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BREAKING NEWS: 39th Daytime Emmy Acting Pre-Nominations Announced!

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And the race is officially on!  This morning the nominations were announced for the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Pre-Nominations which determine which daytime drama performers are officially in the running for Emmy gold.  Next step, the final round of judging which gets underway on March 27, 2012.

Here is how it worked:   A ballot containing a full list of entrants in each of the six performer categories was sent to registered, eligible peer judges.  The ballot contained an unrevealed and randomized order of performers in each category, regardless of their show affiliation.

Judges were required to view clips containing the work of each performer entry before selecting their top 10 performer choices in each category.  The judges sent their ballots directly to Lutz & Carr, an independent accounting firm, who tabulated the results. The Lead Actor contains 11 pre-nominated performers due to a tie int his category.  The candidates below who received the highest number of votes now advance to the blue ribbon at-home screening round, scheduled to begin on March 27th, 2012, which will determine both nominees and winners.

And now after the jump, here are this years Pre-Nominees!

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

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CRYSTAL CHAPPELL, as Dr. Carly Manning

Days of our Lives, NBC

JEANNE COOPER, as Katherine Chancellor

The Young and the Restless, CBS

KASSIE DEPAIVA, as Blair Cramer

One Life to Live, ABC

SUSAN FLANNERY, as Stephanie Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

DEBBI MORGAN, as Angie Hubbard

All My Children, ABC

ERIKA SLEZAK, as Viki Lord

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One Life to Live, ABC

MICHELLE STAFFORD, as Phyllis Summers Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

MELODY THOMAS SCOTT, as Nikki Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan Spencer

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

LAURA WRIGHT, as Carly Corinthos Jax

General Hospital, ABC

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

MAURICE BENARD, as Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr.

General Hospital, ABC

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STEVE BURTON, as Jason Morgan

General Hospital, ABC

DON DIAMONT, as Bill Spencer, Jr.,

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

ANTHONY GEARY, as Luke Spencer

General Hospital, ABC

VINCENT IRIZARRY, as David Hayward

All My Children, ABC

JOHN MCCOOK, as Eric Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

MICHAEL MUHNEY, as Adam Newman

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The Young and the Restless, CBS

STEPHEN NICHOLS, as Tucker McCall

The Young and the Restless, CBS

JERRY VERDORN, as Clint Buchanan

One Life to Live, ABC

DARNELL WILLIAMS, as Jesse Hubbard

All My Children, ABC

ROBERT S. WOODS, as Bo Buchanan

One Life to Live, ABC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

JULIE MARIE BERMAN, as Lulu Spencer

General Hospital, ABC

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NADIA BJORLIN, as Chloe Lane

Days of our Lives, NBC

MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, as Annie Chandler

All My Children, ABC

GENIE FRANCIS, as Genevieve Atkinson

The Young and the Restless, CBS

NANCY LEE GRAHN, as Alexis Davis

General Hospital, ABC

ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON, as Chloe Mitchell

The Young and the Restless, CBS

REBECCA HERBST, as Elizabeth Webber

General Hospital, ABC

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DEBBI MORGAN, as Harmony Hamilton

The Young and the Restless, CBS

GINA TOGNONI, as Kelly Cramer

One Life to Live, ABC

ARIANNE ZUCKER, as Nicole Walker

Days of our Lives, NBC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

BRADFORD ANDERSON, as Damien Spinelli

General Hospital, ABC

MATTHEW ASHFORD, as Jack Deveraux

Days of our Lives, NBC

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SEAN BLAKEMORE, as Shawn Butler

General Hospital, ABC

SCOTT CLIFTON, as Liam Cooper aka William Spencer III

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

JONATHAN JACKSON, as Lucky Spencer

General Hospital, ABC

MICHAEL E. KNIGHT, as Tad Martin

All My Children, ABC

BILLY MILLER, as Billy Abbott

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The Young and the Restless, CBS

GREG RIKAART, as Kevin Fisher

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The Young and the Restless, CBS

JASON THOMPSON, as Patrick Drake

General Hospital, ABC

JOHN WESLEY SHIPP, as Eddie Ford

One Life To Live, ABC

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

LEXI AINSWORTH, as Kristina Corinthos Davis

General Hospital, ABC

CAMILA BANUS, as Gabi Hernandez

Days of our Lives, NBC

MOLLY BURNETT, as Melanie Layton

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Days of our Lives, NBC

NATALIE HALL, as Colby Chandler

All My Children, ABC

SHELLEY HENNIG, as Stephanie Johnson

Days of our Lives, NBC

CHRISTEL KHALIL, as Lily Winters

The Young and the Restless, CBS

JACQUELINE MACINNES WOOD, as Steffy Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

KATE MANSI, as Abigail Deveraux

Days of our Lives, NBC

KIM MATULA, as Hope Logan

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

HALEY PULLOS, as Molly Lansing Davis

General Hospital, ABC

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

EDDIE ALDERSON, as Matthew Buchanan

One Life To Live, ABC

CASEY DEIDRICK, as Chad DiMera

Days of our Lives, NBC

CHAD DUELL, as Michael Corinthos

General Hospital, ABC

ADAM GREGORY, as Thomas Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

DAVID A. GREGORY, as Robert Ford

One Life To Live, ABC

BRYTON JAMES, as Devon Hamilton Winters

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The Young and the Restless, CBS

CHANDLER MASSEY, as Will Horton

Days of our Lives, NBC

NATHAN PARSONS, as Ethan Lovett

General Hospital, ABC

KEVIN SCHMIDT, as Noah Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

AUSTIN WILLIAMS, as Shane Morasco

One Life To Live, ABC

Congratulations to all the Pre-Nominees, but yes, there are some glaring omissions! Where is Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH), James Scott (EJ, DAYS) Ilene Kristen (Roxy, OLTL), Florencia Lozano (Tea, OLTL) and Kristen Alderson (OLTL)? And … a host of others!

Take a look at the list soapers, and let us know who you are rooting for in the six acting categories! More soon, as On-Air On-Soaps will bring you our continued Daytime Emmy coverage!

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leah
leah

WOW!!!!!!!

Sharon
Sharon

How the hell does Hillary B Smith get overlooked AGAIN? She had some of the best material. I guess the academy doesn’t recognize true talent when they see it.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree ,and the girl who plays tia.I loved the way she calls her brother ,toe mass,I miss one life to live.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I hope they are not being prejudice againt Hillary. Hillary is one of the best actresses in daytime.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I know

Christina
Christina

I love that Erika Slezak is on this list, she submitted some of her best work for her Emmy reel. Hopefully she will get a nomination. I’m sad that Melissa Archer wasn’t given a pre-nom, I thought she had some great stuff last year.

imane assi
imane assi

I want a nomination and a victory for Nadia Bjorlin.She so deserves it.

PHILICIA
PHILICIA

jACQUELINE mAC INNES Wood BETTER WIN FOR BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS!!!!!!!!! SHE IS THE GREATEST!!!!!!!!

Marianne Roesch
Marianne Roesch

I can’t believe James Scott has not been nominated! He is one of the best actors in Daytime. And his performance during the death of his son Johnny was outstanding. Just don’t get how he could have been overlooked.

Also where is the talented Lauren Koslow? She has been overlooked again? Her performance as Kate is truly emmy worthy.

Congratulations to all the Days of Our Lives nominees! Chandler Massey has the emmy won for younger actor.

Jules
Jules

James Scott’s omission has me confused too. As does Alison Sweeney’s. Did they not submit the scenes where they thought Johnny was dead? Not the sex part, but the tour de france tennis match they had before it? And if not, WHY THE HELL DIDN’T THEY? It was by far their best work of the year, and they both knew it. They talked about how much pre-work went into making those scenes work was. Very odd IMO.

grace Coppola
grace Coppola

WTH are wrong with the people in charge of the Emmy pre nominations. Dominic Zamprogna is such a passionate phenomenal actor and its beyond my understanding why such a fantastic actor was not nominated. and snubbed by all in charge..

1MALLOYFAN
1MALLOYFAN

I couldn’t agree more! He should have been nominated last year but it was said that he wasn’t qualified because an actor had to be on during a certain time frame. However, Jonathan Jackson was nominated and wasn’t on the show long enough as well. I believe that these nominations are so partial to certain actors/actresses. But Karma will win and those that were shunned will make it big time in this industry!

Cheryl
Cheryl

I third this. Dominic Zamprogna has been overlooked for three years now. I don’t understand if this is some sort of popularity contest or what? Obviously these people are not voting on acting ability. No offense to Sean Blakemore but that is a joke. He’s like a glorified extra. Everyone says Daytime Emmy’s are a joke. Well I believe them now…..

anothercc
anothercc

Outstanding Lead Actress In a Drama Series ~ Crystal Chappell will ALWAYS get my vote in any category. She is truly an Outstanding Actress and an Amazing Lady (not to mention smart & beautiful). She is sooo deserving of any and all awards she receives.

Alexa
Alexa

I can’t speak to all, but other than a few places which I can see the Emmys got it right (Michael Muhney, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams – and I have never watched Y&R, & haven’t watched AMC really this year), the rest seems to be business as usual. Lead Actress who did not have story? Supporting who was on for a few months & only recaptured character at the end (and I love her)? Younger actor nominees who can barely walk through a line reading? Lead Actor nominees who are unwatchable and barely coherent?

I don’t see how anything has changed.

I think it’s sad for the few who really deserve the recognition that the Academy has proved itself unworthy of respect.

Cindy G
Cindy G

From my lips, to “the gods” ears:
Best Actress: Erika Slezak
Best Actor: Jerry van Dorn
Best Supporting Actress: Arianne Zucker
Best Supporting Actor: John Wesley Shipp
Best Younger Actress: Molly Burnette
Best Younger Actor: Chandler Massey
Best Soap: OLTL of course!

Paul8148
Paul8148

They snub Jacob Young who summited the screen with JR and “Babe”? I guess they figure that Jackson did not the win in the bag easy enough

Mo
Mo

Why weren’t James Scott or Alison Sweeney or Katherine Kelly Lang nominated? Why isn’t Billy Miller in lead actor category? Why is Debbi Morgan nominated for Harmony????? Surely there was someone better. Not saying she’s not a good actress, but she hasn’t had much to do on Y&R. Glad to see Chandler Massey, Don Diamont, Michael Muhney nominated. Some good, some bad as it is every year.

gloria
gloria

Katherine Kelly Lang NEVER gets anything & I love her!

Agree-Harmony on Y&R? She’s done nothing worth getting a nomination!

Mo
Mo

I know. It’s quite sad. Not saying every year she should get a nom, but there have been years when she’s been phenomenal and def deserved at least a nom, but nothing. I don’t get it. Seems like some people are nominated all the time just for showing up.

Belle
Belle

I agree Gloria and Mo

BETTYEJ
BETTYEJ

My vote goes for both Steffy and Stephanie for Bold and Beautiful. And that’s about it.

Michael
Michael

I question the wisdom of some of the pre-noms in some of the categories. So, here goes my dissection of the pre-noms: Lead Actress: Jeanne Cooper should NOT have been put on the pre-nom list at all. She did not have a strong storyline at all last year. The fact that Katherine Kelly Lang from B&B was again not on the pre-nom list is another glaring omission. KKL had a great year last year. Another omission would be Alison Sweeney for DOOL. She definitely should have been on the pre-nom ballot for Lead Actress, especially for her work when Johnny went missing. Lead Actor: John McCook for B&B?! Seriously?! He did not have lead actor material at all last year. Someone mentioned on another message board that Ronn Moss from B&B should have been included, I disagree. Ronn is not a good actor at all. Half the time, he just phones it in. Michael Muhney finally gets a pre-nom and he richly deserved it. I hope he makes it onto the final Emmy ballot. Stephen Nichols for Y&R????? Seriously?! That one puzzles me to say the least. James Scott as EJ on DOOL also should be on the pre-nom list also for when Johnny went missing. Huge omission there. Supporting Actress: Like many others, I’m very surprised that Genie Francis made it onto the pre-nom list. That never should have happened. Elizabeth Hendrickson is another questionable choice. I also question Debbi Morgan’s choice for Supporting Actress for Y&R. I really hope she makes the final Emmy ballot for Lead Actress. Nadia Bjorlin should be on the final Emmy ballot as should Arianne Zucker. Extremely surprised by Gina Tognoni’s addition on the pre-nom list. I watched OLTL during its final year and she just didn’t have any strong material. I however am surprised that Melissa Archer didn’t make the pre-nom list for OLTL. Supporting Actor: I’m hearing that Bradford Anderson didn’t have good material last year at all and some are surprised by his addition to the pre-nom list for GH. I don’t know enough of Sean Blakemore to make a judgment about his pre-nom addition. Matthew Ashford in Supporting Actor is the right move for him. He deserved that pre-nomination. Whether he makes it on the final Emmy ballot will only happen depending on the material that others who made the pre-nom list submitted. Trevor St. John and Roger Howarth from OLTL not being on the pre-nom list are major and glaring omissions. They deserve to be recognized for their work and they weren’t. Scott Clifton’s addition for B&B is an excellent choice. He had some awesome material last year. Greg Rikkart for Y&R is another head scratcher. I’m a bit surprised he made it onto the pre-nom list. Greg did not have a good year last year. So, I’m not sure what scenes he submitted that got him on the pre-nom list. Billy J. Miller being added is no surprise. He always brings his A game every year when… Read more »

kate
kate

Do you think Stephen Nichols’ pre-nom is in the wrong category? I can’t think of any other reason it would puzzle you. I mean, honestly, you couldn’t think Chander Massey deserves an Emmy but not Stephen Nichols, right???

cr
cr

Ok I watch both soap operas and to be honest Stephen Nicholas is not a lead actor and he is good actor, but show nothing that was quite emmy worthy. Chandler Massey is very talented actor for his age and gave emmy worthy perfomance. Both are good actors , but Joshua Morrow and Eric Braeden did better than Stephen Nicholas, but did not submit any thing.

Madi
Madi

Good LAWD! No James Scott??? No wonder there’s no respect for the Daytime Emmy’s! Complete & utter sham!!!!!

Linda
Linda

What happened to Susan Lucci? Did she remove herself from contention?

barbara t
barbara t

anything that has to do with one life to live .best actress, best actor ,best writing ,best soap,Im torn between erika and kassie i love them both ,same with jerry and robert.best writing team one life to live ,best ever soap one life to live ,and I say one life to live again because for so many years they were ignored and now that abc/disney canceled the soap,it will never have another chance to win,and thats so wrong. I wonder if we will see the emmys,so far no one is willing to show them.sad .

Sheryl
Sheryl

what happen to Melissa Archer, Bree Williams, Michael Eastman,and Andrew, Trevor,Farah , John Paul all from OLTL. Did they miss those talented actors.?

Michael
Michael

Andrew Treschetta?! Seriously?! He can’t act his way out of a paper bag to save his life! Sorry, but that is one actor that I’m glad was not on the pre-nom list. Austin Williams (Shane) can and does act way better than Andrew can dream of doing.

Alexa
Alexa

Personally, I’m inclined to say that both have improved, as has Shenell Edmonds and Patrick J. Gibbons, but none of them are at the point of deserving a nomination.

The only time I found Austin Williams to be believable, was a brief moment when Shane became convinced that the presumed dead Gigi was really his mother.

Kelley Missal, on the other hand, has come a very long way, and I see Florencia Lozano’s fingerprints on that talent. Where was her pre(pre) nomination?

Tammy
Tammy

Woohoo. Matt Ashford has only back on DOOL for 6 months and already has an Emmy nomination !!!!!! Nice work Mr. Ashford Congrats!

Rich
Rich

Erika Slezak more than deserves the award. As for pitting Chandler Massey,Austin Williams and Eddie Alderson against each other..Wow! Talk about ‘Sophie’s Choice’. Damn! Speaking of the Aldersons,where the heck Kristin’s pre-nom as Starr? I’d replace Shelly Hennig with her anyday. Wait,i just noticed something else. No Trevor St. John or Florencia Lozano? Really?

Stacy A
Stacy A

Congrats and well deserved nominations for Erika Slezak, Jerry Von Dern, & Eddie Alderson. Gina T, Robert S. Woods, John Wesley Shipp, & Kassie D are talented but I just feel others were more deserving of the nominations, smh and just Wow that the popularity contest still rules over talent for the daytime emmy process.

Libby
Libby

James Scott should have been included.

cr
cr

You are 100% right!

Debi
Debi

Erika would be the best win. Should she not get it, which I doubt, it will go to Blair.
NOT sure who will win male. ???
NLG deserves to win for supporting actress. But will she? I doubt it.
Supporting actor will be hard….As much as I HATE Spinelli’s character, he is a good actor. But I want Jason Thompson to get it!!!
Is Molly going to win ?? (younger actress)
I bet Shane wins at OLTL. He was good last year in the bullying storyline.

Jan
Jan

As usual GH has more noms.

Christie
Christie

Melissa Archer never gets pre nom.. i dont understand why.. shes a great actress that deserves to be and shes had some amazing scenes/storylines in the past, especially this year.. n Where is Bree Williamson on this list.. Shes another one that should have been pre nom. no one does a crying scene like Bree.. Shes gotten nominated in the past but never wins.. soo sad! They’re both amazing and will be missed.
Hope Kassie Depaiva or Erika Slezak wins outstanding lead actress!

sue a.
sue a.

Of course Erika Slezak, Robert S. Woods, Gina Tognoni, Austin Williams (Shane Morasco) And what hapen to Michael Easton & Melissa Archer…..ONE LIFE TO LIVE (BEST SOAP OPERA) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roxy should have gotten something (she’s quite a character)………………And Kassie Depaiva…..

sue a.
sue a.

I’m rooting for OLTL all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manelli1234
Manelli1234

My vote always goes to Crystal Chappell she’s a fantastic actress, always gives 110% to her roles,she deserves to win Outstanding Lead Actress In a Drama Series!

SAMISTHENAME
SAMISTHENAME

Crystal Chappell gets my vote for best Leading Actress (ALWAYS)
Nadia Bjorlin gets my vote for supporting Actress (DEFINITELY)

HopeBrady
HopeBrady

I vote for my competition CARLY Actor (Crystal Chappell)
Lovely Molly Burnett

Michael S
Michael S

I can’t believe Shawn Butler was nominated. What’s this…no Kimberly McCoullogh? She was robbed! Also how did Debbi Morgan get a pre-nomin for Y & R? She’s only been onscreen for what a month!?!?!

Michael
Michael

Michael,

I agree that Debbi Morgan should not have gotten a pre-nom as supporting actress for her role on Y&R. She hasn’t been on the show all that long for her to have gotten any decent material to present. She made her first airdate late last year.

Trisha
Trisha

Chad Duell~best younger actor

Christine (formerly known as Jenna)
Christine (formerly known as Jenna)

How old do you have to be before you are no longer considered “younger” as in the “younger” actor category. Because I am wondering why Christel Khalil is in that one.

I don’t know how it will all play out, but there have been some performances in the last few months that have knocked my socks off. Jason Thompson’s this week was one of them.

david
david

[I am only familiar with ABC soaps.] Agree on the glaring omissions! Unbelievable OLTL’s Florencia Lozano (Tea) and Ilene Kristen (Roxy) not included, and Trevor St John (Todd/Victor) and Kelley Missal (Danielle) weren’t in the pre-nominations. Lozano and St John have been incredible for the last couple of years. I don’t understand how or why they have been repeatedly passed over.

I am happy for OLTL’s Kassie Depaiva (Blair) and hope she wins. She deserves an Emmy for almost 20 years of consistently great work. Jerry verDorn (Clint) is also worthy, but neither Kassie nor Jerry likely have a high enough profile to win compared to the other big names. John Wesley Shipp (Eddie Ford) and Austin Williams (Shane) are certainly deserving too.

I am amazed GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (Jason) are nominated for the same monotonous characters year after year. Where is Kimberly McCullough (Robin)? At least James Franco wasn’t included. Congrats to the younger GH nominees: Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), Haley Pullos (Molly), and Chad Duell (Michael).

david
david

I misunderstood. These are not the nominations but the pre-nominations from the list Michael posted on February 12. So the people included here may be excluded from the final list of nominations. Will any OLTL actors survive other than Erika Selzak?

barbara t
barbara t

I agree ,but you have to throw kassie depava in there to ,she is a good actress and I never understood why she was never up for any award ,especially when one life to live went live ,she was brilliant .so i will be happy if one of those two win ,and I hope that one life to live takes all the awards,the best everything,love and miss my favorite soap.

Alexa
Alexa

My objection is that Kassie DePaiva did not have a lead story, so she should not have been submitted in the lead actress category, much like Gina Tognoni should not be on this list for supporting.

sue a.
sue a.

I hope OLTL takes all the awards too!!!!!!!!! They deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the OLTL stories…………..Heart-warming…………..And there was suspense.. ETC………….The was the best soap out of the three!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1loaveabcsoaps
1loaveabcsoaps

I have my wine and lmao! Alexa asked: ” How do they get thes nominations with no story? ” David answered: ” Extortion? Slept will someone? Sold their soul to the devil? Mind control? Bribery? Cheated the process? Threatened to kill someone? Blackmail?

I replied to him: “And you’re talking REAL LIFE, and not soap plots. LOL LMAO! ”

And Barbara, you “dont give a rats ass” lmao! hehe haha. heheha ha. lmao. You guys are hysterical on this damn site when you guys want to get a point across! Damn, she left her 2 cents at your post. lmao. I thought that’s what we are suppose to do…… Better yet, don’t leave 2 cents (economy is too bad) better leave a quarter. LOL hehe haha.

I know Michael HAS TO get his laugh on sometimes on here. After One Life went off the air, it was bad on the site. We were all in mourning and on ATTACK. We couldn’t get our hands on the executives, so we went after after one another; it didn’t make sense. I hope no drinks and take to the site after the 39th Emmy Awards. Lord if someones favorite doesn’t win… I’m staying clear of comment. LMAO!

Just imagine if we could have gotten our hands on the executives after One Life went off? They would of went home with their clothes torn off….. lmao!

Alexa
Alexa

I don’t understand how many of these individuals were nominated when, simply stated, they had no story. Does anyone have an explanation, other than political bullshit or some kind of prejudice? I would really like to know.

david
david

Extortion? Slept will someone? Sold their soul to the devil? Mind control? Bribery? Cheated the process? Threatened to kill someone? Blackmail?

Alexa
Alexa

Cute, but I already implied this without the more explicit way (not that I ever have a problem with telling it like it is) of expressing it. I was talking about specifics, but thank you for playing/patronizing.

1loaveabcsoaps
1loaveabcsoaps

You guys are funny on this damn site when you guys want to get a point across.

@ Daivd: ” Extortion? Slept will someone? Sold their soul to the devil? Mind control? Bribery? Cheated the process? Threatened to kill someone? Blackmail? ”

And you talking REAL LIFE, and not soap plots. LOL LMAO!

barbara t
barbara t

seriousy,alexa,I could care less about what you object to.

Alexa
Alexa

Why should you care about my objections? I expressed my opinion; I am not asking anyone to agree or anything else. Am I supposed to care that you don’t care (I’m guessing that you don’t even though your words say you do, but whatever)?

barbara t
barbara t

and I expressed my opinion also,and I dont give a rats ass about yours, this is what you wrote to me,my objection is that kassie depava did not have a lead story so she should not have been submitted,well I think she did,you left your 2 cents at my post ,and Im telling you I dont care what you object to,and now Im expressing my feelings.so now we are even.

Debbie
Debbie

So happy Kassie DePaiva and Erika Slezak are in the group, woo hoo! Vincent Irizarry, awesome! Michael E. Knight, great! I think Bree Williamson should be on the list. She did a great job as both Jessica and Tess. Austin Williams on the bullying issue, good job! Florencia Lozano should be on this list as well. Jerry Verdorn, happy for him. Maurice Benard, cool! Gina Tognoni, way to go. Hillary B. Smith, so happy about that. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood B & B should be on the list. Robert S. Woods, congrats! I could go on and on and maybe I will on another e-mail.

todd
todd

I don’t see Hillary B Smith on this list.

barbara t
barbara t

another good actress .nora and tia.what do these people do throw a few names in a hat then each one pulls out a name ?I hope one life to live gets all the awards for best actor ,best actress,best writing and best dam soap ever,and it shouldnt be gone and brought back.

sue a.
sue a.

I agree with you TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!! (Barbara t.) 3/3 comment at 6:56am)

Debbie
Debbie

@Todd you know I swear I saw her name on that list. I guess it was wishful thinking on my part. She really deserves to be on that list as well. There are so many that deserve to be on there. They should create new categories to give them all a chance to be nominated.

Debbie
Debbie

Have any of you seen Venice the Series it is a web show that includes a cast of many soap stars. It is great to see them in a different setting. Some of the cast memebers are Nadia Bjorlin, Crystal Chappelle, Galen Gering, Hilary B. Smith, Peter Reckell, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Gina Tognoni, Jordan Clarke (GL), Jessica Leccia (Inez-OLTL) and so many others. There are too many to name. Check it out!

Torrey
Torrey

Ok, I don’t mean to be an ass about this, but how in the Hell did Gina Tognoni get on this list? I mean, what exactly did she do to deserve this? I’m a huge OLTL fan, but I don’t recall any outstanding performances coming from her. I noticed that Florencia was not on the list, neither was Farah Fath who in my opinion killed it on the rooftop and what about Melissa Archer or Bree? There were so many that should be on that lilt, but Gina was not one of them. To me, that’s like a throw-away nomination…..which means it’s just a name thrown in the basket, just to fill an empty spot. And I have to say is, OLTL better win for best soap…..no other show deserves it.

Alexa
Alexa

I love Gina, as well, but she had no story and admitted herself that she didn’t reclaim her character until shortly before she left the show.

Also, Kassie DePaiva did not have a lead story, so where does this nomination originate? I also heard she had a very weak reel (which seems to be the popular reason Kimberly McCullough was not nominated).

I don’t see how Florencia Lozano could be omitted again.

How are the awards revamped again?

Torrey
Torrey

Exactly….Florencia, Bree, Melissa, & Erika were the actresses that were HEAVILY featured on OLTL last year. Hell, Farah was featured WAY more than Gina….so this nomination just makes no sense. And did anyone else notice Eddie Ford on the list? That’s a freaking joke! I mean he was only on the show for what, a month, before he was killed off? Then I’d like to address Kristen, Kelly or Shennell weren’t mentioned for the younger actress category. I don’t see how this is any different from any other year. I may be biased because I’m such a huge OLTL fan, but the entire cast really stepped up their game this past year and delivered some great performances….and it seems like they are being treated like the red-headed step child yet again. This is how I break it down in my mind….if I had to choose Leading Ladies, I choose women who carried stories throughout the year, you know really dug their heels down into the stories… Examples for me would be: Florencia, Farah, Erika, Melissa & Bree.

Now if I were to address the Supporting Ladies…..these are women the co-piloted some of these great stories. They assisted in making those scenes great. I would choose: Robin Strasser, Kassie, Kim Zimmer (Loved her scenes with Viki), & maybe even Susan Haskell (because watching her & Melissa on screen together was always a no-blink moment.)

To address the Leading Men, that’s easy…..Jerry Ver Don, Trevor St. John, Michael Easton, & I’m gonna definitely put Mark Lawson’s name in the hat ( for Leading or Supporting. Cause let’s face it the DNA work that he did was amazing!)

Supporting Actor….John Paul, Robert S. Woods, Roger Howarth…(I know I’ll get some heat for not suggesting him for Leading, but he came on at the end of the run, and by this time, Trevor had done most of the heavy hitting…just how I feel.)

Younger Actress….Kristen, Kelly or Shennell

Younger Actor….Austin (aka Shane)…enough said.

And of course best show…OLTL!

These are just my thoughts and opinions…and I may take a little heat, but that’s ok, because the current list that the Emmy’s have is just ridiculous. Hell, if nothing else, let the fans pick the nominees, since the academy can’t seem to get it right.

Emily
Emily

So true!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

I go along with all your picks ,including kassie depava.

Torrey
Torrey

You remember the good old days, when we used to have the Soap Opera Awards? Think they were sponsored by Soap Opera Digest. It seemed like that award show got it right more often than the Emmy’s. Over the years of watching The Daytime Emmy’s, I have often felt like I was watching the same show year after year….same people nominated, same shows winning every year…it has become a snore fest, that more often than not, seems to favor CBS soaps…

barbara t
barbara t

I think it was the soap opera digest ,I forgot about those,the emmys are the same every year one life to live was always ignored,all my children to but mostly oltl,young and the restless got all the awards .but I never could figure out why oltl was never up for everything actor,actress,writing,best soap,its always been my favorite ,no other soap will ever come close to the way i felt about my favorite characters from landview,I hope this year they win several emmys.wonder if we will get to watch it ,no one wants to put it on.guess we will have to find out who wins on the net.

DEE
DEE

I hope to GOD that some of the actors and actresses from those FINE shows that were Cancelled etc..win to show appreciation for their fine years of performances. GO ROBERT WOODS!! Would love to see others win and not always the CBS crowd.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree,I hope one life to live gets them all .

sue a.
sue a.

So do I !!!!!!!!! OLTL all the way!!!!!!!!

Jaime
Jaime

I hope Chandler Massey wins for younger actor and Shelley Hennig for younger actress. She was amazing in her reveal scenes with Mark Hapka when he barged in on her in her weeding dress and uncovered all her lies.

todd
todd

This list sucks! In what world could OLTL not have 1 nomination possible for younger actress but DOOL can have 4….when Kristen Alderson delivered every day of 2011 as well as Kelly Missal. Also a head-scratcher is how neither Farah Fath or John Paul Lavoisier made the cut. The scenes of them talking down Shane from the rooftop were classic and some of the most powerful of the year. Gina Tognoni as the only OLTL supporting actress. Really? OLTL consistently mangled her stories. The scenes from the double wedding should have placed both Melissa Archer and Bree Williamson on the list. Again no Trevor St John or Florencia Lozano. Trevor’s scenes in which he found out he was Victor and tried to convince Tea and Dani to move to Hawaii were the best of the year. I loved Jerry’s performances as well, but Trevor deserved a nomination. Florencia Lozano was OLTL LEAD actress for 2 years! It is a crime that she has not been prenominated. Lastly….there should be a special award for Roger Howarth whose return provided the best storyline of the year in all of soapdom. There was little love for OLTL. Gina will not be nominated, John Wesley Shipp was on for like 2 minutes, and Jerry and Bob Woods performances are too subtle to ever be recognized. I think the only chance for last year love will be Erika Slezak and I pray Austin Williams.

david
david

Agree with everything. It’s as if there was no connection between the pre-noms and the reality of what we saw on OLTL. So many others deserved recognition for years of solid work and this was their last year for that chance. Bizarre and disappointing. The fans should have their own People’s Soap Choice Awards.

cr
cr

Both of yall should know that days of our lives 90% of time is snub in nominations and at the emmys awards, but. do agree with you , that at least Kristien Alderson should. have been given a nod, but One life to Live is usually does not get any nods in this category and Days usually does not get any nods in lead actress or supporting actor, were one life to live does get nods.

Sheryl
Sheryl

What happen to amc kendal, Zach, David. JR’Greenlee, Ryan,and then Roxy, Tea, from OLTL?

barbara t
barbara t

I think tia should be on that list to.shes a spit fire and I like her ,im hoping she and victor pop up in port charles to continue the story of 2 todds.

Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie

So happy for Crystal Chappell…a well-deserved nomination. I am also really happy for Robert S. Woods…

Charlie
Charlie

Melody Thomas Scott HANDS DOWN IS the only nominee in the Prelims….SHE DID THE BEST work on Y&R and of course Ms.r Cooper should also be nominated for her body of scenes with Tucker, and Bryton….but MTS deserves the Emmy,…..pay attention……actors, she is in a class by her self………..just give her the EMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cr
cr

Well I’m glad chandler massey , arianne zucker, crystal chappell , molly burnett, Kate mansi, and. Matthew Ashford made the list. From. Days, but james scott should have made the list for lead actor. I will also glad to see. Kassie Depaiva, John Wesley Shipp, Austin Williams , and Robert. S woods from One Life To Live. , Kristien Alderson should been given a nod. .: to be continue

BrookeL
BrookeL

I find it interesting that Days’ ONLY Lead Actress pre-nom went to an someone that they fired for bringing the ratings down (they claim). If she wins, more egg on this show’s ratings-challenged face.

Cris
Cris

They really said that? I actually started watching Days again when I found out Crystal was coming back…but I stopped when she left again :(. I thought there were a lot of ppl who started watching Days because of Crystal’s return.

BrookeL
BrookeL

I started watching again because of her also. Yes, they blamed her for the poor ratings. Who are they blaming now?

cr
cr

I so glad michael muhney (Adam) for Y&R made the list as well Billy Miller , Jeanne Cooper , Melody Scott Thomas and. Michelle Stafford, but Kevin Schmidt should not made the list, the dude is medicore actor at best.

Jen
Jen

I’m glad I waited for the official announcement of the pre-noms before getting too excited. They are some names on this list that weren’t mentioned before so it’s a nice surprise. I am a little surprised that gh got so many prenoms. The actors are all great but weren’t really given a lot of good story lines to work with last year imho. I’m crossing my fingers that this is KDP’s year. It amazes me that she hasn’t won before. I wish Roger Howarth and Mark Lawson would have been on the list but I think their was some tough competition. The biggest surprise to me though is that Florencia Lozano didn’t make the list. I have to say that the catergory I’m most disappointed in is Lead Actor. The word is that Tim Leary is a shoe in which is fine but lets at least give him a run for the money.

CK_One
CK_One

Gotta love that Crystal Chappell is the first name and picture on this list. Go, CC!

Very interesting that the only leading lady for Days is the one they fired right after she shot the scene that got her pre-nominated. All the more reason to take it home!

Congrats to Ari, Molly, Chandler, & Nadia also! Good luck!

PJ
PJ

Yay! So happy for Crystal Chappell. Go CC!!!

petra
petra

I am rooting for Crystal Chappell. She brings life to any soap. Its time she gets another Emmy for her work. We neeed her back on daytime TV. Revamp CC is the girl todo it!

Cleo
Cleo

After the performances Melody Thomas Scott has been giving last year and the past few months in particular, THIS IS HER YEAR! It’s high time they give her the Emmy she’s deserved for 33 years!

Annie
Annie

Couldn’t agree more, her name jumped out at me because she is hardly ever recognized for her work, and this year in particular she was unbelievable.

Cleo
Cleo

Well said! The voting process was a joke for years-all about popularity! Hopefully this year, with the changes they’ve made, that’s finally over!

sushe12
sushe12

Crystal Chappell gets my vote for best leading actress. She is an amazing an inspiring individual that gives 100% + in everything she does. Happy for you CC you so deserve it!!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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