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AMC & OLTL New Opening Credit Sequences! What Did You Think Of Them?

Photo Credit: TOLN

Photo Credit: TOLN

Very early this morning, soap fans got to watch to be the first to see the initial installment of the long-awaited returns of All My Children and One Life to Live on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, and with seeing the updated versions of the soaps, comes new opening title sequences that has already been much-talked about.

So, now we want to know from you, which of the two shows new opening title sequences did you like?  Both of them? One Life to Live’s? All My Children’s? Or, none of them?

For All My Children, the look and feel of their opening title sequence is reminiscent of classic soap with the use of character names to ID the faces familiar, and not, familiar to the audience.  In the TOLN version, there are no actors names corresponding to the characters in the opening. However, the official cast list is brought up at the end of the episode.  In addition, what did you think of the new AMC theme song that plays with the sequence?

For One Life to Live, the look and feel of their opening is very different than the ABC version, and does include some interplay via dancing on a dance floor with the characters you know who are paired with each other romantically in story,   The new theme song, “Brand New Start” from Snoop Lion and performed by Iza is played throughout. Properly, the ending on the sequence last show features star of the show Erika Slezak (Viki) and her on-screen love interest, Jerry verDorn (Clint).

Watch both sequences below! Then, let us know if you like! Or, what you would like to see differently, or you have any suggestions to enhance them? Or were you all smiles seeing the sequences for the first time? Weigh-in!

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  1. CK

    April 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    AMC gets my vote, which surprises me because I enjoy OLTL so much better. I still wish they would have used the old OLTL theme song, just updated for the new opening.

    The OLTL opening just looks like a you tube montage that a fan threw together. Hate to be critical because I am so happy to see the show back, but that is my honest opinion.

    • Dmitri

      April 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I agree

    • RH

      April 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I thought the OLTL opening was fresh and “out -of -the-box” ! The AMC opening was about as trite and trivial as Pine Valley itself.

  2. skye

    April 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

    amc opening is nice
    oltl – what is this?

    • Nan

      April 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      OLTL’s opening reminds me of the cosby show opening where they all dance

    • Dmitri

      April 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      LOL I agree!

  3. ethel

    April 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    i am so overwhelmed & ecstatic right now all i can say is both shows were extraordinarily phenomenal………..totally awesome!
    i loved everything about both shows!!!
    thank you prospect park…………♥

  4. El Rizzo

    April 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Love them both!!!

  5. Matt S.

    April 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Although neither opening is exactly my cup of tea, the AMC opening is far superior and I actually like it more and more on subsequent viewings. That OLTL opening, however…. um… no. I don’t care for it at all. I’d rather see a generic sunrise shot over a mountain than that. Otherwise, both openings look to have production values far below those of the rest of the series, IMO.

  6. Cr8z13

    April 29, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Both need a lot of work, but AMC was the better of the two. AMC’s theme is better too, but Snoop’s little ditty will probably grow on me over time.

  7. Anthony D. Langford

    April 29, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The first time I watched them I hated them, but my disdain has softened on a few viewings. OLTL’s is better, but I still don’t like either of them.

  8. heidi

    April 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I liked both of them! I am hoping OLTL starts looking more like the opening sequence. AMC’s fit the look of the first episode and will endure well.

  9. Gillian

    April 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Loved AMC’s credits. Didn’t care for OLTL ‘s credits. I felt that AMC’s felt like they encompassed the heart of Pine Valley while OLTL’s were lacking the Llanview soul.

  10. carla rodriguez

    April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Would of like something more traditional. I accept that we have to be willing to adapt to keep our soaps going strong.

  11. Dennis

    April 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

    They both need work. These were not network quality opening credits. But the shows were great!

  12. Mike

    April 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I really don’t care for them…but I am so glad they are back in production so what does it matter.. They will change them in a year.. I did like the credit… We are the fans and watch and keep them on!

  13. Mike

    April 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

    If you listen to the intro with Vicki and Clint there was the orgianal music.. Good to hear.

  14. clh

    April 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I liked both but was surprised the song by snoop wasn’t better than that.

  15. Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

    April 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Loved them.

  16. Wendy L

    April 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

    As far as I’m concerned, they can post the opening in construction paper if they want … Our soaps are back!! Pinch me! Is it really real??????

  17. Llanviewer717

    April 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I loved both openings. The one for OLTL is complete fresh and different. The first image of Bo and Nora brought a tear to my eye. I was very surprised by the song. Since I am not a fan of current musical styles, I expected to have difficult with the new theme. Not at all. While I don’t think Grammy is called for, it sounded like music. I don’t know the young woman who sang it; but she sang. She didn’t talk. Who knew?

    AMC’s open is a traditional TV opening sequence and looked great also. I think it is important that they kept the feel of the original show since this version will feature so many new characters.

  18. RICKIE

    April 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Wow! Francesca James looks simply stunning! I’ve missed her in front of the camera…

  19. David

    April 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Major FAIL! Both shows looked great (although AMC sees to have the edge with a nice balance of indoor and outdoor scenes) but why pour all this money into these two shows to bring them back and be respectful of the genre if you’re then going to trash the entire thing by having openings that look like a fan put them together! AMC has the better opening and is more reminiscent in terms of look of the ABC version. OLTL, however, is garbage! They need to seriously reassess these openings. I’d rather see OLTL go back to the old sunset than this! That was, at least, classy!

    • Jloliefan Forever

      April 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      There was nothing wrong with the OLTL opening! Both were great!!!

      • David

        April 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        As someone who works in the business, they were amateurish at best and cheaply done. Why spend all this money to resurrect these shows if you’re going to cheap out on your opening and graphics?

      • Joliefan Forever

        April 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        That is your opinion I liked the openings!!!

    • susan M.

      April 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      I like AMC opening better thah OLTL. Because amc you see the characters flashing before you and their names below the picture . And you see the book opening that says All My Chidren on the cover. A little new & old….I haven’t watched amc in a while so I like the opening & seeing all the characters I know and the ones I am not familiar with . OLTL is totally different , nothing familiar with their opening. When I think of OLTL I think of the other opening with P. Bryson singing the theme song which song & words were heart-warming. This one isn’i.
      They could have changed the words & music around a little to Bryson’s verision and make more recognized. It ‘s a complete 180… But that won’t stop me from
      continuing watching OLTL!

  20. Deb

    April 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    The feel, look & sound of the AMC opening was reminiscent of the Peapod, or was it Peapack, Guiding Line opening…. even the song sounded similar.

    • Rodd

      April 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Funny enough, I thought the same thing.

  21. Rose S

    April 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    If Todd isn’t going to be on the show anymore OLTL will have to change it anyway. The dancing kind of reminded me of the “Cosby” show begining, I think they can do better, but you know it’s not about the opening, it’s about the content of the shows, and I thought they were both excellent and lived up to both of their former selves with an edge. DRAMA–can’t wait to see more.

  22. David

    April 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Neither tune grabbed me but AMC had the better visuals. I wish they would both list the actors names as TY&TR does. Vets like Slezak, Strasser et al have beyond top of the show billing IMHO.

  23. Susie

    April 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I loved #OLTL’s opening. It had that joy of dancing that the show is back from the dead. It captured the joy and the soul, romance and heart of OLTL.

    THANK YOU Prospect Park for doing this is such a wonderful big way.

  24. Mary SF

    April 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Are opening sequences really needed anymore? A lot of prime time shows have let them go. Something quick and to the point would be more effective- but out of the two, AMC wins, but think both are too long– and would have preferred instrumental music over a song.

  25. Iakovos

    April 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    They are really back! OMG! It’s just too groovy to believe!

  26. sandra

    April 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I haven’t watched AMC in years, but they get my vote! It was much more of a soap opera intro….not crazy about the OLTL intro..especially the song 🙁

    • David

      April 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Oh, that was a song, Sandra? I couldn’t tell!

      • sandra

        April 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        Seriously dude? Obviously there was more to the intro then just the song…and that was the part I didn’t like…get a clue…and a life!!

      • David

        April 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        I guess you couldn’t tell I WAS JOKING!

    • susan M.

      April 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      I agree with Sandra about OLTL intro.

      • susan M.

        April 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        I like everything else about OLTL!

  27. Annick

    April 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I am on such a rush that at this time, they both were fabo-soaplicious:-).

  28. Drake

    April 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    OLTL all the way. Great song. It’s classic with a nice dose of 2013 thrown in the mix!!

    • susan M.

      April 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      The other verision was a classic with P. Bryson ‘s words & music that was the whole package. Heart-warming. This new intro isn’t…

  29. Rodd

    April 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I was bothered by the OLTL opening at first. I thought it was cute, calling it a brand new start…wink,wink, and all that…how cute to see Bo and Nora dancing like they used to. Seems that music is going to be a big part of the nu-OLTL, so it kind of made sense. I watched it again and then I sucked it up. OLTL is back and I couldn’t be happier!!! I won’t be surprised if it gets tweaked in coming weeks.

    There were things I liked and didn’t like about both openings, but I will overlook it and just be thankful our soaps are back!

  30. Mary Moore Fergen

    April 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I liked AMC’s opening music, better than OLTL’s, but I’m so happy that these two beloved shows are back, I’m ok with both. Long live our soaps!

  31. BTripp

    April 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t care for the Cosby Show opening for OLTL but the song was OK. AMC was much better but still could have been better. I honestly don’t care though because I am just happy the shows are back. Maybe they will rework them later.

  32. Treluvfox

    April 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I am THRILLED that both shows have made the transition to this new emerging medium which no doubt will be followed by other networks if proven successful. That being said, I find it odd that a company such as Prospect Park which has put so much money, effort, and creativity to the reboot of these soaps could have not invested more energy, effort, and creativity into these opening sequences which after all help to translate the brand of the show. My hope is as the shows evolve and grow so to will the openings. I don’t want cheesy 80’s theme, but I think the Bold and Beautiful has the right idea and concepts about opening sequences and how it relates the brand of these soaps. COME ON Prospect Park…we want a redo!!!

  33. Jason

    April 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I loved AMC opening and I hated OLTL..but OLTL is the better show!!

  34. David Evan Smith

    April 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    As a HUGE fan of opening sequences, these were both a bit of a letdown.

    AMC
    -I was surprised at the reuse of the opening title shot from the 2002-2004 scrapbook opening, quickly fading into the new shots from (I’m guessing) the Connecticut town they’re shooting in. Does this mean this version of AMC has access to all old footage to use as they see fit, for flashbacks, etc?
    -The coupled shots (in both openings) were a nice idea, but will necessitate updates as the cast evolves. I somewhat resent the use of this, since it tends to tell the audience that we are supposed to view Celia/Pete as the new “it” couple, or buy deeply into Miranda/AJ’s relationship (ambiguous as it was), and we as the viewers need to invest in characters individually, especially with so many new ones, before forming opinions on the supercouples of the future.
    -I was thrilled to see Joe, Adam, and Brooke included in this opening, as my understanding of the depth of their involvement was unclear.
    -Griffin and Bianca were excluded from the opening. Kind of surprised, especially about Bianca, given Eden Riegel’s fan popularity and notoriety.
    -AMC’s opening looks more “produced” than the OLTL one, but still looks like it was made on basic video editing software with basic effects tools, and thus… something a fan could have made for YouTube. And as a fan, who has made opening credit videos for YouTube, I honestly think I’ve done better, LOL.
    -Wish AMC’s opening incorporated more photographic elements, as the scrapbook/photo album element has been recurring since its creation. The elements are there, there just could have been a little retooling to frame these motion shots as “photos” rather than frameless video clips superimposed over each other.
    -A lot of new faces on the AMC opening, so I understand the incorporation of character names to help orient the audience to a potentially jarring shift of the show.
    But… Lea? Jane? Evelyn? These characters didn’t even appear in this episode, except Evelyn, I believe, at the end. Maybe a title card would have been simpler as an opener, until the cast was firmly established, then showcase them by faces.
    -Very much impressed with the girl cast as Miranda, I do find her worthy of the next generation of Kane Women, but really odd to see her as the ONLY permanent representation of Kane Women. Bianca could have really helped anchor Miranda in the opening.
    -AMC’s struggle, which I’ve felt for years, was to feel “contemporary”, and so this slow-paced, heartwarming, feel-good, hug-like opening is another symptom of that. I am surprised it was allowed to be produced in this way, because I don’t see it as attracting a young audience. I would expect it to be a lot quicker, “edgier” and flashier. My favorite opening, which encompassed both traditional elements and showcased contemporary graphics, was AMC’s 2004-2010 opening.

    OLTL
    -This definitely feels “underproduced” compared to AMC’s, with the flat black background and simple fades transitioning shots from character to character.
    -Again used pairings to showcase the characters. The dancing was nicely symbolic of how soap character can quickly switch dance partners, as evidenced by the jarring inclusion of Rama and pairing of her with both scoundrels Cutter and David. Wonder what the plans are for Rama’s character based on these shots.
    -The younger group, all dancing “cool” in a huddle really reminds me how awkward it is to watch actors dance when the actors are not trained dancers. All the freestylin’ in the world isn’t really making me want to go to a hot party at Shelter with these college coeds.
    -I did like the balance of the character order. Starting with Nora/Bo, finishing with Viki/Clint, and with Dorian/David and Todd/Blair sprinkled through the middle
    -Again, there were no “graphics” to speak of, and I’m disappointed that it seems this is an even more watered down version of OLTL’s last opening, which I felt also lacked “identity”. I see a lot of people here wishing there was a rising sun title shot, and that tells me the viewers want to see something more connected to the history of the show, graphics that remind people of the larger themes of OLTL, not just who is a regular on the show at the moment. I’m the FIRST one in line to expect to see the cast featured in the opening sequence, but it should be more dazzling, prettier, more involved… showcase the “character” of the series itself.
    -The song was more in the contemporary “edgy” vein that I wished AMC was, but I think the desire to attach a notable name like Snoop to the opening overrode the good sense to make the right and most fitting choice for the show, which could have been Kassie DePaiva’s version of the 80s theme song.

    Overall… I’d say they both could use a remake. I’d volunteer my services, in case anyone from Prospect Park has seen my work on YouTube! Have your people call my people!

    BUT anyway… Thrilled to have my soaps back!

  35. Robert

    April 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Liked AMC, OLTL needs to change it!

    • susan M.

      April 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      I agree!

  36. Todd Bennett

    April 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Liked AMC opening a lot. I didn’t care for the OLTL theme, whatsoever!

  37. Robert

    April 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Both work for me. But where is Griffin on AMC?

  38. su0000

    April 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I hardely paid any attention to the openings i was just waiting for the shows to start..
    so- I have no bashing nor complaints to down this joyous moment !!

    (I will leave the complaints to the breaded downers/pessimistic ornery people lol)

  39. Jovin

    April 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    The AMC opening retained the photo album, and the down-home feel of all of its previous openings. I liked the location and action shots, and the song was okay too, but not as catchy and hummable as its other themes. I still wish the actors received credit though, like Julia Barr as Brooke, rather than just the character name. On the whole, a fairly decent first opening.

    The OLTL opening is a whole other story. It looks cheap and cheesy in my opinion. The dancing is mostly corny, and the actors kind of look like “Why are we doing this?” It looks like they are playing Ring Around the Rosy or something. I would much prefer an opening more like AMC with locations and action shots. And the song is nondescript and doesn’t really fit. This is reminiscent of the Linda Gottlieb opening that was mostly unpopular.

    But this is a first effort, and they will improve as they go on. I am glad the shows are back!

  40. Dmitri

    April 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    OLTL opening was good, but the song was HORRIBLE! SO BAD! I liked AMC’s opening, though.

  41. Mark Y

    April 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I thought OLTL was charming and fun at the same time. Yes, reminiscent of Cosby, but I still like it.

  42. Val

    April 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I never liked any of AMC’s openings except the original ’70s book/instrumental, until now. I like that it’s quieter like that one and speaks to what I’d like to see from the characters: “we are the love we give.” David and Cara look adorable together! 🙂

  43. Jim

    April 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    With all of the amazing talent out on the internet, it might be a great idea to “Create an Opening Title Sequence” contest for both shows. The winner could have their titles shown for 3 or 6 months as the opening credits. It would be a great way of acknowledging their fan base even more than they already do. I know that we’re doing the happy dance that OLTL is back, but the dance falls flat for me, and Snoop’s song is nothing special.

  44. Mark in FLA

    April 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I thought the OLTL opening was terrific. It showed all of the characters and actors we have grown to love over the years actually having a good time. Nice smiles on many of them. Catch the look on Jack’s face when he walks in on Blair and Todd together, priceless. I know the stark black background kind of makes it look like they trying to cut corners, but it does make each performer stand out more on the screen.

  45. Holly

    April 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I like them both, but I definitely like the AMC opener and song better! But, I liked the OLTL episode better!

  46. Beacon

    April 30, 2013 at 7:36 am

    AMC looks like a powerpoint presentation. Absolutely hideous.
    Here’s the OLTL open with the 80s theme. Much better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPn6R8ELAqc

  47. marfa

    April 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Don’t like the music to it.

  48. Troy Turner

    April 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    AMC-liked the opening, but why are the new kids introduced as couples? Those of us that have been tracking know the couples already, but they should have been mixed in the opening (A.J/Celia, etc)

    OLTL-I had a bit of trouble with it yesterday, but after hearing it today, it’s growing on me-I was humming it afterwards. Having Snoop write it was smart, given his love/connection with OLTL

  49. Georgia

    May 1, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I think it was great and It need a change and it is just right for the New and Fresh come back. It is amazing how people can be so closed mind about something simple heck at least we got our shows back. Get over yourself and put the shout to the up. SMDH

  50. susan M.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    OLTL is ROCKIN with Todd and Victor!!!!!!!

  51. Johnny

    May 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I watched ONE LIFE TO LIVE and wasn’t crazy about the opening sequence – as for ALL MY CHILDREN, that was a better effort but for some reason I can do without the vocals – AMC always had instrumental music but of course times are changing. I am happy to have AMC back, and willing to give OLTL a try, I used to watch it many moons ago. I am fascinated by all the various comments shown here, it seems most fans aren’t that thrilled with the opening of One Life to Live –

  52. B.J.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I waited a few days to be fair, but I dislike the OLTL opening more every day. It seems like such a waste of time.
    Isn’t an opening supposed to tell you something about the characters?

    Regardless, AMC gets my vote for doing the best job here, although OLTL is my favorite show of the two.

  53. Pat

    May 6, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Opening credits aren’t really that important. Most television shows have reduced their opening credits and some don’t have them as all. I did prefer the AMC credits especially since they incoporated the “photo album” which has been part of the opening since back in the 70’s. Since these new shows are more continuations than reboots, the more connected they can be to the network versions, the better.

  54. susan M.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

    The more I hear the new OLTL opening, I still don’t like it. I feel it isn’t relevent to OLTL
    like the other openings were! Call me old fashion as I said I still like the other openings
    much better. Loved OLTL today Mon. on 5/6…

  55. Johnny

    May 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    One Life to Live’s opening is horrendous – show is fine, it’s moving along nicely, but I sincerely hope they re-do the Intro with that horrid song and the idiotic dancing – a more Traditional opening with the character names would be more appropriate, and Vicki and Clint aren’t always together so I think Erica Slezak deserves her own photo as does Robin Strasser and other core characters.

  56. Cory E

    May 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Love AMC’s opening….could be better but I love it none the less. OLTL’s opening is very cheap looking! Hate it. Song is catchy but the opening is not! Please change it soon!!

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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)

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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.

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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.

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