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42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners Announced!

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Friday night in ceremonies held at the Universal Hilton in Universal City California, the 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners were announced which featured 8 wins in the daytime drama categories for CBS The Bold and the Beautiful, which puts them squarely in the lead heading into Sunday’s 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy telecast.

B&B was followed by General Hospital and The Young and the Restless with three wins each, and Days of our Lives with two.  While the night honored the hard working men and women behind the scenes and creative departments in daytime programming.

The ceremonies also featured some award categories for web series stars, and for the first time the new category of  Guest Star in a Daytime Drama Series.  That category wound up in a three-way tie between GH’s Donna Mills (Madeline), B&B’s Fred Willard (John), and Y&R’s Ray Wise (Ian).  This was the iconic Donna Mills first every Emmy award in her television career.

Congratulations to all! Here now is the list of those who took home some gold last night in the field of Daytime Drama and New Approaches (web series)!

Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series
Martha Byrne, as Alexis Jordan / Joanne Edwards in Anacostia

Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series
The Bay The Series

Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series (tie)
Fred Willard, as John Forrester
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

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Ray Wise, as Ian Ward
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Donna Mills, as Madeline Reeves
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

 

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Outstanding Original Song – Drama
“Hands of Time”
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Stunt Coordination (tie)
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
The Bold and the Beautiful (“steps”) CBS

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC)

 

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Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series
Days of our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series
Days of our Lives (NBC)

So what do you think about who won the gold at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys?  Happy to hear Donna Mills won her first Emmy?  Do you think The Bold and the Beautiful will now be the frontrunner to take Drama Series on Sunday night’s Daytime Emmy telecast on Pop?  Share your thoughts on this year’s winners below!

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jeremy
jeremy

Congrats, Donna you deserve this win 🙂

Charday
Charday

Hard to believe this was Donna Mills first Emmy, but well-deserved. Congrats.

PatF
PatF

Congrats to the winners….

But…Days wins set design, and GH makeup? Hmmmmm.

Sunday will be interesting.

Derrick
Derrick

DAYS winning set design was a SHOCK!!!!

Shay
Shay

Congratulations to Donna Mills! Hope we can look forward to a return engagement for “Magda/Madeline!” By the way, she looked absolutely stunning!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im really glad Donna won too…liked her on LIAMST soap back in the late 60s and in tv movie, ‘Live Again, Die Again,’ and in theatrical movie, ‘Play Misty For Me’ and of course ‘Knots Landing’…i thought Ilene Kristen shouldve also been nominated for guest appearance too…i hope KG…our favorite Mutter…is nominated for a supporting emmy next year!!!

Shay
Shay

Yes, jimh, you are so right, Ilene also deserved a nomination, as did Constance Towers! Both were awesome in their own inimitable fashion. And Thaao Penghlis, too! I think the academy needs to separate the Emmy category for guest appearances into male and female categories….there were so many deserving individuals with limited roles this past year and most were on GH! As for Mutter, OMG, yes! Kathleen Gati most definitely should win for best supporting actress….she is utterly superb! I certainly hope she has another stunning musical number (or two…) at the upcoming Nurses’ Ball!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I’m hoping right along with you, jimh….about K Gati winning next year, that is.
Congrats to Ms Mills…love her.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes, ilike that idea of seperate male and female guest appearance emmy nomination…maybe next year!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

B&B has always had strong production values so there no surprise they would get the majority of these awards. Surprise there was a three way tie for guest spot, but I’m glad Ms Mills finally got an Emmy for something. The only one I was confused by is Days getting an award for set decoration,scenic design and art direction– but I suppose trying to make the same set look like 5 or more other sets, does take some talent and pushing some plastic tulips into foam, does make the fake park look very spring like– LOL– I’m glad they won but not sure why

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The park really improved since it got rid of that stairway to nowhere and that white couch that never got dirty…i guess birds only like to poop on benches and the back of my dang head!!!…lol

dmr
dmr

Perhaps they won for alternative/creative set design ideas on a shoe string budget? HA! I forgot about the couch. I still don’t know-is the square outside-the couch confused me. I assumed it was outside with people running throught the square into the “park” and “woods.” It must have a dome for inclement weather, haha!

Mary SF
Mary SF

They didn’t get rid of the white couch, some kids for Salem U must of have stolen it because it is now in their lobby on campus– LOL

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, jimh. That infamous staircase served its purpose, no? Sadly the purpose was for Nicole to tumble from it, losing her unborn baby; which I detest when soaps do that. And, of course, that staircase landed Jenny in jail….I was glad for that, though….LOL.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im so bored with JJ and Paige right now i didnt even notice that couch in Salem U…i guess if they can recycle sets they can recycle that couch too…now what happened to the former Dimera drawing room?????

CeeCee
CeeCee

Has anyone ever seen a WHITE couch on campus? What University would do that?……especially in the students’s lounge. Idiotic, I say!

code
code

I dont think B&B will take home drama series, but they are serious contender for directing team and supporting actor.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Sharon Case should of been nominated. Her work on The Young and The Restless has been outstanding for the past several years 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Kim. Sharon Case is the only credible character, in my opinion.
Every challenging role she is given, she makes her own and excels in it.
We are given front row seats for her front-burner performances, yet she is kept in obscurity…know what I mean?

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

I feel Sharon Case playing the great talented Sharon Newman YR is being dissed like Susan Lucci was on AMC all those years. Please give Sharon Case her own award she deserves it

Jules
Jules

I’m pretty sure she has an Emmy…..:/

CeeCee
CeeCee

I remember Sharon Case won an Emmy in 1999. I was thirteen at the time. But, she deserved to have been, at least, nominated this year….she was outstanding.

Rick
Rick

DAYS won for Art Direction/Set Decoration? LMAO — is this a JOKE???

DAYS has the WORST sets in daytime HISTORY. This award alone proves what a complete joke the Daytime Emmys are.

Joel
Joel

I couldn’t agree more!!!! Everyone running into each other at that friggin park is nuts.

dmr
dmr

I wouldn’t want to be relaxing with glass of wine having lunch watching Daniel or Jennifer in their workout gear running through the square-into the park-into the woods. HA!

code
code

I was shock as well , but they did not submitt the park , they submitted the college set design. They use to have
Great sets about 15 yrs ago, but we do not select the winners.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right? Each one of those characters thinks out loud…or have secret meetings that aren’t so secret. If that park could only talk….!!!!!!!! LOL.

code
code

Scratch last replied it was the river set were nick drown.

Darrell
Darrell

I think it was TERRIFIC Donna Mills won her 1st Emmy Award! Ms. Mills has ALWAYS been a great classy actress! Who can forget Abby on Knots Landing? Congratulations! Few actress of todays generation can do what she does!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

OK fans….. ante up

DAYS won for best set decoration

ROFLMAO

where do we go from here ?

best serial still

Stephanie
Stephanie

Days won set direction? Really?! I guess the fact that they can re-dress one office set for everyone makes them winners….Sorry, but the fact that there are so few sets these days Is not outstanding in my opinion.

Nick D.
Nick D.

Days for set design? I guess I missed a few episodes.

3 way tie on the first stars? At least Donna got her award – she deserved it! They should have aired that one Sunday with all the name actors competing for it.

Congrats to all the shows and ask the winners!

Steven
Steven

How did DAYS win for set design?!?!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The river set where it was believed that Nick drowned.

Tom
Tom

So different from the days when there were a dozen or more soaps.

su0000
su0000

I had a good laugh over this one;

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Most, not all, wear wigs or have a 10000 hair extions, their hair is rarely natural..
ohh well, lol ..

GH.. All seem to have their own natural hair.
(dont know about B&B and DOOL hair)

guess the award is for best wigs and extensions.. aha!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Su. Y&R has the worst hairstyles/hairstylists of the remaining soaps. Abby and Lauren sport the worst….passe’ and artificial. Phyllis and Chelsea wear the most natural hairdos.

mark
mark

Congratulations Donna Mills you are one of the greatest soap stars of all time! You will always be the scheming Abby to me though love Knots Landing so much!

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

As she has appeared on television on daytime serials, night time series, and made-for-television movies for 45 years, I’m am very surprised that this was Donna Mills’ first Emmy award.

I’ve enjoyed watching Miss Mills for decades on the various television shows/movies in which she has appeared. Frequently, it appeared to me that Mills was carrying a LOT of this programming “on her back.” One could make the argument that she single handedly “saved” an early “Knots Landing” from cancellation by the way Mills, formerly known as a “good girl” TV actress, nailed the role of vixen Abby Fairgate.

It SHOCKS me that this is the first win by this woman. I don’t think that, over her career, Mills has gotten the industry recognition that she has repeatedly has deserved.

Also, I’m a little unimpressed that, given the current, less than stellar state of daytime serials, one of these shows is not clamoring to get Mills to bring her very popular presence to their show on a more permanent basis. Mills implicitly shows an willingness to return to her daytime roots by her recent “cameo” appearances on General Hospital. Why doesn’t someone like Brad Bell try to land her under a regular contract? Mills would be a PERFECT (and much needed) addition to Bold & Beautiful — playing a sorely needed, appropriate love interest for Eric Forester.

BRIAN
BRIAN

is it possible to watch the emmy’s in canada ?? —–thanks brian

Jules
Jules

What a joke, a three way tie! Who’s ever heard of such a thing!?! What kind of honour does that make? Like Oprah- YOU GET AN AWARD! YOU GET AN AWARD! EVERYBODY GETS AN AWARD!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Except for you Meredith Baxter– a three way tie and she still didn’t make the cut– talk about a blow to the ego.

dmr
dmr

I agree Jules and Mary SF-sort of ridiculous; athough, I am thrilled that Donna Mills was recognized for her talents. With only four soaps left, there really isn’t a reason for a tie in any category-IMO.

Derrick
Derrick

Congrats B&B on a whopping 7 wins, Y&R on 3 wins and DAYS on 2 wins!

I would’ve prefer Meredith Baxter over Fred Willard for Guest Performer!

code
code

Well put

janet
janet

I am completely shocked this was Donna Mills first. nomination and win. She was the best on knots Landing ! She almost carried the show alone.. I didn’t see much of her on GH. I really can’t watch the mess this show has turned into. Congrats to Donna and Ray also. I remember him on soaps before.

robert
robert

Glad Donna Mills won her first emmy after all these years. Was not surprised Ray Wise and Fred Willard also won. I think B&B may have become the frontrunner to win drama series,because they dominated the creative arts emmys,and sometimes this is a sign of what’s to come. I think it is a tossup over who will win Drama Series,because none of them really stand. I thought their were much better episodes for the shows to choose from,but my pick is DAYS because of the gay wedding. It was an historic first for daytime,and the day in age we now live in. The problem with B&B’s reel,it focused more on location than story. GH only submitted one good episode. The nurses ball episode may have too much comedy in it to win. Y&R selected the same story 2 years in a row. It may turn off the voters Y&R selected the same thing again,but this is Jill Farren Phelps your talking about,the academy sure seems to love her. I think she’s won more emmys than any other producer in history. She usually picks an emotional impact episode,what I think the voters look for.

Jason Loves GH
Jason Loves GH

Donna Mills is very deserving of this award. She lights up the screen every time that she’s on, which isn’t nearly often enough, in my opinion. Come back soon, Donna! Congratulations on your 1st Emmy!

Dan
Dan

Congrats to Donna Mills! Loved her as Madeline on GH. Hoping we haven’t seen the last of her in Port Charles.

Rodd
Rodd

Congratulations to all! However, I must admit I’m confused by how DAYS could win for best sets. They look like a bad high school production, just cheap. The other three soaps easily have better looking sets.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

DOOL wins Emmy for Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! They won for those omnipresent gawd-awful trees?!?! This win alone tells you all you need to know about the validity of the Daytime Emmys…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Too funny !!!!

code
code

The other shows have a whole hell more money to throw around , especially B&B. So back off Days.

CeeCee
CeeCee

There you go again, code. You back off!……and allow other posters to opine.

code
code

I’m just started Cee Cee , giving a opinion is one thing but bashing a show that is struggling is low and disrespectful. So days won the award. When all gives opinions till were blue in the face , it will not change Days won the award.

Mo
Mo

Was hoping Meredith would win, but congratulations to fellow Delta Gamma Donna Mills.

Mo
Mo

Y&R should not have won for hair.

code
code

I agree

kalamaty
kalamaty

Happy for all winners, but really REALLY felt that Meredith Baxter was the strongest performer in that category. She was riveting to watch and she mixed it up with series regulars like she had been doing it for years.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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