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42nd Annual Daytime Emmys: What Did You Think Of The Telecast?

On Sunday night, April 26th the stars of daytime television stepped out for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmys with a return to television and broadcast on Pop.   The ceremonies for the first time were held at stage 16 on the Warner Brothers Studio lot.  Hosted by Tyra Banks, the two hour plus telecast featured several notable moments in the show.

Days of our Lives was given its due for its upcoming 5oth anniversary celebration with a moving clip package looking through the sands of the hourglass with memorable moments from the show as Deidre Hall (Marlena) anchored the segment and the cast and EP Ken Corday took an on-stage bow.  The show would later tie for the Outstanding Drama Series.  Tessanne Chin, winner of season five of the The Voice, performed “What I Did For Love” alongside a montage of some of the most romantic scenes and heartbreak from love stories on the soaps.

Television icon Betty White was bestowed a “Lifetime Achievement Award” during which Regis Philbin, Tom Bergeron, Fred Willard, Marie Osmond and Charo played a game of Password which celebrated her love of the game show and many appearances during its run.  The 93 year old’s best television moments were featured in a career showcase spanning more than 60 years and seven Emmy Awards.   The late comedian and television legend Joan Rivers was remembered and her emotional Daytime Emmy Awards speech from her 1990 win moved the audience.  Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers gave tribute to her mother and introduced the In Memoriam tribute. Singer Babyface performed “Gone to Soon” as talent from the daytime community was remembered.

Drama Series was presented by now 8-time Daytime Emmy winner Anthony Geary alongside his longtime scene partner Genie Francis as GH’s Luke and Laura were reunited once again on stage to give out the final category of the night.

School teacher Sharon Hofreiter was made the Cinderella of the Daytime Emmy telecast when she presented with The Young and the Restless Daniel Goddard (Cane), who was her favorite daytime actor.   Sharon was surprised at her school when Daniel walked in front of a school staff meeting and asked her to present with him at the Emmys! The clip package of the moment was shown to the audience prior to Sharon and Daniel presenting their award.

Throughout the show some of the fan favorite voting categories winners were revealed from viewers votes leading up to the Emmys on Pop’s website including: Best Bitch-Slap, and Favorite Wedding Disaster.

Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny)  gave one of the best speeches of the night when he won for Outstanding Younger Actor and Amelia Heinle (Victoria)  from The Young and the Restless was almost speechless in her second victory in a row for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

So, what were your thoughts on this year’s Daytime Emmys? Would you give it a high-five … a thumbs up … a thumbs down?  Did you enjoy the emotional moments dedicated to the soaps throughout the show?  Watch a view  shortened clips via Pop of some of the highlights of the night from the broadcast below!

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So surprised Amelia and Hunter won for the second straight year. Hunter more so I guess. There were others who should have been recognized.

Yay for Freddie!

Did not like any of Tyra’s outfits. Also, most of the things they did did not work. Did not like the opening and then everyone saying ML’s name was not fun and had things go longer. He should just donate some money to charity, but I guess he wanted to be on everyone’s lips. The game to introduce Betty White was not good. Show us more clips, either of Betty or the nominees. Same with the Family Feud end. And Ms. J’s walk to the podium was not necessary. Didn’t see all of the fan vote results. And the giving away the vacuum cleaner–really? And the cruise–nice for those who won, but move on.

It was nice it was on TV and it wasn’t the worst award show I’ve seen, but it could have been better.

Congrats to Days for winning Best Drama. So surprised Y&R was the other winner. I thought it was going to be B&B. B&B won for best directing and writing so I guess it’s the acting that didn’t bring them the gold for best drama. (Just kidding.)

I guess if B&B and GH want to win Best Drama they need to have Eileen Davidson on their show.

Tessanne Chin did a good job. Wish I could have seen more of the clips. I think they did a nice job with the in memoriam. I liked the tribute to Days’ 50th.

I would prefer just to show clips of the nominees and give out the awards. I don’t need the game showy aspects, the rapping, the try to be cute opening, the Cinderella fan, fan audience…they didn’t work and would much rather have seen clips.

I did like the fan votes, but we didn’t see all the winners.

Didn’t like Tyra and her cohorts telling me about themselves and advertising their show. Don’t care. I won’t be watching. Give out the award.

Hope they improve things for next year. I think they can start with the host.

I live in Ontario, Canada and I couldn’t get the Daytime Emmys on any channel here. I don’t have access to POP on Rogers Cable. Is it available to watch online now? I also want to watch the Queens of Drama. What about fans in Canada? How can we watch?

It isn’t just Canada T. Many households here, in the US do not have POP.

Hope they find a better way to broadcast it next year. I’m sure their audience numbers would go up. I couldn’t get it either which was a disappointment.

I live in Ontario too. Unfortunately the only links that I have found to actually watch the show online (YouTube) require you to pay and use a credit card for validation. Not willing to do that. If anyone knows of any links that are free and aren’t geicoded to the US. I’d really like to watch the show.

My husband has family in Maple/Woodbridge, Ontario, respectively. We visit and speak to his cousins on a regular basis.
Said cousins were also complaining how disappointed they were for not being able to watch the telecast.
It just doesn’t make any sense.

I watched the telecast on Youtube.

Honestly the best daytime Emmys in 10 years. Tyra did a great job. It had a very young vibe to it. It wasn’t tacky like the Vegas ones were and it wasn’t boring like the HLN and stuffy. Loved the Betty White tribute, the Days tribute and Joan Rivers tribute. Coupled with great winners Maura and Tony winning was fabulous. A great emmys and it was the biggest ratings in pop in 8 yesrs. Hopefully we get many more years here.

I agree! The best in years! The only thing that would make it better is if POP Channel broadcast in HD.

Vote for no host next year, love seeing Tony & Genie together again..

I enjoyed it. Wish there was more time for nominee clips and the winners weren’t so rushed with the speeches. Looking forward to next year, hopefully with a new host.

Agree. They need a new host.

General Hospital was robbed for best writing and best show. Camila Banus was robbed as well, and i thought Amlia Henle shouldnt have won supporting actress. Being on the Pop network which is owned by CBS it seemed to me everything slanted in CBSs direction. Even the video montages cut away when there were GH scenes.

Disappointed that when the montages were played on the big screens, the camera spent way too much time on the singers. I kept thinking I was missing stuff. And yes I agree about the CBS thing. I don’t remember seeing anything spectacular from Amelia Hienle. It should have gone to Lisa LoCicero from GH!

POP did a great job in bringing back the telecast and restoring some dignity to it (which had been sorely lacking for a few years). I don’t understand why Betty White got a Lifetime Achievement Emmy when most of her notable work was in prime time. Where daytime is concerned, she was mostly a frequent guest on Password. And that should not have qualified her for this. The Cinderella bit was unnecessary, as was the Password skit. This type of telecast does not need silly fluff to be entertaining. I would have much preferred to see actual clips of performances and shows (they showed clips for Supporting Actor but none for any other acting awards???). The tribute to Joan Rivers was quite moving, especially with Melissa Rivers present. Joan should have received a posthumous Honorary Emmy instead of Betty White receiving a Lifetime Achievement. But overall, it was very well produced, especially compared to previous telecasts where we had to endure the winner’s couch interview or those two-hour commercials for Vegas!

Betty White was a pioneer in daytime television. She often anchored hours each day when TV was black and white and live. She was a frequent game show/talk show guest and hosted at least one game show (winning an Emmy for it). She did her memorable turn on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. And how many reruns of her on MARY TYLER MOORE and THE GOLDEN GIRLS have filled daytime hours? She was a face often seen on daytime and she is universally loved.

I too was glad the daytime community recognized Joan Rivers.

Betty White was a recurring guest star on Bold and the Beautiful. She played the character of Stephanie’s and Pam’s mother. Then her character died, I think of natural causes.

I think she also was a guest host on The View and other daytime shows. Not too sure though…

I can’t believe that I know this…..

Betty was the first woman to host a daytime game show. It was in the late 70’s or early 80’s and called “Just Men.” Also, she spent a LOT of time appearing as a celebrity panelist on daytime game shows: Password (which her husband hosted) and Match Game.

Betty may have done a LOT of work late in her career on night time television. However, given the longetivity of her career, it is easy to forget that she has worked in a LOT of different areas.

Personally, I think the recognition was well deserved and probably overdue.

What “Cinderella bit”?

Betty White deserved her award.

Enjoyed the tribute to Joan and seeing the clip from when she won an Emmy. I thought the whole in memoriam was nice, even if I didn’t know a lot of the people, it was nice to see.

Betty belonged on the show and deserved the award. What did Joan Rivers do for daytime?

Joan also had a daytime show called the Joan Rivers Show back in the late 1980’s-90’s. She won an award for that show in the early 90’s. I think that show was syndicated in daytime, whereas Fashion Police is a primetime show on E!

Some winners-Hunter King-really?…lol…well, lets just say it was a 100% improvement over last years and im grateful its on tv again!!!

Overall, I thought the Daytime Emmy’s broadcast on POP was excellent! It brought back a high level of class & respect for the genre of Daytime television & those who make it that had been GROSSLY lacking in recent years! I thought the tributes were appropriate & well done, although I would have liked to have seen more of the footage of the iconic soap super-couples being shown on the big screens at the venue, vs. the singer singing “What I Did For Love” (although she did a nice job). I feel that the shows host, Tyra Banks was WAY out of her element & came across as very nervous throughout the whole show, but that the presenters did a great job, without being corny. Personally, I think Shemar Moore should be the host next year. His respect & admiration for Daytime Drama came across so genuinely. He’s articulate & appears cool, calm & comfortable on stage. The 2015 Daytime Emmy broadcast on POP gets a BIG thumbs up from me!

Disappointed for many reasons, not in any particular order. They did not annonce the names o Days actors on stage and did not show them all during 50th tribute.

Re: Best love scenes, camera stayed on fairly unknown singer from The Voice whose name most of us do not know. We missed the best most of the time! We want to see our soap peeps that was on the large screen and only audienve members could see.

Steve Harvey, usually cool, put down the audience at show’s beginning. At the finale, he called it the Daytime Grammy’s.

Was Tyra an appropriate host? Maybe for outrageous couture or as a daytime fan, but certainly not as recognizable daytime name. She was clearly there to promote her new show.

Sure was fun seeing Regis, Charo, Betty White. Touching tribute to Joan Rivers. Lovely winner speeches.

Bring back soap actor hosts and et’s have fun with them!

Tyra had a daytime show called the Tyra Banks show. It lasted 5 years and ended the same time Oprah ended. So I can see why she hosted the Daytime Awards.

Tyra’s a Daytime Emmy winner herself. 😀

The girl from the Voice did well. They are not getting Carrie Underwood for the Daytime Emmys!

It was pretty good considering CBS ruled! Tyra wasn’t that great but she was better than Kathy Griffin!

All-in all, it was a good production that if on a budget, didn’t show it. While Tyra Banks is not my cup of tea, she did very well hosting the gig. A backstage host might have enhanced the production. The show got down to the awards and didn’t have a lot of fluff. Good job.

I expected to Fast Forward through most of it only to watch when the soap awards were given out but I have to say I thought it was a good show ! Tyra was a pretty good host although I thought she was screaming a bit too much & everyone looked awkward cause that mic was so low but overall a good show , very entertaining!

I wish I had POP. I definitely would have watched.

I admit I got goose-bumps and misty-eyed at the DOOL 50th tribute. CONGRATULATIONS DOOL AND ALL THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 DAYTIME EMMYS! Thanks for brining me a lifetime of entertainment!

I wish TPTB would bring Genie Francis back to GH. Hopefully for Tony Geary’s send-off.

Tony Geary is not leaving the show. He has stated that.

Just read the awesome news that Genie Francis has signed on for a return to GH! Thanks FV! Welcome back Genie!

I liked the ceremony a lot and am grateful that Daytime got some respect after years of disrespect from previous ceremonies. POP did a great job, and Tyra was okay. As for the winners/losers, some of the acting awards had me scratching my head, and as for the Best Drama award, what does it say when 2 out of 4 nominees (out of 4 remaining soaps) win? Is that really a victory for the two shows who took home the Emmy? I’m not so sure it is.

I liked the tribute to DOOL. I wish that there had been a similar, respectful tribute to AMC when it hit its 40th anniversary. Actually, I wish there had been a respectful tribute to AMC when it was cancelled, but the Emmys were produced badly back then. I didn’t appreciate the fake-out over a big announcement being made at the ceremony, which never actually happened. That was separate from the big tease about Tony Geary presenting with Genie Francis, which was released to the public before the event and which was nice to see, but it does bug me that the only time Luke and Laura fans will get to see TG and GF together is presenting at an event like this.

Overall it was a good production and I’m glad that the ratings were pretty good. I hope they can do it again next year.

I WOULD OF LOVED MORE RED CARPET WALKS AND WHO AND WHAT THEY WORE. I LOVE SHARON CASE AND WOULD OF LOVED TO OF SEEN HER 🙂

Overall it was very well done and a huge improvement over the past several years. BUT they showed the wrong clip for Lisa LoCicero and then stopped showing clips altogether. The Guest Actor In a Drama Series should have been presented on Sunday night, not at the Creative Arts Emmys which were untelevised. And there were too many silly time consuming game skits, the viewer audience nonsense and Tyra was too long winded about her defunct modeling show and her talk show to be.

All that used up precious time that could have been used to show the actor’s clips and allow the actors more time to say their thanks. I did appreciate the ‘In Memoriam’, but I wish the red carpet had been televised. Perhaps if the show had been three hours instead of two, the actor’s clips, Guest Actor, and red carpet could have been shown. There is still a lot of work to be done but I appreciate how greatly improved this year’s show was and that it was televised.

I thought it was a good show. Much better produced show than what we’ve seen in recent years. You could tell a lot of time and effort was spent on putting the show together

Overall the show was much better than when HLN ran it, Tyra Banks was so annoying and definitely not funny. If this was an indication of what her show will be like I predict another failure for this OLTL replacement. Susan Lucci or some other Soap icon should have hosted. I wish they showed clips from all the categories instead of just the Supporting Actor/Actress. Wtf was that Matt Lauer crap!

The Matt Lauer stuff was so annoying. A better opening was needed. A lot of people are not invested in the ML-ED prank war, including me.

I miss it being on network TV but I am really glad they are at least still having it.

I thought the production was better than last year. Still in shock that YR beat GH for best show.

I do not have POP
nonetheless’
I did watch all the awards online through (can’t say but ‘clips) lol
As it was happening people were posting it online.. I did very well without POP..

POP is low level network with very low viewership..
POP is so bad that that some servers do not bother to carry it..

CBS brought the Emmy’s to POP to be in control, their network their way..
In hopes that POP would get millions of viewers and put that would put big dollars in the pocket of CBS and get viewers for their POP network..

CBS being in control would not allow the emmys to stream online therefor forcing people to call their satellite or cable providers to carry their stupid POP network..

The Emmy’s are one night a year and half hour of the soaps..
No need to beg a cable co. to carry POP that is crazy..
I feel CBS sucks for not streaming the awards online and for using soap fans to build up their POP network number

I really liked the Betty White lifetime award..
and- there were tears when Joan Rivers was shown..
Luke and Laura looked weird.. He looked like her father and it seemed forced..
Maura and Chad speeches were touching..

(I always wonder why Maurice is not being entered, he is phenomenal and should have a shelf of awards too..)

su0000, you had me until MB…

I like POP. It allows me to watch B&B and Y&R in the evening.

I was happy for the performers that their awards were telecast this time around. Any tribute to Betty White is worthwhile IMO. BUT…I didn’t like the director’s decision to focus on singers during the clip montages instead of on the clips, which is what the audience wants to see. We want to see the retrospective along with the audience. We don’t want to see repeated closeups of a singer’s back molars. Isn’t hearing them sing enough?

I have to say I was at first a little obnoxious in my review because I was trying to compare the daytime Emmy with the prime time Emmy and it’s not fair they’re totally two different beast, so after realizing that in my opinion it wasn’t that bad, although as enthusiastic as Tyra banks is, I’m not sure she was right for it, I found Steve Harvey who presented would’ve been a better choice. Beyond that their was a few things that stuck out like only the supporting actress category showed the actors acting reel, all the other acting categories didn’t, I was happy with all the wins for my fave show GH and glad all shows took home something although dool and YR tying makes no sense. Maura west winning was so much fun to watch, love seeing all the love she got from her co stars it’s nice knowing they care for each other. Maybe snobs like Ellen de generous Kelly ripa those morning news show will start showing up.

Genie Francis rocked she looked so beautiful.
Kelly monoco chocking/hugging Anthony Geary was funny, was she drunk?
Cbs soaps stars getting more applauses obviously rigged !
GH not winning, under FV and. RC regime, I know shows submit episodes and clearly RC/FV are not good at it. They could win next year if they submit this year 52 anniversary show, those two episodes were heartbreakers.

They submitted day one of the Nurses Ball, and the episode with the Ava/Nina baby drama and Michael confronting Sonny about killing AJ, and I think their mistake was not picking two dramatic episodes. Some people might find the Nurses Ball over the top and campy, but if they had submitted two dramatic episodes like Y&R did, I think they would have had a much better shot.

Instead of the Nurses Ball, they should have submitted the “Hallowedding” episode. That was one of the best shows they did all year.

I get that they picked two episoded that show the variety of GH, but apparently the voters want drama, drama and more drama. So hopefully FV, RC and company will make better choices next year. Thr 52nd Anniversary shows would be perfect, I agree.

They stopped showing the clips of the nominees because right away they started running over in time. So, instead of nixing those ridiculous skits to save time, they chose badly to stop showing the nominee clips. Another bad production choice.

It was not a perfect presentation but it was good to have the program back on cable (still odd since most of daytime programming is still broadcast based).

I was not overly thrilled with Tyra Banks and her antics. I was disappointed the memoriam and romance montages were often lost to home viewers to feature the vocalists, talented as they were.

Glad DAYS had its anniversary moment.

The Betty White tribute was fun but stagey and… Charo?!?!?!

Loved seeing Melissa Rivers and touched that she quoted her mother’s regard for daytime as resurrecting her career after the Fox mess and her personal tragedies.

Would have liked more daytime packages between segments.

No one control the speeches but they overall were lacking in content.

Loved seeing Geary and Francis together.

Hoping for more improvement in 2016. Would be nice to see more daytime dramas in the lineup! I miss the days there were a dozen or so on the air.

Beggars cannot be choosers, it was nice to have it on TV again BUT I dont think it was in HD, the sound was horrible and why didnt they have mics that moved? I specifically remember when Chad Duell spoke the microphone was down near the middle of his chest! Tyra did okay. A little over the top and obnoxious but she looked like Johnny Carson out there compared to that thing they call Kathy Griffin! It would be nice to get it back on network TV, maybe even TV LAND? They should have had it there this year since Betty White has a show on that channel. And speaking of Miss Betty, I liked the tribute they did for her and the Password game was a cute idea. ALL in all, a nice effort compared to the last couple years. Oh, for 2016, I think Lynn Herring should host. She does a good job with the Nurses Ball and she knows the room.

WOW

LOL

THANKS for sharing thee DAYS of OUR Lives “WIN”

to see the “whole” cast all in one place… dressed to the nines… looking GLAM

LOVE IT

to see Stephen Nichols and Peter Reckell on stage

all that much more meaningful

A very benign affair. Nothing horrible, but nothing outstanding. Instantly forgettable.

I thought it was an entertaining show. It had some moments I could have done without, but overalll it was so much better than last year’s debacle, the embarrassing Las Vegas infomerical shows from a couple years ago, and the ones that were on HLN where they played that cheesy elevator music instead of the theme music of each soap when the people would win their Emmys.

This was the first show in a number of years that actually felt more like the old Emmy Award shows from the past, when they were on the major networks. Kudos to all involved for producing an entertaining show.

The only change I would make would be to cut out some of the filler, and make time to show clips from all the nominees. They did it for the Supporting Actress category at the beginning of the show, and that was it. That’s what soap fans want to see and that’s who is watching the show.

That is true, but-
The Emmy, the awards are for a great many shows and peoples not just for 4 soaps..

JFP has always known what reels to pick the show is a mess now but nobody can deny that the scene between Adam & Billy done in 2014 Jan. That was why they won And yes you can think the actor that you have attempted to destroy by letting something that may or may not have happened become a circus.

That scene, the win for Y&R goes to Michael Muhney and Billy Miller, not the writers..
It was the two that brought those words on paper to life..
The truth is;
CONGRATULATIONS!! Michael Muhney and Billy Miller !!!

You bet, Su. I agree.

Methinks fanatic fans created the circus.

So glad that the show was broadcast on tv (as opposed to either not at all or the internet again). That said, this show was a hot mess. Tyra Banks was dreadful. She was unintelligible in her opening rap. The rap itself was unnecessary and stupid. Why not have a host (calling Steve Harvey, Meredith Vierra, heck, I’ll settle for Big Bird) simply welcome everyone to the Emmys and show us a montage of highlights from the past year (soap highlights, funny game show answers, Barbara Walters last View broadcast, etc.)? Afterward, introduce the first set of presenters. The bits were unfunny, time-wasting and just plain odd (calling out Ellen/Matt Lauer, Miss Jay, montage of soap romances (close up of a singer and not the clips), game show set ups for segments (to honor Betty White, to close the show, etc), giving away vacuum cleaners and cruises (seriously?). Heck more time was spent on awarding 5 people cruises than on Betty White’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Telecast something that honors the medium and artistry of daytime and the fans who remain loyal.

Yes, that rap was hideous and it was so short. I thought if you’re going to do it, make it worthwhile.

Just start the show, get rid of the skits, and show clips and give out awards.

Also, introduce the singer BEFORE they sing.

Giving away a vacuum was so strange. I thought it was a joke.

IT WAS HORRIFIC!!! Tyra Banks continually flubbed her lines. Her wardrobe was awful. She tried being gangsta-throwing the mic on the floor. Then she acted trashy because she had to crawl across the floor to pick it back up. She told people to kiss her ass. She screamed into the mic as if no one could hear her. There was time set aside for her to shamelessly promote her new show which was totally inappropriate. Terrible, terrible host. Steve Harvey told the audience they “suck”! The venue was certainly below par. The winners were not given enough time to thank people & were cut off rudely. Time was given to stupid skits that should not have been. During the montage of significant moments, we couldn’t see them because they kept the camera on the singer, no idea who that was. The sound was horrible. Vacuum cleaner give-aways? Golden tickets as if we were watching the movie Willie Wonka. They need to save the alcohol for the after parties. Tired of watching award presenters and stars in the audience drunk and behaving badly. Other celebrities who were out to present awards talking endlessly about themselves. We were given no red carpet pre-show which is a must! Absolutely the worst award show I have ever seen. I had to suffer through it because the two people I wanted to see were Tony Geary and Genie Francis and they were the very last two.

Telling people to kiss her ass was a homage (for lack of a better word) to years ago when she was photographed in a bathing suit and called fat. On her talk show she spoke about this and told them to kiss her ass. That said, I don’t think it was appropriate to put it in this show. It happened years ago and not everyone knew the history.

Bambi, I couldnt agree with you more, Harvey and Banks are classless, tasteless and annoying. Why the hell cant they hire Regis to host? Julie Chen? Lynn Herring? Jack Wagner? Susan Lucci? Her and Regis would be great!

Also, running over time almost immediately so they stopped showing the nominees clips. Very bad decision. Those inane time wasting skits should have been cut instead to save time & kept the clips in. Also, the mics that had people constantly bending over to talk into. Couldn’t afford an adjustable mic to accommodate varying heights?

Your on fire! Like I said, who cares about running overtime, its not on a network and they dont have to come in on time because of the news or another primetime show!

I thought the show was tacky! It was the little things like the microphone not being adjusted to the right height, the delay with their voices vs their lips, Tyra’s horrible outfits, the game show “episodes”, the IN MEMORIUM should have focused completely on the ones who have passed and not the singer! There were alot of things that werent needed and alot that could have been added to make this show classier. Also, the heads of this show knew who won Best Drams and yet let Tony Geary and Genie Francis announce the “tie” and neither one being General Hospital who got Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor!! I really do hope the producers of this Emmy Award show will take some constructive critisism and do better next year!

I think re the In Memoriam segment, when they showed the singer they were not showing the cards of who died. That was my take.

Presenters don’t give out awards only to shows they’ve been on. The best drama award is the big one of the night so I think it is an honor to present it.

The singer was good but hindsight the should have just played an instrumental piece and shown the deceased like we all wanted.

Also, why didnt they show the clips from each actor that were nominated?? I know they submitted them, yet we only saw one clip throughout the entire show!

They were running out of time. They needed time for those inane game show skits and the giving away of vacuums.

Enjoyed the show, particularly the tributes to Joan Rivers and Betty White (including Password Plus and Charo!). Also glad GH actors won so many awards.

What I did not like was Shemar Moore turning his best actress intro into a long speech about himself. Also, the stupid Matt Lauer and Ellen bit was pointless. And where was Ellen when her show won an Emmy?

I thought the show was a vast improvement over last years streaming & the HLN years. I hear the ratings were respectable too. Maybe they just might broadcast the red carpet next year to build on their success. One can hope. Tyra was ok but not my first choice for host. The CBS, Tyra & Divas promotion did border on shameless.

JFP hand picked Hunter King for the role of Summer so I knew she would win again even though I didn’t think she should have.

I thought it was great for the most part.
Didnt understand all of the constant references
to Matt Lauer, though. Did I miss something??

Just some random thoughts – I loved Amelia Heinle’s
dress! Loved seeing Genie Francis -been awhile!
Melissa Rivers – so sweet. Betty White – same!
Tyra – very, um, energetic, but not obnoxious.

Yes, that brand of vacuum cleaner is said to be fantastic,
but thought it to be an odd choice for a gift.

I am happy that after thinking POP wasn’t available
with my cable, learned it is, so I got to watch after all.

I only wish NATAS would have found a way to include Canada. I couldn’t watch any of the reels because the company they used cannot be seen outside of the States, they chose a cable channel that is not in Canada either. I missed out on most of the fun. Sure I read all about it and can see clips after the fact, but it isn’t the same as watching live, with popcorn in hand.

I realize our viewership doesn’t count in the ratings, but isn’t there money to be made by selling the rights for such a show in other countries?

Oh well, based on what I read and the clips I’ve seen it sounds like it was an okay affair- which I am glad because I think the hardworking men and woman of daytime deserve to have their day in the sun too. And I hardly congratulate all those whose work was honored either by the award itself or by by being nominated.

But in the end as I always say we are the real winners because we get to entertained by such talented men and woman in front and behind the scenes every weekday for almost the whole year. So although not American I definitely feel a part of your daytime drama “family”

A few mixed reviews here. That’s to be expected. But it sounds like it was a fun time for the most part. Just wish i could have seen it …but no POP in my region. And quite frankly, I’m not going to go through hopes to find clips of the show. Hope they get rid of that problem next year. I’m sure in would increase their viewership.

NBC and DAYS should have refused the use of Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson and Christopher Sean to push the CBS game show. Isn’t it enough to have Y&R characters/actors visit TPIR without dragging others into the self promoting pile of BS?!!!

Loved the tribute for Days of our lives 50th anniversary . Beyond thrilled and happy that Days of our lives got outstanding drama series in a tie with The Young and the restless . My massive disappointment goes to the ” in memoriam ” moment when tributes were made for those who had passed . It was beyond inexcusable that Justin Gocke who played Brandon Capwell on ” Santa Barbara ” , Carmen Zapata who played Cruz ‘s mother and Phyllis Freilich who so amazingly played the part of the deaf and mute nun in the 1988 ” Who killed Mark McCormick ” storyline also on ” Santa Barbara ” did not receive tributes. It ‘s a scandal and a disgrace . I hope the families are not too angered by this . Hope matters of this kind are handled more seriously in the future .

I forgot Justin died. Wonder why they left him and others out.

For the most part, I enjoyed the program. Tyra Banks had a few moments which I didn’t like. I’d much rather see Regis or someone who has actually had experience on daytime TV. The Betty White tribute was very nice. Fitting (although somewhat cheesy) for the Password game intro. When the montage of clips were on, I really wanted to see the clips — not the singer. All in all, I’m just glad the show was back on television.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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