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REPORT: Prospect Park Mulling Over Moving Production of AMC & OLTL to Different State!

Photo Credit; Chapman Baehler

Photo Credit; Chapman Baehler

There is another report this evening via Deadline.com on the labor dispute and early hiatus for All My Children and One Life to Live in their Connecticut Studios! Their source is reporting that they are hearing that, “Prospect Park is considering moving production of the two shows, based in Stamford, Conn., to another state.”

So, just where would the fictional towns of Pine Valley and Llanview move to?  Somewhere in the East coast tri-state area?  Whatever the situation, it is our hope that the situation can be rectified for the good of productions of both One Life to Live and All My Children, and for Prospect Park, who clearly has had a tough going on many fronts relaunching these iconic shows.

So what do you think of the report on a possible move in production cities?  Share your thoughts!

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Lisa
Lisa

If it comes down to move the shows or production stops….then by all means bring on the move! Whatever is needed to keep these shows in production.

Matt
Matt

It may sound far fetched, but I read that Minnesota has a state film and TV board and will do anything to get productions there. Not just tax incentives, but financing. They have the facilities, equipment, and people to make it happen. In NY/Conn they are just another show, in Minnesota they would be royalty. Many famous, and Oscar winning films and Emmy winning TV shows have been made there. With today’s digital technology a show like this can be produced anywhere. Also, I read that Jerry verDorn and Jill Larson are from Minnesota.

Kelly
Kelly

Yeah, because it seems reasonable for all the actors and production staff to pack up and move to another state. How did that work out for AMC when it moved from NY to Los Angeles? Why don’t you ask those folks who packed up their lives only to lose everything how they felt? If they move to another state that is not driving distance from the NY area, you are bound to lose a lot of the actors – remember they only signed 1 year contracts – which already is in 3 months. Plus, they may be able to pull out of the contract automatically if PP moves them. This is not good news on any front.

Jenna
Jenna

Please. The actors would not move to Minnesota. Most of the actors live in NY, CT, or NJ. They aren’t going to move Minnesota.

Moreover, CT offers a 30% tax rebate. PP isn’t going anywhere. It would cost to much money.

Wendy
Wendy

Most states have film boards and they would not have to go to Minnesota to do this. Virginia was the home for most of Lincoln. Wilmington NC is where many movies are made including the Iron Man/Avengers franchise. they want to keep the shows going and one thing they need to do is go check out OWN ans see if Oprah will run the shows. She just scored Tyler Perry. It would be great. I cannot watch because I do not stream and I am an original watcher of the two shows.

Chaz
Chaz

Come on Prospect Park , Gets your act together

Chaz
Chaz

This is pure unadulterated BS!

su0000
su0000

My heart goes out to PP..
They try and try, and never give up..
They are committed, and I give them praise for their undying commitment to the soaps..

They will succeed I do not believe fail is not in their agenda..

clh
clh

I agree. People keep throwing BS at them and they keep finding solutions. This is a whole new arena and it aggravates me that everyone keeps saying for PP to get their act together. It has nothing to do with them, it has to do with creating a whole new arena. No one else has stepped up to ever do this and now someone is trying to do just that.

Give them time to get the kinks out people, it doesn’t just run smoothly right from the start. It takes work, and persistence, and trial and error.

I believe they will succeed too and if they have to move to another state to ensure that, then I am there!

Dawn
Dawn

I completely agree. Give them the time to work out the bumps. It’s a whole new arena and there are going to be these road bumps. PP stepped up to save these shows for the fans when no one else would (remember Oprah? So called AMC “fan”) And if I remember correctly, PP did say there would probably be these bumps because of this being a whole new arena.

The shows are back……I, for one, am happy to have them back. I’m riding this out until PP gets all of the kinks worked out. Seems some have forgotten if it weren’t for PP we most likely would not have these shows back.

Kelly
Kelly

Please, PP is no innocent party here.

Rachel
Rachel

agreed

clh
clh

RE: Kelly,

And you would know that how? Do you work at the studio? Or do you just base everything you know on what you read on the net?

Anyone with a little bit of intelligence would realize that there are going to be bumps and starts and stops in providing a new venue.

CB
CB

The same question can be asked to you, clh. How do you know that this has nothing to do with PP, do you work for the company or are you just basing off of what you read online?

There has been more than just a few bumps and starts providing this new venue. AMC/OLTL is always encountering a new problem. First PP didn’t have the funds to launch AMC/OLTL and had to put it on hold for a year, then they had to hire new head writers, got into a legal dispute with ABC/GH now it’s this.

John
John

Doubtful
PP has the CFC studios thru January 2014
CT gives 30% in tax breaks to productions
Would they get those breaks on taxes in other states?
Plus the union would still be needed so moving wont solve that.

Maybe they could move i season 2 but only if another state gives better tax breaks

Laura
Laura

They would get those breaks and more in Louisiana. That’s why so many movies are filmed here. Just drove by an apocalyptic city block Friday night in New Orleans…where they are filming the new sequel to Planet of the Apes. But, then the actors would have to live here, which would be difficult for people wanting to work on Broadway, too.

Jenna
Jenna

The cast isn’t going to relocate to Louisiana. Part of the reason many of the vets signed up with PP is that they live near the studio, either in CT, NYC, or NJ.

Given the pay cuts most took, it might not be worth it for them to deal with the headache.

Adele
Adele

If they move to Wilmington NC, which has great studios and is a Non-Union – right to work state, they wouldn’t require the unions and most workers in those states are not tied to a union.

Michael
Michael

I am hoping it isn’t too far from CT as I enjoy seeing David Canary on AMC. I’m sure he decided to come back as it’s not far from where he lives. From what I am gathering, it doesn’t appear the location seems to be the trouble anyway.

Katherine
Katherine

pray they don’t move as TK aka Zach on all my children lives in conn.and he did not want the move to california when it was on ABC so please stay where u r or u will loose a lot of good actors and fans

Nia Provenzano
Nia Provenzano

Hope this labor dispute isn’t going to make the shows go under!

Larry In NYC
Larry In NYC

I know it won’t happen but what about New York City? Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers, Staten Island, Long Island or somewhere else so the actors and workers don’t have to travel.

Pen
Pen

yeah, but renting studio space in the city is hellacious expensive. That’s a big reason they relocated to Stamford.

jimh
jimh

Had to reply here Penn…i was only joking when i said ‘Yes, Michigan’ about the soaps moving! lol

Pen
Pen

Haaa! Sorry. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if people are being serious on here…:P

Marc
Marc

I dont care if they make them in Hawaii or my backyard. just tape them ! Everyone involved deserves better then this

Rosanna
Rosanna

cannot say im surprised as im not, with the lawsuit with ABC the union reps wanting more for the actors and now this, its doomed they might as well sell the show back to ABC or another company just to break even. Im thinking they ONLY rushed due to the contract they had to get things going by Fall 2013 or it would revert back to Disney, its a mess with plenty of losers and no winners, these actors deserve better then this cluster ****.

SZima
SZima

Agreed!

Bryon B
Bryon B

I agree. They knew they had to revert back the rights to Disney/ABC. It did seem rushed with the production and now we have all of this behind the scenes drama. I have a feeling they will have to sell back to ABC to break even as well. It doesn’t seem very profitable for them given all of these issues and expenses. I knew the cut back in episodes had more to do than the bs they told us about the viewing of the episodes by the fans were too much. After only 3 weeks, come on. I hope this isn’t a sign that the shows will be cancelled. I want to see more episodes per week and want them to air more than 2 days per week. Hope things improve real soon.

Doe
Doe

I think PPis having a difficult decision as to move to another state. It seems that they are on uncertain ground. How many times do they have to move and get their ducks all in a row? Not to menrtion moving actors and their families once again. What is wrong with this picture? Soaps or no soaps?…..

Kevin
Kevin

I do believe the Brooklyn studio where Another World filmed is standing empty. Tell them to investigate Michael…lol.

MC
MC

I think we’d lost a lot of our vets if they moved too far from NYC. 🙁

Cathy Schneider
Cathy Schneider

I don’t care if they film it in Mexico, just FILM IT!!

L Boehme
L Boehme

I love the fact that this is filmed in my home state, but save the show , whatever you have to do……..I love having AMC & OLTL back!!!!Don’t let us be without our fav shows, PLEASE!!!!

Bruce
Bruce

Why?

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

Wherever as long as they keep the episodes coming.

GKL1961
GKL1961

It’s a work in progress, no one has tried to do this many shows at once on this type of platform.. I stand behind PP

su0000
su0000

Some people are too ignorant to understated what PP has gone through the keep our soaps active..

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

I don’t think its ignorance if one dares criticize PP in this. Pretty ballsy of you to even suggest it. PP is in this to make money….its called show business for a reason. Of course we want the shows to flourish but come on, its like a joke now. Obviously the internet wasnt the mecca they hoped it would be. PP blames everyone but themselves in everything….ABC! GH! Unions! Peoples viewing schedules! Viewers watched soaps for decades 5 days a week and were able to catch up. Their reasoning is quite simply BS and its sad you denigrate anyone who has a brain to call it for what it is.

THOMAS
THOMAS

Im not ignorant , i know what PP is doing i stated this would all happen way before rthe shows aire but some ppl want to act like the little girl going to see the great OZ , PP made too many promises with money they didnt have and now since they cant get the major money they need to produce these shows which means being able to pay actors set workers writters their lawyers etc etc now they want o get like a travling side shows and take the act on the road .. PP need to wake up find a co production co to make these shows and help run thier company .. or sell these shows to someone that can produce and air these shows which it will happen i give it a year

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Thomas again, really? THEY HAVE THE FINANCING, this is NOT about the financing. PP does not want to move the show anywhere. They ARE a production company with shows that currently air on cable television!

Robby – I do not believe that su0000 is suggesting that if you criticize PP you are ignorant. But there are many people who do not understand everything PP has done. They just read a few articles and then comment. Not everyone, just some.

Elhu
Elhu

That is not a promising sign, compounded with the recent decrease in episodes, but on the up side, PP appears to be doing all they can to make this work, and I certainly hope it does, as I am so enjoying the return of both AMC and OLTL. I also want to see all of these fine soap stars (and all those behind the scenes) remain happy and employed. I am hopeful that all of these changes will bring a comfortable niche for both of our beloved soaps, and I wish PP much good luck in ironing this out. Please keep watching both shows soap fans!

Angela
Angela

I agree with you. Keep watching the show – the more people that watch will help keep the shows going! I couldn’t wait for their return and am enjoying every minute of them.

TripppleP
TripppleP

Prospect Park could look into the Brooklyn studios or come to New Jersey … central NJ would be good … toward Pennsylvania.

Adele
Adele

Moving to NY won’t fix the problem. They get 30% tax deduction in CT and NY is a union state and therefore it won’t solve anything. I can only see a move being beneficial if they go to a right to work state, but that could cause problems with long term NY/CT based actors. Then again if it saves the show and is worked out with the actors….

lin
lin

waited too long for amc and oltl to relaunch! really hope this gets straightened out as would hate to see our soaps cancelled again!!!

lin
lin

do not cancel our soaps again!!!

Scott
Scott

How about Massachussetts????
There have been a lot of tax breaks and incentives since Ben Affleck’s GONE BABY GONE!!!!

Debbie
Debbie

Wherever they need to is fine.

Christine
Christine

I think thats stupid. It seems to me that these people got everyones hopes up that these great shows would be back but there are all these obstacles in the way to prevent it. Oh an I caught a an episode of All my Children. It in no way looks like the same show. I have not seen One Life. But if its the same I will stick with GH and Y&R. It is really sad.

Gillian
Gillian

I agree. I watched the first part of OLTL first episode and it got on my nerves so I switched it off. I was surprised. Not the same show at all. I can see why Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBane forfeited their old characters and started out as new people on GH. Their agents probably told them it is a better future.

Janet Kiley
Janet Kiley

go anywhere u can so we can see these stories and its free

Jodee
Jodee

UNIONS SUCK! I hope they do what they have to to continue. IF it truly a union situation I don’t know how moving is going to solve the problem though. But then what do I know. :/

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

So I guess Cady McClain and Jill Larson all suck too….since they belong to the actors union. They are all pro union and Larson even helped with the initial negotiations. If the unions didn’t sign off on this they wouldn’t even be there. The writers, directors stage hands all have unions too. Keeps them safe and not working for peanuts. Heck PP should move to Bangladesh where NO regulations seem to be in place. A building collapse just killed over 1000 people in that country that makes clothes for you and me. Learn more about a situation before you lazily say something sucks.

Jodee
Jodee

don assume I hazily say UNIONS SUCK – they do! They had a place in our country but IMO (In My Opinion (in case you didn’t know)) they only ruin things now. I wonder if the hundreds or thousands of unemployed Hostess workers would agree with you? gmab

THOMAS
THOMAS

you are right if PP moves then it will be more court cases , and thier is no way the unions in the state of new york will let them film their if the screwed over the union workers in CT this is doomed

k/kay
k/kay

Thomas this is to be funny to lighten the mood! Old Mayor Bloomberg has probably banned soaps in NY just like salt,lg soda drinks and smoking. Because you can’t think for yourself you need him to do it oh and also wasn’t he trying to force Mommies to breast feed.

Julien
Julien

I have yet to see any episodes of the shows cause the idea of watching it online does not thrill me in the least. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have tried to get it on the Hallmark Channel or Logo. Bring back Kish for OLTL and you already have Bianca on AMC and there’s the gay contingent needed for Logo. It’s airing on TV in Canada but they couldn’t get it on TV for the US? BS!

Jovin
Jovin

Ya, I‘m sure homosexuality is the answer to saving the soaps. NOT! Intelligent posts are always appreciated on here…thank you to those who offer them!!

ChrisR
ChrisR

It’s not on TV in Canada. When they cut back to 2 shows per week FX Canada dropped both.

Lindsay
Lindsay

It is not showing on TV in Canada anymore, it ended when they switched it to two days a week. FX Canada said the contract was for 2 shows per day, 1 of each of AMC and OLTL, since PP did not deliver it was pulled from FX Canada on May 20th. Basically we got two weeks on TV then scramble to find it somewhere else because we cannot access Hulu in Canada.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

They have these things called hdmi cords….they allow you to use your tv as a monitor and watch anything you want on the big screen. I have been doing this for over 4 years now.

And PP is still working on finding a place to air these on cable after their first run online.

Marsha
Marsha

I just wish people in Canada could see it, I really enjoyed the little I did see of OLTL. I think PP will not give up on having production continuing.

ChrisR
ChrisR

You can, Marsha. Hola unblocker. Install for firefox and you can watch on Hulu.

TripppleP
TripppleP

Thank you, ChrisR, for your Hola unblocker suggestion!! 😀

Denise
Denise

Could this b a ploy. ABC’s Katie talk show is going south. Maybe the want the rights back. Just sayin

ChrisR
ChrisR

LOL. ABC has no intention of spending more money on Soaps. That’s why they got rid of them in the first place.

Barbara
Barbara

This is what I was thinking. Coincidence? I think not!

Pen
Pen

this has nothing to do with ABC. It’s to do with the union suspecting breach of contract. ABC has no hand in it whatsoever.

Gwen Dawson
Gwen Dawson

The biggest mistake was to take them off tv in the first place. Shame on ABC! Other than The View, I only watched AMC and OLTL….Put them both back where they belong!!! ON TETEVISION!!! Mad in KENTUCKY!!!

Debbie McKean
Debbie McKean

I totally agree with you Gwen!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

If we are lucky, PP will work all of this out and find a place on cable television these can be rebroadcast after their original airing online. I will continue to watch…

James McDonald
James McDonald

It seems natural for production to go back to New York. They should consider where the actors would like to travel to and make it easier on them too. Is it easier to get to a New York City studio or Los Angeles studio?

Jay in NJ
Jay in NJ

Well Well Well say it ain’t so! I so saw this coming and was told to keep my mouth shut, it’s time again to stop believing in PP and move on people! they cannot afford production of both shows and this is their only way out by making up stories so they cancel our shows once again!

KK Davis
KK Davis

It is not a lie, the Unions are out to get PP.

Kelly
Kelly

Really? Because the Union would rather have unemployed workers? Why don’t you get your facts straight. They bent over backwards to get this done.

Jay in NJ
Jay in NJ

It’s always the easy way out to blame the Unions, if it weren’t for the unions we wouldn’t have the shows that are on today! and I never said in my original statement about anything being alie so I think you should go back and re-read what I said…..No one is out to get PP! the problem with PP is they are in way over their heads, look at the reality: they cut the shows down from 4 days a week to just alternating them and then releasing a statement in which they think they can have us believe their words! the fact is they are on along hiatus and believe me when I say, I highly doubt they will be back mark my words and then everyone will cry all over again because they believed PP!

Pen
Pen

Sweets, if the union hadn’t hammered out the agreement with PP to allow their members to be given a scaled-down salary, guess what? You wouldn’t even HAVE a show. It would have died on the vine and never been revived. You can’t have a show without a crew. Period.

The agreement with IATSE was that they would allow for adjusted crew salaries IF the shows agreed not to go over a certain daily budget. If they do go over that, then they’re in breach of contract, and the crews are owed money. Simple as that. They have every right to want fair and equal value for their members’ work, and to be compensated as agreed. Nothing more, nothing less.

Catherine Climpson
Catherine Climpson

I see another cancellation coming; it’s just a matter of time…….

Ces
Ces

YUP

Barb C
Barb C

there are wonderful studios in Astoria Queens that would be great for PP. I am sure NYC film dept. would be happy to help them out….another idea, since “Katy” is doing so poorly on TV, put our two half hours soaps in her slot !!!

Gillian
Gillian

Where is Katy doing poorly? I love her show.

Barb C
Barb C

Fox News said the other day that the ratings were low and that people thought she was boring as a host….

Margaret Leonardi
Margaret Leonardi

I was thinking the same thing Barb C!

Barb C
Barb C

would love to see it back on TV, but for now I’ll take online…

Debbie McKean
Debbie McKean

I had the same idea. Bring the shows back to TV.

Barb C
Barb C

would love to see it back on TV, but for now I’ll take online

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I would like that also….except I don’t want abc/d to touch these shows ever again.

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

I sure hope the shows continue to be online or back on tv, I really enjoy them and I am so happy they are back .I hope everything gets straightened out very soon. Thanks Michael once again for keeping us in the loop.

Cassie Hicks
Cassie Hicks

If the representatives of Prospect Park have to move their production to another state-why don’t they try New York City? That city and state are so popular as I-don’t-know-what.:)

Pen
Pen

Too expensive. That’s a big reason why they moved to CT, along with the tax credits.

adam
adam

I was a CBS soap fan since a kid LOL then GL and ATWT were axed. I began looking at OLTL again I did in mid 90’s looked at it and stopped and began again after GL and ATWT were cancelled. (SIGH)…. now again peoples hopes have been brought up and sad to say the writing was clearly on the wall for these soaps when it was announced they ere going down to 2 days a week. They are gonna cancel either both or one of these shows, iam sorry I wasted my time looking at them faithfully has I did when they returned, I should have known PP was gonna let everyone down!

adam
adam

now iam sitting here thinking,, its gonna be one they will cancel, saying they cant invest the time and money in 2 shows at a time, maybe in the future….. if all s goes well they will look back into the idea of launching it again…. and drum roll people….. the loser will be all my children

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

These two shows are tied to each other now. They share the studio, sets and crew. So it is both or neither….

Jedediah
Jedediah

I give Prospect Park amazing support for doing their difficult work bringing back the soaps and making sure that they’re wonderfully prepared for us to enjoy. Whatever their endeavors may bring, all we can do is give them all the support that we can. After all, without Prospect Park, we wouldn’t have AMC nor OLTL. I hope that they will be able to resolve whatever issues that they may have to overcome.

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

I just hope they get it all worked out. Besides the swearing and the way too explicit sex scenes I am enjoying both the shows and will stick by them thru it all because I am a die-hard loyal fan!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I wish I saw the way too explicit sex scene you did! I must’ve missed it…(even though I’ve seen every episode of both shows)

TripppleP
TripppleP

You are not alone, CTwildheart … everyone I have spoken to, also missed the explicit sex scenes. lol

toni
toni

they could come to Portland Or that would be awesome

KK Davis
KK Davis

PP’s only hope is to negotiate these shows out of the Unions. It has never been done before but why not at least try.

Kerry
Kerry

Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota), FL, has some new studios.

Lori Lippa
Lori Lippa

PP bring your production to Rochester, NY. We just had The Amazing Spiderman 2 film here. We are an upstate NY location. Great lakes, mountain sides, not to mention the nice mansions we have here. Very Pine Valley and LLanview. Lots and Lots of location shoots. Plus we get snow like these two towns.

GB
GB

let’s find a state with NO labour regulations whatsoever, where you can work 24/7 and not pay people for it! good on you, prospect park, i’m with you there

Adele
Adele

That’s not exactly accurate. NC for instance and TN both pay their talent and crew well, but it is not tied completely to the unions. I want the actors to be protected and the crew as well, but just because it is a right to work state doesn’t mean that it is not beneficial to all parties involved. NC is the number 2 state for production. The bigger question is will the actors be willing to travel to NC and stay 5 weeks then go back home for five weeks or will they have to do filming slightly different – 3 months straight shooting then six months off to make it easier for actors based in CT. I think it is best to stay in CT for now, but long term I think a move to a state that really will pump money into the productions and wants to invest in those jobs isn’t a bad move.

Beacon
Beacon

ABC Daytime need to buy back the soaps. They screwed up big time and now they can make it up to the fans.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I NEVER want these shows back in those hands!

Pen
Pen

Well, eventually they will be anyway; PP only has licensing rights. They don’t own the shows. When the licensing period ends, both shows will revert back to ABC. Sorry.

jimh
jimh

Hopefully theyll keep it close to New York so not to loose many actors…

Margaret Leonardi
Margaret Leonardi

I feel bad for the actors. They have to keep moving around to keep their jobs, must be really bad for their family life. Hope it all gets settled.

Susan
Susan

What about the movie studios in Bethpage ny. Win win on every aspect. Less than an hr from NYC. Huge studio buildings. A lot of nice towns in the surrounding area plus minutes from the Gold Coast

Debbie McKean
Debbie McKean

Brining these two shows back was a great idea. If you are going to move to a new state, perhaps you ca think about bringing them back on tv. I am not enjoying watching the computer and sitting my the computer. I must rather lie down and zip through the commercials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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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.

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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