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Devious Maids OUT of the ABC Fall Lineup! No Lucci on Primetime Soap!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Bad news for soap fans who were clamoring to see Susan Lucci in a new soapy role!  ABC has decided not to pick up Devious Maids, Marc Cherry’s follow up nighttime sudser to Desperate Housewives!  Thus, Susan Lucci who was to play a comedic turn as Genevieve Delacourt will not get the opportunity to bring the character to life in a series format.

Another primetime soap opera pilot also bit the dust that we have been reporting on.   ABC’s Americana, the high-fashion industry soap,  reminiscent of the premise of The Bold and the Beautiful,  was also canned.

The two primetime soaps that did make the fall line-up, one of which we previously reported, are  Jonathan Jackson’s Nashville which also stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, and Red Widow which is a mob series soap opera! (GH anyone?)

Red Widow is from Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and is the saga of a woman played by Radha Mitchell, who must take her slain husband’s place in a crime syndicate, to both avenge his death and maintain her family’s lavish lifestyle.   Deadline.com delivered all the news of what new shows will launch on ABC this fall.

So what do you think about Devious Maids getting the axe? Are you interested in any of the other new primetime soaps from ABC?  Let us know!

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Mary
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Mary

Wonder she thinks ABC is so great now.Two shows they cut her out of. Blame it solely on Frons.Everyone knows he ruined AMC’s storylines but Sweeney wanted the soaps gone and what is her excuse for OLTL to get cancelled?

Gina
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Gina

They should have given La Lucci a shot, she would have kicked ass!!

PattyJean639
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PattyJean639

Susan Lucci is so talented and so special, I’m sure this or that further disappointment will not bring her down !!! If Susan reads these comments, I’d like to remind her how well received she was when guesting on “Hot In Cleveland”. Also, Fran Dresher has made a hilarious comeback on her “Happily Divorced” on the same network … I suggest Ms. Lucci take this failed pilot or another pilot over to TVLand and get the respect (and ratings) she deserves — Viva La Lucci !!!

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tretag

Too bad for Susan. ABC probably made part of the decision based on the fact there are large groups boycotting ABC. Even though Ms. Lucci has a large fan base, most of those fans would not have tuned in. Maybe Marc Cherri can take the show and Lucci to another network.

ricardo
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ricardo

i was looking forward to see susan lucci on devious maids. general hospital or the young and the restless should hire susan lucci. she maybe can play erica kane again on general hospital. that would be an idea. or a new role on young and the restless. don’t worry about susan lucci she did save her money as erica cane. i would love susan to come back to daytime. forget about all my children. its never gonna come back.

barbara t
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barbara t

Erika kane in port charles, I dont think so, Tracy quartermaine would have her for lunch then spit her out before dinner. I dont think anyone would want to put up with ms. kanes ego and self centered attitude.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Susan Lucci never seemed to care too much about AMC being cancelled. She has all that crap she sells on HSN & those infomercials & she does some acting so she never seemed so concerned. None of the actors on AMC were as emotional as the OLTL actors were about being cancelled. Maybe they liked their jobs more.

Chaz
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Chaz

Gee, wonder if her comments about Frons had any effect on their decision?

Annie
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Annie

Well, you never know, but I think it was a very unwise thing for her to do. Never bad mouth an ex employer, future employer’s think you will do the same to them. I think she was playing this and the PP offer off each other and came out the loser. I heard investors dropped out when she wouldnt sign on (PP).

barbara t
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barbara t

I could be wrong but she downed brian frons, never once did I hear her say it was the fault of abc/disney which it was the network, he was their fall guy, the other soap stars said abc, She stayed with the network that killed all my children, If I was her I would have left, but that’s her choice and now they got her twice. She is not the reason pp dropped out, there are very good stars that signed on the dotted line, from one life to live imo, all my children should have been dropped and they… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I doubt it. He got his money & he’s long gone. He’s a hachet man off to cause misery somewhere else.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

No Im not innterested in any new primetime soaps on ABC…………..Don’t watch hardly ever any primetime shows on ABC…I am strickly a daytime viewer of abc… I watch GH & use to watch OLTL and would have continue to do so if it wasn’t cancelled…I watch CBS, fox channel(american Idol) Cbs(ncis) . Oh I watch on abc The game shoes on at 7:00pm the one w/Alex Tribeck & Wheel of Fortune and the news thay’s about it for primetime on abc………..They should put OLTL on primetime but that will never happen…….

barbara t
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barbara t

Abc/disney should never put one life to live on there prime time line up. It will be out the door quicker then a speeding bullet, The rat channel loves to cancel good shows. can’t be done on another network because they won’t give the rights to continue all my children and one life to live any where else. Because of abc/disney we are doomed when it comes to our soaps, Only good thing to happen would be for them to put them back where the soaps were and that’s not going to happen either. Our afternoons will never be the… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Going to watch wheel of fortune now….

Torrey
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Torrey

Sounds like to me, Susan needs to switch networks.

barbara t
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barbara t

She should have done that the day abc/disney announced the cancellations of all my children and one life to live. Who knows maybe she was hoping for a breadcrumb from the network that owned her for over 40 years. Seems to me that the rat channel is not devoted to all the people who work for them even if they made them a boat load of money for decades.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Susan Lucci isn’t having any luck finding another job……….I can’t see her being in a funny role…………..I can’t see her playing a comedic role at all…It would be totally out of character for her………………………..It’s like being out in left field……….Totally wrong for Ms. Lucci………

ethel
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ethel

any actor/actress worth their salt can portray any type of role whether it be drama or comedy…………….

barbara t
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barbara t

Susan m, I don’t think she is funny either and it is out of character for her to try to be, I think my buddy, 1loveabcsoaps is right Susan lucci is erika kane, Lets see her do something else as long as it isn’t on abc, I would give it a try.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Sorry I just can’t picture Ms. Lucci in a comedic role…

1lovebcsoaps
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1lovebcsoaps

You got that right, buddy!

1loveabcsoaps

barbara t
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barbara t

SUSAN, SUSAN, SUSAN, You should have ran not walked away from abc/disney,Those idiots canceled 2 classic soaps that still had several years of stories to go, Those greedy bastards thought they were real sharp in ditching the soaps and put garbage shows on for people who cant think for themselves. Now I’m all messed up and I had to change my television habits and that wasn’t easy I miss my soaps. I hope you leave abc/disney like I did stick with army wives and the id channel anything is better then being employed by a RAT.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I like watching Gh a lot lately……………. I read in the ABC soaps digest that Sonny’s new love MIGHT BE Kendall from AMC….It was on the front cover of magazine…Not sure about that …………..I like watching GH & like seeing OLTL cross overs………………If show doesn’t last more than a year I don’t know what I will watch on daytime….Sometimes to fill in the time I watch my DVD movies 0r catch up on the housework…..Without any soaps to watch I don’t know what to do…………Haven’t really figured it all out completely yet….

gloria
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gloria

Susan must just be bored to death with her life without AMC, trying to find all this new work. I mean we don’t see Erika Slezak out pounding the pavement trying to get herself back on tv. And as I’ve said before I’d rather never see Erika Slezak again than to see her doing some trashy show that is unworthy of her. The only thing I can see is her doing theatre or writing a book (I wish!) Gosh wouldn’t we love to see a 500-600 page book with lots of pictures of her entire life story & all those… Read more »

T.S.
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T.S.

Yep.. I think Susan Lucci is very determined to be on another show…. She should take some well rested time off and show up in a year or so…. I’m sure she does not need the money

1lovebcsoaps
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1lovebcsoaps

Exactly. She should go study and try to really embrace a part that doesn’t encompous her being Erica Kane. I loooooveed Susan Lucci back in the day. Loved, loved. But as everyone on here knows me as being, I am going to be honest and fair about things. Susan needs to go away for a year, study, and come back and be rehabilitated from Erica Kane. Perhaps garnering an Emmy nomination in Primetime, being soooo good. Still love her, but tired of her Erica Kane personal in ALL projects she ventures into, including commercials, Dancing w/ The Star’s and even… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I agree with you T.S and Gloria. she should Take a break stop looking so desperate. Gloria, I would love to read a book by Erika Slezak, I miss her so much and hope she wins the emmy, for her, for us the fans, and to shove it down the throats of the greedy abc/disney. And Gloria. thats ok, I go off subject all the time.I am the master at getting carried away with different subjects going on at the same time Makes what you are writing, for me anyway, interesting.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Too bad for all the talented folks involved :'( BUT… ABC STINKS!!! So I’m not surprised. Im boycotting ABC and wouldnt have watched. Maybe a cable network will be smart enough to pick it up and I’ll get to enjoy it too. I think it sounds really good!

Shirley Handy
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Shirley Handy

I can’t believe they are getting rid of the great shows they have on now. Hope they don’t put more news, food and etc shows on at night. I think they will loose all there tv audience. Susan has another show she working on for one of the cable networks. I just can’t believe the shows ABC is getting rid of such as GBC, Cougars (TBS now) and so many more. They must really be losing money and the two night time soaps don’t even sound like they are worth watching. I hate the mob on GH and the only… Read more »

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Such a shame. I’m hoping she’ll guest star on Drop Dead Diva or the Client List in the future. Or make another return appearance to Hot In Cleveland.

Carol Painter
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Carol Painter

I ADMIRE her for speaking THE TRUTH. It took alot of guts, it really did. What abc/disney did to all of those actors/actresses, crew, writers etc..was DISGUSTING. She was one of the few, who put everything on the line to SPEAK OUT. I speak out every chance I get about what Frons, disney /abc has done, and guess what..??I’m banned from posting on all abc boards. DO I CARE?? NO. I will continue to ask everyone to boycott disney. I couldn’t care less then I already do. I hope Disney falls and crumbles, Greed and money hungry wealthy people, who… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Your right carol painter about every thing you said, My problem with Susan Lucci is that she said the fans are not there anymore and we are, she said the same thing the soap killer brian frons said, I was always there and since the announcement of the cancellation of the soaps I have boycotted abc, I like susan lucci but I believe she underestimated the soap fans, we are here and we never went away abc/disney lied about the amount of true fans the soaps had and she should know that.Brian frons isnt the only one responsible for killing… Read more »

Carol Painter
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Carol Painter

Oh I blame all of the head honcho’s at Disney. Hey , Look at how they treated Regis Philben. I watched Live w/Regis for 30 years..Haven’t watched it since Kelly Ripa was rude to clay aiken, when he co -hosted…She has gotten too big for her britches imo..I can’t even believe she was given that show…I honestly haven’t watched it since then..That show WAS REGIS PHILBEN..but couldln’t watch it with her… If Susan Lucci did say that about the fans Not being there…I don’t think she means we aren’t watching.. But in al honesty, I have to say…I was SHOCKED… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I forgot about regis, that’s right they did treat him bad. And I also still miss one life to live I don’t think I will ever get over loosing it, I’ve watched it since the day it began and no other soap will or could take its place.

Carol Painter
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Carol Painter

Oh absolutely, nothing can ever take the place of OLTL, ever..it was THE BEST soap on T.V. THE BEST. Funny, too….miss my David Vickers..and the dog too!ROXY, LOL…

But losing it was soooooo horrible for me..(I really loved it too) that seeing McBain, Starr, TODD, (and hopefully way more to come0 puts a smile on my face, I just love seeing them..(AS THEM) and any way Ron Carlivati can do this for the fans..I am on board!! I’ll take my OLTL anyway I can get it.

Tad
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Tad

I was hoping for a miracle and Devious Maids would be picked up. It has other great actos besides Lucci. I do think Marc Cherry was unwise to have four Latinos as the stars. The series could have had a far wider market with a multicultural approach to the four starring maids. Supposedly it was very well written so I am not sure what happened. To the poster who said Lucci couldn’t do comedy I don’t think are giving her enough credit. She was amazing in Faith and Hope, Saturday Night Live and Hot In Cleveland. I’d love to see… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Oh, the comments here! I think DEVIOUS MAIDS may not have been picked up because of factors other than its quality. (I have not seen the pilot.) The logline and press about the project maid it sound very DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, only from a downstairs point of view. That and the failure of GCB (Sigh!), may have been why the web went other directions in its choices for 2012-2013. MAIDS seems too much of this ilk and ratings showed this is not the time for those kinds of series. And for those commetning on Susan Lucci, well… she is an actress… Read more »

1lovebcsoaps
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1lovebcsoaps

Susan has to allow herself the opportunity. But at least you agree that it would be nice to see Susan do something more than Erica Kane. I have written about this on this board, (while defending her) and her skill, it’s time for Susan to give us more than her beaiuty, and blazzing eyes. We know she’s beautiful, we been looking at her for years now.

See my post about this subject written in a Feb (back log) post, including video of Susan doing her finest work as Erica Kane.

Mo
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Mo

It sounded like it might be a good show. Maybe they can shop it elsewhere. Wonder why it didn’t make it, but then ABC doesn’t have a history of making good decisions.

Rob
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Rob

Maybe ABC wants to get rid of Marc Cherry. He sounds like a real prize.

barbara t
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barbara t

A real prize that likes to slap women.

Tad
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Tad

Sadly while Erika Sleazak is one heck of an actress she isn’t the brand or star of Susan Lucci. OLTL may have had very slighlty higer ratings but AMC had the higher “brand” rating

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

I claim no inside knowledge, but don’t be surprised if DM gets picked up mid-season

Mat
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Mat

They will regret not to pick Devious Maids up! Marc Cherry is one of the best TV shows writer that ABC have nowadays and they choose not to pick it up? Believe me, a lot of this series that they chose will be canceled right after the pilot just like Charlie’s Angels was. And than they will consider Devious Maids. Wait and see.

Jewel
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Jewel

This is a total shame. Apparently ABC doesn’t want any part of the AMC Soap stars. The network needs to think of other people who do not like to watch the “up to date” shows that they think that I in particular would like to watch. I hope the new shows FAIL. ABC should think about what they are doing real hard. I am going to another network immediately if not sooner. All I can say is
DRAT! to ABC for not picking up the show.

Jumps
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Jumps

A mob soap opera? Really? Do NOT count me in on watching that!

Tad
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Tad

First, Devious Maids is rumoured to being considered on LIfetime TV. The main issue will be reducing costs for cable tv. They could do it I think by slighlty reducing the cast. Being innovative and finding sponsors not just for commercial time but perhaps designer clothes, furniture and maybe get a hotel chain to capitalize on the maids theme. I also suggest diversifying the maid cast from Latino and switching them up for an Afro American, Asian and caucasian maid. Second, really try to utilize Susan Lucci and Oritiz who have certain cachet and from all reports despite people saying… 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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