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42nd Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Televised On POP! Daytime's Biggest Night Shifts Venue With Focus On Return To Glamour!

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Courtesy/NATAS/POP

The Daytime Emmys are returning to television! After a year where it was only seen online via live-stream, this morning NATAS has issued their official announcement, and it’s very good news!

With a return to glamour, the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys are slated for Sunday, April 26th at 8PMET, to be broadcast on Pop: the network that currently airs same day repeat broadcasts of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, and will be shortly offering up the new docu-soap series, Queens of Drama!

In addition, there is a major venue change! No longer will the ceremonies be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but for the first time on the famous Stage 16 on the famed Warner Brothers Studio Lot.  Below is the official press release with some key details including; the name of this year’s telecast producer, Michael Levitt, who has been at the helm of many well-known television award shows.  And, look for the final nominations to be announced on a new date on Tuesday, March 31st!

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and Pop, a newly rebranded television network seen in more than 80 million homes (formerly TV Guide Network), today announced that 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be nationally broadcast live on Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT exclusively on Pop.  In addition, NATAS announced that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

Televised from the legendary Warner Bros. Studios lot on Stage 16 – the location of countless iconic Hollywood films such as  Casablanca, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters –  The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show will be executive produced by Michael Levitt, one of the industry’s most acclaimed producers of live events and awards shows.

“Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “With the Warner Bros Studios as our venue, where so many great films and television shows have been made, coupled together with Michael Levitt, our executive producer, who created the TV Land Awards, and has produced numerous live event specials including The Producers Guild Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, and E! Live from the Red Carpet shows for the Golden Globes and Oscars, this promises to be a very special telecast of the
42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

“As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “Daytime audiences are some of the most amazing and passionate in all of television, and we are proud to honor the greatest works and achievements of daytime. Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this.”

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“As a fan of daytime television, I couldn’t be more honored to be producing this landmark special. The daytime community consistently generates quality programming and has so much to be proud of. I’m thrilled to be able to produce this ceremony that will celebrate the best of daytime in a memorable, fun and reverential way,” said Levitt.

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“We are very thrilled about presenting our two premier shows in this new and exciting way,” said NATAS Daytime Senior Vice President David Michaels, “And adding the luxurious Universal Hilton as the setting for our Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards guarantees a very special celebration!”

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast during the 2014 calendar year. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala honors the crafts behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre.

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of NATAS in cooperation with the Television Academy. The show will be produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions with Gary Tellalian and Mike Rothman also serving as executive producers.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 14,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.

About Pop

Fans don’t sit at the outskirts of pop culture making snarky comments. They live right smack in the middle of it, sharing, creating, and connecting their passions with others. At Pop, fans finally have a destination that celebrates the fun of being a fan. Fans aren’t even fans anymore – they’re gladiators, tributes, human beings and blockheads. Seen in more than 80 million homes, Pop gives fans a dedicated channel that loves being a fan as much as they do. A channel that respects talent over celebrity. A channel filled with optimism, passion, humor, and excitement. A channel that understands the fun doesn’t stop when the credits roll… it’s really just the beginning.

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Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). The partnership combines CBS’s programming, production and marketing assets with Lionsgate’s resources in motion pictures, television and digitally delivered content. Pop’s ownership structure is comprised of the company with the #1 broadcast network and many of the top first-run syndication series (Entertainment Tonight, The Insider) and the studio that produces and distributes the blockbuster Hunger Games,  Twilight and Divergent franchises and produces such award-winning TV series as Mad Men and Orange is the New Black.

Michael Levitt Productions

In less than a decade, Michael Levitt has risen through the Hollywood production ranks to emerge as one of the entertainment industry’s most successful and sought-after producers of live event television programming. Emmy Award-nominated founder, CEO and Executive Producer Michael Levitt has earned his reputation as a hands-on creative producer with a strong emphasis on working with talent. Michael Levitt Productions has a produced an array of diverse programs including award shows, music specials, reality shows, live events, non-fiction informational series and reunion specials including:  SKIN WARS,  Ask Oprah’s All- Stars, Radio Disney Music Awards, Scream Awards,  The ALMA Awards, The Billboard Music Awards,  Cause for Paws: An All-star Dog Spectacular,  E! Live From the Red Carpet: Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes,  VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards,  Young Hollywood Awards,  Game Show Awards, Bravo’s “A-list Awards,  Motown Live!, The Soul Train Awards, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,  Britney Spears: There’s No Place Like Home , and four highly-rated network reunion specials: Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork, Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion, Knots Landing: Together Again, and Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting. Warner Bros. Entertainment is headquartered at the Warner Bros. Studios lot, 142 acres in Burbank, California, which is considered one of the foremost motion picture and television production and post-production facilities in the world and home to 35 soundstages (including one of the world’s tallest stages, which has an in-ground tank capable of holding more than two million gallons of water).

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys returning to TV and on Pop?  What do you think about the venue change?  Share your comments below!

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

This is great news…why not get former daytime legends to host this show or someone who is currently on daytime…no Kathy Griffens or those others who were on the red carpet…enough with the trashy tacky tasteless performers who dont know a thing about daytime …I want GLAMOUR! GLAMOUR! GLAMOUR!…lol

Leo
Leo

Kathy Griffin wasn’t the problem with last year’s show. If anything, she was the only person that held any thread of professionalism together.

Not sure I am going to trust this show until I see it with my own eyes.

Timmm
Timmm

Kathy Griffins has no day time ties and she is one of the meanest C list celebrities in TV history!

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

She still seemed out of place…jmo

Jeremy
Jeremy

Leeza Gibbons!

Timmm
Timmm

Jeremy, Leeza is a great choice. I watched her on Celebrity Apprentice and she is one of the classiest people I’ve ever seen on TV.

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

She’d be perfect!!!

k/kay
k/kay

I do not watch Days of Our Lives but God help me I am pulling for Allison Sweeney as Best Actress she has worked her tail off for twent one year’s considered a fat kid for how long! You go Girl take it all!!!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Timmm – yeah, I watched her too, on CA and yes, that’s what this program needs…. someone with class and a great reputation.
She knows how to command the stage in her own right.

I say Leeza Gibbons alongside with John Tesh. He has a credit or two with Soapdish and Santa Barbara. I think they would be the perfect duo. Or, she could lead, and he could support her. 🙂

Ella
Ella

We need to mention Sharon Case is a wonderful actress who for some reason works so hard on Young and the Restless and was not mentioned at this years nomination Emmys for Daytime. We love you Sharon Case! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

Amen!

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

Whether nominated or not, Sharon Case is a winner with her many fans!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Sharon Case and Melody Thomas Scott have both done great work over the years they know it and I will continue to say this the emmy is a dust collector. And neither actress lobbies for it darlings it is all politics just like Washinton DC get out there study your craft do your job and screw the rest!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Woohoo! And the program is not relegated to summer anymore. There is hope here, no? After nearly a decade of mess, the Daytime Emmys may finally come back to life like so many citizens of Port Charles!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Hoping I get this channel. I’d love to see the Emmy’s again!

davlestev1
davlestev1

If you have Cable or Sattelite it’s the former TVGN(TVGUIDE)NETWORK…it’s a basic channel on a lower digital tier…yeah it’s not on the Basic Cable tier for my company..but it’s the channel I go to for DVR of B&B and Y&R…at least it’s not as bad as trying to use a stand alone tv..converter box…and antenna..with one foot out the window…one elbow holding you against a wall..and constant jazz hands holding the antenna while trying to bring up the days episode of The Doctors on RETRO TV…AUUUGHHHH!!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

OMG Thank you for the hilarious visual! I love it. LOL I have Directv so I will be looking today. We should have it .The only problem is finding the darn thing. Way too many channels that we don’t watch but can’t get rid of because they “come with your package…sorry” yeah so I get to scroll through numerous unused channels in the vain hope that I’ll find one I want to watch..;)

Timmm
Timmm

273 on Directv

Timmm
Timmm

Its the channel that runs Love Boat reruns every weekend.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

yes! Thanks..just found it. So happy!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

LOL LeeAnn and i feel your pain about the myriad of channels that are woefully underused by us the consumers and yet..we are forced to have them..and oh yeah..you’re gonna PAY for ’em too…I gave up on retro tv…the doctors came in..I walked by the antenna and Hope Memorial was long gone to blue screen…I said things I had no idea could come out of my mouth…that should help people Timmm…and then again..one region offers something and yet..another city 5 miles away…SAME COMPANY…doesn’t offer…it’s a hoot!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I too have been shocked at what has come out of my mouth at times of great (tv watching) distress..as well as my poor husband and kids. They sit there, eyes wide, looking at each other as they are all thinking “OMG did mom just say THAT?”…lol

Timmm
Timmm

The kids today dont even screw with cable or satellite. They go with apps and internet content. Its a lot cheaper and some companies offer a internet DVR service so you can tape your shows and watch them whenever like we all have since the advent of the VCR. These cable companies used to have you over a barrel but technology is giving consumers more choices and the freedom to cut the cable if you wish.

Sheryl
Sheryl

We are all so happy to see our soap opera rewards again on Tv ,thank you everyone who worked to make this happen. That is the best news .

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I only get basic cable, can’t afford premium channels. But I’m glad it’s on TV this year.

su0000
su0000

I have Comcast premium/whatever .. and it does not carry POP ..

davlestev1
davlestev1

YES IT DOES su0000 you actually get it on the lower tier..go look at your guide girl!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I think its 182?

Mo
Mo

I don’t believe POP is a premium channel. I get POP and just have the basic cable.

su0000
su0000

I checked..
here were I am comcast does not offer POP no matter what level of cable..
It discontinued TVGN now POP in 2011 ..

Tim
Tim

If you have Comcast,you should have POP,check the higher channels in your tv listings.

su0000
su0000

Hi..
It depends where you are in America..
Here in Mn Comcast doesn’t carry POP 🙁

davlestev1
davlestev1

OR just go have a POP su0000 LOL…all yo drama…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

POP was TVGN…the TV guide network. It’s been rolling out across the board since early 2015 . If you have basic cable it should “pop” up eventually.

Candy
Candy

I don’t get POP channel on my cable company, any chance this will be on line to watch again like last year

davlestev1
davlestev1

All cable companies carry this channel…it’s like syfy or tbs

Candy
Candy

Sorry to say mine in OR does not have on channel lineup

davlestev1
davlestev1

I feel you Candy…like I said above..probably the city right NEXT to you gets that channel but yours doesn’t…it’s weird…it’s just plain dumb…and you can make a stink(albeit) little man big company..and try to get it before the awards..but TRUST…the entire ceremony will show up on-line eventually…and not long after they air..I struggled with retro tv’s signal for the classic Doctors..all unnecessary.. the entirety of the episodes I found on-line already…up to date…

Alan
Alan

I think the network is a good home for the awards. POP definitely seems to have a love for the soaps with the same day recasts of Y&R and B&B as well as reruns of 90210 and Melrose Place.

I would suggest Nancy Lee Grahn as the Red Carpet host and favorite couples of the past as the presenters (Eugene and Calliope/DOOL; Lance and Lori/Y&R; Cliff and Nina/AMC) to appeal to both current as well as lapsed viewers who might be drawn back to the genre if the producers actually show clips of the nominated performances this year.

mollie
mollie

Great suggestions, Alan!

Nancy Lee Grahn is terrific, experienced and funny. Everyone loves favorite couples past and present.

Hope someone in charge is listening to you!!

Timmm
Timmm

Nancy is too hyper.

Me
Me

Thrilled about this outstanding blah blah blah… If only soap producers would really acknowledge and care for what the audience wants and likes, the soap future wouldn’t be so dire.

Mo
Mo

I think it’s a good idea.

Don
Don

It would be nice of it was still streamed, too. There are cable systems that don’t carry this network. Cox cable is one of them.

Mr. X
Mr. X

You best check again. I have Cox out here in So. Cal. and they carry POP.

su0000
su0000

Different states carry their own lineups..
What one states gets another many not..

I was told that from Comcast, today .. So???

Mr. X
Mr. X

States have no say in a cable company’s channel lineups. I suppose it’s possible Cox doesn’t carry POP in Don’s area of the country.

Ghlover
Ghlover

HELLO? SUSAN LUCCI AS HOST!!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Who?

Linda
Linda

I hope the Daytime Emmy show goes back to the way it was. Show clips of the nominated actors, actresses and shows. Mr. Levitt should watch the Dick Clark Production Daytime Emmys for inspiration.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay, we all love soaps, but let’s not forget the other players in daytime television– it is great ALL of them are going to be treated with more respect and given a proper ceremony produced by people who actually think they deserve to be treated with class.
And unless they can get professional interviewers I would skip televising the red carpet. No one, absolutely no one wants to see the fiasco those poor souls were subjected to last year again.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I have downgraded cable services to High Speed internet only. Even when I had Cable the tier I had at some point took TV Guide away. The daytime emmys have always been a poor relation to the primetime emmys and each year I was disappointed in the broadcasts.

I will be rooting for my favorites to win, but I won’t be watching the live broadcast.

Fran
Fran

lets hope they have better host / hosts, last year was a train wreck

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

POP was TVGN…TV guide network. It’s been making the change and rolling out to all basic cable since early this year so if u don’t have it yet you probably will.

su0000
su0000

It depends if you cable service carries POP..
there are many different cable providers.
not all cable providers carry POP and some that do carry POP may not carry if in your area..
Comcast carries POP in some areas/states and not in other..and Comcast is just one of the many providers..
Comcast use to carry TVGN in my area but dropped it in 2011 ..

Nikki
Nikki

Bringing back glamour??? How about bringing back honesty? That is what fans want. Last year was a joke. People winning that actually had done nothing. Real actors/actresses not even nominated. If it’s anything like last years, you know it wont be watched & then no sponsor’s will want to support it, which means no money going into it-no show.

Rodd
Rodd

I am so happy that this producer at least “talks the talk”, which I hope will lead to a classy show this year. I would LOVE to see some big name soap stars hosting and presenting and not so many “stars” outside the medium. I don’t need some prime time star without a connection to daytime to draw my attention. I watch for the soap stars. And while I acknowledge that with only four soaps left, it limits the air time in daytime. However, soaps employ three to four times the number of “stars” that a talk or kids show does. That’s my somewhat weak excuse to want my soap stars front and center. The other types of shows deserve their day in the sun, but it’s the soap stars (whether I watch them all or not) that I tune in to see. So, Mr. Levitt, I hope the hosts and presenters are selected from the daytime arena. We’re watching and hoping.

Timmm
Timmm

One step back to being relevant! I would have Michelle Stafford, Regis Philbin, Josh and Steve from Y&R and Lisa C. from GH do the red carpet. For hosting duties I love an early posters idea of Leeza Gibbons as host but also like Julie Chen. I want the show to show lots of clips and PLEASE dont try any comedy or music bits. They always fail!

Susan Nissenbaum
Susan Nissenbaum

As a huge soap fan, I too, do not have the POP channel on Cablevision! Will we be able to see it on line after it airs? Perhaps CBS can run it on late night TV? Please…… Do not disappoint us loyal soap viewers of this wonderful night of awards!

Anna
Anna

What if your cable carrier doesn’t carry POP? Any other way to watch?

frank petrelli
frank petrelli

Thanks for putting DAYS OF OUR LIVES on your evening schedule

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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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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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