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UPDATE: Prospect Park looking for partners to still bring AMC & OLTL Online!

Here we go again, soapers!  And let’s hope nobody is yanking on the chain of the soap world again! But, news out today from Variety is that Prospect Park is still looking to bring One Life to Live and All My Children online! The company still retains the licensing rights to the soap operas from ABC through September 2012 for AMC and January 2013 for OLTL.

Here is what Variety reported today: “Prospect Park, the production company that licensed digital rights to the soaps from ABC, has continued to hold meetings with other parties exploring options for keeping them going online, according to sources familiar with discussions.  These talks come just weeks after Prospect Park issued a statement suggesting it was done pursuing plans to revive the soaps. Reps for the company could not be immediately reached for comment. While the discussions were characterized as preliminary, one of the options Prospect Park is said to be considering is bringing in an overseas firm to turn the shows into a co-production. That may or may not allow the shows to circumvent the unions, which couldn’t come to terms with Prospect Park on compensation for talent on both sides of the camera.

Even though Prospect Park signaled they were no longer pursuing the soaps, they still retain the digital rights that ABC licensed to them that last for a full year after those shows end on ABC. That gives the firm the ability to exercise those rights up until September 2012 for “AMC” and January 2013 for “OTL.”

In addition, Prospect Park could also still be sitting on the financing collected to fund production. It’s also notable that the company characterized its abandonment of plans as a “suspension” of their efforts in the announcement, as opposed to a final withdrawal. Sources confirmed that Prospect Park principals Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank are still intent on bringing the shows to the Internet, where they would serve as the anchors for a broader online-network play.”

So what do you think? Was Prospect Park’s last minute “suspension” of OLTL, just that? Is the company trying to now “save face”, or, are they truly looking to salvage the property and see if they can strike a deal with another party to not lose the opportunity they have with the licensing rights and to bring these soaps back via their online platform? Let us know your thoughts!

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Jan
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Jan

Okay…thanks for sharing.

rose
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rose

I think it would be great.but they let us down once already and we r mourning our soaps to some stupid shows the revolution n the chew .I hope they do and would love to see it happen so here’s to hoping.we need our soaps

Jan
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Jan

I cant say I’m holding my breath, its just nice Micheal shared.
I dont know how to really look at it just that I’m tired of feeling betrayed.

Carol
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Carol

Anyone want a bridge in Brooklyn? Got one for sale. Think that offer is about as legit as this news. Bring in overseas money to circumvent the unions? Right – and how many of the actors on the show would be interested in working in a non-union production? And if it takes long to get off the ground, how many would still be around? Who would write? Produce? Think if this would ever see the light of day, you’d end up with a show calling itself One Life to Live, but bearing little to no resemblance to the original.

jp
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jp

Totally agree. I am sure the actors who signed on to do OLTL online will move on. PP can not expect people to put their lives on hold. Besides Frank V. and Ron C. have moved onto GH. They are part of the reason why OLTL is as good as it is right now. They know the history and legacy of OLTL. If PP knew they didn’t have the finiancial backing at the time, they should have modified the format. For ex., air three days a week as a opposed to five and cut it down to 30 minutes. At… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

brooklyn bridge, no…too heavy and brooklyns an ugly name.

Heather
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Heather

Not gonna happen

lillysmoonfire
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lillysmoonfire

Ill believe it when i see it. Not getting my hopes up till i see the proof.

Jared
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Jared

Yeah, whatever.

Brian
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Brian

Yes… more hope, but hard to imagine with Frank and Ron moving on to GH.

But i will say this… if OLTL version 2 ever gets going, I will tune in !

Gloria
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Gloria

I will too.

Gabi
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Gabi

I will watch the minute it hits the “airwaves” whether online OR if they were smart and other “cable networks were smart” they’d move these shows to daytime on USA, TNT, BRAVO, TBS, LIFETIME, HALLMARK etc etc… These networks have nothing to pull in an audience during daytime slots. Just old shows from a long time ago. These channels have GREAT “original programming late evenings”, but they could corner the market on daytime if they just realized how many fans and “potential buyers for their advertisers” are out there just waiting for someone to “grow a couple” and take that… Read more »

Vikki
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Vikki

No i think they are trying to save face, don’t believe anything they are saying.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t know what to believe either???????????? It’s so confusing….. They are yanking our chain………… I would like a simple yes or no!!! Not maybe if this or that happens……Prospect Park has let us down !!!! Now it’s maybe if this or that happens!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!! Getting our hopes up again… It’s like a rollercoaster ride!!!!!!!!!!!! Either PP going to do it or not!!! Here we go again…………… They can’t seem to make a solid deceision for OLTL & AMC…..Holding the rights for OLTL till Jan. 2013!!!!!!!! Come on!!!!!!!!!!! And AMC Sept. 2012!!!! Get off their butts and make a constructive… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

I would only be interested in watching OLTL online, if Frank and Ron were at the helm….and being that they have signed onto join GH, who would write and produce the show? Also, like said before….if this new venture takes too long to come to fruition, how many of the cast members would still be available or would even want to participate in an online version? Being that they all probably now have a bitter taste in their mouths with this whole Prospect Park situation, it is highly unlikely that PP would be able to woo any of the talent… Read more »

Jon Jensen
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Jon Jensen

whatever

Jules
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Jules

Backstreet Boys said it best:

“QUIT PLAYING GAMES WITH MY HEART”

LOL.

Seriously, enough with the back and forth. I mean, yay for a sliver of hope. But stop toying with soap fans. It’s literally the equivalent of pouring salt in a wound.

Sharon
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Sharon

I totally agree!! Does PP have “any” plans now?? We are tired of “unanswered prayers!!”

Sharon
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Sharon

We want our soaps!!! ABC kicked us in the teeth this year—–they have replaced AMC with a STUPID show that no one is interested in…..Next, going to replace OLTL with another STUPID show. ABC is going DOWN……

Sharon
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Sharon

ABC HATES us soap fans!!! We HATE ABC too!!! Of course, Disney owns ABC… so we need to fight back!!! I’ve already been boycotting ABC/Disney…..anyone want to join??

david
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david

It isn’t about hating. It’s about loving money and not caring about collateral damage, which is generally the case for most corporations. But it makes me angry too, and I won’t be patronizing ABC/Disney products.

Angela
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Angela

I’d be more than happy to join you in boycotting those greedy & heartless bum’s.I am praying that we will get our soap’s back online or tv.I’ve already blocked ABC off our tv because they make me sick with there garbage.But I will not believe it till I see it happen either.Please do not let us all down again.Or I know I’ll start raising hell with Prospect park next.And hopefully most of the actor’s we’re all use to will be back on as well.If it doesn’t happen then please let someone who can have it so they can get them… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

I DON NOT watch ABC…..I dont care whats on that channel.

Sharon
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Sharon

Wish that I knew their sponsors (but not going to watch their STUPID shows to find out) so that we can BOYCOTT them too!!!!

Boycotting the sponsors would BLOW ABC out of the water!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy
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Kathy

I’d be truly shocked if this ever came to fruition!

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I don’t believe anyone anymore! They are all liars! Boycott everything ABC/ Disney & Prospect Park!

Gabi
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Gabi

BOYCOTT ABC and their advertiser. Mail, email, call etc the companies that advertise on ABC and tell them NO MORE MONEY coming your way, from millions of soap fans, as long as you advertise on ABC. Money talks … that’s the bottom line. Watch just a couple of shows, make note of who advertises and then write, call, email whatever works to say “NO MORE MONEY” from loyal fans of OLTL, AMC as long as they pay a fortune to ABC/DISNEY for advertising spots. Tell them to use Cable networks or other networks you DO still watch for their programming.… Read more »

Robbie
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Robbie

I’d watch one life to live anyway given to me! However, I’m not expecting ANYTHING unless an offical announcment says so.

ethel
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ethel

i’ll believe it when i watch amc & oltl online……………smh

david
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david

This isn’t about saving face, salvaging anything, or not losing the “opportunity” with the rights. It’s about money and a return on their investment. PP may simply be looking to sell the rights to gullible investors to unload what they cannot produce and make a profit.

Deb
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Deb

PP is trying to save face by feeding bull*** to the media.
This news breaks as the storyline on OLTL is about everyone’s favorite soap going off air.
OLTL at the time thought they were going on line. So they are advertising for something that didn’t happen. PP has EGG on their face and they are trying to ‘save face’ right now. Nothing more. IMO

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

I HEARD A RECAST OF SHAWN BRADY MIGHT BE COMING BACK TO DAYS OF OUR LIVES ANYONE HEARD AND

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Ha! They could pull it off. The internet is global. OLTL being outsourced, huh? Viki in a burka? Clint riding in a rickshaw? John McBain chasing criminals in a gondola? Tsunami hits Llandview as the reason for the new sets. David Vickers wrestles Polar Bears (I only hope….). Paris Diner becomes a sushi palace and everyone sits on the floor?

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Robert in JerseyCity.

I’m in Jersey City. What area are you in?

U have a good imagination Robert. You ever think about being a writer?

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Small world. Downtown, by Grove St.

barbara t
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barbara t

this is interesting,did you 2 ever meet?looks like you flew the coup again.not much soap news ,getting nervous about all the oldies showing up in port charles ,today at walmart I walked over to the bargain bin for books ,and right there in the middle of a mountain of paperbacks ,ONE LIFE TO LIVE 40th anniversary trivia book ,couldnt believe it ,so I grabbed it ,have some interesting pages to go through,only sad thing about it ,in the corner there is a circle saying WATCH ONE LIFE TO LIVE ON ABC AND SOAPNET,anyway its a treasure for me ,very happy… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Was this annoucnement issued by the company president, a young man from the fantasy realm known only as The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

I mean, sure, it could happen, but I would imagine we would see a shell of what AMC and OLTL were. Forgive me during this holiday season, but I have little faith in the enterprise.

Susan
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Susan

I’ll believe it when I see it for real in living technicolor, so to speak. Until then, I remain very skeptical, given what has taken place so far. I wish PP good luck in their attempt to make this happen, because I think they are going to need mega good fortune to pull this off.

Deb
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Deb

Genious with the writing and the description of how people feel about their soap. (OLTL) Curious how it ends. I am only going to ‘imagine’ that it ends with someone leasing or buying the rights to the show, and it going on line. When OLTL closed down, that is what the intent was going to be. Until the rug got pulled not only under us, but under the actors we have come to love on this show. PP backed out because they couldn’t reach an agreement with the union. It wasn’t that the union wasn’t trying. They were. Now we… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

yeah the actors, i’ve met most of them…nice caring happy people on good day of course

Jan
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Jan

This IS off Subject but it Is the Night We Lost JOHN LENNON.
Beatles are my favorite BAND and I think he deserves to be remembered TONIGHT.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Way of subject. May the dead rest in peace, and may the living (soap actors) because they are amoungst the living and have enriched our lives for over 40 years and still counting, hopefuilly.

Jan
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Jan

Wow…Way off subject, nice.
John was 40 when some sicko took his life.
Oh my god soap opera actors enriched our lives.
I think the Beatles enriched out loves more.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Soap fans do not take this the wrong way but let it go I don’t know why they are toying with us. But if you beleive a word of this I have some swamp land that I will sell you for a dollar. When I heard Robin Strasser was moving to LA I knew it was all smoke & mirrors, she is a very good businesswoman.

boes
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boes

I find it funny that no-one could get a word out of PP for months before they blindsided everyone with their “suspension” of OLTL and AMC, but now, in a matter of only twe weeks, we’re hearing that they’re trying to find other investors. It sounds like a lot of hot air designed to lessen people’s anger than anything else. Perhaps they hope that if we think they’re trying, we’ll stay positive about PP. I don’t buy it. If they couldn’t even contact the actors after their initial discussions, and if they abandoned talks with the unions a MONTH before… Read more »

Indigo Starr
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Indigo Starr

i don’t think they don’t have any intention of continuing the shows. Otherwise the actors would have been notified personally that had signed on rather than via the media. I they they just want to put out there that they have the shows still so the pressure doesn’t to go ABC and Disney.

Judy
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Judy

The sad part about this is not having the network ending we soap fans deserve. PP comes along and tells the writers to include cliffhangers anticipating picking up online. Now our favorite storylines will not have any resolve. With the exception of perhaps Rex/Gigi, since these actors have moved to the west coast. Very sad we will have no closure. Let’s hope OLTL doesn’t end in the same fashion as AMC. We will probably never know who got shot in those final moments.

Jim H
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Jim H

I hope it is true One Life is on fire.I really enjoy it especially the “Fraternity Row’ references and the Gigi?Rex storyline. I hope it will be saved somehow

Tonja Walker
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Tonja Walker

Hi Michael, On my radio show, Straight Talk Live, ( which is now on Blogtalkradio.com/tonjawalker ) I put out the question,”Would you pay a small fee of 5-10 dollars a month to see OLTL and AMC?” The result was extremely positive. So I started a group on my pages of facebook that 1500 people have joined in one week. Now we need many more, but this is one way to get the money problem solved for any company that wants to work with PP to get these shows on. There are shifts in timing that can help, in shooting that… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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Tonja: Read below what I wrote: Hey everyone. I just found this site. Glad to have found another voice. Anyway, I saw today that Tanya Walker OLTL Alex, has a petition going on Facebook for ABC to sell the rights of the show to NBC. Obviously there is some interest from ABC. If Prospect Park can’t make it happen and another network has Expressed some interest, which has the money for the talent,on air and off, then HEY, console the fans and save our soaps. So, follow up with Tanya Walker’s petition: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-ABC-Until-They-Keep-AMC-and-OLTL-On-the-Air/160248714009693 then….start writting NBC, because hey, if they… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

this is interesting ,,what tonja is talking about ,Ive added my name there a few months ago,how did I miss this page?maybe before I started posting here I use to just read the posts,I found michaels sight through another sight,my point ,how can nbc take the soaps if abc wont let agnes nixon have her rights back ,I belong to that group to.I would love to see something done before its to late.you and jan were arguing over the beatles .now thats funny ,may john and george rest in peace.but Im with you about the soaps ,so many people are… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

So on Monday December 12 th 2011 we are basically nearing the last ever episode of oltl….January comes and goes so fast.
Before you know it the New Year comes in and we have to to say good bye…soon after.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Your comment to me was: (Wow…Way off subject, nice. John was 40 when some sicko took his life. Oh my god soap opera actors enriched our lives. I think the Beatles enriched out loves more.) Um….. the Beatles added to our Pop Culture…, rather we listened to their music or not. But these soaps have been going on and on and on, have been around consistantly for the sick , shut in, disable, colllege student, at home mom, the poor, the elder. They provide an EVERYDAY escape for some of the above mentioned people to live vicariously through their favorite… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Robert from Jersey City: This is your fellow Jersey Citynite. How do you like the handling of Jack on OLTL? Do you think Jack should of went down with Gigi having been found?

KEITH
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KEITH

THERE ARE SO MANY STONES STILL LEFT UN TURN ED . FINDING THE FUNDS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WE OFFERD TO PAY A FEE TO CONTINUE TO WATCH OUR SOAPS HELL WE PAY FOR CABLE ONLY TO FLIP THROUGH CHANNELS AND COMPLAIN THERE IS NOTHING WORTH WATCHING. ALSO WHY NOT HAVE ONE OF THESE HI TECH PLACES LIKE RCA SONY OR SOMEONE TO CREATE A DEVICE TO HOOK UP TO OUR TELIVISIONS JUST FOR INTERNET TV. COME ON NOW PROSPECT YOUR JUST LOOKING IN WRONG PLACES THINK OF THEM AS BEIING YOUR SPONSOR THERE SALES GO UP AND YOUR SIGHT… Read more »

Marcia White
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Marcia White

I believe Prospect Park is sitting on a potential goldmine and that they are really still trying to make it happen. Erica Slezak reportedly got a call from them a few weeks ago and was told by Prospect that they were still trying to put something together. Shows like OLTL and AMC were on for decades. That says so much about fan loyalty. That says so much about the quality of the shows, which is sorely lacking from ABC’s nightime shows and what, as of 1/14/12, it broadcasts during the day. If Prospect Park can get the cooperative and support… Read more »

Shauna
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Shauna

I would love to see All My Children back on tv or if not on tv on the internet, but personally I do not want to go through that experience. Where we have hope that there’s a small chance to have it back and we get back to AMC then another 10 months or so we go through the cancellation of the show and going through all those emotions. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for the soaps coming back, but not to go through the elimination process. Will the same characters be there, we already know Jesse and Angie… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

I’ve been saying for quite a while that they should combine the two shows into one – at least that would keep most fans interested. When I first said they should call it “All My Children Only have One life to Live” to my friends of course I was partially joking, but there’s no reason they can’t combine the characters and call the show “LANDVIEW”. The characters from the town of Pine Valley have often visited Landview in PA so why can’t the two sets of characters intertwine? I honestly think it could work – and I think it would… Read more »

laura weary
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laura weary

hey for all you true soap fans i know that your hearts are heavy so let see what we can do to get our favorite soaps back on the air i need my soaps back on the air

Johnny
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Johnny

Well, for what it’s worth, several of the AMC cast members HAVE already signed on including Debbie Morgan and others – I somehow doubt that they will get Susan Lucci back as Erica Kane, then again who knows? I still think they should give this project a shot ~ if some of the actors don’t wish to reprise their roles, then don’t – I mean, there are plenty of actors dying for a chance – and anyone who is familiar with the way soaps work are used to roles being recast — and new characters entering the picture. I guess… Read more »

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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.

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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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