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N.Y. Times Report: Prospect Park Own The Rights To General Hospital If ABC Cancels It!

In a brand new article out today from the New York Times on tomorrow’s premiere episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live, the piece speaks with Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz about the journey he and his company have taken to get the reboots of the two shows off the ground and running, and the production model they have implemented that changes the face of soap opera production in a new medium.

One of the more interesting notes from the NY times piece, was when it related about the recent lawsuit filed by Prospect Park on ABC for $25 million dollars in regards to, in part, the issues they faced with the reboot of One Life to Live and the misuse of characters.  NY Times stated, “Meantime, the companies remain in business together, since Prospect Park is paying an $8.5 million annual license fee for the shows and ABC will share in any profits made by One Life to Live. Prospect Park also owns the rights to General Hospital in case ABC ends that one, too. ”

In regards to how production costs size up, the NY Times revealed,  “On ABC the soaps had an hourlong format — roughly 40 minutes of storytelling, 20 minutes of commercials. Each episode cost about $175,000 to produce. Prospect Park has cut that down to about $80,000, partly by switching to a half-hour format, with 25 minutes of story. Paying actors a weekly rate, rather than per performance, and filming both soaps at the same studio in Connecticut, which provides a 30 percent tax incentive to producers, has also helped pare costs.”

Andy Forssell, the acting chief executive of Hulu who will run daily episodes of AMC and OLTL on his platform stated, “The gold standard online is the combination of a passionate, engaged fan and a show they love and want to watch day after day. That combination means great results for viewers, content owners and advertisers. You can’t find a better example of this than All My Children and One Life To Live.

So soap fans, what do you think of the shocking news to some that Prospect Park owns the licensing rights to GH should ABC decide to cancel the 50 year old series?  What do you think about how Prospect Park has cut down production costs for their half-hour versions of the new OLTL and AMC?  Weigh-in!

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Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

WOW!!! NOW you GH fan should REALLY WORRY!!!

Dee
Dee

This GH is not worried at all 🙂

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

well, That’s because OLTL people are on GH!!! Todd, McBain , Star…!! That show is 200% with them on it…they will be back may10th…as different people (Characters) though…that should be interesting…and you also get Ron Carlivati, and Frank Velentini..A great team…

loveloveTSJ
loveloveTSJ

Different characters, that’s going to be really weird. Something we’ll all get used to though. The One Life episodes are also a little different too in the way we watch, and in the storyline and characters. But we’ll get used to that too. Great concept to be able to watch online or Hulu. I’ve subscribed to Hulu Plus just to watch One Life.

Elisa
Elisa

Nope. OLD news. This was worked out at the same time the original deal with OLTL/AMC was achieved.

aria
aria

i’m not surprise, GH has more value then amc and oltl put together, so when Abc was trying to get rid of their soaps,and pp came in an bought it i’m sure they wanted GH if abc was willing to cancel it, give credit to abc for first dumping its two least valuable soaps to test the waters if you will and , for being smart enough for now for keeping GH, even if pp didn’t have that deal, i’m sure GH would of been picked up by another network unless abc was to greedy to sell it to anyone.

Jen
Jen

give it time abc will cancel GH ratings were going up but there back down

vicki
vicki

Sorry but OLTL had much higher ratings than GH for several years.GH may have had more value because it was more expensive to produce, but the value for viewership has been going down. I will bet ABC will cancel this show soon. ABC is not seeing the return on these soaps, so they will cancel. In fact, I just read that this network in its entirety is losing their ad revenues year after year.

Keith
Keith

I AM shocked. The NYT says 40 minutes of programming. Who are they trying to kid? I have recorded it for 10 years and if they are over 35/36 minutes, I’d be shocked. 😉

Jake R.
Jake R.

i “dump” episodes of “GH” from my DVR to my VCR and edit out the commercials. An hour of that soap ends up using about 37 and a half minutes of tape time.

Kim
Kim

Im not worried and really dont care! But im still going to watch the best soap anyhere…GH. And if it does get cancelled, i doubt certain actors would move to Conneticut! PP would most likely have to open up a California studio…most actors on GH are California based and i doubt many would uproot and start over! Some might but not all!

Ava
Ava

Not worried because this is old news. It was revealed when OLTL and AMC were originally cancelled. As a matter of fact, way back then, it was revealed that PP originally wanted GH and OLTL (not AMC). It has been well known for two years that of GH is cancelled, PP will get it. That’s why many of us feel that PP waas trying to sabotage GH when they were trying to have creative control over the characters and when they later decided to sue ABC. Now that the two shows have premiered, I have to say I’m not impressed with the writing and direction of OLTL. Perhaps PP should concentrate more on the quality of it’s own shows than on GH. For all of you who snarkily wish for GH’S cancellation, worry about your shows. If the viewers are not there, your shows will be cancelled too.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

WHAT???? NO WAY,PP get your own way with 2 good soap shows. We want to keep our favorite soap on TV to stay there. Who tried to kid us about PP want GH so bad?
ABC,don’t canel that show, they tired to rob u out

boes
boes

ABC tried to rob PP? Seriously? ABC has trashed all three of their soaps – GH included – and trashed the fans big time. They have treated everyone involved with all three shows very badly. They’re only hanging on to GH right now because they have nothing to replace it with, and even more importantly, because they are embarrassed that the two shows they treated so cavalierly are coming back.
Don’t waste one second of sympathy on ABC. They’ll cancel GH without giving the actors, the crew, or the fans one second of consideration the minute they decide it’s in their best interests to do so.
And if I were you, I’d thank my lucky stars that there was an entity waiting in the background to pick up GH if and when ABC kills it.
Because kill it, they will.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

Abc would be a fool to cancel now when they are in the hot seat and people are not happy with the lineup. everybody should know by now.

robin fletcher
robin fletcher

Exactly, boes. EXACT-LY!

Torrey
Torrey

Amen boes!!!!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

BRAVO BOES!!!! Completely totally agree! Once they see AMC & OLTL take off they will Kill off GH in a heartbeat!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I have to agree with you boes. I don’t trust the swine at the alphabet network for a second.

Scott
Scott

HAHAHA
I figured as much!

vik
vik

Exactly, ABC was going to cancel all of thier soaps including GH, until they saw what they replaced them [amc OLTL] with,and how no one who watched soaps was watching the spew or that other show I cant even remember the name of now. So they kept GH on. BUT for how long? And when they do cancel it eventually, PP will be there to pick it up. GH fans better hope for that! Or no soap at all.

susan gresham
susan gresham

I have come to hate ABC,when a show works for 50yrs,why would you kill it?

Anthony
Anthony

ABC is making 8.5 million off of AMC and OLTL without doing a thing! I’m sure the filthy ABC scum could get another 5-6 million for GH. Why not cancel it and sit back and earn approx. 15 million, in addition to any profits made off of the 3 shows, without breaking a sweat. While PP does all the work, the ABC boys need do nothing more than sit back and scratch their sacks.

Liz Denham
Liz Denham

GH fans should be glad that they won’t have to wait 1-2 years for their show to come back if it gets cancelled. It would behoove them to support AMC & OLTL on PP to ensure GH’s continuity. Afterall, GH was headed for the dumper until AMC/OLTL Fans pulled it from the brink. We supported ALL the soaps after we were treated so badly by ABC because we didn’t want other fans to lose their shows like we did. We also were (and still are) trying to keep the entire genre from disappearing. If online is the only future for our soaps, then we need to stand together and support it and each other. Not make snarky comments to each other. We have ABC trolls to do that.

Stephen Parker
Stephen Parker

ABC has shown absolutely no respect for the soap genre whatsoever. The plug was pulled on OLTL coldly and cruelly when it was soaring in the ratings. The last week of production, cast members of OLTL were ordered to remove all personal belongings from the ABC production premises in a gesture that basically said “Get the hell out!” The news that Prospect Park has dibs on GH in the event of cancellation is miraculous news. It assures each and every fan that GH is protected from any treachery ABC may invoke.

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

EXACTLY. Well said. PP is trying to SAVE these programs. ALL, GH included…so when abc, Canc GH, PP will be there to put it on HULU! What ABC /disney did to the SETS, and the way theu treated the actors, crew etc..is DISGUSTING. I still to this day BOYCOTT ALL OF DISNEY/ABC, except for GREYS, CASTLE, Body of proof, and GH…period. I will support all night SOAPS/shows…nothing else. ever.

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

Also, I watched TODAY!! YEA!! I Love that they are back….!! things are different, but I am going to support and watch…as they are going to be great!
David vickers, and his chipmunk tatoo live!! LOL Funny stuff!

Rita
Rita

I just watched OLTL and AMC and they were great! What I liked was that HULU put GH on next, so you can watch all 3 by just selecting OLTL. It would be nice if it was on TV, but HULU has a decent size screen, and it wasn’t bad. I like this better because I can watch when I want to and have the time without having to record them. I still like to watch the evening news on ABC, but I avoid them the rest of the time. I think ABC still plans to cancel GH, just trying to cover their hiney right now after the backlash from the cancelation of OLTL and AMC. Atleast I can watch GH on HULU and don’t have to watch ABC. Great work PP and HULU! Happy soaper!!!!!!!!

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

I do see it on my TV, I have hulu plus, and my samsung blue ray player…I see it right on TV! And If I travel I can see it on my I pad, or laptop too…anytime, anywhere!! it is Great!

KateK
KateK

It means nothing to me. I don’t care if PP pickups GH, if ABC cancels it, cuz I won’t watch. I already see the way PP has changed OLTL & AMC. If I want to watch a vamped up show Ill watch Skinamax or a turn on a teen drama, cuz thats what PP turned our beloved shows into.

Jim
Jim

Katie, don’t you think you should actually watch an episode before you render judgement? Right now you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

John Donaldson
John Donaldson

I watched all the shows so far. I would prefer if they never came back. I still watch because Im waiting for a miracle I guess.

Scott
Scott

How was the premiere sorry you had such a HORRID time!!!!!!!!(Sarcasm)

boes
boes

How on EARTH do you know what OLTL and AMC have changed into IF YOU HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN IT YET?
The folks who jump to conclusions based on absolutely NOTHING have me completely stumped. I guess these are same people who decide what something tastes like without eating it, decides what something smells like without smelling it, decides what something feels like without touching it.

I doubt the phrase “beloved shows” has any real meaning when you turn your back on them before they even begin.
Maybe, finally, the genre can rid itself of this type of “fan”.

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

Love your post Boes!!

Evan
Evan

The premiere episodes of AMC and OLTL were amazing!!!!!

Kim
Kim

I agree with you!

jip
jip

You are right Katek they arent like the used to be! And not as addictive as be 4…maybe others are fine with it and thats ok but that too could change for worse or better!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Poetic.

Elisa
Elisa

The fact that PP owns the rights to GH, on the unlikely event it is canceled is ANCIENT news. I am quickly tiring of of PP’s publicity game, not in terms of their shows, but in regards to ABC.

boes
boes

This may be ancient news to you but it’s not to many. And it has particular relevance considering what is currently going on.
Waste your pity on ABC if you must – they’ll have none to waste on you.

Barbara W.
Barbara W.

NOT ancient news to me, I didn’t know. I had hoped they did, and now I know if ABC in their infinite wisdom(LOL) decided to cancel, PP could pick it up and continue it. I watched the premieres of the revamped AMC and OLTL this morning and I am already excited as to what the future brings.

su0000
su0000

No one wanted to take on the soaps, but PP..
If PP were not now ready and willing to save them, nobody would..
So, it is good to know if GH were to be canceled that it would live on and not go to the graveyard of dead soaps..
With Smart TV’s the soaps are no further away from our TV screen than clicking on a channel as we do now to watch GH..
We click on ABC to watch GH and with Smart TV’s we click on HuLu, no big deal..
Most all homes will have Smart TV’s within years.. That is what are being made.
I and most all I know have a Smart TV.. It’s just a matter of time.

Rita
Rita

Why is everyone acting like this is something new? We were told of this at the time Prospect and ABC first came to terms. Has everyone been living under a rock?

Besides which, GH has been doing extremely well in the ratings, and I doubt very much ABC wants to do anything to jeopardize their afternoon line-up at this time. In fact, Vikki Drummer, who is the head of the day time division, among other things at ABC, recently confirmed the network’s interest and commitment in keeping GH very much a part of ABC.

Rita
Rita

We have the same name Rita, but different views! I have been watching GH for over 40 years (some good shows and some bad), but I disagree with you about ABC. What they say is not always the truth! It is all about the almighty dollar, and ABC is like any other business — they want more money!

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

Rita 3rdout of 4 soaps every week including the oh so big yahoo 50th anniversary week and the nurses ball is not doing WELL in the ratings! OLTL was number one out of the 3 ABC soaps and they cancelled OLTL they only care about ratings and money I give it a month b4 you hear of the cancellation!

Sean
Sean

I dont think this is any indication that GH will be cancelled. Back when the original deal came about in 2011 before either soap ended and GH was closer to the chopping board is probably when PP got in on getting General Hospital if it ended.

aria
aria

exactly, if i was pp i would want to buy the rights to GH over amc and oltl so i’m not surprise by this at all.

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

uninformed and DUH is no way to go thru life Aria!

Aria
Aria

Self absord and delusional and wannabe know it all is also not a way to go through life jloliefan. Snack on that . Oh n by the way saw 1st episode of new OLTL n it was duh!

Tsuds
Tsuds

I am still wondering how long they will be able to stay afloat.. that is a lot of money for the both soaps to run .. You all better be buying the products that the advertisers are advertising during the shows to keep these soaps up and the actors employed.. I am going to keep watching GH.. might check out OLTL if it is as good of writing as GH is.. but if it is boring. I will not continue to watch…

kittenzl
kittenzl

The deals made with Hulu,ITunes,and Fox Canada are among the many backers, at the premiere Citi( as in Ciitibamk Financial) was all over the back drops on the red carpet. PP has the opportunity to take these international like Sony does with Bold and Beautiful. There is a huge opportunity. I don’t worry about the money. I read this mornings reviews. I can’t wait to watch!!

Tsuds
Tsuds

Another thing to keep in mind about this is that the many older dedicated fans that use to watch soap on tv.. are not necessary that tech savy to watch these soaps online. They need to find a newer generation.. It reminds me of how JC Penney tried to get new customers and lost off of their existing customers due to their new promotions…Will enough watcher really go to Hulu…. time will tell!!! I hope I am wrong!!!

boes
boes

Ahh, I KNEW the voice of doom wouldn’t miss this chance to find a dark lining in a silver cloud.
It’s tough, I know, for all those who said this would never happen to see the shows finally back. After all the long drum beats of “fuggetaboutit, ain’t gonna happen”, the new one is “the online venture will fail”.
As long as you’re happy, I guess.
Make sure to take an umbrella with you EVERY day, it just might rain. And watch out for falling meteors.

Tsuds
Tsuds

I live in Seattle.. it rains all the time. .you need to always have the umbrella and raincoat with you!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

That is why SOME of us are offering our help to anyone (regardless of age – but especially the ‘older’ ones) who wants help! Whether it is help in what is out there or actually setting things up. I will assist versus just griping.

Tsuds
Tsuds

No griping here… many of you are very sensitive!! The older SOAP generation aren’t on here even reading the blogs…

Liz Denham
Liz Denham

Don’t count us old soapers out yet (been watching since 1968)! Nothing will get an old soaper learning new tech like desperation to see their soaps!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I know MANY ‘older’ soap generation people who would be offended to read your post.

Laura
Laura

That’s very interesting about GH and raises a lot of questions for me. I expect that GH will stay on air for a few more years but as soon as ABC has something to replace it with and they think they can get away with cancelling it, they will.

Then what happens? Will PP move the show to Conn and who in the cast will follow? I know it’s early to be thinking about these things but this does raise some interesting questions…

Marcy
Marcy

They could just have another part of their production company go out and produce shows in Cali as its much cheaper then Connecticut.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

They are actually based in CA themselves, so I agree with Marcy…they will find a place out there.

Janet Hayman
Janet Hayman

i say do not cancel General Hospital i’am a really big fan of all the soaps other wise you all will have unhappy fans

su0000
su0000

GH won’t be canceled in the near future, it has years to go…
From day 1, it was in the deal that PP would get GH if the day ever came that it would be canceled, also…
It’s always been that way and GH is doing well..
Why are people going looney assuming over something that has been in the deal from the beginning lol
nothing has changed concerning the soaps it’s still all the same ..

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

I agree…amen,Pp is play game against abc to take everything from it, I guess Pp want everything for sue against abc I wish they quit accusing sue abc….abc sure have big mouth to cancel both shows to add 2 new shows are pretty boring in 1st place… And second place, Abc shouldn’t leave them alone. I hate play mind game from Pp . It broke my heart after these years to GH are good things. I hope abc don’t cancel my show.

Lew S
Lew S

Never trust the Mouse! We should have learned this after the cancellations of AMC & OLTL.

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

Well said, anyone who doesn’t think GH will be cancelled because it is “doing well’ must be blind. OLTL , and AMC were “doing very well” but it isn’t about that. It is all about MONEY, for disney/abc..PERIOD. They want to put on cheaper shows, that cost pennies to produce, and put more dollars in THEIR OWN POCKETS. GH will be on HULU within the next year or two..I..NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

You got that right Carol if ABC can sit back do nothing and make money on ALL 3 shows YOU CAN BET YOUR ASS THEY WILL CANCEL GH REAL SOON!!!

JR
JR

Not shocking but hope PP would have a separate studio in CA for filming GH

su0000
su0000

Unbelievable.. A mention, just a mention, of GH going to PP IF it were to get canceled and some people go wacko, as usual..
It is what we all knew anyways, PP would take on the 3 ABC soaps..
GH is nowhere near being canceled, calm down with the crazy assumptions.

GH will go on and if it doesn’t it will get a new life..

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

OH Yes that is right SU always has some “inside ((her own head)) info!!

Wendy L
Wendy L

Given that ABC-D proved ruthless with the first two shows, I’m glad to know PP has the rights to GH should ABC decide they don’t want to be in the soap business again. They clearly don’t care about what I want. PP does. I am hoping that new method of delivering programming will be an unfettered success.

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

I’m excited as can be to see OLTL and AMC once again! But it’s also a great relief to know that if ABC ever does make the foolish decision to cancel GH that PP will be able to take it over and continue the legacy! But it is doing so well right now I don’t think that will happen for many years. Plus, I think ABC knows darn well what a huge mistake they made to cancel the other two.

Marcy
Marcy

I take most of what ABC says anymore with a grain of salt after their ping ponging of saying that OLTL was not going to be canceled then all of a sudden it IS canceled and with ABC its all about the $$$$. IF they start losing the moolah as to high production costs as they have way too many actors as it is on GH and they are now bringing even more actors on the show with the addition of Jerome crime family,
They may start getting rid of actors, then who knows what will happen.

People just don’t get it.. the number ONE thing with ABC IS MONEY as they said they have wanted to keep production costs down.. that’s why on ABC you’re seeing crap shows such as Celebrity SPLASH and more low cost reality shows.

I wouldn’t put it past ABC to cancel GH on Network TV and put it on the web if the costs start heading up as they’d STILL be making money because of the lower production costs.

vicki
vicki

If you all read the business news reports, the upfront meetings this month were very negative for Disney. And GH has really not picked up a huge amount of viewers as you would think.

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

Thank you Vicki! Someone with common sense and knows how to do research!!!

laraine
laraine

Watching the new one life this morning was painful, are the cameramen just out of school? It doesn’t have the quality it did on ABC seems almost elementary.

Jessica
Jessica

You might want to get your eyes checked. The camera work was excellent, and it also happens to be the all the same directors and cameramen who shot OLTL for decades for ABC.

Jloliefan Forever
Jloliefan Forever

And it looked a hell of a lot better than it ever did on ABC. Maybe you should get a better internet connection!

Tali
Tali

I never knew that PP had the rights to GH, but it makes sense since GH was on the chopping block and got a reprieve. I loved the new OLTL, can’t wait for the next episode and love online, I can watch it multiple times and as many times as I wish. I’m 50+, not real good on computers but found out how to watch for free and WALLA!! As for GH, I don’t watch it anymore, they ruin John McBain character and trashed history of the soap. Shame on FV & RC!! Gotta go, OLTL is online!!!!!!!!!!!

janet
janet

I read this a long time ago. I read that GH was also part of the deal. ABC is a business, there to make money. They don’t care about anyone thing but, the almighty dollar. What ever they replace the show with, I will do what I did to cbs when they replaced my GL and ATWTs never watch it, no matter who they put on Never. GH is slowly going back to the old ways, all Sonny and every guy wants carley wth the golden who har? and Did did , Did ! GMAB. I am totally bored with the show. I like AJ but if he allows Carley in his bed, or jumps back in the bottle I give up. I am sick of mary Sue Sabrina .

grow up Sabrina. Patrick ???When did he become so just plain stupid. The player is now the victim of a phoney pregnancy scam. he is a doctor didn’t he ever hear of birth control especially with a wife with HIV ? FrankenRon need to stop writing
the show like the viewers are brain dead.TPTB know what the viewers want ,they lost Robert, the only change is Jason is gone and we know why. He didn’t want to take a pay cut, so he jumped to CBS and Became a FOJ Good riddance ,now Stop writing OL and calling it GH. Plus I like Ellie,now she becomes Siobhan and gets murdered. ? I even can stand Spinelli with Ellie something I have never been able to do before.

Jessica
Jessica

I don’t understand why or how this is shocking when it was public knowledge back in 2011 when the PP/ABC deal was first announced.

Lawrence
Lawrence

This is good news because gh will have a home if abc cancels it. the chsracters and show would still live but online

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I would LOVE to see General Hospital in the hands of people who care about the genre and the fans!

Carol B
Carol B

I have thought for some time, since the soaps starting cutting back on their production costs, that they needed to switch to a half hour format and pare down the casts a bit. Now PP is making an episode that costs less than half than the network’s paid to produce an episode. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to produce the shows affordably, but the network people didn’t care enough or just weren’t smart enough to figure it out.

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

here is what they figured out….That if they put a so called REALITY show on, with a cast of 4 or 5 people, …they put a Bad show on for PENNIES.!LOL! They don’t have to pay anything close to what a soap cost, with writers, crews, actors etc…1/4 the cost…they only care about ! Thats why there is mostly Garbage on T.V now…cHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! with now talent losers like Housewife shows, where they beat each other up, yell ,scream etc..what miserable LIVES and people. Low rent, Low lives IMO
And as long as they have an audience for Garbage TV..makes more money for execs…and There you go!

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

As we have found out ABC has idiots running it. Why didn’t they think like PP. PP had some smart people doing their thinking. I would love to have GH on here. Then I would not have to watch ABC at all.

Rita
Rita

Edna, you can watch GH on HULU too, that’s what I love about it. I typed in OLTL, watched it then AMC came on next, and when that was over GH came on. GH is a day behind, so I didn’t watch todays and will watch it tomorrow with my other 2 shows — and don’t have to watch it on ABC.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

I can’t afford to pay like that to Hulu might have or will have GH

Rita
Rita

HULU is free if you don’t mind advertising. The adds are short and it isn’t bad. I don’t pay to watch HULU because I don’t have HULU plus, but that is okay because I don’t mind the advertising. HULU is free Jeffrey, just type in which show you want and select the one that says HULU.

lindapen
lindapen

I don’t watch abc anymore – ever. I have never seen the shows they replaced the soaps with and will never watch them. Who needs more cooking shows? I love the fact that I can watch OLTL and AMC any.time I want during the day/night. I don’t have to record them. Don’t mind the commercials too much. Miss Rex &Gigi but love Bo and Nora. Will miss John McBain.

John Donaldson
John Donaldson

If GH is cancelled God forbid, I will not watch it on Prospect Park. They cut down on the cost of OLTL but they also cut down on the quality as well. Since the actors don’t get paid as much, it shows in their performance.

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)

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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.

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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