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Prospect Park Announces All My Children & One Life To Live Production Start Date: February 25th!

This morning, Prospect Park issued an official press release revealing that The Online Network will commence production on the highly-anticipated revivals of beloved soaps operas, All My Children and One Life to Live on February 25th for both series!

Principal production for both series will take place in Stamford, Connecticut with new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live set to debut later this spring!

The official release went on to say:  “In an announcement earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed its plans to re-introduce the beloved vanguard franchises, through a groundbreaking content deal that will bring premium first-run, broadcast-quality programming to a mass market audience via the Internet.  Brand new 30-minute episodes of both All My Children and One Life to Live will be launched each weekday and available to stream online via the free Hulu.com service and to subscribers of Hulu Plus making these venerable dramas available in a new format that suits the viewing habits of the digital generation. In addition, the iTunes Store will offer both series via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac or PC.

Breathing new life into the storied franchises, Prospect Park and TOLN will blend updated themes and fresh faces with the fan-favorite Emmy-winning actors and writers who made these series must-watch viewing for legions of loyal fans.

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Previously announced All My Children cast members include: Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin), Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin Castillo), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater).

Previously announced One Life to Live cast members include: Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning) Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), and Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning). Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel), and Nick Choksi (Vimal Patel)   Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks!”

So soapers, it appears we are only two weeks away from the start of production for AMC and OLTL?  What are your thoughts?  Excited?  Are some of you still skeptical?  Let us know!

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CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Excited, but concerned. No word on some pivotal characters. Erica, Tad, Joe Martin…Brooke, Adam, Dixie…

Joseph
Joseph

I believe the actors that are not coming back because of pure greed. The show will do fine without them & they will feel idiotic. Hopefully I’m wrong but that’s the only conclusion I can come up with why so many dedicated actors are back at OLTL.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Since I posted my original comment the last four on my list are now on board. I know Susan Lucci said scheduling, she loves Agnes and I believe wants to do it. But I am happy with who we have and look forward to seeing Pine Valley (and Llanview) again!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Jackson, Krystal, Kendall, Bianca….:)

simone
simone

I agree, where are the old favorites, I worry this will be like General Hospital Nightshift, it was ok but lacked the appeal of the original

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I LOVED Nightshift! Hoping Felix Dubois is related to Toussaint Dubois from Nightshift. I’d love to see Billy Dee and Epiphany again.

Jacalyn
Jacalyn

So,so awesome! I cannot wait for my AMC and OLTL 🙂

Val
Val

I’ll need to see more AMC vet casting announcements before I’ll believe it’ll be a success. I’m still uneasy how skimpy the cast list is compared to OLTL. I do have David and Cara and want to see their love/family story continued, that much I know! 🙂

Tali
Tali

Very Excited, but will miss Michael Easton! As long as John McBain is back with Natalie & Liam is number #1 goal, tho’!!

michelle
michelle

yeah me 2 and i know i am so happy to have it back on air….

Tali (not Smith)
Tali (not Smith)

Hooray! Can hardly wait this is so great. So many of my favorites back. It is unfortunate that a couple disgruntled actors and dueling Disney divisions have cast a pall over OLTL lately, because what Prospect Park is gearing up to achieve is really rather wonderful.

Mary Bangs
Mary Bangs

I am truly excited. I have been doing a lot of talking to Father Clarence over the past year and a half but hear no mention of him coming back. Sure hope he is a walk on for a few shows since he was the one to convince me that this was all possible. Just think, PP is the first to open this market for soaps. They are right there on top of the industry now and have millions of us following them. Don’t give up PP. We are here to back you. Ten years ago, nothing like this could have been accomplished. Times are changing. Sorry about your luck ABC. You have been left out of the loop completely. It was the soap fans that caused all your daytime shows to be cancelled. We stay true to what we believe in. We are now here for PP. Can’t wait.

jim
jim

Good news for now. Greater news when they finally air.

David
David

I’m also concerned about the quality of the writing. It seems to be dictated on the actor “gets” they have. I’m wondering what kind of storyline they can tell on All My Children with such a disjointed cast. At least One Life to Live has a good core of characters.

GayAtheistLH
GayAtheistLH

Some people will never be convinced no matter what. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be enjoying the revival of our beloved shows.

Patrick
Patrick

Still miss OLTL ! Can’t believe it’s coming back!

UnionGrl
UnionGrl

I’m mildly hopeful for this reboot but I’m not happy about the cast members who went to GH being dragged back to what may only be a short lived experiment. I’m having a hard time getting my mind around a totally digital soap but it could be better than I think.

Chris
Chris

I’ll still believe this when I actually see it as I don’t trust Prospect Park after last year. Quite frankly, I’d be shocked (shocked!) if these so-called “reboots” last longer than a year, especially without a cable or syndicated TV outlet agreeing to pick them up and defray the costs. No matter what anyone here says, these soaps will have much lower production values and will almost certainly look nothing like they were when they were on ABC. They almost certainly will not survive on only internet advertising when the shows will still be fairly expensive to produce. It just does not add up and make economic sense,

Outside of the rabid die hards (who in reality are not as large a group as they continue to think/insist), I just don’t see enough casual former viewers (or new viewers, for that matter) going out of their way to take time to watch these watered down “reboots” on a computer screen, as the large majority of people moved on quite a while ago to other routines and/or don’t care anymore. Prospect Park will almost certainly need a large chunk of those people to come if this has any hope of mildly working and making $$$.

Also, if this project is not properly promoted to a mainstream audience, it has almost zero chance of working, IMO. After all, outside of online soap fans on message boards/websites, how many people actually know about these “reboots”? And if they do know, do they care? Quite frankly, I have my doubts. I’d like to be wrong, but I just don’t see any way that these “reboots” will work long-term and satisfy everyone.

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
Travis-Tyrell Thomas

Im just as skeptical as you are. But the reality is that the TV landscape is changing. I just started watching House of Cards on Netflix which is their first scripted series and its amazing. It did well enough to warrant a 2nd season. But I guess the difference is that I actually own a 3D/Internet TV so I have the luxury of watching these things on my tv. My concern is advertising. Just releasing press statements to the Soap Press wont be enough. They need to go big or go home. But this could also be an amazing time for Soaps just like it was when it transitioned from Radio to TV. But I do believe that more people watch soaps than are actually being counted. I mean the Nielsen ratings are so outdated and out of touch with the viewing public. I know someone that has a Nielsen box and it only lets you tally information for 1 TV in the household even though they have 3. If u look at ratings for many primetime shows they are all pretty low, but once you take into account 3day+ viewing from DVR’s all those ratings skyrocket up, and Daytime TV didnt take into account DVR viewing which always made me upset. To be honest if most Network TV wants to survive its time for them to change the way the Nielsens rate shows.

Kat
Kat

There is such a thing is Internet tv? Interesting. I have a flat screen HDTV but 3d gives hubby headaches so not going that root. Anyway first I hope soap fans get their wishes and I would never wish it not work out but….I don’t see it lasting long either. I just don’t see how they can pay actors let alone production etc on Internet ads etc….Also pp isn’t making friends with their recent actions with GH which makes me wonder how effective they will be at running these soaps. Anyway good luck to the fans.

TRW
TRW

Glad to get your in the know industry viewpoint on this…

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
Travis-Tyrell Thomas

@Kat Yeah the internet TV is under so many different names. Google TV, Smart TV, and whatever crazy name each brand has come up with for Wi-FI internet search TV’s. I cant lie, it cost me a pretty penny, but again I bought mine almost 2 years ago, so I def know the price has gone down. But I had to have it.

The other thing Im not getting is everyone keeps saying they need to resolve the Tale of Two Todd’s but it seems everyone keeps forgetting Trevor St. John is NOT signing on for this. So whats the point of having Todd, Starr, and John back if you dont have Victor. And they cant just explain it away off-screen because that would be a huge waste of viewers time. And I do agree that PP has a right to the characters because a contract is a contract, but good ole’ Money hungry Disney is the one that screwed BOTH parties. I think people need to direct there anger at the true culprit of all of this drama which at the end of the day is really Disney.

su0000
su0000

I feel OLTL will make it.. It has most of the core and original cast..
As for AMC, it weak.. IT will be whole lot of new everything..

It will be awesome to be able to see both soaps and cheer them both on !!
AND- we will be first to watch the first launching of TV like broadcasting to the internet..
sorta like being at Kitty Hawk with Wright Brothers LOL yah ..

Debbie
Debbie

I have been waiting for these shows to come back ever since they went off the air. I do not care that they will be on the internet. Very excited, can’t hardly wait. I have missed them ever since they went off the air on ABC. I do not watch any of the replacement shows. I do still watch General Hospital but if they take it off I will no longer watch anything on ABC in the daytime because all the other shows are boring.

Gillian
Gillian

I want to enjoy this. I want to loom forward to watching OLTL and AMC again but I can’t because of the fact that PP is strong -arming three OLTL actors. By taking away their livelihoods and banning them from working while this gets hammered out with ABC, PP is hurting the actors personally. That leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. Yes, ABC never should have cancelled OLTL but they did and GH kept Llanview alive. For many long time fans of both shows, like myself, that meant everything after OLTL went off the air on Friday the 13th of 2012. It is because of GH’s high ratings and fan support that PP can revive OLTL now. Hurting the actors isn’t a way to garner support nor is it showing good faith to actors who PP wants to crossover. With this said, PP has handled this like a PR disaster and I don’t trust them. If they continue to hurt the actors or try to hurt GH, the last remaining ABC soap, I won’t watch. I wonder if hurting GH is their end game? Cut the momentum, make ratings tale a hit and get it cancelled. PP is run by a former ABC exec. I’m beginning to thing they want GH to fail.

Kat
Kat

Preach on Gillian. Exactly my thoughts too. I love oltl but trying to force the issues with GH is really upsetting me. They treat these actors as if they are objects and they have families and things to take care of and pp is causing them to be in limbo. It’s just plain wrong.

Gillian
Gillian

I did some more research yesterday and read some more info about the initial PP deal. Apparently PP was most interested in OLTL/GH but ABC/Disney would only sell AMC/OLTL as a package deal. According to this, PP was little interested in AMC? I’m taking it with a grain of salt but it makes sense since AMC reboot seems to be a younger, different show. If true, it also means PP wants GH. If it fails, they get GH. The report on Daytime Dish (HNY) also states that the Disney arm wants keeps forcing ABC daytime back with PP to renegotiate. I am skeptical but still wondering if this is a way for Disney to remove soaps from daytime and PP to get GH by sabotaging the show which has been thriving.

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
Travis-Tyrell Thomas

Hey Gillian just throwing my two cents in. I was at the Sag-Aftra office a few days ago and this is being talked about a lot. But you also have to look at this from PP point of view. They paid for these characters. So by the law they have a right to them. Their beef isnt with the Actors, its with ABC Daytime/Times Square Studios. They paid a licensing fee to ABC Daytime/Times Square Studios for All the characters on OLTL. Now the reality is that when PP’s first attempt didnt work, ABC Daytime/Times Square Studios then licensed those 3 characters from PP for only ONE YEAR. But ABC Daytime/Times Square Studios knew this and was desperately trying to renegotiate an extension on those characters though PP, but they were shut down from the top of DISNEY who we all know owns ABC.

They were already working on an extension Deal with PP without bringing ABC to the table. I think so many people keep trying to blame this side and that side. At the end of the Day the Money stops at Disney who could care less about the 3 actors or ABC Daytime/Times Square Studios. Trust me if Disney wanted those shows to stay, they would still be on the air, they just care about the money they are gonna rake in from PP, and it doesnt help that one of the owners of PP is besties with the top Exes at Disney, considering he is a former employee.

But the reality is that as a business PP did pay for something that by Contract law they have a right to. But I also see the other side as an actor, the actors are caught in the middle. I think Disney should had all the parties at the table and this all could have been avoided. But as a fan I really hope and want these ventures to succeed, but as an actor Im like stay on the network show. There is more visibility there. I mean seriously no agent in their right mind would tell their client to leave a network show to go to an online show. So you cant hate the actors either.

So can you hate PP for wanting what they paid for? Can you hate the actors for wanting to stay on a show with a better pay scale and more visibility? Can WE hate Disney for letting these shows get cancelled in the first place???? Haha

Liz Arnold
Liz Arnold

Where’s Roxy?

Cartini
Cartini

Where is Susan Haskell!!’ Dhe could be the new Kendall

susan M.
susan M.

Please Confirm that OLTL & AMC will be on Hulu for free watching of these soaps. Because my friend E-mailed Hulu about OLTL & AMC being on their site & if it was definetely going to be free and this is the response she got from her hulu e-mail. It
said : Hi Karen, Thanks for getting in touch with us! At this time, we do NOT have a
partnership with One Life To Live and All My Children, so I’m afraid we’re not able to
offer their content through Hulu or Hulu plus. I’m really sorry for any frustration here.
You can alway’s view different clips , episodes, and movies availiable on Hulu Plus.
We’d love to offer content fro more networks in the future, so though I don’t have any
news to share, check our blog (http://bloghulu.com) for updates. I hope this clears things
up. Happiest to help,
Natalie M.
Hulu Support
So what is up with this!!! Is OLTL & AMC going to be on Hulu or not! And for free watching! Soap fans what do think of the response from my friends e-mail to Hulu.
I am so confused and worried I will miss the soaps. HELP!!!!!!

GLENDA BOOZER
GLENDA BOOZER

I MAY BE TO OLD BUT HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK. ALSO HOW MUCH IS GOING TO COST

susan M.
susan M.

I can’t afford to pay each month to watch the OLTL & AMC on Hulu after the free viewing at a limited time expires. Prospect Park has a comedy show on one of the
cable stations & it is called Royal Pains. Why didn’t they just put OLTL & AMC on that cable station that t.v. show is on. It would have made things a lot easier to watch & it would alway’s be FREE VIEWING all the time like it has been all these
years!!

susan M.
susan M.

I am leary of this on line watching of our soaps. I would feel better if they were on
a cable channel on the t.v. WORRIED!

susan M.
susan M.

I wish Michael would respond my reply on 2/12. About the e-mail my friend received from Hulu! I am worried that I will miss OLTL & AMC on line because of their e-mail
message my friend received from them yeaterday. Message at 2/12 at 6:32p.m….
PLEASE HELP!

susan M.
susan M.

And if so Regular Hulu is free and Hulu Plus you have to pay & subscribe to ($7.99)
CORRECT………. Please read e-mail first that I received from my friend! Need an answer
on this ! I don’t want to miss anything!

susan M.
susan M.

I need an answer to this ASAP so I know how to go on HULU .com correctly . And
what I have To Type in to get on the right site(Free Hulu Viewing of OLTL & AMC)…. Read all my messages. I a bit upset. PLease read all above comments!

susan M.
susan M.

I guess I am not going to get any help . About all my comments above! OH WELL!

susan M.
susan M.

No help yet!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I want to make sure about this & know how to get on HULU (free) viewing correctly!

Nancy
Nancy

OMG… this is music to my ears!!! I was really bummed out when they had pulled both of my favorite soaps off the air… and i had heard rumors that GH was next on the chopping block… so THANK YOU for bringing these two back. Looking forward to viewing both :))

susan M.
susan M.

I just hope it won’t be a hassle to watch them on line. And I hope it will be free for quite a while can’t afford to pay each month. I have enough bills to pay. I rather they
were on a cable channel on the tv than on line. I will watch the on line as long as it
is Free viewing. Not to happy about watching them on line again rather they were
on a cable channel on the t.v. I am happy their back but I like to view them in the
t.v. I am not computer savy!

Jan
Jan

I’m am so excited to reconnect with 2 of my favorite soaps…All My Children and One Life to Live!!! My other favorite soap is General Hospital.Thank You To All who made this happen!!!

Leslie Diane Smith
Leslie Diane Smith

I am really looking forward to watching All My Children again. I DVR the old episodes
every night on soapnet. Please let us know the exact date it will start and the exact
place we can be sure and get it on our computers. Thanks for listening to the
public, it seems to be a rare thing lately.

Jan
Jan

What??? We have to PAY to watch our soaps now?? What’s this world coming to… it’s all about $$$ these days! I was excited about AMC coming back, now I’m not so sure…

Beverly Mundy
Beverly Mundy

I can’t wait to see my old friends. I have really missed them all. The story lines on AMC and OLTL had become so good. I hope to find out who was shot in the last scene on AMC. Also hopes that someone wil find out that fake Todd is still alive. Please keep Roger Hemsworth on OLTL. We don’t need them on GH..Thanks for giving our soaps another voice. I promise to bring ten viewers to see them.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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