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43rd Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Actress In A Digital Daytime Drama Series Nominated Performances!

Five well-known actresses to daytime audience are competing in this year’s 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys to be handed out by NATAS in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.  They are: Mary Beth Evans (Sara) The Bay, Kathleen Gati (Valentina) Winterthorne, Elizabeth Hubbard (Eva) Anacostia, Lilly Melgar (Janice) The Bay, and Patsy Pease (Lola) The Bay.

Of these five only Hubbard, Evans, and Melgar have previously won Emmys.  The iconic Hubbard, the former star of The Doctors and As the World Turns, took home the gold in the Lead Actress category in the very first Daytime Emmys back in 1974 for her role as Althea Davis on The Doctors, and then again for a daytime special in the role of Edith Wilson in First Ladies’ Diaries.  

As for Mary Beth Evans, she has the distinction of being nominated three times at the 43rd Daytime Emmys: Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Kayla on Days of our Lives, producer for The Bay (nominated again for Outstanding Digital Drama Series), and this category for her performance in front of the camera on The Bay. Last year, Evans and Melgar received an Emmy for their work behind the scenes as producers of The Bay, which won in the Digital Drama Series category.

Watch the five nominated actresses reels after the jump! Then let us know which performance would you award a gold statuette to come Daytime Emmy night?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Joel
Joel

Kathleen!!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I pulling for either Kathleen Gati or Patsy Pease to win in this category.

Patrick
Patrick

THIS…. is… “every” Gay Mans’ dream

La La land… bevy of “All Woman”

crème de la crème… surefire HIT

loaded

extravaganza

Mateo
Mateo

Quite frankly any program that has Elizabeth Hubbard in it is a winner. All the rest of the actresses nominated here are decent. Mary Beth Evans is a solid actress. She has done many projects and is a talented lady but there is something that is never quite convincing. Just a step away in my opinion. Lilly Melgar was a little over the top but I guess not seeing her character in full makes it hard to determine if there was adequate buildup to her breakdown from the attack. Kathleen Gati is one of my favorites on GH and she was good in this role but Martha Madison destroyed the solid work of Kathleen. Her appreciation in this business escapes me but to each his own I suppose. Patsy Pease in this role was just not convincing. I felt more like laughing that trying to maintain the interest. Elizabeth Hubbard is queen of whatever she does. The sign of a great actress is how solid she is in whatever role she takes on. She was at home with Martha Byrne that was obvious and somehow she just works magic with whatever acting food she chooses to eat. Go get it Elizabeth, you are the grand dame.

Melissa
Melissa

Saw your comment about feeling Lilly Melgar’s performance was a little over the top. Your entitled to your opinion as Iam and I’m no way trying to disrespect you ( just educate), However having a daughter that was sexually assaulted and due to working in mental health care for many, many years with women who have been rapped… There is nothing over the top here and is one of the most believable& realistic protrayal of someone (and what they go through
) after being rapped!! For me, What is over the top would be someone marrying or getting involved with their rapist..( Don’t get me wrong,those 2 became the super couple in daytime history and the other 2 got together years later as a couple, never married)but for my daughter and other survivors would tell you that it’s not over the top and that The Bay got it exactly right to what one goes through!!!

Melissa
Melissa

Again I mean no disrespect with my response!!! Being an advocate and have worked with survivors of rape ( employed by my State working in a Mental Health Institution) I have seen this very type of response ( and sometimes worse) for those who come there and need our help.
Sincerely,
Melissa

Lola
Lola

“Adequate build up to her attack”? Watching her get punched, raped and completely beaten up was not adequate enough for you? “A little over the top”? WOW.

Mateo
Mateo

I did say over the top and I stand by that comment. I also stated that I hadn’t seen her character in full to make the conclusion as to what led up to her attack response. In my opinion, the one character who handled the topic of rape in the most excellent way was Margo Hughes from As The World Turns. It was the grittiest and most honest reaction to the horrific act of rape. Wow, I am surprised that people react so strongly to my saying that this actress overacted. I believe she did. I am moving on.

su0000
su0000

0ohh ooh my gawd !!!

Kathleen Gati (Valentina) Winterthorne ..

She was spellbinding!
A performance that garbed me in to the end, full on the edge!

Shay
Shay

Here, here, su0000….It’s long past time for the awesome Miss Gati to be awarded Emmy gold, and whilst I’d strongly prefer it to be for her mirthfully menacing Mutter on GH, her performance as Valentina Winterthorne will simply have to do for now!

su0000
su0000

Hi Shay..
She had me with a dropped jaw !
wow! her death scene was riveting!! the Lady dies awesomely !
Kathleen Gati is indeed the best of the best !

CeeCee
CeeCee

Kathleen, of course. No one else compares. Wow, is right, SuzieQ.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, su0000…and CeeCee! Kathleen Gati is an exceptional talent, no matter (or is it, “Mutter?”) the role! Whether as Valentina or Dr. O, the lady delivers! Her recent GH scenes with Finn have been a real treat….we must see more of this magnificent actress throwing her shade around Port Charles….so that her next Emmy nomination will be for her Liesl!

Timmm
Timmm

I almost thought Finn was going to grab Mudder and plant a big kiss on her when she threatened him on Tuesdays show. Michael Easton has really impressed me so far with this new character. I hated Silas!

Patrick
Patrick

Elizabeth Hubbard… bar none… besides the “Snyders” she was the “real” reason I watched “As the World Turns”

for whatever reason… I just adore Margos Mother… Lyla and her aunt Maggie

posts… chat up… just how convincing… Nikki (and Sue Ellen) and even Catherine are as “drunks”

Maggie always knocked me out… when she’d drink… and the “talks” she’d have with Margo.. then played by Margaret Collin….

ATWT… my fave

I really want Patsy Pease “for the WIN” and it’s ALL sentimental… I LOVE Kimberly Brady Donovan… DAYS needs to bring her back

I AM already imagining… TWO DAYS celebration… between Mary Beth Evans… and Patsy Pease FOR THE WINS

this is a huge year for DAYS women !

tie it already… with Kassie DePaiva and Mary Beth
and Patsy Pease as best lead… for digital

Kathleen Gati, GH Dr. O… she is still a constant DELIGHT… it’s sublime mention to see her being acknowledged…

Lilly Melgar… I do not… really know her work…but know she made a big splash on GH
plus I think she has a presence.. that resonates

Lola
Lola

I don’t think you need to know Lilly Melgar’s work to KNOW that this performance is sheer brilliance. I agree with her presence. Have always loved her but had no idea what a truly powerful talent she is. Even if I didn’t know her at all it would be clear that this performance outweighs all others. It’s so raw and broke me. I love all the nominees but this performance is just too powerful not to win.

Timmm
Timmm

Lilly AND she should be back on GH to wreak havoc between Carly and Sonny!

Lola
Lola

Yes!!!!!!!!!

Colleen Carlton
Colleen Carlton

Too bad we can’t watch these shows on our Roku. I refuse to watch TV on my PC.

Melissa
Melissa

Do you get Amazon prime on your Roku? The Bay will be coming to Amazon Prime.

Priscilla
Priscilla

Lilly Melgar hands down! Her portrayal of a post rape victim is not only heartwrenching but authentic. She’s mesmerizing as she breaks me. The multitude of emotions she goes through seemlessly is unlike any performance I’ve ever seen in anything daytime related. All these ladies are incredibly talented but Lilly’s performance is on a whole other level. This is her well deserved win.

Lola
Lola

couldn’t agree more!

Melissa
Melissa

All the nominations are great!!! My pick is Lilly Melgar!! Her acting is so phenomenal ( so realistic) that my daughter who is a survivor of sexual assault had said to me, ” I have never seen a show or actress get it so right” I have experience these things myself but didn’t know how or if I should have told anyone out of fear of being judged or have yet another label”Now Crazy” My daughter continued on by saying even though mom I told you a lot, You never knew how many times I broke down and cried, how I would hide in my room and started to drink my pain away, & people not believing me or harassed me( she was 14 at the time of her assault) Thanks to This storyline and Lilly Melgar’s phenomenal acting, It had lifted a huge weight off my daughter that she felt she had to keep a secret for so many years..

Lola
Lola

Amazing what a compelling storyline and brilliant work can do. For a sexual assault survivor to say that and for it to help her share her own pain. Thank you for sharing.

Lola
Lola

Lilly Melgar. I am shaken to my core by her gripping, compelling and raw performance. I’ve always loved her. She has a strong screen presence and movie star beauty but I had no idea she was this powerful of an actress. There’s not many actresses that are willing to go this place. BRAVO LILLY! I am shaken to my core. No disrespect to the other actresses as I respect them all but this is Lilly’s win. This is Jodie Foster in The Accused brilliance. I am in awe.

Timmm
Timmm

Lilly deserves the gold. It is beyond me how anyone could rape another person and it is so beyond me to ask someone to portray a victim. She was phenomenal. This clip was from a digital series. Wow, what I have been missing! I discounted theses online soaps. My blow! If this is what you get, this clip here is better than most content I’ve seen from any of the four TV soaps, this year!

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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