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NATAS Chairman Malachy Wienges: "We Are So Thrilled To Be Sharing The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards With A Global Audience In Such An Innovative & Contemporary Fashion!”

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This week soap fans learned that for the first time since 1984, NATAS does not have a televised home for the gold-fest of the upcoming 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards!  However, there is always a plan B!

So, for the first time the ceremonies which On-Air On-Soaps previously announced will be streamed live online beginning at 5PMPST/8PMEST emanating live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night, June 22nd.

NATAS chairman Malachy Wienges offered this statement, alluding to the fact that with the show available by live-stream, fans from around the world can converge and watch the ceremonies live for the first time everywhere: “We are so thrilled to be sharing 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with a global audience in such an innovative and contemporary fashion. We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action.”

With the event being streamed live for the first time in the history of the broadcast; Wienges has brought in Spike Jones, Jr and SJ2 Entertainment who will be producing the live show at the Beverly Hilton with Terry D. Peterson, Owner, Artistic Director, Verite Productions, Inc.  Paul Colichman and HERE Media will handle all aspects of social media for the event.  The Daytime Emmys will be made available as previously reported via live-stream by going to www.daytimeemmys.net

So, what do you think of the concept of the live-stream?  It certainly gives the show added flexibility in some respects than a televised broadcast, and it has a farther reach around the world.   Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Mary SF

    June 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Well anything has to be better than last year’s poorly produced show— my hope is they will make the ceremony dignified and respectful — let it truly be an evening for honoring outstanding work whether on soaps, talk, games shows and children’s programming — leave the amateur variety acts and lame comedy writing at the door, and just show clips and announced who the Emmy goes to— simple and to the point.

    • SZima

      June 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Amen! I also hope they leave all the production numbers back at HSN and stick to the important stuff…like the awards!

      I don’t quite get the “fans from around the world can converge and watch the ceremonies live for the first time everywhere” comment. I honestly don’t believe there are millions (much less thousands) of fans “around the world” who give a rat’s ass about our awards shows, so that whole thing is crap.

      And what about the devoted senior citizen fans who probably don’t have a computer and, more to the point, wouldn’t know how to access the show online? Streaming the show isn’t going to be any use to them! (I’m speaking for my mother here!)

      I think it’s disgusting that none of the networks or major cable channels would bother to televise this show. And it’s not just about the soaps…it’s also for talk shows, cooking shows, children’s shows, daytime news shows…the fuckin’ networks are snubbing them all!

      • Mitch Laurence

        June 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        I agree! I am a longgggg time OLTL fan and I don’t give a rat’s ass or any other rat parts about the emmys. They are a huge joke, a sham, farce. Only 4 soaps? Who’s nominated, everyone. It mattered when there were 12, but now there’s only 4 awful ones, so what is there to “win”. And talk shows. These hosts aren’t qualified to be on a show, let along host one. Let’s see, married to the boss, took all her clothes off, washed up comic, just to start. Then there are the same 3 game shows there have been for 100 years. So what’s to watch?

    • Gloria Dobbs

      June 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Sharon Case looks dynamite in everything

  2. Chris

    June 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

    When will the Daytime Emmys start streaming on the east coast, Michael?

    • 4ever DAYS

      June 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      I’m not Michael, but I do know it starts at 8:00 pm on the east coast. The article says so.

    • davlestev1

      June 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      @Chris at 8 pm East Coast time which will be 5 pm Pacific Coast time.

  3. jimh(leave it beaver)

    June 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Regardless who watches or not im grateful there is a home for the emmys…our soaps need the publicity no matter where it comes from!

  4. su0000

    June 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The Daytime Emmy streamed live online from the Beverly Hilton Hotel to ‘global’ audience ..
    I’m sure that people around the world would want to watch the American Price is Right, the Chew, 4 soaps etc etc get awards LOL ..
    I doubt those shows are even shown around the world and if they were that someone in Geremy watches them or even would have an interest in the American Daytime Emmy stream..
    The Y&R and B&B most likely are the only ones shown internationally..

    Many here in USA are not going to watch so hopefully the people in India will LOL ..

    I wish this years Emmies well and hope all have fun !!

    • davlestev1

      June 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      @su0000 LMAO since GEREMY isn’t a country located on any world map…maybe they will be watching. You jump to the fore of the onslaught so quickly you need to enable SPELLCHECK!!! IJS.

      • su0000

        June 8, 2014 at 1:02 am

        davlestev1,
        LOL you got me!!! 🙂

  5. janet

    June 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Maybe this way we won’t have any suits interfering and sticking their two cents worth in. We could actually watch an entertaining show Lets have it be daytime emmys daytime actors .They can walk and talk at the same time. No more nighttime actors hosting. I don’t watch the primetime Emmys or Oscars. The Toni’s put on a great show.

  6. 4everDAYS

    June 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    The very foundation of daytime TV is the soaps! The Emmys need to lather up nicely!! More soaps, less Sesame Street!!! More soaps, less games!!!! More Soaps, less “The Talk”!!!!! More soaps, less food!!!!!!! All the other stuff can be thrown into Oscar’s trash can!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • davlestev1

      June 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      @4everDAYS…4SHAME..4SHAME…How dare you impugn SESAME STREET!!! OH THE INHUMANITY….Game shows, talk shows and the like…I agree…LOL…Oscar’s trash can…you should be so ashamed sir/ma’am

      • 4ever DAYS

        June 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm

        Today’s lesson is brought to you by the letter s, as in…Sesame Street…serial/soap opera and finally…sir. I was never Knighted, though. lol

  7. Omar

    June 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It sucks its not on TV but that is just the way its going to be now..At the same time is great they are getting publicity and that is a positive.

  8. 4ever DAYS

    June 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    5:00 pm pacific
    6:00 pm mountain
    7:00 pm central (that’s me!)
    8:00 pm eastern

  9. Barbara from Atlanta

    June 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Going from a traditional broadcast network to a cable channel to, now none of them wanting to show the Daytime Emmys, streaming on the internet. This definitely is downward trend for this show, a clear reminder of the decline of the daytime serial.

    This year, the show is at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. With the present trend for this show, next year, maybe they’ll hold the event behind a trash dumpster at the Red Roof Inn in Compton!! No need to worry about broadcasting it on a network or streaming on the internet. They can just get Kim Zimmer and Colleen Zenk to handout flyers at intersections to invite everyone to the grand event! This would save them the hassle of putting out “thrilling” press releases like this one and would give the unemployed (but talented) Zimmer and Zenk a few dollars that they may likely need!!

    Honestly, doesn’t this organization have any dignity? They need to ditch trying to have a grand affair at night for this event. They’re trying to keep it on par with the Emmys and the Oscars and, with each further decline, it is more and more apparent that it isn’t. They should scale this down drastically and make it a classy but somewhat simple lunch event — no red carpet, no overblown song and dance numbers. Just a simple awards show. With all of the broadcast channels available to broadcast this event, it is embarassing that NONE of them are televising it. It is a clear statement about the current state of serials.

    It is very sad.

    • 4ever DAYS

      June 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      LOL! The first two paragraphs had me laughing so hard that I had to reread them a few times! Thank you for the laughs!!!

      And the following year, they can use carrier/homing pigeons! I’m still laughing!!!

  10. Lou Piikes

    June 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I really hope that viewership is high and that the international community support the Daytime Emmy’s. But this has been a long time coming, just look at the Daytime Emmy’s from the last 5 years. They are a total flop, and those were on TV. I am hoping Live Streaming on the internet will do the Daytime Emmy’s justice this year.

  11. Tom S

    June 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Michael Fairman: Do you know if the show will be geo-coded for the US only. Quite a few of the online shows are not available in Canada. If you know the answer, I’d really appreciate a reply. Thanks !

    • su0000

      June 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      You can watch;

      ”NATAS chairman Malachy Wienges offered this statement, alluding to the fact that with the show available by live-stream, fans from around the world can converge and watch the ceremonies live for the first time everywhere: “We are so thrilled to be sharing 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with a global audience” ..

    • Johnny

      June 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

      That’s only Hulu as far as I know. I am in Canada and the only things I can’t view are on Hulu.

      • su0000

        June 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        No, it is a live stream.. nothing to with HuuLu..
        A live stream is live and coming to you through the internet in real time ..:)

        It also says ”global” that means all will be able to view world wide..

        Go to; live-stream by going to http://www.daytimeemmys.net

        You can watch the emmies live via your Smart TV, PC or device..

  12. davlestev1

    June 8, 2014 at 2:42 am

    This article/announcement is NOT that confusing. 5pm eastern/ 8pm pacific. It’s a live stream for anyone anywhere so they’ll make sure everyone who wants to see it can no matter what part of the world they’re in.

    The only confusing side to this whole thing is why they decided to stream the Daytime Emmy Awards from the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel while people are checking in…oh wait…are you sure??? …My sources tell me they HAVE secured a room of sort…THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!!

  13. Rod

    June 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

    So will it be available to view at a later time on the interne? As I won’t be home since I can’t TiVo it will I be able to watch it later (if I decide too) not sure I care to watch it now but in case I do was just wondering?
    Do you possibly know?

  14. Dan

    June 8, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I wasn’t gonna watch anyway after the way they snubbed GH, now I have even more reason not to watch. I’ve had a bad experience on the few occasions when I’ve tried to watch something streaming live on the net.

    It’s a shame to see how far the Emmys have fallen. I used to love watching them back in the day when they were huge must see events, like when Susan Lucci won her first Emmy, or the way the crowd used to roar every time GH would win for best show. This feels like something slapped together at the last minute.

    I wish the actors from GH well, but I won’t be watching.

  15. Gia

    June 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Wow, yet another nail in the coffin for daytime soaps.

    We now have all three networks that do not think that the Daytime Emmmy’s are worthy of a television broadcast.

    Very sad indeed.

    • Nicky

      June 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Live stream is great for the young people who will want to watch it…but how about for senior citizens who have watched soaps since they first started and DO NOT own a computer to watch it live stream?
      It is quite sad that that the older generation look forward to there daily soap fix everyday and more so to the one year they can watch the soap Emmy…Guess some people must lose out and sadly its the soaps biggest fans.

  16. Ghlover

    June 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Can someone answer Tom please??? Will ee see the show in Canada??

    • su0000

      June 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Ghlover-
      Yes..

      It will be a live stream and coming to you through the internet in real time ..:)

      It also says ”global” that means all will be able to view world wide..

      Go to; live-stream by going to http://www.daytimeemmys.net

      You can watch the emmies live via your Smart TV, PC or device..

      • NCmacASL

        June 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        How can we stream to a SmartTV?

  17. Lois Lang

    June 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    How do we get access to the daytimeemmys.net website? When I put it up, I am given the message no access. Or put in a name and password.

  18. kiki smith

    June 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

    The whole streaming thing didn’t work out so well for AMC and OLTL – this is a REALLY bad idea. No one will watch.

  19. christy

    June 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    does it mean you can watch it later? like other shows online? “live” doesn’t thrill me, but watch it whenever you want does.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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