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NATAS Considers Hybrid of Daytime, Sports, News & Docs for New Award Show! NATAS Chairman Also Weighs-In On HLN Telecast!

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The Daytime Emmys which continue to struggle to regain its former prominence in a daytime industry that has been evolving and changing rapidly over the last ten years, with the loss of so many daytime dramas, the influx of talk, cooking, and lifestyle/reality programming, is  considering creating a new award show hybrid featuring elements of daytime programming, news and documentaries, and the sports Emmys.

NATAS chairman Malachy Wenges stated to Variety, he would not replace any of the existing awards shows — but would seek to draw upon the added star power that the news and sports events provide. “Those shows are powerhoused with a lot of talent,” Wienges said.

In regards to The Daytime Emmy Telecast’s future, he emphasized that the Daytime Emmys would continue in 2013 as a televised event, following a year in which the deal for this year’s broadcast to air on HLN — the event’s first presentation ever on cable TV — came together barely a month before the kudofest itself.  They produced more than we expected. Last year, we only had maybe three promos before (on CBS). This year, part of the contract with HLN was 300. … It felt like 300 a day.”

Wienges believes getting a TV deal done sooner could help with rehabilitating the profile of the show, and plans to begin sitting down with prospective partners July 1. This year, he said, negotiations for a new TV home didn’t get underway until mid-March, after an arrangement with former producer Associated Television Intl. fell apart.   The NATAS chairman dismissed the notion of the Daytime Emmys failing to find a TV home next year by admitting, ” We are wide open. We have two networks that are interested, alphabet networks, and we have three production companies interested, and Turner’s interested. … I’ve already engaged an attorney in Hollywood who’s done probably dozens of these for different venues.”

The NATAS chairman also weighed-in on how he felt the HLN telecast went on Saturday night for the 39th Annual Daytime Kudofest.  While saying that had gotten much positive feedback from this year’s edition, he acknowledged that the tributes to departing soaps such as All My Children and One Life to Live, which were noticeably clip-free, could have been improved upon.  He cited the time and pace of the show as one issue.  This year’s Daytime Emmys, which Wienges decided two weeks ago would not have a host, managed to get every award from this year’s ceremony announced live, while running only eight minutes over its scheduled two-hour broadcast.  The only other non-awards moments were an opening bit featuring Anderson Cooper and Oscar the Grouch, and an “In Memoriam” segment.

So what do you think of a hybrid Emmys?  And, would you like to see HLN air the show next year with more time to improve upon missing elements? Or would you like to see it on a diffferent cable network, if major network television is not an option? Let us know!

 

 

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  1. Mary Fergen

    June 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’m not sure about the hybrid show idea. It’s better than no awards show at all, but the largest percentage of the audience for this show is soap fans. I can’t see them being happy about enduring a two hour show, for only a handfull of daytime drama moments. As far as HLN is concerned, I’d be in favor of them broadcasting the show again next year. They made a good effort this year and I can’t help but feel that the show will be even better when they have more time to prepare, and learn from their mistakes.

  2. Carol

    June 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The only real reason I tuned in this year was to see the “tribute” that was promised for the departed OLTL. Well, some tribute that was. Susan Lucci talking about her alter ego and Erika Slezak given a few seconds to thank the fans. So frankly, unless a lot of changes take place, particulary in how the winners are chosen, I will pass on the show for next year. A hybrid? Maybe it would work.

  3. Chick from Ohio

    June 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I think HLN is absolutely the best channel for the Daytime Emmy Awards! They gave the awards a lot of promotion. I really liked how the hosts of all of the news shows expressed the value and importance of daytime shows (ie; Soaps!) and their actors with 2 weeks of interviews leading up to the event, a pre-show red carpet and post wrap up coverage…something the show’s own networks would never do. NBC’s “coverage” on Access Hollywood was an insult to society when they spent more time talking about Bethany Frankle on the red carpet than how it was GH’s night to shine.

  4. Bonnie

    June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    For not having had much time to plan they did a pretty good job! Fix the music, add some clips, get rid of some deadbeat catagories (AOl award!) I would give HLN another chance.

  5. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

    June 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Seriously I don’t think anyone will watch if the soaps are gone I mean who cares if the chew wins because it has the best recipes for the greatest meatloaf ever and I don’t care about anything they have to say over at the view or good afternoon america when that crap starts, or any other show that took over where a soap use to be. Game shows are ok and a few kid shows, I think HlN did a good thing putting the emmys on and should have them on again but start planning now. And what ever they do Don’t invite Ericka Kane. she doesn’t care about anyone but her self she was as bad as the music was which has to be changed to. And next year I heard that One life to live will be able to have another chance because it ended this year, who ever is in charge better do there homework because the awards were lopsided and it was not fair or right that one life to live and all of the actress’s and actors were not given a chance to be up for best of anything including best soap and writing, because they were screwed big time and so were we the fans that love that soap.

  6. Nancy

    June 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    None of the networks know what the people want and do not care. Who needs more talk, news or reality. It’s double duty on primetime. There is no entertainment anymore. I do not like to watch people making asses out of themselves. What the heck is going on and even Today is adding another hour. I just wish the awards would have been a little more interesting.

  7. Ann

    June 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I thought the show was a complete mess. The tribute that was supposed to be for AMC and OLTL did not happen. Lucci was highly irritating, having a me,me attitude. The few bars of music they had kept repeating and repeating. Not enough camera panning into the audience. I could go on and on. A hybrid awards show wouid be too much mixing of categories. I am sorry but HLN did not have a good broadcast at all.

    • Mary

      June 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      It was reported on tvline.com they where not allowed to show clips for the tribute.Looks like ABC just can’t stop slapping soap fans in the face.Said the three stars where lefted with an awkward moment.Remember this wasn’t suppose to be televise so HlN could only work with what they had in such a short time.I can’t believe abc is interested after they screwed up the tribute for the fans.

  8. Lynn A

    June 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I wish everyone would stop with the negative comments about Susan Lucci! She simply repeated whatever some writer wrote for her!!

    • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

      June 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Really you think that some writer told her to hog the microphone and not let Ericka Slezak have a few words to her fans, like me? She was cheated and so were the One life to live fans, The last person I wanted to see Saturday night was Ericka Kane making a fool of herself and she did. Not once did susan lucci give ERicka Slezak the microphone she had to reach out and grab it and she never got a word in edge wise. The tribute was for all my children AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE, not just all my children starring ericka kane.

    • Ann

      June 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      And I still have never been a fan of hers.

    • Rodd

      June 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Lynn, sorry, but as much as I respect Lucci, she was not forced to read that drivel. She could have been gracious and refused or tweaked it. It was bad judgement on her part. It’ll blow over soon enough. But for now, people are pissed.

      • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

        June 27, 2012 at 6:50 am

        I don’t think it will blow over any time soon, She ticked off a lot of one life to live fans, she carried on like all my children was the biggest loss and it wasn’t, there were two soaps that were canceled by abc and the way she took over control of the microphone says a lot about Susan lucci’s self centered attitude and her needing to be above every one else, how many times did she say Ericka Kane? Never heard the name Vicki Lord bucannan once.

      • kay/kay

        June 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

        Everybody is going nuts about this Lucci stuff I even was upset then I remembered Ms. Lucci has always been known more as a Diva then an actress. Two years ago when Oprah had Lucci,Francis,Geary,Morgan,Williams and Cooper on 45min of the hour was given to Lucci the other 15 min to the rest Cooper got two words out. It is what it is she is gone now from Daytime and if they have another Daytime Emmy award show I suggest they leave her off the invitation list. I am sure there were a lot of hard feelings just go and look at comments on Twitter. They should have put just Slezak and Lucci up there and divided the time about the show but they did not and so it goes.

      • Mary

        June 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

        I didn’t like it either and think they could have written something different.But I still blame ABC for the mess.It was said on Tvline.com that no clips where shown because of legal issues.To me that meant ABC did it again slapped the soap fans in the face by robbing them of the tribute.Even though I didn’t like what Susan Lucci did I’m gonna blame it on abc for it.The article said it put the three stars in an awkward moment.ABC thinks it would have stirred up more hard feelings over cancelling the soaps it really just made me madder they robbed us of a tribute.So lets aim the anger towards ABC where it really belongs and not letting them by with another things soap fans wanted.There was no reason to do that to the fans.Uncalled for ABC.I’m just gonna keep up my boycott against aBC except gh and try to make ABC miserable like they have us.

  9. david

    June 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Adding sports and news to attract more viewers makes sense, but soap viewers aren’t likely to be interested and vice versa. Soaps are not a significant part of daytime any longer that their role is likely to be minimized in future award shows. Such variety in the Emmys is not likely to please anyone, but it is a chance to add more star power, assuming people choose to show up.

  10. Mary

    June 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Anyone but ABC.Won’t watch it on there.No to the stupid reality crap.So sick of takinf over tv why would /I wanna watch a award show for it.If they could get it planned ahead this time then HLN could work with the producers for a good show.Got to remembans in the faceer they only had a telecast of what had been planned.Gotta give them a break.As far as Susan Lucci no didn’t like it but it has been reported on tvline.com they where not able to show any clips on oltl and amc.Guess ABC can;t stop kicking the soap fans in the face and trying to pit the soap fans against the award show.Guess it wasn’t suppose to get out the stars where lefted with no clips.So lets look at the real villan here.Don’t let ABC get by with this and blame the stars.

  11. SZima

    June 27, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Let’s face it…award shows just aren’t what they used to be. None of them. With all the cable shows out there, plus the regular network shows, I haven’t seen 1/4 of the shows that are nominated. And with the cable shows winning so many of the awards, it just isn’t fun to watch anymore…Daytime or Nighttime…Emmys or Golden Globes. Even the Academy Awards are boring for the most part since I don’t recognize so many of the young stars. The only reason I watch, cliché or not, is to see what everyone is wearing.

    I will say I appreciated Showbiz Tonight doing the interviews with soap actors and the promotion for the telecast. The red carpet show needs a ton of work, but if they do this next year, they should be able to improve on that.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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