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Prospect Park Amends Lawsuit With ABC! Seeks $95 Million In Damages Claiming "Mega Soap" Fraud!

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While the online revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live season two have been shelved by Prospect Park for now, although no official announcement ever surfaced from the production company itself, Prospect Park has been busy revising their claims in their lawsuit with ABC which was originally filed this past April.

The revisions revealed today include: Prospect seeking more than $95 million in damages for breach of contract and promissory fraud. They are also demanding that they no longer have to pay any licensing fees, but that it still be entitled to an extension of the license agreement for the soaps.

In just a brief overview of some of the key points in the newly filed papers, Prospect Park alleges that ABC, “began unilaterally changing key storylines and themes, literally killing some OLTL characters and deeply integrating others into the GH landscape,” plus hiring two key executives from One Life to Live to create a mega soap of General Hospital without Prospect Park’s knowledge.   In addition, the lawsuit claims that ABC signed OLTL actors to long term contracts secretively behind Prospect Park’s back!  Prospect Park adds that it has tried its best to salvage OLTL, but ABC blocked it at every turn by refusing to run advertisements, by enlisting third parties like Hulu to back away from making any assistance, by keeping its actors away from talk shows like Good Morning America and The View.  Prospect Park is relating in their lawsuit they lost $30 million in investment, as well as profits it could have made had ABC acted as “the partner it made itself out to be.”

Make sure to read the full report on the lawsuit via The Hollywood Reporter here, which begins with:  “On Wednesday, the plaintiff filed a new amended complaint with more details of ABC’s alleged fraud and a demand for more than $95 million in damages. According to the latest court papers, ABC schemed in a quest for a “mega soap.” 

So what do you think of Prospect Park’s latest amended lawsuit claims against ABC?   If you were a juror, and understood both sides of the argument,  who do you think you would side with in this case … ABC, Prospect Park, or no one?

This giant mess continues, which sadly never would have happened had Brian Frons not canceled the iconic All My Children and One Life to Live in the first place!  Lots to dissect here, and lots of reading between the lines!  Weigh-in soapers!

 

 

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Daisy
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Daisy

Sadly, I no longer care. ABC and Prospect Park deserve each other.

Curry-girl
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Curry-girl

LOL

brian
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brian

If Prospect Park wins the 95 million, will we see OLTL V3 and AMC V3 ?

Sam
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Sam

Sure, and Ryan’s Hope and my reality show. LOL Not a chance. They won’t get a dime. ABC Disney has more attorneys than Frank and Jeff have had hot meals. PP should sue their writers, producers, and set designers. How the show was so badly produced did more damage than ABC did.

Scott
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Scott

Not true they’re sets were very nice!!!

Sam
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Sam

They were nice. For a brand new show. They didn’t look anything like Llanview or OLTL on ABC. They did look like Pine Valley, AMC used the same sets. Only Viki’s library was similar to before, all the others were different so the show didn’t feel like the same show.

thomas
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thomas

yes amen PP sets and writters and whole set up was awful i seen porno that looked better .lol

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

What does V3 mean?????

brian
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brian

V3 stands for “Version 3” It is quite common when something is redsigned to call it “V #”

Michael S
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Michael S

That’s a lot of MONEY! OLTL’s success did not hinge on whether or not Cole and Hope lived or died. Let’s get real PP! Besides Jeff K is no stranger to many failed projects. Now if ABC failed to live up to it’s agreement on marketing OLTL and AMC than that may hold some basis for compensation. But not $95 Million worth! Who was it again that cut production within the first two weeks?!?! Who was it again that had issues with the unions?!?!? I find it hard to totally empathize with PP…yet I’m sure ABC is not devoid of… Read more »

christy
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christy

i agree… it’s a soap. Re-write what ever you want for Star, Hope, Cole and the rest… not all the OLTL fans watched GH anyways. Who cares! It’s a soap. Write a new story and save yourselves a whole lot of money… that could be used to make new episodes of OLTL.

soaps rewrite their history all the time… why can’t PP figure that out.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I am a OLTL fan and I watch GH.. Would really like to go back to Llanview ! The way it was when on the T.V…

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree. Three characters do not make a soap or break it. I believe OLTL had a lot of major stars with which to work. They should have focused on stories without the Llanview Three and things could have worked out for them to come back to the show down the road. I can’t help but think that this lawsuit is mainly PP blowing smoke to cover their mistakes. And ABC? Ha! Brian Frons deserves to rot wherever he is and the idiots at ABC who let him get away with killing two iconic soaps like AMC and OLTL should… Read more »

Tali
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Tali

I somewhat agree with you Rodd except for the Llanview three had a lot of time with all the other major stars and there wasn’t anybody around for Natalie. Jolie fans wanted more….. instead ABC raped their story and OLTL was never the same!! Miss OLTL a lot! I hope PP wins and we get a version 3.

Shirley A Miller
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Shirley A Miller

The way I understand this situation, I believe ABC was at fault from the beginning. I think Prospect Park did intend to produce AMC and OLTL on the Web for quite a few years. Then ABC said they were borrowing some characters, transferred some to GH where they became permanent characters. Some of these actors from OLTL were killed off. I believe Prospect Park had every intention of producing these 2 Soaps but ABC messed up the agreement and things went downhill from there. Will we ever see an AMC or OLTL Soap again? Who knows????? I think there is… Read more »

Ginny
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Ginny

I totally agree with your opinion!

David
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David

ABC did not borrow characters at the time PP was supposed to originally launch the shows It was only after it appeared that PP was not going to relaunch the soaps that 5 OLTL characters went to GH(Todd, Starr, Mcbain, Blair and Tea). Blain and Tea only made a few appearances. The other were then signed to contract but keep in mind Michael Eason who played Mcbain and Kristen Alderson who played Starr had never agreed to work with Prospect Park. The only characters from OLTL that were killed was Cole(who could have easily been brought back to life, as… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

Incorrect. Michael Easton was signed on with PP. Kristen and Roger were not.

Tali
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Tali

Michael Easton was going to PP!

Gina
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Gina

Agreed! I knew that’s what was going on. It was definitely no accident that all of a sudden John McBain, Starr, Todd, Tea became so important to them. It seemed that ABC saw the writing on the Soap Opera wall with the success and the new wave emerging for soaps on Hulu. Even Oprah wanted a piece of the action after she said that OWN wouldn’t take AMC or OLTL. the year before. AMC & OLTL were starting off and doing well, and ABC couldn’t tolerate the success. They wanted them dead and gone. I’m so glad that I don’t… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

ABC didn’t want AMC &OLTL so they didn’t want anyone else to succeed with them! They wanted them to fail! They sabotaged them at every step!

john
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john

We soap fans want brian frons to disappear with the fishes. Ava jerome sonny and soaps fans need to torture the man. he is responsible for all of this mess.

samantha
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samantha

i agree with you john. lets beat up brians frons. Brian needs to be handcuffed in the basement, fed rats and spiders. maybe we can call sheila carter. She will deal with the trader, who cancelled amc and oltl. prospect park are so pathetic, where’s the annoucement? they are afraid too talk. lets beat them up too. lol.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Samantha…YEP…the character of Sheila Carter would teach that insufferable DIRTBAG Brian Frons a LONG OVERDUE lesson!!!!! And, Kimberlin Brown (aka Sheila)…WHAT AN AWESOME ACTRESS…LOL!!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I feel its all b.s…this frivolous lawsuit would have made sense had GH also included AMC characters and killed a few off, and not just OLTLs but since it only involves the OLTL 3 i feel its plain nonsense…first OLTL survived on abc for many years with the loss of many characters/actors, and lasted a lot longer than many other serials including AMC…anyway had Bianca showed up in Port Chuck with Miranda and Miranda had died and Cole and Hope from OLTL did too then id be a little suspicious…also didnt the oltl 3 sign on after PP announced they… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Didnt edit this very well and i shouldve shorten it…i gotta learn not to post comments when distracted…hope it makes sense…lol

Lew S
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Lew S

I totally agree with you.

Bryon
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Bryon

Well said, I agree with your perspective. The lawsuit has to do with using the OLTL characters and violating an agreement, so how can this affect AMC? Very good point. You’re exactly right, Michael Easton originally did sign with Prospect Park, then when the announcement came out that they would be unable to return, he and the others joined GH. Originally, the producer and head writer of OLTL did agree to the show, but then moved to GH when it didn’t move forward. It was the quality of writing that hurt the show and do believe they ran out of… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

ABC took who they thought were the 3 strongest younger characters from OLTL. There is no doubt that it hurt the reboot of OLTL. With Anna back on GH, I could see them bring in David to lure the AMC viewers. Many of our favorite characters have been added to GH to try to get us to watch GH. I will never watch GH because I know my favorite characters do not fit the age group they want. The older characters will be off GH soon. AMC reboot did not have any characters in the age group they are looking… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

For me watching GH isnt totally supporting ABC, its to show them there is support for the genre and they were fools to think otherwise…This lawsuit claims to hurt the reboots but how did it hurt AMC? AMC had none of its characters on GH! Yes, GH use of 3 OLTL couldve changed PP plans for OLTL storylines but not as bad as they claim plus these 3 joined GH long before PP got their act together…would it been fair to GH and the actors to have the 3 sit around and do nothing while waiting to see if OLTL… Read more »

Tali
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Tali

At the time OLTL was the highest rated soap of the three, that is why they used OLTL characters to boost GH and guess what it worked!

Rod
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Rod

ABC & PP BOTH SUCK!!! They had there character back abd they out out a TERRIBLE 1st season ABC was really good but now they have ruined that again thanks PP & ABC for screwing it all up. Clearly they don’t give a damn about the FANS!!! What’s the point if the law suit since PP ruined the shows abd aren’t bringing them back. KILL FRANCO KIKI & Cylis and bring back Todd , Star & John
#annoyed

Tracey
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Tracey

I don’t think we will ever know what really happened. I remember thinking in 2012 when Prospect Park announced the 1st time they were not going to be able bring back AMC and OLTL that ABC simply licensed the 2 shows to PP to appear like they were trying to calm the upset viewers. I sincerely hope if ABC is found guilty, that not only they pay the damages but sign over the 2 shows over to PP free and clear. ABC actions appear as TPTB never wanted PP to succeed cause it would make ABC look very bad. Actions… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I hope PP wins every penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

B.J.
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B.J.

Agreed… and the free licensing! 🙂

I never felt that ABC was supporting this venture, because of the signing of 3 actors from OLTL. It seems to me they did every thing they thought they could get away with, to undermine the success of shows they dumped.

Good luck, PP!

Tali
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Tali

Agreed!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

It’s so odd how much anger is directed at Prospect Park for trying. Even a little try was more than ABC did. ABC has some army of paid bloggers always at the ready to yell about what cheats PP is, how awful they are, how they screwed it all up, when it was PP that actually brought the shows back to life. It was free to watch on Hulu, I never paid for it. What’s the loss? What if PP had never even appeared? We’d have had nothing. Yell at ABC and Brian Frons for being so selfish and stupid.… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

Agree!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. I wish PP had kept going. I enjoyed watching on Hulu.

su0000
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su0000

hmm Q ” Prospect Park is relating in their lawsuit they lost $30 million in investment, as well as profits it could have made had ABC acted as “the partner it made itself out to be.” —– ABC, from what I saw were terrible partners.. And tried to down Prospect Park at every turn.. Q ” They are also demanding that they no longer have to pay any licensing fees, but that it still be entitled to an extension of the license agreement for the soaps.” —–That tells me; the soaps are not dead and PP indeed is not letting… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

You are delusional if you thinkg this is going to be resolved quickly. This lawsuit will drag on for a couple of years and by that point, they are not going to re-boot these shows.

wilco87
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wilco87

I think what Prospect Park is getting at with the GH3 actors is that since the actors were (allegedly) tied to ABC that delayed production and the writing. As a result of the characters’/actors’ status being in limbo, it prevented PP from putting out as quality a product as ossible. Which I can see a jury finding validity in that claim. I think people are putting too much focus on the “killing off of Cole/Hope” claim. It’s not being presented that them being killed off was an insurmountable detriment, it being done without PP’s consent that’s being presented as evidence… Read more »

Mk
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Mk

OLTL failed because it didnt have Frank and Ron. Plus it had characters that we did not care for (except Vicki and Dorian) OLTL could have lived on Life Hospital with Dorian and viki making visits.

Michael
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Michael

Prospect Park has seemed disingenuous from the start. First they announced plans to reboot both soaps right after their network finales. Then they cut down from four episodes per week to a mere two. Their explanation- blaming Internet viewing habits just proved that they I’d not have an intrinsic understanding of soap opera viewing or soap fan. 0f course ABC would not promote their online soaps. If the online. Soaps really succeeded- it would have been a total embarrassment for the network. Most importantly, I do not understand why they proliferate the idea that Hopevand Cole were main and pivotal… Read more »

Jim Grant
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Jim Grant

“Disingenuous” seems like the perfect word to describe Prospect Park’s motives. When they stated shortly after their initial launch that “four shows a week” were too much for Viewers to handle, I found that difficult to believe. It was fairly obvious that was just an excuse to produce less episodes. I wouldn’t mind if they announced from the start that they would do forty episodes, take a long break and then return with another forty episodes. I do not think it’s impossible that ALL MY CHILDREN could possibly return at some point down the road if this mess is ever… Read more »

Ellie
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Ellie

I agree. In addition, the bodies of Cole & Hope were never recovered so in soap terms that left the door wide open for them to return. There was also a man watching Starr at the site of the accident also lending credence to the theory that they weren’t dead. Tea’s baby dying lent to some hefty drama if written well. And, PP had no plans to resurrect either show until GH kept interest alive. This is more BS from PP IMHO. In addition to having their cake and eating it for free, would they like the kitchen sink thrown… Read more »

Joel
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Joel

PP’s lawsuit is laughable! I mean, really. They claim potential stories were ruined because some OLTL characters were killed off on GH? All they had to do was instruct their new writers to bring them back to life as every soap has done with “killed off” characters since the beginning of the genre. If I were the judge, I’d throw the case out faster than the blink of an eye.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…plus OLTL had enough talented to carry the show…Victors unexeciting return and short stay, too much focus on Shelter, no talent JWoOPS, and stories that showed promise:Mathews mysterious girlfriend, Dorian/Viki feud and the Patels open marriage all fizzled…Natalie and Cutters relationship came out of nowhere, and Jack and his teacher was an isolated storyline that affected no other characters…its failure had nothing to do with Cole and Hope being killed off(they could easily be written back off and imo werent that important. Did PP really believe these two characters couldve saved the show. and if abc really wanted to… Read more »

Tali
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Tali

ABC originally signed an agreement to keep PP informed and confer with them the direction the used characters would go…………..ABC didn’t. They did what they wanted to. ABC Sucks!

davleestev
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davleestev

LMAO ABC wanted to create a “mega-soap”. Who are they kidding? You JUST got into the game PP while ABC as well as the other “big two” PERFECTED the genre. All along Kwatinez and co. were way in over their heads and might as well filmed the re-boots on a replica of the TITANIC and HINDENBERG!!! Sorry but these were two sure fire failures that won’t soon return to the land of the TV living. Let’s all just please have a moment of silence for AMC/OLTL/PP. OK. Now on to my dvr ep’s of the “mega-soap” that is GH.

janet
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janet

Sounds like ABC wanted them cancelled but, they didn’t want the fans to blame them. If they did go behind their backs to play dirtyI would go with Prospect park. I hate the word sue,this country seems to sue for everything and nothing. And these idiot juries actually award money. ABC got the three most known parties PP got the newbies. PP got the shaft but, I would have to be there and hear it all.

Josiah Cooney
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Josiah Cooney

The sum of the effect of ABC’s actions towards Prospect Park’s licensed property certainly damaged the launch and run of One Life to Live and to a much lesser degree, All My Children. I believe Prospect Park has a very good chance at winning compensation if Prospect Park can prove their allegations, including: “Hulu’s management was prepared to assist Prospect Park toward production of a second season of OLTL and AMC. However, Prospect Park is informed and believes that senior ABC executives discouraged Hulu from assisting Prospect Park. ABC repeatedly lied to Prospect Park, breached the express terms of the… Read more »

David
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David

I’d love to see actual proof of the claims Prospect park is making.

Kind of odd that once they basically ran out of money and couldn’t produce the shows anymore they now amend the lawsuit.

And what megasoap did ABC create? Yes GH’s numbers are up but the numbers are still nothing to brag about.

I don’t trust or believe that comes out of Prospect Park. Until actual proof of their claims is shown I have to believe this to be desperation on their part.

carla
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carla

Who really cares at this point. All my children and One life to live are.off the air we the fans should be the ones that sue abc and prospect park for.pain and suffering.

Anita
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Anita

That is my feeling too

Mary SF
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Mary SF

By the time this gets settled and the dust clears the real losers from this mess with be the fans that lost their beloved soaps twice and the casts and crews that lost their jobs again.

Gentry Ashmore
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Gentry Ashmore

It’s November 2013 and I am still desperately missing JOLIE. Every time, I see Silas Clay on GH, especially during the outing of Julian Jerome scenes, it still seems like he is playing Detective John McBain. Every time, I see him with Sam, I feel sick and wish he was back home with Natalie and Liam. Michael Easton is wasting his time playing a doctor. He was born to play JOHN MCBAIN. ABC should settle with Prospect Park and get back the rights to OLTL. It should then let Frank and Ron reboot OLTL in LA. They should share space… Read more »

Stacey
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Stacey

Gentry, love your posts and yes missing them as well. From your mouth to God’s ears

Matt Borlenghi
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Matt Borlenghi

If PP really wants to revive AMA, they will make it a true revival, bringing ‘vintage’ characters to the show in order to re-connect with the core fan base: the females who were watching in the heyday 20 years ago, when AMC was most popular. I’m happy to bring Brian Bodine back to Pine Valley and get back to what worked.

KK Davis
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KK Davis

I would side with Prospect Park; however, I would rather sit on a jury that sets free Brian Frons’s murderer. Oh why why why did not some nut job from a fly over state not kill him when he started this mess. Does anyone even remember that stinking pile of a life change show that took OLTL’s time spot. Sadly even though I personally know and love Jason Thompson I will not watch GH. ABC to me equals the people who killed my oldest friends and burned down my happy place Llanview.

Jared
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Jared

What a mess! Sadly though, I did not enjoy either show’s online versions. It’ll be interesting to find out the resolution and who the courts decide is responsible for this mess.

su0000
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su0000

I hope PP gets every penny from ABC!! ABC KILLED OUR SOAPS!! ABC Killed OLTL.. ABC Killed AMC.. WE the fans begged ABC to reconsider, er protested, wrote, had petitions, boycotted, and ABC never so much as said a one to us, we and the 2 soaps were nothing to ABC.. ABC needs to pay up!! If us fans could have sued ABC for killing our soaps, we would have.. ABC treated the fans like dirt.. PP gave 100% to bring back what ABC killed..!! IF PP wins the lawsuit perhaps they will buy into a cable network and bring… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

Yes!

margaret
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margaret

Let’s keep All MY CHILDREN out of the fray. we have read from a few stars and news sources that AMC is not moving forward. Is ther any chance that prospect Park is looking for a new location or medium to have the show (ie cable)? Truly hope that AMC continues!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Let’s not forget that that Brian Frons started all this when he cancelled BOTH AMC and OLTL to save $$$. Brian Frons aka BALD-HEADED JACKASS!!!!! Asshole.

Kate
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Kate

I like you!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Thank you, Kate. I like you, too!

Peace.

Ginny
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Ginny

Part of the changes to the lawsuit were a result of information that PP Lawyers received during the Discovery Process. Sounds like a plot from The Good Wife. I want my soaps back and was pleased to have them on line. I did anticipate that the quality would improve. If I was a Juror I would award PP more than the requested award, ABC Disney is a large Company and should know better.

KM
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KM

What a mess. Although this is better soap than the ones that are/were on the air in some ways:) Some of PP’s claims seem to have merit like ABC blocking PP advertising and promotion when and where it would have been the most effective. Refusing to turn over the URLs as promised until absolutely being forced to seems to have some merit as well since that’s naturally where fans actively trying to find out how to watch the new shows would have gone. And if it’s true that ABC maliciously worked to tank a potential deal between Hulu and PP… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

When suing, you ask for 95 million with hopes of getting 60 million..
You always ask very high because millions from the settlement go to legal fees, also..

KM
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KM

Yes of course but you don’t ask for the whole solar system in the hopes that maybe you’ll get a moon rock. I would have been OK with PP arguing that the deal was not as promised and maybe Disney forgiving past due licensing fees as well as the coming year’s fees to give them a fresh start but that’s a discussion they should have been having with a whole different arm of Disney who were the ones they actually made the licensing deal with PP from the start. I’m not sure people get that PP did not license the… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

If I were on the jury, I would award every dime to PP. I hate ABC and will never watch anything on ABC. Including GH. I only watch Y&R. There is no doubt in my mind that ABC tried to screw PP.

Tim
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Tim

ABC and Brian Fons are the villains here. PP may not get $95M, but I hope PP does get some justice or restitution. ABC should roast in a special place in hell for what they did in canceling AMC and OLTL in the first place! I have heard that their replacement shows have even lower ratings than AMC or OLTL ever did. ABC and Brian Fons, you should be boycotted for life, and I hope you get your karmic just desserts! I hope PP will ultimately prevail in this lawsuit.

Kate
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Kate

I hope the jury is made up of soap fans! No to all things involving ABC. That said, if PP had continued with the soaps immediately after they were canceled, they would have had all the actors and writers that they wanted. The delay allowed actors and writers to go elsewhere for employment. It gave ABC time to plot. I do believe that PP should be compensated. I am sure that many of the delays were caused by ABC setting up road blocks. Nothing would make me happier than to hear that ABC goes bankrupt and disappears.

Matt
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Matt

#bitchplease

Annie
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Annie

I support Prospect Park. Perhaps they aren’t commenting until lawsuit is over? Win big, Prospect Park.

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

So PP wants to extend the license, cancel the license fee it owes ABC, and collect $95 million. Sounds to me like PP is not out of the soap opera business despite “cancelling” the shows. I’ll never defend ABC after cancelling AMC and OLTL on the same day and treating both shows like dirt, but PP’s track record so far has not been that great with dealing with the audience and not making announcements, and some of the announcements they’ve made have been rude to fans. If there’s a chance AMC and OLTL can return, I’ll all for it, but… Read more »

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

Finally someone is standing up for OLTL! I read the complaint, and PP has a lot of valid points. OLTL was the highest rated ABC soap and was cancelled. The ABC execs laughed at soap fans. OLTL was always the underdog – less promotion, less flashy actors, and less publicity than the other 2 soaps. Maybe ABC did regret canceling OLTL. The hired the Exec. Producer, OLTL writers, and some directors for GH. Then they brought over 3 front burner actors. I remember KA was bragging about a 3yr. contract she signed for GH (really, are you kidding me, is… Read more »

mgb357
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mgb357

OK people. this is the reason that both show were shelved.. to make a point that the production company is being thwarted by ABC. While that may be the case… there are plenty of other on-line alternative that PP could use to distribute the soaps… but if ABC colluded with HULU to stifle the advertisement and promotion, then the lawsuit seems legitimate. THis lawsuit is beginning to soud like a soap isn’t it. I am not giving up hope….. Maybe ABC will see the current success of GH and realize the mistake that they made… Can you say reboot on… Read more »

Jack Parkins
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Jack Parkins

So far this lawsuit is more compelling then some of the storylines depicted
on the Online version of ALL MY CHILDREN.

Ben from Baltimore
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Ben from Baltimore

The only advertising that ABC ever did on the soaps revival was a few stars from both soaps appearing on The View and Tuc Watkins appearing on the show that replaced All My Children on ABC, The Chew. I did see a Hulu ad on Comcast Cable here in Baltimore that had a 6 second clip of One Life To Live over the summer, but I haven’t seen it on there since the middle of September. I don’t know if the ad was a cable buy or a network buy, though.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

This is getting tiresome… and there’s no one to route for here. Just let both shows die with dignity already…

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

If I were a juror I would be excused based on my known bias against ABC.

Maybe we AMC & OLTL fans should start a class-action lawsuit against Brian Frons & ABC for killing our beloved soaps?

Becky
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Becky

I was surprised that PP cancelled AMC, as it weakens their lawsuit. How can using the Llanview 3 on GH have hurt PP’s version of OLTL if AMC couldn’t make it either? Actors and characters change all the time so I don’t buy that part of the lawsuit. Not sure what to think of the points about keeping the actors off GMA and The View, not allowing adverstising, etc. It does seem odd to say you’ll act as partner, take money for licensing, then thwart any advertising efforts. Something’s off, yet I doubt PP’s going to get anything out of… Read more »

David
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David

Michael Easton, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson did not have a contract with Prospect Park so I have to laugh at PP claims that ABC secretly signed them. If those 3 did have contracts to work for PP then PP should be taking them to court as well.

su0000
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su0000

PP never had any rights to humans, the actors..
The actors were all free from any contracts, to live their lives as they chose to.
NO actor was obligated to PP..

k/kay
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k/kay

Read the complete lawsuit you can link it on the Hollywood Reporter then judge for yourself.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I think that with most messy lawsuits, there is a lot of truth and a lot of lie mixed together, but at the end of the day I’m rooting for Prospect Park in a big way. I don’t think they’ll be able to prove all of their claims, seems like a lot of heresay, but I do think they can prove some: the URLs not being turned over, the failing to consult on storylines, and the using the “temporary” OLTL characters heavily on GH as front runner characters/stories. All these things seem to be pretty clear fact, and all of… Read more »

Kristin
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Kristin

Shouldn’t have canceled the shows in the first place!

Hannah
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Hannah

Be careful what you wish for. ABC might release PP from the licensing fess that are still owed but in order to settle, PP may have to relinquish said rights. ABC will them shelve the projects, just like PP has.

Jim Grant
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Isn’t it remotely possible that abc-tv might want ALL MY CHILDREN back as a half hour show?
I wish that things looked brighter on the horizon for ALL MY CHILDREN, I know it’s not impossible that it could still come back since it was barely given a chance as an on-line inception, but at the same time would the actors want to be caught in the corner and then forced to give out a statement in an obligatory sort of way like Debbi, Cady and Jill no doubt felt that they needed to do?

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Or maybe…..
ABC sees the viability of bringing OLTL back to network…

With the soaps gaining viewers once again , what would be better than reviving the best soap ever……

Please ABC programming, give us back OLTL …. even 30 minutes would work.

2:00 OLTL 2:30-3:30 GH 3:30 ABC News?

How bout it ?

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So, if PP is saying that ABC shouldn’t have hired out of work Actors and Writers and Producers from OLTL, will they be filing a lawsuit against CBS next? Perhaps they will say that hiring Thorsten Kaye for B&B forced PP to shelve AMC? After all, if they can’t rewrite/recast characters from OLTL, perhaps they couldn’t recast Zach Slater for AMC. PP’s reasoning is just laughable. When will the ridiculous accusations end? Sadly they are turning two beloved showed into punchlines. AMC & OLTL deserve better.

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I am so sad that I am losing my OLTL family yet again. I hope somehow PP is still going to try to put OLTL and AMC back on the internet. If they are gone for good, please don’t put the r.i.p. sign next to their names again michael. Maybe another icon can be created for former soaps and do what are they doing now sorta of thing.

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why don’t pp just admit that they were in way over their heads with the remakes and stop this craziness. Let us OLTL fans mourn its death in peace instead of having it drudge up like this every year. Also, why doesn’t ABC just admit it messed up by even cancelling OLTL in the first place?

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Someone said they no longer care, that PP and ABC deserve each other . I care because it loved both of these soaps for decades, and because I loved the online AMC more than I’d liked the ABC version in years. I am grieving over the loss again. And though I was not as enamored about the 20s and teenager orientd plots of the PP version of one life, I watched, loyally, waiting for it to improve. I will always miss them, and hope somehow they will come back. Very least we need a movie tying up loose ends. I… Read more »

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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