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VARIOUS REPORTS: Prospect Park puts All My Children on Hold for Now!

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Various reports surfaced throughout the day from different online or print outlets that have revealed that for now Prospect Park is putting its plans to move All My Children online in January on hold and going to concentrate on One Life to Live. But is it for good?

Soaps In Depth is reporting that, “Prospect Park  has decided that they only need one soap opera for their new Internet channel, The Online Network. And since TOLN had gotten further along in the process with their plans for OLTL, word is that they are not moving forward with the AMC reboot. ”

Variety had a slightly different take on the news: “Prospect Park’s planned 2012 online revival of All My Children following its September exit from ABC is expected to be delayed by at least a few months. Sources familiar with Prospect Park, which had announced July 7 that it would bring both “Children” and One Life to Live back to life early next year as Internet series, believe they are leaning toward staggering the reboot of the two soaps, with “One Life” returning ahead of its counterpart.

Soap Opera Digest in the latest issue on newstands now stated, “Prospect Park had indeed put its plans for the Internet incarnation of AMC on hold.”  One source told them, “Basically, its postponed until they can get a deal in place with Susan Lucci.  They don’t want to launch the show without her.”  Digest had also heard that a possible deal with PP and another high-profile actor has fallen apart at the 11th hour over salary demands.  However, all is not lost , SOD says Prospect Park is still looking for a producer and head writer for AMC.”

So soapers, as we have stated before, One Life to Live has its creative team firmly in place and a list of actors confirmed to start while AMC for the last few months has been problematic due to failure to get commitments from major stars of the series, the inability to lock down a fluid creative team, and a cast that has gone through the ringer over the past few years who may feel uneasy about the new venture.  So let us know your thoughts on what should be done with AMC at this point?

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leah
leah

every day i get a little more scared that prospect part was something abcd created to shut us up… I dont want to get paranoid… so i guess this is all a wait and see kind of thing.

Lynn
Lynn

I’m think the same thing Leah..

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I agree! I hope they don’t say the whole thing fell through at the end! It was all a trick! They already did it with AMC! Is OLTL next?

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

I rather figured this would be the outcome. They say no news is good news, but not in this case. Prospect Park has been way to quiet for a very long time. While you hear of OLTL cast signing to go on the web, we heard nothing on AMC. They say because PP could not get enough of the cast to rejoin. Maybe the cast was NOT approached??? OR maybe PP is waiting for GH to leave, so they could jump in and buy for themselves. True or another rumor? Prospect Park can not be trusted. I felt that from the beginning!!!

leah
leah

i read some where that only two persons from amc signed… i have a feeling all they really wanted was oltl.. because frons had destroyed AMC-the same way he is killing GH. No one will want any of it in the end… The only reason he didnt cancel GH the same time he cancelled the other two was because the fan base power of GH would of shut him down and he would of lost his job. The man is evil but he knows his strategy.. Now where the heck is la lucci? she should of signed for at least one year with pp…

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

2 people from AMC signed on (I heard Darnell Williams also did, but now all I see is two). No one else was ever approached. Have been in contact with some and no one else was approached. Yes, probably wanted OLTL only. So why all the hype for both? So not fair to get AMC fans hopes so high, then slam them into a brick wall YET AGAIN! I do hope in the future, AMC comes back into the picture, but not getting a good feeling about all this.

leah
leah

lets hope for the best… fingers crossed… i guess amc people just dont want to move back east.. it will get better… maybe some of those amc people can join oltl.

aria
aria

I have the perfect solution for pp, and they can pay me later! ok, so here it goes, its really quite simple, cost effective and would really put the reboot into reboot, why not merge both shows together? They were after all created by agnes nixon, and take place in pensyvania. They solve the ploblem of trying t o cast both shows if they could get a good mix of actors from both shows merging for this “new reboot” lets be real, the chances of gettin everybody from both shows is unlikely, both shows will have to explain where have the people went or recast alot of roles, so why not simply have the shows fast foward into the future with a mix cast from both shows? amc already has to explain what happen to angie? and jr, and possibly erica, and their list goes on an on, on the other hand, oltl has more people signed up, yet they will still face the same problem,i’m sure not everybody will sign up, so that will leave a lot of stories up in the air unless the shows fastfoward a year or two or more, it will be interesting to see how they restart again that for sure. so there, i offered a idea, i expect to be paid a fee for that, and if pp needs more, feel free to contact me.

mandy ritchie
mandy ritchie

i thought AMC & OLTL are golng on cable tv network next year the team needs the soaps on tv aswell as online please and thank you

lady love
lady love

no no no i want my amc by them self i am not a fan

ethel
ethel

prospect park needs to make a formal statement on their plans – i am really tired of the confusion & information coming from different sources such as soaps in depth, etc.

Diane Leland
Diane Leland

I was worried about this happening. Maybe if some of the top stars could “sign up” for a short time committment, then see how it goes..?? I get that stars like Susan Lucci may be a little hesitant to jump in and sign a permanent, long term contract, but something short term that would help the show get going in its’ new home seems safe. I am saddened at the thought of never watching my show again, but I can’t say I’m completly surprised. I said from the beginning…” I’ll believe it when I see it”.
So disappointing…….

lady love
lady love

had the big stars sign on amc would be rolling by now i am mad

Rhashauna
Rhashauna

I am a person of patience. Really hoping that everything goes smoothly for All My Children. I don’t like how the show ended, I don’t like it how we not OLTL are getting te back burner and the short end of the stick. Thaat is just wrong on so many levls. I had a feeling that somethinh like this might happen. We should have been on until November and OLTL taken off in September. Don’t care about the actors and their families and they don’t care about the fans. I’m hoping & praying that somebody picks up AMC better than Prospect Park. I feel my heartbreaking all over!!! I am hoping that this is just a rumor and nothing more, because I would hate to loose All My Children all over again..

lady love
lady love

if amc was still on abc those same stars would be on now every thing is about family amc big stars don care about the fans

mike
mike

It all makes sense. All My Children & Susan Lucci are the same brand , you can see how they would be skitish about going on without her. One Life has it all together thanks to a strong producer and writer, plus higher ratings. If they now get Howarth and Strasser it all comes together.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Disappointing to say the least. I hate the loss of so many daytime dramas as they are a favorite genre of mine. I very much am a fan of ALL MY CHILDREN and had such hopes the Propsect Park reboot would breathe new creative life into my Pine Valley world. As long as I may “tune in tomorrow,” I will hold onto that hope. Good news for ONE LIFE TO LIVE and I will be watching. We must support and represent!

Robynne
Robynne

It’s very possible that the actors are hesitant to sign without knowing the creative team that will be writing & directing the. I am hoping it truly is just a money issue and that once OLTL is off the ground successfully online(I will definitely watch) that they can focus on bringing AMC back. NOT GIVING UP YET!!!

D
D

AMC is never coming back and half of the actors of OLTL are declining the new venture.

At this point, I think that Prospect Park would be better off to merge the staffs of AMC and OLTL and create a brand new serial instead of giving fans bastardized versions of their ABC soaps.

Torrey
Torrey

I personally don’t blame PP for putting AMC on hold for now…..it’s been problematic for quite some time, and until the actors can shake their concerns and dive in head first, it’s not going to happen. You hear actors say all the time, “It will be exciting to not know what the future holds and get out there and see what happens.” Well in my opinion, this PP deal is something new and unexpected, so I question why more of them aren’t interested. I understand that ABC screwed them over left and right, but this is a new company who is actually showing interest in them, plus I believe there would be more opportunities for the actors to get out and try other projects alongside the PP deal……but what it all boils down to is fear of the unknown. This could be a groundbreaking experience that could put AMC ahead of the game….it’s too bad the cast is not looking at it that way. Cause I hate to say it, but if you look at the way networks are cutting back and the way they are approaching the soap genre, it’s only a matter of time before they are all gone… At least with PP, we could still get our AMC & OLTL…..think about it people.

lady love
lady love

well said hope the amc cast r seeing this

avellina
avellina

Very distressing news. I hope they will indeed pull AMC together, even if it is late.They need both soaps to be viable. I love All My Children above all other shows on t.v., day or night!
I don’t know what the hold up is, but I suspect someone is blaming Susan Lucci unfairly. I believe in her allegiance to Agnes Nixon.

Blake
Blake

If the AMC actors are not signing on it’s no wonder the show isn’t happening right now. But people need to calm down, maybe the network needs to focus on one show at a time. OLTL has it’s ducks lined up, a bunch of the actors have signed on, head writer and execuitve producer also.
Maybe once the AMC actors see what happens with OLTL on PP they will make their decision after that.

Robert
Robert

I bet they’re leaving room in CA for GH. Why have two in CA? OLTL in NYC and GH in L.A.

Sorry about AMC, but it was DOA. Put Cameron on GH and you’ve got a great show.

Common sense
Common sense

I just got laugh whenever I read negative comments towards Lucci or any other actor that says no to Prospect Park. Look, it’s their life and they have every rights of not wanting to be part of this new venture that is completely unknown to them with little guarantee of success. I also think it’s very ingrate for fans to criticize the actors that choose to not go on with the online version.

Remember these actors aren’t just soap characters. They are people like you and I with a life and a family.

lady love
lady love

what ever

Torrey
Torrey

I agree with your sentiments Lady Love…..if that’s the case, then the actors can’t complain about the cancellation of the show, when they have an opportunity to continue on with PP. Like I said before, we all know that ABC screwed them over and they have a bitter taste in their mouths, but at least there was a bright light at the end of the tunnel, unlike for shows such as Guiding Light or As The World Turns. This soap opera on the internet is not such a far stretch….look at the success that The Bay is having….and with OLTL & AMC, at least they have a big company like PP standing along with them to keep these shows going. Times are tough nowadays, so we will see how long they hold off. Remember, there have been tons of soap actors, over the years, that have left their shows and tried to make something big happen somewhere else, only to come crawling back to the soaps in the end. I think a lot of them are trying to hold out for sweeps in the Spring….in hopes that they land a pilot. PP just needs to turn their attention to OLTL, and keep it the success that it is….

lady love
lady love

i think the show should go on i will like to see minx take charge forget about the big stars give the small stars a chance and see how it goes

Trudy Shattls
Trudy Shattls

I heard over the past 24 hrs that Prospect Park is no longer interested in All My Children because of Susan Lucci not signing on. If this is the case, AMC can continue without Susan. All My Children is not all about Erica Kane. There are many, many more cast members that would sign on. AMC can and will go on without Erica. Not everyone has an undying love for Erica. AMC would not fall apart if she were not in the case. So if Susan Lucci does not want to be in the cast, there is no loss. Take a poll and find out. Thank you for your time. 🙂

jp
jp

When pp was able to get erika sleazak and not not susan lucci for amc, that sealed the deal that pp would focus on oltl. As a fan oltl,im thrilled about this new venture. I hope amc fans can get their wish true. It may take some time.

Helga
Helga

Well, I think Prospect Park should still continue with their plans for AMC. There’s such a talented cast of actors and so many great stories yet to tell for all the characters. Let’s all be patient and hopefully PP will get their ducks in a row. Would also be nice to see whether both shows could return to cable television. Heard that Bravo was being mentioned, which would definitely put an interesting spin on things. If PP is looking for a creative time, i.e. writers well how about opening up to some of the fans, you never what other talent lies out there!!!

Paul
Paul

Stop putting this on the actors. Many of them, several of whom were very vocal about their eagerness to continue the show online, were never once contacted by PP and have had no idea what’s been going on all these months. You can’t blame them for not signing contracts that were never offered to them. If no one is left to do AMC by the time they actually attempt to launch it, that’s on Prospect Park, no one else.

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

Sorry, in my reply to Leah, I said I was in contact with some of the cast. Didn’t mean directly in contact. Simply read on FB from their posts that they were never approached to sign on.

lori golon-thorne
lori golon-thorne

Please please give us back all my children. I have wautched since 1979. I have aged and lived with the characters. Please. Lori Golon-Thorne

Lori Breslow
Lori Breslow

What I’m wondering, and I know a LOT of other Soapers are wondering the same thing – WHEN IS PROSPECT PARK GOING TO GIVE US ANY INFORMATION????

Diane Collins
Diane Collins

Please don’t cancel this soap over Susan Lucci. I love the show and have watched it for almost 40 years. If she cannot be on the soap , then work something out without her. It is a good soap to not show it because of her. I like Susan, she is a good actress. I just want to see my soap with or without her.

barbara t
barbara t

its not going to happen ,abc and propect parks murder of all my children and one life to live is done.hopefully general hospital survives .

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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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All My Children Weeklong Virtual Reunions Kick-Off With Ripa, Consuelos, LaRue and Penny

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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