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TONIGHT: Michael Fairman names the Best & Worst of Soaps 2010 Live on BlazinRy Radio – 9PMEST/6PMPST

Don’t miss On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman on a very special edition of BlazinRy Radio on the BlogTalkRadio network, when he reveals his picks for The Best and Worst in Soaps in 2010.  Be a part of this Year-in-Review  episode, as he and BlazinRy host, Ryan Holmes, ring out the old and ring in the New Year in soaps, and discuss the whirlwind year in daytime dramas and web soaps.  What and who will be his picks? Find out live tonight, Tuesday December 28th at 9PM EST/6PMPST for this hour long episode.

Ryan and Michael will also be taking listener call-ins throughout the show, so you can voice your opinions on the Best and the Worst of the Year, too.   Recent soap-related guests to BlazinRy Radio have included former As the World Turns stars, Van Hansis, Jake Silbermann, Eric Sheffer-Stevens, and most recently Colleen Zenk.  The listen call in line is 1-917-388-4131, and to go directly to hear the live show click here

And then that same evening, Tuesday December 28th, look for On-Air On-Soaps very special presentation of the Best and Worst of Soaps in 2010 as we countdown the moments we loved to love and the moments we didn’t love so much!

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I hope you mention Van Hansis wonderful acting skills this past year.Eric Sheffer Stevens too , but Van deserves an emmy.I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say and hope i can get to talk to you!

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VICTOIRE

I totally agree that VAN HANSIS deserves all the recognition for his amazing work in ATWT.

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Hansis would have a difficult time winning bec Jonathan Jackson has pretty much been declared the Supporting Actor winner. While Conroy could win the Younger Actor trophy w/ the right reel.

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VICTOIRE

I don’t think so. Van Hansis is way better than this Jonathan Jackson. Van Hansis conveys emotions with so much more beauty than this guy! And Hansis’ acting is the best!

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If you had seen Van Hansis acting skills this last year you might change your mind.He went through every emotion this past year, happy, sad. bewildered, angry , and at the end utterly devastated.Not to mention his beautiful smile and gorgeous face.When he smiles his eyes smile too.on his own he’s the best , but the love story with Eric Sheffer Stevens gave him more than enough material for 10 reels.He really deserves an emmy…i have never missed an actor like I’m missing him now!!!!

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Jackson ranked higher than Hansis in their best moments of 2010 according to the On Air On Soaps team so they obviously think Jackson has the better reel. The Daytime audience has pretty much been proclaiming Jackson’s reel as the superior, winning reel for Supporting Actor. To each his own, but I think Jackson’s far better than Hansis and that Jackson will win since people like his acting. He’s reclaiming his throne in Daytime. He grew up in the medium and if they nominated him for not doing much when he returned, they would nominate him now for a reel… Read more »

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If it’s the way it works, that’s totally unfair, because Van Hansis has been nominated three times for the Emmy Awards and should have won. During 2010, Hansis did the best work in daytime TV according to a lot of soaps magazines that told that Van Hansis did such an amazing work and had wonderful reels when Luke mourned the death of his boyfriend and when Luke confronted the doc back in May. Van Hansis deserves to win an Emmy in 2011 for his fabulous acting. He deserves it since 2006!

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ATWT and its actors has been getting screwed for a long time by CBS and P&G.it’s a shame when they had some of the best actors on daytime.I respect your opinions but to me Van Hansis is superior to all the others.!

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Jonathan Jackson potentially winning is not “unfair” to Van Hansis bec Hansis has been nominated a number of times. That’s ridiculous. It’s only a freaking award, so Hansis’s followers are overreacting. The soap press and soap audience are pretty much proclaiming that JJ could win either in Supporting or as Lead. According to many, JJ’s reel is that great that it could win in any category. How is ATWT “getting screwed” by CBS and P&G when Maura, Park and Pinson won recently? If Crystal Chappell could not win for the heavily hyped acting for Otalia, then I doubt Hansis win… Read more »

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bottomchef , we’re not overreacting, we just feel strongly that Van deserves to win.ATWT was not treated with the respect it deserved by P&G because they wanted out.Evidentally you are not a Van Hansis fan.but that’s ok because he has so many that love him and appreciate his work!

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Here are who I think were the best and worst. Best younger actor goes to Zack Conroy. Conroy in particular did some very subtle, laid back acting w/c isn’t common in Daytime. If he was on Y&R, he would be engulfed by the graduates of the Christian Leblanc School of Scene Chewing. Conroy is a good actor, so it’s terrible that he’s supporting awful actors like Clifton and Frantz, since Scamber is once again, sadly driving storylines. Oliver should be driving storylines since Conroy is attractive and the better actor. Best younger actress goes to Kim Matula. She’s no Jennifer… Read more »

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Zack Conroy is a treasure for sure, while the character of Amber makes me want to dump my TV in the garbage.I like Don Diamont, he’s so devious he’s fun to watch.But and this is a big BUT, if you were a watcher of ATWT an award should go to my beloved Van Hansis.He was so good this past year….when he cries you cry and when he smiles you can’t help but smile.I could have watched his story and his story with Eric Sheffer Stevens 24/7. He truly deserves an award….to me he has it all…looks , great acting skills… Read more »

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best actress dool nadia bjorlin and gh kimberly mccullough
best actor dool shawn christian and gh jason thompson
best storyline dool danloe and danloe baby gh scrubs storyline and sonny and brenda reunion
worst storyline sharon and adam y&rand nick and diane y&r horrible y&r pairing

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Best actor DOOL James Scott, Y&R Christian Leblanc,
Best actress DOOL Ari Zucker , B&B Susan Flannery
Worst actor B&B Brandon Beemer, DOOL Galen Gering
Worst pairing DOOL Sami& Rafe B&B Aggie& Nick ,,,Owen&Jackie

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Worst storylines is DOOL Johnnys cancer storyline horrible & DOOL Right now the writers have forgotten that you’ll see something that will ruin all the past storylines. Its not the actors job to correct but I’m happy they done it well (actors)

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Best actress:Nadia Bjorlin(Lara on venice/Chloe on days)]
Best story:Lara’s alcoholism on Venice

That’s pretty much what interest me,Because Danloe’s sl wasn’t about Danloe.They were just there to give a sl to Carly/Melanie/Steohanei and Nathan…

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Best actress : Jessica Leccia – Venice. She is sensational!

VICTOIRE
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Van Hansis is certainly the Best Actor of 2010.

HW
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HW

Totally true: Van Hansis for the WIN!

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Jake Silbermann’s right up there with the best of the rest.

VICTOIRE
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VICTOIRE

haha, are you kidding us? this guy is so bad!

HW
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HW

Van Hansis is the best supporting actor. In fact, Hansis should be in the lead actor category but he is still too young, so in the supporting category, Hansis is the best!

mmc
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you’re right…Van should be lead actor….if it wasn’t for him (and Eric) iI would have dumped my TV in the garbage.He is so deserving.And so nice! I’m missing him on ATWT…but watch some clips on you tube…some are so good and if you’re a crier like me you’ll cry tears of sadness and tears of happiness!i wish him only the very best! Happy 2011 Van …i know all good things will come to you!

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I was looking at the list of Soaps on your page….& so sad to see how few there are.
It boggles my mind….& to think that they once ‘commanded’ Daytime TV. I am a long time
GH fan….& its so unsettling to see how low their ratings have become…especially with the BIG talent they have.

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I called in to Blazinryradio and could not get through.there was something wrong with the phone line so you couldn’t get in to call much less to listen. .I turned on my computer and there’s something wrong with the sound so I couldn’t hear much but I did hear you mention Eric Sheffer Stevens and his great portrayal of Dr. Reid Oliver.I think you mentioned something about him being best supporting actor.Am i correct?His character was played beautifully, but Van as Luke was memorable with patience and love helping to make this snarky neurosurgeon into a real person.i couldn’t hear… Read more »

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Van Hansis played each emotion Luke went through with such beauty! If he wasn’t picked, I am very disappointed and I really don’t understand what Hansis did for him not being supported. I’m sorry but Ess acting was very one dimensional. VH worked his scenes with so much beauty and with realism.

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Van deserves an award….he’s a joy to watch.I wish we could see him somewhere.i have never loved a character more in all my years of watching this soap.And as himself he’s so kind and nice…I hope he’ll get cast in a show soon!

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My pick for best of the year are: Best Show: OLTL — Tea’s death, Stacy drowning, Bo and Nora Wedding, Echo’s return, Clint’s transformation to Evil Asa Jr,the multiple unknown paternity questions around Jess and Nat, Marty’s meltdown, and finally a satisfactory resolution to Rex’s parentage. Actor: OLTL Jerry Ver Dorn , DOOL James Scott Actress: Susan Flannery B+B, OLTL Florencia Lozano, LAura Wright GH, Robin Strasser OLTL Supporting Actor: Jonathan Jackson GH, Van Hansis ATWT, Eric Sheffer Stevens ATWT Supporting Actress: GH Kimberly McCullogh. Younger Actress: Kristen Alderson and Kelly Missal OLTL. Kristen has never been nominated and has… Read more »

George
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CG and JP (formerly on ATWT) should be rated the worst ever team in soap history. They compeltely deserve that dishonor after they destroyed one of the most beautiful love stories (LURE) to ever grace the soap screen, with the horrendous ending.

mmc
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It really was the worst ending…wasn’t it?I’m still not over it after all these months.But Van Hansis really acted up a storm when Reid was dying and then died.ATWT should have ended happilly for everyone because it was going away forever and we wouldn’t be able to see how Luke managed to survive without the love of his life. Why did they choose this horrible ending ….i don’t think we’ll ever really know.Thanks for nothing, CG, JP, CBS, P&G and all TPTB! But Van does deserve an emmy….he should get one finally!!!!!

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I’m all for Lexi and Haley from GH. They are wondeful young actresses. In fact, just this evening I saw Haley on a new episode of ‘House’. She was wonderful talking and listening to House talk about his girlfriend and giving him some advice on how to be nice to her. It was very charming! Haley really delivered. So, I would vote for her an any contest, and Lexi too.

Lauren
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right now, Nadia Bjorlin as Chloe is the most fascinating to watch on DAYS. The desperation of a woman and the combination of post pardum depression and the unraveling her marriage to Daniel. Her performance have been magnificent to say the least.

other great performers on DAYS are Kristian Alfonso, James Scott, Arianne Zucker, Suzanne Rogers, and Chandler.

Y&R is by far the most disappointing soap on the air. I have quit watching after 25 years.

GH= B
AMC=D
DAYS=A-
B&B=C+
OLTL=A-
Y&R=D-

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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)

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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