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39th Emmy Wrap-Up


The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy’s were almost never going to be pulled off as a live television event! But at the eleventh hour HLN stepped in and gave the daytime community a home to celebrate their accomplishments in front of each other and in front of their fans who were watching on their television sets. After the red carpet, journalists from various mainstream and soap outlets man their stations to talk with the winners on the big night, shortly after they receive their accolades on the live telecast. The night was filled with a few surprise winners, a tribute to All My Children and One Life to Live that fell flat, which was disappointing because so many wanted to have a proper salute to these legendary iconic soap operas. But with limited time to pull the ceremonies together, three weeks to be exact, this is what was given. In the end, many of the stars could not have been more pleased with the ceremonies this year, as opposed to the Las Vegas event in 2011. So let’s take a look at the night’s big winners, and what they had to say both in front of their peers and alone with On-Air On-Soaps in the One-On-One area where we got some face time with some of your favorite stars, and our colleagues in the world of soaps and daytime.

General Hospital took home the gold for the eleventh time in the shows forty-nine year history for Outstanding Drama Series and capped off a night with five wins for Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Nancy Lee Grahn, (who was not in attendance), Outstanding Supporting Actor for Jonathan Jackson and the record breaking win by Anthony Geary for Outstanding Lead Actor. General Hospital’s former executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, made the most touching speech of the night upon accepting the award for the episodes GH won for when she said “This is to a company of actors who have touched so many for so many years, and they have certainly captured mine. Somebody told me that the best stories are the ones that never end. And so from the old guard to the new guard and to all of my friends, keep the magic going.” Of course, Phelps was talking about the passing of the torch to new GH EP, Frank Valentini, who was also in attendance.

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When GH’s Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) accepted his seventh Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor, he, and we, were shocked that it was the first award presented of the night, but that didn’t stop the indomitable Geary from delivering a great speech which included a nod to the other nominees in his category, “To John McCook, Bobby Woods, Darnell Williams, Maurice Benard, you are all dear friends of mine and I admire you all very much. And I feel a little bit guilty here. I think you were all robbed. I want to say this is amazing to start the evening. We usually end it and the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 is flashing in my face by now. So I don’t really know how to handle this except to say it’s a good way for GH to start. We have 23 nominations which is pretty amazing since last year we were almost canceled in favor of a surefire ratings bonanza, “Celebrity Boob Jobs Gone Wrong”, I think it was. I’d like to thank the hardworking cast, crew, and production team of GH, and Jill Farren Phelps for over three decades of friendship and support. Bob Guza for throwing my character into the existential abyss and giving me the blackest story I could ever hope for. I would like to thank all my directors who always seem to come down on my side when the chips are down. Finally, to the finest acting team and acting family a guy could have: Jonathan Jackson, Julie Berman, Nathan Parsons and the incomparable Jane Elliot.”

On-Air On-Soaps caught up later with Geary in the One-On-One area where he admitted, “I was totally caught off guard that the Lead Actor award was first. I thought, ‘Wait, wait, wait. Did I just lose two hours? What happened here?’ (Laughs) And then it’s always a shock and always a joy to be acknowledged by my peers in this way.” Geary also gave perhaps the biggest compliment anyone could ask for when speaking about his award winning scenes between Luke and Lucky in the bordello and working with now five-time Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson. Tony revealed, “Jonathan Jackson is the finest actor I have ever worked with. We trust each other explicitly and there is nothing we can’t reach together. It was very hard to do those scenes in the bordello between Luke and Lucky, and say that ugly stuff to him, but we both felt it and we serviced the material.” In terms of is Geary aware of how accomplished and how highly-regarded he is, the Emmy winner expressed, “I am very aware of what the show has done for me; in terms of my life and my ability to live on two continents and the freedom it has afforded me. It is wonderful to be respected in your chosen profession. For 45 years now I have been an actor, and to be given the opportunity to entertain people is all I ever wanted out of this life.”

Another Emmy first happened during the telecast when The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie Logan Spencer) won in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Tom has now won Emmys for Younger, Supporting, and Lead Actress. Heather won in a hotly contested category on Emmy night. Upon winning, Heather in her acceptance speech paid a public “thank you” to the daytime genre when she stated, “I am so grateful to call you my friends and colleagues. I am so grateful to the daytime community, and I am so proud of the work we do every day. I think we should all feel that way.” Backstage with On-Air On-Soaps in the One-On-One area, we asked Heather what happened when her name was called. She related, “I was totally shocked, and I really didn’t expect it. I am thrilled and so grateful. I know these women I was nominated with and admire all their work. I thought anyone of them is deserving. I was just so grateful to be in the category and I never thought about winning! We all had so much fun the day before at Laura Wright’s luncheon. It was wonderful to see Erika Slezak again. I am such a huge fan, and I am so lucky to have gotten to work with her on One Life to Live for four years. Laura Wright picked up the tab at the ladies luncheon, and I guess I will be picking up the tab next year.” (Laughs)

Chandler Massey who gave the breakout performance of the year in Will’s coming out story on Days of our Lives, took home the Outstanding Younger Actor prize. An emotional, overwhelmed, but composed Massey addressed the audience with an “Oh my goodness! This is such an honor.” Later, when we spoke to Massey backstage he revealed about his impromptu acceptance speech, “My publicist Jeff Ballard told me to prepare something in case I win, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I forgot to thank my grandfather who was here! You know, the DAYS writing team deserves the credit also for this, because they wrote the story. When I heard my name called, I heard my dad go, ‘Yeah!’ I had tunnel vision and I did not hear anything else. I was stumbling up to the stage and I have not been nervous like that since high school community theater auditions. This Emmy is a testament to the show and the producers who green lit the story and created it and backed it 100%. And without that, this would have been impossible, and it is such an honor to be part of that canvas.” So what did Chandler intend to do with his Emmy? He revealed, “As far as tonight, I am going to sleep with the Emmy, and put on the pillow next to my pillow!”

For Jonathan Jackson, his win as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital was his fifth overall and second in a row in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. Jackson on stage during his acceptance speech was elated and said, “It’s been 19 years since I started playing Lucky Spencer. I feel just the same as I did when I was 11 year old. This is a testament to Anthony Geary for his humility, love, and graciousness towards me.” Moments after winning, Jackson told On-Air On-Soaps how much it meant to him to receive an Emmy along with Geary, “I love Tony. I was so excited to see him and to have both of us win on the same night is very special. We went to some dark places together over the past year and this is a special moment for him and me.”

Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) of The Young and the Restless won the Outstanding Younger Actress category after four nominations in the category. Backstage, a joyous Khalil exclaimed, “Finally, Finally! It feels great to feel the gold, and finally I have one of these suckers! (Laughs) You know, as soon as I taped the episode I knew I was going to submit that for the Emmys. And what came out of me during those scenes? I did not plan for that to happen. But I knew.” Khail is referring to the emotional scenes where Lily thinks she is seeing her dead husband and losing her sanity, only she was seeing his evil-twin brother!

The shocker of the night that no one expected, and that saw jaws drop in the press room, was the victory by Days of our Lives for the Writing Team honors. With General Hospital and All My Children heavily favored in the category and Y&R on the outside, it did not seem like DAYS stood a chance, but the blue-ribbon panel saw it differently. They awarded the ousted writing regime, headed by Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr., the Emmy. McPherson and Ray Thomas were not in attendance, but one of the long-time staff writers, Rick Draughon was and said to On-Air On-Soaps, “You were shocked? We were shocked! Look, it’s a great thing and it’s long overdue for this show!”

On-Air On-Soaps also had the opportunity to catch up with Susan Lucci and Barbara Walters in the press area. Both of these legendary icons were on hand to present two special tributes. Susan was in charge of the AMC and OLTL tribute, and Barbara was there to honor her creative business partner, Bill Geddie who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was Geddie, who along with Walters, launched and has kept The View a vibrant part of the daytime programming landscape. Barbara told On-Air On-Soaps about Bill’s honor, “To deal with all those women on the panel of The View everyday, and to deal with the most relevant topics, and with humor and celebrities, it is Bill who does that! And, we are now being imitated by other daytime programs, and we consider that a great honor.” Susan Lucci offered her thoughts on whether she felt the tribute to the dearly departed All My Children and One Life to Live was effective on stage, when she said, “I think it was. There was so much warmth in the room and it gave a chance for Cameron Mathison, Erika Slezak, and I, to thank the fans and acknowledge all the hard work that goes into all the shows that are on daytime television now, and that were on, just a moment ago.”

And with that, the 39th Daytime Emmy night came to a close. Of course, the parties kicked off afterwards! Y&R and B&B had a party poolside at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Emmys were held for the first time. The winning cast of General Hospital partied the night away at the W Hotel in Westwood. The Days of our Lives soiree was at Boa on the Sunset strip, while the hit web series, The Bay had their bash in Beverly Hills, too! All we can say, is thank God, the talented performers and creative talents in the daytime industry had their night of nights. Yes, it was not all perfect, and there was much to be improved upon. But in a time and in a year when daytime took such a hit, it was nice to see everyone in good spirits and looking forward to the future!

Now, check out our photo gallery above of some fantastic moments in the winner’s circle backstage, and the press room!
*To view the Winners/Press Room 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.


Y&R’s Christian LeBlanc Honored with On Set Celebration Marking 30 Years as Michael Baldwin (PHOTOS)

The Young and the Restless served up an on set celebration for their three-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, Christian LeBlanc.

The actor celebrated his 30th anniversary in the role of Michael Baldwin, a part that he has played since his debut back on November 26th, 1991.

On hand to give kudos, and to mark the occasion, were many of his co-stars including: Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Grant Tinker (Fen), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren), Judith Chapman (Gloria), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), Lauralee Bell (Christine), Kate Linder (Esther), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Christel Khalil (Lily), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Brytni Sarpy (Elena), Bryton James (Devon) and more.


Check out some of the photos from Christian’s memorable day below.

Now, share your congrats to Christian, and let us know your favorite Michael Baldwin scenes from 30 years of Y&R in the comment section.


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James Reynolds Honored with On Set Celebration to Mark his 40th Anniversary on DAYS (PHOTOS)

Last Thursday, on the 40th anniversary of Days of our Lives‘ James Reynolds debut as Abe Carver, the long-running NBC soap took some time out from production to mark the milestone with an on set celebration attended by several cast members, creatives, and crew.

Taking part in the celebration wereL DAYS EP Ken Corday, Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Sal Stowers (Lani), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) , Josh Taylor (Roman), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), Marci Miller (Abigail), Lindsay Arnold (Allie), Greg Rikaart (Leo), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), and Robert Wilson (Ben).


With speeches and love all around, James was saluted by the show for his enduring performance as Abe.  Last Monday, a special episode was crafted in his honor, which saw Abe go to the light and being visited by his beloved late wife, Lexie in a series of scenes and flashbacks.  It was another touching performance by Reynolds, in which we also applaud him with Michael Fairman TV’s Power Performance of the Week honors (more on that in an upcoming post).

During his daytime career, Jim took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2018 for his portrayal, and remains the longest-running black actor in a continuing role on television.

Check out some of the moments from Jim’s celebration below in our photo gallery.

Then, let us know what you thought of James’ performance last week, and share your well-wishes to him for 40 years on DAYS and a job well-done, via the comment section.


Days cast and production honors James and poses for  a celebratory pic.
James along with the current longest running DAYS cast members, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, and EP Ken Corday.
James with his on-screen daughter (well, Abe does not know yet she is not his bio-child), the beautiful Sal Stowers.
DAYS EP Ken Corday proud of James' accomplishment  ....40 years in Salem
Another enduring DAYS cast member and friend Josh Taylor, strikes a pose with Jim and Sal Stowers.
Suzanne Rogers cuddles up to Jim on his big day along with Sal Stowers.
James gets some words of wisdom and flattery from soap icon. Susan Seaforth Hayes.
Cut the cake, happy 40th to James!
Days cast and production honors James and poses for a celebratory pic.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think of Victoria and Ashland’s Wedding? (PHOTOS)

Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it the vows and the “I do’s” of Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) to Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi), and the couple are now officially married.  However, pangs of guilt, emotion, and ‘how to solve a problem like Ashland’ also filled the ceremony.

Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) played the piano, Tess (Cait Fairbanks) sang a song, and Victoria came down the aisle with her father, Victor (Eric Braden).  It was actually the moments between Eric Braeden and Amelia Heinle that were the emotional high points as you could see the love between the characters, and the actors.


Photo: JPI

With the nuptials in Tuscany, which brought Hunter King and Michael Mealor’s characters of Summer and Kyle back into the mix, along with Janice Lynde, Victoria was said to never look more beautiful and she chose, after all of Sally’s (Courtney Hope) machinations, to actually wear the dress Sally designed, which was a smash!

The drama came from what was Gaines (Jamison Jones) going to do and what ammo did he have to bust up the nuptials in his revenge against Ashland.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) comes upon him in a upstairs terrace room, and instead of helping him stop the wedding, he actually locks him in the room.

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Nick then has a decision to make …. does he stop the wedding, which he knows his sister would never forgiven him for (he was already uninvited to the nuptials), or bust open the situation?  It is none other than Adam (Mark Grossman) that tells Nick to look at Victoria before he makes his move saying, “She’s happy. Do you really want to be the guy who wipes that look off her face on what should be the best day of her life?” Just then, Ashland and Victoria become husband and wife, They kiss as everyone in attendance applauds.

Throughout the wedding, another highlight was every time the camera would pan to Billy.  His face said it all as it was exceedingly and increasingly hard for him to watch Victoria marry another man, let alone Ashland. Jason Thompson played those moments to perfection. After the wedding, Billy goes up to the newlyweds and wishes them well.  During the ceremony, he received a text from Gaines, but did not read it.  When he later opens it, there is a video attachment.

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Meanwhile, back in the upstairs room, Gaines is confronted by Nick, Adam, and Victor, who Adam alerted to the situation; instead of calling security, which Nick asked him to do.  A stern Victor tells Gaines that he’s still a threat to Victoria and her company, and he won’t allow that to happen.

When we go back to Billy, who is now with Lily (Christel Khalil), he looks shocked by what he just saw in the video message from Gaines.  He shows it to Lily saying: “He (Gaines) just sent us a video of himself detailing all of Ashland’s crimes including the evidence.” Lily knows this is huge news! Billy tells her that if they don’t publish within the hour, Gaines is going to send it around to other press outlets.  When Lily asks, “What should we do?”  The camera pans to Billy looking at Victoria and Ashland, where Victoria is smooching with her new hubby.  Billy looks very concerned and very torn. Will he be the person to break the backstory of Ashland and his crimes including the forged will and his conniving for Camilla Rhodes’ fortune… or will he not do anything with the intel to save his enduring relationship with Victoria?  We fade to black.  Tune-in Monday.

So, what did you think of the wedding of Ashland & Victoria? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out some of the moments and looks from the wedding in front of the camera and behind the scenes in our photo gallery below.

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