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Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Prospect Park and Investors To Court With Chief Complaint Over The Continuation of All My Children and One Life to Live!

Courtesy/N.Y. Times

Courtesy/N.Y. Times

There is always more to the story, and that would be true for those in front of the camera and behind the scenes who work in, perform in, or produce in soap operas!  News broke today that Jeff Kwatinetz, who spearheaded the online revivals of the canceled ABC soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live is now suing the company he works for Prospect Park and its Boston-based investment group ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV.

According to Deadline.com, “The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not.  Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series.  Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement.  Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there.”

“Kwatinetz is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Jeff Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).”

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So, do you think based on this, Kwatinetz was angling for AMC and OLTL to return (pending that soaps court case with ABC) but his own company and investors wouldn’t back him on the soap projects anymore? What do you think about Jeff taking Prospect Park and ARBY to court?  Weigh-in!

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Marc
Marc

We the fans should spearhead a serious boycott against all prospect park programs (royal pains, Wlfred and others ) until they stop holding our soap operas hostage .

su0000
su0000

Don’t be so bitter..
PP is still fighting..
They have the investments in the soaps, all we needed to was watch, for free..
why would you be so heated malicious………………………….

(((PP is the only hope for the soaps ABC will never again air them and nobody but PP wants them..

clh
clh

Why? They are the ones that tried to save them. It takes money and support to keep them on the air.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I agree. I have nothing but gratitude for PP’s attempt to keep our shows alive. The villains here are the dirty scum (the alphabet network and mouse company) who cancelled the television broadcasts.

peter
peter

Yes, I agree I liked both soaps and I miss them… I furrious with ABC/DISNEY and PROSPECT PARK.. for doing this ABC for the crap that is on now during the day.. and PROSPECT PARK for screwing the soaps

Tom Welles
Tom Welles

It seems to be all about the money…I’m annoyed, and disgusted. I want ALL MY CHILDREN to return, albeit Lord only knows what actors will be available when and if it finally does. Part of me wants the show to continue on-line but I am not crazy about what Prospect Park has done with the show, and certainly not happy with their severe lack of communication. If I had my choice, I’d vote for the show to return to ABC-TV but this time as a half hour program. Unfortunately, it seems doubtful that will happen, but one never knows. I watched every single show on-line (including OLTL as well) and was hoping they would improve, and to a certain extent they both did. They really weren’t given a chance to find their actual ‘footing’ on-line or even time to attract new viewers.
I don’t know what else to think other than to hope that ALL MY CHILDREN can return and One Life as well.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well of course it’a about the money! It’s a business; nobody air shows for humanitarian reasons. I don’t blame Kwatinetz…he’s onboard for the shows revival…but wants to ensure his own employment should the deals permanently fall apart. Why shouldn’t he protect his own legal rights just as any of us would.

clh
clh

It is about money. Nobody is going to pay from their own pockets just to keep them on. It would be really stupid as a business to pay for things yourself with no money coming in. I want them back very badly, but it does have to be cost effective for it to be done.

Tom Welles
Tom Welles

Of course, I realize it’s about money, it’s about turning a profit. But I hate to see the aesthetic value of a project superceded by greed. Part of me wishes that Prospect Park had not gotten involved, even though it was an interesting experiment to try. Since ABC-Daytime is currently not attracting the viewers it once had, surely some of the business execs there must realize that it was a mistake to axe the shows without at least considering experimenting with shortened versions.

Joshua
Joshua

I didn’t like it either.

Who WERE all those sex crazed teenagers???

jenny
jenny

I really don’t care anymore. this is a big mess. amc and one life to live are not coming back. lets just enjoy our 4 soaps right now..

Ellen G.
Ellen G.

Sadly, it would take a miracle to bring them back. I’m especially sad that of the remaining soaps, one I have tried seems to be very poorly done. I cringe when I compare it to the richly- written stories we had on AMC and OLTL. yet, it survives. Go figure.

Janet
Janet

If they were any doubt that AMC and OLTL are done permanently, this article pretty much removed all doubts. This guy is hungry for money and it shows. Clearly his lawsuit against ABC is not going as planned and he is now looking for other ways to get money. This new lawsuit will be a flop just like the one against Disney. And as usual, it’s the fans and the actors that are paying for all this charade.

I’ve come to accept that AMC and OLTL won’t return. PP doesn’t have the money to keep them running and ABC is not interested at all in bringing them back. Anybody who wants to continue believing that the soaps will be back will only end up being hurt and frustrated. But I’m personally done with all this bs with ABC, PP and Kwatinetz. It’s not good for my mental health and I prefer to support the four soaps we still have on the air instead of being bothered with all this nonsense.

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

Well said…i agree…lets move on and support the remaining four we know are still with us…im done with PPs ‘Money Hungery Games’…

David
David

I wonder who Kwatinetz will sue next?

clh
clh

He’s not suing Prospect Park, he is going into court with them to determine what he can and cannot do as a partner with them. He wants the court to spell it out and rightly so. If your interests are not being served as a partner then you have to get legal rulings. He’s only asking for that to be done, not money.

helen
helen

He will sue, richard simmons. lol.

su0000
su0000

It’s over agreements and obligations.
They will figure it out, it will be judged, and the PP will bring the extremely popular soaps to a cable network..

PP is not giving up on the 2 soaps, there are legal agreement matters to attended to and then the 2 soaps will rise again from the ashes 🙂

PP continues the fight!!!

Daisy
Daisy

And Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are real too!

clh
clh

I have to agree with you on this. There is too much interest in this for it to just go away. I believe they will be back on cable tv in 2014.

Annie
Annie

Personally, I would be okay with them combining the two shows and make it an hour show. PV and Llanview are sister cities on opposite sides of the Llantano River. Why not?

Troy Parkins
Troy Parkins

Yes, they should combine the two shows since they are Agnes Nixon
characters and live in Pine Valley and Landview, PA – keep the strongest
characters from both. It would work.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I hope so that PP bring our soaps on cable network.. I was hoping they would have done that from the beginning. I am not getting my hopes up…

Nancy
Nancy

Unfortunately I don’t think AMC and OLTL will be back. They have brought it to the point of no return after all this crap. People (actors) will only take so much and I believe it was pushed to that point.

Kate
Kate

For me, it is over. I miss the ABC version of AMC. I would have liked the PP version if there had been more David and Billy Clyde. Well, actually, more of the vets. We got too much of the newbies and now it is over once again. There really is not much to miss about AMC2 for me. As far as the newbies go, I liked Colby and Cassandra. Aging Miranda and AJ was too unbelievable. Nothing against the actors personally, they just didn’t fit. In my mind AMC is over and I am already moving on. If it comes back, I will be happy and I will watch. If it doesn’t come back, then so be it. AMC will always be my favorite TV show. It brought me countless hours of fun and entertainment. I will still boycott ABC and all talk shows which is easy to do because they are stupid and boring. Good luck to PP, hope they win in court against ABC.

will
will

I can see it now…AMC 3.0- starring the actors who played AJ, Miranda, and the soon to be cast Gabby. No other AMC alums in their right mind would sign on for a 3ed go round with this. Why do you think Debbie Morgan withdrew her name from the Daytime Emmy contest? I knew the show was done when Thorsten signed with another soap and said he had no contract with PP.

Troy Parkins
Troy Parkins

Well IF it comes back, and brother that’s a big IF – fans would have to accept new faces and new characters. Some actors would return (but I don’t think Debbi Morgan would be one of them) and some wouldn’t be available. Actors have to work just like anyone else, but I don’t know how many would board this train again called Prospect Park. If that sounds like I am being harsh and not sensitive to some of the obstacles that PP had to face, I don’t mean it that way. I would love to see ALL MY CHILDREN return, even though right now the possibility of that may appear bleak.

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

Some of AMCs and OLTLs actors have moved on…im doing the same! Also im tired of the ABC boycott by fans…they complan about ABC putting 100s out of work and then turn around and try to do the same by boycotting abc primetime shows? I simply just wont watch the talk shows that replaced the soaps and thats all…besides why not boycott NBC and CBS too for cancelling soaps, especialy CBS who cancelled two:ATWTs,GL, before ABC even cancelled theirs!

Mary SF
Mary SF

When NBC cancelled Another World over ten years ago many said they were going to boycott NBC, I wonder out of all those people how many are still doing it? Networks are not threaten or concerned about boycotts and soap fans are not that large of group to effect their bottom line in the long term, even if everyone single one of them boycotted, which they all won’t. Networks are more concern about internet replacing television are the means of distributing content to the masses. I agree with what you said earlier, lets focus our support for the four soaps still on the air, so we can keep there for as long as possible.

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

I agree with what you said…networks are more concern about the internet than a boycott…by the way i hated how AW ended…ithought that was so corny about a gorilla in love with Cass…my favorite memories of AW in its early years was the Steve, Rachel, Alice love triangle, Iris who was the villian you love to hate and the Mathews family. In its later years i enjoyed Jake and Vicki, Frankie and Cass, and Mathew and Donna!

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

Forgot to say…i only got mad at NBC when they killed of Frankie(but was somewhat happy when the actress returned as her lookalike)…i recently seen the actress who played the part in a commericial…she still looks the same.

Kate
Kate

CBS and NBC did not cancel AMC. I boycott all talk shows because I am supporting the soaps. I boycott ABC because they canceled AMC!

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

I know abc cancelled amc i was just trying to say that a lot of people act as if abc was the only one to cancel a soap! Now i agree with you…boycott the talk shows in daytime that replace the soaps…but support the primetime shows that have nothing to do with it…

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

I know abc cancelled amc, i was just pointing out the other two networks did the same… i agree just boycott daytime talk shows but not primetime series that have nothing to do with it…

Rapids
Rapids

The prospect Park soap opera is becoming more and more repulsive. Investors do not want to put another dollar into the soaps, what more can die hard soap fans spin about these failed online shows? No wonder Debbie Morgan distanced herself. This guy also dissed Susan Lucci a couple years ago blaming her for the failure to launch the online version. No wonder Michael E Knight passed on the show. I just hope any remaining die hard fans stop the spin.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I hate to say it but it looks like AMC and OLTL are done. Even in a Version 3.0, the whole mess leaves me cold and happy enough to remember and embrace the 40+ years we had with these legacy programs. A real shame. Neithe rprogram was ready for pasture, evidenced by the amount of litigation. Wish ABC had just thought to pare back its programs to 30 ,mintues each again, or had them share a time slot — as Prospect Park did for most of the reboots’ runs — instead of cancelling them without much mercy. I know entertainment and contemporary culture evolves, but that can happen without “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”

Let’s champion the four remainign programs and hope a renaissance of the daytime drama is in our future.

Troy Parkins
Troy Parkins

I too wish that ABC-TV had simply trimmed down ALL MY CHILDREN to a half hour, and trimmed down the budget. I feel they didn’t do anything to salvage either AMC or OLTL by experimenting with different models. As for Prospect Park, well, I don’t know what to say at this point. If they manage to bring back AMC, which seems doubtful, how many of the seasoned, more mature actors would be willing to come aboard?

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Unfortunately I’d have to say that only one of the four remaining programs is currently worth championing. I realize that there is a lot of pressure, but I get tired of the same mistakes being made over and over–they never seem to learn from them. There will be no soap renaissance unless the surviving ones start telling stories worth watching.

brigid
brigid

i think this whole thing was a scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: Getty Images

Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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