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OLTL & AMC creator Agnes Nixon: "I have plenty stories to tell, if there's anyone around with money to help!"

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As the second deaths of One Life to Live and All My Children rocked the soap world today once Prospect Park came forward with their official release that they are suspending efforts to bring these shows online as the first series for their proposed Online Network,  The Daily Beast has an interesting feature out titled, Why All My Children and One Life to Live Are Dead?  And, they got in touch with OLTL’s and AMC’s creator, Agnes Nixon, who offered her thoughts on still wanting to find a way to continue her shows, if someone would come forward with the moolah.

But, before that what was extremely disheartening is that according to the Daily Beast, “No one from Prospect Park notified Nixon, who is nearly 84 and who learned of the disappointing, but not surprising, development from the media. But Nixon said she doesn’t blame Prospect Park founders, Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, for calling it quits.”

Nixon said today, “I am sorry they had to give up the intent to put it on and I’m very grateful to Rich and Jeff for their efforts, but I know that no matter what happens, there is still much story to be told in both One Life to Live and All My Children, and in my heart, I believe, it may still be told. And I’d love to be part of the telling. I’m also grateful to [One Life executive producer] Frank Valentini and the cast and crews. But more than anyone to our fans who have been so loyal and who are a part of our big family.”

On Wednesday, Nixon said she has still has plenty of stories to tell—“if there’s anyone around with money to help.” In fact, in the same breath that she spoke about saying goodbye to Pine Valley and Llanview permanently, the queen of daytime TV started spinning a compelling plot focused on the All My Children character played by J. R. Martinez, capitalizing on the actor’s Dancing With the Stars win.

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If anyone knows what it takes to transfer a soap opera from an old medium to a new one, it’s Nixon, who helped Guiding Light make the transition from radio to television and was very excited by the prospect of pioneering the age of premium video programming on the Internet. Nixon’s only regret is that All My Children ended with a huge whodunit that will now never be answered. The writers themselves never figured out who J. R. shot at the party because they were waiting to learn which actors would continue with the soap online. Nixon, who prefers more nuanced resolutions, says she would have liked it more if Pine Valley could have lived on in the minds of fans in a different way.

“I would have never written an ‘end’ because life doesn’t end,” she said.

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david
david

Agnes, thank you for sharing your brilliant creations.

Mark Schreier
Mark Schreier

would LOVE to share ideas with you about how to save this grenre…. grew up wathcing and loving them, worked in TV, produced a soap in college, work in sales and marekting now… who do I contact? Please advise…thanks so much! Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather
Heather

I was really concerned about Agnes when the news broke down yesterday. I’m glad that she is the taking the news well and is okay with it.

Judy
Judy

Agnes, know that the fans are still behind you and these shows! We’re not giving up! Keep that faith that’s in your heart and it will happen one way or another! I have so much appreciation for you for creating OLTL, and for hiring the incomparable Erika Slezak for the role of Viki 40 years ago! Happy Thanksgiving!

lina chouinard
lina chouinard

IT sucks

emtk
emtk

There’s obviously an audience – a very loyal and devoted audience. We need a creative entrepreneur to take over the project and make it profitable. This much fan loyalty should not be squandered! What other medium has fans for 30-40+ years. There is definitely opportunity there…

DEE
DEE

I have been watching this OLTL soap for at least the last 25 years..I am totally devistated that it will not air in some kind of medium out there. I sure hope someone can give us a Christmas miracle and help the shows continue. HEY OPRAH come on..help us have more AMC and OLTL..Pleaseeee!!!!

Sue
Sue

So sorry that fans had a ray of hope – now that is dashed. It’s like being canceled twice.

Nancy
Nancy

Agnes is one of the most gracious ladies ever. Thank you Agnes for everything. Fans waited to see that wonderful cliffhanger on AMCs last show. Now we will never know. How unfair is that? Not even a good happy ending to our show. I am still hoping that both AMC and OLTL will be picked up. We haven’t given up yet and I hope Agnes doesn’t either. PP could have at least told her, but evidently, it wasn’t that important to them. She deserved much better!

Sonja
Sonja

For me, the AMC finale was okay. I mean, they wrapped up just about all the storylines and had the vast majority of the characters happy. I guess things were a bit unsettled with Jack and Erica, but I’m okay with that because I’ve been done with their on again, off again relationship for a while. As for who JR shot? Why not just imagine that he was too drunk to aim properly and didn’t shoot anyone? After all, we never see anyone get hit, so why does anyone have to have been hit? Then they find JR in hiding in the walls and drag him to rehab, and he gets all better, everyone’s fine, the end.

shana
shana

G-d Bless you Agnes as we adore you and appreciate you <3

tina vail
tina vail

why can’t the soap network do some thing put these shows on a different network that wou ld be great.i love these shows and hate to have them come to an end.

Ronnie Peterson
Ronnie Peterson

Yeah, Anges, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. AMC and OLTL now you took it off our online prospect park. Now it’s losing. How can you bring OLTL and AMC back so we can see it online at prospectparkonline.com/soaps. I’m hurt and I’m destroyed cause they tried to break the news to us and it’s got to stop taking OLTL and AMC off our website even new people could help you get money.

Jo Ann Zinaman
Jo Ann Zinaman

Hey Agnes. Maybe Tom Bergeron can come to that Marathan that Erica had for Raising Money for Africa and Dancing With The Stars would have that on A Special Dancing With The Stars Marathan for Africa. Brot and Natalia Win the Marathan. Since Brot is the More Interesting Person because he was Injured in Iraq, then He Gets to Hold The Mirror Ball Trophy. During the Marathan, Dancing With The Marathan Shows Cameron Dancing at one Point and Erica Dancing at another Point. However, Greenlee and Jack are not on Camera. Of course, Aidan wasn’t at the Marathan so he does not Appear on Dancing With The Stars. Jody

Mary
Mary

Dear Agnes,
Thank so much for all your amazing stories. I have watched All My Children and One Life to Live for so many years that I am so sad for myself and all the wonderful people that don’t have a job any more. Maybe Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, or Oprah can help us. Maybe if they can’t save the world they can save the soaps that mean so much to so many people. Your soap fans love you and wish you the best.

Lisa
Lisa

Hate this news, but Agnes, have you thought about putting the stories in book-form? While I certainly miss all of the actors portraying the characters, at least the storylines could continue, if the actual soap cannot (and we can visualize the actors who played those characters as we read the stories).

Lew
Lew

Lisa, that is a great idea and it has been done before! Dark Shadows a show from the 60’s & 70’s continues in book and audio format now. It was also recently done with Days of Our Lives and previously with Guiding Light and I am going out on the limb here, As the World Turns. I think it would work and the fans would definitely support the books. You are truly a great lady and you gave us many years of great storytelling. God be with you.

Ron Klopfanstein
Ron Klopfanstein

Sure is frustrating having “One Life To Live” going dormant when all it needs is someone who wants to reap the rewards of an already profitable show. Plus, I have no doubt Frank Valentini would have “All My Children” under budget and in the black in no time. If no one grabs this fantastic opportunity I hope Agnes Nixon writes a short story or something telling us how she would have ended the series for good.

Torrey
Torrey

I don’t understand why Prospect Park didn’t try to partner up with cable networks such as CW, WEtv, AMC, USA, BRAVO or Hallmark Channel? Any one of those networks would be fortunate to have these legendary shows on their network. And they don’t expect to have 5 million viewers to tune in every day….they would be thrilled to have the 2.5 million that ABC snubs their nose at.

Heather
Heather

Prospect Park tried. But all the cable networks declined. Much the same way they have rejected all the previous cancelled soaps that had knocked on their door for rescue.

Torrey
Torrey

Did you read that somewhere? Just interested in how you came across that information….and I’m being serious, not trying to be a jerk. It’s just that Prospect Park has been so hush hush about everything….it all feels like a top secret mission. And I understand that if they don’t know how things are working out, then they can’t report anything, but in my opinion, Prospect Park has done a very poor job in the public relations department. When starting up something so new, as this online media is, you need to keep the public informed on what’s going on. I know that so many of us, that are fans of OLTL would be willing to help out in any way that we can….but we simply haven’t had the opportunity, because we always seem to find out things after the fact. I’m sure that many of us would have been happy or willing to send in donations to help along with this new online venture.

jp
jp

I agree. I wish PP would take some time to do that. I would be willing to wait a bit for OLTL to come back. Even if they took the rest of the winter and launch in the spring time. I know the cast and crew need to find a job to support themselves and their families. I just wish they wouldnt just give up.
Again, I would even be willing to pay a fee to help support this endeavor. Please PP. Don’t give up. OLTL needs to live on.

Heather
Heather

Here’s from the Deadline article.

“They also explored selling a potential second window for the two soaps to cable networks but couldn’t land a buyer”

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/on-the-brink-prospect-park-may-be-forced-to-pull-the-plug-on-oltl-amc/

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

So much of television is changing and not for the best.. Reality reality talk talk shows i’m so sick of it!

Mary M
Mary M

I will miss OLTL more than I can say. I do not watch The Chew, and I won’t watch anything that replaces my OLTL. And I agree – way too many reality and talk shows. ABC lost a lifelong viewer when they made the decision to axe these classics.

Bonnie G
Bonnie G

I so miss All My Children…..maybe Agnes could keep us up to date on the goings on in Pine Valley and Lanview by writing a few books! I would read them! They published 3 books in the 80’s that covered the 70’s….I would love for Agnes to start her AMC book right where we left off….who did get shot…if anyone!!

Becky Seymour
Becky Seymour

If OLTl cannot be revived, I also would like to see Agnes keep us up todate with Lanview by writing books. But of course, I would really rather see the real deal – but a book would be better than nothing!

Sarah Van Diesel
Sarah Van Diesel

I have a feeling they will be back though!!! xoxo Love you Agnes Thank you so much.

wendy
wendy

I don’t accept that it truly ended. I’m still hoping someone will pick it up, or there will be a sequel, a movie or something. I taped the last week of the show because I’m just not ready to give it up. I really miss all of you.

charelle
charelle

If there is anyone out there listening. I hope that there is someone that will pick up two of my favorite shows ” All My Children” and ” One Life To Live ” It hurt me to my heart to find out that two shows that i grew up watching as a child til now were going to be cancelled. I pray that someone picks these shows up because they were s major impact to the fans. If anyone is listening, please HELP!!!!!!

rhill
rhill

If you find a sponsor/promoter, I’ll be watching.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

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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