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All My Children's Premiere Episode! – What Was Your Reaction?

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Today is a fantastic day for soap fans around the world, who have fought valiantly to resurrect All My Children and One Life to Live.  And early this morning, Hulu.com posted the first new episodes of the online versions of the iconic series from The Online Network and Prospect Park.

We are not going to this early in the day, give a blow-by-blow or shall we say, play-by-play description of the events that unfolded in the premiere episode, as many of our beloved soapers may have not had the opportunity to watch it yet.  But, we will be bringing you continuing coverage throughout the day and this evening.

So All My Children fans, if you have watched the first episode of the return of Pine Valley, share your reactions, first impressions, and what you loved, or didn’t love from the episode.

The following actors were seen in the premiere episode: Julia Barr as Brooke English, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward,  Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Eric Nelsen as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, and Rob Scott Wilson as Pete “Petey” Cortlandt.

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If you have not watched the episode via Hulu you can watch here below. Then, weigh-in on your thoughts on the return of AMC!

 

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ron
ron

I loved it! I thought the newbies mixed in well with the vets and have a lot of potential.

Max
Max

Very beautifully done – A really nice blend of the characters who have been the foundation of the show – Adam, Brooke, David, Angie, Jesse, newer characters before ABC made the decision to pull the plug, along with new ones introduced by Prospect Park.

I think the show will have a very broad appeal. The fresh start it’s getting off to couldn’t be better. This will be a great success!

ethel
ethel

amc could not have been put together any better – it was just awesome to be able to watch this show again…………….

Bonnie
Bonnie

I would give OLTL a “B” and AMC “B+”
We all know that we do not love every storyline..as it is a soap.

I would say that AMC was done with a bit more class, more of a reminder why we love certain characters. The new characters could be intriguing Evelyn and Celia, but seeing Jessie, Angie, Zach, Brooke, Adam and Dixie made it for me.

OLTL, was too young for me. I did not care for the nightclub scenes, and seeing Destiny with a midriff, Dani stoned out. But seeing Vicky, Dorian, and David, Nigel, and the surprise at the end was what made this episode for me.

Dinah
Dinah

Glad have my soaps back

Robert
Robert

It was good. I hope the writers are going to get better at developing the stories. To be honest, the first episode seemed forced, disconnected and didn’t really leave you begging for more. Glad AMC is back, writers please do a better job!

clh
clh

Got up and watched both shows on my internet Tv this morning before work. Soooo good, especially OLTL. Very first episode ended with an awesome cliff hanger. Love it!!!

El Rizzo
El Rizzo

Amc felt like the amc that got me hooked in the first place. Back in the 80s with Jenny and Greg,but with an updated vibe…the kids did an awesome job! Here’s to another 40+

Cr8z13
Cr8z13

Frankly, my only complaint so far is that it was too short. The episode just flew by! I’m liking the newbies so far, Miranda is a real stand-out for sure. Denyse Tontz is just adorable! Loved seeing all the vets, especially Adam and David.

heidi
heidi

I liked it!!!

I haven’t watched AMC for many years… but I thought even with the years apart it was a very good premier episode. It was like an introduction to all of those characters and I didn’t feel like I missed out on what had happened before because they made it feel like they were starting from that point and would tell me what I needed to know about what happened in the past. I liked the sense of more to come and yet at that moment in time things were familar and hopefull of fun stories coming.

I loved seein Francesca James again and that is a huge driver in wanting to see more!
Love that she said there were lots of mysteries to come in your interview Michael!!!

Gillian
Gillian

I liked the AMC premiere much more than the OLTL in part because it captured the soul of the original show. I don’t think it was shocking per se because you got a good idea of what went down 5 years ago. Safe to say Marissa was killed by JR and David took revenge upon JR. My guess is that he ended up killing Tad. It will be interesting to see it play out.

clh
clh

I agree with you about Marissa, but since we know JR is in a coma I would say that David put him there and that’s why he was in jail.

Becky Z
Becky Z

It was great! High class production and lots of intrigue to watch to find out what happened 5 years ago. Good mix of known vs. unknown stars and characters. When I tried to watch via this link, it got stuck, with only the audio playing. So I went to Hulu and it started part way in. There may be some glitches that way, but I sure hope they do well so they’re able to keep going. Now to go check out One Life to Live.

carla rodriguez
carla rodriguez

Enjoyed it for the most part. Im expecting it to get better and better as storylines develop. Im hooked.

Linda
Linda

AMC did the cover up thing not really telling what happened 5 yrs ago, may throw some off. The younger ones did great. I see their potential. As for OLTL seeing Danni doing the drug thing really shook me up, but it does make sense why being Tea is off thinking about the baby she lost, and the supposed loss of her husband Victor Lord. Regardless to say we need some info on what happened not just its past lets move on.

Kelly
Kelly

I think everyone is just so happy to see these shows/characters back that they are willing to forgive a lot. I’m going to reserve my opinion for a couple of weeks to give it time to gel. Will be curious to see if people stay tuned in. I heard that they have to have at least 500,000 views per day to break even. Let’s hope they can get those #s.

phyllis duncan
phyllis duncan

All My Children Episode 1 was really good,imo! Simply cannot wait for the showing tomorrow.
It’s looking to be quite exciting,the way it use to be! Thanks PP and TOLN.
You’ve made a lot of people happy!
WOW! Almost forgot to thank HULU! Thanks to Hulu….. 🙂

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I have not been a regular AMC viewer in over 20 years but I loved what I saw. All the regulars looked terrific. It was so great to see Angie and Jesse, Adam and Brooke and of course Opal. And all the young people look great too. I am very anxious to see where everything we were introduced to goes in the future.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I’ve been watching since the beginning but can’t now! No internet at home like many other viewers. Canadians get it on T.V. & we can’t ? Where’s the fairness there?

Pat
Pat

I read that in September Prospect Park will be able to shop AMC and OLTL to broadcast tv. The episodes would air on a one week delay from their Hulu premiere. I would still watch online to see the shows uncut but this will be great for those who can’t currently watch online.

Bill
Bill

Both were well done. The writing and direction (such as one character having problems keeping his towel on; another conversation about the daughter of a lesbian being a “vagitarean” or does she “like meat”; the online format allowed these writers to let their creative juices explode – a less than subtle middle finger to network censors!) The pace and story lines were great (AMC may have been a little too cheesey in the dialogue, but they have to explain the last 5 years in that dialogue). The end of the first OLTL was BRILLIANT! If this continues to develop; it may make other soap producers to take notice – “what the hell do we need the networks for???”

Pat
Pat

Just watched the first episode of AMC on my cell phone via Hulu Plus. The people who didn’t think Prospect Park could pull this off couldn’t have been more wrong. The show looks great and more importantly it feels great. Can’t wait for the next episode. ANC is backk in a big way!!

Bryon B
Bryon B

I haven’t watched the show in many years, but did watched the finale. I can say that I was impressed and loved both shows. I am very impressed at the high quality HD and the appearance of the sets. So far, both AMC & OLTL are in the Top 5 on Hulu and I-Tunes. I know this will be a success and very confident both shows will be on TV in no time. I thought it was going to be a little over 20 mintues of content, when in fact, both shows had close to 30 minutes of content, with only 2 minutes of commercials. Very impressive, compared to an hour format, which is only 36 minutes of content after commercials. Can’t wait to see both shows tomorrow!! Great job Prospect Park, keep up the good work.

Carrie
Carrie

#AMC will take me more time to get used too. New characters, new town. It looks like they will be doing lots of location shots..always a plus. I think they held some main characters for future episodes. I’m just so happy to see my long lost friends!

Sharon
Sharon

AMC is back, it is like family coming home.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Prospect Park.

Kathy
Kathy

So far, I like it. I wish it was longer . It would really be great if Erika, Tad, JR, Jack, and Annie would come back.. It was so wonderful seeing so many familiar faces. The only scene that I did not like was AJ and Miranda. That scene was just weird. Unfortunately, there is no fast forward on Hulu. That said, can’t wait to see what David is going to do! I think Prospect Park and Agnes Nixon did an excellent job on the revival of AMC!

Asphyxia
Asphyxia

So far, this is a great opening. It will take getting used to, as with all the new faces-I am thrilled our soap families are home. I hope that as time goes on, we welcome many more faces back. (Amc-Erica, Annie, Jake, Jamie, Jackson, ect and oltl-john, starr, christian, oliver, fish, ect). One life to life had the mystery, which it has always had more of-and amc has that homey feeling.

janet
janet

Watched them both. Liked AMC not so much OL.AMC was very recognizable. All the faces we knew and Mirander actually looks like her mother.. So far so good. I did recognize the fire escape on both shows. TPTB are doing a very good job and I just may watch AMC .OL to many new youngsters and to many stupid women. Dani on drugs That was awful.

Scott
Scott

WELCOME BACK!

Carol
Carol

I enjoyed AMC so much. It was so great to finally have my soap back but wish it was an hour but that’s okay. It’s back! It was so wonderful seeing as many great actors from previous and meeting the new actors. They blend well together. Can’t wait till tomorrow!

Terry
Terry

I enjoyed both shows, and believe they were well written. I just hope Tad is not dead on amc. And Victor raises hell on OLTL. I also notice joe is in the credits, but no Ruth. Perhaps Ruth was the one killed. And as for people saying the shows were not short, did any of you watch the shows on the ABC website without commercials? Each episode was about 35-38 minutes in length. In reality, you only lost about 5-8 minutes. If you don’t believe me, watch an episode of GH on the ABC website, and see exactly how long the soap is with out the ads and commercials.

Bryon B
Bryon B

Thanks for mentioning this. So many fans don’t realize this, and when I saw both episodes this morning, I realized not too much is lost. Very glad both shows are back and off to a great start.

Jovin
Jovin

I watch GH daily on Youtube with NO commercials. With the opening and the end “On the next GH…” the running time is always about 36 minutes. In reality, we are losing NO time from an hour long show. Don’t tell the actors that though, or they’ll demand more money and the shows will go out of business. LOL.

Terry
Terry

So i should have never emailed my friend Jane Elliott, and let her know this fact?

Jovin
Jovin

Why would that matter? LOL…She’d be happy if you told her. The actors on AMC and OLTL are the ones I was referring to. They are the ones who could say “Hey, we’re being paid as if we are a half hour show, when in reality, we are only a few minutes behind the supposed hour long shows.” Your friend Jane hardly has anything to worry about…she has 35 years of history with GH and it is an hour long show.

Amber
Amber

LOVED the first episode! Watched AMC first, then OLTL. Gotta say OLTL had a better cliff hanger ending (!!!!) and a faster paced episode, but AMC is doing what it has always done best… pulled at the heartstrings. Family storylines were front and center and that’s what I’ve always loved about AMC. Can’t wait to see more. Couldn’t be happier to have my soaps back. I’ve been smiling about it all day! Thank you, Prospect Park.

jas
jas

OMG…what are you people drinking? This is so bad that I am actually at a loss for words. And to think that Hulu Plus wants what? $7.95/mo for this. Ha, my toilet is a better investment for that money. Where did they get Miranda and AJ. AJ is a farkel and a bad actor and Miranda, well, whoever told this rather homely girl she could act. I still love David Canary, Darnell Williams, Debbie Morgan, Vincent Inizarry and, of course, Jill Larson. The rest need to find new careers. This totally stinks!!! And I am being kind in saying that. I said I would give it a try and I did. It did not disappoint. The rest of you who love it, well, GET A LIFE. This is even too bad for mandatory shut-in’s. I am truly speechless after what I have just both seen and said. Good bye, farewell, and I’m positive, in my heart of hearts, you should all start pounding the proverbial pavement again!!!

David Evan Smith
David Evan Smith

Thoroughly enjoyed AMC’s return!

Liked the younger cast, for sure. Pete, Celia, Miranda, AJ all held their own so far. GREAT seeing Opal and that she has a home!

The sets look fantastic! Loved Jesse and Angie’s apt with the patio. The Chandler mansion looked familiar. Cortlandt Manor also looked familiar, considering we hadn’t seen it in YEARS.

Glad with their choice to do location work and it fits with what I’d expect Pine Valley to look like.

Happy that they are letting the details of the finale slowly unfold, effects on Brooke, Adam, AJ, Miranda, Bianca, David, Cara, etc. I don’t need to know in the first episode what happened. The patient in the bed? The headstone David visited? Dixie and Opal’s emotions over Tad? This leaves me with plenty of questions I want answers to.

Then the new mystery of what’s happened to Cassandra and why it’s tied to Zach and his casino.

There are a lot of glaring missing characters: Frankie/Randi, Jake/Amanda, Erica, Kendall, Jackson, Scott/Madison, Ryan/Greenlee. Half of them I don’t miss, and half of them I think could contribute a great deal to the drama going on.

The music choices were pretty funny, “Internet killed the video star” playing in Pete’s car in the beginning, all of Pete’s comments about technology. Obviously they’re taking digs at TV being old school and the internet being the future.

Good start! Can’t wait to see the rest of the week!

Jovin
Jovin

First of all…let’s all give a hearty shout out that our shows are back! We have to watch them differently, some favourites are no longer here, and characters are able to curse liberally now, but our shows back, so let’s focus on what is actually happening! The opening sequence was good to feature Brooke and Adam, two of the show’s most iconic and recognizable characters after Erica. We got most of our favourites first, like Opal, and Jesse and Angie as well. It was a fairly lackluster opening, but one that felt like just another day in Pine Valley, which was okay too. The dialogue in many places came off as forced, stilted, and awkward. We know that there is a mystery dating from five years ago. But why, on this random day 5 years later, would everyone in town be cryptically referring to “that day/incident/tragedy 5 years ago.” It just seems there is a more subtle, less heavy-handed way to reference whatever happened. It also better be something EARTH-SHATTERING and consequential the way people are talking about it. I LOVED the location shooting! I hope they do some of that regularly. It really made Pine Valley look and feel like the community we grew to love over the years. I wish it wouldn’t have been wasted on newcomers who had a meet-cute. It would have been nice to see Brooke walking out of the newspaper office, and Adam walking out of Chandler Enterprises and seeing THEM walk around the town. Or…seeing Opal meeting her son Pete as he came zooming into downtown Pine Valley. The newbies and location shoots HAVE to be anchored by the veterans and solid writing if we are to care. The teen set looks promising, although again…dialogue. Soap writers rarely ever get teen dialogue right. Instead of trying to be hip and modern, they just need to write them as REAL people. I also find this new trend of tweens/teens seeing each other naked or in compromising positions very disturbing. General Hospital did it with Molly seeing Rafe in a towel, and it happened again here with Miranda and Ace. These teen actors are charismatic and given a good story, could soar. I say let the writers watch some episodes of the original BEVERLY HILLS 90210. The characters were all about their school functions, and dating, and exams, and dances, and hanging out…they weren’t just horned up, messed-up, angst-filled pregnancies waiting to happen. They were REAL teens with TEENAGE concerns. The new Pete Cortlandt is promising. I wish they had brought back Colby for his romantic interest. They could reconnect after years apart…they are both legacy characters whose romance got short-shrift then premature termination on the old AMC. It will be nice having him and Opal in the thick of things. And good ol’ David Hayward…fresh out of jail with vengeance on his mind. The more things change, the more they stay the same. LOL. It was a first episode, and while far from perfect,… Read more »

Pat
Pat

Loved it! I am so thrilled All My Children is back. Loved seeing the younger kids older. And the actress that plays Miranda is spot on. Thank you so much.

David
David

I was disappointed in this. It wasn’t so horrible I hated it but was missing so many things. All My Children without Susan Lucci was already a big minus

I didn’t dislike the new characters and like that they tied them to core families. However maybe with time I will feel more invested in them.

Out of the 2 I’d say I enjoyed One Life To Live more because I felt it had more happening and went faster. This seemed a bit slow.

However it is only day 1 so still time to decide on liking or disliking the online reboots

Cathy
Cathy

I thought it was great, but I think I ‘m going to have a hard time with how short it is. I watched on I tunes and it was less than 30 minutes. Regardless , I’m a lifetime fan, I just want more to watch 🙂

Lawrence
Lawrence

I love that the cast is energetic and the sets are beautiful but the writing disappointed me.

Johnny
Johnny

I watched ALL MY CHILDREN episode one and all I can say right now is—have to give it a chance to really gain momentum. The first new episode seemed a little uneven and disjointed. I love Angie and Jesse Hubbard, but how many obligatory references do we need to the word “Big”? “I’ve got a big surprise for you, something big is coming your way, I’ll be in the shower waiting for something big” , etc. Okay, Okay we get it, they are allowed to do more on the Internet but c’mon write something more substantial than this. Don’t get me wrong I am truly THRILLED to have the show back and I know this isn’t your grandma’s “all my children” but I am hoping they don’t stray too far from the original premise. Also, I have to admit that I miss Michael Knight as Tad Martin and it would be great if Susan Lucci could come back as Erica Kane if just to annoy Brooke and Adam a little bit – all in all I love the show and understand that storylines take time to unfold and develop.

Mark F.
Mark F.

I LOVED the first episode of AMC. It feels like the AMC that I once knew and loved. Yes, this episode did have a lot of newbies, but they’re tied to characters I care about so it works perfectly. The teen characters act and talk like real teens and I like how social media was brought into the mix. It felt very realistic.

I loved that the show opened with Brooke and Adam and I’m very intrigued by the shocking events that took place five years ago. I wanna know who David shot! Is it tied to the incident Brooke has nightmares about? I can’t wait to find out. And where’s Cassandra? What happened to her? I look forward to finding out.

What threw me off a little bit were the two bad words used in the episode, but I knew that was coming and it’s not like I was shocked by that. Most teens nowadays curse so that felt realistic as well. The Cara and David scene was risque, which I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that on a soap for quite some time.

Didn’t like the opening credits, but I’ll overlook that. Perhaps it’ll grow on me. I’m just glad that AMC is BAAAAACK!! Long live ALL MY CHILDREN!!!

James McDonald
James McDonald

Susan Lucci was missed. I guess she is the one in the coma. They have left a door open to her for her to return when she is through with Devious Maids. Glad to see Lindsay Hartley back on the show. Would be nice if Carol Burnett made an appearance someday.

Holly
Holly

I was disappointed that they didn’t really answer the question that everyone has been waiting to get answered for nearly two years. I had more questions after watching it. That was disappointing. I thought they could have done better for the first episode.

BD
BD

I had not watched AMC regularly in many years, but I was curious to see the online version of the show. Although didn’t know some of the characters, it was nice to see veterans that I did know in the forefront of the action. I think I’ll watch again when Susan Lucci returns…AMC is not AMC without Erica Kane! And for those who say the episode was too short, I think the broadcast episodes were only 35 min. minus commercials, so the 28 min. online is not much of a difference.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

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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)

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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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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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