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First Look: Alicia Minshew's Return to AMC Next Week! Bianca seen handing Kendall pills!

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Photo Credit: TOLN

Next week, one of the most popular actress ever to appear on All My Children, Alicia Minshew finally makes an appearance  on the revival of the iconic soap as Kendall Hart Slater.

According to Access Hollywood.com, who earlier posted this first look photo of Kendall with her on-screen sister, Eden Riegel (Bianca), the gals will be discussing Kendall’s health issues.   “Bianca thinks Kendall should “reveal the truth,” according to The OnLine Network, “but fans will have to tune in for the July 8 episodes of All My Children to see what happens,” Access Hollywood reports.

Eden Riegel earlier this year shared her excitement at working with her on-screen sis again played by Minshew relating, “She is coming back for a cameo… and I got to work with her… which was just amazing. Staring into her big brown eyes everything came flooding back, like our old relationship and we shared so many intimate scenes together and also we’re very, very close friends so it was a lovely reunion between Bianca and Kendall!”

So AMC fans, what is wrong with Kendall? Are you excited to see Alicia again on the series? Let us know!

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carla
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carla

Im totally excited. It will seem like old times before abc made the worst network decision in the history of television.

lisa
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lisa

Abc made the right decision. amc one life to live went down the tube. people lost intrest. time to have more talk shows and reality. times have changed now. cheaper to have reality shows and talk shows. abc will cancel general hospital some time next year. i know that for a fact. no romour here. its the truth. i have the inside scoop. one life to live really sucks online. it wont last. it will be cancelled yet again. amc will be a goner to.

Karen Sevetino
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Karen Sevetino

You are so wrong! These shows are doing great on line and ABC is the loser!

Lew S
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Lew S

Lisa. this is a forum for soap lovers. From your comments, you don’t seem to have much love for the genre. Why visit this site and spread negativity? If AMC and OLTL are goners, why would Oprah waste money picking them up? Oprah doesn”t waste time or her dough!

Virginia
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Virginia

Lisa, where did you get your inside scoop? Friends with an ABC exec.?? I hope your wrong, about GH. It’s really the only reason I ever watch ABC. I’m sorry to disagree with you, but I don’t think times have really changed that much as far as TV. goes, I think ABC. made a mistake cancelling AMC.& OLTL. But I agree with you OLTL. is not that good right now, but I’ll bet it gets better. The only way ABC. would cancel GH. would be if the ratings went down, and it no longer made them money, and I don’t… Read more »

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

Your real name isnt Brian F. by chance? Well, whatever it is i dont believe you are a soap watcher or a soap fan…i think your on this message board to get true soap fans upset by your comments because if none of these soaps appeal to you,(your totally negative about all these soaps with not one positive word to say about one of them) you wouldnt be watching nor would you be on a soap site.

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

While you are entitled to your opinion. I wish I could remember who you are next year to say NANANA NANA, you are wrong! It’s too bad you only see the negative.

brian
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brian

Just wondering why you bother reading this site and posting comments. if you dislike the shows so much, it amazes me that you waste your time here.

I am not starting a ” verbal war” with you… but do wonder why.

Nancy
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Nancy

Are you a talk show and reality tv junkie. Something is seriously wrong with you.

Joshua
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Joshua

One of the most popular characters ever? PLEASE.

One of the most annoying characters ever. Let’s hope this is her final swan song. I will never forgive or forget how her, Ryan and Greenlee hogged air time for years on end, virtually ruining this once fine show.

Nancy
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Nancy

Are you joking? What a horrible negative thing to say.

dee
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dee

Lisa, Lisa , Lisa GET A LIFE AND STOP HATING THESE SOAPS THESE SOAPS HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SOME TIME SO STOP HATING AND GET A LIFE

carla
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carla

If you are so negative towards the soap genre why are you even on this site in the first place. Enjoy your talk shows while we soapfans enjoy ours.

tony
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tony

You must be a paid plant by house of mouse. Save your negative thoughts and views for a abc board meeting.

Zoe
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Zoe

My. You really are quite illiterate, aren’t you?

christina
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christina

People, this person is lonely and needs attention, can’t you see that. You’re playing right into her hand.

sam
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sam

I agree lisa. general hospital is on its last leg. show is terrible right now. wouldn’t surprise me that general hospital gets cancelled next year. all my children and one life to live will be cancelled sooner than we think. bad storylines and bad writing.

Pat
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Pat

Geez people. It’s July 4, our nation’s birthday. Can’t we all just get along without the juvenile name-calling? Lisa did not insult anyone’s spouse, family, etc. For crying out loud, in the big picture these are just silly TV/internet shows. Many people like them, but many also don’t. Different strokes for different folks. That’s life. Deal with it. It’s a free country, this is a public board, and Lisa is perfectly entitled to her opinion. It’s fine to disagree with her, but she in no way deserves to be so rudely stepped on like this. Shame on all of you!… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

Lisa, I agree 100%. GH is unwatchable and beyond awful right now. Not at all surprised that its ratings are tanking. If it continues like this much longer, I could definitely see ABC canceling it next year. It’s very sad what has happened to this once great soap, especially since it was terrific around the 50th anniversary. The show desperately needs a new head writer before its too late. Enough already with the OLTL 3 as new characters and bring back the vets! What a hot mess. It’s so bad that I can’t help but think that this is being… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

There’s an old saying “don’t argue with an idiot”.

Aria
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Aria

Lisa, Lisa !! Wake up your having one of those dreams again that make u think u know it all, are u ok ? Please don’t forget to take yur medicine .

Kelly Grassmyer
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Kelly Grassmyer

I am very happy to see her back on and hoping she gets back together with Zach!!!! They belong together and make a very cute couple…..They were one of the reasons I watch the show and other then I grew up on the show cause my mom watched all three soaps that were on ABC, I still continue to watch them….

Mary Moore Fergen
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Mary Moore Fergen

I will be very happy to see Alicia play Kendall on AMC again! One thing about the above article: Alicia doesn’t have brown eyes! Oops!

su0000
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su0000

If Alicia Minshew/Kendall is only come back to be sick, that sux big time..
Not a happy occasion..
Hope we don’t have to watch her die………………….. lol

brie
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brie

OMG YES I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR THIS! Now we just need Tad and for both of them to stay longer than a cameo and Im all good.

Sandy
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Sandy

Love, love, love Kendall. Maybe she will come back with anxiety and panic attacks. Please no serious death-bed illness. Now, please bring back Greenlee.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

I agree I hope it is not anything serious I LOVE ZENDALL…But PLEASE NO Greenlee LOL

Chris
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Chris

I am hoping that this cameo is just the beginning and we will see her back permanently. I want to see her and the boys back and I definitely want to see her reunited with Zach.

Bruce
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Bruce

I’m glad it’s just a cameo appearance. I never liked her as Kendall, she was never a good fit.

Beth
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Beth

Great to have her back! I was hoping there was more to the divorce story than we’ve seen. I can’t imagine that she’s back for one day to show us she’s sick and that’s the end of the story. Hopefully this means there’s more to come with her and Zach. Let’s see him clear his name soon and then get back to his wife and kids. More Alicia, please!

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

Cameo is better than nothing…havent watched amc in some time but will watch Kendals(Alicias) appearance. Any chance scenes with Zach?

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Oh god I hope so I love them!!

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

Awesome, can’t wait!

Rebecca
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Rebecca

So nice to see Alicia back! The AMC reboot is terrific and addictive. Keep up the great work, Prospect Park! And thank you, Oprah and OWN!

Carol
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Carol

I am excited to see Kendall, yeah. wish she were not sick??? and back with Zack.. I just wish that everyone stay positive and let PP figure it all out… IT IS all real crazy with all the changes, but give them a brake… be happy we can see AMC and OLTL and hope they go back on TV and bring back more of the org. cast, that would be great… keep it up PP…

Linda
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Linda

I am happy to hear that Alicia will be on AMC it would really be nice if she could stay on.

Lisa
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Lisa

(First, I’m not the OTHER Lisa who seems to hate soaps). SO HAPPY Alicia will be back, even for a cameo! She was always my dear Mom’s favorite, she became my fav also! Hopefully, she’ll be back perm once her other commitments are done. Would also love to see MEK back as Tad. BTW, her beautiful eyes are green, not brown 🙂

Maryanni
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Maryanni

She’s only back for a cameo? That sucks, then don’t even bother!

Elisabeth
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Elisabeth

I miss Kendall so much and an delighted that she’ll be back, even for only one scene right now. I’m very hopeful that we’ll see her again soon, and in a story that reunites her with Zach.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

AMC and OLTL are doing great online, despite people tring to make us think otherwise. Oprah is not trying to help these shows! She’s cashing in on their popularity! With Agnes Nixon in charge of AMC, it is starting to resemble the soap,I was addicted,to,in college in the 90’s. OLTL needs a little work, but it’s still classic soap. I am a huge OLTL fan, but I am def in sport of AMC. Congrats in getting Kendall back!!!

Ash
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Ash

Well, I think AMC is the stronger of the two they are missing some key links Erica Kane first and foremost and perhaps Tad. Without the linchpin Lucci AMC is kind of flat; it is kind of missing something – it isn`t complete but most are glad it is back.

Pav
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Pav

So glad to see AM as Kendall again! Now bring her back permanently and put her back with her husband, TK’s Zach. He really needs her and so do we!

Lily
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Lily

I am so excited to hear that Alicia will be back. I love her and Kendall. I hope this is just a hint that she will be back for good and reunited with Zach. Zach and Kendall are one of my favorite AMC couples ever and I would love to see them together again.

Susan
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Susan

So excited that Alicia will be back as Kendall Hart Slater. Prospect Park needs to sign her to contract and put Kendall back in Zach’s arms where she belongs!! Thanks for the article Michael. Hope this little scene sets up the storyline for a return of Team Slater!!

RED WALKER
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RED WALKER

I WILL BE GLAD TO SEE ALICIA AS KENDALL HART SLATER RETURN BACK ON THE NEW ALL MY CHILDREN !

maisie
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maisie

So glad to see Alicia Minshew coming back as Kendall! Zach and Lea have no chemistry whatsoever, and he seems lost without his family. Zendall needs to reunite!

Lisanne
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Lisanne

I am so excited to see Kendall Hart Slater back on AMC. Zach needs his beloved Kendall, and so does the rebooted AMC because without her, the Kane’s are under represented and the show lacks fire. I hope this cameo is setting up a larger and romantic sl for Zach and Kendall, probably the most romantic and best loved super couple in AMC history.

Johnny
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Johnny

I sort of figured, when I saw the Preview on the “More” Show, that it would only be for a Cameo appearance. It would be nice if some of these characters would come back, the show really REALLY needs them. Need to have Tad back as portrayed by Michael Knight, need to have Erica back as played by Susan Lucci. Some roles, infortunately, just can’t be re-cast so easily. I have been having a hard time accepting the new J.R. Chandler, but in fairness, it would be difficult for any actor to fill the role that Jacob Young added so… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

It is great to see the amazing talented Alicia Minshew back as Kendall Hart Slater! I hope AMC is planning to get her back on the show on a regular basis very soon. Zach needs Kendall, and Kendall needs Zach. I would love to see them finally reunited as they are, for me, the best soap couple,

Marci
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Marci

Regarding “Lisa,” it’s Brian Fons? Too funny. I bet he put in all the bad English so that one one would think of him. Only haters would say all those things, not a loyal fan. What a joke. It’s great to have Alicia (Kendall) back for as long as she can stay.

AJ
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AJ

I stopped watching AMC because they wrote Kendall to be such an idiot and I couldn’t take it.. but the show sure does miss Kendall. It would be a MAJOR boon to get Kendall back, I truly believe she has it in her to carry the show like Lucci did the past 40 years like Viki carries OLTL. The Kendall-Ryan-Greenlee triumvirate always reminded me of the Eric-Adam-Brooke one that carried the show during the 80s at the height of it’s powers. Writing so great on AMC right now.. the show should try to do whatever they can to bring kendall-ryan-greenlee… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

EXCELLENT points – my problem with both new inceptions are the lack of sets – Vicki is seen “having dinner” with Nora….at SHELTER. Really? Does it seem like these two more mature characters would be having dinner at a Dance Bar? Dorian Lord is seen about to have dinner….at SHELTER. Does it seem to any viewer who understands who and what Dorian is that she would be having dinner at SHELTER? The scenes around SHELTER don’t work. When we are in Pine Valley, we have a choice of Jane’s Coffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, an informal dinner, an impromtu business… Read more »

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

I would love to see Viki or Dorian have a dining room, and eat there…some soaps used to have them.

Alda
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Alda

I’m looking forward to seeing Alicia as Kendall Slater again, if only as a cameo. I so miss Alicia’s portrayal of Kendall. Zach needs firey, take no prisoners Kendall back to help him with the bad guys. The one-note FBI agent is sure not doing it for me. Zach and Kendall are a team with their sons, Ian and Spike……Team Slater!!!. The show is just not the same without one of my favorite super couples. Whether fighting or loving these two are soulmates with droves of chemistry. The show also needs the Kane women back. They are a force to… Read more »

Ash
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Ash

I know Alicia is looking for other opportunities; but Susan Lucci you would think would come crawling back – she loved the role, it made her famous and she is probably no too much in demand. Sure she has those little Cable shows – Deadly Affairs – probably not many have heard that and she has a bit part in Devious Maids but she is AMC – I hope she sees the light and returns. (Granted she steals the scenes in Devious Maids; so unErica).

Kate
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Kate

Looking forward to it! It is so hard having only two shows to watch. I sure hope that we get more shows per week in the near future. We really need to get more of the original cast back also. Looking forward to Monday.

elena
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elena

who cares about all my children. i love the new one life to live. they need to cancel all my children. weak story telling and bad acting. im sorry but thats how i feel. i will never watch all my children again. i was a fan. when all my children was on abc. but now its very painful to watch. abc made the right decision in cancelling all my children. one life to live has a very good chance of staying. better acting and good storylines. all my children will be cancelled soon. thats just my honest opinion. i love… Read more »

Elisabeth
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Elisabeth

I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it seems kind of rude to come to an AMC page and say, “who cares about all my children.” Obviously some of us do. I don’t watch OLTL, but I would never go to a OLTL page and complain about the show, and I would never want it to be cancelled. Thank goodness there are plenty of shows for people with varying tastes.

nancy
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nancy

all my children stinks. abc knew the show was done. good for you abc. young and the restless and bold and the beautiful are good soaps. i love the acting and the storylines. all my children will be cancelled again. im happy with my cbs soaps. i love watching the chew. great show. katie couric is terrific. i just adore that woman.

Johnny
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Johnny

I suspect Nancy and Elena are one and the same person, for neither of them can construct a sentence that makes any sense. Yes, you are entitled to your opinion, but of course, that’s all it is, your opinion. Most of us here try to be at least constructive – I will say, and have stated, that the writing needs to show signs of improvement on AMC, and I have said that I wish they would expand their sets to more than just Chandler Mansion and Jane’s Coffee Shop. However, I will also say that the actors are doing the… Read more »

kelly Irons
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kelly Irons

I would have a hard time owning this site only to see some of the rudest self serving comments. It’s a test lol. Anyway I quit reading. I just want to say that I don’t mean to sound ungreatful but a Cameo seems like a teaser. I will watch Alicia because she is Kendall but not sure why the short visit sounds like closure as to why she’s not on board. I was thrilled to see it posted on FB however feeling let down now.

Lanajanelle
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Lanajanelle

Stop complaining. You should be happy that All My Children and One Life to Live are still around. Stop saying what sucked about the shows. It happens. You are not going to like every character or storyline. No one is forcing you to watch. Deal with it and move on. I may not have watched these shows for many years but I can appreciate them. I am actually looking forward to Alicia coming back as Kendall. There are so many characters I would like to see back on the show but I’ll take what I can get. These shows were… Read more »

Maria
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Maria

I am so happy to see Alicia come back as Kendall Slater, I just wish she was staying for good. I miss Zach and Kendall. I would love to see them reunite. I wish Susan Lucci would come back also. For now, I will be happy to see Kendall again.

Maura
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Maura

The only two words I hate to see in connection with Alicia’s return to AMC are “cameo” and “episode”. I’d rather see more of her in multiple episodes, not just one. And to all soap lovers here, just ignore the trolls. There seem to be quite a few of them around and ignoring them will piss them off better than any response you could make.

txbritgal
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txbritgal

Re: Kendall’s health…..I wonder if it has something to do with her heart issues? Her health has been in serious jeopardy, especially since she was injured in the twister while pregnant trying to save Bianca. It also took a hit the entire time she thought Zach dead. I wonder if the health issue is the real reason behind leaving Zach? Maybe in typical Kendall fashion, in her mind to protect him she gave him one reason to pushhim away so he wouldn’t know how ill she is. Does anyone know if Alicia (“Kendall”) may come back for more than just… Read more »

cequita
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cequita

yes i would love to see her back

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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.

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.

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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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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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