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REVIEW: The Premiere Episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

On Tuesday night, April 23rd at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU in New York City, the stars, executives, press, and fans, converged for the highly anticipated premiere of the return of the iconic soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live.  After being swiftly axed off the ABC Daytime canvas in 2011, this was a night of smiles, tears, and community for everyone who has worked so tirelessly to resurrect the shows. From the fans “never say die” attitude and spirit, to Prospect Park’s relentless efforts to revive the shows under adversity, but with a passion not often seen in the soap genre.

The night began with moving speeches from Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, to One Life to Live’s executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman, to All My Children’s EP, Ginger Smith.  It was Smith who had the honors to say to the audience, “And now All My Children!” And with that, and to excited applause, we all were ready for the unveiling of the much talked about revival of Pine Valley.  After the first episode of AMC was unveiled, next came the premiere episode of One Life to Live.

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So let’s break this down with our thoughts and addressing yours, the fans, concerns.  I can tell you, not only was I in need of my much need hankies, but I, along with several AMC and OLTL cast members, clapped and cheered throughout the episodes seeing beloved faces we have all missed for over a year and half from our daily soap viewing habits.

This will be a SPOILER FREE review.  I will not divulge any major plot points or surprises, Needless to say, there are some jaw-droppers! And I mean that in the best possible way!

The Look and Feel:  Both shows are two very distinct shows.  They are unique on to themselves.   If there were any concerns about production values, stop right there! The shows look fully realized in HD.  Sets are reminiscent of the old AMC and OLTL but reinvigorated as if they had a much-needed face-lift.  When shooting exterior scenes, no Guiding Light here! (And you guys and gals know what I mean!). They are fresh and work within the framework of the storytelling.  When you watch AMC, you get the sense of family, Pine Valley, relationships, the new kids and the veterans we have come to love.  When you watch OLTL, you get the sense of the dark storytelling that always made this show that sleeper hit, intense, controversial, with probably one of, if not, the best core cast in daytime.  It’s all there.  One Life’s first episode which takes place at the opening night of Club Shelter, was so well-done it could have been a the first episode of a cable primetime dramatic series.  You got the feeling of a kick-off, a brand new start!  Music is used in both soaps to invigorate the shows, and it does.

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The Use of New Young Characters vs. The Use of Veteran Characters:  So I am sure many of you are expecting that your favorite core characters might be kicked to the curb?  Not so, I am happy to reportAll My Children as you know is the show that has more young characters that were either SORAS’d, or who had not been seen before.  But what AMC did in the premiere was anchor them to the vets.  You saw Rob Scott Wilson as Pete Corlandt with his mother, Opal played by Jill Larson before he bumped into new gal, Celia played by Jordan Lane Price.  And then we saw Eric Nelsen’s AJ Chandler with Denyse Tontz’s Miranda Montgomery in a scene with Julia Barr and David Canary as Brooke and Adam.    Now I am telling you here … the breakout new star of the series is poised to be Eric Nelsen! And Rob Scott Wilson also brought some heart to his role. But that being said, Jesse and Angie are BACK! And they have MAJOR story!

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Over at One Life to Live, while at first it may be jarring to some to see a grown up Matthew Buchanan (Robert Gorrie) and Destiny Evans (Laura Harrier) it’s OK, because Bo and Nora (Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith) are there concerned for Matthew.  The younger set is a major component to the club opening at Shelter, but it also serves as a backdrop for the converging of many Llanview favorites whose issues are overwhelming them including:  Melissa Archer’s Natalie and Florencia Lozano’s Tea Delgado.

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The Opening Title Sequences:  OMG! One Life to Live’s almost had us reach for the hankies!  You will see!  It’s touching seeing those familiar couples from Llanview dancing!  For All My Children, it went the much more traditional soap route with the use of chyroned character names.  Actor names were shown at the end of the episodes.

The Storylines:  All My Children jumps five years ahead in story, but nothing is forgotten! That fatal night when JR fired the gun is a major plot point of the opening. We just get hints at who could have been shot, and it plays out throughout.  The ABC finale is honored and it helps kick-off the story of where the characters are now in their lives. There is much, I mean much, mystery involved, and it does focus on the core characters.  There were several cliffhanger moments in the opener and it certainly did not feel like some short 30-minute soap with no content.  It felt full and realized and every scene and moment had a purpose.

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For One Life to Live, we couldn’t have been more pleased, because Viki and Clint were Viki and Clint, Bo and Nora were as you would expect and scene stealers- Robin Strasser and Tuc Watkins, each in their own right, stole the episode!  Tuc had one of the funniest and one of the most touching moments as David in the premiere and Robin Strasser … there are no words.   Dorian is right as you imagined she would be, and her feud with Viki is going to bust wide open.  As for Corbin Bleu’s Jeffrey King, he is endearing and intriguing, so no worries there. But there is a danger, sexual energy abound, lust and a mystery in the premiere episode.  It felt raw and real, and not manufactured.  It was if the show got grittier, but it still served the through line of One Life.  But I will tell you right now, you will need hankies again, when you see Florencia Lozano’s opening scene as Tea! Give this woman an Emmy already! And seeing Roger Howarth again back in Llanview as Todd Manning mixing it up with Blair …  how cool!  Right?

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Sexually graphic scenes and use of foul language – First off, I recall hearing not one cuss word in the opener of either soap.  So if there was one, it went by in a millisecond and did not impede or offend.  As far as the concerns of more sexual content – there are some moments in AMC that have much more sexual overtones then will have ever have seen on ABC’s version. But remember, online programming does not have the same standards and practices barriers.  On OLTL, you will see more skin and gyrating bodies dancing in a frenzy in the first episode, but it was part of the energy of the scene and the story.  I was not taken aback. It was a minute of, “Oh, OK! Now I get where they are going with this.”

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There is so much more I want to tell you, but I can’t.  You need to tune in on Monday April 29to Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes and begin the journey with millions of fans who fought for these shows and brought them back.   Is there a difference from the versions you knew before?  Yes!   Does that mean it won’t be as good?  Hell No!  I think you are going to be seduced, excited, and thrilled when you see Pine Valley and Llanview again in a more contemporized version and as the initial shows for The Online Network.  I am sure there will be much discussion in the days and weeks to come, but from my vantage point, and through my joy and tears, the shows you love are there waiting for you to come and check them out!

So now that you read my review, will you be watching on April 29th? You don’t want to miss it, and being part of soap opera history in the making!

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Denise
Denise

Yes…definitely!!!

danicajolie
danicajolie

OLTL is my show! I will definitely be watching it and the wonderful actors. I had given up on AMC before it ended because it just could not hold my attention…but I am going to be back and give it another try particularly to show my support to the soaps. Bring on the popcorn! This is going to be fun!

Avidreader72
Avidreader72

Nice way to whet our appetites, Michael. Sounds like we are in for a real treat.

Jody
Jody

Will be there with bells and whistles on Monday……..right smack at noon!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

That sounds Awesome I can not wait for these 4 days to be over with! Monday the 29th can not get her fast enough!
I will have my tissue ready!

Tina
Tina

Heck yes!!

michele
michele

So very excited for one life to live. I can not wait. What time does it start? Have my Hulu account all set up.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

First of all. we need to get traditional starting times out of our heads. Both shows will be AVAILABLE to watch at 12 pm edt, but you can watch them when YOU want to

Elyse
Elyse

Most definitely.

Barb
Barb

Thank you! I have been waiting for your review! LOL!! 4 more days but who is counting and I will have those tissues ready!!! Just cannot wait! Michael excellent overview!!! EXCELLENT! You never let us down! 🙂

heidi
heidi

Well done Michael!!! Lovely review and thanks for not spoiling… just enticing us to watcha and I will be!!! Thanks Michael… thanks for covering many of our concerns and if you love them… I am sure we will too!!! Glad you are back!!!

Tali
Tali

Hell Yes….can’t wait!!!!

Joe
Joe

Having been one of the lucky few fans who had the opportunity to attend the Premier and see the episodes, I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Fairman!

If you don’t tune in and watch these shows, I sincerely believe you will be missing history in the making. If the folks over at All My Children and One Life to Live continue with this caliber, they will be turning the page into a new dynamic of serial drama, and might just put traditional television out of business!

Annick
Annick

Yes…we are having a reboot launch luncheon:)…. Soo excited and cannot wait to see FL knock it out the park once again…Game on Apr 29th

Monica
Monica

All I want to know is where the viewing parties are, because. I’m so ready for OLTL I can’t stand it!

clh
clh

I was going to be watching anyway, but now I sooo can’t wait!! 04/29/13 can not come soon enough for me!!!

I was little concerned when I didn’t see Robin in the cast photo, so it’s a relief to know her and Tuc are front and center day one!

scott
scott

Heck yah cant wait

Cheryl
Cheryl

Sure will, and hoping to catch the shows at midnight!

jimh
jimh

My old browser does not support hulu…but i guess me and my friends can read the storyline in Soap Opera Digest! I feel i wont be missing out on anything that way!

heidi
heidi

Try your library… Jim. Most have headsets and you could go in and watch 3 or more episodes there at one time.

jimh
jimh

I may eventually try one of our library locations but they are usually crowded on the days i get there and a very long wait. But if i here enough positive reviews from fans in the coming days it may be worth it, and ill give them a look! Thanks 4 the reply.

Derek
Derek

You can also just download an updated browser off the internet. Or yes the library is another option.

heidi
heidi

Sometimes your operating system does not support the later versions of browers… like XP stops at IE 8.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Try itunes on Fridays for the weekly recap show. If you can’t update your browser for none of my business, the recap show might be best for you.

Rodd
Rodd

Will absolutely be watching. In fact, I will become a new AMC fan just to support the shows, the actors, production teams, PP,and most importantly the core fans who kept fighting to bring these shows back to us. Can’t wait!!!

C
C

Great review, can’t wait for Monday!

susan M.
susan M.

I will be watching! I have been waiting for my favorite soap to come back & that Is OLTL & my second favorite is AMC…. Saw the view today only because I wanted to the soap
stars from OLTL (VikI) & AMC(David & Zach)… It was a short interview and they showed
a clip from OLTL with Viki & Clint and Viki admiring her engagement ring from Clint. Viki
saying how beautiful the ring is and Clint saying,we have been together so long ,I think I know what you like. There will be a big blow-up between Viki & Dorian…Some scandal Dorian is involved in which is front page news in The Banner. David wants his revenge after being in jail for 5 years. Sounds all GOOD! It is finally here our beloved soaps are BACK!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mgb357
mgb357

cant wait – gonna be online at midnight – sunday!!!

i feel like i’m going to be overwhelmed seeing my OLTL family once again… happy tears!

Anthony
Anthony

I am excited about the rebirth of OLTL and will be happy to watch the veterans and the newbies create more and more layers to life in Llanview.

rjm118
rjm118

I never watched AMC but will to support these new formats, CANNOT WAIT for OLTL.

rebecca
rebecca

I’m absolutely looking forward to the return of OLTL…but I think it’s going to take a while to get used to the newer, updated look, feel…replaced characters, etc. I think one of three things will happen:

I will either love it as much as before without skipping a beat…

I may love it again…but almost as if it were an entirely new show…

Or I won’t be able to get back into it it because of my previous expectations.

It’s going to be interesting…

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Rebecca,

Yours is probably a very honest reaction, so I can’t/won’t argue with you. But, I will give you (and everyone) some advice. If these shows fail under the weight of unrealistic expectations, there will be NO getting them back-and fans will have noone but themselves to blame. I urge people still on the fence to give these shows several weeks of a fair hearing-everyone connected deserves that much. There’s not too many second chances given in life-we need to make this one count

rebecca
rebecca

Troy,

I agree with you. I was beyond disappointed when the show was canceled…I was/am thrilled that it’s back in some shape/form…and I have every intention of tuning in…for my own sake…LOL…and of course for the genre.

But, as with any medium… TV, film, music…whether I continue to be a fan and spend my valuable time turing in will depend on whether I enjoy it…which is just as it would have been if it were still on ABC TV.

Let’s hope for fans and actors/crew/Propect Park alike…that the shows rock!

Len
Len

This is a GREAT review! I can’t wait to see them on Monday!

Megan
Megan

Cannot wait!!!!

Nancy
Nancy

OMG I can hardly wait. Thank goodness no one will see me crying my eyes out just like I did for 3 months like I did when they were cancelled. Thanks PP. I really mean it. You have me as a long time fan.

Ricky Ortega
Ricky Ortega

Awesome Michael! Cannot wait to view the first episode of AMC!!!!!

Johnny
Johnny

Should be interesting to watch…I will be watching on Hulu Plus on my TV, because I look at a computer enough at work. I don’t mind if it’s not exactly like the old “All My Children” on ABC-TV because times change, people change, and the characters of
Pine Valley have changed as well.

Laurie
Laurie

Thank you for your review. I was already excited for the return of Llanview, but you have made me even more so, if that’s even possible. And I’m ecstatic to hear that my favorites, Todd and Blair, are mixing it up right out of the gate.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Hell, yeah, I’ll be watching, and I can’t wait! I hope that anyone who once watched these shows, or love soaps in general, will be watching too. We need to make these ground-breaking programs a success!

Cathy
Cathy

Sounds amazing! Cannot wait to see what these shows will do now that they are out from under ABC! Looking forward to compelling, amazing storytelling that is character-driven. Especially looking forward to the continuing saga of Todd & Blair!! FINALLY! What ABC tried to stifle and destroy, PP will resurrect and nurture. 🙂

blake
blake

I can’t wait to see these. I wonder if they premiere after a certain time online each day.

Tali
Tali

Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan) says they’ll be available for viewing on Hulu @ 4 a.m. CST on the 29th and then each day after. HULU is FREE!!!

blake
blake

Great thanks!

Mo
Mo

Sounds like some great shows. I’m interested to watch and I’ve never watched AMC and haven’t watched OLTL in years. Good luck!

Bruce
Bruce

I was in the audience for the Premieres this past Tuesday night and I LOVED both episodes. AMC did well in continuing the story without of course revealing a lot of specific information (which will keep fans wondering and coming back for more).

I’m not too fond of the OLTL opening sequence but it definitely doesn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the show itself! …oh yea…and (re: OLTL) in terms of THAT twist (You know what I’m talking about) SPEECHLESS!!!

btw, the S-bomb was dropped in both shows, once in AMC and a few times (by the same character) in OLTL. But it wasn’t out of place or context. I will be watching again on Monday and trying to hear lines I may have missed due to the thunderous applause that the shows received throughout! I’m soooo glad they’re back!!

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

I along with Michael Fairman did not hear the S bomb, & I went Tue & Th!

El Rizzo
El Rizzo

Hell YAY I’ll be watching!!! I can’t wait!!!

GV
GV

Thank you so much for the wonderful review of both shows! I am so excited already and your review has only added to that! So happy to have the shows back, I have missed watching them so much.

Amanda
Amanda

Great review. So jealous you have seen them. And thank you, btw, for your great reporting. I really just discovered this site and love it.

David
David

Encouraging words indeed Michael. Can’t wait to watch the pair of them on Monday.

Rose S
Rose S

I have it marked on EVERY Calander in my house and a post it on my computer screen, wouldn’t miss it for the world and I am so excited and happy that these two shows are back!!!!!

Gillian
Gillian

Will the online soaps be eligible for daytime Emmy nominations next year, Michael?

Joshua
Joshua

I certainly hope so! Would love to see Erika Slezak get her record of most Emmy wins back from Anthony Geary!

Elhu
Elhu

I cannot wait and will definitely be watching both shows!!!!!

CC
CC

Great news!

Joshua
Joshua

Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth but I feel “All My Children” is making a major mistake with the five-year time jump. There was so much drama that could have ensued if they had picked up immediately from when the show went off the air in September of 2011.

As for “One Life to Live,” this sounds good. I can’t wait to see who my main girl, Blair, is going to hook up with and now that there are fewer restraints, I see a lot of sexy scenes being played out by Kassie DePaiva!

Jim
Jim

Joshua, I’m sure if more of the key actors had signed onto the PP version of AMC, they wouldn’t have had to make the jump, but hey, that’s why the show is called All My CHILDREN. Let the SORASing begin!

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

That’s the same impression I get, Jim

The_HugoBoss
The_HugoBoss

SO EXCITED BEYOND WORDS!!!

nancylp300
nancylp300

Thank you Michael! I can’t wait for Monday. My favorite is OLTL but plan on watching both. I am so grateful to PP for bringing these shows back.

alison
alison

Yes i will be watching Amc for sure.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am in tears already. Thank you for the wonderful review. And I agree with you Michael. OLTL has the best damn cast ever assembled. I am so happy to know that tradition continues.

I cannot wait to see my beloved OLTL and the start loving AMC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

Watching a soap on network TV is an hour per show..
Now, I can watch both AMC & OLTL in an hours time, awesome !!
Tow soaps for the time of one !!!!!

All My Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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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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