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TIME Special Report: Can the Internet Save Soap Operas?

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Courtesy/ABC

This morning TIME.com posted an item on All My Children and One Life to Live rebounding from extinction thanks to Prospect Park’s efforts, the undying passion and support from soap fans, and the emergence of the Internet to watch new forms of programming, new shows, and how soaps led the way from radio to television, and now are doing much the same with the television genre art form into an online format.

Noted columnist, Carolyn Hinsey was interviewed for the piece and weighed-in on just how the new AMC and OLTL will sit with the fans stating, “How can you not be positive? If you could bring someone back from the dead and they might be a little sick for a while, wouldn’t you still rather have them back? And then they’ll get better and better, and hopefully they’ll be totally healthy and you’ll get to go hang out with them again.”

Hinsey also discussed the new online model of soaps:  “There’s an audience out there looking for a different way to consume soaps. In some ways, this could be going back to the early days of radio, when you had 15-minute installments.  And even compared to five years ago, the Internet is very accessible to soap fans, who already populate and contribute to a wide array of message boards and forums.”

Soap activist, Y.B. better known as “Screw The Chew” also took part in The TIME feature revealed as fans; “We’re definitely going to watch online. Even if it’s not exactly the way we wanted it, we’re still going to support it and watch. We proved to everyone else that we wanted them back and they came back. It does feel good to prove them wrong.”

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So soapers, what do you think of Hinsey’s and Y.B.’s comments?  Do you agree? Are you prepared for OLTL and AMC to have some initial growing pains as you have seen many times with new head writer and executive producer changes and regime changes on your current favorite network soaps?  Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Lin
Lin

I will certainly watch. I hope that AMC will not be just aimed at the very young viewer. But other than that I will certainly watch. I was really loving the way OLTL was the last year or so (for the most part- no one loves all story lines) so I’m looking more forward to it’s return. I hope everyone can watch for free-. I think having to pay would hurt viewership to some extent. I had never thought of the growing pains- good point. I would like to know how to access the Time article.

susan M.
susan M.

We will be able to watch our soaps for free on Hulu. I read this in another article and Michael Fairman said it was free to watch!

Monica
Monica

You can’t expect everything to be perfect at the start, but with the stellar cast members coming back to AMC and OLTL, I expect great acting and high drama!

jim
jim

I hope they succeed online, and i hope networks and cable channels suffer for not giving us what we want instead of all those boring talk shows and those even worse so called reality nonsense like Jersey Shore and those insipid Kardashians. I also hope if Prospect Park decides to offer more programing other than soaps, they will steer clear of talk and reality shows. I miss the 1960s when tv was free, there was only three networks, and you had a wide range of entertaining shows to choose from. Now i have to pay an outrageous fee to watch, and now with over 100 channels i can barely find anything worth watching.

vik
vik

Isnt that the truth! All those channels and we still watch the main network three.
I’m so hoping they come back to t.v. at some point. Sorry for all the older folks who cant/wont watch on the internet. I dont really care for watching on the computer, but will have to I guess

Max
Max

Folks,

You can watch Hulu on your TV – I bought a Sony Media Streaming Player set top box on Amazon for $50 some time ago. You connect it to your internet connection and to your TV. With a registered account, it gets linked up and that’s how you can watch Hulu without a computer and on your TV full size. I bought the Sony box because I like to watch Amazon.com movies on my TV. You can buy different brands of these streaming players/set top boxes, but be sure to check and see if the box will connect with the service you want – which in this case, is Hulu.

Don
Don

I agree. I still have my Hulu plus subscription and I’m ready.

susan M.
susan M.

I read on this site that OLTL & AMC would be free to watch. Am I wrong or right
on this!!!! Because I just went on hulu to see for myself. It said unlimited instant
streaming only $7.99/month And to try one week for free…Again I read on this site that our beloved soaps would be free to watch on line . Michael himself said
they would be free to view… Are they going to be free to watch once and for all.I don’t want to pay to watch our soaps which we watched for free for many
years………………

Johnny
Johnny

Those are truly valid points you make, Jim. I too remember when there were only a handful of channels to choose from but the overall quality of TV was so much better. Now we have a ton of channels and most of it is Realilty crap. If I want Reality I’ll look out my window – if I want quality acting I would watch AMC – although every actor can’t be another Robert DeNiro or Meryll Streep they still had some very good people on that show. I sincerely hope that this new inception of the show holds true to those standards.

jim
jim

We do think alike. If i want reality ill look out the window too or step outside. I need my escape from the real world especially with all the horrible things i hear in the news everyday and if I cant find it on regular television, ill be more than happy to go on line instead.

jim
jim

im still watching OLTL reruns on soapnet. wish soapnet sticks around now soaps are making a comeback.

ethel
ethel

there will probably be some growing pains BUT like the old saying goes “it will get better with age” – i am so looking forward to the reboot of oltl as well as amc!

Tali
Tali

So happy they are coming back – I will be there to support them and will be patient until all the kinks are worked out. Hate the fact ABC screwed this up to begin with and will miss Michael Easton on OLTL unless he does both shows. ABC just keeps screwing us fans over. Good Luck Prospect Park!

diane c
diane c

cant wait will watch,so good to have them back

Cindy
Cindy

Am happy the soaps are back. Should have happened a year ago, tho. Lots of bad blood out and about now. Seriously hope they succeed, but at this point, not holding my breath. Crystal Chappell has done alot to pave the way for this avenue so maybe right will prevail over the rat.

Elhu
Elhu

I agree with both Carolyn and Y.B. While some might not agree with all of the details in how they are being brought back, or that all of the cast members might not be returning to play the characters we have grown to love them in, the bottom line is “AMC and OLTL ARE COMING BACK”, and that is a wonderful start!!!!! I believe something is better than nothing, and I love what Carolyn said about it being like someone coming back from the dead, and still being a little sick at first, but improving with each passing day, until they are fine again – that is a perfect analogy, and I trust they will both be perfectly fine again, after a bit of time to iron things out. How can we be upset or complain, when we thought they were done and gone forever, yet now they are returning. I believe we are so very lucky. Most importantly, very talented actors and actresses will now have work again. I look forward to the resurrections. Long live AMC, OLTL and GH, and all of the remaining soaps, keeping this genre we all love alive and well !!!!!

Marge
Marge

I have watched the soaps for over 40 years and when they went off I felt like I lost some of my family………..so for the older audience it will like seeing old friends and visiting family. I have noticed that they are hiring a lot of young people to attract the younger people. Sounds like a wonderful idea to me. We soap fans are loyal. I just want my Tad Martin back.

Shelly
Shelly

I’m so excited about the internet soaps! But I always look at the glass “half full” and IMO, the broadcast soaps are saving themselves! The writing and acting are much better and more attention is being paid to the vets and core families (Ok, Y & R has a way to go, but I see improvements).

It’s really a great time to be a soap fan, although we must stick with our shows and vow not to watch any replacement show.

B.J.
B.J.

Whatever they can do will surpass vampires resurrected on GH, and too many bratty teens on Y&R. 🙂

I will definitely support them, especially OLTL. As said previously, many times… I can’t wait!

Ces
Ces

the whole vampire thing and Lucy shrieking is a mess. They need to wrap this up pronto!

B.J.
B.J.

LOL… glad to see someone agrees with me. I know PC had a lot of fans, but I like my soaps grounded a little more in reality. 🙂 I understand GH had some weird stories in the past, but that was before I started watching.

Ces
Ces

I can handle some of GH’s mind boggling stuff and I could even handle the Exorcist storyline on DAYS (since that can kinda happen. lol…) But vampires?? Nah… it’s gotta go. Glad you agree!

caroldee
caroldee

Amen you are so right about that..

Judy B
Judy B

Absolutely.!!! ABC underestimated the passion Soap fans have for their stories. I personally cannot wait for the re-launch, esp. of OLTL. After being a loyal viewer since the day OLTL debuted, I was sick when it went off the air. I will be watching!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I will be watching also!

Chris
Chris

I think I can safely say that as soap fans we had hoped that ABC would come to their senses and admit they made a the biggest mistake in broadcast history since Felicity cut her hair. 😉 Or since the WB and UPN merged to create CW.

Why can’t TV people just admit they made a mistake and fix it? Bring soaps back in some form? Why can’t they do what the viewers want? After all it is us viewers that keep them in business. They are supposed to to broadcast “in the public interest”, not their own self interest.

I find myself watching more and more TV on the internet. Moving AMC and OLTL to the net sounds great, and I hope it will be great. Almost anything is better than nothing at all. But soap fans have high expectations. We rarely agreed what we liked when the network was running the show, so we may be disappointed at what a much smaller company can do.

However, like yet another a long lost Buchanan heir, we all should welcome this brave new TV world. And I hope Prospect Park takes full advantage of it (and listens to us fans), but it won’t be long before we are arguing who Blair or Tea or Natalie should be with and who is the “real” Todd.

I’m looking forward to it.

Tali
Tali

I can’t wait for the day, Chris when the problem of the day is “who is with who” and not if they are going to bring a show back!

David
David

Internet may indeed save soaps. But it will always be a downgrade from when they were on TV. When the soaps transitioned from radio to television, it was a move forward. But the transition from television to internet is a move backward. Not everyone has access to internet. And many people who enjoy going to the internet to surf pages do not necessarily enjoy watching TV shows on the internet.

Shows airing on television allow you to watch it in the comfort of your coach or your bed. An internet show can only be watched from a chair (unless you managed to connect your computer through your TV set).

So yes, the internet can save soap operas from going the way of dinosaurs. But it will always be a step backward unlike when they transitioned from radio to TV in the 1950s.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I did some research with my family members who are in the I.T. industry, and just went out and bought a laptop that will make sure I see the best possible clarity, etc., from having to watch online. Also you can use a Wii, or a Playstation to connect to HULU, and then watch from TV. or if you have the proper cables and access, plus the laptop/computer into the TV — ENJOY!

Tali
Tali

Good to know Stephanie!

Brenda
Brenda

Thanks for lettihg me know that Stephanie. We have a Wii but I didn’t know that. I’m sure my son can figure it out for me:))

brian
brian

I disagree that it is a step backwards. Internet viewing allows you to time shift without use of a dvr or pvr. Once the shows are posted, you can watch them as you like. The next big wave in tv isn’t 3d, but rather “smart-tvs” which mean they hook up to the internet and have a built in web browser. Any device you buy today has a HDMI output jack to connect to a hd tv, or it own screen or display to view, so please, how is all this a “step backwards”

Hell, you can even view the program riding the bus on a smartphone !!! Show me one tv that could do that from the past !

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I completely expect there to be some glitches and growing pains. I am comfortable watching, knowing these kinks will be worked out.

I think Carolyn said it perfectly.

Brian
Brian

I will be giving OLTL my full support from Canada.

To Mr. Fairman Please delete this if you need to. But as it stands right now, for Canadians, purchasing the show from itunes it the only “legal way” to get the soaps…. but if you use Firefox as a web browser, they have a plug-in that works like a proxy, so Canadians can access Hulu.com

Cassie Hicks
Cassie Hicks

I get where Y. B. and Ms. Hinsey are coming from, and I know it’s all about not losing hope, where “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” are concerned. However, if their household rating do go up,(eventually, they will) then, those soaps may transition into the cable network, just to prove those naysayers wrong.:)

Cassie Hicks
Cassie Hicks

What I meant to post was, if those soaps’ household RATINGS do go up, and eventually they will, then, they may transition into a cable network, to prove those naysayers wrong.:)

Darlene
Darlene

Yes Yes Yes Will be watching no matter what happens. It will take time to work out all the bugs. Have not turned on ABC since end of AMC. I will also watch OLTL which I didn’t before. Screw The Chew YA.

MiCHELE
MiCHELE

very true.

MiCHELE
MiCHELE

oh heck yes….so happy…show them anywhere and any way and I will watch…

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Yes, I’ll be among those watching AMC and OLTL when they start online! Just the fact that they are being revived in any form is a major victory for all soap fans. They might not be perfect to start with, but they will improve. We just need to practice a little patience! Long live our stories!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Maybe if I was alive in the 50’s I would be complaining about my stories going to that new picture box thing- television, wishing they were still on the radio. I agree the future of broadcasting seems to be heading to the web- where consumers, not networks dictate what we watch and when we want to watch it. But for now I still like to watch my stories on the old boob tube–

Sue
Sue

Absolutely I will be watching ABC underestimated us

g j
g j

“When are they starting” ? Can’t wait !!! I have always always felt they should not have gone to hour long shows.. I felt that may have been the reason for the demise of all those other soaps.. B & B is doing well and they have been 1/2 hour shows since it started.. Y @ R is just a great soap, 1/2 hr. or an hour.. I have missed OLTL and AMC so much, I hope we won’t be disapointed again, by false hopes like last year………………….Thanks for listening : )

Chantel
Chantel

it not going to be on Cable network,,it i have to pay to Watching online i will not play for it i keep Watching GH and B&B Thanks

su0000
su0000

It is so simple..
If your PC has a HDMI jack you simply put one end of the HDMI cord into your PC the other other end of the cord you Plug into your TV HDMI jack.

On your PC go HuLU then to AMC and OLTL and walla!! you will be watching them for FREE on your TV..

HuLu has a pay and FREE, I watch my soaps on HuLU FREE..

Susan M.
Susan M.

I thought watching the soaps on line were free. I thought you just go to Hulu & watch OLTL & AMC for free. On this site I can’t rememeber the story which Michael said you can watch AMC & OLTL for free. I didn’t think you had to go threw what you are talking about. I will be watching them on my computer . Again Michael Freeman said they would be free to view. I am getting mixed messages onn this…

Susan M.
Susan M.

Confusing???

caroldee
caroldee

Glad you can see it free.. hope I can too or I wont be able to watch OLTL and that would be horrible.. love my OLTL

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

What a wonderful article. I am thrilled and excited with the return of our beloved shows. I cannot wait to see all my friends in Llanview again and my new friends in Pine Valley. I’ve always been a OLTL view but plan to watch both shows now. I will do all in my power to support the Internet network because we, the audience, wants ENTERTAINMENT (not information Mr. B. F.).

Scott Paquin
Scott Paquin

I am so proud to be one of those devoted fans that never gave up! We are getting our shows back.

emtk
emtk

I just want OLTL back!!! I miss it a lot and can’t wait to see it!

Gillian
Gillian

I agree to a large extent however there is a caveat for me: I will watch as long as Prospect Park doesn’t hurt the existing ABC soap, GH, that kept Llanview alive for the past year or the actors who have successfully crossed over. I have been a fan of all ABC soaps for 35+ years and had every intention of watching until PP made it so Michael Easton, Roger Haywarth and Kristen Alderson couldn’t report to work at GH. In my opinion, the actors have a right to chose where they want to work as much as PP has the right to the characters. If the actors want to stay with GH as other roles, it is terrible for PP to take away their livelihoods and force them not to work. So many are blaming ABC and trust me, ABC did make a.mistake cancelling these shows to begin with, but Michael, Roger and Kristen’s current plight is all on PP.

George
George

I want no part of it. AMC has been dead for years. They killed it and it should have stayed dead. I have no interest in watching , and I mean no offense when I say this, a bunch of bimbo and macho kids strutting all over the place pretending they have ties to something I watched with my mom in the 70’s. They ruined the only couple I liked and I I have no interest nor will I be watching AMC in any form offered.

su0000
su0000

Goes to show time moves on…
Nobody is the same as they were in the 70’s – in looks and life lol
since the 70’s many have died, moved to different parts of the world, changed careers, married and divorced, brought up children and lived through some hard life changing times, no doubt..
and if they look back to their lives in the 70’s and their lives now, there would 100’s of changes..and the soaps of the 70”s have moved on too.. 🙂
I am excited to see the newer on-line soaps.. I am sure there is change to keep up with the lifestyles of 21st century 🙂 exciting ..

George
George

You. Misinterpreted what I said. I know people died or moved on. I meant that those people and stories made us care , held our attention, and made AMC special..gave it heart. The last 5 years or so, AMC lost that heart. Execs that made certain actors their pets and made it all about them , even when the fans hated those characters, and they forgot that AMC was an ensamble . I want to watch Adam Chandler not Ryan Lavery. I want Erica to grow up and to stop believing she is a 21 year old ingenue and deal with life as she ages along with the rest of us. I don’t want Zendall forced down my throat, 5 days a week for 40 minutes each day. In the 70’s and 80’s AMC cared about the entire show and their fans. That has not been the case for years and PP execs have no clue about this show. They care about the young people only and I would not be surprised to see the FEW vets they hired being phased out over the next year while it becomes all about the new and young. That may be ok for some but it is not for me. I won’t be wasting a moment of my time.the real AMC is dead. They should have let it rest in peace. JMO.

ricardo
ricardo

i cannot wait till one life to live comes back on the internet. i hope that it becomes a hit online. all my children i am worried because they have not signed many veteran actors. please sign michael knight and susan lucci. i know susan lucci is very busy with other projects. i hope the rumour is true that cady mcclain will sign with all my children. sign david canary as adam that will make a huge difference with the show. also please bring back julia barr as brooke english. she is a wonderful actress. if all my children does not sign susan lucci the soap will not last. one life to live signed alot of its core actors. bravo one life to live and good luck on the internet. hopefully it will become a big hit online

Angel
Angel

well i am glad that fans will get their shows back …. but at the cost of GH fans loosing cast/characters that have crossed over. They kept a few characters alive and they have transitioned very well into the GH family and its unfair that we will now loose those Characters because of “rights”…. I do not see how they can really “share” John, Star or Todd. They have their own story lines on GH now. It is not like they can have Star and Michael stay together and have her go back to Llanview….. same with John and Todd really how are they going to go back and forth from Port Charles to Llanview and have storylines and relationships with both sets of characters. I do get that fans of OLTL of course want their show back, but I do think its unfair that GH kept these cast members/characters going for the last year and now can not use them…. They can keep the actors but not the people they play is just unfair. I love having Todd on GH and if we could pick ONE Character to stay it would be Todd… I love him and Carly together.

su0000
su0000

LOL …
Todd will be with Carly on GH and with Blair on OL ..
And Starr will be with Michael on GH and whomever on OL..
John will be with Sam on GH and with Natalie on OL ..

nope not gonna work, not at all lol..

Angel
Angel

Lol exactly … Like I said its great for the fans of OLTL but sucks for us GH fans that have grown to like these characters…. Heck I even like John with Sam… How about we give Blair, Star , John, back and we keep Todd lol we can even throw in crazy Heather Webber your guys way she can get some good story lines started for the show to kick in lol

Heather
Heather

If you can watch the shows anytime online it will be great for people to watch on their lap tops, smart phones or ipads. I used to eat lunch at my desk and watch the soaps ( with headphones ) on abc.com during my lunch break. It’s also good for people who commute on train/bus.

You can also get a TV that streams internet.

Eventually TV and internet will combine in some kind of format. It’s just a matter of time. As it is I watch more free movies & shows on HULU & YOUTUBE than regular TV.

Okiecarol
Okiecarol

I will be watching : )

Maricarol
Maricarol

I am sincerely looking forward to both AMC and OLTL returning but I live in Canada and do not know if Apple Itunes in Canada will allow Prospect Park to on its airwaves….Would love to hear!

mary
mary

I will watch, although,I do not really like watching tv in my computer, I hope they do not make too young and too crazy. I miss OLTL

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I certainly hope the internet will be able to revive the soaps but I honestly feel
that many people that do not have the internet or computer knowledge will be left out.

Brett Bradley-Howarth
Brett Bradley-Howarth

I continue to tolerate B&B in the faint hope that it will improve, OLTL and AMC can’t be any worse!

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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.

Photo: Getty Images

Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

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

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

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

Photo: Hallmark Channel

You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

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

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

Photo: JPI

I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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

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

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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