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Would ABC be willing to entertain offers for AMC & OLTL from other outlets?

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In a revealing piece from TV Guide, regarding the One Life to Live replacement makeover show, The Revolution, Reality Producer, J.D. Roth, (who is spearheading the new series), said he was completely shocked that it was his concept/show that would come into being at the expense of two beloved soap operas!

Plus the item discusses if ABC would be willing to field offers from other outlets cable or network for both canceled soaps.  Here are some excerpts!

First, Roth stated,  “No one talked about replacing anything. It’s bittersweet for me. On the one hand, we’re bringing a new genre to daytime. But on the other hand, I grew up watching my mom watching these soap operas. I want to be respectful of it.”

ABC on if AMC and OLTL could be moved to new outlet: “Meanwhile, there may be a glimmer of hope for All My Children and One Life to Live fans: Insiders at the network say ABC would be willing to entertain offers from other outlets — either cable or online — that might be interested in picking up the shows or even taking over ownership.  But before you get your hopes up, ABC (which didn’t shop the shows before making the announcement) doesn’t think they’ll get any interest. And indeed, when TV Guide Magazine asked several cable networks whether they’d be interested, reps for those channels — including Oprah Winfrey Network and Hallmark Channel — said no.”

So looks like OWN may not be the place for the soaps, either!

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  1. Vicki

    April 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Roth better be prepared for lousy ratings when his “Revolution” show starts. NO ONE will be watching!

    • Tricia

      April 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

      When NBC decided to give Jay Leno every day at 10pm I immediately knew it was a BIG mistake – just like this one. Brian Frons should be FIRED. THE ABC WEBSITE that features their announcement can only handle 40 pages of posts and I checked – the 40 pages (2000 posts) are only from approx 1 HOUR – in the past two days since the announcement there have been from my mathematical calculations 96,000 posts in a 48 hour period that are gone. That’s because their website is not able to keep all the posts because of the rapid rate at which people are posting. In my best guess this means they can’t handle the approximately ONE MILLION posts they will have received in ONE WEEK!!!! does that tell u something ABC? http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/keep-oltl-amc-on-air/ Go to this page and join. http://apps.facebook.com/abcboycott/ it is not a toll free number but you can call 1-818-460-7477 and leave a voicemail in regards to the soaps being canceled lets flood the phone lines!!!!!come one lets save our soaps pass on the number to everyone SEND BARS OF SOAP TO BRIAN FRONS PRESIDENT OF ABC ABC INC 500 BUENA VISTA ST BURBANK CA 91521-4551 ALL PETITIONS ARE GREAT ALSO OF COURSE AND HAND WRITTEN LETTERS BUT BARS AND BARS AND BARS OF SOAP WILL DEFINITELY MAKE A POINT I WILL BEING MAILING BARS OF SOAP EVERY DAY IT WORKED FOR TV SHOW JERICHO WITH NUTS AND THEY HAD NO FAN BASE LIKE US A BAR OF SOAP FOR A SOAP OPERA LOL THIS HAS TO WORK PLEASE EVERYONE SPREAD THE WORD SEND BARS OF SOAP TO BRIAN FRONS THANK YOU

  2. Skyla

    April 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah well I’m not sorry to say this is one revolution I won’t be taking part in. I’ve had enough of these reality programs, they are practically interchagable at this point and you can bet I won’t be watching this or “The Chew” when they replace my beloved soaps. If ABC will remember NBC tried something similar when they took off Passions for 4 hours of The Today Show ad people who watched the first 2 hours continued to do so and then tuned out for the other two till they ended up going back to their morning show’s regular hours, only by that chance Passions was already gone. Just like the excess 2 hours of The Today Show that was trimmed, “The Revolution” and “The Chew” will be trimmed as well because there’s no way daytime viewers are going to be watching cheap crap in lieu of the beloved soaps we’ve watched for years.

  3. leah

    April 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    own said no. does oprah not realize that housewives /soap fans start with amc and watch thru gh then watch oprah next… she owes these shows because she followed the masters its really sad.

    • Cheryl

      April 17, 2011 at 6:10 am

      That is so true! People who were loyal soap fans just kept the tv on and there she was. Also I wonder if she realizes that the boycott of all ABC shows by AMC and OLTL fans includes her final season shows because she is on ABC, at least in Philadelphia she is…

  4. dominicsmythe

    April 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Michael, have you ever interviewed Claire Labine? Any chance of getting her back to GH, even as a consultant? As I see it, she is the last hope of ABC’s Last Remaining Soap…

  5. brian cinelli

    April 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    i feel like half of me will be gone without one life to live. i am 35 yr. old male and i have been watching oltlsince i was 12yrs old with my mom. i record it every day and watch at night. this show is unique and i feel like i am losing part of my family. i will never watch any shows on abc ever again, i will not let my son watch shows on abc anymore either. you lost a viewer for life and i hope many more follow in mt fashion

  6. Em

    April 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I hope ABC fails completely with there new line up…There is enough reality TV and one to many food and health shows. I guess the only health about it that may work out for some people is getting them out of the house during soap hours once AMC and OLTL are no longer on.

  7. jeffrey moree

    April 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    THis is very sad like losing a family member.. I wouldn’t spit on The Chew and bleep the revolution i will be tuning out abc altogether

  8. Sherry Grant

    April 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    A big sucks!! I do not need anymore talk shows. From a woman who is a house wife. I love a little drama during the day! It is fun and i look foward to it every day. You are making a big mistake. I will just change the channel. A big hands down to you! I love oltl.

  9. Lucy

    April 16, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I wonder would GH entertain the ideal of some actors coming to the show..

    My List:

    Mr Easton
    Mr.Goldin

    Far as the cancellation iof OLTL and AMC, they didn’t pull in great #’s, Y&R crushed AMC in the ratings….But who knows maybe this is a publicity stunt to get people to watch both of the shows…

    But I wouldn’t mind Michael Easton coming to GH as a Cassadine, or someone who falls in love with a Cassadine..LOL

    But i still want my Jasam baby, Twins like Cain and Lily

  10. Kristin

    April 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I hope that a network does pick them up! I know I’ll watch. As for the callous comment about how OLTL & AMC did pull in great numbers…. Umm…. OK well I guess OLTL beating GH for the #3 spot last week was all in our imaginations. And I suppose the fact that OLTL pulls equal ratings numbers as GH for some time now is all made up too. Yeah…. sorry but OLTL helped keep GH on air & helped them to be able to do their big stunts over the years by the fact that they ALWAYS came in under budget. So excuse me but I’m tired of hearing all this smack talk about OLTL cause it’s not true! And GH needs to get their collective house in order cause if this network can hang SUSAN LUCCI (the face of ABC daytime) out to dry on every talk show, while she’s promoting her book, then the writing is on the wall. The mob & bad storytelling, isn’t going to cut it anymore. And I know that I will not be watching any of these new shows that replace AMC or OLTL. I’m disgusted by the shadiness & the lies the network told not only to us fans, but to both of the soaps. It’s a sad day when people are treated as collateral damage. Enough with reality TV & talk shows, give me a good scripted drama any day of the week.

  11. Sad Soap Lover

    April 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I am done with ABC, soap viewers are loyal and I believe ABC will regret dismissing us daytime viewers. ABC can have their cheap reality/talk shows because I will no longer be watching that network after the last episode of OLTL airs.

  12. Sad Soap Lover

    April 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    If everyone starts sending letters, emails and campaigning for AMC and OLTL maybe Oprah’s OWN channel or another channel will change their mind and pick them up. Isn’t Oprah a big fan of AMC?

    • cameron davila

      April 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      yes SAD SOAP LOVER she has had susan on her show countless times. she is about helping ppl and this idea would make a lot of ppl grateful if she wojld do this

  13. cameron davila

    April 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    i hope that the chew and the revaluate get chewed up by ratings for taking these two wonderful creations off the air the very thought of more talk shows makes me nauseated. ABC YOU BROKE OUR HEARTS SHAME ON YOU_

  14. PAUL WILLIAMS

    April 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    What about ABC’s sister cable channel, SoapNet???? I’m very surprised that NO ONE has mentioned the possiblity of these 2 shows contuinuing there, especially since they also show the same day episodes of all 3 ABC soaps!!!! I think that they would be the logical choice to keep them on! But if that’s not possible, what would happen to the channel itself?

    • Katelesley

      April 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

      It is my understanding that SoapNEt has been canceled also. Disney Kids show will be replacing it! Mores the pity!

      • kathy lummus

        April 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

        SHAME ON YOU MICKEY MOUSE!!!! YOU A ARE A BAD RAT!!

      • Rose Marie

        April 21, 2011 at 10:52 pm

        That’s correct Katelesley! Just sit your kids down in front of the TV for a babysitter, so American kids can become obese! I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THE DAY WHEN MY CHILDREN HAD MORE BUYING POWER THAN I HAD! SHAME ON YOU ABC/DISNEY!!! YOU ARE AN AGEIST CORP. CARING ONLY ABOUT THE 18-49 DEMOGRAPHIC!!!!

    • PAUL WILLIAMS

      April 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Disney kids shows replacing SoapNet????? This has GOT to be a very bad joke!!!!
      Mickey mouse, you’re not only a bad rat, you’re a FOOL!!!!!!! I mean, The Chew??? C’mon now!!!!! You know that the “mental geniuses” there at ABC must have laid awake nights thinking up that one!!!!

  15. david

    April 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    So other networks are not interested in OLTL or AMC? The Oprah Winfrey Network is top heavy with reality shows. Apparently, its executives are not any brighter or responsive than those at Disney/ABC. Does no one in network television understand there is a significant proportion of viewers who loathe reality shows, who actually want fictional entertainment? Or is it that since reality shows are cheaper to produce, the networks will not offer anything else because it fails to maximize their profits, regardless of viewer preference?

    Disney/ABC and Brian Frons think viewers want a reality lifestyle show named The Chew hosted by an unattractive, obese man with a ponytail who walks around in baggy shorts. You have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think anyone would prefer this to OLTL and six-time Emmy winner Erika Slezak.

    Americans have to stop feeding from the trough of pig slop that is network reality television if we aspire to watch anything of quality, or network television might as well end now before it suffocates Western civilization in its own filth.

    • Rose Marie

      April 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Agreed David!

  16. Andrea Dawson

    April 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I hate reality tv keep my soaps

  17. Torrey

    April 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Oprah would be so lucky to have AMC or OLTL on her network. I’ve watched the channel a few times, and I must say, I’m not impressed. Think of the millions of viewers you would gain to your new network, by putting the shows with strong fan bases among the lineup….I’m just saying, You might want to rethink this.

  18. Katelesley

    April 18, 2011 at 10:24 am

    If you think Oprah is the place for the two soaps, people need to start writing to her and let her know what you want!

  19. carol

    April 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Can’t believe that they will be gone soon, after spending a life time with them. Stop and think what you are doing to soap fans….

  20. Monique

    April 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Even if I’m from Canada , I’m still very disapointed in seeing that they will terminate , One Life To Live , I’m very sad and angry , For me I don’t watch reality shows , after awhile you get to many of those , Please change your mind and leave us our soaps , we don’t want to lose our family that we love so much , or ask Oprah to put it in hers .

  21. kathy lummus

    April 20, 2011 at 11:54 am

    SHAME ON YOU MICKEY MOUSE!! YOU HAVE BECOME A REAL RAT!!!

  22. Glynn

    April 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Enough of ABC, already. How in the he!! can you cancel 2 of the best soaps on modern t.v. and replace with some lame reality show? I am so sick of reality t.v.

  23. 1964Nickel

    April 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    This is an excellent idea IMO. The fans will follow the shows wherever they go. Just as we follow our favorite actors when they leave our favorite shows and take on bigger and brighter jobs. The key is tapping into the audience most likely to follow the shows. And today the best place to find that audience is online. People will watch Erica Kane and Viki Lord to wherever they can find them. How many followed Tristan to Y&R? How many began watching Y&R when Genie Francis joined the show? If I could have Robert and Laura I would prefer it. I will take what I can get, though, as the actors are who impress me most of all. We the fans aren’t ignorant of the facts – we just don’t want to be flushed down the toilet. Give us some respect and you’ll find us quite amenable. Being condescending ain’t gonna cut it. Thanks Michael for these articles. They give me the warm fuzzies. :-}

  24. Lisa

    April 22, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Big mistake for OWN not to consider picking up the soaps… I have no interest in her network but would have gladly tuned in for AMC?OLTL.

  25. Jay

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    It’s very heart breaking for me to see AMC to be canceled, my mother was a big fan of the show and after she passed away in 2002 I started watching, I’m a fan of OLTL so I watch both shows and still feel my mother sitting with me everyday at 1pm while I watch her soap, so for me AMC and OLTL are very personal for me being canceled, I’m really hoping that another network picks up these 2 soaps but I don’t know…here we are, it’s May and AMC goes off the air in September, if a network is going to take over these 2 soaps they need to act now and not wait until the last minute, somebody, anybody, please save our soaps now.

  26. Ronnie Traktman

    November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Not only do I not watch “The Chew”, and have no intention of ever watching “The Revolution”, I will not watch much of Channel 7 at all. Once “Desperate Houswives”, “Body of Proof”, and “Once Upon a Time” are gone, so am I!

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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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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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