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THE CHEW To Have Primetime Special To Preview ABC's Fall Line-Up!



Now here is a paradoxical twist!  ABC is giving the cookie/foodie daytime series, The Chew, and it’s hosts, some primo real estate with a special episode to introduce the network’s  fall line-up of their hottest news shows and stars in primetime!  With a tag line in the official press release of “The Chew Takes A Bite Out Of ABC’s New Fall Season,” the episode will air on September 2nd. (7PM-8PMEST)

Here is what we know will go down:  The merry band of  “Chew” cooking co-horts;  Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz travel coast to coast — from California and New York to Hawaii and Nashville — to bring viewers a sneak peek at the ABC Fall Primetime lineup. Interviewing some of the network’s hottest new stars, the special has something for everyone.  From diva-filled musical drama and deep and dark desires to quirky and “out of this world” comedies and thrillers.

Highlights of the special include:  666 Park Avenue stars Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn  enjoy cocktails and canapés with Clinton Kelly from a chic Manhattan hotel room to talk about their sexy, seductive new primetime address.
Carla Hall travels home as she visits  Nashville star Hayden Panettiere  on the legendary stage of The Grand Ole Opry and visits with her co-stars, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, at the iconic Bluebird Cafe.

Aloha from Oahu, Hawaii, the breathtaking location for ABC’s new action adventure series, Last Resort, premiering   Series star Andre Braugher sits oceanside with Daphne Oz for comfort food, conversation and a hometown surprise, all amidst the palm trees and island breeze.

Carla Hall catches up with the stars of the new family comedy series The Neighbors at Johnnie’s Coffee Shop in Los Angeles, where Jami Gertz and other stars share a preview of their quirky new sitcom that’s sure to bring the family together for a night of laughs. ”

It’s a food truck fiesta as Daphne Oz meets country music superstar Reba McIntyre to talk about her new sitcom, Malibu Country, which premieres Friday, November 2 at 8:30 p.m., ET.    Gordon Elliott is the executive producer of  The Chew Presents ABC’s Primetime Fall Primetime Special.

So soapers; interesting that ABC is giving The Chew a shot at primetime to introduce their fall line-up!  Wonder if the cast of General Hospital was even considered?  Doubtful.    If The Chew can have a primetime slot to cross promote themselves, maybe we can get a primetime special to properly finish up OLTL and AMC …  or to call attention to GH’s upcoming 50th Anniversary!  Just sayin’    Thoughts?

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  1. tim

    August 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I’ll pass.

  2. el

    August 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    just sounds like a desperate attempt to bring the chew into peoples livings rooms…who dont watch…i dont care what ratings say i find it hard to believe anyone is watching that garbage…except for doctor offices, salons etc that have their tvs on abc all day long.

  3. Christine

    August 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Michael, again it just shows how much ABC does not know about their audience. I betcha they have really lousy ratings for this. It’s so obvious how much they want this stupid show to succeed.

    I wish GH was given the consideration and, I agree, it would be nice for AMC and OLTL to have been given this consideration as well. They just do not care.

    • Christy

      August 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      ditto on all!

  4. Dawn D

    August 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Just more pimping.

  5. Matt

    August 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Now that ID is doing a soap alternative programming block, I may have to break boycott and start watching The Chew and DVRing The Talk! After all, the shows on ID are just as much “soap killers” as The Chew, The Talk, etc. I had been standing strong with fans of AMC and OLTL, but OLTL what? AMC who?! Days of Our Lives, when?! If soap fans can be lured away from the remaining 4 soaps by crappy reality TV programming like this and ID’s ridiculously titled Days of Our Knives, then we’re all going to be watching crappy reality TV programming when ALL the remaining soaps are gone! I apologize for the tone of my post, but I want to make a point. BTW I would NEVER watch The Chew or The Talk (never to be on my DVR), but my point is that soap fans complain about The Chew, etc. taking the place of beloved soaps and then (blindly?) follow ID in an attempt to lure viewers away from the remaining soaps. C’mon, soap fans stay strong: If you must watch ID soap killers, please DVR and watch later — not during the 1 to 4 block when our soaps are on…

    • Christine

      August 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I’m with you, Matt.

      I just made a personal choice last week to give up ALL the reality shows that I watch which was not many, but considered reality: Amazing Race, Survivor, Hoarders, and Master Chef.

      I never watched absolute garbage like the Kardashian show, but since the above-mentioned were considered reality and I am really sick of this genre taking over, I can’t be middle-of-the-road and so I have decided to give it ALL up.

      If the networks are determined to take away our soap genre for the likes of reality then I will turn to DVDs (since I ended Directv) of current scripted dramas, Hulu, Netflix, etc., and reruns of classic TV shows.

  6. Vickie

    August 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Since I don’t watch ABC/D it doesn’t matter what they put on or try to do to promote their new shows or their old shows.

  7. cathy trinque

    August 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    ABC/D is desperate for this show to succeed. I will never watch the chew idiots!!!!

  8. Debbie Harris

    August 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Who wants to see the motley crew of the chew on prime time??? NOT ME!!! Won’t watch them then or in their regular time slot!! EVER!!!!

  9. Christine

    August 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I just realized that this will be running during dinner time for some folks. I sure hope ABC has enough antacid/heartburn sponsors lined up. Ha! Ha!

    • Christy

      August 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      plop, plop, fizz, fizz! bwhahahahaha

  10. Linda

    August 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This is more about saving the Spew than promoting the fall line up. ABC’s desperation is showing!

  11. Torrey

    August 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I don’t watch the Chew during the daytime hours, and I’M NOT GOING TO WATCH during primetime hours!!! Give it a rest, ABC and quit pimping this show that no one is interested in. The only reason why they haven’t cancelled this show, is because they are trying to save face. The ratings for this show aren’t that great either. And I don’t need to watch a primetime special featuring these losers to know what’s going on in the Fall for ABC….All you have to do is go online, or better yet get just wait until the Fall and watch the shows that seem of interest to you….if there are any.

  12. MBmomof3

    August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’m all for cross-promos, but I won’t be watching this one. I don’t watch ABC primetime or The Chew. I would however support a primetime movie or mini-series to properly end AMC & OLTL, and one to celebrate GH’s 50th. I have emailed TPTB suggesting these things. It would go a long way in restoring the ABC Daytime fanbase they have now lost with their programming changes.

  13. Jay

    August 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    My first thought exactly, why can’t AMC and OLTL have a prime time episode to finish off their shows. This just further shows how much abc sucks! Talk about another kick in the teeth to the fans. I can’t wait for Katie to tank, and the chew to drop lower in the ratings…and then they’ll be left wondering, what did we do wrong???

  14. Jen

    August 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Tilting my head…

    Why does ABC continue to force feed America The Chew? I could see a nighttime edition of The View previewing the new Fall schedule. Or perhaps even a special episode of Castle. That would have been kinda cute, but The Chew? That train wreck of show? Embarrassing! It’s a sad grasping at ratings. Do they think that they will suddenly climb in the ratings by way of this stunt? If ABC were a friend, rather than a network, I would have already suggested therapy.

    Just picture it. Why would anyone want to watch those five people preview the new nighttime lineup? On the other hand, Castle, his mom , Beckett and Alexis, with a bowl of popcorn, discussing the hot new shows. They could even discuss their upcoming season, as a fantasy in their heads. Also cute would be several GH characters, sitting together, discussing the new shows. Maybe Epiphany and Liz in the nurses lounge or something like that.

    For goodness sakes… How about Katie Couric, their new daytime star, previewing their new nighttime stars. Sheesh.

    ABC… really… enough with The Chew! And yes, a nighttime episode of General Hospital would be fantastic. But I hold no hope for it until someone buys ABC a clue.

  15. Michael

    August 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Okay, thank God I don’t watch anything on ABC, so this won’t affect me anyway. But ABC doing this is STUPIDITY AT ITS BEST!

  16. Robert

    August 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Like millions of others, I won’t be watching this mess of a cooking show. The Food Network Channel is where I go for my cooking shows, Bravo too and the Cooking Channel. Sorry ABC, put the soaps back on!!!

  17. Robbyrob

    August 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Wow…a primetime edition of The Chew. This to me signifies how much of a letdown the ratings have been. ABC cannot understand for the life of them how this show is just NOT clicking with its audience. I mean, my goodness, just how many recipes can one person have? How much forced host back & forth bantering should make us all fall in love with them? Oh, that Carla! Isn’t Mario a hunk!

    Sorry ABC, your just found support of GH is great & all but I’m still mighty peeved of your past actions as they have had devasting impacts on not only your schedule but viewers lives. We don’t forget and aren’t easily bought off. Hopefully, the ratings for the prime time episode will be just as bad and the daytime version. ABC can then, at least, maybe, finally voice what a huge boneheaded mistake it was to torpedo their once vibrant and loyal daytime audience. Sure, it won’t bring our soaps back, but seeing these high-salaried know it alls have egg on their face is beyond priceless. Paybacks a bitch ABC!

  18. rose

    August 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

    The soaps are the orphans at ABC when it comes to promotion. Maybe those who view “The Chew” at 7 pm will appreciate what soapers have had to “chew” on this past year.

  19. Robert Coplin

    August 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Is this a joke what is the Chew doing having a primetime special because its a cooking show thats introducing some of the new ABC Primetime series i think i will pass watching it.

  20. Chaz

    August 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Considering I totally ignore ABC except for General Hospital this special is useless for viewers like me.

  21. JustSaying

    August 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Let The Chew permanently move to primetime. See how well the primetime audience responds to them.

    Then bring back both AMC and OLTL. If they can’t fit them in the schedule, reduce them to a half-hour format like B&B.

  22. Mims

    August 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Wow, is the Chew still on? Probably dying a slow death by choking. I haven’t watched ANY ABC programming since OLTL went off the air. I’m past their all-important age demographic of 18-49 so they don’t care what I think anyway. Screw the Chew and screw ABC.

  23. Grace

    August 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of GH getting a PRIME TIME SPECIAL in honor of the shows 50th Anniversary! A 2 hour special is the LEAST that ABC can give to GH after all that they’ve done in the past 16 or so months to daytime!

    Also, ABC Daytime needs to put up now and “walk the walk” and do what they said they were going to do; “Fully Support GH!”. They can start by airing a lot of GH commercials honoring the Anniversary into their top prime time shows next Spring!

  24. Iakovos

    August 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Would it have been so difficult to do this kind of cross promotion with its daytime star in recent years… Lucct, Geary, et al.? This will not help THE CHEW (Labor Day Weekend evenings are not top draw in any year) but the idea has merit. But it should have been done long ago with our AMC, OLTL, and GH actors and celebrities, right?

  25. Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

    August 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Primetime Spew showcasing the hide-the-tips Gang? What Dumber than Dummer (or is that the Froweenie?) suit in Burbank came up with this bone-headed idea? Duh..Dum….let me guess…One thing about them is their continued intransigence and unwillingness to change in the face of hard evidence – that their actions- – are COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. I read a well-documented book about that once, with a fact-filled conclusions chapter, too, regarding the contemporary follies many of ABC/Disney…

    Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
    American Business and Daytime Dramas

  26. dee

    August 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    all i can say is i boycott everything that abc has done and it will be the same,Since they took off amc and oltl, and the numbers on daytime looks like it is working , the number for daytime on gman has been really bad, and now the chew # are starting to dip, and at night time only 4 shows in the top 20 demografically a couple of weeks ago, and the later weeks sorry i have not look what last week,but i have been hereing that the nbc has been crushing everything in site, , which i am very proud of for all the hard work that these young people have done! So again i will not watch anything that abc puts with exception of GH!

  27. Deb

    September 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    ABC is dead to me. It is not allowed in my house except for GH. Bring back our soaps or suffer the consequences.

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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)

Photo: JPI

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

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

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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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.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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