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RATINGS: General Hospital Has Good Week!

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The ratings are out for the week of September 17-21st and it was General Hospital which had a good week,  getting some upward numbers in some significant demos!

First up, GH added + 50,000 in total viewers for the week, bringing its total to 2, 578, 000 for the week.  In addition, General Hospital was the only one of the four network daytime dramas to add viewers in the key 18-49 female demo.  And, in only its second week in its new time slot, the lone ABC soap tied with The View as the number one watched program in women 18-34, it’s highest number since September 2011.

In addition, TV Media Insights is reporting: “GH has settled in comfortably weekdays at 2 p.m., building from lead-in The Chew across the board and maintaining audience levels from one year earlier (when it aired at 3 p.m.). Based on the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen for the week of Sept. 17, General Hospital versus The Chew increased by 350,000 total viewers (2.23 to 2.58 million), 45 percent in women 18-49 (419,000 to 609,000), 43 percent in women 25-54 (564,000 to 808,000) and 34 percent among women 18-34 (149,000 to 200,000).   GH compared to one year earlier was on par in total viewers and women 18-34, with erosion of just nine percent and eight percent, respectively, among women 18-49 and 25-54. The Chew in contrast, continues to trail All My Children from one year earlier by double-digit percentages.”

The Young and the Restless, while adding the most viewers for the week +73,00,  bringing their total for the ratings period to 4,289,000, hit all-time lows in key demos!  First, Y&R lost women in the key 18-49 category and had its lowest total since early December of 2011.  And, an all-time low in ratings share for women 18-34 and 18-49 too!

Over at The Bold and the Beautiful, the soap was the only daytime drama to lose overall viewers for the week – 25,000, but stay firmly in the number two position.  And last, Days of our Lives added + 15,000  and came in with 2,312,000 total viewers, but also tied an all-time low in the women 18-49 ratings share!  You can view all the  ratings courtesy of  Soap Opera Network here!

OK, it’s time for our soapers to be our weekly Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterbacks!  So, what is happening here?  What soaps are working?  Which one’s aren’t enticing you enough to want to watch every day?  Which are making you want to not miss an episode?  And, what storyline or character, or actor/actress would you bring in to anyone of the four soaps to spice things up that could turn their arrival into ratings gold?  Weigh-in!

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Will
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Will

I think GH is working because it’s combining the best of OLTL and the best of GH. Ron C is great at mixing humor, drama, action and keeping it fast paced. He also hearkens back to a lot of history from both shows without making viewers feel as though they have to schlep to You Tube to figure out what they’ve missed (although why ABC themselves doesn’t post soap ‘cliff notes’ on their site to bring new viewers up to speed when the show makes mention of old stories is kind of puzzling). I have been a GH fan since… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

I agree. I’ve been watching for over 20 years and the mob centered story lines got really old. It’s called GENERAL HOSPITAL, so it’s nice to see story lines taking place at the hospital, not just people being toted in because they were shot by the mob or blown up during mob violence. I love the fast pace, I feel like if I miss a show, I’ll miss something important. It used to be I could miss a week and come back and Sonny would be pointing a gun at someone just like the week before. This is much better.… Read more »

linda mae
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linda mae

As someone who has watched for fifty yrs..almost…the GH of today is OUTSTANDING. Amy, you are right. RC must be having a field day writing for the best of two worlds. Have not been this excited to tune in for years.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

Will, I love the idea of soap cliff notes! The networks and/or Soapnet really should do that. For me, all three ABC soaps were all must-see everyday for me. I’m loving GH more than ever and I now watch Days and Y&R to help support the soap genre. I don’t care for B&B, never have.

Will
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Will

Most every prime time show that is even remotely serialized has a ‘previously’.. so the cliff notes could drive traffic to the ABC site and be quick and fun. Hey, ABC I need a job, hire me to do this! 🙂 LOL 🙂

Nancy
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Nancy

I agree as well. The show is on a roll, Ron Carlivati is doing a great job working the GH vets as well as the crossovers into the show. Frank Valentini is doing a great job bringing back some old favorites while balancing a tight budget…Show gets 2 thumbs up from me.

Pierra
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Pierra

I have been watching GH since it came on and I am a true fan of the soap. I would like too see some of the old characters on screen more. Edward was a great example of how much fun it was to see him with Jason and Michael, now he is gone and those moments are lost. I hate when one character is favored for happiness too, but with Jason gone Sam should have her final days pure joy. Jason, Sam, baby Daniel Edward and Monica too. I like some of the new characters from OLTL, but the new… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

Who and what I like: McBam- John & Sam- of General Hospital. They have an amazing amount of chemistry and are so enjoyable to watch! I haven’t seen chemistry like this in awhile. I love they way they stare at each other, how they are drawn to each other, and am eager to see much more of their relationship. Hopefully they will be a future couple once Jason is gone! They are the main reason I am watching GH.

louisa
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louisa

GH is getting better. It feels more like the real/old GH. Less mob. However, the continued focus on Kate/Connie really brings the show down. Her over-the-topness is embarrassing to watch and a perfect example of why many viewers won’t watch soaps. If you turned on GH for the first time and saw her, you’d turn it off fast. She has got to go.

And while the show is getting better, it’s still not as good as OLTL. THAT was must-see, appointment viewing TV.

linda mae
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linda mae

I agree only to this point…………OLTL was must watch TV, only the last year when they knew they were leaving, and RC did an outstanding job getting as much story told in a small amount of time as he did. JMO

heidi
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heidi

I sooooo agree with you Louisa! I love GH and want it on for many more years… but I really do not like the Kate/Connie character now. Not because of the DID story but because it is just not good to watch. I loved the Kate chracter when she was the editor of Crimson with Maxie and LuLu and the whole “Devil Wears Prada” storyline. But with Kelly Sullivan in the DID role it just really turns me off. I am sure Kelly is a great person and at times she is talented, but maybe it is the over the… Read more »

rose
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rose

I agree about Kate/Connie. I didn’t like the DID storyline to start with, but thought they had closed it down when she seemed “cured.” Now it’s just desperate and over-done. I’m sure there are more skeletons in the closet they can dredge up for characters to play, especially since DID had been done recently again in OLTL. I do like the idea of her being Trey’s mother. Maybe she had a DID incident with Joe Jr. and she was really Connie having a one-nighter with him, instead of a Kate rape. Really miss OLTL.

su0000
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su0000

There is something very wrong with Y&R getting so many viewers and staying #1- it is not all that good.
I think its’ ratings has something to do with Y&R being aired internationally in 33 countries outside of the USA, (same with B&B being international..)
for both to have such very high ratings is not right, it has to have something to do with them being international IMO ..

Leylann
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Leylann

I’m absolutely in love with GH too! I started watching in the 90’s with S&B but stopped daily watching after the first JaSam break up. Got back after they reunited but I have never seen GH be soooooo entertaining! Todd and ME additions are really enticing. Though a JaSammer, I was a Calivian first and with SB leaving, McBam has enticed me to no end! Addicted to GH once again, thanks RC!

Kesha
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Kesha

What I’m loving is that all the characters that used to be on the backburner for years are getting more play now (Alexis, Mac, Tracy, Monica, etc..) I love that I can count on seeing some of my favs..people who made me watch the show in the first place. I remember I started watching when I was a soldier in Korea…SEXIS got me hooked! Love seeing more women based stories outside of the mob…NLG, KMo, KSu, KS, FH, JE, LC, LW, RH keep rocking it ladies….

rose
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rose

Really agree with you re: backburner characters. Hope they keep Jax, want more Luke and Anna, together or not.

Hope
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Hope

Bring Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) back to GH. For good! That would be ratings gold!

susan M.
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susan M.

…Like him a lot

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I agree. He is an awesome actor and I love his chemistry with Finola Hughss

anna freeman
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anna freeman

If Y&R ‘s not smart enough to bring him back I’m hoping GH’s is.

Lola
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Lola

GH is vastly improved! I love seeing the entire cast being used. I strongly dislike the new nurse/doctor stuff with Patrick ; it’s painful. Connie at her party was painful too. The faster pace and less mob is great. Love Nancy Lee Grahn with “the Davis girls” and am loving that Alexis is relevant again. I would really like to see Ned return and their romance rekindled ; ending with a marriage this time.

rose
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rose

Totally agree about the new Patrick storyline. You wouldn’t have known that 5 minutes ago he was grieving for Robin, and when a bachelor, wouldn’t have been so taken in by the new doctor. And while “girls just want to have fun” the bachelorette part was “painful.” Besides Connie, I didn’t like Lulu’s role, or Mac going along with all of this. Still can’t figure out how Connie keeps fooling everyone, especially Olivia and Sonny.

Elayne
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Elayne

Totally shocked DAYS picked up 15,000 viewers. The last 3 weeks have been nothing but painful. Nicole’s crazy, Sami’s weak and Jennifer’s pathetic. There is no one worth rooting for.

Elayne
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Elayne

Oh, and Marlena doesn’t care which of her daughter’s Rafe ends up with as long as he stays in her family. Worst Mother Ever.

MK
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MK

the 15K most likely tuned in to see the WilSon story and Kiss, the rest of the show was Boring. Glad the Melanie show is ending.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Lol. I agree. I hated the Melanie show. Rafe and Sami have become unbearable and Im surprised that they gained some viewers considering all the storylines are terrible. Wilson are good though so I guess viewers tuned in for them.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree for once with Avelina. WilSon is the only reason people are watching Days right now. Actually, I lied. WilSon and Nabi, plus Melanie leaving, thank goodness! But even if the Melanie show was canceled, we are still left with the Sami show.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

For once Dmitri and I agree lol. Thank goodness melanie is going. Wilson are good but I cant handle Sami and her flip flopping between 3 men. It has become a real turn off and unbearable. I wish the show would focus on other characters. I cant stand Sami at the moment and I havent watched in months. That is really affecting the ratings. It shouldnt be the Sami hour. I guess ghat gives me an extra hour to focus on other things in the day

cr
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cr

How long have you watch days of our lives? And yes other characters beside sami need to be front and center, but sami is entertaining and it is not actress fault that writers can settle her with one person. Her mother marlana , bo, hope, stefano, john and victor kiriakis use be on all time. Everbody has a opinion on how a show should run or who gets airtime, right now nick, jen, nicole, chad, gabi, daniel, and maggie are chewy up airtime.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Nobody ever said it was Ali Sweeney’s fault. I’m sure she’s upset at this storyline as well. But We all know that Sami won’t choose a man for quite a while. Watch this happen: Sami learns Rafe isn’t the dad, so she has grief sex with EJ. Then, she and EJ flirt, but she decides to be with Lucas because she still loves him. EJ plots to keep Lucas and her apart, but Sami finds out adn yells at him. Then, Sami realizes she still loves Rafe, and leaves Lucas to forgive Rafe. Once she’s back with Rafe, she and… Read more »

cr
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cr

Late james reiley wrote sami has insure girl who wanted attention and damn good villianess i might add who wanted austin reed and live saint carrie shadow, that is probably why ever writer since him as wrote sami as bed hopping slut, they write her as still has that insure girl that is not good enough or screws everything up. How you like them apples dimtri. I have watch this for almost 20 yrs., their little you get over on me.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

CR, I don’t understand a thing you just posted. Again, I’m not saying that it is AS’s fault, she’s a wonderful actress, but a lot of people don’t like the character. I’ve been watching for years so don’t treat me like a newcomer. I know the history of Days and what Sami has done to Austin, Carrie and Lucas.

cr
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cr

I posted something that makes a lot of sense, because it very much explains how the writers are writing the character. Now i did not call you newcomer and bunch of people like sami brady. Phyllis, brooke, carly on gh, taylor on b&b, and etc. All have similarties with sami brady character. Im 27 yrs old and watch days for 20 yrs and my mother has watch it 40 yrs., it real funny that almost every soap opera that been on has a someone hate and someone you like, golddiggers( jill y&r), sluts (steffyb&b), psychos (patty williams y&r) and on… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

CR go to daytime royalty. 90 percent of ppl there LOATHE Sami as much as Carrie, Kate and Nicole do!

cr
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cr

Who gives a shit of what daytime royalty says, soap opera digest she was voted favorite actress for months. I bunch people hate nicole, kate, and even the absence carrie.

cr
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cr

More people watch days of our lives during sami and nicole baby switch, sami was front and center, all writers like the character, no matter how they write character. People like you don;t know that any brady or horton are core and heart of show. We can round and round, you not gonna make me dislike sami brady, if i was writer she would be alone for a while and focus on children and her career.

cr
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cr

You are type people who get on my nerves, you talk how days is sami brady hour, just recently i have been seeing daniel, nicole, gabi, chad, jennifer, nick, and maggie and the ratings stay the same. So your facts are off at the present time.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Uh, hello! Sami has been on for months EVERY SINGLE DAY!

cr
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cr

Duh, she does not get the whole hour retard!

cr
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cr

You talk she gets all the airtime and she does not. I watch everday so do call me liar or patroize me. She is main character and her marlana use to get same amount as she did, do you dislike marlana, you most likely don’t. Anyway im not studying you and i have bigger fish to fried..

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Sami is show everyday nonetheless, while prize characters like Justin, Adrienne, Maggie, Victor and Bo & Hope are put on backburner. It isn’t fair. And using the word “retard” isn’t cool. I haven’t insulted you, so I expect the same level of respect.

cr
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cr

Ok dimtri, those characters are prize characters true, but hate to tell you that wally kurth and judi evans are both recurring, maggie gets air time, victor not so much,peter reckell is leaving in october, and hope is not character she used to be. Im bo and carly fan. Crystal chappell all the way. Days went up 44,000 this week and that people love to all the characters on the show.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days may have gained ratings, but it is still the number four soap, when just a month ago it was ahead of GH, thanks to the post-Olympics stuff, which I generally hated anyways. I also like Carly, and Barly, though I do think Bo belongs with Hope.

maureen
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maureen

I have been watching both GH and OLTL for over 35 years. Love them both. I still miss OLTL. Gh is getting better, less mobster, more hospital. Ron’s writing is great, and soaps fans are tough critics. I love the recent episode with Milo. Whoa. great abs, and a fun show. I love Max, Milo, diane, and Spinelli. I am a big Spixie fan. Bring over david Vickers for awhile. He is great. Funny and sweet at the same time. I now love watching GH w/o any spoilers. It makes watching more fun. Thanks,

Will
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Will

A week of David Vickers would be terrific!!!

MK
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MK

Plus Dorian!

Michael
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Michael

The ratings that I’m really looking forward to is the period of 9/24-28 as I’d like to see how Y&R did that week that led up to their 10,000th episode. That is what I’m interested in seeing!

Renee
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Renee

I couldn’t agree more! Loved the nurses ball please bring it and Lucy Coe back. They didn’t fade into obscurity.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

If you follow some GHers on Twitter-there have been some VERY cryptic Nurse’s Ball references-decorum prevents me from listing them here…

Will
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Will

YES, a return of the Nurses Ball – and Lucy Coe ending the show almost completely undressed (always a hoot!!)

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

“General Hospital” has definitely become more focused now that the “One Life to Live” cast-offs and Frank/Ron are settling in and finally making it about the show they’re on currently, and not their previous Daytime home. However, I still fail to see what‘s making it so boast-focus. “Days of our Lives” is truly in its prime right now; while I loved Marlene at the helm writing-wise, Christopher and his team (Lorraine, ex-AMC head scribe) have definitely taken it into a more paced, and modern serial! I love it and hope that it continues to succeed, especially with the return of… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days in its prime? Days is at its suckiest right now! They’ve been in last place for about two weeks! After the Olympics they were in front of GH. MarDar was bad, but TomSell just brought the show to new lows.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Wow. I agree again. Days is do bad now, I feel really bad for them. I fobg get it. Im still scratching my head at the fact that Ken Corday fires Tomlin and Whitesell snd then brings them back. Thry are destroying the show. All storylines are bad. Its hurting tge ratings and people are tuning out. Wilson is the only thing working for them.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Sorry I was meant to say i dont get it. My computer isnt working very well.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

That’s your opinion Avelina, however, I must disagree.

cr
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cr

Days is medicore

susan M.
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susan M.

I like seeing the crossovers of OLTL on GH….I would like to see Erika Slezak make an appearence on GH…..The boasting is GH stories are soooooooo good and I can’t wait to see it everyday & find out what will happen next…Yes GH is that GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Sorry, it’s not as good as you’re boasting it to be Susan.

cr
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cr

Days is in a deep transtion ditch and writers need to climb out with some of the stories to ffind a creative ground. I liking the sami, rafe, and e.j story and nick story. I could not believe that they only gain 15,000 , i was expecting at least 40,000 gain. I say demote whitesell to script writer and make lorranie broderick co head writer with tomlin. B&b is boring folks and ridge is gone, stephanie is not far behind him. Liam steffy and hope masked with rick thomas and caroline, please!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Lorraine would be an excellent headscribe at DAYS. She really would be. Her writing on AMC was pure and attentive of the true history of the series. As for B&B, I’m not bored of it now that Ridge is gone.

cr
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cr

Lorranie is script writer at days of our lives right now and ridge and brooke also stephanie made bold and the beautiful.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

You’re one of the few that likes the Sami and her men storyline. I just want to see a Lumi/Safe triangle and that’s it! EJ belongs with Nicole.

cr
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cr

That sounds cool dmitri having safe and lumi triangle, but e.j has lot more chemistry with sami than nicole. Nicole belongs with brady or somebody else.

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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Cr I agree with you about the Ejami thing as I love them. Safe/Luumi will be boring but I like Lumi . So I dont mind if Sami chooses Lucas but Ejami is my favourite. However Tomsell are really tanking the show and no storyline is interesting at all.

susan M.
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susan M.

So happy for GH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think GH is here to stay !!!! Keep up the good work Ron!!!!! Drama in the afternoon , YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

There sees to be an uptick in daytime drama. AMEN! I think less of the mob in Port Charles is a good thing. I think reviving histories and some characters is a good thing. Daytime drama evolves and moves forward. I do not want to see the same show I saw in 1977, 1987, or 1997. I do want the same compelling storytelling with the hospital as its center stage. And I do want some connection to the past. We seem to be getting that on GH now. I only wish ABC has the wisdom to tak etime to recraft… Read more »

mike
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mike

I agree about the Kate/Connie story, it has to go.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Two weeks do not a season make, but GH is off to a promising start. What scares me though is all the Jasam and Liason honks jumping off a bridge once Steve makes his last (for now) appearance. Just shut up and watch already.

Over at DAYS-I’m a new viewer, and still settling in-but I do like what I see so far. I DO hope, though that they have Bo’s exit written out better than what I’m seeing so far-especially since Kristian is sticking around…

ISIS
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ISIS

SEXIS brings the ratings. Alexis brings the ratings! The GH Vets bring the ratings!!! More of them please!!!

Bruce
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Bruce

General Hospital is on fire and viewership will continue to raise. I trust Frank, and Ron completely and so excited to have a soap again I feel good about. I still miss One Life To Live everyday, but getting a small dose in GH. Kassie Depaiva, and Florencia Lozano help a lot!!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

No wonder GH and the CBS soaps are still on, beause nobody is watching Days of Our Lives! The only reason worth watching is because Will & Sonny, or Gabi & Nick! The show is just G-d-awful right now and hopefully Kristen’s return will bring back viewers. I can’t even watch right now because my eyes are sore from the regime of TomSell.

cr
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cr

Y&r had demo lows dude, just like days. Gh gain ground, b&b is bore fest of horny liam and slut steffy and even a likeable one.

cr
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cr

Don;t watch days then if are that nick picky!

barb brogan
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barb brogan

Just want to wish steve burtton.aka jason thebest in his next journeys to . Hhcome he will be missed on gh. I’ve enjoyed his character for so long won’t be the same without him but I do hope to see him on screen soon. Had the honor of meeting him:-)goodluck steve best to u in whatever is to come next u won’t be forgotten and just will keep a lookout to. See what’s next on the bigscreen for u …

Ali Wick
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Ali Wick

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: The only reason it’s getting better, is because of Lorreiane, the writer from AMC. I have always loved her work. And ever since she came in, the scene it’s more balanced. And I would love more of love triangle with Nicole with EJ and BRADY. BUT she personally belongs with Brady more. Than EJ any day. And leave DANIEL AND RAFE ALONE, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL. GENERAL HOSPITAL: FRANK AND RON : they are the best of what they do, of creating different storylines. That everyone relates to, right now though there is one, that… Read more »

cr
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cr

The ratings or nelisens only count 1out of 4the people watchin these shows and gh is doing very well, but how long after steve burton is gone and big question for days is peter reckell exit.

bettyrj3637
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bettyrj3637

Days is awful! Before the Dayaster, Sami and EJ were on the run trying to prove his innocence in killing Stefano. There were some mighty powerful scenes with them; Sami seemed to be admitting her feelings for EJ and then after the Olympic – poof! EJami gone and Safe is back. What the heck is going on with the writers? EJami fans were all enthused about their couple finally getting together after 6 years and we get nada, zilch! Safe is what we’re getting! James Scott and Alison Sweeney have more chemistry together in their little fingers than GG and… Read more »

cr
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cr

Who have been a faithful viewer for almost 46 yrs and you want to quit watching the show now, when this show has seen a lot worser times than this. You could try watchin bold and beautiful and maybe than you appreciated days of our lives. But the show gets cancel, you will moan and complain.

cr
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cr

This page is about ratings and why they are up or down, dimtri seem to think that sami is the reason for days low ratings. Not one actor is blame for this.

BelleBlu
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BelleBlu

Thank you for requesting feedback from viewers.  I am a young professional who used to be a loyal GH viewer during the Sonny and Brenda years.  Apparently, I live under a rock because I happened upon an online post that Brenda returned to GH in 2011-2012.  For the past few weeks, I have been on You Tube catching up on the episodes during Vanessa Marcil’s visit.  I wasn’t but three episodes in, when I recalled why I stopped watching daytime TV years ago.  The following list details what, for me, has made daytime TV a thing of the past.  1)… Read more »

All My Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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