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44th Annual Daytime Emmys: Mary Hart and Harry Friedman To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, New Venue Announced For Ceremonies!

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NATAS (The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) announced today that the upcoming 44th Annual Daytime Emmys will be held on Sunday, April 30th a the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, as well as the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, April 28th.

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be moving our signature show to the historic Pasadena Civic Center,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS.  “With its grand lobby and world class architecture, it is a fitting location for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Daytime Emmys to the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “It is an honor to host this significant occasion as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting.”

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In other Emmy news, NATAS revealed this year’s recipients for the Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Hart, former host of Entertainment Tonight and Harry Friedman, producer of two of the most successful game shows in television history, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

“The entire country, including me, fell in love with Mary Hart from her very first broadcast of Entertainment Tonight,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Mary’s charm, wit, smile and intelligence made her the most trusted anchor in the genre of entertainment news. Her ability to make even the biggest stars comfortable made audiences welcome her and ‘ET’ into their homes. Harry Friedman has produced the two most iconic game shows in the country if not the world.  His constant tweaking of show formats and the addition of the latest technologies has kept Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, at the top of syndicated television with no end in sight.  The National Academy could not be prouder to honor both of these extraordinary television stars with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Harry Friedman is a force unto himself that has taken the game show world and reinvented it for the 21st Century as well as being, perhaps, the nicest man in show business,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS).  “With Friedman joined by Mary Hart, the woman who set the bar for those that followed in the entertainment news genre, as our Lifetime Achievement honorees, we are looking forward to two incredible celebrations of the world of Daytime television this year.  Add to that the move to the historic and elegant Pasadena Civic Auditorium to host both shows and I believe this will be one of the most celebratory and exciting Daytime Emmy Award shows in a long time!”

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So, what do you think about Mary Hart and Harry Friedman as this year’s picks to receive the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award? What do you think of the Emmys new venue for the upcoming ceremonies? Comment below!

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Karen Gierhart
Karen Gierhart

Are they going to be televised ? I sure hope so!

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Mary Hart and Harry Friedman ?? never heard of them..
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They have a place to hold the awards, question is will they be televised or online?

Guest
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Harry Friedman is the Producer of Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune which have been nominated at theDaytime Emmy’s in the past years. Two of the longest running game show’s.
And Mary Hart is ..wait.. Didn’t you read Michael’s article or possibly google these ppl?!
And, if memory serves me correctly the budget was $short last year.. Poptv will most likely air it, from what I heard!

mark
mark

The best Emmys were when Kathy griffin hosted I still laugh at them on youtube

Mo
Mo

Mary Hart was on a nighttime show. Why isn’t she being recognized at the other Emmys?

I hope they’ll be on TV.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Daytime Emmys capture achievement outside the primetime/latenight daypart. ET is some markets is/was broadcast during day. Am surprised some are not familiar with Hart or Friedman. Hart brought class to entertainment journalism, a field which sadly has lost some of its luster for me. Friedman’s name in in the creidts of his shows and he made a lasting difference in his field.

I am so happy to hear this news. Happier to learn the awards are being televised but I wait like all of you for that announcement.

toscanti
toscanti

Will they be televised? That has always been the question in past years.

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I’d bet the Daytime Emmy’s will continue to be online..

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Wally Kurth & Chandler Massey Deliver Poignant Scenes As Justin Tells Will ‘Don’t Give Up On Life’

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the scenes capturing the minds of DAYS viewers featured touching work from Wally Kurth (Justin) and Chandler Massey (Will).

In it, after seeing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) in prison, Justin comes upon Will, the man responsible for his beloved wife, Adrienne’s death (although the circumstances of just how Will was responsible have yet to come to light within the time jump).

Justin informs Will he is taking over Ben’s case, and Will thinks that with Justin on his side, Ben will have a better chance of getting out of the slammer.  Then, a guilt-ridden Will tells Justin that he thinks about Adrienne every single day and he will never stop hating and loathing on himself for being responsible for taking the love of Justin’s life away from him, and for what it has done to Will’s husband, Sonny, who has lost his mother in the process, and caused a huge rift in their marriage.

As things get more emotional between the two men, Will tells Justin that in his heart Adrienne was like a mom to him. Then, an emotional Justin tells Will he knows he did not mean to harm Adrienne.  Will thanks Justin, but thinks Justin hates him.  It is then that Justin reveals he could never hate Will.

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Justin admits he hates what Will did, but let’s him know in no uncertain terms that he thinks of Will as a son, and will not and can’t stop loving him.  As Justin begins to tear up, he becomes emotionally overwhelmed by the sadness of the entire situation, and tells Will, “You’re a part of our family for better or worse.”

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Next, Justin reminds Will that no matter what happens life goes on.   He himself is a perfect example as he has fallen in love with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and is happy for the first time in many months.  Then in the punctuation point of the scene, Justin tells Will to never give up on life and the two embrace.

Did Wally Kurth just lock up an Emmy nomination with this scene that aired on Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives? Did you reach for the hankies?  Share your thoughts on the heart-tugging scenes via the comment section below.  But first watch some key moments from it.

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So, what have you thought of Stephen as Stefano thus far?  What do you think of the plot twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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