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BREAKING NEWS: Prospect Park Resolves Labor Dispute With I.A.T.S.E.! Production To Resume As Scheduled For AMC & OLTL!

Courtesy/TOLN

Courtesy/TOLN

Fantastic news for fans of the online revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live this afternoon! In an official statement just released, the labor dispute between Prospect Park and the Union has been resolved meaning new episodes will begin shooting after the current hiatus!

The official statement reads: “Today Prospect Park and the I.A.T.S.E. New York Production Locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798 and USA829 are pleased to announce that the two parties have resolved issues related to the production of  All My Children and One Life To Live to their mutual satisfaction. As a result production of both series will resume, as planned following the shows’ hiatus, on August 12, 2013.

Speaking on behalf of the New York Production Locals, Local 600 Representative David Blake stated, “We are pleased that that the parties were able to successfully address their concerns in a mutually beneficial way, which will enable these innovative shows to continue to be produced with our talented crews.”

“We thank the entire I.A.T.S.E. organization for their continued support in bringing these shows to fans, and we especially appreciate the efforts of Chaim Kantor and John Ford and our entire crew for helping us to move forward as a unified team,” said Jeff Kwatinetz.”

New episodes of both series are being produced by Prospect Park and The OnLine Network. One Life to Live debuted on ABC in 1968, and All My Children debuted on ABC in 1970. The shows were created by Agnes Nixon, and each ran for more than 40 years, until 2011. Both series have won numerous Daytime Emmys, and have earned hundreds of nominations in various categories. TOLN brought the shows back on April 29, 2013 and audiences can still log into HULU and iTunes to catch brand new episodes Mondays through Thursdays on HULU and iTunes.

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So soap fans, and AMC and OLTL fans, happy to hear the news of the resolution between the Union and Prospect Park?  Are you excited to know new episodes will begin shooting in August? Share your thoughts on this breaking news!

 

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jimh
jimh

Who wouldnt be happy?

su0000
su0000

Only people who want PP to fail..
I am doing a happy dance!!!!

nancy
nancy

All my children sucks. Susan lucci needs to come back or the soap will be cancelled again. the storylines suck. agnes nixon is such a bitch. she is senile and needs to retire. please cancel one life to live. horrible writing and bad storylines. get rid of the show now. cancel it now. too painful to watch anymore.

Kevin
Kevin

Wow, Nancy, who pooped in your Cornflakes this morning?

JOANNE
JOANNE

BITTER..AREN’T WE..DAMN U DONT NEED TO WATCH NANCY

Ginger
Ginger

I love the new AMC and OLTL and if you don’t, why ya watchin? Hope they run for a really long tome, I especially like the new actos and actresses!!

CL
CL

Isn’t that the truth, there are ppl out there that want it to fail. Sucks. And what is this crap Nancy that AMC sucks, what stories are you watching? I love it! It will not be cancelled again. Storylines are awesome. How can you say AN is a bitch? Senile? Where is this coming from? Cancel OLTL, you must work for ABC/Disney then. A troll who wants the shows to fail. If it is way too painful to watch darling, perhaps you need to stop watching then, perfect solution for you. As for the rest of us, we will continue watching. I hate when ppl complain about something and then have time to come on here and gripe. Get a life!

Annie
Annie

You mean people like Nancy? Wow, just wow.

John Jack Royal
John Jack Royal

I’m loving AMC & OLTL! I’m thrilled they will be returning. To the cast & crew ,please disregard mean comments and people expressing a desire for you to fail and become unemployed.These mean spirited negative people are not representative of your many loyal ,dedicated fans. Keep up the good work!

boes
boes

Feel sorry for poor Nancy. She’s been locked in her basement now for way too long. Surviving on cheetos and bitterness can do that to a person.

BTW, Nancy, I hear Agnes Nixon hates you more. Who can argue with her?

Really, though, just another non-watcher who likes to stir it up. Now I have to wonder how she got access to the internet at the asylum…..

susan M.
susan M.

Nancy made a comment that she works for ABC! And wants more talk & reality
shows on abc. And sad Agnes is an old bat & should retire. And still saying both soaps stink and should be cancelled again. See her comments on 6/20 at
11:50p.m. More vicious comments! BELOW!

Christine
Christine

More like who peed in her wheaties

Denise
Denise

Wow Nancy! Shame on you! If you don’t like the shows, writer’s, or actor’s then just stop watching and stop this horrible talk … you are ungrateful and trying to ruin it for everyone else… It’s the ole adage our parent’s taught us…”if you don’t have anything nice to say then say nothing at all!” Shame Shame Shame on you… I love everyone working so hard bringing us our shows that were resurrected from the dead… Thanks to all of you….

Derek
Derek

Nancy is nothing more than a troll. Ignore “it.”

nancy
nancy

i will beat the crap out of you derek. they will cancel general hospital. replace it with a game show and talk show. all my children will get cancelled as well. im looking forward til all my children is gone for good. as for agnes nixon she is a bitch skank and a senile old bat. meet me on a dark ally derek. i will tie you up and feed you rats. watch out derek. dont blink loser.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Nancy I think you forgot to take the Blue Pill…..

susan M.
susan M.

Well Nancy, if you feel that way don’t watch OLTL & AMC! You seem very BITTER!
I am very happy the dispute was resolved. Agnes Nixon is not a bitch by no means. If it is too painful for you to watch well, don’t watch and go read a book instead! We soap fans will continue to watch & support our soaps! DUTIE HEAD!

jimh
jimh

LOL Susan, your reply came to me instead of Nancy…im ok with it…i agree with you!

Joshua
Joshua

Yeah, Nancy, that is a little harsh. Okay, a lot harsh.

Granted, I am not LOVING “All My TEENAGE Children” and “One TEENAGE Life to Live,” I am patient with them and crossing my fingers the vets will get some story lines before Christmas.

Sandy
Sandy

I am very excited to hear that production will be restarting up in August. Now PP, lets take the web series global and make a big splash. Show all the doubters that this is the wave of the future. Bring back the veterans that put the soaps on the air and made us fall in love with AMC and OLTL. The younger actors rightfully don’t have the “grit” of experience yet to make us love them like we do the veterans; Yes, we do need the young actors to attract new viewers but they alone won’t keep the show online. Find a good balance of the two eras and you will be in production for a long timel.

jimh
jimh

im in total agreement with you, Sandy! im wiling to give it more time too.

Denise
Denise

Amen Sandy! I think a good balance would be good … I do love all the younger crowd but also hope to see more of our other Character’s brought back… I’m still having a difficult time with the new JR character and storyline LOL Just isn’t JR anymore…

Jules
Jules

Halle-freaking-lujah!

Good for everyone involved coming together and making this work! I’m delighted for everyone, including for us fans!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Bravo! I’m so happy for everyone and al the fans.

Rose S
Rose S

Never had a doubt that somehow this would work out after all PP’s hard work to get our soaps back, didn’t think they’d let them fall apart that easily. Happy News!!

Cathy
Cathy

Now that that is settled, is there any way that they can start showing episodes 4 days a week again?

Char
Char

I actually like having less episodes. I work full time and I don’t feel under pressure to stay on top of them. I enjoy them enough to want more more more, but at the end of the day, I get to digest them long enough to anticipate the next one. I’m liking the new 2x a week per show.

nancy
nancy

We need more episodes char. all of us are losing intrest in both soaps. 4 episodes a week would be a better fit. or they will be cancelled yet again.

Char
Char

I’ve not seen any evidence of this. Its how you think its going based on talking to others? Who iis all?

susan M.
susan M.

I am not losing interest in the soaps! And they aren’t going to be cancelled . That’s the second time you mentioned that(nancy)…All I can say don’t watch them… If you feel that way.

Margo
Margo

Wow Nancy, not sure where you’re getting all of your information but please don’t speak for the rest of us fans who love the new shows and will take them any way we can get them whether it’s 2 times a week or 4.

Denise
Denise

Then you have the option to watch during your lunch hour or breaks, or evenings, or weekends… the rest of us would love to have 4 days back and hope one day it could be 5 days per week of episode’s only…. Sorry you feel this way but why should we suffer with less for you… meant in a nice way 🙂

su0000
su0000

I and many others new it was nothing to worry over, just union stuff, it would be settled soon, and it was ..

that is good news for the very many who said; PP would go bankrupt , PP would cancel the soaps, PP doesn’t know how to do this and that, this is the end of the soaps, it was all doom and gloom from many LOL
I am happy all is settled and PP will continue on with our soaps!!
I hope this will end the cures on PP and the soaps 🙂
PP has survived through all the obstacles thrown in their path !

jimh
jimh

I feel two faced(maybe i have d.i.d…about the cursing cuts i responded to you in a very disagreeing way, and now here im very much in agreement with you…i may not like the cussing like you do but i can see we r on mutual ground here…we love oltl and want to stay around for good. If only it could always be that way!

Denise
Denise

Yes PP and TOLN have survived so many obstical’s … I think our soaps are here to stay thanks to all the hard work by everyone … Thanks to everyone making our stories possible… :))

Johnny
Johnny

Now the only thing they need are some stronger scripts and some familiar faces
and they will be all set!
Doesn’t it just seem like without Tad Martin there as played by Michael E. Knight
and without Susan Lucci as Erica Kane that PINE VALLEY just isn’t the same?
Also, whatever happened to Dr. Castillo who is a doctor at Pine Valley Hospital?
Isn’t he Cara’s brother? What happened?

con fern
con fern

good question.how bout rex and gigi?

Annie
Annie

They are in London with Shane. I want to know why no one ever mentions Jessica! Where is she? I am hoping she is back with Brody.

susan M.
susan M.

They are never mentioned GiGi, Rex ,Shane,and most of all Jessica.

Jules
Jules

Dr. Castillo I’ve wondered about, though I can’t say I ever cared about his presence even on the best day. Personally, I’ve been waiting on more Adam for WEEKS and WEEKS now! We haven’t seen him since what? Week 3?

susan M.
susan M.

Well Ms. Lucci is busy doing others things and she might make an appearence on AMC if her schedule permits . That’s what she said a while ago.

Denise
Denise

Susan Lucci is in lots of other show’s but we can pray success there and that she will at least be a guest star occasionally on AMC … never know what can happen in the future… maybe yes and maybe no… she is in the new Devious Maids right now… great show too… love being retired and watching TV & On-Line all day hehehehehe

Nancy Gonzalez
Nancy Gonzalez

Finally! Frustrating when you have to pay to watch your favorite soap and there are not enough episodes!

Annie
Annie

Free on hulu

Scott
Scott

Why do YOU have to PAY for your soap?????

boes
boes

Someone’s taking you to the cleaners if you’re paying. Unless, that is, you chose to. It’s free through HULU – something that has been said, typed, and shouted from the rooftops for months on end.

Unless you’re one of the non-watchers who just come onto these sites to complain about shows you don’t watch.

Jules
Jules

I’m Canadian and I have no other option but to pay via ITunes. But I do so with a smile in my heart. I told myself back in November/December 2011 when the first words of PP picking up OLTL/AMC were announced that I would pay if necessary as a way of showing my support. Now that I have to, I have no complaints.

Denise
Denise

I’m getting really tired of the hater’s too… why do they even waste their time complaining and calling foul names at this hard working team to bring the shows for us that do appreciate them… I think when they are calling people foul names Hulu and ITunes should block them from their sites including the comment site’s… Hater’s are a waste of time to society… they must be very unhappy folks in a miserable life to act this way 🙂

Denise
Denise

Maybe in the future things will change for you guys in Canada…sure hope so… It’s your own networks there that caused this for you not PP or TOLN … I don’t understand what prevents Hulu and ITunes from providing free to you like the U.S.??

Jody
Jody

Hello Nancy Gonzales. You can Watch All My Children AND One Life To Live on Hulu and that is FREE. Also, You can Watch All My Children And One Life To Live on The Online Network and That is FREE. Jody

Tracey
Tracey

This is the best news I have heard next to finding out that both shows were given a 2nd chance.

mandy
mandy

Most certainly…Very happy!

dh
dh

Best news ever, the last thing we need is a disruption or complete loss of our beloved AMC and OLTL. Oh Happy day!! 🙂

Blake
Blake

Great news!

Dennis
Dennis

It’s fantastic that both labor and management came together and worked out a solution that benefits everyone, including the viewers. Congratulations to all!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Wonderful news.

Mark in FLA
Mark in FLA

This is great news. Today’s (6/20) OLTL was the best yet, didn’t want the episode to end. Luv that Shaun is back, can’t wait to see him in scenes with Destiny.
Looking forward to seeing the new One Life To Live become stronger, with the new writers, after the hiatus. Thanks Prospect Park and the unions for resolving.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you Mark ! I am happy the dispute was resolved! OLTL has alway’s been my #1 favorite soap.. I hope more of the cast returns in Aug. OLTL was the best on 6/20 and threre was no cursing which they don’t need in the storyline. Never needed it before and it wasn’t necessary . Happy the unions resolved everything! Need more episodes like on 6/20! Viki really gave it to Clint ! And so did Natalie….This episode of OLTL ROCKS and I hope there are more to come like this
episode! These are the kind of stories that made OLTL so great!

Lisa M
Lisa M

God is good but I had no doubt that it would work out. Congratulations PP and continue to make AMC & OLTL the best online soaps.

jane
jane

Fabulous!

Char
Char

How courageous PP has been to push forward through the many storms!

Lisa Z.
Lisa Z.

That is awesome news.!

Nancy
Nancy

Thank God. Thank you.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think people who said the show(s) would face cancellation and are now praising Prospect Park should not be allowed to. You’re hypocritical.

Happy they figured this shit out, though.

Rodd
Rodd

Absolutely thrilled! So happy they could work it out and that these wonderful soaps will be back taping new episodes soon! Congratulations!

boes
boes

This is great news – and not unexpected. Labor disputes, unfortunately, have happened before and will probably happen again. Now we can look forward to more great episodes of these two wonderful shows.

I wonder what the gloom and doom crowd are going to do now that their latest “the shows are doomed” predicition didn’t play out?

sue
sue

Does this mean it will go back to 4shows each per wk?or r we stuck with basically 1 hr per week total per soap? i had read some time back they each went to only 2 shows each per wk because basically people wernt watching daily and binge watching on weekends …. hell whats new about that when they were on neteork t.v. i dont know any one who watched daily scense dvd’s came out what 20 yrs ago. then tivi dvr etc etc.i guess ive binged watched for many years and even with the shows each being. only 2 new episoides per week a whopping hour each per week i will certanially binge watch watch all about every 3weeks now. i did hear the actors work 5on 5weeks off.if thats true good for them they deserve it.they been there most of them a long time. o.l.t.l. has always been numero uno for me..best storylines actors.etc.i can remember vicky hiding in closest from father victor.thats how ling ive been a fan!!!so glad they r back. even if not an hour 5 days.per wk.i always liked amc too. o.l.t

James McDonald
James McDonald

It’s good news. All we need now is for Susan Lucci to return as “Erica Kane” or should I say “Erica Kane-Martin-Brent-Cudahy-Chandler-Roy-Montgomery-Montgomery-Chandler-Marick-Marick-Montgomery.

Gayle
Gayle

WHEEEEEWWWW!!
So happy that is over!! I am excited to see what is in store for the citizens of Pine Valley & Llanview….
For the one(s) leaving negative comments, please stop. If you don’t like the shows,
don’t watch but don’t come on here and bash them. As fans, we worked hard to get them back and are very thankful to Prospect Park, TOLN and HULU. GREAT JOB!!!

marlena
marlena

Oh shut up gayle. anybody can voice there opinions here. This is a free country to express your opinions. all my children is close to cancellation mark my words. one life to live will stay on the air. All my children is not a good soap anymore. say bye bye all my children.

Margo
Margo

I disagree with you completely on that Marlena. I love the new All My Children!

boes
boes

Marlena, how did you get out fo the locked ward again? I swear, if we find you online ONE MORE TIME you’ll have to go back in the “Bad Room”. And that means no more Jumbo bags of Cheetos – and we’ll make you bathe again. Girl, you do reek a bit, you know that, right?

So shuffle back down the hall to your room and don’t forget your bunny slippers.
Anymore outbursts today and it will be enema time.

Jody
Jody

Hello Marlena. If Anybody can Tell their Opinions on here, then why are you Telling Gayle to Shut Up? All My Children Is NOT about to get Cancelled. All My Children is Number 1 on Hulu and I Tunes. I Watch All My Children AND One Life To Live. I don’t think One Life To Live is Better than All My Children. There is Todd and Victor and the Tattoo Organization and how is The Shelter Club Involved. However, Nothing Else is going on. I Watch Viki and the Paper and Nora with her Radio Show and that is almost all that is Happening. Maybe All My Children is Overly Dramatic, but I am Interested in what will be with Cassandra and will Jesse have to go to Prison for Faking Uri’s Death. I am Interested in David Hayward Finding out about His Child and whether David will be able to work at the Hospital. I am watching Brooke and Dimitri and Billy Clyde Tuggle. I still wonder who Celia’s Guardian is and IF that Guardian is that Man that Celia keeps Seeing. I Still Enjoy Opal. Jody

Philip Chase
Philip Chase

What a relief that the problems have been solved and the shows resume production. Love them both and am still thrilled that PP brought them back. JMHO but ABC should never have cancelled them. Susan Lucci fans can get a weekly dose of LaLucci on the Lifetime presentation of “Deceptive Maids”. Someone suggested this Michelle stalker could turn out to be Hannah, who tried to kill Starr and James so she could live happily ever after with Cole. Well, Cole is dead and gone, so wouldn’t it be cool if Michelle turns out to be Hannah? LOL

nancy
nancy

I work for abc. enjoy watching all my children and one life to live. we want these horrible shows cancelled. horrible storylines and desperate actors not making enough money. susan lucci will not return to all my children. she has moved on. agnus nixon is a bitter old hag. Retire and go away you old bat. I’m glad u were fired you old bitch. just cancel gh too. we want more talk shows and reality shows on abc.

mgb357
mgb357

If you are for real ……..you outta just work for the Obama administration – and try to jam his despicable programs down our throat.

boes
boes

Huh? What?
Quite the stretch to be able to make the jump from Nancy’s garbage to getting in your political opinions.
If someone wishes you a Good Morning do you say, “Well, not so good with Obama trying to jam his despicable programs down our throats!”

Sounds like and Nancy are a marriage made in heaven.

susan M.
susan M.

You are very nasty & bitter! First you say you enjoy watching OLTL & AMC. Then you say you want them cancelled. HUH!!!! Don’t watch them ! Soap fans NEVER wanted more talk shows or reality shows ! Sorry you work for ABC the traders that cancelled them ! Don’t watch the soaps!!! Agnes isn’t aan old bat! We all are tired of your doom & gloom comments!

Jody
Jody

Hello Susan. Agnes Nixon is NOT An Old Bitch Either. Who Says You Old Bitch? Either People say You Bitch OR I’m glad that you got Fired You Bitch. However, Nobody says I’m glad that you got Fired You Old Bitch. I thought Most Bitches were Young Bitches Anyway. I don’t know any Old Bitches. Jody

Margo
Margo

Troll!!!

Jamie
Jamie

If these comments “await moderation” why on earth would Michael allow “Nancy” to post this?? This is a great and fun website where we can all bond with each other as soap fans, not be verbally abused by some troll. It’s one thing to disagree with another viewer over an actor or storyline or which soap is best but this is just nonsense. This is clearly just some dumb kid who’s bored at home getting his (or her) rocks off.

su0000
su0000

Michael let the person speak and had faith in us, our intelligence, to not respond to the troll.. Pass over/ignore the comment ..
Trolls needed to be feed, and h/she was given a good lunch..
It is obvious that Michael is very open minded and respects the 1st amendment..

I’m sure as all that Michael has a limit, but he does not censor peoples right of expression, I admire Michael for that, very much ..

boes
boes

It’s Brian Frons. He has to do something when he gets off his shift at Burger King.
Cleaning the toilets there just makes him cranky!

Nancy is his supervisor -or his mother.

brian
brian

I doubt very much that this “Nancy” works for ABC. If she does, she should know better than to post such comments. And if she really does work for ABC, she most likely will be fired soon.

Jody
Jody

Hello Brian. I’m sorry that you have the same Name as Brian Frons. Also, Nancy said that ABC should Cancell General Hospital. Well, If Nancy Works for ABC, then why doesn’t she have ABC Cancel General Hospital. Jody

AJ
AJ

YAY!!!!!!

mgb357
mgb357

Great – lets continue the progress….maybe longer episodes or more per week?

AJ
AJ

I don’t watch either, but keep up for my mother who started watching AMC when she was pregnant with me in 1973. Not quite sure why people EVER want to see a show canceled. And I’m saying from both sides – I want AMC & OLTL to thrive online. And I don’t want to see The Chew canceled. We have so many options on TV. If you don’t like something, watch something else. I didn’t boycott NBC when they canceled Santa Barbara – a superior soap to ANY other 🙂

Robert
Robert

I had no doubt they wouldn’t resolve their issues. It is in both parties interest to work it out and they did. To all the Negative Nelly’s out there. Stop watching the shows! You are a very SMALL portion of the viewing audience and while you are entitled to your opinions, you are also entitled to the wrath of those who disagree with you. AMC and OLTL will be on the air for a LONG TIME, if you (haters) feel they suck, watch something else because the more you complain, it just shows you are watching two beloved shows enjoy a second lease on life!

And to that bitter Nancy woman, get a life as you are a sad troll with vicious thoughts! Maybe Billy Clyde should kidnapp you and put you to work! LOL

marlena
marlena

You are a bully sir. stop harrasing nancy. go watch your gay porn.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Marlena you’re the bully who defends bullies when they get called out. You and Nancy must be BFF. Go take your mean girl group and zip it!

boes
boes

Pretty ridiculous of you to get on your high horse about what someone else says and then tell them to go watch their “gay porn”.
So not only are you a hypocrite but also a bigot.

So when you slip out of your bunny slippers and get your nose out of the feedbag, go back to your basement and watch your horse porn.

Joshua
Joshua

Marlena: What a shriveled up, dry c*%t.

k/kay
k/kay

Why are you soap fans calling each other such awful names? I do not understand this.

Jody
Jody

Hey Robert. Maybe Uri should Kidnap Nancy and have her go through what Cassandra is going through. Let Nancy have Withdrawl Pains and Nightmares and have Seizures and Be Pregnant and Also Have AIDS ! ! ! ! ! ! Jody

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

WHEW!!!!!!! I can’t take this anymore!!!! My poor heart!!!!!

Christy
Christy

A Twinkie disaster is avoided! yeah!

Patrick
Patrick

Great news! I’ve been holding off watching because I couldn’t deal with another cancelation , looks like I’m tuning in!

ricardo
ricardo

Wow some people on this site have gone crazy all right. the name calling the bullying the swearing. please everyone this needs to stop right now. i love michael fairnans site. we all have diffrent views or opinions. please stop the name calling and putting people down. i hope you read this michael fairman. I’m shocked and angry with bad individuals swearing and homophobic slurs. it angers me and shocked by peoples behavior. Lets try to get along. peace everyone.

angelo
angelo

amen to you ricardo. i love your comment on this site. the name calling needs to stop right now. why cant we all just get along. we all love michael fairman. he is doing a terrific job on this website. he gives us info on all our beloved soaps. good job ricardo. you are straight to the point. ricardo. god bless ricardo. have a nice day my friend.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Well said Ricardo. My comments were mean but in response to a meaner person for attacking Agnes. You’re right, name calling is an immature action and we are suppose to be adults.

susan M.
susan M.

I am sorry if my respones where offensive. This particular comment someone made on this site & started all this which I couldn’t believe the comments she made…I will not chime in anymore & avoid commenting on hateful remarks. I enjoy Michael Fairman’s site and all the wonderful information he gives us about
our soaps! He does an awesome job!

Annick
Annick

Cool.

Richard Elliot Hammer
Richard Elliot Hammer

This is wonderful news. I am not surprised that the situation was resolved quickly. Had they not be able to resolve this with the union and had taken the productions to another state, all of those union employees in Connecticut would be out of work.

Am proying that the new writing team on OLTL will answer a burning question. Why did Alison Perskins kidnap Victor Lord Junior, how did Victor escape and what connection does Alison have to the tattooed mob that are trying to kill Victor now. PLEASE. CONNECT THE DOTS FOR US. Also to the new writing team, it’s amazing to me that Natalie has not once mentioned Roxy or Rex or Jessica. Sam, Jack and Dani have a sister, Starr. Not even a one way phone conversation. I hate it when writers think that if they never menton a character’s name that the audience will forget them.

jimh
jimh

those are the same things id like addressed…they couldve at least had victor mention allison and where she kept him prisoner…bo couldve said the found allison unconcious and unable to speak because she is in a coma after being struck in the head…did victor do it…keep a little mystery going to keep us fans on edge but gradually reveal allisons connection to vics kidnapping, the tatoo orginazation ect. Plus let characters talk about Jessica, Rex and the others not shown by one way phone conversation or simply just by talking about them. we have families who live in other cities we dont see but we talk about them or we talk with them on the phone. hopefully new writers will touch on this.

Richard Elliot Hammer
Richard Elliot Hammer

Thanks jimh…hopefully the new writers will write some of our favorites back into the show. (Barbara Garrick, Ilene Kristen please come back) After seeing Tuesday’s episode I can see why changes in the writing staff need to be made. Very uneven. Parts of it were fantastic (the scenes with Tea and Dani were deeply moving). On the opposite end of the spectrum was the Jack Manning storyline. Given that Jack has never ever expressed an interest in girls his out of nowhere love tryst with a total stranger was completely out of character. The scene came out of nowhere and just didnt ring true.

jimh
jimh

I think Jack already knew her…i believe she’s his summer school teacher…the writers arent revealing her identity in that episode but will soon, i believe. The only girl he did seem interested in was Vimals sister Neela during the shows network run but they apparently forgotten her and she’s not even mention. i also think they shouldve had Shaun work as a bouncer at Shelter…i liked Shauns scenes with Destiny….your right about Tea and Dani…their scenes were very moving…need more of them…and Roxy too…wouldve been great fun seeing Roxi do Todds nails in that one episode. thanks 4 reply.

Jody
Jody

Hello Richard. I think that Viki and Clint should mention Jessica. At least Tell us if Jessica had A Set Back and she is at St. Ann’s OR say that Jessica and Brody got Married and Moved out of Llanview. Jody

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you Jody! She is never mentioned at all!

Jody
Jody

Hey Nancy. Why do you call Agnes Nixon A Bitch? If she had gotten somebody Fired, then she would be A Bitch. If you think she is too old and shouldn’t have anything else to do with Storylines; then she is Not A Bitch. Jody

Jody
Jody

Hey Nancy. Now Agnes Nixon is A Skank? Is She Making Out with Your Boy Friend OR Husband? Stop Insulting that Nice Elderly Woman and Especially with Calling Her A Bitch and Skank ! ! Also, I don’t think you are Supposed to be Making Threats on the Internet. WOW ! You will Beat the Crap Out of Derek and Meet him in A Dark Alley and Tie Him Up and Feed him to the Rats ! ! ! ! Nancy, YOU are The Loser ! Jody

Jody
Jody

Hello Jules. Try Typing http://www.toln.com OR http://www.theonlinenetwork.com and Scroll downward and Click on the All My Children Video or the One Life To Live Video if you want to watch that. Keep Up with what Episode It is such as Monday will be Chapter 10 Part 1. I Hope you can do that in Canada. Good Luck. Jody

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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.

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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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