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EXCLUSIVE: 41st Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Presenters Announced!

NATAS has revealed a partial list of presenters for the upcoming 41st Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmy ceremonies to be held on Friday night, June 20th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles!

Set to present from your favorite daytime soaps are: The Young and the Restless Jess Walton (Jill) and Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Lauralee Bell (Christine, a nominee for web series mI promise), Days of our Lives Guy Wilson (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny), One Life to Live’s  Kassie DePaiva (Blair, now Eve on DAYS) and Tuc Watkins (David), General Hospital’s William deVry (Julian) and Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), All My Children’s Eric Nelsen (A.J.) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda), and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) and Don Diamont (Bill).

In addition, the following presenters from daytime programming have been confirmed: The Better Show hosts Rebecca Budig and JD Roberto, This Old House  Kevin O’Connor Richard Trethewey, Roger Cook, Tom Silva, Norm Abrams, America Now Leeza Gibbons, Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band, Sesame Street Leslie Rudolph-Carrara (Abby Caddaby) and David Rudman (Cookie Monster), Green Screen Adventures Jessica Carleton,  Peg + Cat  Hayley Faith Negrin, and Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope  Joseph Rosendo.

Special guest presenters include: June Lockhart and Academy Award winner, George Chakiris.  For soap fans, Lockhart appeared on General Hospital and Chakiris appeared on Santa Barbara and One Life to Live.

So, what do you think of the list of presenters thus far from your favorite soaps for the upcoming 41st Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmys?   Let us know!

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Patrick
Patrick

the first thing that popped out : Eve, from Days of OUR Lives : press it girl… with LOVE

it’s Kassie DePaiva

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Sharon Case should of been in the running best actress lead

alice h rivera
alice h rivera

I think Sharon Case should have been nominated too.

Wendy
Wendy

Sharon Case on YR was snubbed. Not fair

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The Emmy ceremony is two DAYS after the return of Eve! I hope Kassie DePaiva is well received!!! I also hope there will be a big mention of Eileen’s return!!! The STORM is brewing!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*four days after.

su0000
su0000

The great General Hospital is not included.. ”snubbed.
I will not watch, boycott in way I guess is what it is.. So not wasting a nice day on them..
And besides GH would be the only soap I’d really care about..
I will be reading the winners and loser for a month on the boards/sites whichever after anyways,..

Beti
Beti

They weren’t snubbed. Better read the article again 🙂

Harry
Harry

You’re not going to watch, su000? I am sure they will be utterly devastated to learn of your boycott.

su0000
su0000

Harry, I agree!!
The awards will most likely halt until I tune in .. lol

Thing is; these are not soap opera awards, only..
there will a ton of talk and game show stuff I never watch to care about them..
I have never watched B&B or DOOL and no GH to speak of, so that leaves Y&R for what I watch and I won’t sit through hours of talk and game show awards for Y&R….
and I am seriously thinking of dumping Y&R and giving DOOL a try.. Exciting huh..
Anyways.. we will be bombarded with the winning clips and pic etc, so no need for me to sit through it all .. lol
I hope you enjoy it, Harry and that the winners are your picks/likes..
(make pop corn and have a fun watching!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sounds good enough to me…just wish stars from cancelled soaps were included!!!

Linda Tatum
Linda Tatum

I agree with you.

Harry
Harry

Me as well, Jim. I really miss Michael Knight.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I miss him too…i miss amcs Tad the cad, Liza, Jenny, Greg…hell, i miss them all and many other fondly remembered stars from several other long cancelled soaps!

Patrick
Patrick

@JimH

THAT’s a NICE and Lovely thought

I long for the days when ATWT, AW, GL, walked the red carpet and we celebrated with SO much more

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Christina Crawford would be great! Are you familiar with “The Secret Storm”? Her mother stepped in for her when she was on sick leave!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know about Joan Crawford, and The Secret Storm. Former daytime star Jada Rowland started on the show as a young child Amy Ames and was on and off the show til the very end…they never aged her character…she then replaced Carolee Cambell as Carolee Aldrich on The Doctors serial and stayed in the part til the shows end in the early 1980s. For many years The Doctors was a top soap sandwiched between DOOLs and AW!

JC
JC

GH has two presenters like the other show (expect Y&R which has three). GH may of not gotten series, writing, directing but it still has SEVERAL nominations.

Mary SF
Mary SF

They had the third most nominations after Y&R and B&B–but it seems most people only care about the “big” categories—but in the end like I always say, viewers are the winners because we get to enjoy the talents of many people day in and day out.

Vanessa
Vanessa

So pleased to see Guy and Freddie from days up there! I wonder what award they are presenting as neither of them were nominated this year! Its a travesty that Freddie wasn’t nominated this year!

Greta
Greta

Good list. I love Lisa LoCicero, glad she’ll be presenting.

Chris
Chris

Will it be shown on tv this year? At first I heard yes, then no. Anyone know?!

Matthew
Matthew

No. GH getting snubbed didn’t help either.

Dani
Dani

I would have liked to have seen as presenters, Luke Geary, Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott added to the mix.

kay
kay

Will the Daytime Emmy Awards be televised this year?

Matthew
Matthew

No. The show gets such low ratings and with GH being snubbed in the major categories and advertisers worried that GH fans who bring in the advertising demo won’t tune in, no one wants to carry it.

Iakovos
Iakovos

There’s the million dollar question!

Maybe shown online after the fact? How sad the Daytime Emmy Awards have sunk to such low regard.

Kjl
Kjl

Well Guy Wilons acting skills are still not there, guess we can see now how well he does reading off a TelePrompTer.

fran
fran

are these awards televised or something so we can see??

david
david

Be neat for Guy to present the emmy to Chandler. He will probably be presenting another category though.

su0000
su0000

I dunno but sounds very dull to me..
Daytime TV has ALL talk and games show is those emmies from ALL the networks….
there are only 3 just 3 soaps..
I would not care to sit through all the talk and game shows stuff, not at all..
The daytime emmy soap winners videos will be all over soap land after to view ……

good luck to all nominated!!

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Your a very negative person SuOOOOOO

su0000
su0000

Kim.. I’m very positive.. I do not watch game and talk shows nor B&B or DOOL, could give a hoot over Y&R wins to sit through hours of awards for them ..
And- that makes me a time saver! giving me that time for a long peaceful walk 🙂

I will hear about and see clips/videos for GH awards, after.. I will miss nothing .. lol

Harry
Harry

That would be four soaps but who’s counting?

su0000
su0000

LOL thanks Harry!! apparently I was not counting but! you did very well lol .. 🙂

Matthew
Matthew

Fitting that the emmy’s won’t be televised since GH got robbed! Best show on daytime! No question! What a joke. They should just give up on the ceremony. The nomination process is ridiculous! Why do so many actors get snubbed whenever they have a stellar year just to be nominated the following year when the material doesn’t compare to the previous eligibility period? One example would be Kelly Sullivan. Last year she submitted her rape and multiple personality scenes which were phenomenal and got shut out. This year her scenes paled in comparison and she gets the nod. The Emmy’s are DOA. Dump em!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m fine with these presenters for the Creative Arts Emmys on June 20th.However i’m wondering who the presenters will be at the Daytime Emmys on June 22nd.

alice h rivera
alice h rivera

I think Michael Muhney(Adam) of Y&R should have been nominated. Y&R gave him a raw deal. He deserved Best Actor, but wasn’t even nominated. So sad, they fired him just before Christmas, he has a wife and 3 small children. What a Christmas present. He was accused of a few things, non proven or talked about since. He wasn’t even given a fair chance to prove these things wrong. Not to proud of Y&R and there producer.

Tina
Tina

I was hoping Michael Easton and Roger Howarth would present since they weren’t nominated as much as they deserved it. GH and many GH actors were robbed this year! I hope Jason and some of the others win. Mostly, I wish it would get a network to televise it! Step up CBS! You got all the noms and have the most soaps!

Susan Steinmeyer
Susan Steinmeyer

So, I didn’t see where it was going to be televised…..What’s up with that? Am I missing something?

Rapids
Rapids

Years ago the daytime Emmy Awards were a big deal and the soaps were a big deal. The soap awards seem almost meaningless, how can you nominate four shows when there are only four soaps on the air. This event has dropped tremendously in importance over the years.

su0000
su0000

Way I see it;
The 4 soaps will get overshadowed by a slew of talk and game shows emmy nominations from ALL the networks..
The poor soaps are slipped in among them all ..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I partly agree, but in the end these awards began and always were an inside industry way to recognize outstanding work, whether in front or behind the camera. Other industries have such awards, most are not televised or hold any interest for the general public, but I am sure the importance for those who are being honored is still there.
Honestly, I think all award shows should be private affairs over the years they became less and less about the work and more and more about who is attending and what are they wearing— I stopped watching all of them saved the Oscars, my one indulgence, but after this year’s snooze fest I might give up on that one too.

su0000
su0000

The Emmy ceremonies are to be held on Friday night, June 20th !
That gives a network around 35 days days to arrange all the fanfare for it to air, not possible if it will be worth watching..
Thing is;
No Network even wants to air the Day Time Emmies..
Seems it is not worth their time and effort to hold/sponder the emmies..

Barbara
Barbara

I think Sharon Case should have been nominated too. She’s been doing great job!

Jim
Jim

I am excited to see the talented Jessica Carlton of Green Screen Adventures listed among the presenters. She is one to watch in the years ahead.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Gone are the real daytime Emmys, when it was full of clips of the 10 soaps on air. It started becoming a treat to see a clip, or even have a host that had SOMETHING to do with soaps! Now that nobody wanted to air it, they will finally load up on the soap stars to present all the awards, including the two cancelled at same time, & left only 3 & a half soaps? #Toolittletoolate Happy for the stars to shine that night, sad for soap fans. Will NEVER forgive ABC/D!

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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)

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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