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SONY on the prowl to pick up AMC & OLTL stars for DAYS & Y&R!

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Sony Pictures Television President, Steve Mosko is looking to bring some of the top tier talent from the just canceled All My Children and One Life to Live over to the Sony soaps, NBC’s Days of our Lives and CBS’s The Young and the Restless.

Reportedly from Deadline.com names being bantered about include: AMC’s Debbi Morgan (Angie) and Jacob Young (JR) and OLTL’s Gina Tognoni (Kelly) and Josh Kelly (Cutter).

Here is what they heard, “When the AMC and OLTL‘s cancellations were made official earlier this month, Mosko sprung into action, starting consultations with his top daytime executive Steve Kent and Days co-creator/exec producer Ken Corday and Y&R co-creator/exec producer Bill Bell about which actors  from the departing ABC shows would strengthen the talent roster on the two soaps.

There had been speculation that another network might step in to rescue the shows, including rumors about interest by NBC in OLTL as a companion to Days. But, given the financial challenges the two shows faced on ABC amidst declining ratings, finding a buyer would be a daunting task. So fans of AMC and OLTL shows may have to settle for a consolation price — getting to keep some of their favorite stars in daytime.”

Who could you see Josh Kelly or Gina Tognoni as on DAYS or Y&R? What about Morgan and Young? Let us know.

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  1. luke

    April 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I would love to see Debbie Morgan on either soap. Please make this happen Sony Execs.

  2. Laquon Fouch

    April 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to see the great talent of amc and oltl on days or y&r.

  3. keephopealive

    April 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I hope they all get work, but Debbie and Tina are my fav’s, would love to see them on DOOL or Y&R.

    • keephopealive

      April 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      I meant Gina (kelly).

      • Lynne

        May 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        I would love to see all the soap stars once again. If not on all my children or OLTL then please, put them all on the other ones.

  4. JMiller

    April 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see Jacob on Y & R!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Disappears

    April 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I say go with the daunting task of another network picking up the shows. They are worth saving and rejuvenating. With the right people writing and producing these shows once again, they will survive. There is endless potential if TPTB will get their heads out of their rearends and start doing their jobs … creating! Quit selling out!!

    • Warrior

      June 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      I agree. Other soaps and shows have changed networks and continued for years. These shows come with a fan base and Sony cna distribute the shows internationally.

  6. ethel

    April 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    debbi morgan & jacob young would be awesome addition to y&r……

  7. DaisyADay

    April 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Jacob Young, Gina Tognoni, Rebecca Buddig and Daniel Cosgrove to DOOL or BB or YR. I’ll watch BB n YR if either one is on.

  8. Josh

    April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I hope they snatch some of the actors from these shows to bring on to Y&R and/or Days! There are a lot more than those 4 names mentioned that would be great additions. I would love to see Farah Fath (GiGi) back on Days as MiMi. She was a fan favorite there for a number of years. I would like to see Jacob Young on either soap. I really, really love Lindsay Hartley and was so angry when they killed her character off on Days – I would love to see her pop up on Y&R!

    • Avelina

      April 28, 2011 at 3:07 am

      I love Mimi also but was no fan of Lindsays Arianna as she was getting too close to EJ and Sami is the only women for EJ

  9. Rich

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Robert S. Woods was on DOOL for a short time back in the ’80s,it’d be awesome to see him back. Bree Williamson would make an awesome Belle Brady Brady recast and Robin Strasser would give Lauren Koslow and Louise Sorel a run for thier money in the bitch department.

    Susan Lucci & Alicia Minshew should DEFINTELY consider Y&R so that they can reunite with Eden Riegel.

  10. cjc321

    April 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I would rather see our soaps live on!!! Keep hope alive and keep looking for other options, and there are other options!!

    • Maryann

      April 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

      That is wonderful for the actors but I love AMC and all its story lines. I hope someone buys the whole story or I probably wont be watching. Watched AMC for 35 years dont want to start another. Loyal to the end, AMC or bust!

    • Betty

      May 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      I’M WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!!!

  11. Thom Blake Castle

    April 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    The word on the inside is that Sony is buying the rights to All My Children and One Life to Live. This part about them putting the actors on Days and Y&R is how they are explaining why they have been negotiating with the actors. They want to get the most popular fan favorites on contract first before anything else goes thru. NBC is going to air the shows in daytime and on Comcast online. There you go. Sony is planning on making AMC and OLTL more viable by marketing them in a package with the other Sony soaps overseas.

    • Joyce

      May 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Even if our shows go to half hour format, so long as the story lines survive. I would hate to see the cast split up, but would watch Rebecca Budig in anything.

    • Diane Ross

      May 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Many of us have been fans for 40 yrs. I think it’s pretty evident we luv our soaps! Polls should start acknowledging that the over 39 count too. Advertisers do you really not care about our business?

      Not only is ABC going to loose us for the time slot but for all the shows we won’t be seeing that were advertised during our soaps. Anyone that picks up AMC and OLTL WINNING!!!

      • Betty

        May 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        I AGREE! ABC WILL LOSE ME AS A VIEWER. I WILL MOVE WITH ANYONE THAT PICKS THEM UP

  12. Traci (traciamc)

    April 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I would love to see Gina and Josh on Y & R! After ATWT and GL ended, I started watching OLTL because there were so many ex-GL and ex-ATWT folks on there. Now that it’s being canceled, I’m hoping that they get picked up by the other soaps. Gina is one of my favorites from GL and I’m really enjoying Josh. Would love to continue to see them every day!

  13. Sherry

    April 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Rumurs have it that V. Rowell probably isn’t welcome, what about Debbie Morgan as recast as Dru Williams.

  14. mike

    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Jacob Young as Phillip on Days would be great casting. How about some of the veterans Jerry ver Dorn, Michael Knight, Kassie DePaiva all great actors we tune in to watch every day. Please somebody find a spot for Robin Strasser what would daytime be without her. But if Sony is smart they are already talking to Frank Valentini to come in and save Days before it’s too late.

  15. Brian

    April 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Please NBC ! Pick up One Life To Live! Many viewers would be watching since NBC would then be considered the “savior” network !

    • linda kerecman

      April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      yes..nbc..paleeze pick up these shows..you will be the #1 network!!

    • Allie

      April 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Totally! Comcast-NBC will be heroes. My city has “Real Housewives…” before “DOOL”- just put that tacky show on after “Last Call”. NBC could have “OLTL” & “AMC” on for 30 minutes each.

      • Jennifer McQuaid

        May 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

        I agree with this as well. In my area I have Reel Housewives then DOOL. Take away Real Housewives and put on 30 min of each AMC and OLTL. Plus it fits into the time slot that AMC is on now. However my first choice would be to keep the shows as is the whole one hour and fit them in during the day. I would also be willing to watch them on the cable network of NBC Comcast if that was more convient to keep the AMC OLTL as there one hour shows. The least option is picking the cast apart and putting them in other story lines. If you are going to pick characters apart make it a one hour show of AMC OLTL characters because the two shows have made refrence to each other for some years. There could be a new name for the town and make up a reason why they all live there together now.

      • Joyce

        May 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        some great ideas flowing there Jennifer. I hope “they” are listening.

      • Warrior

        June 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        NBC has all kinds of crap on in Daytime. They can replace the Housewives reruns and 12 hours of the Today show with these 2 shows. Maybe then they’ll get out of last place.

  16. CINDY

    April 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    No I want OLTL & AMC saved by Sony.What is really the truth on the monies.I believe monies can be wroked out.DOOL did it.Fire Susan Lucci and high priced actors.Let the story go on.I am willing to pay 25 or 30 with commericals to see my soaps

  17. Karen Severino

    April 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I think that the entire soaps of OLTL and AMC need to be picked up. Besides, Frons may be willing to give the right station a deal they can’t refuse! He knows he will have the wrath of the fans till hell freezes over if he doesn’t find a new home for them. Taking bits and pieces of the characters diminshes the family cast of both shows and the characters we have come to know and love.
    However, I must say, that I would hate to see such talented people from both these soaps not used in the medium the love should there be no way to save both shows.
    I hope both can be saved.

  18. Krystal

    April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I wouldn’t know I have never watched any other shows but amc,gh and oltl. I really don’t think I could have my heart broken again. once GH goes off the air I will just stop watching daytime tv altogether and will absolutly never watch ABC again they are a pack of liars.

    • Maryann

      April 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

      I agree with you AMC all the way or I’m done!

  19. Brenda

    April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I say take the entire show. OLTL is worth saving. I;d like to see the cast left as a whole rather then picked apart. I love Young & Restless, but I want my OLTL!! A second network is fine with me. They will earn my undying loyalty, cause I am DONE with abc……..my soaps go then so do I!!

  20. MissinLuvNTheAfternoon

    April 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    As soon as GH is cancelled I would love to see Rebecca Herbst and Steve Burton together on DAYS, Y&R or B&B,

  21. Stephanie

    April 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t see NBC or Sony picking up OLTL or AMC given what Oprah and some others have said about the declining viewership and money but I can definitely see Sony going after some of the talented and well known names from the two soaps. Adding them to Days or Y&R will definitely be a plus for both of those shows.

    I would love to Gina T. on Y&R as Phyllis’s sister.

  22. Christina

    April 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I still want to see YR pick up Michael Park. Since Maura West is already on our YR screens, how fantastic if they picked up Michael.

    • Christina

      April 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      They need to pick up CBS actors 1st from ATWT and GL.

  23. todd

    April 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I wouldn’t watch either CBS soap. I find B+B dreadful. YnR is too dryly slow moving for me. It doesn’t have the camp or humor that OLTL has. DOOL could reel me in, but it would have to improve greatly in writing, and some of the terrible actors would have to replaced with OLTL actors.

  24. Dani

    April 28, 2011 at 5:35 am

    How did this go from Sony picking off some actors from these dead soaps to Sony picking up both shows? Really? These shows are over and it is about someone trying to find a job. Actually if an opportunity comes up before the shows go off the air, I hope ABC lets the actors leave early to begin their new jobs. I do not begrudge Sony trying to get actors they think can raise their ratings. Some of the selections mentioned though are surprising and telling. Interesting that the supposed stars of these shows are not mentioned (Erika Slezak, Kassie DePaiva, Alicia Minshew). I did not mention Rebecca Buddig and Cameron Mathison because I am sure even Sony knows that at some point Frons will have his two favorites show up in Port Charles for the 1 year it has left on the air. Maybe these picks are a sign that soap execs are over the whole actors soap hopping thing. I mean how many more people can you keep adding to Y&R, Days or GH when they do not write for those currently on canvas. Good luck to the actors and crews of these shows in whatever jobs they find once they go off the air in the next few months and early next year.

    • Jpeep

      April 29, 2011 at 7:03 am

      I’ve never heard of Sony doing the actor contracts for Days and Y&R. I mean that has always been either Ken Corday or Brad Bell and their predecessors. Sony serves these two shows as it’s package and selling arm, more like technical issues and such. Sony does own it’s own shows though and for them they do the hiring and firing but not for Days and Y&R

  25. jennifer brown

    April 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

    i would be happy if actors had jobs as a last resort, however i want oltl and amc! the ratings are not true ratings and if done correctly can explode with true potential! wherever these soaps are is were i will be! I would pay extra but i will not watch just another soap specially if the actors r different. loyal to my soaps!

  26. Todd

    April 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Erika Slezak should get her own HBO series ala United States of Viki.

  27. Rachele

    April 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I watch Y&R almost daily but I am also a long time fan of AMC and OLTL (27 yrs). I do not watch DOOL or B&B but would if Sony picked up both shows not just the actors (not that I want to see them out of work). I don’t see that picking up the actors is a real solution. NBC or CBS ratings would soar through the roof. I am currently boycotting ABC along with millions except the soaps and will continue to do so. Could be your soap next–look at what happened to GL and ATWT not too long ago. It’s not about the actors–it’s about 40 years of American tradition and having shows that we have too many of shoved down our throats not to mention discrimination . People would feel the same if it was one or all of the remaining ones and I would fight for those to even if I don’t watch them! We should all be supporting one another.

  28. OLTL fan

    April 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Just have someone buy the show. OLTL has to many talented characters to pick and chose.

    • Sandy Daley

      April 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      I’d like the shows to go to NBC.

      • Sharon

        December 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        I would watch if NBC picked up OLTL, I might even watch their other shows if they saved AMC and OLTL.

  29. JHusky

    April 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I just wish One Life to Live would be bought up in it’s present form

  30. Cris

    April 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    NO I dont want to see them in other soaps, I want them to stay right where they are!

  31. Sally

    April 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I would love to see Erika Slezak as Bill Spencer’s Mom on B&B. I’d also love to see Debbie Morgan and Darnell Williams as Daisy’s long lost parents. Must not forget , bring back Macy and give Thorne a stinkin storyline. lol!! Finally age Alexandria. Have her fight Steffy for Forrestor and remind her that her Dad is the real Forrestor and Ridge is a Marone.

    Just think of the great press NBC would get if they did add OLTL & also AMC. Sure would help heal the open wound made when they cancelled AW…. Just saying.:)

  32. Dawn Shap

    April 30, 2011 at 4:34 am

    First choice would to have AMC in its entirety moved to another network. After watching it for 41 years, I just want it to be preserved. Second choice…Perhaps a merge of AMC/Pine Valley with another Soap…Maybe Pine Valley gets destroyed by some act of God and all the residents (several cast members) move to the town/soap on another network…Keeping them in their same character roles.
    However, if that is not possible, at least hire some of the actors. I’d probably tune in.

  33. lew

    April 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I can see debbi morgan as Drucilla on Y&R

  34. Days

    May 1, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I would love to have Farah Fath/Gigi back on Days as Mimi,
    but thats all,Days has to many people on there show now,and I wish they would bring Bryan Dattilo back on Days too.

  35. brian cinelli

    May 4, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Everybody please keep calling abc and nbc everyday sometimes more then once a day. i have a feeling alot of people on here are not doing this . you must boycott abc all shows including all primetime shows . thats where we can really hurt them, but we must all do this not just say it.

  36. brian cinelli

    May 4, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Please america harass the hell out of abc everyday by phone, mail , email. lets even try to have a huge rally outside abc studios . get the other news networks broadcast us on the news, that will really put fronz on the hotseat. nothing like bad public opinion fro

  37. KC

    May 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Jacob Young should definitely replace Billy Miller as Billy Abbott. That’s a total no brainer.

  38. jennifer

    May 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Please y&r pick up Michael Easton he is the best soap opera actor on tv. If anyone deserves to go to another show it would be him.

    • jennifer

      June 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      I agree Michael Easton is the only actor I would like to see go to another show. Y& R please hire him.

  39. Henry Shaw

    May 13, 2011 at 1:00 am

    i would love to see the all my children and one life to live actors on Y&R, B&B, DOOL. I would really like to see Erika Slezak on one of those soaps

  40. Robin

    May 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I would love to see Sony purchase both All My Children and One Life To Live and have NBC air them. Those shows were making money for ABC. From the outcry you can see that there are MANY viewers. Please leave these actors/actresses together and save these soaps.

  41. Victoria

    May 20, 2011 at 5:53 am

    I think Gina would do wonderful on Y&R. Michael Easton would be a goooooood cop on Y&R, and J.R. would also make a good Billy. Although I just pray Billy Miller would stay. He is sooooo wonderful. Michael Knight would be somebody great on Y&R. Debbi Morgan would also be an added blessing/as would Darnell. Darnell would do wonderful on Days, as a cop. Please help these people save their jobs~and for us to see them each day. I would miss their faces each day! Just knowing they will not be on and that they are gone is so sad. Also I think Kendall from AMC would be amazing on Y&R! Thank you!

  42. ashley

    May 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    please keep the soaps on some channel

  43. Carolyn Wolfe

    June 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I would love to see Gina continue on the soaps and the others as well. I would also like to see Michael Easton and Thorsten Kaye get roles on those soaps as well. I will really miss OLTL and AMC!

  44. Rebecca M

    August 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    WTF? Screw daytime without soaps. I mean if you were to drop, why OLTL? GH sucks. Even AMC is better than it sometimes. Oh my well I guess I’ll watch CBS whenever I’m home because I hate the view, I don’t care what they have to say. Whats the chew? really?! why?

  45. Sharon

    December 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    If nbc picked up OLTL I would be a loyal viewer, if not, sorry it’s not just the stars I care about, but the characters they play, esp on OLTL. I guess I’ll have to relive the past watching youtube. I’m not interested in watching days nor y&r even if they hired abc’s actors to play new characters.

  46. lyda1965

    March 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I disagree.

    Friendly, Lyda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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