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On-Air On-Soaps names Best Soap Moments of 2010!

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As we head towards New Year’s, On-Air On-Soaps looks back at the topsy-turvy year in soaps, and names those stand out moments that were at the head of the pack. Our choices comprise not only daytime soaps, but for the first time web soaps had the opportunity to be included. This year-end salute is presented to you with a Top 25 image countdown which pays tribute and honors those performances and moments that made us cheer, weep, throw things at the TV, and in our opinion, showed soap opera at its best. You can view our Top 25 Best Moments of 2010 Countdown Photo Gallery below, and see if your favorites made our list.

To view the final ten moments in the photo gallery, make sure to click on the “Next Group” button to the right of + symbol, which is next to the last image in the row of the first 15 photos, or you can sit back and relax and just watch the slideshow.  We hope you enjoy, and of course, welcome your thoughts on the Best Moments of 2010!

View the Best Moments of 2010 after the jump!

Best Moments of 2010 Photo Gallery Countdown

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Photo Credits: JPI Studios, CBS, ABC

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Sandra
Sandra

I like the wide variety of your Best Moments of 2010….but I heartily disagree with #1. I do not watch any of the other Soaps….but Stephanie suffering with breast cancer in the LA ghetto…or a memorial service for Palmer…or any of the other 15 or so I would choose before the violent & horrific crime of yet another shooting on GH…that of a man shooting another….whether he knew it was his son or not…IT. WAS. THE. TAKING. OF. A. LIFE….IT. WAS. MURDER. INTENDED.
GH

Kris
Kris

YES!!! #1 – TOTALLY agree! WTG, Michael! 🙂

Cathy
Cathy

My favorite was on GH with Robin finding out that Patrick cheated and threw him out. The whole time I felt Robin’s pain and cried with her. Kimberly McCullough was just amazing, as she hit every beat in every scene and Jason Thompson did a good job. It didn’t stop there as it continued for days with great performances. Too bad GH blew it when the FA psycho didn’t die. That ruined a great FA story. So many like myself were waiting for a payoff and got nothing,

May Newquest
May Newquest

I think Liz having her baby with Nic and the Sonny and Dante shooting was the best on GH

Kelly
Kelly

What about the emotional breakdown of EJ (James Scott) on DAYS after Rafe revealed that he was behind Sydney’s kidnapping which ruined his marriage to Samantha?! That should of made the list FOR SURE!! James Scott is an AMAZING actor!

Cindy
Cindy

RAFE was behind the kidnapping of Sydney? THAT I didn’t know!! Does Samantha know that as well? Now, I didn’t exactly want E J and Sammy to be together, but I did want them to have a friendly relationship for the sake of the kids. And here I was liking Rafe, and thinking that he was the best thing to have come down the pike in Ms. Brady’s life!!! F his arse!! To HELL with him!! I just hope that Sammy finds out about THIS piece of info, and KICKS Rafe OUT of her life!!!!!

Reid
Reid

No, Kelly meant that Rafe revealed that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping, not Rafe! Your initial impression of Rafe was right 🙂

Kelly
Kelly

No…..Rafe showed up at EJ and Samantha’s wedding (just as they were about to be pronounced husband and wife…..DAMN IT!) with proof that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping. I really want EJ and Samantha to be together, they have such awesome chemistry and their scenes are ALWAYS AMAZING!!

glad
glad

I am kind of glad neither Ejami or Safe featured. I want to like them but DOOL need to start spreading their wings some. The Alison Sweeney hour is a little silly given the cast they have. I was kind of shocked that Days featured at all but I guess there was no real way around including the Alice and Mickey Memorial sequences even if I do think both, but particularly the Alice series, was really poorly done by the show. A little like the entire production right now. Much potential, consistently falling short.

bottomchef
bottomchef

They should have included Nicole vs. Sami. Zucker is fantastic. She infuses the right amount of comedy, drama, camp and bitchiness in her performances. Sami punching Nicole was great. Zucker put a lot of nuances as Nicole was annoying Sami. I loved how Nicole grabbed the Christmas decoration and began hitting Sami! LOL. Sweeney’s high pitched screams were hilarious! It’s great when Sami gets owned. Days does the best catfights w/ Sami and Nicole bec they’re evenly matched, unlike say B&B’s Stephanie beating Brooke all the time. If Zuker ever leaves Days, she’d make a great Amber recast on B&B. That’d be 1 way to make the char of Amber palatable and she could probably teach her hubby Kyle Lowder how to act since he’s awful.

todd
todd

Stacy Morasco drowning. Best moment of 2010.

Heather
Heather

I remember sitting in my dorm room watching Sonny shoot Dante. Best soap opera moment ever. It was one of those moments when you know everything is about to change and it did.

bottomchef
bottomchef

The party boink ranked really high! LOL. Congrats to Conroy. They really should have kept him paired w/ KKL in a cougar arc. Now she’s acting w/ terrible actor Adam Gregory. Stephanie’s double slap of Brooke should be on this list! That was great, and such a Stephanie thing to do! Brooke of course could not physically defend herself. LOL. The worst list should be more fun!

ellyn
ellyn

I had hoped to see a clip of AMC- JR in the hospital during the cancer story, any number of scenes of Jacob’s flawless work. Otherwise, interesting choices. Of the shows I watch, not sure I agree with all the moments chosen.

HW
HW

I’m glad Van Hansis is in the 10 best moments, but he whould have been in the 5 first. Van Hansis is amazing, especially when playing emotional scenes and his Luke Snyder got a lot of emotional moments that made him go through such beautiful moments of TV.

mmc
mmc

I can’t believe the kiss and then Reid dying with Luke acting his very guts out was not #1.Van Hansis was beyond superb and you could hear our hearts breaking all over the world while we watched him lose the love of his life!ATWT had such a fan base and yet because of CBS and especially P&G who wanted ATWT And all their soaps over and done ,ATWT was taken off the air.No body acted so well alone or with Eric Sheffer Stevens as Van Hansis…..as far as Zack Conroy, he is well on his way…he has great looks and his acting is so easy to watch.However…..the sex scene with Brooke was so sickening and stupid….like she wouldn’t know it wasn’t Ridge and like Oliver would even choose to make love with Hope in such a place and not know that the body he was having sex with was not that of a virgin.Yes, I know it’s a soap, but I guess so many people want sleaze rather than quality.I do miss my ATWT and as a long time viewer, i think I always will!

mepariseau
mepariseau

While ESS and Van’s acting should be considered the best of 2010, the storyline itself should not even be close to the top. There were so many places where the writers got it all wrong.

traciamc
traciamc

I’m re-watching Luke and Reid’s story on YouTube, and you are so right. The characters weren’t acting in character, the dialogue was terrible and weird in some places, it was insane!

miscrambler
miscrambler

Thanks for including Van Hansis’ performance in the list. The scene with Luke and Katie in the hallway of the hospital was so raw and visceral and powerful, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a “real” moment delivered by an actor before. Van is an astonishing talent; we were truly lucky to have a chance to let him grow along with Luke on ATWT. Also, I have to say, the Holden/Lily moment you described also backed a powerful punch, especially for those of us who remember their first onscreen meeting 25 years ago. Jon Hensley is a solid, unshowy actor. To see him become so emotional in that scene again brought home how powerful these dramas are and what a loss to all of us that so many of them have already or may shortly end.

Epstein
Epstein

My personal best scene, would have been the one between Luke and Noah on the rooftop.

George
George

I wish VH and ESS the very best and hope they win Emmy awrads for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. But, I sincerely wish that CG and JP (formerly on ATWT) should never even be nominated. And, It would be amazing if they are 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.

traciamc
traciamc

Hear, hear! Couldn’t agree with you more!

mmc
mmc

Both great actors…I think Van deserves an emmy.he can choose from so many scenes to submit for a reel.He deserves to win more than anyone else!The ending was truly the worst I have ever seen.i can’t think about it anymore.I hope Van and Eric get so much work they’ll be overwhelmed! Loved LuRe and miss them! No other actors could have brought them to life like Eric and Van !!!!!

sara
sara

Yeah, what about Ej’s emotional breakdown at the wedding to Sami with proof that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping.

adriana8900
adriana8900

scrubs on gh deserved to be in best moments of 2010 they have a emmy reeling with these scenes with kimberly mccullough and jason thompson about when robin found out patrick cheated with lisa they deserve to win an emmy for these scenes they better get a daytime emmy these scenes brought tears to my eyes they were amazing i love robin and patrick together on gh bring on scrubs reunion in 2011 and scrubs baby #2.

Sean
Sean

As a GH fan I’m glad they clinched 2 of the top 3 moments of 2010. GH was gold from January to August, There was a lull, and now its back in top form

Inga Dóra
Inga Dóra

Van´s acting before and after Reid´s death is best acting i have seen. He is amazing. Eric Sheffer Stevensis amazing too. Van and Eric are best acting duo.

DAL
DAL

Van Hansis’ performances have to be first! Van Hansis did an mazing work and his acting is flawless in all his scenes. This is especially Van Hansis’ work when Luke cried for reid’s death that are VERY Outstanding. I don’t understand why you didn’t put Van Hansis’ performance in the first place, Michael!

mmc
mmc

I agree!

Doe
Doe

First, Michael, I wanted to tell you that I listened to your live broadcast last night.I don’t know how you retain all that soap knowledge. Kudos to you. I think I agree that the number one moment that most affected me was the Van Hansis -Ess death scene. I was really choked up. Never the less, I don’t know if you can truly pick one over the other. Sonny shooting Dante not knowing Dante is his son was very powerful stuff.Plus the ramifications that followed. We were fortunate to have such quality moments this year. This is the stuff that keeps our soaps alive and hopefully will not fall on sponsors bias. Bravo to these soap writer’s. Hapy New Year,Michael, and thanks for giving the fans your articles and interviews with our favorite stars.

Paul8148
Paul8148

Great Moments. I will throw in Cole shooting Eli when hand cuff, Victor’s ex’s wives flashbacks to their weddings on DOOL, The Judge sentencing Michael and Reading the “Adults” the riot act on GH, and Todd finding out about Tea illess on OLTL

mememe
mememe

All of the moments chosen from GH were well placed and deserved. I still get chills whenever I watch the Sonny/Dante confrontation and Lucky confronting Liz/Nik. Also, Robin finding out about Patrick’s affair — stellar work. Great list, Michael!

Mairead
Mairead

The worst moment of not only 2010 but in daytime history was the abrupt and idiotic dismissal of the talented Brett Claywell and Scott Evans as Kyle and Oliver on OLTL.
the KISH love story was the best this show ever had and they are greatly missed…

mmc
mmc

I’m wishing you a wonderful happy and healthy New Year Michael Fairman.Even though I didn’t totally agree with your best and worst list, i did agree with most.I have always found you to be a wonderful interviewer ….you really listen and you know what you’re talking about.i hope you’ll keep us up to date on the actors of ATWT, especially my beloved Van Hansis . I can’t begin to tell you how I miss this show. Also thank you for your wonderful interviews…you are the best.And you’re a nice man too! Happy 2011 !!!!!

quinn
quinn

great list, but where is carly and jack’s wedding?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: Getty Images

Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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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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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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