Connect with us

All My Children

REPORT: All My Children Cast! Susan Lucci Back for One Episode! David Canary Ongoing Basis!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

Well here is some big news coming out of ABC Soaps In Depth this afternoon! They are hearing, through multiple sources and performers associated with the relaunch of All My Children, that Daytime Emmy winners and icons, Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) will be back for the reboot, as will David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler)!

However, the report goes on to say that: “As of now Lucci, alas, will appear in just one episode while Canary will be seen on an ongoing basis.”

SID is also hearing that “There are plans to include the character of Tad in storylines, but there’s been no word yet on the show securing a deal with Michael E. Knight.”

There has been no official word from Prospect Park on the status of Lucci, Canary, and Knight as of yet.

What do you think if this report is true that Susan is back for one episode, and David ongoing? Can you imagine anyone else playing Tad Martin than Michael E. Knight?  Weigh-in!

READ MORE
ATWT and 'Vampire Diaries' Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI
Click to comment
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

avatar
Rachel Elisabeth
Rachel Elisabeth

What exactly is ‘ongoing basis’ is it recurring… Adam is iconic. AMC without Lucci just feels like it’d be a different animal. And as for Tad, I hope the get MEK because uh no one else can be Tad.

Peggy Hegner
Peggy Hegner

Nope! I can’t imagine anybody else playing Erica, Adam, or Tad. I don’t think a new actor would be accepted in any of those roles.

Amy Gail
Amy Gail

AGREED!

Iris
Iris

Of course no one else could play those three!!!!!!!! They’re soap world icons!!!!!!

Josiah
Josiah

I think continuity is essential for the reboot. AMC started out as a show about families – the Martins, the Kanes, the Englishs… As a long time fan, I feel it would be most effective to start the Prospect Park Internet version with a similar framework for the story telling.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

No one else can play Tad. I adore Michael E. Knight!

Elhu
Elhu

I agree Tina, and I sure hope they can lure Michael E. Knight to return, as Pine Valley will not be the same without him.

Gillian
Gillian

Makes sense. I think Tad and Adam are the must have characters of AMC. Erica was legendary but had become a shell of her former self by the end of the series. The show does need new blood but the Martins and Chandlers are needed on the canvas. Erica Cane, not so much.

David
David

That’s realistic. Susan Lucci owes her career to AMC so it helps that she comes back to “kick it off”. Why she would stay when she has a great career outside of it would be anyone’s guess. The cast still seems disjointed and I wonder how they are going to tell the stories, let alone resolve the cliffhanger they left off with.

Patrick
Patrick

Susan…. I owe her gratitude…. SHE OWES daytime her star.

ok… grand stand w/me….

but… her press isn’t all that…. over the years… my teeth would ache…

she, like, Cady McClain…. want to give this new on-line venture their committed support… that it takes off and FLIES……

Susan Lucci…. more than a guest appearance at times…. please.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I assume it is a scheduling issue…and I think it will be more eventually.

johnvalb
johnvalb

Something doesnt feel right about Erica only being in one episode!! I am so disappointed they could get her to atleast come back on recurring! As I don understand the Marc Cherry project was already in the works.

David C “on going” is fine. The man wanted to retire awhile back– so if Adam and Stuart make appearances here and there that is ok. The show needs DC in any form as it’s ushered to the web!

Micheal E Knight shoudl make a deal with them. What has he doen since the show ended??? But hey– the only person I could see taking over Tad is Michael Peck on ATWT

Anyword on Julia Barr???? If Erica isn’t going to be there— Brooke should be one of the leading Dames on the show. Plus it ended with the Brooke and Adam going back to the mansion. So she is a MUST at this point!!!!!!! And recasting LAURA shoudl be in the works as well

Patrick
Patrick

well done…..

Julia Barr is a must at this point…. AGREE.

i mean really…..

if david c… does both Adam and Stuart…

this would fill the void….. for both Marion and Brooke….

and Opal the grande dame….

——————-

i need to google MEK…. what has he been doing?

—————–

AMC will be complete with Kendall and Bianca…. Love the Kane women…. no one was better than Mona.

ethel
ethel

micheal just put up an article on michael e knight’s possibility of being on the amc reboot…………

Iris
Iris

Adam’s twin, Stuart died! His widow, Marian went loony, & had to be committed! How long have YOU been watching? So, unless they’re doing ghost stories again, don’t think we’ll be seeing Stuart any time soon! Speaking of dead, does ANYONE know how Tad died in the reboot? I can’t believe they killed him off! We’ll miss you, Michael!

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Michael has been busy with a hit play, so perhaps when that is finished he will come onboard.

Ellen Dix Wycuff
Ellen Dix Wycuff

Susan needs to at least come back recurring and no I can not imagine AMC with out MEK! But I do not mean to sound ungrateful for the ones who have signed. I am very excited to see the reboot!

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

That is some wonderful news!

Perhaps more then any other daytime drama and performer, Susan Lucci’s beautiful, vain, strong and deeply flawed Erica Kane and All My Children are a matched set. I have trouble thinking of one without the other.

I thought one of the reasons David Canary left was an inability to memorize all the dialog as well as not wanting to relocate to Los Angeles. I hope the actor thrives in new format and the show is very successful!

Patrick
Patrick

for the memories of our yesturyears…..

Ms. Susan Lucci….

was game, set , & MATCH. Complete.

Oh…. I didn’t get that… his last scenes…. I sincereley hope the indominatable Mr. C… is thriving…

Patrick
Patrick

indomitable.

Jewell
Jewell

EEEEEEK well these sources so far have turned out to be true.. Have to have Michael Knight.

jim
jim

No one else could play any of these three iconic roles. Some characters can easily be replaced but not when it comes to Susan, David, and Micheal They are the one and only Erica,Adam,and Tad. Id rather the charcters be killed off or not used than see them replace. If they only agree to appear in a few shows on occasion that is still better than nothing or recasting.

Jay
Jay

If Adam is there, can Brooke be far behind? Please bring Julia Barr back. I want some real “Old School” Pine Valley! If Susan is going to appear in one episode, perhaps she will agree to more as her schedule permits. Let’s not forget, she had choices to make in her own career, after ABC dumped the show.

Val
Val

A reduced SL, recurring MEK and occasional DC works for me! I hope David brings JR out of the coma (rumored in the full SID article) for AJ’s sake! 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

OMG…. would that explain the gun shot?

Oye! that’s emotional.

Rally around folks….

GayAtheistLH
GayAtheistLH

If Susan is indeed under contract to ‘Devious Maids’ then perhaps that simply could not be worked around. Everyone needs to remember that she could always come back at any time and in any form.

Thrilled that David Canary might return even on recurring. He’d previously retired so getting him back at all is wonderful. Hopefully Brooke is back, too.

I expect Michael Knight to come back. Debbi Morgan hinted that he would and they already have Cady.

brian
brian

Well, I uderstand that Susan L. has a bunch of different projects going on… and ABC wasn’t the nicest to her…

but hopefully she will be back for more.

James McDonald
James McDonald

If Susan Lucci is returning I bet you anything it is for the first episode of All My Children 2. Here is a question for you. Should they begin episode 1 from the cliff-hanger or begin with …one year and a half later?

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

I agree no one else could play Tad and Michael E. Knight is an awesome actor and PP should rush to hire him as soon possible, the show would definitely without a doubt not be the same if they don’t hire him.

Sue
Sue

No one else can play Tad . I love Michael E Knight… I can’t wait until AMC is back!!!! I miss it so much.
Hoping to see Walt back as Jackson too . I read he would be interested if asked!

Vanessa
Vanessa

I’m thrilled with David Canary joining the cast! Praying that Michael Knight joins too. I’m really ok without Erica.

su0000
su0000

Michael Knight. wanted nothing to with AMC after it ended and would not go on with PP, at that time.. He was a firm no ..
If his opinion has not changed we not see Tad 🙁 🙁

time will tell ..

Scott
Scott

One is better than none.I’m sure Erica will be back more often when Susan’s schedule permits.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I dont understand…Lucci for one episode, is that a teaser?? I thought David retired from the show when it was still on ABC? I see why they are putting all the high schoolers on the new reboot if the show is indeed set 5 years after JR shot someone (or more), and I can see how it would be easier to replace JR with somone who looks 5 years older, and hey if he can get out of his current contract sometime, we will all be ready to see the JR that we have grown to love/hate! I really hope that Susan wont just be on for one show… that would mean that she was not shot then? If the show is 5 years after, or maybe since they say JR will be in a coma he will be remembering who he shot and maybe it was Erica…. oh boy…I will sure miss La Kane! I hope I am wrong and she will stay! And I hope her daughters Kendall and Bianca will be on too.!

Peggy Hegner
Peggy Hegner

Nope! No new actor can fill the shoes of Susan, David, or Michael. Their characters have been around for decades. I don’t think fans would accept replacing a long-time character with a new face!

Johnny
Johnny

I am sure they will leave it open for Susan Lucci to return as her schedule permits. As for Tad Martin, I like Michael E. Knight of course, but there have been Four actors portraying Tad at different stages. In the 1990’s, albeit for a few months, Tad was portrayed by another actor. Prior to Michael E. Knight, Tad was played by teenaged
actors. Tad would now have to be an actor of around fifty or so, a youngish fifty if
you will ~ at this point, I’m not exactly sure how old Tad is supposed to be. But rather than “write Tad out” I think a recast would work in better, that’s just my opinion.

su0000
su0000

..
AMC with no Martin’s .
AMC with no Kane’s .
AMC with 1 recast Chandler and one 1 making appearances .
AMC with 1 Cortlandt .

hmmmmm dunno about that ..

Tad
Tad

Well some more have signed on but the linkage is very weak without Tad, Erica, BIanca, Kendall full time imho.

louisa
louisa

I sure hope Brooke is a part of the new show! AMC needs Adam big time.

And if Dixie is in–she’s going to need Tad. And I agree, there is only one Tad Martin. Michael E. Knight needs to be a part of this.

Patrick
Patrick

Please, PLEASE, Puhlease! TPTB…. Brooke…. Brooke… and more Brooke.

to helm the show…. wi/Opal…..

Thank you David Canary. Humbled by your caring, giving, and sharing of yourself.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

No reason why Susan couldn’t do more than one episode. The show is taping for just 5 weeks. I can see if she was in the middle of taping for Devious Maids that she couldn’t work it out. Maybe she will come back after the second 5 weeks. Rumor has it that Devious Maids is very expensive to produce and if it doesn’t do well they may not renew it (even though it has not even aired yet).

su0000
su0000

Susan could very well be under contacts that will not allow for her to appear in other programs etc etc.

ethel
ethel

michael e knight will be back sooner rather than later – just read the article here on michael fairmans site – so glad that david canary will return but i am not excited at all about susan lucci……………..jmo

Kathy
Kathy

I have no doubt that Michael Knight and Susan Lucci will be back. They have been with AMC forever. I am so happy that David Canary is coming back, he is a wonderful actor. I think my biggest concern is all the teenagers being added. There is nothing as boring as teenage story lines. Although, I really liked Colby .

Ina
Ina

Well if David Canary is coming back where the hell is Julia Barr (Brooke)? I’m so sick of TPTB streamlining her! she is far more a better actress then Susan Lucci and as the sage left off, (Adam has just asked Brooke to marry him)

Tad
Tad

Julia should be available for cheap; she hasn’t exactly been in demand since her AMC days despite being a very good actress. Adam /Stewart is a recurring role; people have to think bang for the buck too since it is online. Right or wrong, Susan Lucci brings the publicity. Julia Barr would just be of interest to die hard fans. Look at Devious Maids there are many prime time stars but Lucci holds her own – maybe it is longevity because though Grant Show has been on a monster hit with Melrose Place he isn’t getting the billing of Lucci.

RICKIE
RICKIE

Would much rather see Julia Barr return than Susan Lucci. And if Bianca is returning, please bring back Christina Bennett Lind — Eden Riegel’s voice grated on me.

Shelley Martin
Shelley Martin

I think getting Susan for one episode–maybe JR shot her?? That’s a way to wrap that story. And David C is awesome but may not want a big gig. Having him is awesome but I think they are going to skew it younger. The casting calls have suggested they are aging the kids to teens and young adults. I suspect it will be heavy on teen drama. With just a touch of Zack Slater hotness to get the current fans back in on it. As for Michael, he is Tad for sure but if he won’t play ball they could replace him with Rick from GL or maybe another like-type. It would take a bit to adjust but we would.

KEITH DANIELS
KEITH DANIELS

Frankly, as I understand it, all of this boils down to contract negotiations: I personally think that it would be a major mistake not to have Susan Lucci as Erica Kane on a regular basis; and there should not only be Julia Barr and David Canary on the show regularly ideally but as many characters as possible that are connected family-wise to the two. As for MEK, he recently went into a great deal of detail in an interview as to his loyalty to AMC and his inability to envision Pine Valley without Tad Martin: So, obviously, MEK is waiting for the bucks, so to speak, BIG ONES, that is! (…and I for one hope he gets it!!!)

Arlene McGinnis
Arlene McGinnis

Have you people forgotten over the years all the stars would have big absences, (doing films or plays or just vacations}. So how is this going to be any different? They will bring in the big guns in the beginning and as new story lines evolve around other players we will be just as hooked as before. I will take anything they give me just as long as I’m in Pine Valley and most of my family is still there making me cry or mad, whichever. I know with all the complaining you will do the same.

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

I am very disappointed Susan Lucci didn’t agree to recurring though I am not sure what commitments she has with Devious Maids and Deadly Affairs. Surely those shows can see the benefit of Lucci being on AMC again (and I hope Propsect Park can see the benefit of Lucci – they say they want young and fresh and many anti Erica types will say they don’t need her but if they have David Canary recurring and Opan and even Tad or Angie – these characters are all well over 40 if not 50. I can’t believe Lucci in only one show that is so so said and tragic . they cannot recast though it might get tonnes of media attention. So I have the solution if the problem is Devious Maids and Deadly affairs.

Erica dies in the hands of Jack. There is an amazing funeral and a museum built in Erica’s memory and then the history of AMC cna be introduced through the rich tapestry of characters. The show goes on. At some point hopefully soon Lucci can do more shows She comes back and it is revealed there was a prison break out and it was Jane who sought revenge when she realized she was being played and taking Erica’splace for stabbing DAvid. It was Jane trying to let Jackson and the girls (Bianca and Kendall know it was her and not Erica dying or shot but they tell her to save her strength before she dies. Erica comes back at her memorial or perhaps when her daughters need her. AMC please get back Erica Kane she is history. She is iconic. She is AMC. Surely something can be done.

Arlene McGinnis
Arlene McGinnis

THANK HEAVENS YOUR NOT WRITING THE SHOW

Tad
Tad

Ah Arlene loosen up. It is amazing what AMC and other soaps have put out there. You really think having Jesse and Angie, David, Cara, Opal is going to be that compelling? Where is the history? The relationship ties? AMC needs Tad and Erica. You have to have a little imagination. But seriously why in the heck PP is putting AMC first with a smaller cast and one far less intermingled or witha history I have no

Tad
Tad

After hearing this story and sleeping on it. It will seem like part of AMC is missing if Lucci isn’t on the show. I know there were rumours of another actress playing Erica Kane but I think that would lead to a revolt – maybe tonnes of media attention though like the “new” Coke then went back to classic. I was going to blame Lucci for not coming back assuming PP wanted to hire her – why wouldn’t they if they hired other “mature” characters. But as some pointed out she has at least two other gigs – Deadly Affairs and Devious Maids which for most people would be plenty. I don’t think she has time to do more Army Wives or Hot In Cleveland so AMC could be a stretch.

B.J.
B.J.

I would love to see David Canary and Julia Barr return, plus MEK if he wants to return. Otherwise, I’m fine with MEK and Ms. Lucci continuing whatever projects they prefer.

Since I’m not a lifetime AMC fan, their absence or possible replacement would not be sacrilege to me. I do understand the feelings of the long term fans though. 🙂

Judi
Judi

I definitely hope that MEK/Tad comes back soon. He is my favorite character on the show.

Johnny
Johnny

I’ve got it! I’ve got it! Erica was last seen running after Jackson after he told her a la Rhett Butler that he didn’t “give a damn” – Erica jumps into her car after Jackson but is in a terrible car accident. She needs cosmetic surgery! We see “Erica” Kane in the hospital, but her family and friends are told she may not look the same anymore since her injuries required extensive plastic surgeries. After several weeks, the bandages are removed and Erica Kane is now played by…….
MORGAN FAIRCHILD! She doesn’t remember anyone…..but this isn’t really a problem since half the cast is gone…..and she meets a strange Priest in the Hospital who tells her that she used to be a real Bitch.
Well….whadaya all think?

Tad
Tad

HOw do you explain Erica Kane would have grown a few inches too??? LOL

JIM
JIM

Erica was the back bone of the show. They are smart to get Susan Lucci back even for one episode to lure us fans to watch with the hope that the story lines hook us from day one. The character of Erica will hand the reigns over to the rest of the cast and of course she would be invited back as often as her schedule permits depending on what her salary demands are

I think everyone needs to stop being so possessive of this show and just let it be. Certainly we can want certain story lines but we can not control the actors, their current commitments elsewhere and the contract negotiations. Prospect Park I’m sure does not have an endless supply of money and we have to respect that not all actors can be ‘bought’ even if they wanted to come back. As well it is to only be a half hour show so there isn’t enough time to warrant every character return along with the new fresh characters needed to sustain the much needed younger demographic.

Linda
Linda

Well l’m sorry but…l think a opinion is not being possessive of these actors and actresses lives…Everyone is just hoping to see some familiar faces from what l see…And l totally agree….They were the backbone of AMC!! That is just my opinion!!!

Johnny
Johnny

Well said Jim ~ of course I was kidding about the Erica Kane recast – you are right we are all a little possessive of the show. What will be, will be. I am willing to give the new show a chance, and will probably purchase Hulu Plus because I refuse to watch it from my home computer, LoL – if I can stream it on my TV as I do other things that will be fine. Watching TV nowadays is a whole different experience from years ago – and if the show does see some recasts, that is fine with me actually because, well, that’s life.

Arlene McGinnis
Arlene McGinnis

OH CRAP!!! only a half hour, didn’t hear that

Linda
Linda

l do hope they reconsider…it won’t be AMC without them and the other AMC actresses and actors…So please everyone of you…Come Back!!!!

Ruth Tetreault
Ruth Tetreault

I am glad that the charecter of Adam will be back on .I f susan only wants to play Erica for one time thats ok with me she was getting to old for the show anyway.If the showed had protrayed her as the grandmother that she was surppose to be she would have fit the show.Instead they had her running around like she was still in her 20s with dresses for women that age one strap clothes . She has always had ugly looking legs. writers should have keep them covered at A LL times.She probably don’t want to play the part that fits her age which is a good reason enough not to want to come back full time.Like I said she to old to be playing a sexy role. get some one who can play a woman in her mid 60s with grown children and grandchildren.

Johnny
Johnny

To some extent, Ruth, I agree with what you are saying – I don’t know by now how “old” the character of Erica Kane is supposed to be, she has grown daughters and they have children but no one calls Erica “hi grandma” – Susan Lucci played the role well for forty one years, but although thanks to modern medical procedures she doesn’t quite look her age Erica is not 35 anymore and I do think the characters should “act their age” to to speak and having her running around in skimpy outfits designed for the contours of a young gal gets to be a little absurd after a while. So, I don’t know how much more mileage they can get out of Erica Kane unless they agree that Erica should mature and start acting her age, particularly if they plan to forward the show’s characters and town FIVE years into the future.

Arlene McGinnis
Arlene McGinnis

Well Erica can certainly maintain a well heeled more mature and still stunning much smarter person with a lot of knowledge to lay on the problematic people of Pine Valley

Di
Di

If this new show wants to succeed, they need Erica, Tad And Adam. Adam could have an occasional roll, but Susan and Michael are a MUST. I really hope they work out all their differences with these people or this show doesn’t stand a chance. They are the backbone of the show and are truly wanted and needed.

Amy Gail
Amy Gail

Come on Susan, David and Michael….You are the backbone of AMC! We need you!

Tad
Tad

Oh come on folks, Erica Kane is well Erica Kane. What fun to have a forever young character. Let someone else play the grandma and let Erica Kane be gosh darn it. She is a bit fantasy, bit fetish, bit myster and bit hell on wheels. If AMC wanted a 66 year old matrony figure then they should go hire a Ruth Martin or Mona Kane type.

Josiah
Josiah

Come on people. Time in soaps is malleable and soap fans are forgiving. We’ve seen a single character age overnight while all the others remained their same age. How many times did we hear “the role of Wally McFaddon (or Phil Brent) will now be played by…” and we kept watching. Certainly our favorites who earned their places in our hearts should not be recast. Lets keep in mind that Agnes Nixon is guiding these shows back into existence and lets keep an open mind with regard to how old people are and whats appropriate for them to do.

shari
shari

I can’t imagine that susan lucci, of all people will not return it will not be the same without her that is for sure. I remember watching her when she where in high school or college or of the two that’s how long it where and I where 8 years of age.

I’ve been a loyal fan every since then.

Judy Hyman-Miller
Judy Hyman-Miller

I can’t enjoy it without Erica and the previous actors . Please negotiate to bring them back! Thanks!!

Kem
Kem

They need to bring Erica back for good, she is AMC. Heard Tad will be back but not the original actor. Wish they’d do the series on a daily basis, twice a week isn’t near enough.

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)

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: Getty Images

Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

READ MORE
Soap Vet Debbi Morgan's Emotional Words On How COVID-19 Has Affected the Black Community

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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

READ MORE
TODAY: Michael E. Knight, Cady McClain & Jon Lindstrom In Livestream Soap Reunion

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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: HutchinsPhoto

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.

Photo: JPI

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)

Photo: JPI

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.

Continue Reading

All My Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

READ MORE
One Life to Live Stars Reunite For Online Reunion
Continue Reading

All My Children

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.

READ MORE
ABC and PEOPLE Announce 'The Story of Soaps' Two-Hour Prime-Time Television Event
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

It’s “Villains Week” on Y&R an that means some Sheila Carter, David Kimball, and Isabella Brana, Check out the promo from CBS Daytime here.  Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Steve Burton as Jason & Maurice Benard as Sonny

General Hospital

Airdate: 5-19/20-2020

Advertisement

Popular