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All My Children & One Life to Live Official iTunes Pages Unveiled With Preview Show Descriptions!

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This afternoon, iTunes launched it’s official show pages for All My Children and One Life to Live, which will include all new episodes when the shows premiere on April 29th, plus compelling and fun extra content.  In fact, now available for a free download is the full cast All My Children and One Life to Live Photo Shoot.   To go to the All My Children iTunes page click here! To go to the One Life to Live iTunes page click here! 

Now here is what the show description is listed on iTunes for One Life to Live “Intoxicating, character driven drama One Life to Live is back with all new must-see episodes. One Life to Live is filled with action, romance, comedy, and pushes the boundaries of entertainment by exploring cutting edge social issues. Viki, Dorian, Todd, Blair, the Buchanans and the Lords — all the icons of Llanview — are joined by gorgeous, hot stars of tomorrow in the all-new One Life to Live. At the start, Viki’s sexy, young reporter Jeffrey King uncovers a scandal that ends Dorian’s senatorial career. Of course, Dorian blames Viki, reigniting and exploding their feud to epic proportions. Meanwhile danger follows Todd to town in the form of a mysterious, evil organization signified by a sinister tattoo…and a deadly agenda. Blair and Cutter’s popular new club Shelter places Llanview on the map with DJ’s, singers and cameo roles played by the biggest names in show business today. The new One Life to Live has beloved characters from the show that ran on network television for 43 years plus the contemporary look, feel and style of an edgy new hit.”

And check out the show description for All My Children on iTunes:  “Love, excitement and suspense return to Pine Valley with the Chandlers, Cortlandts, Martins and Hubbards. Revisit the lives of core characters who’ve inhabited the landscape for decades along with a younger generation that promises twists and turns of its own. Follow JR as he comes to grips with his past and meet his teen-aged son, AJ, who might just break the cycle of dysfunction that has plagued his family for years. Follow Pete Cortlandt as he falls in love with a girl named Celia who has a dark past even she doesn’t know about. Get re-acquainted with Angie and Jesse and see them tested by tragedy and loss. Witness the return of Zach and David and follow the emotional journey of Bianca’s daughter Miranda, whose own mother lived in the shadow of the great Erica Kane but who is determined to forge her own path, on her own terms. All that and more begins on April 29th…”

Ok AMC and One Lifers, what do you think about the iTunes pages?  And, the show descriptions and the preview of the upcoming stories that are coming your way?  Getting ready for April 29th, yet?  Let us know!

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  1. Aria

    April 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Good luck to both shows, hope they eventually end up on cable or if abc is really smart they will end up airing them on its network again.

    • AJ

      April 2, 2013 at 8:48 am

      ABC’s lease with PP doesn’t expire for another 9 years, so they’ll either buy their way out of it somehow or wait the 9 years, but by then.. cable TV and internet TV will be the same thing. As soaps helped usher in radio to TV, so will they usher in TV to internet.

      Internet TV will spell the end of network TV, with everything on-demand.. who needs a network? If ABC was smart, they would have moved AMC and OLTL to internet tv themselves, and anchored their own transition to internet TV.

      • Tali

        April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        Agreed AJ!

      • Johnny

        April 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        I agree with you, I’ve been saying the same thing, the days of Network TV will be coming to an end in the coming years. I am not a kid, I’ve been watching AMC for more years than I can count, but the time is right for this kind of project to be launched. As it is, I hardly ever watch “regular TV” anymore, cannot endure the commercials, and why should I? I either stream something on Netflix or HuLu or whatever – even renting DVD’s will eventually be a thing of the past as more and more people are streaming their fave movies or TV Programs. The only time I watch regular broadcast TV is in the morning, just as a background, while I’m shaving or showering and the weather person is on and I’m getting ready for work. Otherwise, really, I don’t watch regular TV.

  2. Nancy

    April 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Christina

    April 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Oh my god, that was fabulous! I cannot wait for OLTL to come back!

  4. Mark in FLA

    April 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    WOW This is wonderful. Loved the OLTL storyline and got chills when I read about Viki and Dorian. It’s so exciting that they are back!!!!!!!!

  5. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    April 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Amazing pages; hopefully the HD versions come out!

  6. Lisa

    April 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    The AMC description makes it sound as though the show will focus primarily on the younger generation with cameo appearances by the veterans. However, the OLTL description seems to be more evenly based between veterans and the less expensive newbies.

    • jimh

      April 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      OLTL sounds more interesting but what sounds good on paper maybe completely different from what appears on screen…guess its best to wait and see b4 we judge. I wish them both success no matter what!

    • AJ

      April 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

      AMC didn’t get back everyone(Erica, Kendall, Jack, a couple of others).. OLTL got virtually everyone back, so it’s a different dynamic. Hopefully it’s just in the description, and the people at AMC aren’t stupid enuff to long-time fans by focusing on newbies over legacy characters.

  7. Decker Moss

    April 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Will the episodes be free, or do you have to pay for each episode?

    • AJ

      April 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

      iTunes might charge for downloads, but it’s totally FREE on Hulu.

  8. scott

    April 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Oltl sounds awesome

  9. Cindy

    April 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I agree it sounds like they couldnt get too many of the original actors so it will focus on the younger town folks so new people can be introduced. I loved the shows and would very much like to keep up with the stories but… I have 2 issues I dont like having to get used to new faces and stories and MOST of all I like so many other people out there dont have access to or just cant afford the faster internet connections that it takes to watch video on the computer…a lot of the older generation that supported these shows for so many years on TV just dont mess with computers. And apparently are completely over looked by everyone in control of these shows.

    • Llanviewer717

      April 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      I am no technology wizard but I think a basic dsl connection is all you need. I have no idea if dial up connections are still in use or if they would work for this. There is a company called dsl extreme which supposedly offers service throughout the US and advertises a basic dsl connect for as low as $12.95 per month. You have to have a home phone.

      • Tali

        April 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        I’m impressed each day the amount of older people on the internet and computer savvy. Ones older than i am-60’s, 70’s and yes some eighty year olds!

  10. Avidreader72

    April 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Love the OLTL description…Dorian and Vicki battling again is enough to get me to tune in!

  11. Cheryl

    April 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    It sounds great, but the clock is ticking for getting the shows up to Canada. Now more than ever, I’m anxious to get back to Llanview and Pine Valley.

  12. MEG

    April 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    well hopefully TREVOR /VICTOR IS BACK .AND THE EVIL ORGANIZATION IS THE ONE THAT KEPT HIM N TODD PRISONER.

  13. Terry

    April 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Canadian store says ‘not available in your country’. 🙁

    • CTwildheart

      April 2, 2013 at 5:39 am

      I know they are working on a distribution deal for Canadian viewers! Keep checking as it gets closer to 4/29/13!

  14. Dottie B.

    April 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    OMG, I started tearing up watching the video realizing that’s it’s finally happening – my story is back!! Yay, AMC I missed you so much!!

  15. Edwin

    April 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds great!

  16. Ashlee

    April 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I am very glad these shows have finally found new life. However, I find both cast photos sleazy, inappropriate and disgusting. What is up with Erika Slezak, long the epitome of class, wearing such a short dress? Kelly Missal, who plays the teenage Danielle, is sitting, legs spread, looking like a mini Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. And this girl they have hired as the new Destiny? Did the character lose weight and follow Nate into porn?? And the All My Children one is just as offensive…various teenagers lying around, spread eagle, in various states of undress. What on Earth are the promotional people thinking??? They are saying how “edgy“ the new shows will be…if profanity, soft-core nudity, and sleaze is how they are defining edgy, I would rather remember the shows how they were, when at least they retained some semblance of class. I will reserve such opinions until I see what transpires on screen. I certainly wish everyone involved the best in this endeavour! It is still hard to get beyond the fact that Cady McClain is 42 in real life and playing gramma to a teenager now. Wait and see, I guess.

    • jif

      April 2, 2013 at 5:21 am

      Destiny looks like shes not wearing anything from the waste done, Vikis dress is just a tad short, and Dani looks like shes going to the toilet…lol! AMC doesnt look too bad except maybe the one sitting near Jill Larson with the too short dress…? As for the adult content i doubt itll be as offensive as it might sound…im certain it will all be done in good taste. Im not judging any of these shows til we see them…its all about the stories for me, and if i dont like the show as a whole i might not stay with it but im going to watch a month of episodes b4 i make any final decision.

    • CTwildheart

      April 2, 2013 at 5:38 am

      The promotional people are thinking that they need to get younger viewers attracted to the show.
      And Erika Slezak herself said she thinks they are going the right way and not to worry – Viki isn’t going to start dropping F bombs! She is still classy.
      And I know a woman who is 45 and has a 13 year old grandson. It can happen.

    • Kymberleigh

      April 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

      just a word about the photos. The best way I can explain this is Have you ever seen the show Americas next top model? It is like that kinda. They do VERY high end photo shoots, edgy, sexy, sometimes almost pornographic to a degree but they don’t cross that fine line. This is not how they are going to be dressed on the shows 🙂 They will have some profanity, it is going to be online and they no longer are held by the same restraints as if they were on tv, and from the sounds of it even the vets are excited by this. BTW the photo you are talking about is just one of the pics taken, it is not the cast photo. If you have not seen it yet I know it is on their fb page as well as the Hulu page for them. One other thing, they are trying to bring in new viewers, the younger generation and as we all know sex sells. But I really believe that they will do this in a way that long time fans will still enjoy the show. Glad you will be giving it a chance!!

    • AJ

      April 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

      They gotta put butts in front of the monitors somehow.

  17. Llanviewer717

    April 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    This is wonderful. I have an Apple computer and need to find out how to make iTunes work. If not, hulu is just fine. Either way I am so jazzed I can’t stand it.

    A friend brought up some questions I don’t have answers for. The information we have now says the shows will be available at 12 o’clock on April 29?. I assume that means EDT. Since we’re on the west coast, does that mean we can see them at 9AM PDT? How long will episodes be available for viewing?

  18. su0000

    April 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Quote;
    ” Blair and Cutter’s popular new club Shelter places Llanview on the map with DJ’s, singers and cameo roles played by the biggest names in show business today.”

    wow this will be great.. being PP is in the music business and produces/promotes some of the biggest rock stars, that will simple be awesome .. excited to see which ”big names” will entertain me.

    Aslo, I think the unpleasant complainers should have their own BWM complain board so as not to irritate and depress us happy people .. 🙂 lol

  19. Annie

    April 2, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I am thrilled for both OLTL and AMC. The video was spectacular, and it did what it was supposed to do–get the audience who battled to bring it back on air to feel victorious, and enlist a new regime of followers. I never watched AMC, but plan to support it and can’t wait to meet and grow to love my Pine Valley family as much as my OLTL family!

  20. CTwildheart

    April 2, 2013 at 5:36 am

    YAAAAAAAY! 🙂

  21. Kelly

    April 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Crossing my fingers, but not all that impressed. I just feel they are going to “amp” up these shows too much with “cutting edge” and “sex” that they will not be staying true to what made them great to begin with. Hope I’m wrong, but we shall see.

    And quite frankly, I’m tired about people gripping that they have to pay for these shows (either by upgrading to a better internet system or with HuluPlus to avoid commercials). We all wanted these shows back and now we are complaining about how they came back! In this day and age, everyone should have a basic internet system AND a computer – the investment would not be just to watch these shows. Worse comes to worse, go to the library once a week and watch them there – these show are on only 4x a week for under 30 minutes each.

    • Barbara t loves One life to live

      April 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I agree with you Kelly, sick of hearing any kind of complaining of watching the soaps on Hulu, And like you, I hope they don’t sex it up, I like the soaps they way they were written before, I don’t want to loose them because of any kind of changes like you said “cutting edge” and “sex” But I will watch and save my opinion after they have been on for a while.

    • brenton

      April 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      What made them true didn’t keep them on the Air look at Dallas no.love scenes but cutting edge f u drama that has old n new characters to keep us glued in …Enuff said Besides Super couples can carry the show it will be good to see How Dixie character has developed 5 yrs later.All I can say is everyone wants to bitch n moan but be greatful that first time in history have not one but 2 soaps come back …….. Long live Am and Oltl I am actually glad there is no boring ryan and greenlee kendal triangle . But to
      see Miranda and Aj s teens ……..

  22. Ashlee

    April 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Sorry guys…thank you for your respectful and humorous replies. I do appreciate them, and I read your various explanations of the cast photos. But really…hear me out again…the promotional people behind these particular photos are ALL wrong. The hope with recreating these shows is to get the audience who watched them on t.v. to follow them to the internet. There are millions of viewers who were never counted by Nielsen boxes, and hopefully this will be proven. But this elusive “new“ audience…tuning in to these two new “edgy“ shows that they are hoping for…it is just misplaced prioritizing. Can you HONESTLY hear the masses of 12-19 year olds chanting,“Oh wow! I gotta mark my calendar for April 29! That‘s the day my grandma‘s cancelled soap starts airing on Hulu! I hear it‘s going to be hip and edgy now with lots of cursing and maybe even some nudity! I have to watch it!“ I am not trying to be negative or sarcaastic. I am THRILLED these shows have new life, I hope they will be modern and fresh, and I wish everyone involved the best! I just don‘t want the promotional efforts to be counter-productive to what the shows are actually all about, or to sabotage the efforts of talented people. The promotions should be nostalgic and heartwarming focusing on “We‘re back..“, or “Wishes do come true…“, or something of that nature. Showing half naked children and scantily clad senior citizens in ads, when neither is what the show will be about, is just misguided and poor taste. But again, I am along for the ride with these shows, as I am a lifelong viewer of the genre.

    • The_HugoBoss

      April 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

      What it is is that “edge” starts conversations. Point blank. When any artists (singer, actor, ect.) does stuff like this, the main point is to get people talking. Everyone knows that you’re going to have some positive responses to it and some negative responses to it. But regardless of the person’s taste, as long as people are talking about it, it creates hype and in the end, more publicity for the shows.
      One Life got too many of their core characters back to not focus the show on them. All My Children IS going back to its actual roots. The show started with teen storylines, and those “teens” (Erica, Tad, Dixie, Angie, Jesse) and even the other characters we watched grow up (JR, Bianca, ect) have kids of their own. So they’re still going by the same formula as when they started.
      The cast photos are going to offend some, and some are and do love them. But at the end of the day, if one of these teens gets their picture in a contemporary or urban magazine, it helps bring in more ratings. I think the pictures aren’t meant to draw back the original fans. I think they’re hoping people who have always watched the show, will continue to watch and support and help drive new viewers to watch.

      • Ashlee

        April 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        It has been proven…time and time and time and time again…LOL…Soap audiences do NOT tune in for pretty young things, for partial nudity, for “edgy“ stories, or any other such gimmicks. They tune in for well written stories that are well acted and that are played by proven viewer favourites. Think back to ANY time in the past when ANY soap hired a bunch of “sexy“ newbies. Ratings did not rise. Many soap performers have appeared in other magazines or media, ratings did not rise. Showing a bunch of unfamiliar strangers writhing around half naked with the title ALL MY CHILDREN on top of it is misleading, disrespectful, and inappropriate. How about some old-school Beverly Hills 90210 style promos? Young, fresh faced, All-American teens in RELATABLE poses like high school shots, team jackets, etc. I am only in my 20‘s…I am not so far out of the teen demographic. But when I see poses like that, it turns me RIGHT off and makes me giggle at how out of touch these suits are with this age demographic. Unless they are promiscuous or seeking fame in Hollywood, normal teens don‘t writhe around half-naked with pouty, come-hither, trying-to-be sexy looks on their faces. They are more concerned about their next exam, their latest crush, their part-time job, their fight with their best friend, etc.

    • Joliefan Forever

      April 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Ashlee you keep saying “edgy” like it is something completely new to soaps. Robin and Stone and the AIDS story line was “Edgy”, The Kish ((Gay couple)) on OLTL was “Edgy”, Most story lines are Edgy in some respects…..Soaps are Fantasy, fantasies anything can happen!

    • The_HugoBoss

      April 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Sometimes I feel like there’s no real point in responding on these things cause it’s like everyone is so quick to prove THEIR point, they tend to not read replies or responses to their statements.

      Yes, soap audiences have a particular taste. But the point is now that they’re trying to EXPAND the soap audience. Bring in a new wave of fans to join the others that also like the medium. And to do that, sometimes you have to take chances and try new stuff.

      Yes there are teens who worry about fights with the BF’s and with…but there are also some that are promiscuous and dress inappropriately and do drugs and drink, ect….

      Alls I’m sayin is that the promos make people talk. Even on this site, that’s full of true soap fans. You may not like the pics. And a few others may not like the pics either. And as you can read, there are some fans who DO like them. Even some of the stars of the show like them. And because we all have different opinions, what’s happening. We’re talking about it. Which is bringing publicity to the shows. New viewers will hopefully tune it to see what the shows are about. Original fans will tune in and hopefully fall in love with the characters all over again. It’s not as big of a deal as you’re appearing (in my opinion) to make it.

      Bottom line, support the shows! The end. You don’t have to like the PROMO pictures. They’re just pictures. If the shows are a success, They’ll continue shooting more as time goes on.

      It’s so weird to me how people speak for “all soap fans” sometimes. That’s like one person speaking for an entire race. Or one person speaking for an entire state. Without having spoken to them all. Soap fans are so all across the board. Instead of wasting time voicing what you already don’t like, spend more time posting what you DO like and what you’re excited for. So these 2.0 versions make it the long way!

      • liz

        April 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

        I think we should post our thoughts good or bad. While someone is reading the post they may think of something better to do. So I say keep posting the good bad and the ugly only to help the show. You don’t have to be rude or nasty with it for sure.

  23. Edwin

    April 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    So are they going to pretend Dani, Matthew, and Destiny are older now or are they all going to be in their early college years?

  24. liz

    April 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I can’t wait. If you go back in History radio was the thing to listen to. And now we have ITunes and internet so there you go Soaps being apart of our future.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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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)

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: Getty Images

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.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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.

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.

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

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)

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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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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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