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2015 EMMY WRAP-UP

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

By Michael Fairman

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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.

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DAYS Ben & Ciara Wed: What Did You Think of the Nuptials & Its Explosive Aftermath? (PHOTOS)

On Wednesday and Thursday, Days of our Lives delivered the Cin wedding as Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal) finally tied-the-knots, and of course, like a juicy, soapy nuptial in Salem, it came with: bumps in the road, a gorgeous ceremony featuring heartfelt vows and … an explosion that rocked the church and detoured the young couple’s happiness.

DAYS rolled out the red carpet for this one complete with many extras, a huge church gathering, quite the wedding dress for Victoria Konefal to wear, and emotional performances by the on-screen bride and groom.

Shortly after Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) pronounced the two, husband and wife, and as Ben is waiting for his bride to begin their lives as newlyweds together, … as she approaches him in the vestibule of the church, a bomb goes off, and Ben is caught in the explosion.

Watch some of the images from the ‘Photo Album’ of Ben and Ciara’s wedding below.

Then, let us know via the comment section below, what you thought of the Cin nuptials? Did you love them? Are you upset about the explosion? And the big question.. who is responsible for planting a bomb in the church? Share your thoughts and theories.

First, check out our gallery of the big day below.

Ciara meets Ben at the altar
Allie makes a lovely and pregnant, Maid of Honor.
Hope and Ciara  have a mother/daughter chat before the wedding begins.
Best Man, Will and the groom, Ben at the altar.
Rafe walks the bride down the aisle.
The wedding party!
Ben kisses Ciara's hand during nuptials
The Cin kiss!
Ben and Ciara ... they did it, They tied the knot!
Ben at vestibule waiting for Ciara.
Ciara walking towards her husband amid confetti.
Ciara goes flying when an explosion rocks the church!
Ben is caught in the explosive ending to his nuptials
The happy couple. after all their trials & tribulations had this magical moment together.
Ciara meets Ben at the altar

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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Stars Attend Amazon’s Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ Screening (Photos)

Last night on Tuesday, February 11th, many soap notables and the cast of Amazon Prime’s Studio City, attended a screening of the series at the Elks Lodge in Van Nuys, California to benefit Elks Lodge Charities and FYC Independents.

And if you have not seen it yet, you should!  It’s filled with great performances, keen writing, and the look and feel of it separates it from the rest of the pack in the digital drama space.

Former GH and B&B star, Sean Kanan created and stars in the dramatic series about a soap opera actor who’s life off-screen is even more dramatic then on-screen.  At the screening, Kanan along with co-stars: Tristan Rogers, Sarah Joy Brown, Scott Turner Schofield, Carolyn Hennesy, Patrika Darbo and more, took to the event red carpet, chatted with guests at the event, and then hunkered down to watch the six-episode first season on the big screen.

The event was hosted by Y&R’s Kate Linder, who always helps bring attention to series, charities and noteworthy causes.

Coming to support the creative endeavor of Kanan and company were: Y&R’s Mark Grossman and Sharon Case, former AMC favorites Eva LaRue and Vincent Irizarry, GH’s Max Gail, The Bay’s Kristos Andrews and Gregori Martin and many more.

Now below check out some photos from the arrivals at the Studio City screening below. 

Then, let us know if you have checked out the series yet …..and your thoughts on it… via the comment section.

Photos: JPI Studios

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