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40th – Emmy Wrap-Up

2013 EMMY WRAP UP – ON-STAGE AND BEHIND THE SCENES

By Michael Fairman

The 40h Annual Daytime Emmys telecast is now in the record books, and once again broadcast on cable channel HLN for a second year in a row. The highlight of the live broadcast was not who won in the daytime drama categories, but a mishap that occurred when the ladies of The Talk: Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sarah Gilbert, and Julie Chen took to the podium to announce the winners for Outstanding Informative Talk Show. When Aisha Tyler opened the envelope to reveal the winner, she noticed that the envelope and the name on the card inside it were for the wrong category! So thinking on her feet, and delivering some of the best one-liners ever on an Emmy telecast while waiting for the production to hand her the correct envelope, Aisha Tyler saved the day! Later, it was revealed that the name in the envelope was “The Bold and the Beautiful” instead of the rightful winner, “The Dr. Oz Show”. However, all was corrected and saved in the nick of time by Tyler, and “Dr. Oz” was announced the winner in his rightful category! But it was a must-see memorable Emmy telecast moment that will probably be shown again … and again. Plus, that moment got more play and recognition on mainstream media outlets than the deserving Daytime Drama Emmy winners … go figure … right?

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This being the 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmys, yours truly was asked and honored to segment produce three clip packages dedicated to the soaps for the broadcast: 40 Years of Daytime Divas, Hot Dads (honoring Father’s Day fictional soap dads), and 40 Years of Catfights. As much as I, and many had hoped, more clips and longer versions of these clip packages could have been included on the broadcast, the Emmy telecast edict was to celebrate the entire daytime landscape from Talk Shows, to Game Shows, to Culinary Shows, to Children’s Shows, and yes, our beloved soaps. I was informed a few days prior to our final edit that the packages could only be thirty seconds due to the amount of material and time already booked within the show. So with all the love and care I could, I had to literally throw out some amazing performers who should have been represented. But that is the life of a segment producer, and of an executive producer of a live award show, who has to make difficult decisions based on time available in their rundown, and their overall vision for the show. So, while many were watching the telecast live in the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom or at home, I was in the One-on-One Winners Walk area awaiting newly-crowned Emmy winners as they came off the stage, who then met the feisty press corps for the first time, after getting some gold to take home with them. The best parting gift of all at a Daytime Emmys get-together! But what that translated to was, that I was not in the theatre and did not see how the show played live to the people in attendance. I watched it back later when I returned home at 1AM. Thanks to HLN, they were replaying the telecast at that time, so I ended up catching it!

But what gave this telecast a heart and soul was the acceptance speeches delivered by many of the winners in the Daytime Drama categories. So no matter if you agreed, liked, loved, or disliked, or hated components of the Daytime Emmy telecast, this was where human emotion reigned. At times, we were moved to tears when watching these. The first category of the night for the second year in a row was for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. It was presented by the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series nominees: Max Ehrich and Bryton James of Y&R, and Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey of DAYS. When Chandler announced it was Y&R’s Doug Davidson who won, Davidson took to the stage in a speech that was 35 years in the making. That is how long he has played Paul Williams on the number one soap…

Doug Davidson: “Oh my Gosh. I am overwhelmed! But seriously, where is Halle Berry when you need her? And it just occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux! Who do I thank? The first name that comes to mind is Mr. Bill Bell. His genius lives on in our two shows. And everyday, I think about him. Jeanne Cooper, I am so sorry you could not be here tonight. Tony Morina, his concept for this storyline was killer. I certainly appreciate your idea. Margot Wain came on board for the network. She’s a fabulous lady. Maria and her scribes wrote a fabulous story and Jill Phelps and Josh Griffith are here taking it up and doing a great job. I would like to thank my wife Cindy who has been with me the whole time, my backbone. My kids Calyssa and Caden, and most of all I would really like to thank the viewers. They have been more than fans. They have been family to me. They have supported my character and me through some very difficult times. Thank you!”

Another touching moment of Emmy night came when Julie Marie Berman was announced the winner for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Julie has now won three Daytime Emmys for her portrayal of Lulu Spencer Falconeri. It appeared that no one was more surprised than Julie when her name was called. (Something host Robin Meade picked up on. Meade, would give voice-over announce tidbits of the winning actors and shows, as newly crowed winners made their way from the ballroom to the podium.) When Julie made it to the podium and began her “thank you” list, there was a beautiful moment where she thanked her husband, and later, her long time GH co-star in a bittersweet victory capping off a remarkable run on the ABC soap, since Berman departed the series several months ago…

Julie Marie Berman: “Two people come to mind. Mike; I am indebted to you for the sacrifices you make for my insane love of acting. It’s so rare to find someone who supports what you do so fully, and someone who is willing to sit back and cheer their wife on. So, I love you. And this is so special because it is ‘Supporting’ and means you can’t do everything on your own. I think of Tony Geary, who I shared these scenes with and that man is so special to me, and those scenes were filled with the trust and complete awe that I have for him as a human being. So Tony, I love you and I will miss working with you with all of my heart. Thank you so much General Hospital for a wonderful ride.”

Another grab your hankies moment occurred, when after being on daytime soap operas since the age of 6, Kristen Alderson picked up her first Daytime Emmy on her first nomination for her performance as Starr Manning on General Hospital, a role that she played through 2011 on One Life to Live. An overwhelmed Alderson made sure she thanked a lot of key people in her life for her success…

Kristen Alderson: “I have so many people to thank. First, Starr Manning who I have played for 15 years. I love her so much. You will always be a part of me. For all of my family at One Life to Live, I love you so, so, so, so much. Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, Kassie DePaiva, Roger (Howarth), Erika (Slezak), Robin (Strasser). Oh my God, everyone. Janie, my tutor who got me through High School. I don’t know how she did it. Also my loving family, I love you so, so, so much. My mom … most of all. She is my best friend and she is everything to me. My brother, you make me laugh every day. Chad, you’re the love of my life. Dad, I am so glad that you are here. Happy Father’s Day! I love you all so much, and this is a thrill for me. Thank you.”

The biggest, and I mean, biggest shock of the night came when for only the second time in its history, Days of our Lives, took home the gold for Outstanding Drama Series. DAYS had not won in this category since 1975! Executive Producer, Ken Corday and a jubilant cast and crew of producers, took to the stage at the end of the night for the final speech. Corday was seriously overcome…

Ken Corday: “Pinch me, somebody pinch me. Really worth the wait … 38 years ladies and gentlemen! Unbelievable! I would like to thank so many people. Please don’t start the music yet… Today is Father’s Day, today is my birthday, and today is a great day to celebrate.”

When The Young and the Restless’ Billy Miller tied with The Bold and the Beautiful’s Scott Clifton in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category, Miller waited his turn to speak to the crowd and the television cameras. But it was the now two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who really summed up what the daytime community is all about, and paid proper tribute to his long-time co-star, Y&R icon Jeanne Cooper…

Billy Miller: “Everybody in this room is part of the hardest working team in entertainment … hands down! We work very hard and we just lost somebody, Jeanne Cooper, who is like a grandmother to anyone who has been in daytime. Corbin, Jeanne, I miss you. Thank you every much.”

Chandler Massey of Days of our Lives, took home his second Daytime Emmy in a row for his portrayal of Will Horton. He was nominated along with his co-star Freddie Smith in the same category. Massey acknowledged Smith in an extraordinary way in his acceptance speech…

Chandler Massey: “This isn’t fair, because I have thee best actor to work alongside of and it’s Freddie Smith. Freddie you are phenomenal. You are absolutely incredible, and it is my privilege to work with you!

After a hectic, exhausting night of conducting red carpet and winners walk video interviews, and being on my feet for God knows how many hours, I took some time to enjoy the CBS Daytime After-Party at the Beverly Hilton Poolside. It was a beautiful affair, with great sweets and if you needed coffee, or a drink! I needed both! It was there, I was able to finally catch up with B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), who after 26 years on the international hit series, finally had scored a nomination. She did not win, but was gracious as one would expect afterwards. As for Jason Thompson of General Hospital, who was so deserving of a Daytime Emmy win in the Outstanding Lead Actor category, I personally called him the next day. Wanted to make sure I checked in with these two giant talents in our genre, because it can be a big let-down after all the hype if you don’t end up walking away with some gold, even if it all is one giant game.

Now, check out our photo gallery above of some of the memorable moments from the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.'”

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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.

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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.

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