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41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards To Be Live-Streamed!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not air on television for the first time in decades (the last time being 1984), but will instead be live-streamed via the Internet!

The awards will be handed out in ceremonies that will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Night, June 22nd  Fans can watch the awards by logging on to www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5 PMPST that day.

“We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS.

After being broadcast on major networks for well over three decades, and most recently for the last few years on cable television outlet HLN, this will be the first time the ceremonies are visible to the public via online stream only!

So, will you be checking out your favorite soap stars and the Daytime Emmys via your computer screens?  What do you think about the news?  Let us know!

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SZima
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SZima

Pathetic! I can NOT believe that a broadcast network couldn’t be bothered to air an Emmy show. How craptastic is that?!?
Just shows how the networks don’t give a shit about daytime!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If DAYS dies, NBC will be dead to me!

Michael
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Michael

What does this have to do with Days?

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

I only wanted to see Sharon case win

Mama
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Mama

Keep wanting or watch your 1999 Emmys tape.

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m glad it was broadcasted last year on TV BUT the show was horrible!

GB
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GB

how the mighty have fallen… from an evening of glamour to an evening of “why does this keep buffering? i said “RELOAD”, you stupid *ç%&!”

Mama
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Mama

As long as we don’t have to suffer through two hours of Robin Meade pushing her new CD, I’m good.

Derrick
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Derrick

There better not be any problems with the streaming!

Kevin
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Kevin

This news sucks, daytime soaps will all be gone in 5 years or so. We might as well enjoy our soaps for now.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

They won’t be gone, but they will be hour long commercials instead. Today it is Nathan and Maxine singing the praises of Yoplait yogurt at the Nurses Ball or Abigail and Paige discussing Midol, like they did this week on Days, but mark by words, bit by bit, daytime soaps will evolved into hour long ads for everything and anything under the sun. As a longtime soap fan I am appalled and amazed that the creative people behind the scenes will allowed beloved characters to be nothing more than corporate shells. So actually I hope your prediction will be correct… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Bulllsh*t. The actors and everyone on all shows deserve more than an online simulcast. Do they also not count those unable to live stream it on the date of the event, and those who want to still see it? They should’ve let TV Guide air it like they wanted to. Soaps have fought back in 2014, and you’re going to give them another kick down? A big f**k you to the fans, actors, crew, etc.

Manuel
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Manuel

Yes, this is great. Looking forward to watching online.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

The daytime emmys used to be exciting in the 70s to the 90s but not so much in recent years so ill just wait to read about the winners when they are posted here.

Omar
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Omar

Its sad..It just seem inevitable that it really is close to being an end of an era..But we still have 4 soaps on the air, like them or not, so there is still hope that ratings will rise further and hopefully a rebirth of some kind will happen. New soap on the internet or even cable tv (like the Have and have nots) or more revivals much like prospect park tried to do.

su0000
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su0000

The soaps are not dying!
they are being smothered on Daytime TV, nobody is home during the daytime work hours in this area to watch daytime Tv..
Daytime is dying and the soaps need to move to evening TV on any network that will take them..
IF the soaps were to air during the evening there would be a great improvement..
The soaps will go down with sinking ship named ‘Daytime TV..

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I agree! If the primetime shows were on in the daytime, they would die too!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

The soaps in the 70’s to 90’s people were still working and the soaps continually moved forward with no problems.. In fact I recorded the soaps when I was working .. I never missed them just because I was working… People were always working when the soaps have been on daytime.. They did well in spite of this.. They prevailed….

davlestev1
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davlestev1

@Omar I agree with most of what you’ve posted. I would much rather refer to #Dallas than #The Have’s and The Have Not’s. This show is clearly written by someone(@TylerPerry) who enjoys the genre but has NO IDEA whatsoever of how to execute a soap, even on a tight budget. After season one this man should have relinquished the reigns a bit and hired other writers and staff to present a better show. He’s like @Barbara Streisand who #SNL poked fun at when she did YENTL. I wrote it,I produced it, I directed it, I starred in it. i.e. that… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

Lol. That Have’s and Have Nots is a really BAD show isn’t it?? Lol. But from what I understand it is a hit of some sort. Or, as much of a hit as OWN has been able to put on thus far. There had to be something other day andthan running the Shania Twain story every day for 6 months. And I’m Canadian…I like Shania! Have’s and Have Not’s reminds me of those really cheesy soap parodies done in movies. It looks cheap…the writing is atrocious… The acting is over the top…Oh wait…I just described soaps!!! My bad!

Johnny
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Johnny

As maligned and insulted as Prospect Park has been…I have nothing but respect for what they attempted to do. They were tenacious and never did give up until they got those two shows back on the air. They found out the very hard way how much money was needed to do these shows in the manner to which we had been accustomed, and that was probably their only mistake….they tried to be too much like the network soaps were on the internet. They hired the same old hack writers who have been doing soaps ONE way for 40 years or… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am very grateful to Prospect Park.

Omar
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Omar

Well said Johnny..Although PP handle the ending poorly and it did not officially pulli the plug on both shows (maybe something will be worked out) , they need to be commended for an outstanding effort with something so innovative..Kudos to PP for the courage.

Mika
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Mika

Who really needs to watch after GH totally got snubbed this year?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m not a GH viewer. However, I don’t like when any soaps are snubbed. It would still be nice to have a grand event with all the bells and whistles and as many people watching as possible. The soaps need the exposure, regretfully, this is a step backward. If the Emmys recover, I hope the nominations are equally distributed, along with the Daytime Emmys.

We are living among many soap opera snobs. When my soap dies, I will not support any other TV program!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

The fans of the other three soaps; but it shows that GH needs to step it up in their writing team to put out more award-worthy material as a collective whole.

KM
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KM

GH didn’t get totally snubbed Mika. They got 8 acting noms and several more technical nominations. And 4ever Days- It’s an awards show to honor the best of the best. It’s not about making sure everyone gets their fair share. There are 6 acting categories with 4 nominations each for 24 total slots. GH got 8, more than their share, so which 2 should they return so every gets a fair share? And what about the online versions of AMC and OLTL that were almost completely shut out? Add them in and each show is only entitled to 4 noms.… Read more »

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
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MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

WOULD RATHER HAVE IT ON THE TV. I LOVE WATCHING THE EMMY’S, ESPECIALLY WHEN GH PEOPLE ARE THERE. WHY ISN’T GH NOMINATED FOR BEST SOAP? EVERY YEAR I WANT TO STRANGLE AFEW PEOPLE. I’VE BEEN WATCHING GH FROM THEIR BEGINNINGS. BUT, I STILL WANT TO SEE OUR PEOPLE FROM GH BE NOMINATED TOO, AS OUR CAST IS FANTASTIC AND THE STORYLINES ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD. THAT;S ALL FOR NOW, I’LL BE COMMENTING WHEN THE EMMY’S ARE ON AND AFTER THE FACT ALSO.

Walter Ian Kaye
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Walter Ian Kaye

The only way I can watch television shows is on my iDevice, so I hope this will work.

Dale
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Dale

This is such BULLSHIT!!!! NOT EVERYBODY HAS INTERNET ACCESS!!!!! THIS IS WHAT NETWORK & CABLE THINK OF DAYTIME TV!!!! IF THERE WAS NO DAYTIME TV THERE WOULD B NO NIGHTIME TV!!!! OPRAH HAS HER OWN NETWORK & SHE COULD’VE AIRED THEM ON HER NETWORK!!!!:(:(:(

Reed
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Reed

Well not everyone has cable either. So no matter how they do it,someone will lose out. I personally watch everything online so I’m happy. People really need to get into the 21st century. I mean who doesn’t have internet access these days?

JAS
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JAS

SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE ‘LET THEM EAT CAKE’ IDIOT. DARE I SAY THAT YOU PROBABLY HAVE AN EXTREMELY LOW IQ TO MATCH!!!

Rod
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Rod

It’s not convenient to watch online. Rewinding & Fast Forwarding sucks. Like my TiVo!! Only watch internet when I have too and the FIXED Emmys won’t warrant me to bother with it. VERY SAD

Johnny
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Johnny

With all due respect Dale…yes everyone does have internet access. You can go to the library, an internet cafe, a cell phone, an I Device, a friend’s house, a relative’s house….those are just a few of the ways if you don’t have home internet access. Anyone who is saying they have NO way to access the internet is just flat out lazy or lying. I watch Days and GH every night on my android cell phone on YouTube. Not on t.v. because I work during the day. There are no commercials….they are 35 minutes each…so in an hour and 10… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Well said! It always amazes me that some say they don’t have internet access but yet they are here on the board posting away. Lol.

Johnny
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Johnny

Lolol @ Reed. I NEVER even thought of that Reed! You are a wise man!

DOOLfan
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DOOLfan

Streaming is the new thing anyway, so good for the Emmys 🙂 I will definitely tune in!

su0000
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su0000

I knew it!!
Not one, not one, network wanted the Daytime emmies, they don’t want waste their time and money on them..
Most all things for daytime tv have become terrible with the exception of the 4 soaps..
I am a firm believer if the soaps were to air during the evening on network TV, the would take off!!

—– It is not the soaps that are dying, it is Daytime TV ..
and the soaps will sink along with daytime tv..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It is the soaps. If a show is on and it’s DAYTIME…it’s daytime TV. It’s DAYTIME TV DRAMA’S that are in peril.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The US soaps do really well on primetime TV overseas. What’s wrong with airing the soaps on the networks during repeat seasons? I think DAYS would do great at 9::00 pm on NBC. We’ll never know it if they don’t show it!

Timmm
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Timmm

If there was money to be made, they would be on Sunday night on network TV. Its a business. Daytime TV is dead! Not the soaps as much as talk and game shows. Case in point. Jeopardy and Wheel started in daytime. When they discovered that they would sell in syndication for large amounts of money due to their popularity and ad revenues, they are shown at night.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

What a terrible slap in the face for a segment of the television industry that has generated millions of dollars for the networks. All the broadcast network executives should hang their heads in shame.

diane
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diane

The last couple of years it seem to be about everything but the soaps. I know it’s daytime but I watched for the soap actors not the talk show people. Nothing against them there just wasn’t enough soap opera content.

Nanci
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Nanci

I was looking forward to watching it on TV, as always.
This is SO disappointng!
I don’t even know if I will be able to watch it live streamed
on my ipad.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Use your iPad to click on the link in the description of this story. I’m on a tablet. The message I receive is “Thanks for visiting! This site will be available soon!”

I suppose I’ll be able to view the Emmys because I’m able to see the message. You should too. Have you tried?

Nanci
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Nanci

Thank you! I just clicked on that and saw the same message you described.
Hope that means it will work for viewing the Emmys, too, yay!

Timmm
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Timmm

Its that simple. It takes people who are used to TV to adapt but once you realize that the old ways of TV are never coming back, you will embrace the internet and its simplicity.

Brenda
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Brenda

Makes me sad to see that none of the networks would run the emmys but I’ll still watch the live stream.

Timmm
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Timmm

21st century. Remember when people watched TV on Fridays and Saturdays? No network would ever try and put a blockbuster on either of these nights anymore.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Daytime was always considered the poor cousin to prime time for networks, and truth be told the numbers have fallen for the prime time Emmy awards as well. The fact the soaps were so popular for so many years was the only reason they ever aired the daytime Emmy awards to begin with. But the Emmy awards for news programming and many of the technical awards are never aired so Daytime has fallen into that group now. It is sad, but in the end these awards were meant to be industry awards for those within that industry, and hopefuly not… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

I’m happy they’re going to be airing somewhere. Too bad TPTB at the Emmys wanted to hold out for more $$ instead of taking TVGN’s offer to air it, but would it have been worth it? Even if TVGN were given the chance, they would have mere weeks to put it together and we’ve seen what lack of preparation can do with HLN.

su0000
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su0000

Daytime TV is like an antique.. It is old, very old.. there is Netflix, Internet series, Cable, TV on cell phone and the modern list goes on.. It is new a word, different lifestyles, higher technology.. Daytime TV is on a respirator… The soaps are great and can go on.. IF they move to evening TV and run not walk away from the Dying daytime TV.. Daytime TV is on death row and that puts our soaps on death row.. CBS moved their 2 soaps to cable, they see the fall of daytime coming and they are taking care of… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

Daytime isn’t dying it is evolving. Shows like the Talk, Live with Kelly and Michael even the Chew have all posted gains recently. There is an audience they just aren’t watching soaps in the numbers they used to. The soaps have come up in the ratings but not enough to justify their budgets for the networks. The exceptions being B&B and Y&R which both air overseas and earn extra revenue that way. The Lifestyle shows that are here( and still coming) are cheaper to produce and can therefore can earn a larger profit. Yes the ratings are up for soaps… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

But do you think the Big 3 networks will move these dramas to prime-time? Do you think they’re ready to change the daytime landscape? We’ve already seen what happened when ABC cancelled OLTL and AMC. Failed talk shows. Somehow they believe all people want is talk shows or lifestyle shows. This fan works all day and doesn’t DVR talk shows.

Timmm
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Timmm

They should just have a SOAP TV internet website where all four soaps air, run reruns, and soap reality content. TV is dead! I know the Soap Opera Network died but that was never really done right. It was more so repeats and classic nighttime soaps reran. SOAP TV would be original programming and they wouldnt have to kiss networks asses. Imagine if you were watching Y&R and Victor yelled at Ian and said “Get the F… out of my office and if you ever go anywhere near my family again I will kick your F….ing ass!”

Rich
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Rich

Prospect Park tried that,Timmm,with the AMC/OLTL reboots and it pissed off the so called “fans” of the shows. So the adult language was removed and the shows went back to thier old cookie cutter,FCC friendly ways. Even though the eps were online. I enjoyed them,even if they were neutered. Thank God for online shows like “Venice” and “The Bay”. That’s the future right there.

Nicole
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Nicole

The big 3 won’t move the shows into primetime. That is out of the question there is no money in the current production model for the networks. They would have to cut the cast in half and air the show once a week, improve the writing drastically and the production values. As for the shows that replaced OLTL and AMC, the Chew is actually successful. And the fact that ABC is trying again with Tyra, means that they are not giving up until they can find a lifestyle show that will eventually replace GH.

su0000
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su0000

I did not say ”prime time” I said evening..
there are many networks that are not FX or ABC that soaps could go to and be run after 9pm or at any time, actually…
SoapNet was a cable network and ran soaps 7/24..
Y&R and B&B are now on cable and run during the evening..
I did not say prime time or on the highly popular networks. 🙂

Nicole
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Nicole

Oh. I see what you are saying. I know the Hallmark Channel has a lot of movies that feature daytime stars, however the current production model for soaps may not be feasible for them. Same with Lifetime but they seem to be doing well with their own dramas. The evening idea really can’t happen because the hours between 3pm and 8 (with the exception of the news) belong to the affiliates and they won’t be giving those times back. If you are talking about syndication and selling them that way. Then there is an issue with ratings. Repeats of shows… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Mean Mean Mean!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

I am so happy I was able to attend the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2001 at Radio City Music Hall as a special guest of the editorial staff at Soap Opera Weekly Magazine. That was back when the Emmy’s still meant something. When we still had 10 soaps on the air. When nominees were for the most part chosen on talent…not just because they have to fill up the categories somehow. It was a night of some surreal and hilarious and poignant moments for me. I met the late Benjamin Hendrickson outside the auditorium and had a smoke with him.… Read more »

Linda Cox
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Linda Cox

Those were the good ‘ole days! I went to 3 daytime emmy award shows at Radio City and I loved it! Especially the first time seeing all my favorites up close! That’s when soaps were respected and recognized as an important part of television. I have loads and loads of pictures of so many of the stars and will cherish them forever! My friend and I bumped into Tony Geary aT the 2005 Emmys at Radio City and I was so in awe that I couldn’t even say “hi”!! He just smiled and kept on walking…Hilarious!! but those days are… Read more »

KM
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KM

I’ll just wait for the list of winners, thanks. The steaming broadcast is a nice courtesy to the nominees and their families and friends but I can’t see too many other people bothering to watch. I personally don’t want to sit glued to a computer screen or other mobile device to watch an overload of ad and a bunch of other content I really have no interest in (game shows, talk shows, kiddie shows etc) with no ability to FF thru those things. Let’s hope the producers at least had/have the good sense to eliminate schlocky production numbers, comic routines… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

I am sorry I really disagree with your premise of putting daytime drama against the current crop of primetime dramas. Production wise and sadly in some cases talent wise a soap cant go up against shows like Mad Men, Fargo, The Good Wife, Game of Thrones or even Scandal. There is reason most critics call primetime the second golden age of television. These are shows that break the rules. As for daytime if Judge Judy can bring in 10 million a day then the audience is there. Forsoaps to get any more rrespect there needs to be a soap that… Read more »

Leah
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Leah

Fan & Faved!! Soaps need to branch out and get away from the expectation of ‘dysfunction’ being the only measure of an actor or s/l. Not all stories have to be cheating, WTDs, scheming with no real goal. Why not show committed, strong characters mixed in?

Soaps have sadly become reality tv.

Omar
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Omar

Excellent point Nicole!!!

CAROL DEE
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CAROL DEE

Love GH. Always will, snubbing it and awards on t v big mistake, not watching it.

Rod
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Rod

Won’t even bother watching. Not to mention GH was TOTALLY ROBBED!!! Sad that the networks screw there fans!!! Will watch for results to be posted. SO SAD

Brett
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Brett

The Daytime Emmys had already lost all credability with me this year anyway after the best soap, no scratch that, the best TV show on the air General Hospital was not nominated for Outstanding daytime drama and the crappy online version of One Life To Live was, add to that that both CBS soaps which are at all time low’s got dozens of nominations and now this, what a joke. I won’t even bother to watch this year.

Cece
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Cece

This is sad for those that do not use computers… and enjoyed watching on TV.
We will soon hear that soaps will be gone on all the channels… just wait and see!

Timmm
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Timmm

Those without a computer or a pad would be in the minority.

Cece
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Cece

Forgot to add…. Will it be closed captioned for deafies like me?

Mo
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Mo

It’s a shame.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Good news/bad news, right? I cannot understand why the Daytime Emmy Awards are so maligned. Even with questions about how they are doled out or the curious categories, it is good to have a forum to recognize excellence. The broadcast webs and cablers benefit from their daytime programming and the syndicated fare they run so I am unsure why a major entity cannot invest in this presentation… and do it right. yes, maybe is should be a daytime event, but let’s give this daypart and its programming some cred, please.

PatF
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PatF

Junk.

Should’ve been on TVGN.

Timmm
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Timmm

I know thats a strange one. They show other soap content and they do not have a long list of original programming. I guess to them its a big project for them to take on and lets face it, the TV broadcast last year looked like it was done by an eighth grade film class! who wants to put their name on something if they cannot do it right?

Timmm
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Timmm

You know, soaps get a bad rap for being a dying breed but being on the internet in other forms of entertainment would be seen as a progressive move. Example: Jerry Seinfeld has a web series on the internet that is very successful. People credit him with being innovative and taking a risk. Soaps, they say well who the hell would watch this on TV, we’ll dump it on the internet. The internet is so popular now. People stream tons of entertainment onto their phones and tablets. I think the Daytime Emmys will relish on the internet and will be… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

I HATE how the news reports this that it’s the lack of interest of soaps that has caused it. Y&R
has better ratings than most of the crap on prime time. How many new prime time shows were canceled this year, it was a bloodbath. But the soaps are “dying”. Gimme a break.

Izabel
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Izabel

WHY??? So stupid. K, I understand that were not back in the day anymore and life IS online 90% of the time but… That’s kinda sad. I’m noot a techie’ so maybe its just me but I like the idea oof seeing it on a big screen without wasting or jepordizing my computer possibly having it freeze. Especially since most soap fans are probably older and might appreciate leaving well enough alone. If they’ve successfully done it tthrough decades on tv why not anymore? #OLDSCHOOLEMMYS

AMANDA
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AMANDA

Thank you Michael—at least we can watch it on-line.

Rapids
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Rapids

The soap awards have little meaning nowadays when only four soaps remain on the air. It’s kind of a joke to pick the best of four anything. The heyday of soaps is in the distant past and they will all be gone someday. Networks and cable stations know the numbers and have concluded the audience is not there for this set of awards. Other daytime genres are doing well, whoever wins best talk or lifestyle programming actually competed with a large field of competitors.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I always watched the daytime emmy awards on the tv … That’s the way it should be shown on the television and NOT on-line. It wouldn’t be the same on-line at all!

su0000
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su0000

Many can watch it on TV.. lol
All who have a Smart TV, or PC with HDMI can watch on their TV’s, ,,
Most likely it will be available for download to watch whenever,, so no problem ..
I am only interested in the outcome of two soaps and have no time or want to sit through all of the tv networks talk, cooking, game show awards..
I’ll read and see the clips of the soap winners hours after it airs..

BARBARA G
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BARBARA G

SAD DAY WHEN THE DAYTIME EMMYS ARE NOT BEING BROADCAST. NOT FAIR TO THE FANS AND THE ACTOR AND ACTRESS. WITH ALL THE JUNK ADWARDS SHOW THEY HAVE NOW WHY WOULD THE NETWORKS NOT AIR IT. HOPE THEY WILL NEXT YEAR.

Genny P.
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Genny P.

I agree with others that daytime deserves more than streamlining the awards. I understand that you will have a team of experts to make sure that nothing goes wrong but what about the households that might experience downtime because of their internet service. Please put it back on TV where it belongs. If you have a soap on the internet then have their awards on the internet. But all the soaps and game shows are on TV and that is where the awards should be.

mk
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mk

This is actually Good news, it means they will have time for clips and give daytime the tribute, without network brass. If the numbers are good then it it will help to get back on TV.

Charles B
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Charles B

CBS loves to announce that they are daytime’s top network but will not cover the Daytime Emmys? Les Moonves needs to wake up. It was an excellent opportunity for him to display his daytime shows in prime-time. I’m still upset that he allowed Barbara Bloomless (Thank God she is gone) to cancel GL and ATWT. He replaced one with The Talk for his wife. He replaced the other with LMAD, which is not any better. Bring back the Emmy’s!

cathy, woon
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cathy, woon

I thin k it is terrible. Not on TV

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So what else is new? Daytime has historically been treated like “the red-headed stepsister.”

Linda Cox
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Linda Cox

Hello Mr. Fairman and thank you for keeping the fans up to date with all the soap happenings….with that said, I think that the decision to “stream” the daytime emmys is horrible idea! We watch these stories all year long and look forward to the infamous night of the big award reveals to be seen on national TV! I was thrilled when it was first mentiomed that the Emmys would be broadcasted again on HLN but just this morning, I got the news that they will be streamed. Ughhh!!! I’m glad I can still watch them but it would have… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Can someone tell me if Ari Zucker and Shawn Christian are a couple in real life? I sure hope not. I know he works with her with her charity, but they seem to be together a lot. Thank you.

All My Children

‘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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