Connect with us

Photos

2015 EMMY WRAP-UP

2015 EMMY WRAP-UP: TELECAST REBOUNDS WITH UPBEAT AND EMOTIONAL MOMENTS CELEBRATING THE DAYTIME GENRE

By Michael Fairman

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Photo Credit: Getty Images
« 1 of 16 »

Photo Credit: Courtesy NATAS

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys did what it need to do at this critical time in its history. That was: to restore the glamour, properly acknowledge the accomplishments of the men and women who work so hard in the daily grind of performing and producing hours and hours of daytime programming, and celebrate the soap opera genre in a respectful way by paying attention to the important milestones, and package it with emotional and fun highlights.

The Daytime Emmy telecast, which aired on Pop for the first time, featured Tyra Banks as host for the kudofest. With her own “unique” and often over-the-top flair and style, Banks kept the show moving, and yes, there were multiple outfit changes along the way, too! Presenters from the daytime drama field included: DAYS Christopher Sean, Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson, B&B’s Jacob Young, Karla Mosley, Linsey Godfrey, GH’s Kirsten Storms and Ryan Paevey, Y&R’s Justin Hartley, Melissa Claire Egan, and Queens of Drama cast members: Donna Mills, Crystal Hunt, Chrystee Pharris, and Lindsay Hartley.

But there were also two very special sets of presenters: General Hospital’s iconic Luke and Laura (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) were reunited on-stage to present the final award of the evening for Outstanding Drama Series, which turned out to be a precursor for the announcement of the return of Francis, who is now set to tape new episodes on the long running ABC daytime drama series. Geary and Francis also shared a memorable Emmy moment when they announced the night’s tie! Outstanding Drama Series went to both Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless. A jubilant DAYS cast first took the stage with an acceptance speech from executive producer Ken Corday, and they were shortly followed by Y&R’s EP Jill Farren Phelps, and her celebratory moment with the cast from Genoa City. The second extra special presenters of the night were Y&R’s Daniel Goddard (Cane) and super-fan Sharon Hofreiter. In a taped segment shown on the broadcast, Goddard surprised Hofreiter, a school teacher at Barton Hill Elementary School in San Pedro. California. A mother of two young boys, who teaches the fifth grade, and a long time fan of Goddard’s, Sharon was in for the surprise of her life when Daniel walked-in the middle of a staff meeting, and the Emmy cameras caught the moment on tape. Daniel then asked Sharon if she would present with him at the Emmys. And in a “Cinderella” moment, Sharon joined Daniel on-stage during the live telecast to present the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Award, which ultimately went to General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).

The best acceptance speech of the night belonged to Days of our Lives’ Freddie Smith, who finally won the gold for his performance as Sonny Kiriakis in the Outstanding Younger Actor category. Freddie, who has since left the series, began his speech thanking everyone at DAYS including the cast, crew, producers, etc. And then he added: “My parents are here today. Thank you for letting your only child move out to L.A, to pursue his dream. My manager, Dino May, thank you for always being here with me. My beautiful girlfriend Alyssa, I love you with all my heart. You are my rock, you are my soul. And, I want to thank the fans for being awesome! And this award is for the LGBT community for showing strength and courage, and being an inspiration to all of us. To my family at home …. and my new family watching all over … I love you guys.”

The night was filled with much-deserved victories for now eight-time Daytime Emmy record holder, Anthony Geary, who won Outstanding Lead Actor for the Luke/Fluke storyline on GH. Tony thanked the series executive producer, Frank Valentini, for asking him what Tony wanted to play after 37 years (on and off) of playing Luke, and giving him the opportunity to explore Luke’s dark side. Maura West took home the Outstanding Lead Actress prize for her role as Ava Jerome on GH. West once again, as she has done with her other two previous Emmy wins for ATWT – curtsied on stage for her children – who were watching at home. The Lead Actress award was presented by former Y&R star, Shemar Moore (now star of Criminal Minds) who reminded us all that he was the presenter when Susan Lucci won her first and only Daytime Emmy after 19 nominations! Amelia Heinle was speechless, and shocked when she took home her second consecutive Daytime Emmy in the Supporting category for her role as Victoria on Y&R, as was castmate Hunter King, who won two years in a row in the Younger Actress category.

The Daytime Emmy telecast also featured some very emotional moments: Melissa Rivers came out to the stage and spoke of her mother Joan, as she introduced the In-Memoriam clip package. The touching 1990 clip was played of Joan winning her first Daytime Emmy when she talked about her husband’s suicide, and how she had fallen on hard times, until the daytime community embraced her. Singer “Babyface” performed Stevie Wonder’s “Gone Too Soon”, as we remembered those we lost in the daytime TV community over the past year.

Deidre Hall (Marlena) anchored the Days of our Lives 50th anniversary segment, which led into a heart-stopping, and emotionally filled retrospective package with some of the greatest stories, favorite couples, and characters in the series history. Tessanne Chin, the winner of season five of The Voice, sang “What I Did For Love” to a clip package of memorable love stories from the soaps – complete with heartache, kisses, weddings, and more. And, icon Betty White received the Lifetime Achievement Award with a cute set-up of the classic TV game show Password, hosted by Tom Bergeron with contestants: Marie Osmond, Charo, Regis Philben, and Fred Willard. White received a huge and thunderous standing ovation when she took the stage to accept her honor.

As many of you know by now, I was consulting producer on this year’s Daytime Emmys telecast, and worked closely with executive producer Michael Levitt and his production team. I was very glad to have the opportunity to contribute to, and create the Days of Our Lives 50th anniversary package, the Love Stories Package, and Sharon Hofreiter’s Fan Surprise, and more. Working with the team to craft a two-hour show with the hopes of getting the Emmy telecast back on track to where it used to be, has been a professional goal of mine.

So, after producing on the telecast, and conducting the red carpet and winners walk video interviews, and barely able to stand on my feet anymore, I stole a few moments to go to a few of the after-parties. Both General Hospital’s and Days of our Lives were on the Warner Brothers lot, so I had some time to catch-up with many of your favorite stars. Finally, I joined a few members of the production team and headed over to the CBS Daytime After-Party, which was held in Hollywood at the Hollywood Athletic Club, only by the time we got there the party had seriously thinned out! Yup, we missed it. However, I did get a few moments to exchange thoughts on the night with CBS Daytime Chief Angelica McDaniel, and Emmy nominee Jacob Young.

That’s a wrap for Daytime Emmys 2015! It’s always nice to see the daytime community out in full force, supporting one another, and celebrating jobs well done. I left this year’s Emmy experience on a positive note, thinking that we are on an upswing, and now have things to a place that we can build on for next year.

Check out the final photo gallery of our Emmy hub, featuring some of the memorable moments and sights from the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys Telecast.

*To view the Emmy Wrap-up Photo Gallery click on the NEXT GROUP button located next to the + symbol to see all the images, or you can just let it play as a slideshow.

Click to comment
Advertisement

avatar

Days Of Our Lives

Day of Days 2022: The Cast Behind The Scenes, On Stage, and With Their Fans (Photos)

Over the weekend, the popular Days of our Lives fan fest, Day of Days, held its first in-person live event since 2019.

On Saturday, stars from the beloved soap opera, currently streaming on Peacock attended the festivities at XBox Plaza at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Photo: Peacock

Salem favorites who took part in the day included cast members: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Jackée Harry, James Reynolds, Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, Leann Hunley, George DelHoyo, Wally Kurth, Judi Evans, Martha Madison, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Ari Zucker, Greg Vaughan, Bryan Dattilo, Victoria Konefal, Kyle Lowder, Camila Banus, Billy Flynn, Patrika Darbo, Brandon Barash, Brandon Beemer, Robert Scott Wilson, Dan Feuerriegel, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Linsey Godfrey, Zach Tinker, Greg Rikaart, Tina Huang, Carson Boatman, Raven Bowens, Elia Cantu, Remington Hoffman, Victoria Grace, and Abigail Klein.

Photo: Peacock

The event held some surprises for fans who came to celebrate their favorite show which just turned 57!  Not only were they privy to a special video announcement which revealed that both Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Peter Reckell (Bo) are returning to the show on-screen in 2023, but they were able to view and get the first sneak peek of the extended winter preview of what’s to come in Salem through the holidays and into the new year.

Taking part in the cast Q&A from the stage along with the cast, was DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati, who flew in from New York.

The day was emceed by Tony Moore, and the event included a musical performance by the ‘Days Players Band’ (DAYS stars: Wally Kurth, Eric Martsolf, Brandon Barash, and Carson Boatman).

Check out some our photo gallery of some of the moments from behind the scenes, at the autograph sessions , and from the stage with many of the most familiar faces from Days of our Lives below.

Now, let us know, who would you be most excited to meet in-person if the cast was to come to your town? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: Peacock

Continue Reading

News

The Bold and the Beautiful Celebrates ’30 Years of Sheila Carter’ (Photos)

It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) arrived in Los Angeles from Genoa City and somehow continued her villainess and evil ways taking aim at a new family, the Forresters, and terrorizing those they loved all along the way.

Yesterday, in a very special on set celebration (which also marked the first-time press could return to The Bold and the Beautiful sound stages since the Covid-19 pandemic began), the CBS daytime drama saluted Sheila’s portrayer, the one and only Kimberlin Brown.

Photo: JPI

Complete with rapid fire and entertaining speeches from: B&B’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, producer, Ed Scott, plus Kimberlin’s B&B castmates Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and John McCook (Eric), the event also saw many of the cast in attendance singing the praises of Brown’s Sheila and paying tribute to her soap legacy including: Annika Noelle (Hope), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter), Heather Tom (Katie), Sean Kanan (Deacon), Jennifer Gareis (Donna), Matthew Atkinson (Thomas), Tanner Novlan (Finn) and Ken Hanes (Mike).

A special treat was served to all those in attendance … chocolate covered toes! It was a  very clever nod to the story point where Sheila cut off her own toe to make it look as if a bear ate it, to throw off the police and let everyone believe she was dead.

Photo: JPI

When it was time for Kimberlin to address the media, and the cast, crew and executives in attendance she shared: “I remember the first time I read for the role of Sheila Carter, and I will never forget Ed Scott walking out into the room and looking at me and saying,I want you to think Kathy Bates in Misery … and there is nothing wrong that you can do and no boundaries that you cannot push,’ and to have that kind of freedom going into a reading full of producers and writers, directors. … it was just an amazing moment.  Coming to ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ that was an incredible moment in my life.  I literally got a call from Bill Bell on set at Y&R saying, “I have written this character that I have come to love into a corner … and I’m either going to have to kill your character off or I am going to have to send you away for a long time before I can bring you back again.  He said, ‘Can anybody hear you?’ And I had happened to be in the booth and I said ‘Yes’.  He said, ‘OK, then you cannot answer me, but ‘yes’ or ‘no.’  I said “OK’.  He said, ‘Well, ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ is in Los Angeles.’  He said, ‘How would you feel about leaving Genoa City and traveling to L.A.’  I said, ‘Uh-huh, then he said, ‘Well, you would be Sheila on The Bold and the Beautiful.  Would you be happy with that?’  And I said, ‘Oh, yes! Very much so.'”

Photo: JPI

Brown added: “When I did that very first scene with Eric (John McCook), interviewing for the company nurse, I knew my life was about to take a change, and that it gave my character a chance to be something new, something she hadn’t been before.  I find that every single time I come back and play her Brad (Bell).  You give me credit for the expansion of this character, and where she is and where she’s going, but I can’t do that without Brad.  He has truly stepped into some enormous shoes and you have filled them beautifully.  I am so blessed to work with such a talented group of people. It’s so neat to see the new generation coming up as well, and be a part of their storylines and lives as well, and the way everything is intermixed. I can’t wait to see where Sheila is going next, because I think I am finally at a point in my life where I have really found my happiness.”

B&B plans a very special Halloween episode airing next Monday on October 31st centering around the 30 years of Sheila and you can check out that promo here.

Check out our photo gallery below featuring some of the backstage and on set moments from B&B’s Sheila Carter/Kimberlin Brown celebration, and be on the lookout for interviews from the event in the days ahead.

Then let us know, what has been your favorite Sheila storyline on B&B over the past 30 years … and post your kudos and well-wishes to Kimberlin for a job well-done via the comment section.

Photos: JPI

Continue Reading

Breaking News

49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

DAYS Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Le0) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) talk with Michael Fairman on the series move to Peacock and their latest storylines.. Leave A Comment
Advertisement

The Michael Channel

Advertisement

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Kelly Thiebaud as Britt

General Hospital

Airdate: 11-21/22/23-2022

Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular