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Cady McClain Weighs in on Prospect Park's decison to move forward with OLTL and put AMC on hold!

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Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite Cady McClain, (Dixie)  of All My Children took to her Facebook page today to address her thoughts and communicate to her fans that AMC did not move forward because of actor negotiations.  Cady points out some of the issues All My Children has been facing and why One Life to Live is currently getting the nod to be the first soap forward to move onto the new Online Network platform.  Below is what Cady shared.

Cady McClain: “Okay, I just have to say that the news that “AMC didn’t move on because of actor negotiations” is just totally wrong. First of all, when I was there at the very end, TONS of actors were asking each other, “have you been contacted? Has ANYBODY been contacted?” The answer was always, “No. What’s going on? Why haven’t they contacted any of us?”Now comes the real question, why? Why weren’t t…hey asked? Is it true that PP was negotiating only with Lucci and waiting until that deal was done to contact anyone else? I do not know. She did not share that info with anyone as far as I know. I did hear through the grapevine (after the show ended) that PP did indeed contact her. Make of that what you will.

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Is it true that PP showed preference for OLTL from the very beginning? Yes, I do know that because OLTL had higher ratings, PP felt they had a better bet with them. Other than that, I cannot guess at anything else, other than that PP only has so much money to go around, and this internet gamble is a huge one. My feeling is, when OLTL goes to the internet, it will have a only a FEW months to prove itself as a viable show. If it doesn’t pull the ratings PP needs it to… it will not withstand the chopping block. If it DOES do well in the ratings, then there is a CHANCE that AMC will be pulled back into the mix.

This is ALL conjecture on my part, ok? I guess I just don’t want the fans to blame the actors, when so many actors I spoke to WANTED to do the job. I just really want you guys to know that there are so many more issues at play here.

Looking forward, I would say if you love OLTL and AMC, just keep supporting the soaps. ALL the soaps. That means WATCH as much as you can, write in and tell both PP and ABC and CBS and NBC that you watch and that you love soap operas. Competition simply cannot be the same as it was right now. We can’t have a “team AMC” and a “team OLTL” and expect either one of them to survive. We really have to pull together and support ALL the soaps, if the fans really want them to continue.

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I know the genre will change, but I think that it still has much to offer and has done much good in the world! I think there is much more good it can do. WHEN OLTL goes on air, I hope you will support the show and watch as much as you can. It’s a worthy, well done show, and honestly it’s really is the only thing that might make AMC returning possible. Just my opinion!!  Thanks!!!!”

So soapers, what do you think of Cady’s comments? Let us know.
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Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

This is an excellent speculation. I hate the fact that they are putting AMC on hold, but if it’s for the reasons she says, it does make sense. Of course, all the actors from AMC must now find new jobs. Should they become quite comfortable with them, they may not be willing to make a return to Pine Valley should PP finally decide to “pull it back into the mix.” I will watch OLTL online. I will give them my full support as I hope so many other AMC fans do. I hope you’re right, Cady! Stay with us. We would love it if you would also return to Pine Valley one day!

patsybutler
patsybutler

Is AMCgoing to come back on tv i hope so i miss it alot.

TripppleP
TripppleP

Before commenting, you should read the article. It will answer your question and will let you know what YOU must do to help. 😉

Cindy
Cindy

I think she’s right on the money! As an AMC fan, I don’t care if Lucci comes back or not. She is not AMC, all the actors put together are AMC. We have seen many come and go and come back, ie. Cady McClain! While I am fans of the actors and hate to see some of them go, life goes on and you enjoy the story off of their exit. Some stories are good, some aren’t, same as some actors are good and some aren’t. I am a new OLTL fan (about 10 years) whereas I am an AMC fan for the last 35 years and will continue to be if it comes back on! I’m hoping!

Blake
Blake

I agree with everything she said! And I am glad that she says to support all the soaps and didn’t knock OLTL.

Pat
Pat

I truly think that Cady McClain is right on. When OLTL goes from tv to the internet it has alot to prove to keep it going. This will be the real test if soaps can survive in another form of media….the internet. If OLTL survives on the net and the ratings prove how well this form of new media for soaps is working I think that is when PP will go full steam ahead to bring AMC to the net. It will take time for this to get off the ground and we need to be patient and continue to support PP in their efforts. If it was not for the dedicated fans of AMC and OLTL they would have ended for good. We need to support the soap opera genre so that it doesn’t fade away.

Torrey
Torrey

I think there is a lot of truth in what she said…..I mean OLTL has been on much sturdier ground than AMC….writing and ratings wise. Plus the fact that so many of the cast members have agreed to sign on. So, it’s a lot easier for PP to start up with OLTL….and I pray that all soap fans will tune in and support OLTL as it makes its transition to the internet. That truly is the best way to show support for not only OLTL, but AMC and all other soaps.

I personally, would hate to see AMC ride off into the sunset because of any one particular star that is holding the process up. I believe that you get the stars that are eager to sign on, and get the ball rolling…..anyone else who is not interested, we move on and try to make the best out of a tough situation. We all have our favorites, and we would all like to see everyone back, where we have come to expect them, but if that’s not in the cards we can’t morn for those characters for an eternity. I have been watching soaps for many, many years…..and over that timeframe, I have seen some of my favorite characters leave the canvas. Yes, I was sad and angry….and after the initial shock or anger wore off, I continued to watch. We all know that’s the nature of soaps. What I don’t want is to have the ENTIRE SHOW pulled from existence, because of one or two actors that have decided that they have been crushed too much by this process and they don’t want to take a chance with PP. It is their life and they have that right…..And as a fan of soaps, I will be initially bothered by some of the actors’ decisions, BUT I will continue to watch both AMC & OLTL… so, here’s to OLTL having a successful move to the internet….and to AMC hopefully joining them soon after.

Ann
Ann

Her/CM’s comments are the same as everyone else- speculations, personal thoughts..
It is always~ my guess, my guess, my opinion, my opinion, my thoughts, why I see it etc from all who speak up..
So- once again, no facts as to why about anything.
Prospect Park holds the facts, no one else. Not even all the soap reporters 🙂
It is a combination of things that has put AMC on hold..
”my opinion” would be, we need facts and nothing but the facts .

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Being an actress who has worked in soaps for many, many years, I’m sure Cady McClain is speaking from a position of experience. I don’t think she needs to hear from the “horse’s mouth” to draw a logical conclusion. She’s probably right on in what she’s saying.

ethel
ethel

i totally agree with every thing that cady said ………………
in my opinion amc can survive with out the erica kane character – yes she has been there since amc started but one character does not make the show – there are so many other actors/actresses that can keep this soap going – i just hope that prospect park comes to realize that this soap can survive with out erica kane and start to move this project forward………………..

Gerry
Gerry

I do understand her point, that we all must support Soaps in general in order for the “powers that be” see that there is a soap opera audience out there. I am not a fan of OLTL. I just watched AMC, but when OLTL goes online, I will watch it, or at least play it even if I am not watching it, just so they can see that there is an audience out there. I never got into OLTL, just never held my interest. And I find it hard to believe that their ratings are higher than AMC. But either way, I miss AMC so much and will do whatever I have to to support my soaps. I’m so sick of cooking and reality shows. I don’t know what has happened to tv programming. I am a fan of PanAm and stories like that. That’s what we need more of. I would be happy with them airing it one time a week, like a weekly series, like PanAm, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. Why doesn’t anyone think of that.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

The ratings were definitely higher than AMC. I LOVE AMC and have watched it almost from the beginning, but in the last five or six years, the writing has suffered, storylines were abandoned, characters written off with no explanation. It was getting to be pretty painful to watch, but I stuck it out. OLTL, on the other hand, I got back into with the Babe/Kelly/Bianca babyswitch and it is so much better written and engaging. It’s a shame that AMC won’t be following OLTL to the web, but I’m glad OLTL will continue.

Gerry
Gerry

Well, then instead of canning AMC, they should look into just canning the writers and getting better scripts.

mary amos
mary amos

I think abc has put the soaps on pp’s back knowing it would be hard to fine the money and we would leave abc alone.remember pp has to make a big enough profit to still pay abc even though abc doesn’t want them on there network.Why don’t they just let them go.I still see the trail going back to abc.They want to go away for good.

Harlee
Harlee

I’m ITA about the situation with Cady about what is going on PP. I have been fighting the good fight since ’09 for GL. I have always preferred CBS soaps but became a fan of AMC in the mid-nineties usually taping episodes. I stopped watching when McTrashy started because I’m not a fan of her writing and what she had done to GL. I came back after ATWT left the airwaves and fought for AMC to survive and thought we fans had accomplished with PP. I’m currently fighting like hell to rid MAB from Y&R because what she has done to this grand old soap. It’s my lone CBS soap left and I have quit watching back in June. I would return in a heartbeat if writing staff is fired to bring back Bill Bell’s vision not this half azz agenda of MAB & cronies. I for one will not support PP if all we get OLTL. I’m not a fan of Ron C and his “Higley” inspired writing style. I do check (dvr) 2-3 days a week. If we get the Fords, GigiStacey, Jack, a dog talking, Look Who’s Talking, time-wrap stories from 1968, and NO Robin Strasser but plenty of newbies …sorry not invested and will support OLTL web’s version. Having said that at times when the vets are front and center with interacting stories Clint, Viki, Blair, Todd, Tea, Bo, Nora etc I will sit and watch and usually very pleased. I for one fought for AMC first and would support PP’s “block” of soaps on the web. I think true AMC has gotten the shaft. This makes me wonder if ABC Daytime and Frons doesn’t secretly have involvement behind the scenes. This way after the announcement if quieted fans down and like ABC their true colors are showing. I will support DOOL because it’s the best soap with true character driven stories right now since the reboot. I’m a new viewer and enjoying all the stories are now on canvas. I will DEFINITELY support Y&R if changes come. But I feel AMC will never come to the web and PP needs eyeballs for OLTL and this fan of AMC won’t show up to the party. I much rather go to YouTube and watch episodes of my favorite soaps to thoroughly enjoy my soaps when soaps were soaps doing character driven stories involving families and social issues with mystery and ROMANCE.

rapido
rapido

I totally agree the actors should not be blamed for anything. IMO PP was ill prepared financially to take the shows on. PP wants to save face, diverting attention from themselves. But I do not plan to watch OLTL on line, if it even airs.

Brian
Brian

It is very sad to read all the negitive comments…. but do hope the OLTL continues. I will always watch this show, in any platform that it is presented, even if the start up is a pay-per-view platform.

jp
jp

I agree with Cady. No one knows what happened behind closed doors. As others have stated, one character does not make a show. However, most people, whether you watch AMC or not, knew Susan Lucci was Erika Kane of AMC. Perhaps negogiations weren’t going as easy as they had wanted with Lucci. And by all means, I am not placing blame on Lucci at all. It just seems that when PP was able to work out a deal with the legendary Erika Sleazak of OLTL and sign 3 other actors from the show, PP focused their attention on OLTL. I hope OLTL becomes a success online and will lead PP to bring back AMC as well. Remember…AMC and OLTL fans banned together to save our soaps. I truly believe if ABC had only canceled one at a time, we would not be discussing the possiblity of seeing OLTL, AMC or any other soap online. Lets hope this venture will pan out for us all. I am rooting for OLTL to do well and I’m praying AMC fans will get what they deserve as well.

RICKIE
RICKIE

Gotta love Cady McClain!! She’s always been outspoken and eloquently and articulately so. What a fearless lady… I’m sure her comments over the years have rustled a few network feathers, but she’s unafraid to speak up! So reminecent of George Reinholt, Rosemary Prinz, Robin Strasser and other daytime greats who have taken their bosses to task! And as far as Prospect Park is concerned, I believe she is dead-on! Like the rest of corporate America, the networks have gotten greedy with profit margins for their shareholders and top execs — which has led to the growing class chasm in this country. Right on, Cady!!

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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