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Susan Lucci to N.Y. Post's Cindy Adams on AMC's Cancellation: "I was incredulous. Took a year to get over it!"

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The New York Post’s Page Six infamous Cindy Adams had a piece in her column today on her recent conversation with Susan Lucci who is now on Investigation Discovery Channel’s new series,  Deadly Affairs.  Adams went there and asked La Lucci how she felt about All My Children being pink-slipped off the ABC Daytime line-up after 41 years.

Susan replied, “Very sad. Disbelief, anger, tears, all of that. Hard even now for me to say All My Children in the past tense. It was a dreadful mourning period. I was incredulous. Took a year to get over it. Understand, I played Erica Kane 41 years. I started on the program’s 10th day.  Soaps served a purpose for millions of multi-generational passionate fans. Every day someone tells me they miss it. One man said: ‘Cotton is not the fabric of our lives. In our house it was All My Children. It was a constant for his wife, who he knew always watched. Back from Afghanistan, the show was their conversation starter.”

The iconic soap star then went on to say about AMC’s axing: “I’m still not sure why it stopped. I had no heads up when it was going off. I learned when everybody found out, and there wasn’t even time to collect mementos. I only managed to get a red and white T-shirt that read ‘Free Erica Kane from jail.’’

How do you feel about Susan’s comments? Have you gotten over the loss of AMC and the residents of Pine Valley?  Weigh-in!

 

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Vanessa
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Vanessa

I still miss AMC and OLTL. I would welcome them back onto my tv in any form (daily soap, summer series, tv movies). I think that the success of TNT summer dramas, Dallas, Major Crimes, and Perception, prove that the viewing audience wants quality storytelling, not realty, talk or news programs.

susan M.
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susan M.

I still miss them TOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie McClendon
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Debbie McClendon

I agree with Ms. Lucci, I know the economy is so bad and everything is affected. However, they have no idea how the soaps really takes us away. They could have done possibly a 30 min show. Hey maybe put all the Soaps on one channel, “Soapnet”. I know it may not be that simple but they could have tried other alternatives.

susan M.
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susan M.

Soapnet….That’s a ggod idea………You read my mind….

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I agree with Debbie. There seemed to be no consideration of alternatives. Businesses sometimes fail with initatives they think are winners — New Coke, anyone? — and ABC really bombed here. The successful ABC Daytime brand was destroyed and millions of viewers were alienated and moved away.

Vicki
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Vicki

YEAH!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

ABC/D owns SoapNet and they plan to switch it over to Disney Jr completely. But I agree that they did not look at any alternatives.

Vicki
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Vicki

Yeah, other alternatives! – They shouldn’t of moved to a bigger studio in Cal. They should of stayed in N.Y. and chiseled down their expenses. We didn’t care if the set was small and the clothes and furniture wasn’t the latest, we just wanted our stories!!!!!

Jill
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Jill

I think she was treated like the rest of us:our feelings didn’t or never did count.

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

After a year, I’m still not over it. I watch reruns on Soapnet, so I still spend time with my Pine Valley family, but I would give anything for new episodes. I want to know who J.R. shot, and so much more. I love Susan, am watching Deadly Affairs, and will watch Devious Maids, but I will never stop missing Erica Kane.

Ramona
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Ramona

No, I have not gotten over the loss of AMC – don’t think I ever will really. These are the “people” I grew up with. I watch Soapnet re-runs daily. AMC & OLTL cannot be replaced. Praying ABC/Disney will come to their senses & put our stories back in production!!!

nicolas
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nicolas

I still miss Pine Valley, Erica, Angie and Jessie, Liza Colby. I can not understand why they axed that wonderful soap, i can not accept this huge disrespect against Anges Nixon. AMC will always be in our heart and i hope soon enough someone realizes that it is time for this show to return in our lives

OLTLfan
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OLTLfan

Everything Susan said describes how I felt about both shows going off the air. As a fan, I sometimes forget that the actors behind our beloved characters are missing them just as much as we are. I couldn’t imagine playing someone for 41 years, then all of a sudden, it’s just over. She played Erica Kane longer than I’ve been alive! She was a permanent fixture in my house all my life. Once, I met a girl named Erica whose mom was huge fan, lol. It’s just a shame that ABC has treated us all this way, knowing how iconic… Read more »

Lisa Jaworski
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Lisa Jaworski

I break into tears just at the thought of it. I am still so sad over losing AMC and OLTL. I purchased the tribute magazines and books and have not been able ot bring myself to look at them because it just makes me sob. I know that might sound silly to many, but when you have watched a soap for decades you really become attached not only to the characters but to the actors as well. Especially those of us who like going to the fan events. I’m just sad and very angry over it. Look how much they… Read more »

kim
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kim

I totally feel how u do. Even watching reruns makes me cry a lot. Soaps were more then just soaps it was family for me

susan M.
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susan M.

Yes they said the soaps were too expensive to make but they could afford to make Katie show..And the money to make this show possible at sky rockin prices….But her ratings are flopping quickly…ABC are full of crap on how expensive to make the soaps…PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I support GH and that’s it for me too…

Mark
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Mark

I agree. Soaps in the 60’s and 70’s had a small core cast, did not do location shooting, and had really small budgets. They made millions of dollars for the networks through the 80’s.

ABC spat in the face of everyone who spent countless hours of their lives watching AMC and OLTL, as well as the commercials advertised during those shows.

I have not watched ABC since AMC went off the air, and will continue to boycott the station. ABC went from my favorite network, to one that literally makes me sick to my stomach.

Kim A
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Kim A

I agree with you, Lisa. Like you, I have purchased and “obtained” some of the tribute mags (snagging them from doctors’ offices, the hair salon, etc…) and Susan Lucci’s autographed book, but have not been able to bring myself to reading them. The loss of our soaps has left a huge hole in the soap lovers’ universe, for sure. After more than of year of soap fans putting up the GOOD fight and not backing down, you would think TPTB would get a clue and start working WITH us instead of AGAINST us. Such a shame. 🙁

Gina
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Gina

I still am not over it have banned all afternoon shows for abc except general hospital and wish they would bring it back it’s not fair too many talk shows on tv already and reality tv please bring back all my children and one life to live it’s not fair we are an unheard audience we need our voice back pleassssssse

Jim
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Jim

As much as I feel sorry that AMC went off the air, I felt like maybe it was time. They just couldn’t find a good team to tell compelling stories. They seemed to be spinning their wheels. As for OLTL, let’s just be honest. Carlivati was lazy and was living off past accolades. Valentini promised great stories but never delivered on those promises and they only stepped things up when it was announced it was leaving ABC for Prospect Park. If either show were to come back, it needs to be OLTL with Ron and Frank staying the heck away… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

OMG! I so totally disagree with your statements.

Sara
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Sara

Seriously? Dislike and disagree…

Alex
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Alex

I actually agree with Jim and no amount of grousing or bemoaning about what already has happened will bring them back. Focus should be on GH and making sure that the fans are vocal now while the show is still on and doing relatively well, not when it’s slipping in the ratings. My biggest complaint is that they were falsely led to believe that they were going to continue in some form and as a result, a proper send off/ending was not given.

Lisa Jaworski
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Lisa Jaworski

Completely disagree with your entire statement!!!!!! AMC and OLTL were fantastic and many of us loved it until the end. It’s not just about the storyline, it’s also about the characters and actors that we have grown to love and care about. If there were no slow times or down times then there would also not be those exciting high points that we long for, cheer for, cry for and scream at the TV for. We who truly love our shows are there for them in the good times and the bad times. We are there for them when they… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

I agree with you. AMC was going down the toilet fast five years before it got axed. I watched out of complete loyalty but it was light years way from the quality it enjoyed in the 80s. Although I hated to see it go, the writing was on the wall.

lanell
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lanell

i miss lalucci– and AMC and OLTL— i will neverforgive ABC for what they did!

Mark
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Mark

Me too! I LOVE Susan Lucci! Now and always.

SZima
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SZima

On another note…Did anyone see Susan on the Rachael Ray show on Wednesday? It was a really nice segment and she got a standing ovation when she came out. They had a piece where they were “editing” her beach house closet. I’m glad she’s found so much work since leaving AMC.

Doveydiane
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Doveydiane

I still miss AMC & OLTL desperately. I watched them everyday without fail. I liked them better than any night-time shows. I think we still need scripted tv in the afternoon and evening. I’m so sick of all the talk shows and especially the reality shows. They were very popular for awhile, but geez, lets get over it already. I do like some of the talent shows like American Idol, X-factor and America Got Talent but that’s it. I’m still boycotting ABC with the exception of GH so I don’t know if they have anything good on in the evenings… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

I miss them so much. I have boycotted ABC since, along with Lifetime and Disney (as much as I can get away with since I have grandkids). I hope the new lead at ABC reconsiders and does something to resurrect our shows. Fronz was just an ass, thinking he knew what we wanted. Katie cost as much as our 2 shows combined!

Jen
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Jen

Just like Whoopie Goldberg from the color purple: “(ABC), until you do right by us, everything you touch will turn to dust…”

Okay, I’m way paraphrasing here, but the cheap replacement shows have bombed and will continue to. Katie is a freaking joke, no one wanted to watch her at night, so who would want to watch in the daytime?

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I’ll never get over their cancelation! It’s a crock that they did that. I still want to come home and watch them and I can’t. It’s nice to see some of the OLTL stars on GH and as much as I appreciate that they did that, it’s just not the same.

Robert
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Robert

I’m still mourning the loss of two of my favorite shows, AMC and OLTL. When People did their commerative magizine on AMC and Soap Magazine did OLTL, I immediately purchased both of them. Every month I picked them and thumb through them just see my favorite characters. If you go to Youtube you can literally watch all of your favorite episodes in 10-12 minute clips. It takes a while to watch but at least you get to go back to Pine Valley and LLanview anytime you want.

Please bring our shows back, we are sick of talk and reality garbage!

Val
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Val

I will never EVER get over it .. as far as I’m concerned as long as the soaps no longer exist neither does ABC.

kim
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kim

The day they killed my soaps was the day I died too. I still write abc almost daily an it has been totally cut out of my home. We do not support abc at all an never will again. I have a lost puppy since soaps have been gone. Thank god for reruns but I need another dvr an soon so I can keep recording an saving them

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Still seems like a dream. I can’t believe that AMC is gone!

moneek77
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moneek77

Almost a year but not a day goes by I don’t think and miss AMC…My escape for an hour for over 34 years. I have cancelled ABC/D and will never forgive them what they did to millions of soapfans, actors and all involved with the production of AMC.
Somehow ABC managed to find $$$ for Couric…another boring Talk Show!
The costs of promoting the many replacement shows for AMC & OLTL is crazy!!

Karen
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Karen

ABC is paying a big price for the axing of both soaps, AMC and OLTL. It is a price they deserve to pay for the heartless way they notified the cast and crews of these shows. What they did not expect is that the fans would not just roll over and die when they did this. They can bring on Katie or even attempt to bring back Oprah….at this point, any show they try toput on daytime television will fail! The ratings for Katie are already bottoming out. Soap fans are the best and they will fight for what they… Read more »

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

After 41 years of watching AMC? No I along with many many many other viewers will never get over it. It was axed because Brian Frons wanted reality. When the fans wanted reality, we picked up the newspaper. Soaps were ALWAYS an escape from this everyday lunacy, but Brian Frons had a dream., and it turned out to be a nightmare! There are far to many reality shows today as far as I am concerned. Soap fans long for the escape that we once had. I would watch AMC in a flash if it came back today. Maybe one day??????

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

By the way ~~ I still don’t watch ABC to this day and don’t plan on it ever again. Seem harsh? It sure is, but we were lied to and tricked more than once. What? Prospect Park? What a total lie!

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

Anyone who does business in this manner does not deserve an audience.

Sara
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Sara

It’s like a death to me. I still have the final 5 episodes of AMC on my DVR as well as 14 episodes of OLTL. I watch them when I’m lonely. ABC/D really pulled the rug out. Thank God GH is still doing well.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I, also, will never, ever get over the loss of AMC and OLTL. It hurts my heart to think about how much I miss them. I love GH, too, but two-thirds of my soap families are gone. Except for GH, ABC/D has lost me as a viewer forever if these two shows never return. There are millions of soap fans who feel the same way. I hope Susan knows how much she and Erica are missed!

Lois
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Lois

i am one of the loyal fans that abc screwed around with….i will not watch any daytime programming except GH…which i started to watch when some of the stars from One Life to Live became part of the cast….I also boycott advertisers products that still pay ABC to push their product…

i will continue to boycott ABC daytime programming until they bring back AMC & OLTL

Kathy
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Kathy

I still miss AMC every day! ABC needs to understand that not only are fans angry about the cancellation of the shows but also the way they treated their actors/actresses as Susan has stated above. Fans were not just loyal to ABC and the characters of the shows, but those people in real life playing those parts. The way they found out and the way they were treated is a horrible way to operate any business. Human capital is an asset – guess ABC management skipped those classes in school!

Mark F
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Mark F

Has it really been (almost) a year since AMC went off the air? How time flies. I think what enraged me about the end of AMC was the way it ended. A cliffhanger!! Who did JR shoot? We’ll probably never know. I can relate to Susan Lucci’s feelings about finally getting over the cancellation of AMC. I was livid for a long time, but I’m over it now. I wish AMC were still on the air and if it ever DID come back, I’d be watching in a heartbeat; but I’ve accepted the cancellation and moved on, cuz really, life… Read more »

Rena
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Rena

susan lucci should be happy that she is still working. erika slezek has done nothing. erika slezek should be the new stephanie forrester on the bold and the beautiful. come on bold and the beautiful producers hire erika slezak now please.

Kristyl
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Kristyl

WAtched it all 41 years..but yeah, I’m over it. I still watch it on Soap Net…but all things in life change up. Sometimes there just comes a time and you never understand why…but have to have faith that things happen for a reason. I have had a lot more change in my life in the past few years than just a tv show, even if it was my favorite one. Getting the big picture…it’s just a small piece of the pie. it’s a job in reality…and many of us have lost our jobs, homes, families, animals, bank accts…and are struggling… Read more »

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Kristyl I just hope we don’t get to the point we only have one station run by the government and they control want we see. That is why when I saw your post I got this creepy feeling inside I have been feeling this way for a long time I had not watched AMC since the eighties so I did not feel what the rest of you did but your post to me was a good one it is nice to know their are others out there that worry about what is happening outside the soap world. Thanks again for… Read more »

Kristyl
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Kristyl

Thank You for your response 🙂 If they take all stations off the air and whittle it down to one..it won’t matter to me, as when my cable contract runs out, I’m shutting it off anyway. The only reason I kept it on was for AMC and then you could view it on the internet and I was under contract. I can get the news online and now that the husband left…my stereo that was off for 15 years, plays every day! 😀 Kristyl

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Good for you I said a sweet farewell to Y&R a long time ago I always had to fit soaps around my work I only wish them well I hope they keep viewers happy for years for me I kissed them goodbye with sadness in my heart. I keep coming to this site to get some hope their is none for all of you fans I hope it turns around for you , And Darlin we won’t have a choice that is what bothers me my husband and I are already looking for places to escape. I was born in… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Still missing AMC! I am watching AMC reruns on Soapnet. David and the real Bianca have come back to Pine Valley. I guess I will mourn again when Soapnet is gone. Daytime television is horrible. I watch Y&R and Days but nothing can replace AMC. I still boycott ABC. I will never forget that ABC left us with a cliff hanger and then Prospect Park did not follow through with their promises. I walked through a lobby yesterday and The Chew was on,. Who is watching this show!?

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I miss All My Children all the time (OLTL also). It feels like just yesterday I could watch and it feels like an eternity at the same time.
I cannot bring myself to watch anything on ABC/D except General Hospital and don’t see that changing anytime soon. Now if ABC/D smarten up (yeah, right!) and sell the rights to these shows back to Agnes Nixon – they might redeem themselves enough for me to watch again. Maybe.

dayle
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dayle

ABC has not been on my TV since Sept 23, 2011 – the last day of ALL MY CHILDREN. I am fiercely loyal – which is more than I can say about ABC, which blatantly and cruelly ripped out the hearts of millions of fans who watched AMC and OLTL for over 40 years.

lynne albritton
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lynne albritton

I have not gotten over it I watched all 41 years I want AMC and OLTL back on the air I am boycotting ABC daytime except GH

Nixki
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Nixki

No I’m not over it and I will never be!!!! ABC/Disney did all of us dirty and when I say that I mean everyone over at AMC and us fans of the show! I can feel Susan’s pain and sadness over the shows loss and not being able to take any momentos was just just plain wrong of ABC to do that to them! They should have given the actors time to take whatever they wanted! After all the actors did work there for 41 years!!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

I think it was a horrendously poor executive decision for ABC-TV to cancel the always popular ALL MY CHILDREN. I still think they ought to combine the characters from AMC with OLTL and either come up with a meshed daytime drama or combine them for a night time continuing drama. I, like many many others watched AMC for many years and they could have tailored the shows to half hour formats but it was a mistake to axe them ~ I agree with Susan Lucci’s comments – plus, I think that Prospect Park really screwed with the fans and that… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Am I the only one on this site that didn’t see the demise of the soap genre coming? The audience was dwindling every year. Young people weren’t coming to the soap audience in the summer when school was out like they used to. They prefer the “drama” of reality television (as horrible as they are). Frankly, OLTL was the only soap that ABC should have kept, because it kept improving and maintaining quality storytelling every year. But AMC? I watched it practically since its inception, love Susan Lucci, but AMC had fallen off the creative cliff years ago. The last… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I loved One Life To Live…. But honestly the abc network doesn’t seem the same without All My Children on it. I will never get over it as long as I live, but I will have to learn to get past it.
I am: 1loveABCsoaps for a reason! Go General Hospital

rose
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rose

Besides all of the comments soap fans have had about the cancellations, the other thing that makes me really angry with ABC and other networks is how much time they devote to sports on weekends and evenings, for primarily men viewers. And we get just a few soaps left.

Tad
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Tad

I hear the pain, the disappointment, the anger with ABC and Disney on many grounds. ABC and or Disney treat the soaps, the actors, the production team and writers and most important the fans with huge disrespect. Yes, Couric’s show is LESS expensive folks. Remember even if they paid her say $30mil a cast of say 20 to 30 actors, writers, wardrobe, sets, assistants and all wold be more than Couric’s show. Think about an Erica Kane type wardrobe forget location filming. Life does go on and this was or is entertainment. Still sad because yes, we really haven’t seen… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

My God, you act like since Erika Slezak and Susan Lucci aren’t working they’re practically paupers. The actors got paid an OBSCENE amount of money to work on these soaps. If they’re struggling at all to find work, it’s probably because of typecasting. Debbi Morgan, Susan Lucci, Darnell Williams, et al., will be fine.

Jedediah W
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Jedediah W

Yeah, it’s been a year since AMC has been taken off the air. I’m not really over it. I started watching it when I was a kid with my mom. When I found out that it was going to be cancelled, I felt very angered and sadness…

Tad
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Tad

Well I am not sure they are paupers lol. However, my understanding soaps don’t pay all that well comparatively to other genres especially now but even in the past. Newer actors maybe around $100,000 but minus all the costs and fees as well as taxes there is not a lot for living a lifestyle that is suppose to show glamour. There is your manager, travel, pr, wardrobe, union dues etc and not every actor gets paid like Susan Lucci. Even her salary is debatable – was it under a million when AMC ended or was it like $3mil to $5… Read more »

Tad
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Tad

Hey maybe there is some evidence even Susan Lucci is a pauper (LOL) It could be she is rather down to earth but has anyone noticed she wears the same outfit often over the eyars and even recycles things from years ago. I am highly suspicious we have seen her in those fitted black leather pants time and time. I think she wore that gold gown a few times she vamped at the Emmys about two years ago and I think or suspect that coral gown she wore this year was worn before too. We have also seen her in… Read more »

Debbi
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Debbi

Don’t watch anything except General Hospital on ABC. Not even local news! Personally, I have ignored ABC, Oprah and Disney! I hope they all lose money and bring back Agnes Nixon’s legacies!

Vicki
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Vicki

ABCDaytime doesn’t exist to me anymore. I can’t stand to even have the TV stop on that channel, and I used to have it on that channel most of the time. To me ABCDaytime went out of business! Wonder how many fans feel that way. Who’s dumb idea was it to cancel these soaps the very same year Oprah quit? Brian? Hope they fired him. Sadly enough I don’t think they care as long as the advertisers buy the air time. Only the bottom line counts these days. I watched for 41 years. My family is dead now and I… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

Who reads these – anyone? Anyone that can do something about this?
No, I think we are just talking to ourselves.

All My Children

‘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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