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Prospect Park Lawsuit Dismissed, Rights To AMC & OLTL Revert Back To ABC!

Courtesy/Prospect Park

Courtesy/Prospect Park

Finally there is resolution for the rights to beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live. Yesterday on December 1st, a judge in California dismissed Prospect Park’s breach of contract lawsuit against ABC.

Formerly, Prospect Park licensed the rights to AMC and OLTL after they were canceled by the network, and then began a difficult process and finally were able to bring the online version to life in 2013 with one 40-plus episode season of both soaps.  Plagued with issues, the soaps were canned again after their run on Hulu. That same year, Prospect Park sued ABC. Now with the judge’s ruling the rights to AMC and OLTL have reverted back to ABC .

Soap Central was able to obtain a statement from s Susan Klein, an attorney with Valle Makoff LLP who represented ABC in the lawsuit.  She said, “I can confirm that Prospect Park’s lawsuit was dismissed yesterday and ABC regained the rights to those shows.”

As to what, if anything, ABC will plan to do with the iconic shows, remains to be seen. Clearly, if they have interest in righting the wrong that befell these shows and its fans, when the network cancelled them in the first place, they could resurrect them in some fashion. But will they? This is a developing story and On-Air On-Soaps will keep you updated.

So, what do you think of the news of the dismissal of Prospect Park’s lawsuit against ABC?  Do you think it’s too late for ABC to try to bring back All My Children and One Life to Live in some form, or do you think they could revive the show’s one more time? Comment below!

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Ricardo
Ricardo

ABC should revive OLTL, never too late, cancel the view and bring back OLTL.

Celia
Celia

Yeeeesss!! Cancel THE VIEW. Let’s enjoy something worthwhile….like OLTL.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Revive OLTL! Unfortunately I think it would be too late to revive AMC with some of the legends such as David Canary gone. And Susan Lucci’s gone in a different direction…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Celia…EXACTLY!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, The View (at this point) is on LIFE SUPPORT!!!!! Yikes.

Happy Holidays, Friend.

Lavern Barton
Lavern Barton

Yes. They replaced Our good Soaps with stupid stuff, talk show jerks, cooking. Wonder why our country has obesity rate so high. Enough food and Opinionated people bring back OLTL, was at it’s best when cancelled. Pick up where they left off too

Amy
Amy

Cancel THE CHEW and bring back AMC, OLT and put GH back at its normal time! that would be great!

Brenda Bryce
Brenda Bryce

Yessss I agree cancel the view bring back the legends

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I love the View!

Rachel
Rachel

Plz cancel the view and the chew . I don’t think it’s too late to bring back our beloved soaps!!!

Claudio
Claudio

ABC please bring back AMC AND OLTL. Admit you made a mistake in cancelling these shows, then I will forgive you. If not I hope you choke on it lol.

Chris
Chris

Agree!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

You said it Claudio!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy
Amy

AMEN

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The lawsuit was dragged out and seemingly forgotten-sounds like a GH plot…bring back Todd and John McBain…Franco catches Finn’s illness and dies…John Mcbain shows up in town and arrests Finn who killed his wife after performing bizarre experiments on her to save the life of Roxy the lizard-lol…even with my battle with depression i still got a sense of humor!!!…coming back here i find does help somewhat with the stress im under! im soooooo happy for this site…thanks posters and a BIG THANKS for Micheal Fairfman for the wonderful job bringing this site together for us soap fans!!!

Celia
Celia

You sound better, Jimmy. That’s my guy!!!! Keep up the optimism.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

TRying…if me and my sister can fix mistakes my father made i could prevent loosing everything and becoming homeless…one warm day i practiced being what its like to be homeless…then for two days i skipped eating and stayed out in frozen cold but entered shops to warm up briefly…sat under a bridge and piked up pop cans…i could not survive that…id rather not be around any longer if that happens!

Rose
Rose

Jimh…. Reading your “what it might be like” scenarios suggests there is something in you that’s as creative as some of your GH, etc., story possibilities. That’s good as you work your way through your difficulties. And you have a lot of courage to open up those you’ve only known as kindred spirits on MF. I will be thinking of you and hoping for the best. -:)

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

You like to write jim…and you have a creative flair…vivid imagination. Maybe you can write your thoughts and experiences..your challenges, fears…your “days in the streets” and try to either sell it to a book publisher…though very difficult…or self publish it on the Internet. You can googld how to do that. If it hits you’ll be helping yourself emotionally, psychologically and financially!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I may have our local paper do a story first…im very depressed tonight…its been a stressful weekend…i have had mini breakdowns…meds and counceling can only do so much…cant stand living thisway but im hanging in for now!!!

janet
janet

KEEP FIGHTING jIM. I MAY NOT ENJOY gh ANY MORE, BUT I STILL WISH THE PEOPLE WHO DO WATCH THE BEST. I hope you can get past your depression, and will be well soon.
Myself I try to see what I have, not what I don’t have to not get depressed. I had heart surgary, lipazema, artheritis, etc etc. Since turning 70 everything seems to go down but, I go bowling, to the gym,and am not starving. I just think about the friends I had who are not here anymore…Keep fighting the good fight. we are here to cheer you on. You know me, most times I sound like I do nothing but hate. Its only the way tyhe writers have ruined my soap.

Sheila
Sheila

Sorry folks ABC will not bring back All My children and One Life To Live. Way to late for that. I miss my soaps, I Miss Viki Buchanan, Dorian lord and so on. ABC will stab you in the back, watch out GH. THE end is near. GH will be cancelled in the next 2 years, I hope that I am wrong.

Anthony
Anthony

Sheila – I agree with your assessment. AMC/OLTL are done. And the way GH is being written – one dead person after the next coming back to life – it is just a matter of time before GH is cancelled. I don’t watch any of the other three soaps, so my daytime drama viewing will be over when GH is over. I will however hold out a little prayer for OLTL to return – it was always my favorite.

Wil
Wil

Exactly Anthony. You’re right. The only show I watch now is GH. I loved OLTL & AMC.But if they can only bring one back, I’m rooting for AMC.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Everyone needs to calm down and take a chill pill. The GH ratings were up last week or so. This message board site seems to highlight the complainers (myself included), so we need to take what we read here with a grain of salt. Long live GH!

Terry
Terry

ABC should bring these shows back. Or allow GH to use some of the characters.

Patrick
Patrick

minimally… Roger Howarth… dang it! for those who did not watch OLTL

when he starred on GH.. as Todd… it was masterful

RH of late… is not cutting it

if what’s been posted… that … Franco is going to lose it ?

when it’s Liz show , as well

RH has more to lose… BRING back Todd

his sex appeal has not waned… just simmered till

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

As soon as I read about the lawsuit, I got excited because now that means we can have our actors from OLTL back in the original characters they played when they were first brought over to GH. Those actors are still a very good thing to see but at the same time, they just can’t click as other characters because we knew who they were before this disgusting transformation. Give me back Todd Manning and John McBain, bring back Kristen Alderson as Starr, then have a few of the characters pop in like they used to like Tea and Blair and I will be the happiest camper watching daytime. I know it will take some work but it can be done!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@James, that would be PERFECT if RON C. we’re still writing for
the show, since he wrote for OLTL…these ladies R CLUELESS!!!
They are doing a poor job with our beloved GH characters as it is.
Rejoicing in Cross contaminating characters so they’ve become
Unrecognizable to the naked eye, even the “HOSPITAL” wouldn’t
be able to identify them under a microscope.

Sean
Sean

Are you joking Ron C turned GH into a joke. In the beginning the numbers went up then they dropped to pitiful levels.

I have enjoyed GH the last couple of months.. The writing is mature, has sense to it and isn’t cartooonish.

After those dreadful numbers during the last few months of Ron’s run, keep him far far away.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree, Terry.

vinee
vinee

to late for anything to transpire as time has passed and most probably characters will not be brought to GH.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The only characters I want on GH that were up in the air are Skye Chandler and her daugher, Lila Rae. Please make the Quartermaine clan stronger! To that end, the younger Q’s need to be shown in the house, growing up and becoming little moguls like their Aunt Tracy because Michael is going nowhere in that department.

su0000
su0000

Disney/ANC will NEVER resurrect the AMC or OLTL, never.
Soaps are tremendously expensive to produce and daytime tv is failing and it plays to a certain audience, only.
At the time, not One, not one network or cable network would take them over, not one.
PP was the only taker.

Both soaps will be shelved along with All the other dead soaps.
To even believe those soaps will be revived is …………………………

//both DOOL and GH are hanging on by a prayer and one day will end and that day will be the end of daytime soaps.
It’s a shame and a sadness but it is business not emotions with networks and business is money, profits, only. Revining 2 soaps, even one soap, will never happen; it;s business.

Kat Kelley
Kat Kelley

ITA They will just throw the shows in the trash like they did the fans of these shows years ago when they stupidly cancelled them.

Fanny
Fanny

@su0000….. How can we PETITION to get Ron C. back on the show?????????

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree, Fanny.

Melissa
Melissa

Please bring back some form of OLTL. No offense to GH , which I do watch now, they have gone so way away from the hospital crowd it’s been hard to follow. One Life was many story lines but they all “fit” together. How wonderful would it be to see my old friends

Sean
Sean

The hospital is still a major focus. Monica chief of staff, Bobbie has returned as a nurse at the hospital. Liz is a nurse. Finn, Dr. Monroe, Obrecht, all hospital employees. They also have Hayden working there as a financial advisor.

The hospital is more front and center than it has been in a long time.

Patrick
Patrick

Brad
Lucas
Franco
Amy
Epiphany
Kevin Collins@ General Hospital

Irene
Irene

Being realistic look at the overall ratings of all soaps and GH and Days have limited viewers. I see ABC getting out of soap business at some point. Same with other networks. I think for CBS, they will end up being around a little longer. As far as starting the others shows again, I doubt they will do that.

Celia
Celia

I wonder if soaps went backwards to the radio waves……..would we listen?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i listened to some old radio tapes of serials on youtube…it was interesting because it allows you to use your imagination and picture the scenes in your head!!!

Celia
Celia

@Jimh.
There you are, Jimmy!!!! So happy you are starting to get into the rhythm of things? A little bit?

Yes, I can understand how radio ‘soaps’ would keep one’s imagination going. I guess life was so much more simple, eh, Jimmy.
Good night, my friend. I have such a bad cold. My little nose looks like Rudolph’s. LOL.

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

If it gets me John McBain back ,I;m all for it.

Stacey
Stacey

I cannot lie I love McBain, however I will take him as Finn. Like him with Tracy but can’t stomach him with Hayden. Hayden has been propped and continues to be propped. Giving her this disease to garner sympathy does not make her more likeable.

janet
janet

I agree, I think if they killed off Franco, cleaned up the actor,and called him Todd, He would have a chance.I always liked the actor who plays Finn, but they put him with Hayden who I don’t care for.Thats me.
I watched very very little of OLTL, so this is moot. Hated the franco actor on ATWTs, he ruined Paul.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Lawd !!! Let ABC/D take note and revitalize their daytime lineup to compete with CBS daytime.

Tim
Tim

I doubt that ABC will resurrect either soap,but at least now they have the option of having former characters appear on GH.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s a dynamite opportunity for ABC / Disney / GH to pull out all the stops

it’s alarming… to say the least… that GH renewd the contracts of Frank Valentini and Jean and Shelley

after a years WORTH of working together… they were renewed to a full on barrage of ATTACK

why not ?

on the 11/30 ep… WHEN… the show turned to Valentin / Nina / Charlotte

I SWEAR it was a whole ‘nother show… just a delight of Shakespearean effort… and that’s big time applaud to these wonderful actors

James Patrick Stuart
Michelle Stafford
Scarlett Fernandez

Magic… truth be told… it’s not necessary to bring back Claudette… I loved Bree , from the start… just do not mess with this newfound BEST .

If Claudette must return… SMOLDER Griffin… jez louise.. the audience is not celebate

INVEST in this story… It has all the trappings

dream

PennySoap
PennySoap

Yes – I agree!

Bobbie
Bobbie

YAY ABC…..

Sean
Sean

So does this mean Todd Maning, John McBain and even Starr could all return to GH?

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Todd is the only one who may be brought back cause Franco is an absolute disaster and only Herbst fans like the Friz farce.

Finn is one of the better new characters and has a popular pairing with Hayden so there will be no more McBain on Port Charles.

Starr was never needed on this show and Alderson moved back to NY.

Patrick
Patrick

I digress

it’s obvious that GH .. has “paired” painstakingly

the true stalwart.. with newbie… with wannabe… and that latter is Frank Valentini WISH

Tracy… true stalwart
with newbie… Finn
and wannabe… surround her with class.. but wasted effort.. Hayden

come on… seriously

she’ being propped and scripted for… I wont go their

when the GH cast is loaded

Stacey
Stacey

Patrick agree with you 100%. Tracy has been relegated to propping duty. So glad Hayden had one full day to work on the hospital budget before she went and stepped into a deadly pathogen and infected herself!!! Ugh!

Marianne
Marianne

Agreed Stacey. I had the biggest laugh when they made Hayden financial officer of GH. Prop much?

AJ
AJ

No disrespect to anyone because I understand the love of soaps – I’d love to see Santa Barbara repeats! But please don’t waste and hope on the resurrection of AMC or OLTL. Whether you want to admit it or not, you know it won’t ever happen.

Guest
Guest

Doubt ABC will do anything with either soap! However- Personally, I wish they would just for the sake that OLTL would take Frank Valentini with them and perhaps they would hire Wendy Riche as EP! Maybe finally GH would be recognizable again!!!

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Frank is the only reason GH is still on the air.

Let’s show a little respect and be more grateful. He saved this show from cancellation in 2012.

Patrick
Patrick

no no no

the luster fun and intrigue LEFT when GH “fired” Ron Carlivatti

from a WHOLE years worth of dismal

what’s ON

Valentin… Nina… Charlotte

HOW effin dare… Frank Valentini and jean and shelley

FIRE : Nicholas / Joe / Morgan / Sabrina / Paul

’nuff said.. this show is in dire straights.. and they KNOW what they’ve done

clh
clh

Exactly Newmanwins! GH would have been cancelled along with the other 2 if not for Frank.

Pat
Pat

Quite frankly, the only reason that GH survived back in 2012 was because The Revolution, the short-lived talk show that replaced OLTL (Remember it? Didn’t think so), was such a dismal failure that ABC could not part ways with GH and risk angering even more soap fans at that time. GH’s ratings at that time were still nothing to brag about. If you remember, in 2012 ABC was about to give back the 3 pm/ET hour to local stations to make room in many markets for Katie Couric’s syndicated Disney/ABC produced talk show, which obviously ended up as a big failure. But even afterward, the stations have kept that hour to program for themselves. That time slot move was intended to be permanent across all of ABC’s affiliates.

If The Revolution had succeeded and gotten numbers on par with The Chew, which has done decently at a lower cost in place of AMC, ABC was undoubtedly prepared to cancel GH at that time and get out of the soap business, even before its 50th anniversary. From the outside, I believe that was absolutely their intent at the time.

Honestly, all the people in front of the camera and behind the scenes at GH should have sent thank you notes to those at The Revolution for doing such a face plant four years ago, thus keeping their show on the air.

Dan
Dan

Patrick: GH was an embarassing cartoon under Ron Carlivati. People having sex in a crypt, pulling masks off to reveal the evil villain like a bad Scooby Doo episode, a storyline about RELISH for god’s sake. Give me a break. There’s a reason he was fired.

I don’t think Jean and Shelly have been perfect by any means, some storylines and characters hit and some miss. But what they have done is bring some heart and emotion back to the show, family and personal drama. Much needed.

Also btw. Tyler Christopher wasn’t fired. They weren’t able to come to terms on a new contract. I’m holding out hope that something will be worked out. Bryan Craig wasn’t fired, he made the choice to leave the show. Richard Burgi wasn’t fired, he had another project, so they wrote out Paul for the time being, he will be back. Sabrina and Joe were useless characters, no loss there.

All due respect, the show isn’t in dire straights. They reached almost 3 million viewers for Morgan’s funeral episode, higher numbers than they’ve done in many months.

Guest
Guest

Oh and I am done w/ AMC & OLTL. Watched it up until 2008. Then loved the reboot online. IF they brought it back? Well- look at it this way too ABC- Destroyed the sets. They were in court for what almost 2-3 years. A LOT of ACTORS are on other shows you can not expect them to quit &just go back to AMC /OLTL. They are better off going to netflix

missmeka1987
missmeka1987

If I was ABC I would at least bring back One life to live..

Karen
Karen

Sooooo moss oltl would love for it to come back and bring Rex and roxie to

Karen
Karen

Miss

mike
mike

I could see AMC coming back in some cable form someday, it has strong brand recognition and if Lucci would return there could be some hope. OLTL I think is gone forever,

Brenda
Brenda

ABC will never bring back All My Children and One Life TO Live, they like to cancel the good shows. ABC you suck, I will never watch ABC again. Love the CBS soaps and I am a regular viewer of Days Of Our Lives. I miss Guiding Light too,. I miss Reva Shayne Lewis the slut of springfield. Lmao.

jlh
jlh

All these shows that ABC keeps rolling out in daytime get practically zero attention and less viewers. Could that do anything more attention getting that reviving OLTL and AMC, even as half-hour shows?

jlh
jlh

Sorry–I meant “Could THEY do anything more attention getting THAN reviving OLTL and AMC, even as half-hour shows?” I have a band-aid on one finger that’s making typing extremely difficult!

John
John

Since ABC got the rights to both shows back, they should bring some popular characters to “visit” Port Charles!

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know why… GH

does not; bring back

Skye / Lorenzo / Lila Rae

BINGo BAM BUST this show OUT

Wil
Wil

RB can reprise Greenlee. Hayden can die of Finn’s disease.

Satan
Satan

I have a feeling you might be seeing Lorenzo Alcazar sooner than you might think. But they don’t need that half-assed ReRon plotpoint connecting him to Ted King’s OLTL character.

Alcazar is my prime suspect for Julian’s latest unseen “business partner” and/or the guy who set the car bomb which allegedly killed Morgan Corinthos. (Seriously, does anybody believe he’s really dead? He’s not in Hell, I can promise you that much!)

Tay
Tay

ABC is much more likely to have AMC & OLTL characters show up on GH than bring them back. A nightime summer version of one of the shows could be an idea, but chances are they would recast until the show was unrecognizable.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Anna could have her nephew Aiden come to town since this lawsuit is finally over.

Rapids
Rapids

These shows are history. Ratings were bad way back when they were canceled and would be worse now.

Pat
Pat

Folks, I know it’s sad and not easy, but PLEASE move on if you haven’t already. At this point, ABC/Disney will never bring back AMC and/or OLTL to the airwaves. That ship sailed a long time ago. After they were cancelled in 2011, no other broadcast or cable network was the least bit interested in either show; PP was the only taker, and we saw how far over their heads that company was. Besides, all of the cast and crew members of both shows have long since moved on to other things/projects, and it just would not make economic sense with the high production costs and salaries involved. The large majority of AMC/OLTL’s former remaining viewers have surely moved on as well.

The reality is that the audience watching daytime TV these days is very limited, and only keeps getting smaller and older. Days and GH are both hanging by a thread, and the former appears thisclose to cancellation by NBC. If/when that happens, I could see ABC getting out of soap business not long afterward. I hope I’m wrong about that, but that’s my honest feeling.

It’s sad and a real shame sometimes, but we need to realize that television is a business, above everything. In the grand picture, networks have to answer to their advertisers, and only care about bottom line ad revenue and profits. The executives just don’t have the same emotions as regular fans/viewers. Reviving one daytime soap, let alone two, is just not realistic.

Karen
Karen

Well it don’t hurt to hope I hate all the talk shows to much drama and screaming
I loved oltl and AMC watched it everyday r recorded it that was my time and loved it
Never understood why they took those shows off to put crap shows like those talk shows where they talk about people and make fun of them when they all have skeletons to anyway LOVE ME SOME SOAPS OLTL AMC GH

clh
clh

But the fact remains that they still need daytime shows and these two were still bringing a lot more viewers than anything they have replaced them with.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I can accept, sure, that it’s a business and that the executives don’t have the same attachment/emotions as viewers. Did they have to go out of their way to kill the shows, however?

Yes, soaps are dead/dying–but they are in the state they are in for a reason. Very few of the decision makers any more are really devoted to the genre the way people like Agnes Nixon, William J. Bell, Douglas Marland et al. were, and consequently the decision-making has been terrible now for DECADES. You can’t make good soap unless you really believe there’s such a thing as good soap–and that’s a large part of why the soaps have failed to adapt to the changing TV viewer profile.

So although I get that the network execs have to run a business and can excuse them for cancelling shows once the ratings reached a certain low level, I can’t forget that it was largely their wretched decisions that caused the low ratings in the first place.

Marie
Marie

Get rid of The View & The Chew and bring back AMC & OLTL! I watch GH now, but AMC & OLTL were my favs!!

Karen
Karen

And the talk and the real to much screaming and talking bad about people I hate those shows

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Kill off Franco, bring back Todd, no more Friz!!

Todd with Anna, Liz with Griffin, Yay!

Keep Finn around, no more McBain, love Fayden.

clh
clh

Ew to both. Now it would be great if they brought on David Hayward and put him back with Anna, they did have a child together and their chemistry was awesome!

Marianne
Marianne

Agreed. Anna is being wasted. Ugh to Fayden!

Katia
Katia

In agreement with Marianne. Will never warm up to Hayden. I don’t care what disease you give her or what family you give her. Finn is ok. I adore Michael Easton just not with Rebecca Budig. To me she is a misfit on GH. Now she’s inserted into a legacy family to make her likeable. Not drinking the Koolaid. Again, my opinion only.

Meg Reddekopp
Meg Reddekopp

IF IT GETS ME TREVOR ST JOHN ,I’D LOVE IT,

Stacey
Stacey

Trevor, Melissa Archer and Erika Slezak.

Marianne
Marianne

YES!

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

ABSOLUTELY YES,YES,YES,YES TO MELISSA/NATALIE & MICHAEL/JOHN WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL SON LIAM ONTO GH THAT WOULD BRING BE SOOOO GREAT!!!!! AS FAR AS OLTL COMING BACK THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN I’M NOT HOLDING OUT HOPE, BUT WHO KNOWS? ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. BUT NO DOUBT ABC COULD VERYYYY WELL & CERTAINLY BRING BACK OLTL. MO

Jay
Jay

As much as I would like to see the shows come back, I simply don’t trust ABC/Disney to do so.

Sue M.
Sue M.

Took them long enough! I think it is too late a lot of time has gone by
As much as I would like to see OLTL again , it is three years later . A lot of
Time has pasted and a lot of the characters from OLTL are doing other
things now. And moved on. They can not capture OLTL the way it use
to be when on ABC. It wasn’t the same when they had it online and I did
not like it as much. Just was not that good when it was online. It lacked
good stories and writers. They ruined OLTL online. Again it was so
much better when on ABC in my opinion.

John Gordon
John Gordon

It WAS a better presentation on ABC as opposed to the Prospect Park inception which wasn’t “terrible” but lacked the heart of the original show – would be nice if ABC-TV would just re-launch both shows – but, unfortunately that most likely will not occur in the near future….maybe someday…

Jane
Jane

Agree it’s never too late, why not bring them back. I see HARRY failed, TMZ is now back on at 4 pm. Harry was planted now @ 2:30. Guessing TMZ wasn’t getting their viewer’s at 3 Pm because GH Fans weren’t watching it.
Maybe Harry should go on Primetime , just a thought. He’s actually a talented musician , singer and actor.

Patrick
Patrick

“he” is the bees knees

I cant even stand it

he’s so desireable

why hide that fact

I don’t have time for … his show

but he’s a fine memory bank

Andrea
Andrea

Oh, it is definitely not too late to bring them back! Rehire as many actors as you can, and recast the others. The key is getting the old writing staffs back. They know how to continue the storylines properly. The fans remember what happened, or it will come back to us when we see it. Easy!

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

The overall cost of rebuilding a cast and crew for even one of these shows is money that ABC does not have anymore…with even the top rated soap on CBS bleeding viewers like crazy and currently setting record demo lows…it would be beyond insane for any network to add another daytime soap to their lineup…and with DOOL probably an eyelash away from cancellation early next year…well there is just no way you will ever see AMC or OLTL again.

Patrick
Patrick

when fans outcry… and KNOW the history… of executive producers and writing teams…

argh… pissed off… WHY? … seriously… every lament in the book is spoken

ABC / Disney / GH RENEWED FV and Jean and Shelley

seriously… we have to get passed this… and HOPE they listen.. because this trio… sucks

if they even dare.. mess with Valentin / Nina/ Charlotte / Liz

kymba
kymba

sure would be nice if everyone reporting on this would put the link to what fans can do to help make sure ABC knows we want these shows back! I mean we did after all BREAK this story at 7am this morning. I contacted most of the soap reporters about this, yet many forget to mention that. I do not mind as long as we can get the word out about what fans can do. If you still believe in miracles and want to help make one happen join me here on fb https://www.facebook.com/SaveAMCandOLTL/posts/1171438506225523:0
or just do as outlined in the post 🙂 thanks

Beth
Beth

Having watched the Dallas reboot on TNT for as long as it lasted, and having watched and adored the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life four-episode saga on Netflix, I can honestly say that ABC should not even think of bringing back AMC or OLTL unless they have most of the core characters back. IMO, the lack of recognizable faces on PP’s AMC was a major reason for its demise (I knew too many fans of the ABC version who wouldn’t give the online show the time of day if there was no Susan Lucci, MEK, Alicia Minshew or Ricky Paull Goldin), and while OLTL had some big names (and IMO, more big names than AMC did), it also had to adjust to its fair share of absences in the cast. ABC should bring back both shows only if it resolves the open issues the online shows left behind, and only if the shows are recognizable to the audience. Otherwise, it’s not worth it, and it insults the audience.

Having said all that, I don’t think for a second that ABC will ever revive AMC or OLTL. The budget is tight at GH, and I think GH has been very lucky to last as long as it has. There’s no money in the piggy bank for one of the two cancelled soaps, let alone both of them, and there’s barely money for GH. Maybe GH can use some of the characters–maybe. But if Jelly has trouble dipping into GH’s actual history (no Sarah Webber? no Serena Baldwin?) and choose time and again to bring on characters with super-thin ties to the canvas (Hayden, Griffin, Charlotte), I can’t see them bringing Llanview’s or Pine Valley’s favorites to Port Charles.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Alicia Mishew was on the online version of AMC.

Beth
Beth

For one brief episode out of 42. You aren’t going to attract her fans to watch with one episode.

Lisa Z
Lisa Z

If ABC went through all of the trouble to get the rights back, they must have some interest in these shows. Bring back OLTL! Bring back as many actors from 2011-12 as possible. Do not make the mistake that PP did which was to have unknown actors take over the show (Matthew and friends). It always amuses me to see how many posters rush to smugly post that these shows will never return listing the same reasons over and over again…you don’t really know unless you work for ABC, do you?

Rapids
Rapids

Some of us need to review the facts.
PP filed a nuisance lawsuit against ABC.. ABC countersued which is standard operating procedure in the legal world.
ABC did not “fight for the rights”.
The legalese has ended and the shows will RIP.

Anyone reviewing the history will learn PP stiffed actors, production people, local vendors. I’ve read they didn’t even pay the rent. We need to stop glorifying PP.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

OLTL and AMC will not and should not be brought back.

GH always has been and always will be ABC daytime’s biggest brand…and they were right to keep it’s most popular soap back in 2011…with Frank instantly raising the viewership and getting the budget under control it is still alive in 2016…after facing almost certainly cancellation thanks to JFP and Guza…but the smart thing for ABC daytime is to keep pumping the remaining budget into GH…and not lose more cash by relauncing a doomed to fail reboot of AMC and OLTL. Keep focusing on GH

Patrick
Patrick

“…GH always has been and always will be ABC daytime’s biggest brand ”

I don’t dispute that… BUT SERIOUSLY

does it have to be : Sonny/Carly ; Jason/Sam ; Alexis/ Julian

what a wasted show

of the three… keep Alexis and Julian… other than that… Sonny , Carly, Jason and Sam… HAVE RUN their course… just done

BORING

Steve
Steve

Assuming GH is on taping break, look for the first casual mention of Llanview or Pine Valley by February sweeps.

My wish for May sweeps is Franco departing on Monday and Todd introducing himself on that Friday’s cliffhanger (accompanied by a much needed shave & haircut for RH).

Don’t see ME or RB changing back to McBain or Greenlee. However, a soras-ed Lila Rae being sent to live with “Grandma Monica” could be welcome.

No to Starr, but Todd’s son Jack could fill the Morgan spot of troubled young man.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

your 2nd para

Roger Howarth gets a complete sweep

SEXY arrive

Nicholas
Nicholas

i think that it should be left the way it is with no revival , i doubt abc would want to do that anyway , how would they spin it and explain to the viewers that suddenly the shows are profitable and that the viewers want soaps instead of cooking and lifestyle , extensive research was done according to them saying that viewers were after lifestyle , cooking shows . agnes nixon has died and only she had the right to end the soaps , the final draft of stories should have been hers only . she can’t do that now . i want her beloved soaps to finally rest in peace and dignity alongside her . we the fans grieved for many years and we have moved on .

Patrick
Patrick

it’s serious BANK to cull from their lot

major characters from OLTL and AMC to aggrandize and feature BIG… back on ABC

PLEASE

READ the FAN blogs… thanks to Michael Fairman

mark
mark

Cancel the view, a blank screen is better that watching that, and put AMC and oltl back on the air even if its a half hour each it would be great!!!!

aria
aria

ABC/Disney has option they could either bring both soap back give each half hour time, or combine both into an hour, after all both were created by agnex nixon and both take place in in pennselvenia, the landscape of tv has change so much, theres netflix and hulu isn’t the the bay going to be on hulu? or then theres the characters appearing on GH , whatever they decide is up to them, so who knows.

Eric Henwood-Greer
Eric Henwood-Greer

Despite the behind the scenes mess, the soaps were creatively in a great place in their online versions when production stopped–particularly AMC which, even without Erica, somehow felt more like classic AMC than it had on ABC in years (it’s no big shock to find out how involved Agnes was with it). I don’t trust ABC, even without Frons, to do anything of use with these properties, sadly. The best I can hope for is that we get some sort of DVD or even proper streaming release of their vast archive which goes back to 1978 when they started saving episodes–but networks seem to have zero interest in that.

Mister K
Mister K

Yes! This is great news! General Hospital could very easily Bring in several occasional superstars like Susan Lucci or Erica Slezak. I’d agree with several of the post above, make Franco disappear and bring on Todd Manning Lord! I have to admit, I like Michael Easton’s new character. If they did bring back McBain I would hate to see the new guy go. He’s quirky, likable and really has a great time playing with the Q’s.
Obviously there are many possibilities with this wonderful news. Let’s hope that the writers don’t rush to do something silly with the beloved characters from the other shows. But for now, congratulations to Disney and the ABC television network on their victory. Here’s to an exciting future on ABC daytime.

Lani
Lani

Yes! Bring them back! Get rid of the view and bring back our soaps!!

Harolds Bone
Harolds Bone

I’d rather poke both my eyes out with a very sharp stick than see AMC back on ABC. ABC ruined that show.

Brenda Garces
Brenda Garces

Please bring back OLTL they should have never cancelled it.

Joe
Joe

I think this I a great opportunity to bring soaps back to network television by creating at least one spinoff using characters from the both shows. Hopefully a few of the original actors are still available. I agree that too much time has passed and it really is too late to revive AMC and OLTL, though it would be interesting if they tried…again. Getting back Erica Kane and Vickie Buchanan is definitely a must!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

That’s a good idea, Joe. ‘All My Life to Live’ could become a hit!

John Gordon
John Gordon

I’ve been saying this for over 3 years, that they ought to combine the remnants of OLTL and AMC into one Half hour soap. Call it Landview, Call it Pine Valley call it Apples on a Tree but they should consider it….But, it seems highly unlikely that ABC-TV will do this –

Mrs K
Mrs K

It’s never too late….please bring OLTL & AMC back. Everything has failed that replaced these wonderful shows…ABC wake up & do the right thing. Think of all the advertising sponsorship you will gain if you bring the shows back…there’s the money you need to restart the shows…

Jasong
Jasong

While I would love it if they brought back One Life To Live full time I dont trust ABC and will not get my hopes up. They broke my “family” apart which broke my heart. I applaud PP for reviving it but it was just to big for them to take on. However I think it would be nice if we could at least have some sort of closure. A reunion would be nice to wrap up the cliffhangers. Maybe produce a one week reunion special that wraps up the storylines and at least gives us all closure to the characters. It could also be a test to see how the ratings go which in turn could make ABC rethink….but that is wishful thinking on my part.

Jason
Jason

Starr should show up with Michael’s baby. The stress of losing Hope combined with a new pregnancy made her freak out and leave town (remember how sudden and unexplained that was?). As soon as Michael and Nelle become close, Starr shows up. And they can recast Starr if KA isn’t available.

And please, please swap out Franco for Todd.

As for Finn, I’m really not sure. McBain is a better character, but Finn has appeal. Maybe twins?

Marianne
Marianne

I’ll take Michael Easton as Finn as long as he’s not turned into ho hum Silas. No question McBain is my favorite. He needs a hot new doctor that resembles his wife and gives him back his mojo. Yes he has some chemistry with RB but not like he did with his fiery Melissa. Bring Melissa Archer on along with Erika Slezak. We’ll need a matriarchal character when Jane Elliott is gone. Build the Q’s.

Jason
Jason

Yup. Maybe John McBain has disappeared or passed away. Natalie begins investigating and discovers that he was adopted. She follows a lead to Port Charles and is astonished to meet his twin – Dr. Finn.

Marianne
Marianne

Love it Jason! Miss seeing ME and MA on screen together. They’re magic❤️

Katia
Katia

Dear Lord I would welcome this and be so happy. I adore Michael and Melissa together!

Softjohn
Softjohn

Finally, Todd Manning can finally go back and fight Julian to get his newspaper back in Port Charles. However, I hope they bring OLTL characters. And if they do come to the decision to bring Todd back and recast the role so that Roger Howarth can still play Franco, I would take either Brian Letscher(Gus Sanders from Nick@Nite’s Hollywood Heights) or Billy Warlock(Ex-AJ Qautermaine)
Also if they bring back Starr, maybe they could explain that Helena was after her family and she had to break up with Michael if she wanted Cole back! Maybe Cole was captured and sent to the Cassadines after the car crash!

All My Children

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)

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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