Connect with us

All My Children

Michael E. Knight Chats His Y&R Crafty Doctor Turn, Chuck Pratt Jr. & Why He Wasn't Part Of Prospect Park's Reboot Of AMC!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

Michael E. Knight is beloved and iconic for his role as Tad Martin on the now defunct All My Children.  The actor has not appeared on a daytime drama series since the series was canned by ABC, but now Knight is ready to take on daytime again.  It begins with his recurring role as Dr. Spencer Neville on The Young and the Restless.  Knight will first pop up on the canvas on the October 15th episode of the number one sudser.

Just how does he come on to the show?  In a new interview with TV Insider, we learn that Knight will play a not-so-up-and-up neurologist who is hired by Neil Winters and has become somewhat unhinged after kidnapping his ex-wife Hilary (Mishael Morgan) as part of his payback to her and his “son”, Devon (Bryton James).

Michael also weighed-in on what brought him to Y&R, working with Chuck Pratt Jr. again, (even though many feel Pratt was responsible for the ultimate tanking of All My Children), and why he did not partake with other longtime cast members in Prospect Park’s attempt to revive the series.

Here are a few interesting excerpts from Knight’s conversation below!

Knight on his new Y&R character …  Dr. Neville:  “He’s very cool, kind of eccentric and a rule breaker. And hilarious, though he doesn’t mean to be. He makes no apologies for being brilliant and always thinks he has the highest IQ in the room. He’s here to keep the (Hilary) situation under wraps. And that’s all I’m allowed to tell you… he says, twirling his mustache.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Knight on Chuck Pratt Jr.’s tenure as head writer of All My Children:  “I don’t think Chuck was given a fair shot at AMC. I suspect he got his marching orders from Brian Frons, who only wanted the under 35 audience. Chuck had to turn AMC, which was moving very slowly, into a show that demanded your full attention, not something you could half-watch while you were making a ham sandwich. He really had to mix it up. But he was only there for what, seven months? I think he’s a funny, progressive guy. And hey, Y&R is doing pretty well under him!”

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

Knight on why he did not participate in Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children: “That was happening at a really rough time in my life, what with my divorce (from One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland), and selling our house in New York and moving to L.A. with the show. When it was cancelled and got picked up [online], I just couldn’t keep following the show as it moved back and forth across the country. I was stressed out. I needed to step back from AMC, from everything. It took me two years to relax and start breathing deeply and just let life be.”

So what do you think about Michael’s upcoming role on Y&R?  Do you think it will fun to watch him not be such an upstanding guy, and have him get mixed up in Neil’s storyline?  What did you think about his thought on Chuck Pratt’s time at AMC … was the head scribe indeed unfairly judged?  And, are you sad that Michael was not a part of the Prospect Park reboot … or do you feel he sidestepped a bad situation for him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Click to comment
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

avatar
su0000
su0000

ohh gee
I can not have an opinion about Michael E. Knight and his role as Dr. Spencer Neville.
((can’t have an opinion until I see him as Spencer in his role as a doctor to have an opinion..
nonetheless; I like looking at him 😉

Harry
Harry

Looking up the term “passive aggressive” in the dictionary and it reads,”See su000.”
Speaking of whom, su000, it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable to express an opinion about Michael Knight’s return to daytime. Are you happy? Excited? What do you hope they do with his character?

su0000
su0000

Dear Harry,,
I have no opinion about his coming to Y&R, I am not familiar with him.
So- I am not excited or happy, and no hopes about what is done with his doctor role..
I will have an opinion after his appearance goes into the 3rd week as to if he can excite me and make me happy .
(I like looking at him lol

My neighbour, the soap lifer, told me of Tad being a bad boy with the girls and a trouble maker, that I like, so I will ”hope” he still will be a bad boy.. ok? 🙂

Dylan
Dylan

As long as he is violent, evil, and a sociopath, and murders people, Su will like him.

su0000
su0000

Dylan..
geeezuz, you stating I’d like him to be- ”violent, evil, and a sociopath, and murders” …. lol c’mon.

I clearly said what I’d like him to be’
quote me
;; Tad being a bad boy with the girls and a trouble maker, that I like, so I will ”hope” he still will be a bad boy.;;

yup- That ^^ is what I’d like him be, for a starter..
(not a violent, evil, sociopath, murder <– but that does have merit 😉
as long as he is hotly intriguing, I'll be luvin' the handsome guy heh..

what do you want him to be; a Hollyman Doctor. LOL
or a poor suffering love struck sap ?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I look very much to Michael’s debut on Y&R and I completely can understand why he did not join the online reboot of AMC, which ultimately was handled very poorly.

Jonboy
Jonboy

Susan Lucci doesn’t seem to think so.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Susan Lucci is on her last Olive Oyl leg.

Harry
Harry

Seeing his beautiful eyes and endearing smile makes me feel like I am seeing a long lost and beloved brother. I heart Michael Knight.
But Mr. Pratt? Yeah, I am talking to you, buddy. Please do NOT make his character a one dimensional bad guy who is written into a corner. I beg of you. You will get a lot of viewers tunning into Y&R just to see Michael, and they do NOT want to see him twirling his mustache. This I know for sure. Leave that antic to the real Mustache.
Michael’s humanity always shines through making him a deeply flawed, complex and yet beloved ,character. Please write accordingly–I beg of you.

Margie
Margie

ICAM. I want him to be a badass with a heart.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, Margie….you want him to be Thad, the cad? I second what Harry said.

su0000
su0000

hmm dunno about him still being a ”cad”
cad
kad/Submit
a man who behaves dishonorably, especially toward a woman.
((lookin’ good ^^^ 😉

He was born 1959, 56 yrs old..
I hope they will not mellow him out and they will keep his boyish reputation as a cad strong and going!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Su….sort of Like Morgan Corinthos; bedding both mother and daughter. Let’s not hope for a repeat. There’s enough let’s-keep-it-in-the-family-bed-hopping on Y&R.

Vicki
Vicki

Can we make it so he stays and some of the characters we dislike go? LOL….I would trade Michael Knight for Hilary/Devon/Sage/Joe/Abby/Summer/Kevin/Colin/Luca/Marisa-I wish they would get back to REAL storytelling. Let Days be the show with the outlandish plots (LIKE the days of James Reilly) and Y & R get back to good old-fashioned romance and plots that don’t wreck characters legacies.

Vicki Black
Vicki Black

I am thrilled that Michael will be back in the Biz. He has always been one of my favorite actors and has a wide range. Absolutely can’t wait! As for AMC cancellation, I believe that the suits a ABC had made up their mind long before Pratt came into the picture. He did the best he could with an ax hanging over his head. He landed on his feet and is doing a great job at Y&R.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Vicki, I agree with you about the suits at the alphabet network. They wanted out of the daytime drama business and did everything they needed to do to make that happen. I’m shocked that GH has remained on the air.

I definitely feel that Chuck Pratt is a bringing much needed fresh air to Y&R.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I can definitely relate to Michael’s feeling of needing a break after experiencing so much all at once. I’m going through a rough patch right now and I literally just needed to take break from everything for a few months just to regroup. I wish him all the best and I’m glad he seems to be getting his life back on track with his new job.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Wishing you the best too TNT.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

Thank you so much! That means alot to me 🙂

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

[As I posted earlier on another newsfeed heralding the second-coming of Pratt/Phelps: popularity is not a sign of quality.] >:-(

Just because people have their sets on doesn’t mean they are not screaming at the tv, bemoaning the fact that the decades of investment they’ve made in this show is FOR NAUGHT. Together this team GUTTED a show beloved and revered for 42+ yrs and have turned-it into something totally different: flipping-the-bird to anyone who dares question their motives or execution. This sort of self-serving arrogance didn’t serve Frons, Bloom, Goutman or Wheeler well either; what have any of THEM done lately?! :/ (Beware Pratt/Phelps: you are destined to repeat the same path, but you’ll be in good company at the “McTavish Home for Daytime Destroyers”!) 😛

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks for sharing this, Mr. Fairman. I’m really looking forward to seeing MEK’s work. I’m a longtime fan. Glad he’s back in the game.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Same here. I love MEK also I just hope the writers will do him justice. It took Tad forever to get to redemption. I don’t want the new character to take the same route. I only wish he will be a stand-up guy. No Liza Colbys or Marians anywhere, please.

Beth
Beth

I adore MEK and was a huge AMC fan. I’m happy he’s landed on Y&R for however long his role lasts. It’ll be good to see him do something a little different on a different show. I agree with him that the majority of the blame for AMC’s cancellation goes with Brian Frons for a bunch of reasons. He hired the wrong people to produce the show, write the show, and in the case of certain actors, “save” the show. I blame ABC and its execs. Pratt’s writing helped push the boulder down the hill, but I don’t think he’s the one who buried AMC.

However, MEK is wrong about how long Pratt was the HW at AMC. Pratt was there for at least 18 months, which is plenty of time to write out-of-character stories and stunts (like tornados and Stuart’s murder) rather than character-driven story, and to hire his pets (Jamie Luner, Tamara Braun) and make them front-burner 24/7, regardless of whether the audience wanted to see a vastly different Liza Colby, or a newbie like Reese Williams, all the time. (I’m a big fan of Tamara Braun, but the writing for her did her no favors on AMC.) He wrote the Bianca/Reese love story mostly off-camera and then told the audience to just accept that theirs was a great love. He force-fed Liza Colby on viewers and wrote the former ice queen as the Queen of Hearts and the second coming to Clarence Darrow, regardless of the fact that Marcy Walker’s Liza was a media mogul and business exec, and had never expressed any interest in being a lawyer. Women were always victims or tramps. Pratt’s first script aired in late August 2008 and his last aired around February/March 2010, when AMC was already in L.A. That’s the time frame when a tremendous amount of damage was done. But I get where MEK is coming from. He is happy to be working and he won’t bite the hand that’s feeding him.

As for Prospect Park, it’s a shame he couldn’t be on its version of AMC, but he wasn’t alone, and ultimately AMC suffered because it didn’t look like the AMC I’d known and loved. I prefer to pretend that PP’s AMC never happened because without Tad, Erica, Kendall (full time), and other residents of PV, it wasn’t AMC to me.

sheryl
sheryl

I love Michael in any role . he is a terrific actor and he is a great person , I wish him lots of good luck and I know he will be a great asset to the show . He has a great personality and I can’t wait to see him again.

Rebecca Zertuche
Rebecca Zertuche

When Michael first came onto AMC, he wasn’t squeaky clean. His character eventually grew up, but he always had that mischievous twinkle in his eye. I look forward to seeing him again. Prospect Park didn’t know what to do with AMC or OLTL, he was well out of it, though he was missed.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

He’s playing a character who has the same name as actor Spencer Neville who played Derrick on DAYS.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I thought it was perhaps a misprint at first. What a coincidence.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Maybe Chuck Pratt is a fan of DAYS. He should just stay at Y&R because Josh Griffith is doing a fine job writing DAYS.

Dee
Dee

I think Michael Knight was an excellent actor, funny and interesting.. I am so glad to see him on another soap.. I guess I will have to start watching Y&R, thou that show need to a lot of improvement. Bores me to watch.

dolores
dolores

Enjoyed Michael on AMC for YEARS; a great actor – looking forward to seeing his return to the soap-world. At Y & R I wish him well. Glad he did not try the Prospect Park reboot – it was a fiasco! They destroyed the characters and disrespected the older characters. He has more class than the Prospect Park Reboot, glad he took time off to heal. Will tune into Y & R now!

susan crovo
susan crovo

I just glad he is back any soap he is great actor Weiss welcome Michael to yr way to go

Timmm
Timmm

He seems like a real cut up and I cannot wait for his arrival. Seems like it could go contract? I hope him and Ashley hookup and Stitch is left all alone with his stethoscope in his hand!. He is talented and grateful. Nancy Lee Grahn are you reading this? Grateful to have a JOB! Welcome Michael.

Cathy Phillips
Cathy Phillips

I will have to watch. I so wanted him to appear on Prime Time or GH. I love MEK. He has sense. I hope the writers remove the real bad character and allow the funny, sensitive and sometimes hard guy to appear. He can do it all. Please give him the opportunity. I fear real bad guys don’t always stay on soaps.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know what you mean, Cathy. I was always so happy to see him on AMC…..he lit up my screen.
This new role of his does not seem too promising as being a squeaky-clean character. There must be something shady in his background for him to agree to be hired by Neil ( on the hush-hush, I take it). It also seems that Dr. Neville can be bought…another black mark on his not-so-stellar reputation. Obviously, he will be treating Hilary until Mishael returns from maternity leave.
If the good doctor/Tad is banned from practicing medicine ( just an assumption), I hope his license was revoked on a technicality. I want Michael to be a good guy too, Cathy. I want this character to have longevity on the show.

LOL. I went to High School ( boarding school ) with a girl named Cathy Phillips…..my heart skipped a beat when I saw your name, Cathy. Wouldn’t it be something if you were she?

elm51
elm51

i so love michael e knight – i can not wait to see him back in a daytime drama – i know he will do well

Nanci
Nanci

So this means Hilary will still be lying motionless in the boathouse
into mid-October (at least)? Til Michael’s character comes onboard
to be in cahoots with Neil…ugh.

JUDY
JUDY

GOOD ACTOR..I ONLY HOPE THEY WRITE A GREAT STORY AND HE WILL BE ON THE CANVAS FOR A LONG TIME……THEY MADE SUCH A MISTAKE WITH MAURA WEST….

su0000
su0000

Y&R brought in; Jesse and Angie Hubbard (Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan)
there ^^ is talent..
They made Debbie a hillbilly drug addict/horrible character lol and Darnel, rarely seen physical therapist.
Also.. wasting Tristan Rogers..

Y&R, if one is not a Newman or an Abbott, or connected to them, then the those characters are short lived or in the background.

Only reason SB/Dylan made it up front is because he was made a Newman via Nikki and siblings.

JUDY
JUDY

AGREE 100%…THEY WASTED SOOOO MANY GOOD ACTORS!

Timmm
Timmm

I liked Darnell. I like Tristan. They just dont know what to do with them. One is gone and the other shouldnt be far behind. GH could really use Tristan. Robert can retake his commissioners job and light a fire under Dumbte and Detective ABS and fire Valerie!

k/kay
k/kay

He should have went over to b&b nhe would have made a great Stephanie Forrester recast!

Regina Kilgore
Regina Kilgore

Hehehehehehehe

Regina Kilgore
Regina Kilgore

I think it’s pretty sneaky of Pratt and Phelps to pull in another one of their “old” friends into the show. I suspect he will have a lot of scenes, we’ll see if they are good or not, and take up a bunch of air dragging this stupid storyline out some more.

Rapids
Rapids

I’m anxious to see how he looks after four years. I worried about his health based on his appearance the last years of AMC.
I’m glad he bypassed the stupid prospect park revival, he was smart not to bother and probably knew it would fail. Prospect park had no money.

Thomas Jenkins
Thomas Jenkins

It is understandable that Michael couldn’t keep running back and forth from the West coast to the East coast because the show was picked up in Connecticut for that “not so great” re-boot by Prospect Park. They ended the show leading us to believe that Michael would come back as Tad Martin. I really thought Prospect Park handled the whole thing in a dreadful, disrespectful way towards both fans and actors involved. Some days, I still cling to the thought that someone will bring the characters of Pine Valley back to life, but as months go by, I realize there’s a very slim chance of that ever occurring. Best of luck to Michael Knight in his new role.

EDNA BAREFOOT
EDNA BAREFOOT

HI MICHAEL, MICHAEL KNIGHT CAN PLAY ANY PART & MAKW IT RIGHT. HE CAN BE FUNNY & SERIOUS TOGETHER. M. KNIGHT IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT GIRL HE GOES AFTER. THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE MICHAEL–LATER

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.

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.

READ MORE
WATCH: 'The Longest Days of our Lives' Quarantine Soap Spoof With Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell

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.

READ MORE
All My Children Cast Reunites For #UnitedAtHome Series In Week-Long Event

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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: HutchinsPhoto

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.

Photo: JPI

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)

Photo: JPI

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.

Continue Reading

All My Children

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.

READ MORE
Y&R's Eileen Davidson, Knots' Donna Mills & GH's Laura Wright Talk On Life in the Soaps
Continue Reading

All My Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

READ MORE
Finola Hughes On Her 35th Anniversary as GH's Anna Devane Shares With Fans: "Thank You For Embracing Anna's Badassery"
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

It’s “Villains Week” on Y&R an that means some Sheila Carter, David Kimball, and Isabella Brana, Check out the promo from CBS Daytime here.  Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Steve Burton as Jason & Maurice Benard as Sonny

General Hospital

Airdate: 5-19/20-2020

Advertisement

Popular