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Prospect Park Announces All New Episodes Of AMC & OLTL To Premiere On Hulu, Hulu Plus & ITunes!

One of the big questions has been answered today of just how fans of One Life to Live and All My Children will be able to view the returns of their beloved soaps!  Many were concerned they would have to pay, or, would it be free to view?

Well in press release out this morning, Prospect Park’s The Online Network (TOLN) announced that in a groundbreaking move the company has reached an agreement with Hulu and the iTunes Store to distribute digitally all-new episodes of AMC and OLTL through the Hulu distribution agreement, the hugely popular daily dramas will reach tens of millions of fans via the free Hulu.com service, as well as millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.   In addition, iTunes customers can enjoy viewing on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and their Mac or PC. The announcement was made today by Prospect Park Chairman and CEO, Jeff Kwatinetz.

The press release went on to say some very key components, which we break down for you:  “Starting this spring, viewers can stream the beloved serial dramas All My Children and One Life to Live on the free Hulu.com service and the Hulu Plus subscription service. New 30-minute episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live will be introduced each weekday. This innovative content deal will re-introduce these venerable daytime hits in a new format perfect for the viewing habits of the digital generation. Prospect Park and TOLN plan to blend new themes, fresh stars and youthful energy with the familiar actors and writers who made these shows must-watch afternoon viewing for legions of loyal fans.

The agreement with Hulu also allows brands and marketers to connect with a highly desirable and engaged audience. Hulu will manage the advertising sales for both shows, and package integrated sponsorship opportunities. TOLN will also offer ecommerce and other digital marketing programs to brands and entities looking to tap into Hulu’s mass market demographic. Additionally, Hulu will promote both series across its subscription and free-to-view platforms”

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Jeff Kwantinetz commented on the platforms: “I believe that both Hulu and iTunes have the vision, the reach and the technology to help us launch TOLN in a significant way. We think these platforms are part of history, helping us to transform distribution. Hulu’s reach, platform and advertising prowess are best in class, and iTunes provides an incredible way to buy TV shows that is second to none. Through both of these partners, we hope daytime drama fans are absolutely delighted to be able to watch their favorite programs in a broadcast-quality HD format wherever and whenever they want.”

News on financing: “Prospect Park has closed its financing with ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since 1989, ABRY has completed over $36 billion in leveraged transactions and other private equity investments involving approximately 450 properties.  Brent Stone, a partner at ABRY Partners, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with Jeff Kwatinetz and the rest of the team at Prospect Park, and we strongly believe that they will continue to be a leader in their innovative approach to content creation.”  Kwatinetz continued, “We are privileged to the have the backing and partnership with Brent and his team at ABRY, who are proven, brilliant investors, and will help us reach our ultimate goals.”

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Another key part of the press release involved Agnes Nixon’s participation:  “Under the leadership of Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, Prospect Park in 2011 forged a multi-year, multi-platform licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group to continue production of All My Children and One Life to Live,  Prospect Park has also entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon, the creator of both series, guaranteeing her active involvement in their continued production.”

So soapers, what do you think of the exciting news that you can view AMC and OLTL for free?  And the another news in the press release that has Prospect Park leading the way in a groundbreaking move to show the soaps online?

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debikra
debikra

Break this down…for us computer illiterates. Can we watch it on our computers for free?

heidi
heidi

I love HULU!!! This is great news!

Patrick
Patrick

I won’t believe it till i can upload/downlaod on Hulu.com…. this site may come with commercials… however…. with a 1/2 hour show… i can deal with that…

it’s with huluPlus.com… that you’d pay a fee, commericial free?, and access on other “gadgets”… including I-tunes…

so.. my understanding thus far… hulu.com is FREE….

Don
Don

I don’t know about THESE shows, but HULU Plus does indeed have commercials. The do this to defray their costs. The don’t have as many commercials as they do on TV though. The only shows on HULU Plus that don’t have commercials are the very old shows. I would just about bet my last dollar that there will be commercials on these two shows.

Jules
Jules

Not for Canadians it won’t be free! We don’t get hulu! GRRRR!!! And something tells me the iTunes versions won’t be free either…..

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Jules, I couldn’t find anything completely free, but there is this option: http://www.howtogetitincanada.com/how-to-watch-hulu-in-canada/

tkfanalways
tkfanalways

Is it OK to scream with delight!?
EEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Expat
Expat

Please, can you tell me if these will be available on iTunes for the UK? We can’t get Hulu and I have been dependent on YouTube for years now!

Don
Don

There are software programs that can mask you IP address. I would suggest you look into one of them.

Expat
Expat

Thanks, I will try to find someone who understands these things and try to find the programmes. It’s very kind of you to reply.

Expat
Expat

amend that…we can get Hulu in the UK but only those programmes that have been licensed for the UK.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Great to see the RIP removed from AMC & OLTL.

Tali (not Smith)
Tali (not Smith)

Yes indeed! Long Live AMC and OLTL.

Stephanie
Stephanie

That is the first thing I noticed when I looked on this site today — no more RIP for AMC! Whoot-Whoot!! I am still holding my breath at times, but I am just so darn excited, I thought this would never come true, and I started thinking about it recently and then bam — news at the end of 2012 that it would indeed return, just cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!

thomas
thomas

is awesome news

Tali (not Smith)
Tali (not Smith)

This is so smart! Great distribution, so many choices. Hulu plus iTunes! This just flies into the future. Be able to watch anywhere. Here, is it works, is a link to all the various ways you can view Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices

Kristen Howe
Kristen Howe

Michael, this is sweet and good news! What happened to the last lines of the article? It was cut off.

Rachel Elisabeth
Rachel Elisabeth

Oooh. Wow.

Tali (not Smith)
Tali (not Smith)

Huge shout out to Agnes Nixon too, thank you!

su0000
su0000

I have watched my soaps for 5yrs through HULU, so very good!!

Hopefully GoogleTV and Roku will pick up the TRON channel , also!!!

Teri
Teri

Are they ever going to bring back Guiding Light & As the World Turns??

Robert
Robert

After this, who knows, maybe they can come back as well!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I’m hoping after these are successful, others will return!

Christy
Christy

Another question Michael – since I’ve never watched any new programs on the internet, will this be like regular youtube videos – available for a long time to view? So if I go on a 2week vacation, will the shows be available for viewing when I return home? – tropical island… no internet service… think Todd, Tea & Ross’ island vacation :-)D

anyway to save them so I can watch them decades from now, like I do with old VHS recordings?

Buddy
Buddy

I already have a Hulu Plus account via my Xbox so I will be able to watch it on my big screen 🙂 Very Happy

Ella
Ella

Thinking the same thing about my Wii !

Terry
Terry

Any idea if this will be available for Canadians through iTunes? I know Hulu is not permitted so I am guessing that iTunes Canada will not have it either.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

http://www.howtogetitincanada.com/how-to-watch-hulu-in-canada/ Is just one option I have seen for those fans in Canada.

Annette P
Annette P

Hope we don’t have to pay iTunes for these soaps, we pay 2 much for cable & phone service already!!

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I’m sure if they are free now they won’t stay that way for long! If they’re only on the internet it’s because they want to charge a subscription fee! I wish it was on cable since I’m already paying of it! I don’t need another bill to pay!

Blake
Blake

Great news! I will watch them on hulu for sure! So great that these shows have been saved, thank you Prospect Park! So sorry for trash talking you last year, you pulled it off!

Now can we get my Guiding Light back????

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I hope so Blake!

Blake
Blake

It would be great!!!

emtk
emtk

Hooray! I can’t wait to see OLTL!!!! Hooray for Prospect Park and hooray for ABRY financing!

B.J.
B.J.

I’m bummed that Hulu.free is not available on Roku to watch on my TV … only Hulu Plus, but I’ll be able to watch them on my computer. Since I pay for Netflix now, I’m not sure I can justify paying for Hulu too, just to see them on the big screen, but we’ll see. If they were each an hour long, I probably could. 😉

This really is great news for their future success, that they will be accessible so many ways. I can’t wait!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Hulu.com is free, but I don’t know anything about Roku. I watch it using my tv as a monitor now with just a cord connection. Because they are next to each other I have no need for a Roku type service.

B.J.
B.J.

Roku is the great little relatively inexpensive device for what it offers, that I have to watch Netflix and other media channels on my TV, without stringing cables to my computer. Unfortunately, the PC wasn’t close enough to be a viable choice.

http://www.roku.com/

Thanks for your response. 🙂

Robert
Robert

Oh the news keeps getting better and better! 🙂

Maxine
Maxine

Are they still going to be on cable though?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

No word on that yet. I think they needed these agreements in place before they worked on a cable distribution.

Maxine
Maxine

Thanks! I’m hoping it all works out and that they go to cable as well!

Chrissy Matteson
Chrissy Matteson

I am sooooooooooooooooooo excited I can’t even begin to say. I was so depressed when they were canceled but never waivered in my faith that someone would be smart enough to pck them up

Patti
Patti

Yes !!! This just gets better and better!! I AM SO HAPPY !!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Fantastic News looking forward to seeing OLTL and AMC. Thank you to everyone who is responsible for all they done for all of us and thank you Michael for your part.

Johnny
Johnny

I have HULU on my RoKu device attached to my TV via the Internet, I am wondering if I need to subscribe to HULU PLUS or will it be available on Just plain HULU – at any rate it is great News – now all they need to do is cast some of the roles and we’ll be all set.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

From everything I’ve read, you will be able to watch then on Hulu for free, they would have commercials.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

I’m with Christy, Michael. I don’t know anything about Hulu! What do I have to do????
Can you help us computer illiterates?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Very exciting news!

Derek
Derek

What an emotional day! To see the RIP off of AMC is a miracle.to think that barely a month ago, we all never thought this would happen. Thank you Prospect park and Agnes Nixon!

James McDonald
James McDonald

Hot Diggity Dog! Now all we need to hear is Devious Maids will be cancelled and Susan Lucci can return to All My Children (Erica has to be alive).

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I think they would be able to work out scheduling so she could do both. At least that is my hope!

AJ
AJ

This has “failure” written all over it.

Sorry, but no traditional TV outlet (cable, syndication, other) = virtually no chance in my book. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in fantasy land. I just cannot imagine enough older viewers (the core of the daytime soap audience) and casual viewers (the ones Prospect Park will have to attract to have any chance of this getting off the ground and making $$$) going out of their way to watch these abominations-in-the-making on a small computer screen. Outside of the rabid die hards, I don’t see enough casual mainstream people interested enough, regardless of comments made by the small sample on this page. The large, silent majority of people who watched these soaps at one time or another on ABC have long since moved on to other routines, don’t care anymore, and haven’t for a long time.

Derek
Derek

How do you know that? How do you know people have moved on? This is how people are watching shows nowadays. There have been plenty of other web soaps that have been successful. This one already has a fanbase. Were you an AMC fan AJ? I’m.curious.

AJ
AJ

Only a loud cult group is kicking, screaming, and throwing a tantrum for these soaps to come back. That almost certainly won’t be enough for Prospect Park to show that they can make $$$ off of this. Plus, if this project does not get adequate promotion, it’s even more doomed to fail. After all, outside of people online on soap opera sites, who actually knows about this? And if people do know, do they care? Honestly, I have my doubts. Without Susan Lucci, I believe AMC would be better off staying cancelled instead of tarnishing its legacy even more after its final 5 or 6 years, which were awful.

Prospect Park is going to need to attract tons of casual mainstream viewers to this to have any remote hope of it getting off the ground and succeeding, and I don’t see enough of those people caring enough or being interested to go out of their way to download, stream, and watch diminished versions of these shows on a computer screen. There is so much competition out there, and the large majority of those people moved on a long time ago (especially from AMC) and are now in new routines. If people were not watching these soaps when they still aired on ABC, I don’t see them returning or starting now. I highly doubt that.

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Derek, some people are just negative and contrary and there’s no telling them otherwise. I believe there will be enough people watching to keep this going if the writers, staff and actors do a fabulous job which I’m sure they will do. There are plenty of younger folks who will enjoy the fact that they can watch this on a gadget. Plus, with the right equipment many people will be able to watch these on there regular TV. That’s what I plan to do. But I’m one of those optimistic people instead of a pessimistic person. I refuse to let the nay Sayers rain on my parade. In fact, I feel like sneezing because I am allergic to negative people. These types come on here and constantly say “this will never work.” But it’s happening and we are all so thrilled about it. I also disagree when he said the last few years of AMC were not good. Sure, they had their ups and downs, but I’ve always enjoyed them. We love Susan Lucci, but she is not the entire show. We love many of the characters and will be thrilled to have them back. So keep your chin up and just ignore the nay Sayers. They are a fact of life just like catching a cold.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

If it were just a small group of loud diehard fans…I seriously doubt Prospect Park would still be working on this. They would have let the rights revert back to ABC/D and be done with it. They have done their own research and I believe they know better than you. Time will tell.

Cassie
Cassie

“Cult group” – seriously? Your argument is laughable. There is no cult group. These soaps are being revived because the four remaining soaps on the main three networks are seeing the highest ratings they have in years. No one would revive OLTL & AMC if they didn’t believe doing so would be profitable, no matter how “loud” the fans are. The only way OLTL & AMC reboots won’t survive is if quality is low and viewership isn’t sustained. GH has made a remarkable ratings turnaround while at the same time keeping Llanview alive by crossovers of OLTL characters. This + a remarkably loyal fanbase + high ratings = revival. Plain & simple. ABC made a mistake in cancelling both AMC & OLTL at the same time. They should have floated a trial balling and tested the waters to see how alternate programming would fare instead of bringing The Chew & The Revolution onto the canvas a few months apart. Their gamble didn’t pay off like they thought it would. This may be a reason why SoapNet is still on the air. Why did they allow it to remain on air when it was supposed to be pulled from the airwaves in July 2012? Perhaps it is because soaps pull in a larger audience than they anticipated. Perhaps also ABC will air the new OLTL & AMC on SoapNet at some point? The entities involved think these shows can succeed and bring in revenue. Let’s give it a chance and wait and see.

Kian
Kian

Exactly. You’ll remember how well “Passions” did on DirecTV … cancelled after 10 months.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Hey AJ!

I’m just wondering why you are on this sight. Your obviously not a soap fan.
We don’t need your pessimistic views. Just like we got this by going online
to fight for our soaps, we’ll definetly go online to watch. I don’t know who you are but you sound as if your threatened by our soaps in some way. As for everyone
else, let be happy we have our soaps back. As for not watching AMC if Susan Lucci isn’t on it. Well thats just poo! We’ve gone long streches at a time without
her brilliance and we still watched.

Ron
Ron

“…the hugely popular daily dramas will reach tens of millions of fans via the free Hulu.com service, as well as millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.” I’m trying restrain from bursting into uncontrollable laughter.

Let me get this straight. These “hugely popular daily dramas” (LOL) could no longer reach “tens of millions of fans” when they were on free TV on ABC, but now all of a sudden these watered down retreads will reach “tens of millions of fans” on the internet and a small computer screen? Most seniors would not know the internet and “Hulu” from a hole in the wall. And all the younger generations who weren’t/had no interest in watching these soaps before are going to drop everything in their routines to watch these diminished dinosaurs? No matter what is said here, the reality is that these shows now have a miniscule fraction of “tens of millions of fans” left.

Besides only the most hardcore AMC/OLTL fans, hardly anyone else cares or is interested in this one iota. Everyone else has moved on with their lives. I agree with AJ-This is a huge flop in the making.

Chris
Chris

I’d be stunned if these soaps last six months on the internet without airing somewhere on regular TV. It just does not add up.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

They are also working on getting them aired on a cable channel after their original ‘airings’ online. They needed the digital format set in place first.

Derek
Derek

Well AJ I guess we’ll just have to wait and see who’s right. I still don’t know how you know people have “moved on” and won’t watch again when it comes back. In any case, we’ll just have to see come April how many are watching.

Johnny
Johnny

We will just have to wait and see how it works, I would not side with the negative people here, we are in a different world today and media is bigger, it’s difficult to predict how well the shows will do, and I understand that the die hard fans don’t necessarily represent the casual observers but let’s give it a chance. I don’t mind watching half hour versions, sometimes the hour programs got dragged out. The 30 minute format may give the shows a better flow ~ I will certainly be streaming through HULU on my TV screen, I am sure others will do the same. The cards can land face up or down, it depends on how compelling the shows are and how strongly they can attract both new and current fans.

Reed
Reed

Great comment Johnny. I’m not listening to the negative folks anymore. Those guys probably dont even watch AMC anyway. They somehow think that only the old diehard fans will be watching and the shows have no chance of attracting new viewers. I for one am looking forward to AMC rising from the dead!

danica
danica

I am ready for the first episode of OLTL and will be where ever it airs! Just bring my stories and make them good! I do prefer commercial free even if I have to pay for it though…

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

So thrilled! I’ll be watching on my TV, but if I am away I can watch on my IPad! Each show is only 30 minutes, but I’ll take that over nothing. Port Charles and Loving were only 30 minute shows but I loved them! Can’t wait! Our efforts and prayers have been rewarded! P.S., my 87 yr. old friend uses a computer just fine and she intends to watch them every day on her desk top! Just sayin!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Very happy to be able to watch my stories again! Hoping their success enables other cancelled shows to return. I am curious to see how this all comes together and what the end result will be. All I know for sure, is that I will be watching!
Thank you for not giving up (like I thought you did) Prospect Park and for being smart enough to get Agnes Nixon on board.

marfa
marfa

Just wish they had cut a deal with Netflix instead of Hulu. I don’t need to pay for two accounts.
And as always you will have to pay to buy an episode on iTunes. Bad thing about that, is I recently bought an episode of Dallas, and it won’t even play on my iPod. Sucks.

Am just hoping the commercials don’t take up the whole show. They say it’s going to be a 30 minute show, but when you factor in commercials, it will probably only be 20 minutes or less.

Was hoping that Prospect was going to run it from their own site. 🙁

Derek
Derek

It will be free to watch on hulu.

FRAN
FRAN

I’m thrilled they are coming back … I will pay if I have to, but for FREE-even better.

Jim
Jim

If only the nimrods who convert the soaps from their DVRs and put them on YouTube without permission could be sued by the powers that be, online soaps might have a chance, but as long as people thinks it’s all right and there’s “no copyright violation intended”, online shows would be commercially viable.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

SInce learning about the return of OLTL, I’ve been sitting at my computer waiting for it to start. Just get it to us quickly. I’m dying without my soap opera people. Hurry!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I am glad we can watch our beloved soaps for free! I was a bit worried that they might
charge some outrageous price…Didn’t want to miss these soaps! I am releived now.. Can’t wait to see AMC & especially OLTL my #1 favorite soap!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

I’m thrilled that Hulu is picking up AMC! I never watched OLTL, but I will absolutely tune-in to day 1 of the new AMC & watch with pleasure! Thank you to all the cast & crew who are bringing Pine Valley and all the insanity it holds, back to our homes & hearts! WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!

M. Hilton
M. Hilton

So very thrilled to be able to see these much loved and missed shows again, can’t wait!!!!!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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