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44th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Winners: GH Wins Drama Series, Y&R’s Tognoni and B&B’s Clifton Take Top Acting Honors!

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On Sunday night, the winners were revealed at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards streamed online and held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.  For the second year in a row, General Hospital took top honors for the Outstanding Drama Series.

Executive Producer, Frank Valentini took the stage to accept the trophy on behalf of the long-running ABC daytime drama series.

In addition, GH took home the honors for Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series.  GH won 4 Emmys last night making it the evening’s most rewarded daytime program.

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In the top acting categories of the night; it was The Young and the Restless, Gina Tognoni for her role as Phyllis Summers taking home the gold for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. This is Gina’s third Emmy in her enduring daytime career.  She has previously won two for her role as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light.

And making Emmy history was The Bold and the Beautiful’s Scott Clifton.  After winning his first Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for his role as Liam Spencer, Clifton became the only male actor in daytime drama history to have the trifecta – he has now took home gold in the Younger Actor, Supporting Actor, and Lead Actor categories.

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It was also a great night for another previous Daytime Emmy winner.  Steve Burton was awarded the Emmy for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless.  He had previously been won in this category for his role as Jason Morgan on GH.

Performers involved in storylines revolving mental illness also did extremely well at last night’s ceremonies.  Kate Mansi took home the gold for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Abigail Deveraux on Days of our Lives, and Bryan Craig made it a two-peat for his performance as Morgan Corinthos on General Hospital in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

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General Hospital’s Lexi Ainsworth was awarded her first Daytime Emmy for her role as Kristina Corinthos Davis on General Hospital.  

The Young and the Restless took home the honors for the Outstanding Writing in  a Drama Series, and Jim O’Heir won the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his role as Matt Cannistra on The Bold and the Beautiful.

So, what are your thoughts on this year’s Daytime Drama winners? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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John
John

Congrats GH but honestly the Lead Actress trophy belonged to Nancy Lee Grahn – totally robbed !

Lew S.
Lew S.

Gina Tognoni had a good year, but I thought Laura Wright or Nancy Grahn would take home the award.

mark
mark

Gina Tognoni? Please. She is not phyllis

Alan
Alan

I couldn’t agree more.

Adam
Adam

Really, wow – both are you are wrong period.

Gina won get over it

JK
JK

GINA TOGNONI IS THE REAL WONDERFUL PHYLLIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

But she is Phyllis. I think what you mean is she is not Michelle Stafford. And it’s totally a legitimate opinion for people to prefer Michelle’s portrayal. But the Emmy Awards aren’t about comparisons. In fact, if Gina tried to imitate Michelle’s style, she would never win an Emmy because it would be so inauthentic. The best acting is when a performer brings shades of herself and uses them to influence her choices, making the character more fully realized. That’s what both Michelle and Gina do, which is why they are both well-respected actresses. Gina does amazing things with the character of Phyllis in her own right, which is why she deserved the win.

Timmm
Timmm

AMEN!

Barb
Barb

I have scoured the news for police reports, none found. Appears there was no robbery at all, and that the Lead Actress Emmy is safely at home with the sparkling and talented winner, Gina Tognoni! Yes!!!

blake
blake

Yes, Gina Tognoni definitely deserved it!

k/kay
k/kay

Well she probably did not win because did she have any scenes with Maurice because according to FV that’s the only reason Lexi & Bryan won they had scenes with MB honestly how insulting to those young actors.

Shay
Shay

You mean just being Sonny’s “devil spawns” weren’t enough????

Celia
Celia

Agreed, John.

dmr
dmr

As much as I like Gina, I really thought that Nancy deserved to win.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree.

PA Melloy
PA Melloy

Please get award show back on TV. Even a cable network would help.

Nick
Nick

I thought April Fool’s Day had passed a month ago. GH (aka Mob Central) actually won for “Outstanding Drama Series”?!?! What a colossal joke! There’s nothing at all that’s “outstanding” about what’s currently seen on that hot-mess of a soap with those two old out-of-touch hack women as the head writers. That’s why these daytime awards cannot be taken seriously at all anymore. No wonder they were taken off broadcast TV for good.

To me, these awards have been completely watered down. With only four daytime dramas left, it stands to reason that there’s now a much greater chance of a show winning. Each show has a 1/4 chance. It was much more impressive back when there were 10+ soaps on the air and much more competition and quality on the shows. If the terrible writing/stories and lack of focus being seen on GH these days is actually being rewarded with an honor like that, then this genre is in more trouble than any of us think.

Jules
Jules

I used to think that way too. What kind of a competition is it really with so few competitors? Is it really much of a “win”? And in some ways, I still think like that.

But then I look at a category like the news program or entertainment news. You have GMA, Today and CBS morning / Sunday mornings in one, and Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Extra in the other. The field is very thin in those categories too with the same nominees every year but watching them accept the awards they won showed me how much it meant to them nonetheless.. It didn’t matter how many there are just as long as they beat their competition. And I thought, if it means a big deal to them, why would I think it means any less to soaps?

Just something else to chew on.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Nick! Excellent points!

blake
blake

General Hospital winning best show is just silly. That show is always all over the place.

Rhonda
Rhonda

The writing for GH is God awful!!! There’s a good reason why Jean and Shelly were fired from Y&R.
The actors and the dialogue writers should be paid over time for dealing with the crap which is constantly being thrown at them.
Time for the EP and head writers to go bye-bye.

Maureen
Maureen

Excellent show- loved the tribute to Agnes Nixon and seeing Susan Lucci also the Bold and Beautiful tribute and the singing was great, too. Totally delighted with Gina Tognoni’s well-deserved win. I was surprised that Chuck Pratt won best writing. He did bring a lot of explosive storylines, and I see that can make a good emmy reel, but things were constantly happening-again, exciting-but always left me wondering why, how, what??
Great work on the tributes, MF, also the red carpet coverage was fun to watch and appreciate the hard work that went into the entire evening.

Mo
Mo

Surprised by a lot of these winners.

Kate totally deserved her Emmy.

Scott and Gina are great actors, but I am surprised they won.

Don’t watch GH so I am partial to the other three soaps. I do think B&B should have won best show, but there’s always next year!

Congratulations to everyone.

dmr
dmr

Kate Mansi, definitely deserved to win; agreed! She definitely grew into a fine, young actress during her time at Days.

Patrick
Patrick

the orchestra can take leave

baubles and champagne blitz… leftover

no bells and whistles , forever

Laura Wright did not – win –

YES YES! and more YES ( p-a-r-t-y)

Frank / Jean / Shelley are the ones responsible for this mess. they rely so heavily on the Corinthos Clan…. that it fell…. crashed… and is left all over the place

as I’ve posted of late

Sonny , Carly, and Michael are caricatures of themselves. they are better of in one room piling it on. no need to lock the door … they wouldn’t know the difference

this has just got to stop… who cares for all the misunderstandings ? Sonny and Carly , along with Jason, Sam, Finn, Hayden, and MIichael have simply got to be given the heave ho. OUT

FIRE

Brian
Brian

Is someone supposed to make sense out of this nonsensical word salad?

I’m sure Frank, Jean and Shelly were thinking about how the show is a “mess” and has “crashed” when they were celebrating winning their second consecutive Best Drama Series Emmy, based on episodes featuring many of the actors you maligned.

Shay
Shay

@Brian…Many of us consider Patrick’s “word salads” to be an essential ingredient of a healthy daily diet here at MFSoaps. His unique style of expression is an absolute mainstay…and yes, sense can be made from his interesting and highly creative manner of writing! It just sometimes requires a bit of equally-inspired imagination on the part of the reader!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Hey if you’ve EVER read Patrick’s posts they’re anything but a non sensical word salad. They’re quite prolific. Not cool. If you don’t like what you read keep it kicking don’t attack cuz you think it’s cute. It’s not. LOVE IT PATRICK. and very easy to understand. And don’t bother bashing me Brian cuz I won’t respond even if you do. PEACE!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Patrick! Excellent commentary and ideas on firings!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Well, I was beaten to the punch by some other terrific people here (Shay, davlestev1), but I also wish to commend you for your unique eloquence and always enjoyable posts.

I am going to assume that Brian was having a bad day and regrets his first sentence. Unfortunately, at this site, there is no “Edit” button after a post has been submitted. Lord knows, I am no stranger to rewrites… Take care, Friend!

k/kay
k/kay

Biggest head scratcher moment for me Clifton best actor his reel was the weakest and it is not just my opinion everybody is having a OMG moment!

mark
mark

His appeal really is a head scratcher as is Gina Ts.

dmr
dmr

Agreed, k/kay.

Carol
Carol

I don’t believe that Lexi deserved the win. She wasn’t that outstanding in my opinion.

JK
JK

SHE WAS LEAST OUTSTANDING TO WIN…….ONLY THAT STORY LINE WON IT FOR HER…..GO FIGURE…..SO MANY TALENTED OTHER PEOPLE….

dmr
dmr

I agree. However, I am not a fan of the character, nor am I fan of the “Morgan” character, or Bryan Craig, for that matter. Both characters are spoiled and rotten to the core, very narcissist, in my opinion. I just don’t care for the characters or how they are portrayed by the actors.

Timmm
Timmm

I hope Morgan stays dead!

Aria
Aria

I’m happy with gh winning best show and I’m happy Lexi ainsworth won for playing Kristina, it’s well deserved.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Gina! Gina! Gina!!!!!

Fanny
Fanny

Agree,Agree,Agree‼️‼️‼️

blake
blake

Yes!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Love Gina too, but please tell her she’s captured our attention so she can stop whispering!
Speak up, girlfriend!

Timmm
Timmm

Michelle! Michelle! Michelle!

Joe
Joe

Both Nancy Lee Grahn and Finola Hughes were robbed! And what funny is….all the winners got their start on ABC Daytime. Says a lot doesn’t it?

Shay
Shay

Well, Finola was definitely robbed! Chloe, too. Enough said!

Timmm
Timmm

I cannot remember ONE scene where Gina out acted Finola? Horse crap!

Dan
Dan

I thought Finola had one of her best shots to win this year since she’s been back. Her reel was fantastic from start to finish. Not sure what more she has to do. 26 years and counting since her last win.

I had Laura Wright for the win slightly ahead of NLG, but was definitely rooting hard for both of them. I don’t watch Y&R, but in watching Gina Tognoni’s reel, I wouldn’t say anyone was robbed, however.

Still a fan
Still a fan

Fun fact: Phyllis is the only character to win lead actress for two different actresses. That was daytime history.

blake
blake

Didn’t GH do that with the different Carlys?

Dan
Dan

Sarah Brown never won for Lead Actress as Carly, for her it was two Younger Actress and one Supporting Actress. Laura Wright is the only Carly to have won for Lead Actress.

Still a fan
Still a fan

No. Only Laura Wright won for Carly. Sarah Brown got the nomination for playing Claudia in 2010. Maura West won that year for atwt Carly

blake
blake

I thought Sarah Brown or Ava B. won lead actress for playing Carly.

Ella
Ella

I miss Kate Mansi as Abigail! She was so deserving of this award!

blake
blake

Me too, I liked her as Abby and she’s so pretty. I’d love to see her come back.

Patrick
Patrick

THIS was a huge moment of heart tug

its long in the tooth to see DAYS of OUR Lives “win” at any thing

with all due respect to Ms. Kate Mansi… big hug it OUT… to YOU. Congrats , their you go… my little girl is stretching her wings… nest open.

speaking of big triangle emote : with Chad, Ben, and Abs. this knocked . so much range of emotion… and all these three hit

tearful emotion to Kate. hey, I truly thought she had no chance against Finola Hughes. be well and take care.

dmr
dmr

Yes; and I think its wonderful that she is moving on at a nice pace with her career. However, the casting department really made a mistake casting nuAbby. The actress has no spark, no spunk. She’s a dud!

blake
blake

Exactly, and I feel bad saying this but why does she still look like a burn victim? Don’t they have makeup to make her look more attractive?

Dan
Dan

Watched the show on Facebook and had no issues other than the feed froze once. I was skeptical about the whole streaming online thing, but my hat off to the producers, thought it was a well produced show for the most part. Although, I think Mary Hart might still be giving her speech, lol.

I wrote on here the other night about how I didn’t think GH would win Best Show with the episodes they submitted, the hostage crisis at the church where Sonny jumped out of the wheelchair to save the day. I was wrong. Still not a fan of those particular episodes, but credit to the decision makers at GH, they know what the Emmy voters like. Very happy to see them extend their own record with their 13th Best Drama Series win. And I liked Frank shouting out Maurice Benard on stage.

Was rooting for Laura Wright and Nancy Lee Grahn in the Best Actress category, but I watched Gina Tognoni’s reel and thought she was very good, so I can’t complain. Thought Finola Hughes had a good shot to win for Supporting Actress this year, unfortunately that didn’t pan out. Very happy for Bryan Craig winning his 2nd consecutive Emmy, that one was a slam dunk. Lexi Ainsworth was a bit of a surprise, but she put together a good reel and with the gay storyline, it was winning formula. Congrats to her.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Nice post, Dan. LOL regarding Mary Hart!!! I actually put the sound on mute because I couldn’t deal with it once we got past the ten minute mark! LOL!

Jules
Jules

Billy Flynn and/or Peter Bergman should have gotten Lead Actor. Scott is a very good actor and I know he puts out very good work, but Billy had an amazingly honest reel while Peter’s is so visceral. I would have liked to see them take it, or have Vincent Irizary be the spoiler.

So happy for Kate. While I actually don’t think her reel did her work justice, having followed her work last year in its entirety I know that she deserved it. It was gut-wrenching and at times very hard to watch.

Lead Actress was very tough to call. I think Gina is wonderful and I love her Phyllis. The first half of her reel was powerful. The second half I thought made her (the character) look very weak and needy. I thought because of that for sure Laura was going to get it. But all 5 ladies in that category were off the chain good. Any one of them, if not all of them, deserved the statuette (winkwink Mario Lopez).

Anyway, GREAT show. From start to finish all involved put on a show WORTHY of being called an award show. It was classy, well-attended and did justice in making winners feel like winners. Kudos to all (including Michael Fairman who I’m sure once again had a hand in reel packages and tributes). A show like that makes me forget about the Vegas awards show!

Shay
Shay

My dear Jules!!!! What a lovely surprise! How are you??? I’m ever so glad to know that you are still lurking about this website and enjoying my saucy little slams! I wish you would occasionally pop in at the GH threads….that’s basically where my “feet” remain planted and it would be a real treat to see you post there at least now and then. I have nothing but absolutely wonderful memories of our past times discussing all things Port Charles, so I hope to see you there soon and that all is truly well and good with you…..Later!

Jules
Jules

That’s so nice of you to say!

I’m afraid other than the headlines on websites such as this one and their reels for award show purposes, I honestly and truly know nothing else about the work of any GH actor. I caught a glimpse a few weeks back of a show, and was on the verge of tears. I recognized so few of the players on screen…I was so disappointed with how far gone this show has, well, gone. I don’t recognize it at all. I watched that show throughout University (I guess what you Americans would call “college” :P) and beyond and it pains me to see what a shell of its former self it has become. And that’s storylines aside; I’m just talking about the people first, before I even had a chance to get up to speed on where everyone was. GH has always been a very divisive show, but it seems most agree on how lousy the writing is. A return is likely not going to happen with me anytime soon.

These days I am more of a browser than a contributor to any topic of conversation. If however I ever do check out those articles and comb through the threads, I will be sure to keep an eye out for yours because I enjoy reading your material like I love reading any amusing yet sharp piece of writing.

I hope all is well with you too. I’m so happy to see you’re still around, firing on all cylinders as per usual. Show em how it’s done!!

Shay
Shay

Thank you for your interesting update and kind thoughts, Jules! Yes, I’m very well, too, although GH is an abysmal disappointment for many of us these days…I could barely make it through the entire “Tracy” episode that was featured on Friday, and I’m limping toward her swansong on May 4th…but let’s suffice to say, I “generally” rely on video snippets and mostly this wonderful website to stay apprised of the show’s happenings. It’s become much more of a daily habit than I believe GH shall ever be again, as I truly enjoy the “cast of characters” featured here at MFSoaps!!! Some date back to the early days of our “first introduction,” whilst others are more recent fast friends, but the number of talented and truly nice people here is the real impetus to keep “dropping in!” It’s ever so pleasing, not to mention flattering, to know that one of my first fond acquaintances here is still prone to reading my comments, so thanks for remembering me and appreciating my sometimes naughty musings! Take care!

Debbie K
Debbie K

I wish the Daytime Emmy’s would have been televised. In my opinion, Nancy Lee Grahn should have won an Emmy for her work this past year. She was amazing and I can’t imagine anybody better.

Shay
Shay

Try Viola Davis….

Jules
Jules

HAHAHA!!!

Shay!!! You always have a way with words!

PERFECT response!!! I am in stitches!!!

Timmm
Timmm

HAAAAAAAAAA!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Oh SNAP!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I was surprised that Nichelle Nichols didn’t win for her stint as Lucinda. Those scenes with her and Kristoff were heartbreaking and performed superbly by both of them.

But the real snub of the night was Laura Wright. She absolutely slayed her scenes as Carly grieving her son’s death, and provided so much weight in every scene she was in. She’s an actress who can speak so much without saying a single word, and I think she deserved the win this year. That’s not to say Gina wasn’t fantastic as well; the court scenes with Victor and the reveal with Jack were phenomenal. But this was Laura’s year, in my opinion.

Bryan Craig’s win was a foregone conclusion; his reels were the best of the bunch. Same with Lexi Ainsworth, she’s been great ever since she started back on GH several years ago.

It’s really nice that now, since Kate Mansi and Steve Burton are no longer part of their shows, that they won for their roles. Abigail and Dylan both went through extremely emotional stories this past year, and the acting talents of Kate and Steve showed their character’s pain beautifully. They both deserved their wins.

Scott Clifton was unbelievably impressive in his scenes. His rival, in my opinion, was Billy Flynn, who also gave a great performance this year. But I think Scott deserved the win; he took Liam to a whole new level this year with his seething anger and pain because of what Quinn put him through. Congrats on the record!

su0000
su0000

I may have missed it but–
Who were the judges???
They are responsible for the outcomes.

I’d bet some of the judges do not even watch the soaps.

So— who can give the names of the judges????

Rhonda
Rhonda

Beavis and Butthead?

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

YES!!! Outstanding Drama Series: General Hospital wins for the second straight year!!!

The best daytime drama series category was first created in 1972 and GH is still the runaway leader with 13 total show wins (81, 84, 95, 96, 97, 99, 00, 05, 06, 08, 12, 16, and 17) so congrats to the cast and crew of GH for taking home the top prize once again. Outstanding Directing Team, too, for the second straight year!

Frank and Jelly submitted the back to back episodes from the Julexis wedding on Feb 23rd and Feb 24th, 2016. The back to back submissions were a exciting fantastic choice, imo, and showcased basically the entire cast at their very best. Totally action packed, high stakes drama, thrilling cliffhangers, romantic reunions, martial conflict, near drowning, punches flying, bullets connecting, and riveting confrontations in the entire two hours. The two hours were centered on the hostage situation at the church with Nathan getting shot, the big holdup on the pier during the gun shipment with Kiki getting shot, and Lulu going overboard outside the Haunted Star only to be rescued by Dante. Ava slapping the hell out of Paul and raging at Morgan at the hospital was excellent. Carly finally tearing into Sonny for all the danger and chucking the rifles into the water one by one was excellent. Maura West and Laura Wright were incredible in the fallout of the chaos at the church and the pier. Sonny jumping out of the wheelchair to save Kristina by slugging Dixon in the face was great stuff. The underwater shots of Lulu were very cool as was the slow buildup to Dante jumping in the water to save her. Alexis and Julian’s sitting down in the church after all the mayhem ended was actually very enjoyable. Morgan going ballistic after seeing a bloody Kiki on the ground was quite compelling as was the arugment between Anna and Paul after they made the bust. TWO GREAT EPISODES!

PS: The Chew and The View didn’t win a single award this year. The Talk, Steve Harvey, and Ellen walked away with all the daytime talk show gold. ABC is lucky they have GH to give them something to brag about.

Dan
Dan

Great post, Jay! I love seeing some positivity about GH in the comments section of this site for a change. For 54 years and counting, the best soap opera on television….Long Live GH!!!

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

YES! Bravo to Bryan Craig and Congrats to Lexi Ainsworth! Best young actor and actress of 2017!

Bryan’s emmy reel was truly brillant and packed an emotional punch that was unmatched compared to the other four guys in his category. I was blown away by this acting performance and it was even more riveting watching it a second time without any cuts in the scenes. Bryan submitted the heartbreaking powerful scenes of Morgan’s reaction to Sonny and Carly deciding to have him committed (which was the majority of this six minute reel) along with the roof scenes with Morgan considering jumping and Sonny talking him down. No way and no how was he gonna lose here! The desperate pleading to his parents to not have him sent away, while having his arms tied down by a pair of restraints, was such raw intense gut wrenching drama. Morgan screaming at Diane telling her she’s fired and Morgan telling Andre to go to hell was also great stuff. Easily, the best work of this young man’s career, and it’s as close to perfection as you can get. Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, and Carolyn Hennesy all did great jobs in supporting the scenes. Come back Bryan!

Lexi coming back to the show in the fall of 2015 was such a great surprise and so was them giving her such a big story to work with to start off 2016. Kristina’s sexual fluidity journey was breaking new ground on this show and was easily one of my favorite parts of last year. I really thought it lead to some good family centered drama in key reveal scenes with Sonny, Alexis, and Molly. Lexi is the best young actress this show has had since Julie Berman, imo, and it made me very happy they showcased her so well with some challenging dramatic material. I really enjoyed watching her eleven minute reel and feel like it captured the meaty parts of this storyline very well. Kristina explaining to Sonny and Alexis that she got kicked out of school for offering sex for a grade was the main highlight. She really nailed all the emotional beats in these scenes and expressed herself so well about not wanting to feel like a failure to her parents. The remainder of the reel was a good subtle performance by Lexi with Sonny confronting Kristina after catching her kissing Parker outside the hotel room. She is asking him if he would be able to accept a gay daughter in these scenes. I thought this reel concluded on a warm heartwarming note with Kristina crying tears of joy and falling into a hug with Sonny after he tells her he will love her no matter what. More Lexi please! Write for her!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Excellent post, Jay Trotter! I agree with all you’ve said. I particularly loved Bryan Craig’s performances from the time he set foot on the show. Fantastic actor. He broke my heart in his scenes…

Dan
Dan

Couldn’t agree more again. I got chills watching Bryan Craig’s scenes when they originally aired and again in watching his Emmy reel. Bryan never got the credit he deserved for the strides he made from the time he joined the show, learning and improving under the wing of greats like Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Maura West, to become one of the best young actors in the industry. I was sorry to see him leave GH, but I have doubt he’ll have a lot of success in whatever he does.

Lexi, they didn’t write a lot for her, as you pointed out, Jay. But the quality stuff they did write for her all ended up in her reel. The coming out scenes with her and Maurice were so thoughtfully done. And they struck me right in the heart personally, as that conversation is one that I’ve never to this day has the courage to have with my own father.

Two very well deserved wins.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I have a feeling, Dan and Jay, that Bryan may reprise his role down the line. I know many people didn’t like the character; others feel it would take away from all the grieving that the characters (and, the audience, went through). I don’t agree. I’d love to see Bryan/Morgan back on the canvas. After all, it’s a soap and his body was never found. It doesn’t take away from the stories and acting following his supposed death and I think his there’s plenty of story left for Morgan.

Patrick
Patrick

Jay : excellent post on Lexie AinsWORTH

isn’t she something

she was discarded as not being “Barbie” enough .. and or having that picturesque figure

she got herself together… when asked to return… and has never not once let up.

she is thee key character of Alexis Davis family… yawn along with Sam and Molly.

altho Molly will always get a nod.. as long as she stops with all her morality… god.. think like her mother… enough.

Kristina is magic. GH just is not doing enough with her character… Kristina with either/or Parker and Aaron… struck gold.. and they just left that by the wayside

well expletive to that… hear that Frank, Jean, and Shelley… seriously you are flawed

Congrats Ms. Ainsworth… love your character.. you lighten up my load of too much Sam… god

k/kay
k/kay

Funny quote: I would like to know how you get robbed if the Emmy was never in your possession to begin with? Hughes was lead not supporting so was Mansi the woman from B&B her reel was great and she was supporting and when was the guy from B&B considered a guest he is recurring . This is why a lot of viewers shake their heads as far as best soap none they all are struggling!

Ray
Ray

I am surprised so many people have written so many negative comments. ALL of these actors are hard working. ALL of these actors made it through the first round of voting. Obviously the voting committee saw something you didn’t. I may not agree with every storyline or the winners, but I raise a glass to everyone that won.

My highlights were seeing Susan Lucci and once again seeing how much she means to daytime. Her tribute to Agnes Nixon was amazing. Although I loved seeing Kate Mansi win Best Supporting Actress, “DOOL” has done a great job with finding the new Abigail, Marci Miller. I loved her scenes with Gabi Friday and should be considered for next year’s Emmy Awards.

During the past year, I have loved “B&B.” There was so many great performances, including Heather Tom, Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Rena Sofer, Scott Clifton. In recent weeks, Pierson Fode and Courtney Hope (Thomas and Sally) have been amazing.

“DOOL” has been showing signs of greatness again in the past few weeks. I do not love the Nicole/Brady on-the-run storyline, but Eric and Ari are doing some great work. Camilla Banas is showing even more growth and becomes more beautiful every day. Billy Flynn is an incredible actor. It may sound strange, but I like Abby and Chad better when they are fighting.:) The new actor playing Tripp is showing lots of promise, with his scenes with Kayla Friday outside the Brady Pub were fantastic.

All of the stars looked fantastic, but Marci Miller, Laura Wright, Aisha Tyler, Susan Lucci, Kate Mansi, Billy Flynn, and the ever-beautiful Katherine Kelly Lang, looked stunning. I would like to see even more daytime stars as presenters next year. Although I love Gladys Knight, I think having a daytime legend (Liz Hubbard, Erica Slezak and Kim Zimmer) present the award would have been special.

The quality of the show was the best I have seen. I have to admit I do not watch a lot of shows online, but the quality of the show was amazing. we NEED to see this show back on television. Can we not pre-empt “Young and Restless” and “Bold and Beautiful” one day and have it televised during the day, like it was in the 1970s?

Congrats to everyone!

blake
blake

I’m so glad Gina Tognoni and Kate Mansi won.

But Steve Burton winning Supporting Actor??? And General Hospital for Best Drama? Yikes!

Claudio
Claudio

I am so Happy, Gina won the Daytime Emmy. She is a terrific actress. Bravo Gina, we love you as Phyllis.

su0000
su0000

OK—

I would like to see a list of the judges….

Why are the judges hidden unavailable to the public??

Who were the judges????

Timmm
Timmm

SONNY!

jaybird369
jaybird369

I’m sorry, but, BOTH that Scott Clifton dude and that TOTALLY OVERRATED Steve Burton DID NOT DESERVE to win…AT ALL!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!!!!!!

Later.

Adam
Adam

Gina won and it was awesome, for those that commented that they wanted the GH actresses to win, please. Your show won get over it.

GIna is an awesome actress to win 3 times is great in a tough category.

GINA RULES DAYTIME, Y&R so glad you got her, not missing the old Phyllis that’s for sure.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Adam…AW, YEAH, dude…as always, Gina Tognoni TRULY ROCKS!!!!! TOTALLY!!!!!

stevie g
stevie g

I really don’t get wha’ts so great about Scott Clifton, he really is just playing himself. He does deserve an award for sustained performance though in dealing with B&Bs repetitive storytelling for so many years now. And how does it work that one soap wins Best Drama, but another soap wins Best writing? Wouldn’t the two go hand in hand?

Rodd
Rodd

I was so happy to be able to view the Emmys this year. I could have done without that lame banter about whether or not Ms. Underwood would get to sleep with Mr. Lopez and the Basset Hound march that took too long, but was other wise happy with it. Would I have liked to have seen other people win some of those awards? Yes, but I don’t begrudge anyone who did win them. Our favorites always win because they win our adoration. That being said, I am so over the moon for my GH peeps who won! Yeah!

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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