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New Developments: Is Prospect Park going to put All My Children & One Life to Live on Cable TV?

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In the ever-changing soap opera that is now called, “Where on Earth are All My Children and One Life to Live going to live?”,  new developments have come to light today courtesy of deadline.com!  It appears that there are reports that Prospect Park is meeting with cable networks to find a new TV home for the beloved soaps!

Deadine reports that,” Prospect Park is meeting both big-tent, general entertainment networks and female-centered nets — about TV sales of the two series and is getting interest. Under its agreement with ABC, Prospect Park has the right to carve out a traditional TV window, which, at least for now, is expected to come after the episodes premiere online. Prospect Park has cable ties — the company co-produces the hit USA Network drama Royal Pains.

Prospect Park is currently talking with unions, trying to hammer out the terms of collective bargaining agreements for the cast and the crews of the two series. (Despite reports, the company does not have a deal with ABC to license the network’s other daytime drama, General Hospital, if the network cancels it.) Prospect Park has said that All My Children and One Life to Live will “continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length,” meaning that the company plans to deliver five broadcast-quality episodes a week each of the two soaps. All My Children will end its run on ABC on Sept. 23, One Life to Live in January 2012.”

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So soapers, what do you think of this scenario? It would seem to be, if they can land the right home for AMC and OLTL, a great scenario where you can see shows online and on TV, or they start on the web and move to TV, or do both like a CBS.com and ABC.com does with same day episode postings.  Let’s see how this next angle all plays out!

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Terry
Terry

Soaps..the soap. More drama than all three GH shows combined! TV cable much preferred alternative to web only…but then comes the task of ensuring the network selected is widely available for to national and international audiences. Still a real roller coaster ride…

Nicole
Nicole

I really only care about GH….thats the only soap I love right about now.So I keep track of this just in case they decide to ax it.GH is the most popular soap on tv..doesnt have to be #1….u got o award shos and gh fans are nuts and many.GH is rocking right now…loving it

Mona Johnson
Mona Johnson

1L2Live and AMC are my fav soaps and it wil be great if they can find a cable channel for them both… I’m glad that prospect’s took on 1L2LIVE AND AMC I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WILL DO WITHOUT MY SOAPS..

Liz
Liz

Whatever it takes for AMC & OLTL to succeed. I will watch them however I can get them. Please, if TPTB can see this, please help these shows succeed!

ethel
ethel

i could not agree more!!

Ruby Thompson
Ruby Thompson

DITTO!

Diana Beno
Diana Beno

We want All my Children and One Life to Live to continue help us everyone.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Is this on the level???????????????? Are they getting our hopes up for nothing again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is thi for real??????????? I would like to know!!!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Last I heard for Nov. it was not going to happen. Which is it yes or no!!!!!!!!!!!! Confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Don’t you have something more up to date for Dec.28………

Torrey
Torrey

This sounds spectacular!! I would much rather have my soaps on a cable network like USA, Lifetime, WE, TNT, TBS or BRAVO….this means that it would be available to the same large audience that both shows are used to. I mean, I’ll watch them online too, but if they can find a cable home for them, that’s much better. I wonder if this means they will stay in the daytime hours or if they’ll venture into prime time? Doesn’t matter, cause I’m watching regardless….

Kristin
Kristin

Many hoped that Lifetime or WE would pick up our beloved soaps (myself included!) But thats definitely NOT going to happen. Disney (who owns ABC and ultimately chose to ax both shows to begin with) also owns lifetime, WE and about 20 other channels. Many thought it would be Soap NET who would save them but as I pointed out Disney owns soap net and had already, very quietly, months before announcing the soap cancellations, announced that soap net would be going off the air in early 2012 and will become Disney Junior.

Torrey
Torrey

Well, if Lifetime & WE won’t work, any of the others will. It’s too bad Oprah is convinced that she couldn’t save our soaps with her network, but she is under the influence that the soap genre is dying. From the looks of it, so is her network…guess she should have thought twice about taking on the soaps. Her network airs too many repeats, and doesn’t have enough original programming.

Karen Johnson
Karen Johnson

Oprah is for Oprah! she does not care Torrey! Not enough to get her the praise she wants and in limelight!

Stacey
Stacey

I totally agree with you. I have been watching these soaps and inviting them into my home like good friends everyday for years. AMC, ONTL and GH are the best soaps and have been for years with many loyal viewers. I always tape them when I am not home and would also watch them in the evening when nothing was on in prime time.

aria
aria

I pray they do find a cable home, it makes more sense, eventhough the internet has come along way, i still think especially for older viewers, cable is the best option, its more accesible, so heres to praying it does end up in cable.

ethel
ethel

it wouls be awesome if they could find a place for oltl & amc on cable – but if not i will still watch them online.

Wally
Wally

The only chance for survival of these two shows is if it goes to some cable network. Even though watching tv on your pc is the wave of the future, soaps still rely on seniors to watch it. Most seniors I know are not computer savvy. It would be ridiculous for Prospect to spend millions of dollars for an audience that will shrink significantly. If it goes to Lifetime or some other cable tv channel, they have a chance. Prospect will still have to get major cost reductions no matter where it goes.

Wally
Wally

The only chance these two soaps have for survival is to go to some cable channel. Even though watching tv on your pc is the wave of the future, it is not for seniors who comprise the major part of soaps audience. Prospect is not going to spend millions of dollars to put two soaps online and watch most of its audience disappear. Cable is the only way these soaps might survive. Either way, Prospect is going to have get sigificant cost reductions.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

The soaps MUST stay on TV to succeed! The internet ONLY idea will be a disaster!

Ruth
Ruth

I don’t know what to say. The story keeps changing. I don’t see it going on a main cable station like USA,TBS, TNT. If it goes on a cable station, it will be a station that you will have to pay.

lisa
lisa

That would be great if we can get it on cable network.
If it’s a go I sure hope we can get the shows in Canada through our cable network giant Rogers.

emtk
emtk

As long as they keep making OLTL in some form that I can view, I’ll be happy. I’ve been watching for over 30 years and can’t imagine life without it. How will I relax after work? I want AMC to continue because I know there are lots of people who feel the same way about AMC too. Please Prospect Park work out the details and save the soaps! We’ll be loyal to you forever! Don’t underestimate the loyalty of soap fans!

internetwouldbeeasierformebut
internetwouldbeeasierformebut

Watching it on the internet would be easier for me as I’m at work during soap time, but cable might be better for the ratings. I don’t know how you judge ratings on the internet. In any case, as long as they post the episode on the internet later that day, I’ll be watching.

I hope all this works out soon for the cast and crew, but unions are involved. Trust me unions ruin stuff, years ago in Massachusetts Spencer for Hire had some rough times because the unions held up stuff. Robert Urich wanted to fix over a house he bought and he said that every contractor, when they found out it was for him doubled their original estimates, so he ended up doing the work himself. That was in the 80’s and I was grade school but I remember reading it in the local paper.

Even now, where I work this one painter is union and I said to him in passing that oh I love to paint, and he yelled at me and said I couldn’t because I’m not in the union. LOL

KATHY CAPRARO
KATHY CAPRARO

i HAVE WATCHED AMC SINCE I WAS A YOUNG GIRL. i THINK IT IS A SHAME THEY ARE TAKING IT OFF THE AIR. I AM ALL FOR KEEPING IT ON CABLE OR INTERNET PLEASE FIND A WAY TO CONTINUE OUR SOAPS

Sha_Bu
Sha_Bu

I will watch AMC and OLTL wherever and whenever they are broadcast, as will millions of loyal fans!

Barb
Barb

Both ALL MY CHILDREN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE can be on CBS.com, because I can get that on my new Android phone to watch–I cannot get ABC.com on it to play shows shown on it, but I can CBS.com. So if you go back to TV, please, please, please be on CBS.com so I can watch it on my cellphone.
I HAVE WATCHED BOTH AMC and OLTL EVER SINCE 1980’s. I WILL MISS BOTH AMC AND OLTL VERY, VERY MUCH. THEY ARE BOTH GETTING VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH NOW—ABOUT DIXIE/TAD, KENDALL/ZACH, BIANCA/MARISSA ON AMC AND I WAS WANTING NATALIE/JOHN TO BE TOGETHER AND FOR JOHN TO FIND OUT THAT LIAM IS HIS SON AND GET BACK WITH NATALIE AND BE WITH HER FOREVER AND EVER BECAUSE OF IT & FOR JESSICA TO GET BACK WITH BRODY AND THEM BEING W/RYDER. THAT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT!!!! FOR THEM TO END LIKE THAT, THAT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT !!!!
I AM GOING TO MISS THEM TERRIBLY!!!!!!!!!!
I HOPE THEY WILL BE BACK ON TV. IF THEY CANNOT BE BACK ON TV, AND HAVE TO BE INTERNET, THEN I HOPE THEY DO NOT CHARGE PEOPLE TO WATCH THEM, BECAUSE IF THEY DO THAT, THEN I DO NOT KNOW IF I WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH THEM OR NOT.
I, ALSO, HOPE THAT YOU CAN STILL CATCH UP BY GOING TO THE RECAP SECTION OF BOTH AMC AND OLTL SOAPS.
SO PLEASE, PLEASE HELP WITH THIS!!!!!!
THANK YOU.

Betty Droney
Betty Droney

Just do something with AMC so been a part of my life for 41 years have been a loyal fan since day one. surely someone will pick it up enough reality shows and definetely enough cooking shows on air.

Karen Johnson
Karen Johnson

I soooo agree Betty. know your feeling. Been fan of AMC for 41 years too.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

OK. I’m cautiously optimistic. But I’ll only believe what I hear from the actors. We’ll see…………….

Karen Johnson
Karen Johnson

Not worried where will be aired just worry will not go on. I have watched AMC since day 1. I know sounds silly but they are my family and escape from reality. they have brought to life alot of information about diseases and all sorts of stuf that happens in real life. Not real thrilled with the lesbian bit. Hopefully Bianca will be one Dr. hayward can never save or she will get real! Ughhhh! But even with that I can deal. The cast on that show are such greaat actors and have brought sooooo much entertainment to the outside world with their characters. I will miss it soooo much.

Sue
Sue

I’ve watched One Life from the beginning and am so grateful that Prospect Park has rescued it!! THANK YOU!!!

ANDREA
ANDREA

What if they put them on the soap channel? I am sure most everyone has it. It would give us a chance to dvr when we have to.

Cheri
Cheri

I had thought the same thing. I mean it is SOAP net right? But I don’t really care where they find a home but please do. 🙂 and don’t get me wrong I love my cooking shows too like Hells Kitchen, Chopped etc… but to replace a program like AMC with another food show when we are all overweight americans as it is, well maybe not everyone but COME ON!!!!

Joyce Moynihan
Joyce Moynihan

I have no idea how to get Prospect Park online. I do hope there will be info for this. I am Canadian. I was so happy to hear they would be doing AMC and OLTL so that us fans would not have to do without these wonderful shows. But now I don’t know how to access them when they do it. Anyone have any help for me>>> much appreciated.. 🙂

Cheri
Cheri

Please find a home for my stories! I have been devastated since the news that they were going off air. Thanks, CVL

Cindi
Cindi

I HOPE prospect park gets with a tv network of some kind. I don’t want to lose my soaps OLTL and AMC. But I don’t have access to high speed internet where I will be living this up coming winter. I will be using verizon which has capped usage and there is no way I can watch shows on the internet. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there just like me.

rita
rita

I think so to

Reva
Reva

I think this news about a cable TV home is the best news ever. Not every fan has a computer so “on line” may not be the best place. I’m not sure how I’ll feel on Monday 9/26 other than to say I’ll be missing this great program.

Mari
Mari

I certainly hope Prospect Park will pick up AMC and make it available for all those that are dedicated watchers. Shame on ABC!!

Barb
Barb

well, i posted what i really thought (no cuss words) and they did NOT post. Guess i hit too close to home. The ONLY thing ABC/Disney cares about is the bottom line $$$. Remember, they could care less about US, the people who buy the products that make their money, how stupid!

Alison
Alison

I would love to see it on TV and have the option to see it online also. I hope they can work it out with most of the cast otherwise it wouldn’t be the same!

karen
karen

Well the people at Prospect Park already have Royal Pains on USA and tonight on the news Brian Williams ended the broadcast about AMC. So if NBC who owns USA as a subsidiary is reporting on it..maybe…could it be… do I dare to wish that it may show up on USA or another subsidiary. Did anyone see anything on ABC or CBS about AMC last episode?

katie
katie

How do you watch all my children now that its off the air? What website can you watch it on??

Donna
Donna

I wish you could find a TV station for AMC, I am retired and look forward everyday to AMC, we are going to get lonely.

Mona
Mona

I have been watching AMC for over 20 years. I can not understand how a station like OWN would not jump on the idea of picking this soap up. Obiviously this show would come with a dedicated viewership right from the begining. Maybe Oprah will reconsider this idea! It would be a good solid investment for her.

linda
linda

I’ve been watching Amc since i was 13 years old. They’re were many years i couldn’t watch because of work. Didn’t have Soapnet either till we switched cable companys. now they want to take that away. Come on someone has to bring it back on tv. That one hr a night on Soapnet was my time to unwind from the day. I feel like all the actors & actresses where my friends for that hour. I really miss all of them. I cry like a baby everyday. Please if there is a God, bring back AMC.

karen
karen

i hope and pray amc and oltl will find there way to tv keeping my fingers crossed’ hope everyone feels the same

terry
terry

when is amc, going to start agin??I heard that it was starting in Jan,2012…whats up with that??I miss it so much,I use to watch it online at night when I got home from work, Hopefully it will come back soon……Wright????

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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.

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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.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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