Digital age and hires a Bright new Reporter Jeffrey King to help her. Bo is still the Police Commisioner and Nora is the DA however she is reliving her college years as a Advice DJ….. Jesse flies Cassandra over for her mom as a surprise, and she was kidnapped by a Russian Mobster who deals in Human Trafficking. The limo they used to take her was registered to Zack Slater’s Casino. He comes back to help Find Cassandra and in the middle of the investigation he meets up with Lea an FBI agent who was investigating his Casino’s. Jr shot Marissa that night 5 years ago at Adam’s house and killed her. David got the gun from JR shot him point blank and tried to kill him. JR has been in a Coma since, Marissa died from her injuries. Aj and Miranda are best friends and in high school, AJ is very protective of Miranda. Pete Courtland comes back to save his Dads company and meets up with Celia (( A new character)) and develops feelings for her all tho she has a “guardian” that she has never seen but keeps tabs on her with this woman Evelyn who works for him and takes care of Celia. David is released from Jail thanks to Angie who took up for him at his parole hearing, Dixie freaks out when she finds out by finding him in JR’s Room. JR wakes up from his coma and… Read more »

Annie
Annie

I disagree. I feel I get more story in two shows a week on OLTL and AMC than I get on GH where the same dialogue is regurgitated 8 different ways each episode. I haven’t watched GH in two days.

tony curtis
tony curtis

I have watched both shows on Hulu the day the episode is released and I am very happy with the storylines, the cast and the pace of things. I think the production equals the quality of the shows on the network and far superior to the last years of GL. I applaud PP for never giving up and doing a great job breaking ground. I personally believe this is an attempt by ABC to see the venture failure. The entire cast and crew have done a fantastic job. I personally have never been pro-union so since that is the way the entertainment field works it union and its members should come to a new agreement to hand the new production and delivery model. It is very apparent to me the old rules do not fit and is no different than the old “studio model”. Shame on the unions.

Rita
Rita

I appreciate PP bringing our shows back, but maybe it was a little more than they could handle! I heard the actors are paid per episode, so since they cut them to 2 days a week, does that mean that the actors are only making half of the money that they were told they would make? Everyone needs to make a living! I hope our shows will continue, but I’m starting to get a little worried about their success!

Debbie
Debbie

This is likely why they scaled down the number of new episodes per week, as the reasons originally presented made very little sense. As for whether or not ABC has a hand in this remains to be seen. Ultimately, Disney is the real villain in the piece. ABC is just a small part of the larger conglomerate and even they discovered how much the parent company had their backs when Disney Imaging backed PP and Disney refused to back ABC in the lawsuit. Suddenly the unions are pointed at as the reason for a hiatus and possible future delays. These are the same union members that were put out of work when ABC/Disney canceled the soaps. And let’s not forget that the movers and shakers at PP/OLN are both former Disney corporation employees and that the dreaded Brian Frons was brought into ABC by Disney to dismantle the soaps, take the heat and then quietly go away. So don’t blame the unions, blame Disney, they are the ones still looking to shift blame because things are so bad in the mouse house that they’ve had to increase parks admissions by $90.00 to keep the shareholders happy.

Cathy Schneider
Cathy Schneider

This is so depressing. We are just getting our show back and now this. Please end this soon so us long time fans can enjoy continuing our wonderful All My Children

Bonnie Moss
Bonnie Moss

Shoot! I was just gettin’ in the habit of watching them again, now I have to wait until Aug.!! Grrrrr!

David
David

What? You don’t have to wait until August. Did you read the story? They keep going at 2 a week and have enough through September. If they pick back up production in August, you won’t even see a break in the action…no wonder these shows went off the air…the viewers aren’t smart enough to watch?

Joni
Joni

What next? Why did they get our hopes up? I really feel sorry for the actors who thought they had their jobs back.

su0000
su0000

lol you believe that the soaps have ended? lol
All are still employed and working..
It is a union ”’dispute”’ nothing more..
Why exaggerate ..

DARLENE
DARLENE

I REALLY THINK THIS REALLY SUCKS… IM A FAN OF BOTH PROGRAMS
AND ITS BAD ENOUGH ITS EVERY OTHER DAY … BUT NOW THIS ITS NOT FAIR GETTING ALL THE FANS HOPES UP LIKE THIS AND FOR THIS TO HAPPEN JUST NOT FAIR TO ANY OF US.

su0000
su0000

Nothing has happened, yet ..
And may not happen..
It is being looked into , nothing more..

Gabriel Canp
Gabriel Canp

how do i sign up to be able to watch One Life To Live & All My Children online and does it cost money if so how much, theses are 2 of my 3 Shows I watched daily that have been taken off the air, I was so excited when I heard it was going to be available online, yet I was told it was a rumor

Robert C
Robert C

Gabriel you can watch both All My Children and One Life To Live online at hulu.com which has all episodes of both shows for free but you have to watch a few commercials and they also have Hulu Plus which you have to pay for but I don’t think Hulu Plus has any commercials.

Mahogany52
Mahogany52

Yes! I have hulu plus and they do have commercial.

Willow57
Willow57

Hello Gabriel:

All you have to do is go to Hulu.com and look for the shows. There is a charge for the HuluPlus…but they also have free Hulu and you can watch the soaps for free.

Margo
Margo

I got Hula Plus specificly to watch, AMC and OLTL, it does have commercials. I think they have done a great job with the show’s and hope they continue. Right now I feel sorry for the people that are out of work because of the dispute, what ever it may be. I do think more people would watch if they knew about the show’s being back on. Maybe run a commercial on ABC to let viewers know. I found out via FB.

cindy
cindy

You can watch both programs on your computer…just type in Hulu.com and you then click on the link for TV shows and movies….then type in All My Children OR one Life To Live…you can watch it free…you don’t pay a cent, unless you pay for Hulu plus, then you can watch on regular TV…..but to watch on your computer, it is totally free!!

Annie
Annie

I prefer to pay 9.99 for 20 episodes on iTunes where there are no commercials. I switch each week where I tape the More show on Friday since it has been combines for both shows.

Charlanne
Charlanne

OMG! Can we just get all these issues ironed out so that we may enjoy our soaps? So happy that they are back however. I grew up watching AMC with my mother but I enjoy OLTL the best!

It’s great to see all the old actors still on and enjoying some of te new ones. Viva OLTL!!

Donna Judd
Donna Judd

This is bull crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DONNA HONEYCUTT
DONNA HONEYCUTT

hopefully this can be worked out or will cancel my hulaplus payments only reason I joined pay wise to contribute to keeping them on

dzzdee
dzzdee

Give it up!

Lynne
Lynne

They better not cancel these two soaps again after waiting so long to see them again I will really be pissed!!!!!

dl
dl

Saw this one coming a mile away. What joke. Should have just left a sleeping dog lay. To do this to the fans for a 3rd time is just downright cruel. I have already stopped watching. Should have just left well enough alone. I am sure others will have a different opinion but this is just mine!

KK Davis
KK Davis

I will fill any crew job for free to keep OLTL in production.

Kimmytk
Kimmytk

I think PP should move production to Texas where we are a right to work state and leave all the unions behind! Then go to 5 days one hour shows.

David
David

Kimmy. Isn’t that the truth.

Annie
Annie

Move them to Indiana…I am going to need a new job soon. 😉

Daisy
Daisy

I am sorry to predict this but face reality, these shows won’t be filming after the hiatus. These guys couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it!

mbbtmb
mbbtmb

Hopefully it can all be worked out. I am also tired of all the drama. I just want to watch my show. All My Children is my most favorite show ever. So sad how everything was so bad then turned good and now bad again. Work it out you guys. This is getting old.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

Photo: JPI

I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

Photo: JPI

I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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