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REPORT: Susan Lucci Has Been Contacted By Prospect Park For AMC Revival!

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Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Hot on the heels of the shocker via Deadline.com the other day that Prospect Park is apparently resuming their efforts to bring One Life to Live and All My Children back online, (something they were unable to do at the beginning of this year and thus had to pull out) comes word today via Showbiz411.com, that indeed Prospect Park has contacted All My Children star and soap icon, Susan Lucci to reprise her role of Erica Kane in the new online version that per the rumors they hope to debut in the early part of this year.

According to the item it reads,  “Don’t get excited just yet. I have been told by a very good source that Prospect Park Productions has contacted Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane, about a revival of  All My Children online and maybe on cable. There have been reports in the last couple of days that Prospect Park, whose license with ABC on All My Children and One Life to Live, is trying to re-activate the much-missed soap operas. A friend of Lucci told me yesterday:  ‘There have been some talks, but the word wasn’t supposed to get out yet.’  Hmmmm….”

The report also goes on to say that Robert S. Woods  of One Life to Live,  told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman, that, “He’d heard rumblings about Prospect Park’s renewed interest, but that he had not been contacted yet. ‘They may not know how to find me,’ said Woods, who’s been kicking back in upstate New York after 30 something years of service to “OLTL” as leading hero Bo Buchanan.”

So soapers, with Susan Lucci now on Devious Maids on Lifetime, and no official statement from Prospect Park yet on their renewed interest, do you think that La Lucci  being back on an AMC cable or online version could be in her future?  Would Susan take part in the revival after everything tanked last time? Weigh-in!

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carla
carla

how real is

Rachel Elisabeth
Rachel Elisabeth

I care more about Robert S. Woods. Bo Buchannon is a character I miss A LOT!

su0000
su0000

It is looking looking much better this time around to actually happen ..
It is an extremely huge challenge to produce a daily TV soap for the internet, and that has not yet been done by anybody ..
I wish PP all the best in their frontier move to bring a TV production to the internet..
I do believe they will they do it.. they have put a year in getting it together and learned from the mistakes with their first try.
I’m looking forward to seeing my favorite soaps , once again 🙂

Marcia White
Marcia White

Bring them back! Yes, I do believe Susan would revive her role. She’s publicly stated she still misses it, months after it was cancelled. So many of the AMC stars have not gone to other soaps, so I think they could revive a good part of the cast. Love to see OLTL revived. The Buchanans, Vicki….let’s make it happen!

SZima
SZima

Susan has too many other irons in the fire with Devious Maids coming up, plus her show on Investigative Discovery, plus her Pilates shows. At 66 (and I’m a year younger than her and retired), I would think she would be looking to slow down a little!

Lynn
Lynn

Just a little too late I just don’t know how they’d pull it off too many have moved on and OLTL is a mess now with the destruction of the end because of some of the actors going to GH and John geez his character has been totatly turned into sleeze not to mention I doubt ME will leave GH to go to PP which makes that huge story go puff! AMC i didn’t watch the last 8yrs or so I don’t know what that wouls in tail but it wasnt messed with on GH so its in better shape……and the actors I doubt they are going to go for it after they were burned.

Ashlee
Ashlee

If this actually comes to pass this time, they are going to have to learn from what killed soaps! Dont hire a bloated cast of 30 players. Focus on a manageable 15. Make the shows more like prime time. Dont air them 5 days a week. Dont hire the same old same old writers. Focus on couples not outlandish plots and violence. Let the characters mature and grow. Dont write Erica Kane as a 30 something. Quit with the back from the dead and baby switches and dopplegangers. Write believable, relatable stories. These shows can come back, but there are valid reasons why they died. Tweak them, fix them, and let them flourish in a whole new way!

Mary SF
Mary SF

IMO what is killing soaps are viewers like you, who keep expecting them to be something they are not. They are called soap OPERA- have you every been to an opera- operas take ordinary situation and make them MELODRAMATIC- it is supposed to be a bit unrealistic. But some people want their soaps to be like musical theater.
As for soaps being more like prime time- yuck- what is so great amount prime time? Dancing celebrities, vampires, crime shows with gross body parts everywhere, graphic sex scenes, vulgar language, wizards, Honey Boo Boo. No thanks I will take daytime dramas over that stuff any day. But even if that is what viewers want in daytime, keep dreaming, because NO network WILL EVER invest the kind of money into daytime- EVER. Should there be some kind of re working of the formula that made soaps what they were- yes- but as I said it before and I will say it again, perhaps more viewers would enjoy what is there if they stop expecting soaps to be what they were never intended to be.

Ashlee
Ashlee

Once again Mary you completely misread what I was saying. When i said more like prime time i am talking about prime time soaps like Dallas or Desperate Housewives. I said i do not want violence! I meant smaller more affordable casts with less fluff and filler. I meant hire GOOD writers, not the same old ones who write the same crap day after day and year after year. Soaps lost their identity a long time ago and became cartoons of their former selves. Its hard to enjoy what is there when there is little to enjoy. I obviously love soaps and I want them to thrive and flourish, but there is a reason why they died! Thats my point. There needs to be major tweaking and fixing across the board…financially, creatively, contractually…everything. if they keep doing it the same way, the shows are doomed to fail again and no one wants that.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Sorry if I misunderstood what you were saying. I just love the format for daytime television as it is- and it upsets when I read posts advocating changing that format. If they did make soaps like you suggested, in my heart, they wouldn’t really be a soap in the classic sense of the word.
So either way, whether they die because no one is interested in the format that is there, or they die because the format is changed to a different form of continuing drama- I’m afraid the soap opera that I have known and loved for over 40 years will be over.
If Days or Y&R ever became like Desperate Housewives or Dallas I will not be watching because they are not really soaps- continuing dramas yes, but despite calling them a nighttime soap they never were the same thing. So I guess I just have to enjoy what is there while it there.
Yes, we both do love soaps, but we have different ideas of what a soap should be- and I think my side has lost because no one seems to get the point I have been trying to make in this posts and others.
So I’m going to give up trying and just accept the soap opera format I love will soon be gone and whatever will replace it will never be the same or even have the impact the old format did. A format that lasted longer than other trends born out of the 50’s and 60’s.
Have a great Christmas and l look forward to reading more of your posts in the New Year.

ashlee
ashlee

I hope you have a very “Mary“ Christmas too. Lol. All i mean Mary is that soaps have to change and adapt. They also have to get back to what they always did best when they were cash cows…romance and escapism. They need to stop hiring writers who have no fresh ideas and who fail at show after show. Im all for the conventions and unique qualities of the genre. The reason I can accept all the back from the dead characters on GH is because the last regime decimated the cast. This would not work on, say, Y and R. Writers have to know their show and know their fans. It is just very hard to be emotionally involved and invested when something insults our intelligence. Like SORAS…when done correctly, it can totally work. When done too soon, it totally takes the viewer out of the drama and has them thinking…“hey, this makes Nicholas almost 50 years old!“ the fact is, soaps died…changes need to be made. I think change is preferable to having none at all, right?

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

Would love if this were true but don’t want to get my hopes up to be let down again. :/

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too!

Cecilla
Cecilla

My husband is pessimistic but I am very hopeful have missed them soooooo much

KatieM
KatieM

I hope it goes to cable, only way I see it working. Would love to see OLTL back on tv.

takeitish
takeitish

Time will tell

Becky Cloutier
Becky Cloutier

Yes , My prayers have been answered! Iwish PP the best! Awsome!!

Emily
Emily

I was wondering when the actors reports and probably tweets would start to come out about this PP do over. The plot is thickening. Still on the fence about all of it. Already burned once. I wonder how the actors feel, getting the rgts to both shows, on what channel (hopefully on cable),etc.. will come into play. Sounds like a lot of hurdles, but it would be a great Xmas present and start to the New Year. I’ll remain cautious but fingers crossed.

Thanks Mr. Fairman for keeping us updated.

Shirley Miller
Shirley Miller

I think if PP can get together enough of the famous actors of AMC as well as some of the lesser knowns, Susan Lucci may indeed sign on with PP. We need people like Walt Willey, Tad (Michael Knight), for starters for AMC and definitely Bo (Robert Woods), Clint, Viki – Robin would be a plus – and some of the younger stars for OLTL. So many of OLTL stars are on GH now and I doubt that they would leave that soap on TV for a soap on the web. I sure hope they will get enough cast together for both soaps and I will be one who will be very happy to watch them on the Web!!!!!!

Tim
Tim

I think PP is making a mistake trying to revive both soaps at the same time,pick one and see what happens,if enough people watch,then revive the second soap.

Anthony
Anthony

Excellent observation – I agree 100%. I’d go with OLTL first since key players have been given continued life on GH, and other OLTL characters have been mentioned here and there. You’re right, Tim – start slow and build. We can only hope the PP people have a logical thought process, too.

Torrey
Torrey

I’d go with OLTL over AMC as well….I think that you both are right. Start small and work your way up to something more. I really think that they should look into having a different air time schedule…maybe not be on 5 days out of the week….or have a Summer break….even a Winter break. Do whatever you need to do, to really give it a great production value. They need to focus on trying to bring the show back, the way people remember it. If you make too many changes, and cheapen the production value, fans will not recognize the show, and will not feel intrigued to watch. So, whatever corners they can cut, to help with the production value, will be a great thing.

Rodd
Rodd

Not holding my breath for this, but wish them all the best if they are sincere.

Christine
Christine

I think if Susan Lucci is smart, she will agree to do guest spots on any online version of her old stomping ground. I think for her career, having AMC canceled has been the best thing for her.

Linda
Linda

We soap fans have been disrespected, lied to and played by both ABC/D and PP. So I personally am not going to get my hopes up. If PP does revive AMC & OLTL there will be many challenges. Major characters andstars have moved on. The sets and wardrobes are gone. It’s December 20th so how can PP say they would re-launch AMC & OLTL in January let alone the early part of 2013. As for Susan Lucci, I would have to be absolutely positive of this re-launch before committing to anything PP does.

danica
danica

Just seems wierd that they are making movement at the last minute here. I want to be excited but I just am so suspicious of PP. I wish they would have given our soaps back to Agnes Nixon for free. IMHO that would have been the right thing for ABC to do. I am sure she would have found a good steward for them. OLTL was the best show ever! I would love to see the casts and crew of these two shows have their jobs again and am very interested to see what will transpire.

Tsuds
Tsuds

I find it hard to believe that people will be wanting to spend money to watch this series on line.. Very poor business plan to try to do this a year after the these soap have gone off the air.. .You heard it here for .. this will not succeed…

Any of you that would pay to watch this with an online subscription cost.. please reply.. I would think there are more NOs that YES…

brian
brian

Sorry, I am a huge YES. I would pay to watch ONE LIFE TO LIVE online.

gloria
gloria

Of course I would pay to get OLTL back! Good Lord (no pun intended) my life (another bad pun, sorry) has NOT been the same without this show in it. I miss it every bit as much as I knew I would. I still cannot believe both AMC & OLTL got ripped away from us. I would take them back any way I could get them.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I would be more than happy to pay an online fee to watch All My Children online, provided it was being done by the right producer and writer. But either way, I would!

Christine
Christine

You can’t get something for nothing these days. You might just have to pay to watch them. If you want them back bad enough, you will pay. If not, I guess you didn’t really miss them that much to begin with.

In any event, I wish people would just be happy that this might still happen instead of whining about it.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Yes, I would pay to watch OLTL online.

Patrick
Patrick

Yes, to AMC…

susan M.
susan M.

I would pay to watch OLTL!!!!! It’s worth it.. I miss it alot…..

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Thank you for keeping us informed and up-to-date.
I myself am hopeful, but realistic. I do not trust ABC/D OR PP after the way they played the fans AND their own employees. I will believe this when I see it. I will be overjoyed when I do…but until then. *yawn*

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

ooh!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think if they’re contacting Susan Lucci, which was reportedly never done prior (unless rumours of wanting higher pay is true), then it’s likely that they’re more serious about bringing All My Children back online, and that is very exciting!

I hope several others are talked into returning like: Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca), Sarah Glendening (Marissa), Cady McClain (Dixie), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), etc. Most of the regular cast at the time of the series finale on ABC.

As for producers/writers, I hope they allure Julie Hanan Carruthers and Lorraine Broderick back to the fold to helm the series. They really rocked together during AMC’s final months on the air. The stories were consistent and really character-driven, which is what this series truly needs.

And hopefully some fan favourites that didn’t make it back officially for the series finale, or that did and were only temporary are lured back for a more permanent basis.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I think that Prospect Park should use the model of British soaps like Holby City and East Enders. Holby City is on for an hour 52 weeks a year and East Enders is on twice a week, 52 weeks a year. Perhaps with this model Lifetime or Oxygen might be interested in picking it up for cable. All My Children would not be the same without La Lucci playing Erica Kane. One Life to Live on the other hand could thrive if it played up the Buchanans, bringing back Joey and Kevin, and focusing on CJ (who we never saw), and Sarah. Get back to the roots of the show that OLTL used to be back in the day.

susan M.
susan M.

Rememeber from years ago the Buchanans & the Woleks! Erika Slezak is the
heart of the show(OLTL). There is Tina & Cord, GiGi & Rex,Bo & Nora,Roxy,ETC….

Ella
Ella

What are the odds that the resurrection talk is surfacing now because ABC plans to cancel GH and is hoping to dangle the online option again, like it did through the OLTL & AMC cancellations, only to withdraw after the shows went off the air? I’d love to believe PP has good intentions but after hearing about ABC’s reality GH, I think the ABC execs have no intention of keeping GH on the air and wants to piss off the least amount of viewers it can.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I won’t believe it until I see it, BUT…this would lend some credibility to ABC’s story that Melissa Archer is locked into a contract with PP and therefore unavailable to work as Natalie on GH. (Still not sure I buy it as others who worked with PP are currently seen on GH for certain storylines.) I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

mo
mo

Has anyone from PP commented?

susan M.
susan M.

What makes PP think they could put AMC & OLTL online this time ! When they failed to do last time. What is different this time? Can they afford the sets, expensive clothes,& be able to pay all the actors ETC……IF it goes online will they charge us an outrageous price to watch them! I rather it go on a cable station where there would be commericals & have sponsers to help pay for all the expenses that go into making a soap opera.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

If these rumors of reviving AMC and OLTL are true, that would be the best news ever! However, we soap fans had our hearts broken before, so of course we are very leery about believing anything that PP or ABC/D might say. I don’t doubt that Susan and the other actors are sceptical, too!

ricardo
ricardo

i miss susan lucci as erica cane. i hope she signs a contract. i hope all my children comes back on line or cable.

Lisa
Lisa

Hope this comes to fruition BUT since I don’t want my heart broken again, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, I will try to be cautiously optimistic.

kim nester
kim nester

I hope this is true im ready for some oltl bring them back please!!

k/kay
k/kay

Unless somebody has some money hidden in a safe that our politicians can not get to it is not going to happen. Please start living in realville. I know this household has given all it is going to to the takers of this country.

Bruce
Bruce

I think Susan might come back for a short period, to help kick it off because of her love for AMC, but think that she will only stay to help get it off the ground, and either be recurring or leave altogether. Too much time has passed. She has already mourned.

Skater Boy
Skater Boy

I think we all would love AMC and OLTL to come back – but in good form, not done poorly, professionally and with integrity. I think we all are curious, hopeful but cautiously optimistic considering what happened last time. First, soap operas while in trouble are still a part of the culture. Second, yes, they need to secure the big stars – Sleazak and Lucci as they are the heart of the shows like it or not. Third, which soap to bring back first or either – both at the same time. I see diehards on this web page say OLTL need to be on first though some concerns about the GH crossovers which has ïnfluenced the OLTL history and story scape. Like it or not, desite ABC butchering in the end or dying years of AMC, it is still the much higher “brand”” of the two soaps. Sleazak may be the better actress but Lucci would slaughter her in brand and image. LIkewse Robert Woods versus Walt Willey or David Canary wouldn’t have a chance. It is hard to be objective but tv q rating show the difference. I do not favour either soap but they both should come back and maybe look at a new format and no. of days as people have suggested with a smaller cast that you can relate too. Fourth, hire good writers and smart ones with relationship oriented stories with a little added drama for escapism. Good sets and clothing sadly help too. Fifth, rumours are going around this is Prospect Park’s hope to clean up their image – say they are trying to get it on air in some format and blame Lucci if she doesn’t or CAN’T sign on. It could be they are trying to contractually keep their license agreement as suggested or it could be a ploy to blame it all on Lucci. Remember folks she has a contract for Deadly Affairs and Devious Maids. She might not be in the best of positoins to sign another contract for AMC forget about she is getting on in years and may not want too or should not be working so much. Susan will have a lot of pressure and guilt knowing that whether she likes it or not jobs are on line for not only the actors but production employees. There is still a chance Devious Maids will fail but there is already 13 episodes which I don’t think all have been shot as of yet. The other problem Devious Maids is shot in Atlanta, Deadly Affairs New York and AMC is usually LA. Because Lucci is a soap star maybe Deadly affairs and Devious Maids can treat her more like a soap star one show per day and that way she could do more – but it might mean shootling Lucci’s scenes out of sequence ie. she shoots 5 weeks of shows in 5 days.. Sixth, I am pessimistic considering what happened the last time. I can’t see how… Read more »

gagaluvr
gagaluvr

OMG !! OMG OMG !! MY SOAPS R GONNA BE BACK ON ???? OMG !!!!!!!! I SPENT HUNDREDS OF DAYS HANGING OUT DOWN AT THE AMC/OLTL STUDIOS IN NYC SINCE JAN 1970 MEETING MY STARS….I WATCHED SINCE 1/70 TOO. I WAS DEVASTATED WHEN THEY WENT OFF THE AIR !!!!! CAN THIS REALLY BE HAPPENING !!!! NOTHING WOULD MAKE ME HAPPIER OMG !!!!!!! THEY NEVER SHOULDVE BEEN TAKEN OFF THE AI RIN THE FIRST PLACE !!!!!!! LAST TIME THIS WAS MENTIONED, I GOT MY HOPES UP AND WAS ALL EXCITED ONLY FOR IT NOT TO HAPPEN.HOW ABOUT PUTTING IT BACK ON SOAPNET ??? HURRY UP PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!

Janice Schwartz
Janice Schwartz

I sure hope AMC comes back for real this time! They are all such great actors. How about making an All My Children movie also!!!!!! That sounds terrific to me to! I, and all the rest of the fans miss watching every day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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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.

Photo: Hallmark Channel

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

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

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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