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Is James Patrick Stuart About To Bring Villainy To New Heights On General Hospital?

Photo: James Patrick Stuart.com

Photo: James Patrick Stuart.com

Circle you calendars for Friday July 8th. That is when former All My Children villain, James Patrick Stuart (Ex-Will Cortlandt) returns to daytime soaps in his new role.  And that role is turning out to be quite the humdinger!

In this week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest, Stuart revealed that his entrance as mysterious newbie known as “Theo” will be very exciting for soap fans who took to social media in support of the actor when this bit of casting news originally broke. James expressed on his upcoming on-air GH debut: “There were a lot of people who were very generous and I don’t think they are going to be disappointed.  I think they are going to realize that I’m not sneaking in to Port Charles – I’m coming in loud and serious.”

Then came the news Friday from Daytime Confidential saying that their sources are hearing that Stuart is actually coming on board GH as Valentin Cassadine, the role that was originally slated to be Matt Borlenghi’s, who also appeared on AMC.  In 2009, that storyline was scrapped and never got back up on its feet till now.  When reports of the never-before-heard-of Cassadine hit the media 7 years ago, he was being primed as the most evil of the whole clan!

GH has made no official comment or confirmation on Stuart’s role, but all signs indicate that Stuart will turn out to be Valentin. 

So, is James Patrick Stuart about to shake-up Port Charles?  Will Valentin be pure evil?  What is he coming on to the canvas to do?  Is their trouble ahead for Nikolas and Laura? Share your theories in the comment section below!

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Celia
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Celia

Hmmmm. A mean, ole Cassadine? Nathan’s Daddy?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Possibly…they are 16 years apart in age but it could still work…mutter did warn Nate’s father was someone very evil….

Celia
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Celia

Of course it could work, Jimmy, my friend. It’s GH where Nancy G is 10 years older than William deV, yet Alexis is 4 years younger than Julian…LOL.
I can still remember Liesl saying how much worse Nathan’s father was than Victor Cassadine.

Celia
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Celia

We shall see by Dr. O’s reaction when she comes face to face with Valentin if he is, indeed, Nathan’s father.

Shay
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Shay

Now that would be something worth tuning in to see, CeeCeeGirl! “Frankenjelly’s” recent obsession with pushing their latest pet, Hayden—and her so-called backstory—has been such a turnoff for me, I’ve been abstaining from GH for months now….as if Nina, Val, Jordan, Nurse Amy, the sadly-returned Sabs and all the other insipid newbies weren’t already enough to drive me away for good!!! But seeing Doctor O encountering Nathan’s “daddy” ala Valentin would be worth the price of admission, indeed!

Timmm
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Timmm

I just think Valentin is too young to be Nathan’s father. Plus, do you really think Valentin and Lisel had sex? I think Valentin is way out of her league!

Timmm
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Timmm

Cee, will FINALLY get our Valentin! He looks VERY evil. He might make Helena look like a pussy cat!

Celia
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Celia

Tee-hee with delight, my Timmmbo. I hope so! I want a meanie on stage. I wish we could get Faison back as a double treat. He bedevils me in the most hilarious way. Plus, Anders Hove is Nordic—-my people!! LOL.

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm…..Given Dr. O’s terrified reaction to the mention of Nathan’s “real” father, I’ve always surmised that her son was a product of a sexual assault, not a romance. If Valentin was lurking in the shadows of the legitimate Cassadines’ lives, he may have felt a good way to take down Victor was to force himself upon his intended ladylove, Liesl. At least that’s the vibe I’ve sensed from her…this is a woman who doesn’t scare easily, and yet she is obviously totally spooked by the evil truth about Nathan’s paternity.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’ll have to see the proof of his promise to come in “loud and serious.” Hasn’t happened with Bree Williamson. And Laura and Kevin? Just a brief peek on Tue.–why start the Nikolas “story,” the Bree “story” (with Nathan), when the potential is there for the very best actor–Genie Francis is languishing–and Genie–with full contract–twisting in the proverbial wind? Can’t figure TPTB out at all. They let so much slip between their fingers while peppering the screen with so many new characters/actor replacements that we can’t keep up? Bad planning, bad timing–makes for bad “drama” (read “no drama at all”).… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Yes! I hope it is true that Stuart will turn out to be Valentin. I have always wanted to see the man who terrified Helena Cassadine. What would even be better would be the revelation that Valentin killed Helena.

Aria
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Aria

well at least he’s connected to a major family on the show so hopefully Laura will have major airtime. V

Shell
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Shell

True it would be nice to see Laura have more air time. But heaven forbid Laura have something non-Cassidine and non-Luke related to do. (Beecher’s Corners, Campus Disco) I wish they would give her a story line that didn’t involve them or her health. Her character shines best in the stories where Laura was allowed to have a job or a project. As a young woman she worked for ELQ. In her 30’s she had a job she loved. Or at least show her with Kevin more and let it eventually branch into another hospital job for her….anything. If they… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

And maybe Laura will become a stripper for Sonny! Everything you dont want her to do, THATS what she is known for! She will ALWAYS be connected to Luke! If she wasnt she wouldnt be back on the show! I like her and Kevin’s story but the writers just dont know anything they can do to make it interesting! I love Genie but its over!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Your are echoing my sentiments exactly–GIVE GENIE/LAURA SOMETHING TO DO. All of your suggestions are GREAT!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Let the games begin!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Tomas. I like that! Let the games begin.
I bet Valentin is hiding out in Greece, at the Cassadine ‘hold’.

k/kay
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k/kay

Oh my god the man is drop dead gorgeous! Ouch l Lordy I have never seen this man act but God almighty he is drop dead in yourbtracks

k/kay
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k/kay

So good luck to you bud whoa

Celia
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Celia

WOW!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Sorry Cee but the man turns my toes up God he spells sexuality he is just a turn on now can he act? Lol

k/kay
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k/kay

As for Laura that ship sailed their is a issue with her and ABC

k/kay
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k/kay

He reminds me of my husband not a pretty boy just has that sexual thing going on! I like it

Harry
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Harry

Kay he’s also a good actor. He was really good as Will Cortlandt.
Good choice. What do you know about Genie and ABC? Come on, spill!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Kay….I get it !!!!! That’s why I’m “wowing” you. More power to you…you go, girl !!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

forthright is best

LOL

I saw your post and wanted to thank you foremost… that he’s a handsome guy… this thread curled something else

I know… he can act… he was the end result of a big story on AMC… he was a good act on AMC

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Kay….what Harry said….SPILL.
I seem to remember you saying, way back, that your brother-in-law worked at ABC. Was that you, or another poster? Enlighten us!! C’mon, Kay!! LOL.

Shay
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Shay

@k/kay…..Just so they keep him away from Alexis…..he fits her typical “turns up her toes” template, too!!!!

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

He is quite the competent actor. He would’ve, also, been an excellent Julian. Imo. He’ll knock it out of the park. I’ve seen his work before. Mostly prime time gigs.

su0000
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su0000

ok- ”’Is James Patrick Stuart About To Bring Villainy To New Heights On General Hospital?” No. Jean and Shelly are weak writers and could not a ‘villain’ justice. If he is indeed a Cassidine that will be a very good thing, I would like that. But- He can only be as treacherous as the writers can make him and to create a great dark villain can not be done by all writers. Great villains are layered and play in many directions, to keep all on gard. It will be interesting.. (most likely Finns medical dealer or to take over Nikolas… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

All very excellent propositions, su. I really want him to be Nathan’s father. I want Valentin to be an unscrupulous devil, who knows not he has a son.
But, when he finds out that Nathan is his son, he will make a complete transformation.
Oh, yeah! Pipe dreams. LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree Su, can these writers write a good Cassadine villain?

AJQ
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AJQ

Well this is just huge. I mean when you think about what will raise GH ratings and bring GH fans back to the show, first thing that comes to mind is a guy who was on AMC and who played Todd Gack on Seinfeld twenty years ago playing Valentin Cassadine, another new character. I mean it worked so well with Howarth, Stafford, Budig, they have really done wonders for ratings. And of course the recent must return of Michael Easton and that huge fan base of his that just raise GH to another level. Now Todd Gack playing a new… Read more »

Erick
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Erick

Your points are valid but what would raise ratings? I’m not sure anything would do it at this point. It is what it is….

AJQ
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AJQ

GH may be too far gone. But what is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result… Ron is gone a year, ratings are just about the same and Frank continues to bring on new characters and new actors as he tries more and more to make the other failed newbies like Howarth and Budig work. Friz is “huge”, just huge, so much “Buzz” on three soap sites and twitter, the majority of which come from the same handful of posters and accounts and what percentage are accounts associated with GH/ABC, working… Read more »

Sigrid :)
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Sigrid :)

FYI: James Patrick Stewart didn’t portray Todd Gack on Seinfeld. He portrayed a character named Brett. The actor who did portray Todd Gack is named John D’Aquino. 😉

Sigrid :)
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Sigrid :)

Oops! I misspelled James last name……should be Stuart not Stewart. Sorry!!!

AJQ
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AJQ

Wow, my Seinfeld memory is starting to fade. I knew he played the guy Elaine dated who loved Desperado and thought it was Gack. Gack was the guy who kept making bets he knew he would lose to date women.

Timmm
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Timmm

All true but AJQ, this character may be a Cassadine and THAT could make a difference!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes…Valentin-he will cause trouble for Nik and take over Windmere…and he is obsessed with Laura which will also put Kevin’s life in danger and will also reveal he had a child with Laura while she was in mental ward and unbeknownst to Laura-their son is already in PC-the guy who pretends to be interested in Kristina who is really trying to get info on Sonny for his father who is plotting against Sonny to takeover everything Sonny owns including Corinthos coffee-i smell something brewing there-lol….just kidding-lol

Celia
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Celia

Okay, Jimmy. I’ll buy that! It can’t be weirder than Fluke and all his strange trimmings.

Timmm
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Timmm

You miss Tony!

Timmm
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Timmm

Get your butt to L.A.! That is good stuff there Jimmy!

Celia
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Celia

This is said from a professional point of view; regardless of the rumors about him and Genie, that circulate. After all is said and done? I love Genie more. I am so enjoying the bits and pieces of her scenes with Kevin and Spencer….craving for more. LOL.
Talent is talent, and Genie is a powerful talent, as well.

Celia
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Celia

So clever, Jimmy. LOL. I can smell that coffee brewing, myself….with Baileys.
I, also, do smell a rat, though. Christina’s new beau is very iffy to me.

Timmm
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Timmm

And Cee, try snacking with pretzels while drinking your coffee and Baileys!

Aaron is connected to someone who is trying to get inside info on Sonny’s business. Not a bad job with Kristina being included in his “Inside” job! Feel sorry for her, though!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm. Lol. I am sooooo NOT into this guy, Timmmy, that for a sec I didn’t know who you were talking about….forgot his name. I agree, Aaron struck me as a baddie from the get-go. I am starting to really get into Kristina…..I liked the other one much more. But, this girl is starting to win me over. She is really good. I saw her in an episode of LAW AND ORDER:SVU. i hope I am not confusing the show. Nevertheless, her acting moved me….stellar. I feel for her quandary, as well. It is obvious she’s not over Parker. And,… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I think Valentin’s introduction will be an instant success — how could it be anything else coming from the head writing team responsible for such “memorable” plots as Rachel Berlin (daughter of Raymond Berlin, master of the off-camera Ponzi scheme); Claudette, the green-card lovin’ French Canadian; the Weeping Nyad; Valerie walking her beat on third floor pediatrics just in time to arrest Finn; criminal mastermind Julian being stupid enough to believe that his menopausal wife is pregnant; and a two men fighting over Kiki of all people.

Paging Ron Carlivati stat…

Brian
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Brian

I love it lol. Not everything has been bad though. I do prefer Ron’s writing style to the current writers.

Celia
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Celia

Too funny, Alan. Every storyline is flawed with a myriad of inconsistencies.
From what I remember of Greek Mythology, a Nyad or Naiad, is a water nymph….so, it would be fair to say she was always wet….thus, weeping. LOL.
This must be one of the most stupid names ever given to an inanimate object since Naiads are well known to be femmes fatales……perilous, and simply do not cry. I suppose this particular piece was a phenomenon?

Alan
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Alan

Here’s hoping that ridiculous Weeping Nyad doesn’t become GH’s version of Y&R’s Grudgeon Reliquary (anybody remember that mess…?)

Celia
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Celia

@Alan.
Yup…..or that calamitous elephant (DOOL).

Omar
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Omar

Very talented actor and it is great to have the legacy of the Cassadines back..This is probably tie to the Laura storyline which features Kevin, helping find the riddle that Helena left her..Laura and Kevin have great chemistry. Hope they get more screen time!

Most likely the head writers will drop the ball and make this another anti climatic storyline! GH does not “WOW ” anymore like the previous head writer did!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

WE are all hoping for more screen time for Laura and Kevin–but what’s this about ABC and Genie Francis? Are they so small-minded that they can’t let bygones be bygones –if Genie was willing to come back after all they–and TG–put her through–blacklisting her, etc.,–why can’t they give their viewers what they obviously want? Genie is just waiting to break loose and let it rip–I saw it again today as she interacted with “Spencer”–her quizzical expressions and her sparkling smile–and that great laugh of hers. But, alas, TPTB seem determined to extinguish any spark of her original character. Can’t believe… Read more »

Erick
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Erick

Theo was the Balkan’s real name. Thanks, I really wanted to be reminded of that story.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Nathan go meet your new daddy.

Celia
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Celia

Ah, Lou; you think he is Nathan’s Dada, too? I have been saying this for so long now. No one ever pays attention to what I say, though. LOL.
Kidding aside, I don’t feel so ‘alone’ with my views, now.

lou piikes
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lou piikes

Don’t worry Celia I got your back. If he isn’t Nathan’s I’ll buy you a lollipop. Lol

Timmm
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Timmm

You shouldnt say “No One” my little firecracker!

Celia
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Celia

I love watermelon flavor, Lou. Thanks.

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
You’re right, my champion. You’re always there when I need you. XXOO

Belle
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Belle

These ladies are really weak writers. We need strong writers for these soaps!

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

Yes!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m volunteering! Any other takers? Harry, come on! 🙂

curacaoman
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curacaoman

I am sure the story will be underwhelming

Ces
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Ces

lol! I’m with you.

GH1980
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GH1980

Some of these comments really crack me up. Every GH comments section for months, years in some cases, was full of people complaining about how they needed to get rid of Ron Carlivati as head writer, cause he had ruined GH, blah, blah, blah, and all the other nonsense. Now we have people complaining about the current writers, and asking for Carlivati back. What’s next, asking for Bob Guza back? Another guy that people were looking to run off the show for years. You can’t make this stuff up, lol. And then of course if they brought back Carlivati, Guza,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hello, GH1980. I have only been watching for two years. I, among most, am not complaining ……we/I are critiquing. You must be so proud to be a long-time viewer and fan; and, yes, you are so correct…..I have said, myself, many a time that I’ll take all soaps with all their flaws than not have any shows at all. If this forum had been available decades ago, I am sure the same ‘complaining’ as you put it, would have also been going on. ‘Tis human nature to react to what we see. I have been watching soaps with my Gran… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

Thank you for your response. I agree with your sentiments. I think it’s legitimate to critique and I think people on this forum have also been good at saying what they like about he show too.

Celia
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Celia

@Melissa. The thanks should go to you, Melissa. I speak my mind, and I perceive myself as being quite fair when I discuss anything on these sites. Needless to say, it is demoralizing when the few who think to admonish our writing in subtle ways , what they say goes in one ear and out the other. If I am not leaning anything by what they say, they, then there is no point. Obviously, many of us derail but, when it is done with a sense of humor; ‘all is well that ends well’. I appreciate the fact that you… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree GH1980. All critics all the time. Tedious…

Melissa
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Melissa

When Ron first came to GH he saved it. He brought back veterans we all missed; loosened the grip of the mob and reinstated the Nurses Ball. I think most of us were vocal then about what a great job he was doing. But he did go off the rails eventually, especially with the Fluke storyline. The pacing of stories was really off and he brought back two major characters only to kill them off again. Storylines faded for weeks or were dropped all together. But I always appreciated that he revived GH and brought it back from the brink… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Count me in also as a 36+ viewer! And, we are on the same page (of course!) re Genie–agree fully: “if it gets Genie onscreen more, it’s all positive for me” also.
We know a great actress when we see one–and we’ve seen plenty of proof over these 36+ years, haven’t we?

GH1980
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GH1980

Hi Nancy, always good to hear from another longtime viewer! We’ve certainly seen GH through the ups and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve been a huge fan of Genie since the first time I saw her. Such a beautiful, radiant, classy woman, and a great actress on top of it, which she’s shown so many times over the years when given quality material. Sadly, she hasn’t been given much this time around. I’m liking the storyline possibilities of Laura and Kevin together, it’s been wonderful to see Jon Lindstrom back in the fold again, as well.… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That was a very sweet reply GH1980. Thank YOU for being such a pleasant person. 🙂

Rodd
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Rodd

I guess I should be excited. This character could mean more air time for Laura, Nic, Dr. O, and Nathan.

But as I look over the GH canvas of Characters, I’m looking for who the hero in supposed to be in this cast; someone over 35 as the lead.

Aren’t soaps suppose to have a leading man who is the hero? Heck, I’m not even sure who the lead heroine is supposed to be.

And now a definite villain is coming on; yet, another one.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You said it!

janet Byrnes
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janet Byrnes

Every character on this show is a villain. WTH is so different about him ?

The more we complain about the evil mob, now even Anna a killer albeit one who is now in bed with the mob. We get Another evil Cassidine ?

I for one will NOT be coming back to see this. Even Laura couldn’t get me to do that.

Timmm
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Timmm

See ya!

janet Byrnes
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janet Byrnes

bye bye!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Proving my point once again–we beg for Laura–STILL don’t get her–though she has a “contract.” Where’s the logic in that? None whatsoever.

jeremy
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jeremy

Awesome!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

It really amazes me how ungrateful SOME soap fans can be! Not all, but SOME. I mean, here we have this handsome actor who can ACT who may be part of the Cassadines and will draw major front burner talent to the forefront and what do we get here, people threatening to quit watching the show, people bashing the writers or saying how Genie BETTER be involved! If I were a waiter in this restaurant I would QUIT! Kudos to GH1980, who said it best, he or she is just happy GH is still on. Amen!

su0000
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su0000

hey Timmm !
I am luvin him 😉

Tivette
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Tivette

Ditto!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

PREACH.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

The operative word here is “can.” I say prove it.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

The show needs a villain who is a villain while multi layered he still a dastardly villain who is evil. Every character doe not have to have redeeming qualities. It’s been far too long since someone the whole canvas could get together against came to town. Thanks. Bring it on

su0000
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su0000

Valentin Cassadine is the previously unknown son of Mikkos Cassadine and an unknown woman. According to his step-mother, Helena, he is more treacherous than any other Cassadine. He was disowned by Mikkos years ago and hadn’t been heard from since. Helena sought him out thinking she could control him, but she was very wrong.
Helena made a confession to her grandson, Nikolas and Luke that Valentin was a major threat and he wouldn’t stop until he destroyed both the Cassadines and the Spencers.

On July 1, Soap Opera Digest confirmed that he is set to debut on July 8.

Celia
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Celia

So then, su, when Dr. O said Nathan’s father was so much worse than Victor…..the worst, in fact ; do you think she meant Valentin?

su0000
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su0000

Hi Celia..
that is the way it looks..

I really really really hope J&S don’t turn this magnificent Cassidine into a powder puff as they did poor Sonny..(they castrated my Sonny and are carrying his cojones in their purses 🙁 🙁
I hope they can write the dark cassadine evile! put some oomph into the devil himself..LOL

Vicki
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Vicki

Love this new blood if it gets the vets more screen time. This may not be the most popular choice but I would like to see Valentin v Nicholas w Liz mixed in. I will say the writers need to back off this Webber family history redux. While Franco and Liz may be interesting I want Liz and Sam’s story’s away from each other. Enough is enough and if they have Liz w Franco we will have Jason telling Liz he will take Jake away from her.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m waiting for the “ooomph”–been waiting SO very long. 🙂

jen
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jen

That’s the Despardo guy from Seinfield…and Guy from Fraser

Christy
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Christy

Why does he keep being referred to by three names…. like criminals? Ha

I figure he is yet another uncle to nicholas. We’ve already seen his fathef a few times… how many times has he “died” now?

The Nicholas temp reminds me more or one of the AJ replacements in the past. Either way, Nik kissing Ava…. blech

All My Children

‘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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All My Children

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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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.

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