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State Of The Daytime Emmys 2014 Chat! Michael Fairman, Nelson Branco & Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil Weigh-In!


The 41st annual Daytime Emmys are shortly upon us! The nominations will be announced on May 1st with the ceremony projected to be sometime in June!

This year, the acting competition in the major daytime drama categories is some of the toughest ever in a year filled with great performances.  And the question remains as it does every year, will the most deserving performances rise to the top and end up scoring a nomination?

But what about the telecast itself?  Once again heading into mid-April NATAS has yet to secure a television or online home in which to broadcast the ceremonies.  After the last few years on HLN, does it look like the Daytime Emmys will ever be back on network television?  Or, even be aired as they were in the past during the afternoon?

Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil presided over a state of the Daytime Emmys 2014 video hangout chat where he invited Soap Opera Uncensored’s Nelson Branco, and On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman for some insight and Intel into the current voting process, the nominees, and just why has it become so increasingly difficult for the academy to land a home for the telecast in recent years, and much more.

Below watch the video from the chat featuring Fairman, Branco, and O’Neil and then let us know your thoughts on the topics presented during their conversation.  You can also listen to the audio version as a podcast by clicking here.

And be on the lookout for On-Air On-Soaps exclusive interview with NATAS Senior Executive Director Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels in the days ahead for more on this year’s Daytime Emmys.

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  1. Monica

    April 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    The star power is gone from the Daytime Emmys. I mean you have the talk show hosts and game show hosts, but who honestly cares about them? Who cares about Giada DeLaurentis and what she’s wearing on the red carpet? I was appalled that HLN blatantly omitted soap actors from their red carpet coverage. Soap actors are the star power, just as prime-time actors.

    • FAS

      April 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

      So true. The only reason Giada has ascended to this acclaimed level of wealth and popularity is because of her very famous grandparents. …..Dino De Laurentis and Silvana Mangano, equal to Ava Gardner to the Italians. As my nonna says, this was one of Italy’s power couple, back in the day.
      It is a shame that soap stars do not receive the same respect and “reverence”. It seems the the soap actor is the unsung hero…sad.

      • Kay

        April 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        Sharon Case BEST ACTRESS Totally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

      • Shay

        April 19, 2014 at 6:22 am

        So true….Giada’s only real claim to fame that she has achieved on her own is from the constant display of her ample cleavage!!!! There are many other more talented and creative Italian chefs out there. That being said, I love when you share your “Nonna’s” observations with us….”Buona Pasqua” to her and you, as well as the rest of your family!!!! : )

      • FAS

        April 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

        Thank you, Shay…Easter Sunday is always a big deal in our family. My Zie and Zii (aunts and uncles) , and cousins came from Toronto this year to Connecticut to spend Easter with us. …the more the merrier…it helps to live in a big house.
        You are right about Giada’s cleavage. My nonna has a few choice words for her also…but I won’t say…lol. I have the coolest grandmother ever, and I am very lucky that she is still young enough to go shopping etc. with me without tiring…mostly, she’s very…I love her to death…
        Hope your Easter was just as eventful. ….I wish for Dr. O to win THE Emmy, but, it won’t happen. On that note, I certainly hope Sharon Case does not win…she is not good enough, in my opinion.

      • Shay

        April 25, 2014 at 5:56 am

        Nonna knows!!!! Another celebrity chef that has lowered cooking shows to the level of suggestive “food porn” is Nigella Lawson! (Just cover yourself up and give us “delizioso” recipes, that all I ask! LOL…) As for your Easter holiday, it sounded wonderful….I love everything Italian—-the culture, language, fashion and of course, the cuisine!!!! (AND “Don Matteo!” Do you ever watch that show? It is excellent…subtitles and all…..) But I digress….your gran must be one great lady, you are so lucky to have her, not to mention relatives in Toronto and a place in Connecticut! Two fabulous locales!!!!! Love the East Coast….. ; )

      • FAS

        April 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

        Yes, I don’t know how these people make it on cooking shows, Shay. My nonna appreciates your respect for everything Italian. Believe me, she is not your typical grandmother. At 67 she still rocks and turns heads…a younger version of Bardot.
        I am very familiar with Don Matteo, Terence Hill…née Girotti. Although I only caught a few episodes, my relatives in Toronto and New York are avid fans of the priest/detective. You must visit Italy …the Umbrian countryside is gorgeous. And, the Calabrian coast…let’s not forget that !!
        Back to the Daytime Emmys….I really do not like some of the characters, but I must admit, many of them deserve an Emmy. There’s Luke who plays the lascivious, obscene, feely-touchy , dirty old man with great flair…lol… if he were born for the part . And, I am very well aware how you feel about Ava. I share those feelings. But, she can act. We must separate the person from the persona. I also think that Dool’s Sweeney and Scott are doing a phenomenal job all around…even creepy, and obnoxious Nick Fallon. ….hope the best woman/man/it wins……”In bocca al lupo”…. A very popular Italian adage which is the quasi equivalent of “break a leg”, not literally translated as such, but having the same connotation…am I blabbering? Mr. Fairman, will you post this?…..I won’t be around for much longer…I love what you do, sir. Ciao.

      • Shay

        April 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        Nor do I, FAS….although it seems that the more outre’ cooking stars are on the cable networks…that’s where everything is based upon the old adage that “sex sells”…just look at those disgusting reality shows! At least on the PBS programs the food is the focus, like with Lidia Bastianich, Mary Ann Esposito, Nick Stellino, et al….that’s where I park my chef’s hat and spatula! LOL… Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you safe travels and wonderful adventures during your educational journey. It has been a true pleasure and privilege to converse with you here, and I so appreciate your kind words and sentiments. I’m only sorry our time to relate our respective views has been so brief….you (as well as your wise and witty observations….) will be missed! I know you will be preoccupied with your studies and new surroundings, but I hope you will occasionally check into the website to let us know how you are doing, not to mention to see what is transpiring on GH while you are away from the continent. (I suppose you can always download the odd episode from ABC even in Europe, time permitting????) At any rate, it has been a sheer delight to share our thoughts and hear about your remarkable “Nonna.” She is an inspiration for women of all ages! I send my best thoughts for the future to both of you. By the way, if you make it to Gubbio, please tell “Don Matteo” (aka, “Mario!”) I said “Ciao!” and take a ride on the funicular for me!!!!! (Looks awesome!) Addio, Amica!!!!! P.S. I agree that those who portray Luke and Ava are multi-talented….I simply have found the overwhelming darkness that they bring to their show to be too too much….I prefer my soaps to be a bit more of a morality play where good triumphs over evil and those who do bad things reap like consequences, yet thus far that has not been the case. Then again, that sadly seems to be the way of the world these days….

      • FAS

        April 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        Grazie molte, Shay. I am both anxious and excited while my mother is tearing her hair out…as the rest of the family. I, too, have enjoyed our brief internet acquaintance ….I will try to keep in touch. I hope GH survives for many years to come. Many thanks to all the posters and especially Mr. Fairman who gives us this opportunity. Tante belle cose. A.

      • Shay

        April 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        Aww…prego, FAS! I am sure you will do just fine….you have an awesome personality that even online has revealed itself to be most infectious and inviting. They will love you in Milan! Once again, best wishes to you and yours….and please do encourage “Nonna” to join the party here in your absence….you know we will welcome her thoughts and any news she has of your Italian exploits! Che dio vi benedica!!!!

    • Tommy

      April 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Last year was such a mess that I hope this year its not all over the place. On that note, I am hoping Sharon Case wins from Y&R lead female actress. Her talent is epic

    • KIM HUCK

      April 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Why is the daytime Emmy’s such a hot mess. Last year had to be the worst. What happened to the normal CBS ABS and NBC like the old days

    • ALLY

      April 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Michael, SHARON CASE Best lead actress. She deserves this after the stories they gave her the past three years

    • Gloria

      April 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Christen LeBlanc and Sharon Case best lead actors this is there year

    • dmr

      April 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

      I haven’t been able to watch since the Daytime Emmys were switched from ABC and CBS. It’s too bad; I used to enjoy watching the event.

  2. Ray

    April 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I hope to see Eileen Davidson and James Scott walk to the podium.

    • dmr

      April 17, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Most definitely, well-deserved if they win!

  3. Jules

    April 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Great webcast!

    Not a fan of Nelson personally or his obvious bias towards certain actors, but I do enjoy his thoughts on the genre and the Emmys. Thought Michael added a lot too. Good conversation and enjoyed the insights both brought to the table.

    To the point though that all the same actors are nominated repeatedly, I just think if they deserve it, they’ve earned their spot. A Peter Bergman may have umpteen noms and wins under his belt, but fine work is fine work. It wouldn’t be fair to exclude them just because they’ve been around the block a few time, any more than saying this person should be nominated simply because they’re never nominated.

    Look forward to part 2!

  4. Natalie

    April 17, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Nelson bias is so transparent and after seeing some of the negative and nasty stuff he’s said over the years I would never take his opinion on who should win seriously. For me having watched the performances the best actress nod should go to Eileen Davidson or Heather Tom – both consistently brilliant actresses. Especially Heather Tom who has absolute garbage written for her thanks to Brad Bells’ favoritsm for KKL, but always manages to make that garbage into pure gold magic. The guys? I really think it should be Jason Thompson but that category has always been a joke. Who deserves it never happens.

    • John

      April 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      I agree. He is so obvious who he wants to win. Sorry Micheal Muhney was much better years ago. This year he was depressing

    • John

      April 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Sharon Case and Peter Bergman I think are top this year

      • FAS

        April 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm

        No one from Y&R Deserves an Emmy…with the exception of Stafford, Muhney, and Miller. Sadly they are GONE. On the other hand, there are plenty of the best fruit on GH waiting to be plucked. Kathleen Gati, for instance. Just sayin’.

  5. jimh(leave it to beaver)

    April 17, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I lost interest in the daytime emmys years ago when they became predictable and boring…good or not, mostly the same actors get nominated every year…Peter B. or Tony G. for example…they are terrific actors and perhaps daytimes greatest but its like why they are repeating last years show…there is nothing new about the daytime emmys and thats why(plus there is only 4 soaps now anyway) not many tune in to watch anymore…jmho!!!

  6. Chaz

    April 17, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Interesting comments & observations, Michael & Nelson.

    Agree that it is probably tough to choose a Best Show from a limited clip but, overall I think Days out-shined General Hospital. GH is all over the place and just based upon consistency Days had it pulled together more. Not that every story line was stellar or all characters are interesting (Jennifer/Daniel or this whole Jordan “who is she …blah, blah mess).

    I dvr both shows and 9 out of 10 times I end up hitting fast forward through most of GH. The biggest problem for me with GH is lack of consistency. Not everything is going to be great but they (FV & RC) seem to have wonderful strengths or dismal failures…no happy medium.

    On the other hand, Days usually has decent stories across the board, IMO. Yes, as mentioned there are clunkers but they seem less in number than with GH. I also think because they tape so far ahead that in some cases it is more difficult to pull the plug or change direction than with GH.

    I stopped watching Y&R because the writing was just terrible and the focus had shifted to JFP’s pets. Sorry, but I don’t find Dylan and intriguing character regardless of whom he is paired with or his sudden relatives are said to be. And, the character of Victor has become so vile that I cannot stomach him. It is fine to have villains – GL had Roger or Alan who were not always the nicest guys but most of the time they were not consistently evil to the point of wanting to turn the show off. Maybe because they were written with some humor attached. Victor is just plain miserable. On Days, Kate is not always doing “nice” things but there is more dimension to her and she is still palatable.

    I don’t watch B&B although I do read the synopsis in SOD and it seems it is always Liam, Hope, Wyatt….over & over again. They have some good characters & actors that deserve more story. I think Donna could be used more. When I did watch the show I enjoyed her pairing with Eric.

    • dmr

      April 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I agree with you, Chaz about General Hospital. Characters and storylines appear lost in the shuffle because there are too many recurring characters on the show. We lose interest, not seeing some of our favorites for a week plus. Then, the storyline is wrapped up too quickly with no real closure. A lot seems to happen off-air, in which we are only updated by other characters during a conversation. Days of Our Lives has improved a lot. I absolutely cannot wait until Eileen Davidson returns as Kristen!

  7. Sharonda

    April 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I think it shouldn’t be televised. People are missing noms-Michael Muhney and Debbie Morgan-yes Debbie may have omitted herself, but I just think the fans should be able to vote their favs in to these kind of Emmys. The acting is not as good as it once was, neither are the storylines. The serials are dying out -and I blame the directors, execs, writers and marketing/PR teams for that for lack of creativity and for the merry go around of recycled storylines….at least give it a decade or 2 before starting over with the same script, hire better stunt crew, get better lighting, angle movements and transitions.

  8. k/kay

    April 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Enjoyed the podcast thought NB’s comment about the Usual Suspects was so true. I am biased I hope SC gets a nomination I am tired of MW & HT and Jess Walton should have been in Supporting. Also agreed with the comments about people seem to think if you are not screaming and crying you are not acting. Heather Tom does too much of that for my taste. As far as best actor if I was judging probably PB & JT would be the two to beat!

  9. Mary SF

    April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    These awards were originally designed to recognize outstanding work determined by one peers, but televising them has turned all award shows into a competition and a popularity contest, where the real winners are those who make money of airing them.
    Perhaps if they went back to a private affair where participants could enjoy a nice meal and a lay back show without trying to be the Oscars in style ie– the red carpet, maybe it would find it is roots and be about the work and not the personalities or network hype.

    Also could someone explain to me how they determine what is a lead and what is a supporting performance in a soap opera? Is the number of shows you appear in one year? Your billing in the cast? The role you played in a specific story line? How long you’ve been on the show? Thanks.

  10. Rachel

    April 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Michael muhney is no longer on the Young and the Restless but he was the best actor on the Young and the Restless ever had. Even though Eric Bearden thinks he’s the best thing that ever happened to soaps. I would like to see Michael Muhney nominated for best actor! I believe there are many Y&R in-game that feel the same way.

    • daring sally

      May 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Michael Muhney was a better actor than Billy Miller and every other male on the show. He brought the show back alive. He nailed the character of Adam and no one else will ever be able to take his place as Adam. He should not have a problem getting a nighttime gig or even big screen. I am so tired of brothers sleeping behind eachother on the show. Meaning Jack and Billy. First Billy lays with Kelley and now Jack. Please make it stop! Please!

  11. 4everDAYS

    April 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    E!I!L!E!E!N!!!!!! D!A!V!I!D!S!O!N!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. fginaspy

    April 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I enjoyed the conversation with NB ,MF and TO, and look forward to the follow-up after May 1st.

    I, too, am tired of the usual suspects being nominated and love it when new blood get their due. The Daytime Emmys have always gotten a bad wrap and the producers or TPTB do nothing to educate possible recruits in their production each year. The clips chosen for best performances are generally out of context and cringe worthy. That for myself, as a soap viewer, I embarrassed to watch. No wonder no one tunes in.

    The politics of the daytime Emmys still needs to be continually addressed. I enjoyed this conversation for that reason. I for one tune in to watch the actors from daytime NOT to watch Vanessa Williams sing and plug her latest project. I still can’t believe she got more air time than GL’s swan song.

    If putting the telecast back on during daytime hours get the much needed viewership I am all for it. I liked it when ABC, CBS and NBC rotated airing the Emmys. Last year I was not able to watch it at all on HLN because my Cable carrier no longer provided the channel. The sane will happen if the predicted TVGN takes the reigns this year.

    Soaps Operas are a story telling medium and everyone loves a good story. Thus there will always be soap operas. I do believe we will be watching more online in the future. The efforts to bring AMC and OLTL back online was commendable. Too bad Prospect Park didn’t have the bank roll to continue these beloved shows.

  13. Eileen Hargis

    April 29, 2014 at 8:14 am

    The Emmys are NOT a fanbased votimg and should not be. Their work should be judged by their peers,

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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 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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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 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, 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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