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44th Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Live-Streamed; Presenters Announced!

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The answer to the question that fans have wanted to know has finally arrived by NATAS on Thursday.  The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that this year’s 44th Annual Daytime Emmys will be live-streamed via two platforms, Facebook Live and  Twitter-Periscope Producer starting 8PMEST/5PMPST on Sunday night, April 30th. The ceremonies will be held live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

“The National Academy is thrilled to be streaming this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards to the world,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Add the great list of presenters we have for both our signature shows and I think the fans and Daytime community are in for a real treat!”

Those presenters Mauro talks about include:  Larry King (Larry King Now), Jane Pauley (CBS Sunday Morning), Susan Lucci, Harry Connick, Jr. (Harry), Margaret Cho, Tim Allen, Blair Underwood, (GIVE, Quanico), Trisha Yearwood (Trisha’s Southern Kitchen), Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier (ET), Natalie Morales, (The Today Show, Access Hollywood), Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz), Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune), Mark Steines & Debbie Matenopoulos (Home & Family), Chris Hansen (Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen), as well as Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mae, and Adrienne Houghton (The Real) and Ross Mathews & Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live). Also presenting are cast members from the four daytime soaps, including Bryton James and Mishael Morgan (The Young & the Restless), Kelly Monaco and Dominic Zamprogna (General Hospital), Katherine Kelly Lang and John McCook (The Bold and the Beautiful), Billy Flynn and Marci Miller (Days of Our Lives).  Special musical performance by Max Ehrich (The Young & the Restless, Under the Dome). Additional appearances by Karla Mosley, Reign Edwards and Jacob Young (The Bold & the Beautiful), Sonya Eddy and Robert Palmer Watkins (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin and Eric Martsoff (Days of Our Lives) and Tristan Lake Leabu (The Young & the Restless).  Music provided by Caleb Nelson and The Remotes.

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Extra’s Mario Lopez and The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood were previously announced as hosts for the daytime-fest.  “I am over-the-moon to be able to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards to all our fans,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime. “With Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood as our hosts and so many wonderful presenters, it’s going to be a great evening for Daytime!” 

The line-up of presenters for the Friday, April 28th at the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys include: Alex Trebek (Jeopardy!), Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune), Loni Love, (The Real), Judge Greg Mathis (Judge Mathis), Chris Hansen (Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen), Vivian Howard, (A Chef’s Life), JD Roberto (Daily Burn 365), Karla Cavalli (Planet Primetime), Anna Cathcart, Millie Davis, Isaac Kragten, (Odd Squad), Danny Jacobs (All Hail King Julien), Eric Darnell (Antz, Madagascar), Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital/The Bay), Kristos Andrews (The Bay), Anthony Anderson (Anacostia), Anthony Wilkinson (Tainted Dreams), Reign Edwards, Courtney Hope, (The Bold and The Beautiful), Lauren Koslow, Thaao Penghlis (Days of our Lives), Chloe Lanier, Chad Duell (General Hospital), Christian Le Blanc and Melissa Ordway (The Young and the Restless).

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys being live-streamed via Facebook and Twitter? Excited to know that there is way to see the show  streamed live? Comment below!

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Beverly Levy
Beverly Levy

I am glad we will see the Daytimr Emmys. I think the daytime genre is treated very unfair. The daytime population have a lot of fans that respect and care about them

April Graham
April Graham

I agree completely. I feel like Daytime shows, the stars, creators, writers, etc & the fans of daytime shows are being disrespected by the Daytime Emmys not being aired on tv. There are still alot of us out here who greatly enjoy oyr daytime shows.

Patricia Sanderson
Patricia Sanderson

It is a travesty the way they treat the Daytime Soap Operas. I have watched the Soap Operas for 56 years. All Daytime Emmy’s on TV for years until recent ones.. The actors and people behind of the shows deserve so much more. Day time Actors work so hard,,,Ask any Big Screen Actor, many, many were Soap Opera actors and say how little they work the Big Screen compared to the many pages of scrip and work in a Soap Opera. We have tons of music shows and Screen shows. The Daytime actors deserve a show of their own. I always waited for this Daytime Emmy. I am so disappointed and will not watch TV tonight. I’ll struggle to watch it where I can. Go GH and Y&R. I miss AMC, OLTL…

rebeccaCali
rebeccaCali

I agree. I felt disrespected as a viewer not to have the 2017 daytime emmy’s aired on live television. I would have enjoyed watching the winners accepting their awards, listening to their acceptance speaches. The sponsor’s of these shows should be scratching their heads.

Jenny
Jenny

Whoa!!! What an all-star, has-been, never-was roster!! Lol. Best keep that off television!!

Moneca
Moneca

This is a great idea!

Noreen cunningham
Noreen cunningham

I was really hoping it would be televised, but I will try and pick it up. Love my GH and would love to see my favorites there.

April Graham
April Graham

There ought to be a way to get the” PTB” to start airing the Daytime Emmys on tv again. The daytime community & we, the fans of daytime deserve that.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Happy for those with a phone that can do live stream. My phones all are too slow. :'(

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

You don’t have a laptop red or desk top computer?

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Haven’t used a desktop in yrs! Laptop was full & needed to transfer files to a hard drive. Way too busy to address it. I barely have a second to blink! Haven’t been on there in yrs either.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I guess if we at least get to see the Emmys, it is something. Of course i would have preferred the show being broadcast on live TV but I’ll still get to see the statues being handed out as opposed to reading about it in Soap Opera digest.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I am disappointed that it won’t be on live TV. I’d a hoped someone like Oprah would have cared to pick it up on OWN. Might help get ratings up on her network.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Why would Oprah broadcast a program that barely gets over a 1 million viewers?

Tony Daniels
Tony Daniels

GH all the way.
Now, date and time?

Shirley
Shirley

I am so thrilled about this news,thanks to all that had a hand in this

Mo
Mo

The fans are not “in for a real treat”. I won’t be watching. Let me know when it’s back on TV. Show some respect to the daytime community and their fans by putting it on TV!

April Graham
April Graham

I agree completely. Daytime shows, the stars, creators, writers, etc & we the fans of these shows deserve the respect that other awards shows get by being aired on tv.

Bertha Rodriguez
Bertha Rodriguez

Still not happy as many other all other awards are shown on televised but no longer for the Daytime Emmy Awards it’s not fair. We the fans we should be able to see this live. It’s just not fair some of us might not be able to see it on Facebook or Twitter because of the different hours we work. Not happy.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Just sorry it won’t be on TV.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Not on Television again!!!!!! Is anyone going to save this once thriving genre??????

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i will just wait to see who wins and printed here…i no longer bother with facebook or twitter!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Live steamed is better than nothing, yet I remembered the last time it was live streamed it was horrible– no way to edit out drunken slurs, the whole thing lacked the polish of a professionally produced broadcast—also there are many fans who are not into social media, don’t follow either Facebook or Twitter because they don’t know how or they simply don’t want to– it would have been nice if a major network would show some class and support this award show — I mean if a major network is willing to air The People’ s Choice Award where the winners are notified in advance of the show so there is no suspense at all– or the Kid’s Choice Awards– which is just for fun–surely the hard working members of Daytime television deserve the same–

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

If fans don’t follow Facebook or Twitter or social media in general; no wonder the genre is dying. The vast majority of viewers can’t be bothered with or don’t know how to use social media spells doom for daytime soaps.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well that is a lot of horsefeathers– the majority of daytime dramas died out long before social media even became a thing and if the genre dies it will be BECAUSE of INTERNET which is basically replacing ALL network television in general– also the WWW gave rise to everyone having a shorten attention span and stealing a whole generation of younger folks if they didn’t have social media they might have checked out daytime drama—- but I do agree the future of entertainment consumption in on the Internet or through the internet on demand — so just like in the days when television slowly replaced radio, broadcast television will be gone and hopefully in the new age, serial dramas will find a new voice and format– not like now, but a new evolution, like when serials on the radio transitioned to television.

Ray
Ray

I would love to see you do the pre-show.

davlestev1
davlestev1

so little respect to a much loved genre is mind boggling to me. what the heck is a periscope and facebook live..facebook is a platform that makes my skin crawl..talk about phonies trying to act like joined at the hip friends when its obviously designed to give an im better than you outlook on life. AUGHHHHHHHH..WONT BE WATCHING!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

That man sounds like Donald Trump..it will be a beautiful thing trust me..deluded moron.

Matthew
Matthew

Exactly! I’m surprised he didn’t say he found a television network to air the awards and Mexico is paying for it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL, Matthew! They’d probably pay for the show sooner than the wall!

davlestev1
davlestev1

LMAO..IKR

su0000
su0000

The DayTime Emmy’s for the Soaps is mostly a fashion show.
The judges are not all soap fans and make decisions that are rushed just getting through the entries.
Actually the time when people actually gave a ding about soap opera awards has long long long ago passed.

And why on earth would anyone care if a cooking show hosts would get an award , I mean to sit through the whole daytime to get to the soaps is annoyingly boring.

I watched one, just one, daytime emmy and never watched once since..
After the awards are given the soap winners are always posted without fail.

To the emmy watchers you have my sympathy …………… LOL

James
James

While it is a shame that it won’t get televised, the show will still be broadcast online, which is better than nothing at all, and hopefully, with Facebook Live (streaming through Youtube would have been much better IMHO), the show will also accessible outside the United States.

The key for a successful online broadcast is the same as with any live show, it has to be well-produced and polished for viewers to appreciate, and that is something I thought the producers of the show last year needed and were able to learn when they did this the second time last year, although there were flaws here and there.

Regardless, I don’t understand the misguided hatred of an online platform when Daytime itself never gets the same love from Primetime fans who view the over-all genre as inferior so there’s no reason for daytime fans to do the same on Internet media such as Facebook and the Daytime Emmys website itself.

Keri A
Keri A

It’s a shame a bunch of nonsense is broadcast everyday all day. Why can’t some producers once year televise this show? A few years ago the head of CBS said that he love to help the Daytime Emmys get back on the air. Considering CBS says it’s #1 in daytime TV across the board. It’s a sham they can’t honor the shows. Daytime has always had the most loyal fans amd not to have The Emmys broadcasted on TV again is shameful. I much rather watch “my stories” (lol) then any so called reality based TV shows aired ad nauseam daily. JMO JS….

JK
JK

I AGREE WITH YOU 100%……COULD SAY SO MUCH MORE BUT BETTER I DONT….

April Graham
April Graham

I agree. There are still many, many loyal daytime fsns that would still love to be able to watch the Daytime Emmys on television. We, the stars, writets, etc of daytime deserve thr respect of the Daytime Emmys being on tv. Not to mention that some of us are only sble to get internet on our phones. I don’t pretend to speak for for everyone, but I have talked to several friends & family members who refuse to try to watch any show on a phone. It’s just not as enjoyable.

Matthew
Matthew

Can a Facebook “Livestream” be replayed? I won’t be home that night until the awards ceremony is over. Damn, I wish the Emmy were airing on tv so I could record it with my DVR.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Livestream can be replayed as many times as you like whether you watch live or not.

Matthew
Matthew

Awesome! Thanks Lou!

Judith
Judith

Nice for savy people I guess, but wish for the rest of us it were on TV. Really miss it. So many award shows, but this is the only one that counts for me and my friends. Will miss it again.

April Graham
April Graham

There ought to be a way to get someone or some group of people to air it on tv again. Besides myself, I know several people that greatly miss getting to watch it & that’s just people I know in “real” life, not to mention the people I’ve met on facebook, twitter, that also feel the same way.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I think it is time to either (1) scale the entire Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony back to a nice, low-key lunch where the awards are given or (2) end the affair completely.

I have been a soap opera fan for 50 years and am not advocating for the demise of the industry. However, when this ceremony can’t even find a network (traditional or cable) to broadcast it out of the roughly 50 options that would be available, it is time to reconsider the approach. It is degrading this ceremony has been reduced to on-line streaming. (No offense to this site but the efforts by the soap media to present on-line streaming as some fantastic thing are inane).

JK
JK

RIGHT ON-BARBARA!!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Isn’t it the truth. .they act like streaming is the HOLY GRAIL of viewership. .IT’S NOT! When it comes to these awards fans want the luxury and pride of watching a TELEVISED event. Back in the day you even got a well produced nighttime episode of one of the networks daytime dramas the Emmys aired on. Well and truly over it. It’s probably a chore to them to even have to bother at all. I’m with you on the luncheon. .they’d probably do it at hometown buffet the JERKS.

James
James

Streaming offers a real-time accessibility that a television set cannot fully duplicate. Think of it as an evolution of what has been started off with radio.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Real time access meaning wonky camera angles…a flash shot of the carpet and a table leg…making you feel as if the camera man stumbled…a forehead shot…et.al…I hear Ya.

James
James

If you watched last year’s Daytime Emmy’s, it’s anything but what you described. It was basically a live television broadcast except it was not shown on TV with the added plus of no commercial interruption even if it sucks that the awarding ceremony have no sponsors to offset the costs of production.

davlestev1
davlestev1

JAMES i tried to watch just like i tried when POP forever made up execs minds cable and network just aren’t viable for these shows. Explaining myself would be like trying to convince a MAGA enthusiast why TRUMP is ALL TYPES OF WRONG..YOU CAN’T. That being said EVERY cable and network drama ALL use the daytime story telling mode to prolong their existence in prime time TV. It’s a proven and written about fact. If ANY genre deserves respect it’s the hallowed halls of daytime. Relegating these awards to a steaming platform-albeit at the last possible moment no less-is wrong..stomach turning..disheartening and not worth the headache to sit through..but you enjoy…I’m old school..the UK shows mad respect for its soaps..labels them as such but they’re better than some of our prime time shows. Their awards are televised and for the first time this year live so no one can spoil the outcome. I’ll be watching. Thanks to two platforms including monthly subscription Brit Box which they did for Americans from ITV and the BBC I have all my soaps back. Plus the soap awards live. Admittedly add of last month I now only watch Y&R…if i want to watch cartoons I’ll watch Star Wars Rebels…GUARDIANS and MARVEL on Disney xd ..oh and don’t let me forget the Irish soap RED ROCK on Amazon. Enjoy your awards show.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And if you want to know why DAYS is failing AMAZON has a preview of Ted Cordays novel Ladies of the Lake…I’m an avid reader and love a good book. I recently finished Out of the Dark and am now well into FootFall and the saga of the Fithps..I was not amused to say the least. Just bad.

James
James

davlestev1: The UK has a TV viewing population that is a fraction of that of the US, and their daily soap operas air on both daytime and primetime, including soaps imported from Australia so more or less soaps across the pond have equal footing as primetime scripted shows and that is reflective on their award shows.

You can’t really compare two widely different TV markets.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Actually the Emmy Awards– well in fact most long running award shows started out as private industry awards– somewhere along the lines, some network suit realized there was money to be made by televising these industry awards and making them essentially a three hour commercial promoting networks or studios shows and films. So I totally agree, these industry awards, given for and by those who work within the same field should be private affairs– that includes all them, film, television, theater and music–

davlestev1
davlestev1

RIGHT!! Even Knickelodian televises a freaking kids choice awards. You can even tune into the best dog in show awards..it’s a travesty.

Judy
Judy

I would like to know why nbc abc and cbs wont show it

Steve
Steve

It’s a money losing proposition for whatever network would do it. The production costs and low ratings combine to make it not worthwhile for any network. Back in the day, all 3 networks had multiple shows to nominate. Nowadays, CBS would be the only one that might have a slight interest (with 2 soaps, 2 game shows and 1 talk show).

NATAS should make it available on their own website – unless FB and Tw are paying some production costs.

JK
JK

THEY DO NOT CARE……THESE NETWORKS DONT CARE ABOUT SOAP FANS = ONLY CARE ABOUT THE MONEY THAT GOES IN THEIR POCKETS…..SHAMEFUL!

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Soaps are a business and networks don’t produce shows for charity.

rebecca1
rebecca1

JK…no network “cares” about fans. Like Lou piikes said…it’s a business. If they don’t find it cost-effective it’s not happening.

Gia
Gia

I understand that fans do not count and that this is a ” business”.

All three major networks has a soap opera. GH (ABC) DOOL (NBC) and CBS (Y&R and B &B).

Why don’t the 3 networks split the cost ?

I see that they are streaming on social media which I do not partake in so I guess I will miss this year 🙁

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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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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