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BREAKING NEWS: FX Canada To Broadcast New Episodes Of All My Children & One Life to Live!

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Finally the Canadian fans prayers have been answered, so they can see all-new episodes and the returns of iconic soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live. The Online Network just released confirmation that FX Canada will be the exclusive Canadian television broadcast home of the two soaps, making it as of now the only North American broadcaster currently airing AMC and OLTL.  And yes, they will start to air on FX Canada concurrently when they run online in the U.S on the premiere date of April 29th!

Here is the official press release with all the exciting details!  “FX Canada pumps up the drama, the passion, and the scandal with the exclusive Canadian broadcast of brand-new, 30-minute episodes of beloved serial dramas, All My Children and One Life to Live. Breathing new life into the popular series with an edgier and sexier spin, both programs reignite the classic franchises with modern themes, fresh new faces, and the return of fan-favourite characters. The long-running serial dramas premiere Monday, April 29, airing weekdays starting with All My Children at noon ET/2 p.m. PT, followed by One Life to Live at 12:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT, exclusively on FX Canada. (check local listings.)

FX Canada is the only television network in North America to offer the new, re-imagined All My Children and One Life to Live series to subscribers.  Produced by Prospect Park’s The Online Network (TOLN) All My Children and One Life to Live will be available in the United States through online stream via www.hulu.com, to subscribers through Hulu Plus, and for purchase on iTunes.

FX Canada is the exclusive broadcaster of critically acclaimed and envelope-pushing hit series such as American Horror Story, Louie, Wilfred, and The Americans.

All My Children and One Life to Live are a unique addition to FX Canada’s slate of provocative and critically-acclaimed dramas,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media. “As the only television channel in North America broadcasting these new series, FX Canada continues its commitment to deliver exclusive, premium content to its viewers.”

Our partnership with Rogers answers an overwhelming demand from viewers in Canada to access our transformed All My Children and One Life to Live programming, and incrementally furthers our footprint across all of North America. We have the fans to thank for forging this partnership, and bringing their shows to Canada,” said Prospect Park’s Rich Frank. “We are grateful to the team at Rogers Media including Keith Pelley, President, Scott Moore, and Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice-President of Programming and Operations for sharing our vision and empowering our network to reach this very significant audience.”

The social media links to follow all updates on AMC and OLTL in Canada are as follows: FX Canada Official Website FXCanada.ca Like FX Canada on Facebook Follow FX Canada @FX_canada   Follow One Life to Live @onelifetolive Follow All My Children @allmychildren Like One Life to Live on Facebook Like All My Children on Facebook

So Canadian AMC and OLTL fans excited by the news? U.S. fans encouraged that if All My Children and One Life to Live can find a television home in Canada, that perhaps we can make it happen in the States? Let us know what you think of the exciting developments?

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jimh
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jimh

AMC and OLTL would be perfect on MTV…with Jcow still part of that station, and it with the club Shelter its music might take MTV back to its roots. Not everyone can go online so heres its chance for more viewers and ratings!

Joshua
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Joshua

Buy a Roku 2 XS box and attach it to your TV. I’m already addicted to all the streaming I can get on my TV and my soaps haven’t even begun airing on HuluPLUS yet.

jimh
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jimh

Thanks for the information!

Indysue2
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Indysue2

Everybody LIKE Fx Canada!!

jimh
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jimh

But im not in Canada!

AJ
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AJ

Congrats to the Canadians… I’m sure alot of American fans are holding out hope such an arrangement can be made here.

AJ
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AJ

PP hooking up with FX Canada means the soaps have created another stream of revenue.. the more money coming in, the more that can be brought in for the show.. the more likely it’s to be deemed a success!

Heather
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Heather

I am so happy for our northern friends and fellow fans of our beloved soaps! I have seen many of them post about not being able to access Hulu or any other venue to watch OLTL and AMC. What a great job prospect park and FX Canada dud, I bet ABC is just kicking themselves for letting those shows go, at least I hope they are. I am so looking forward to seeing the edgier versions of my peeps in LLanview and Pine Valley. 🙂 yippe! Thank you PP and Hulu. I upgraded my hulu account just because they are… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

That’s great for them but still sucks for me! I don’t have the internet at home so I won’t be watching. If they put it on FX here, I can.

JIM
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JIM

Perhaps, you can stay at work a little longer or go in a little earlier and watch at your desk or whichever computer you are using now. The episodes can be watched at your convenience and don’t have to be watched at any given time. Find a friend with a computer and watch together; perhaps a few episodes at a time. Just some suggestions.

Phil
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Phil

Great News! I live in Montreal, & will be watching!!!

Janice
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Janice

is this going to be on line to watch for us Canadians or on Tv? FXCanada.ca

AJ
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AJ

TV.

MEG
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MEG

YES ,IF YOUR CABLE PROVIDER HAS FX,YOU CAN WATCH.

Barbara
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Barbara

I have Fx on dish Satellite. How do we get fx canada

su0000
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su0000

FX is cool !!
American Horror Story, The Americans, Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, etc etc ..
Have/show full nudity, shows the ‘nasty’ (intercourse) , uses the f… word among others, shows the full happening of x-rated-crimes, some of its’ programs are very explicit ..
(hmm is will host our 2 soaps)

Ahhh 🙁 network TV just can not compete , any-longer..

jip
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jip

Your comments make you sound perverted…are you deliberately trying to force the more conservative AMC and OLTL fans to judge and not watch these shows b4 they air! Thats what your childish immature comments will do when you make it sound like these online shows are going to be tasteless porno! I myself dont mind certain curse words and some sexual situations as long as its kept in good taste but you make it sound tacky. Thats no way to convince some fans to watch!

su0000
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su0000

I said nothing as to the 2 soaps, it was about FX’s programming .. The soaps will not be censored on FX, is all.. As for the rude comment of ‘perverted’ there a 4 million people whom watch FX/those shows, they are very popular and do have a fan base.. It is cable.. Again, read with compression, the comments were of the FX shows, not the soaps.. whatever you have assumed came from your mind 🙂 The ”Conservative” fans will have to watch and judge for themselves, not assume; you are assuming, yes.. 🙂 I know with certainty that both… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

American Horror Story – w/the fabulous Jessica Lange….

makes this “program” interesting.

it’s renewed for a third season….

not many can say as much.

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I like how the article states – “classic franchise”.

i’m jubilant… on the return of these staples.

heck, i envy our canadians’ – soaps on tv… it just seems easier… to watch and record.

jip
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jip

I apologize but still when you mention these fx shows, ive watched american horror story, it does kinda insinuate that fx airs only shows with that kinda content making some assume that our beloved soaps will contain the exact same content too. What ive read so far about the soaps wont stop me from watching again but after reading some previous comments from other fans in the past who fear Prospect Park will go to far will these shows will think exactly that with your comments about the other shows they carry. Your comments are harmless to me, im just… Read more »

jip
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jip

I apologized for the perverted part but instead of mentioning fx for its programs adult content id mention the fine writing and acting on these shows instead. Like id said before, others will get the wrong idea about the soaps content even if you didnt mention them because it does sound like you were hinting what the soaps might contain just by mention what the other fx shows contain in theirs!

Jan
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Jan

I wouldn’t apologize they do sound perverted.

Nancy Lane
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Nancy Lane

Can’t wait ,those two soaps should not have gone off the air in the first place. Now just need to get in touch with FX Canada. Thanks

Val
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Val

I want cable in the US for those fans who can’t access the shows online, and so I can continue what I’ve always done, recording and archiving just the AMC scenes I want to keep to my own DVD!

jimh
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jimh

Thats what i like to do to. I recorded the final year of OLTL on ABC!

Susan
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Susan

WHAT???? Happy for Canadian viewers, but Americans have to pay for Hulu Plus or iTunes? Makes no sense!

susan M.
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susan M.

Try regular hulu which is free viewing.

Trevor
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Trevor

Hey Susan,

There are three options and not two! Hulu Plus and iTunes are fee-based with Hulu Plus without commercials and iTunes you could watch it on your Iphone or Ipad.

However, if you have internet access you can just simply use Hulu.com to watch it. You will just have to listen or mute the commercials.

Caterina
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Caterina

So… Canada gets them on TV, but America can only watch through the internet….
if they have access. Not fair. At all.

Dez
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Dez

Calm down and be glad we’re going to be seeing it at all. Not fair? ??? Please go take a chill pill. Some people are never satisfied.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

These are all steps in the right direction, with the USA ultimately seeing them on cable also.
Until this announcement Canadian viewers wouldn’t get to see them at all – is that any fairer?

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I agree! Not fair at all!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Maybe if the shows take hold with viewers in Canada on FX canada, and the business model shows a profit in the long term, FX in the USA will be the cable home for AMC 2.0 and OLTL 2.0.

Margot
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Margot

That could surely happen so let’s keep our fingers crossed that it succeeds in Canada so that the American FX will pick up both shows.

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto+++

Dianne
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Dianne

recently obtained FX Canada for the show Sons of Anarchy now that the soaps are coming back on air im thinkin FX is gonna become a permanent addition ….. GOOD TO BE ABLE TO WATCH AMC AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

Terran
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Terran

I am jumping up and down literally!!!!!! Tom Cruise has nothing on me! This is the best news I have heard in days!!!!! For those who don’t know “All My Children” was actually the #1 rated soap opera here in Canada from 1982 until 1997 when it aired on CBC Television, so the show already has a built-in fan following! And so glad “One Life to Live” is coming back!

O
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O

Put them back on American TV as well as our beloved As the World Turns and Guiding Light also

Annick
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Annick

Congratulations Canadian viewers and major props to FX Canada for picking the shows up….April 29th is Game Time for my beloved OLTL & her sister show, AMC.

Lindsay
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Lindsay

Just called Rogers to make sure I have the channel!! And I do!!! I live in London Ontario Canada and will be enjoying the soaps return on FX Canada!!! Channel 318 for me!!!! I was worried I would not be able to watch!!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’m so happy the Canadian fans will be able to watch too.

Becky
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Becky

Why not put it on soap net channel

susan M.
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susan M.

Very good idea! I have that channel…

Jules
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Jules

Because Soap Net is:

A) Supposedly becoming a Disney Jr channel. So who knows how much longer Soap Net will be on for.

B) Owned by Disney, which owns ABC, the bastards who cancelled AMC and OLTL in the first place.

C) It wouldn’t solve the problem for most (or all?) Canadians to put it on that channel, as that station is not provided in Canada either….unless unlawfully obtained.

RobertC
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RobertC

I know one of the biggest cable providers no longer carries Soap Net as Comcast Cable removed the station a year ago and replaced it with Disney Jr or at least they did it in Sacramento Ca.

Enrique Buenrostro
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Enrique Buenrostro

Would also be awesome is United States’ FX get the shows as well

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree!

gord kellerman
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gord kellerman

Great News We were hoping it would come back to television screen in canada thank you FX Canada

brian
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brian

Best news of the day for us Canadians. !!!

tina
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tina

greatest new i have heard….and am happy to watch it on tv instead of on line.

lady love
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lady love

happy for the fans in Canada but what about us who is living outside the us and canada we want to watch to lol/

Dez
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Dez

Internet access is worldwide.

Karen K
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Karen K

All I have to say is “Woohoo!”

Eric Henwood-Greer
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Eric Henwood-Greer

I am thrilled.

Dina
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Dina

So happy for family and friends up in Canada!! I know that so many of them were waiting for this announcement with eager anticipation! Kudos to Prospect Park!!

Denise
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Denise

Yay!

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

While I sincerely appreciate the fact that FX Canada will be covering AMC & OLTL, it’s not a channel I get with our (household) digital cable package (which consists of over 500 channels). I’m going to look into picking up the channel. However, I really wish the Canadian iTunes store would carry it, along with the US iTunes store. Really annoying that they don’t.

Zoe
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Zoe

OH MY HECK THIS IS THE BEST NEWS!! I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW HAPPY I AM TO HEAR THIS.. I’VE NEVER MISSES AN EPISODE OF OLTL OR AMC SINCE DAY ONE. THANKS YOU ALL WHO MADE THIS A REALITY… I’M VERY GRATEFUL!!!

peter
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peter

Thank-you Thank-you for giving us back All My Children and One Life to Live on FX-Canada!!

ricardo
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ricardo

I am so happy that i can watch one life to live. i live in vancouver bc canada. also we can watch all my children on youtube and one life to live.

MEG
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MEG

THANK YOU SO MUCH ,I DO HAVE FX ,IF IT WASN’T SO SAD IN BOSTON I’D DO THE HAPPY DANCE.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

So happy for my Canadian friends that love AMC AND OLTL!!!

Avidreader7
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Avidreader7

Great news for our Canadian friends. Now, if only a similar deal could be reached in the states. Of course I will be watching starting 4/29, but if this were on TV it would be even better. Bravo, OWN, Lifetime, SoapNet…any channel would work!

su0000
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su0000

Well, if the soaps do well I can see a cable network picking them up 🙂
(maybe Life or Bravo, ya never know where this will all lead to ..

Gay
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Gay

Hallalujah,,,,,,,bout time we got included in this……been devastated since it went off the air….love that show and have been watching it for over 40 years

Christina
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Christina

I LOVE FX Canada! I already watch Wilfred and Sons of Anarchy. And now my soaps? This is officially my favourite station…

Terrance
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Terrance

I’m more than happy to find this great site. I need to to thank you for your time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every bit of it and i also have you book-marked to see new stuff in your site.

Jules
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Jules

FINALLY! Super news!!

And I have Rogers On Demand too, which if I’m not mistaken, has FX Canada, meaning even if I can’t watch them when they air because I’m at work, I can watch the shows after they air! And just as good news, Rogers will still be able to track me and my interest in the show through ROD, which sends a good message to them that people are watching.

So glad I’ll be able to tune into these shows again too!

caroline morrison-corbeil
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caroline morrison-corbeil

I’m happy I can watch all my children again….. I was just wondering if it is free or do I have to pay for it…… I was very sad when it went off the air I was watching all my children since I was 4 years old

Mary SF
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Mary SF

FX Canada is not part of basic cable, so the cable company will charge extra to have that channel, or you might have to subscribe to a package to get it. So you wouldn’t have to pay for the soaps, but you will have to pay for the channel. Also, not every cable or satellite company carries FX Canada, so you will have to check with yours to see if they have it available.

Patrick
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Patrick

fellow soap’ers & Jules –

congrats…. good for all of us.

rhonda
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rhonda

will we be able to watch one life to live and all my children on direct tv if so what channel i miss both of the shows

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Are you in Canada? FX is the station…

Joan Zajac
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Joan Zajac

Where can we watch all my children and one life to live on TV in the United States of America. Some of my friends don’t have a computer. Bring it back to TV a lot of other fans will be happy.
Thank You!!!!!

Dez
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Dez

CONGRATS CANADIANS!!!! Sooo happy for you! I know this is a good sign for us too. More revenue and viewers means the re-launch has a great chance of sustaining!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Good news! All steps in the right direction! Keep up the good work Prospect Park! 🙂

Roxie Spell
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Roxie Spell

so wish we could have it here, I will have to subscribe unfortunately. I am glad that someone cared enough about these classic serials to bring them back. I have watched since AMC started (summer of my 7th grade) I felt it was MY soap, my Grandmother was As the World Turns and Love of Life fan. YAY

Kathy
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Kathy

This is great but Why are the shows only a half hour instead of an hour long? The stated time is 1200pm et for all my Children and 12:30 PM ET for One Life to Live..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Prospect Park ( who is producing the show) doesn’t have the deep pockets ABC had for production. Therefore, the rebooted version of these soaps will be shorter in length. I believe I heard the on line version is shorter than a half an hour, so FX Canada must of factor in commercials to get the half an hour figure. Maybe, if successful and PP makes money on it, they might consider going for a longer format, but for now it will be old school- short but sweet.

Tracy
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Tracy

I would love to see FX do the same for us viewers in the US. Would much rather see my soaps on the TV than on the computer! Never the less grateful that both are coming back. Especially OLTL, can’t wait to see the Buch’s, the Cramers and the Lords, and yes the Manning Clan to, oh and Ms. Delgado to.

Diane
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Diane

I am so pleased to see AMC on FXCanada – I have been watching AMC since it went on the air years ago and was very disappointed when they took it off the air but now I am thrilled that I again could watch it – Way to go FXCanada

Diana
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Diana

Congratulations Canada! FX bringing OLTL & AMC into your living rooms again is fantastic! Hopefully, FX will do the same in the states & SOON! Am happy to have them back & will make do via HuluPlus on AppleTV. But nothing beats watching our faves everyday on full screen TV, complete with fast forwarding & rewind. You can back up on Hulu but not advance. Sometimes you want to go back and hear a particular scene & then advance, Hulu doesn’t allow that. Fast forwarding ads is now the norm, sponsors should go with product placement instead. Seinfeld perfected the… Read more »

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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.

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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.

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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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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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