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45th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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Nominations were announced this morning by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

And in the daytime drama categories, it was a big day for both General Hospital and Days of our Lives.  Each of the soaps were the most nominated shows in daytime this year with GH receiving 26 nods and DAYS 25. CBS was the most nominated network in all.

The ceremony will be held once again at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 29, 2018 hosted for the second year in a row by Extra’s Mario Lopez, and Sheryl Underwood of The Talk.  Speaking of The Talk, nominations were revealed this morning on the east coast feed of the series in some of the major categories.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held the night before at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, April 27, 2018.

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be presenting the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, in the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. “With an outstanding roster of nominees and two wonderful hosts in Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, we are looking forward to a great event honoring the best that Daytime television delivers everyday to its devoted audience.”

David Michaels SVP and Executive Producer, Daytime Emmy Awards acknolwedged: “The record-breaking number of entries and the incredible level of talent and craft reflected in this year’s nominees gives us all ample reasons to celebrate.  With David Parks joining us as an Executive Producer on the show, Gregg Gelfand directing and Bruce Ryan doing the set and Lighting Design by Tom Kenny along with a great production team, our 45th Anniversary show will be a spectacular gala which both looks ahead and looks back over 45 glorious years that will honor everything we’ve come to expect and love about Daytime television!”

Congratulations to all the performers, creatives, shows, and behind the scenes personnel for their achievements and nominations.  Here now are the nominees! (MF Soaps will update this list for all daytime drama categories today)

                                                                                          

Outstanding Drama Series

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless     

                                                                                   

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series

The Bay The Series

Eastsiders

Ladies of the Lake

Tainted Dreams

Venice The Series

Zac & Mia                      

                                                                                               

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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Eileen Davidson, as Ashley Abbott

The Young and the Restless

 

Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis

General Hospital

 

Marci Miller, as Abigail Deveraux

Days of Our Lives

 

Maura West, as Ava Jerome

General Hospital

 

Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos

General Hospital

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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Peter Bergman, as Jack Abbott

The Young and the Restless

 

Michael Easton, as Hamilton Finn

General Hospital

 

John McCook, as Eric Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew

General Hospital

 

James Reynolds, as Abe Carver

Days of Our Lives                                                                                                                                       

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron

The Young and the Restless

 

Camryn Grimes, as Mariah Copeland

The Young and the Restless

 

Susan Seaforth Hayes, as Julie Williams

Days of Our Lives

 

Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell

The Young and the Restless

 

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester Spencer

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Mishael Morgan, as Hilary Curtis

The Young and the Restless

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Wally Kurth, as Ned Quartermaine

General Hospital

 

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton

Days of Our Lives

 

Anthony Montgomery, as Dr Andre Maddox

General Hospital

 

Greg Rikaart, as Kevin Fisher

The Young and the Restless

 

Greg Vaughan, as Eric Brady

Days of Our Lives

 

 

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS in a DRAMA SERIES

 

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Reign Edwards, as Nicole Avant Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome

General Hospital

 

Cait Fairbanks, as Tessa Porter

The Young and the Restless

 

Olivia Rose Keegan, as Claire Brady

Days of Our Lives

 

Chloe Lanier, as Nelle Benson

General Hospital

 

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

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Lucas Adams, as Tripp Dalton

Days of Our Lives

 

Rome Flynn, as Zende Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Tristan Lake Leabu, as Reed Hellstrom

The Young and the Restless

 

Casey Moss, as JJ Deveraux

Days of Our Lives

 

Hudson West, as Jake Webber

General Hospital

 

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

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Ryan Ashton, as Zach Sinnett

The Young and the Restless

 

Robb Derringer, as Scooter Nelson

Days of Our Lives

 

John Enos, as Roger

Days of Our Lives

 

Morgan Fairchild, as Anjelica

Days of Our Lives

 

Vernee Watson, as Stella Henry

General Hospital

                                                                                                                                      

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

 

 

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                   

                                                                                                                  

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

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Mary Beth Evans, as Sara Garrett

The Bay The Series

 

Vanessa Kelly, as Journee

Giants

 

Lilly Melgar, as Janice Ramos

The Bay The Series

 

Alicia Minshew, as Angelica Caruso

Tainted Dreams

 

Anne Winters, as Mia Phillips

Zac & Mia

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

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Kristos Andrews, as Pete Garrett

The Bay The Series

 

James Bland, as Malachi

Giants

 

Richard Brooks,  as Augustus Barringer

The Rich and the Ruthless

 

Van Hansis, as Thom

Eastsiders

 

Kian Lawley, as Zac Meier

Zac & Mia                                                                                                                                      

     

So what do you think of this year’s nominees? Did you favorites make the cut to the final round for Emmy night?  Who do you think was snubbed? Which show and performer do you really want to see win the most? Share your thoughts via the comment section below!

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rpm

So happy for Days!!!!!!!!!Still feel gh is overrated and doesn’t deserve the love this year! Michael Easton no! Days for writing! Yes Casey Moss must winnnn!!!!!!!!!Marla or Camryn for supporting actress

grammy
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grammy

and why was kelly monaco ripped off,? she was the best of all of them, to have all of the gh actresses nominated and kelly was snubbed. something is very wrong with this,picture. so glad sb didn`t make the cut. he did nothing and don`t know why he was even nominated.hope billy,wally, erin and hudson wins.and gh

eddie
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eddie

Did they change the rules for best geust performer? How did morgan fairchild get nominated when her character is not brand new.Also,I assume all the pictures are the winners in each category.If that is true then someone told you who the winners are.

Steve
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Steve

Originally, I thought that about existing characters, but apparently the performer must be new to the show, the character can be existing. I’m not sure if there’s a maximum number of appearances quota in the guest category.

Voting starts all a new now that the nominations are out.

eddie
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eddie

There is no more voting.The winner has already been picked.The actor or actress who received the most votes is the winner.This has been the ridiculous procedure for the past 4 years.

Joanie Vaughn
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Joanie Vaughn

I truly feel that Galen Gering was totally snubbed for Lead Actor! His work as Rafe Hernandez in Days of Our Lives was outstanding this past year and more than deserving of the Emmy. Let hope next year Galen get the nod!

Diane dalessio
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Diane dalessio

Max Gail definitely should have received nomination for guest actor for his portrayal of Mike in General Hospital

Steve
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Steve

These nominations are for calendar year 2017, Gail will be eligible for either Guest or Supporting next year.

JONNYSBRO
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JONNYSBRO

Wow on Marci Miller cracking the lead category. Mark my words people a star is born with Marci

IRENE M ADAMS
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IRENE M ADAMS

She has done phenomenal work with the 3 personalities. Ron C & team always make stories better. Unexpected twists. Not sure what she submitted because she seems to have great stuff as of late. Hope she wins. She is great with both her lead guys. Lucky her.

Patrick
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Patrick

“THIS ” is the nicest far out spot on

LOVING THIS… she’s amazing

listened to her “take” on the MF emmy nomination show…. and as pointed out.. she broke in… tore it up… leveled the playing field.. as it were

and as mentioned.. all the other nominees.. are emmy winners.

WHY NOT emmy win this newbie.. this ingénue.. this marvel.. this token bona fide dedicated to this craft

I LOVE Marci Miller

she’s captivating … watch her everyday.. no histrionics.. just on your mark contained camera loves her… poised performance

Mo
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Mo

She should have fun at the Lead Actress Luncheon!

Jimh
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Jimh

Cassey Moss-yes…he improved a lot and is a fine young actor…Chandler Massey-sorry but what started out as a much welcome return has fizzled lately…Chandler just isnt given enough…seems to stand around in scenes like a rock and looks like he ifs going to burst out laughing…Days is such an improved soap but im already tired of the Gabbi or Abbi story-would be nice if Days won…Chloe lanier-sometimes i like Nelle and sometimes i dont….she is crazy Heather Webberish…could she be Franco’s daughter????

Celia
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Celia

Agree with everything you said, Jimmy. You must agree that Chloe Lanier is as good as crazy gets. Love her!! Impeccably acted.

Jimh
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Jimh

I was starting to get a little bored but she does remind me of Heather…maybe she is Franco’s daughter and Heather’s granddaughter???….

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Chloe Lanier’s nomination is one of the few GH kudos that actually makes sense…the girl can act her socks off! Best of luck to her! As for the others, given that the two best actresses from that soap, Finola Hughes and Genie Francis, didn’t get the Emmy respect they’ve earned and deserved, I can only hope that the tiresome trio from Port Charles cancels each other out and Y&R’s Eileen Davidson gets the golden nod!! Quite frankly, I’ve had it up to here from both Ava and Carly, and you already know where I stand on the character of Alexis….as… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I absolutely agree with you Jimh concerning Casey Moss. He is a fine actor who gives a very solid performance. I’m happy his work is being recognized.

I did not see Chandler Massey during his prior tenure with the show. Since coming on this time, I’m completely underwhelmed. The actor seems bored and the character seems arrogant.

Jimh
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Jimh

Will used to be far more interesting…and i totally agree with you about the actor!

Mo
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Mo

They haven’t quite given Chandler enough material. He is a great actor. I don’t know that he will win an Emmy this year, but he totally deserves the ones he already has.

Celia
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Celia

You know better than I, Jimmy, that anything is possible. I still think Nelle is Nina’s and Silas’. …as is Kiki. I do praise Nelle’s acting, but not the story….only because there’s a baby involved. ….do not like Michael…ugh…I used to, but since he has completely forgotten who his real father is; and, how easily he has forgiven both Sonny and his mother….well, he is at the bottom of the totem pole for me. However, the more I think about it, the more I believe you are on to something……Nelle and Maxie go into labor at the same time …..Nelle’s… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Wish they move on away from Carly and have Nelle search for her birth parents….we did have to endure Nina attempting to steal Ava’s child…i think they will repeat the story…Crazy Nelle …it would seem she could be the granddaughter of Crazy Heather…or perhaps Nelle is Nina’s…and im bored with Micheal-he is a snooze

Celia
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Celia

You make sense to me, Jimmy……
Yet, I hope to God, Nelle does not do what Nina did…..
If Nelle turns out to be Nina’s? Well, my Jimmy….the story comes full circle.

Meg.
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Meg.

Thx Michael ,

Rose
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Rose

PUT IT ON BACK ON TV!

Donna Mackie
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Donna Mackie

Thank you Michael. My favorite Greg Vaughan has delivered very moving performances on Days. He deserves the honor of receiving the Daytime Emmy

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, DONNA, and as far as I’m concerned, GV is still owed some overdue recognition from his stellar work as Lucky on GH years ago. Gorgeous and gifted…what a combo!

Patrick
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Patrick

let me get out two things…. 1. how – just – over the moon I am that Greg Vaughan made the cut. I want an all out campaign for this guy to WIN. Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady is my current day William Holden… just so doggone good looking… you notice every thing. Roaring laugh out loud… his scenes with Jenny bear… it’s almost like he’s in on the “joke” and teasing the hell out of her. OK OK. even I have to admit… Jenny Bear is not floundering. Would I fare any better Man … I want Greg Vaughan… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So glad to see Susan Seaforth Hayes and Marla Adams nominated–wondering IF Genie Francis would have been nominated had she been given a good story line AND air time.
Hmmmmmmm.
And glad to see Mary Beth Evans nominated-again!–on The Bay.

Glad also to see Casey Moss nominated as JJ on Days.
And finally to see Wally Kurth nominated (on one of the series he is on!)

Debra m
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Debra m

So happy Marla was nominated and hope she gets it. Next year Max Gail definetly should be nominated in the guest star category. He has been amazing in the dementia story as has Marla.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So, I’m thrilled over the following nominations: Billy Miller (finally out from the “Jason” shadow); the great Maura West; wonderful Greg Rikaart (ridiculously released from Y&R); Casey Moss (proof that pretty AND talented can exist together); Hudson West (a real pro already); and, mostly, those 3 great supporting actresses from Y&R: the towering Marla Adams (what a thrill this must be for her also), fantastic Camryn Crimes, and the criminally overlooked Mishael Morgan as the deliciously devious Hillary. I like Laura Wright, but this nomination is inexplicable to me but, overall, I’m happy for the first time in several years.

Celia
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Celia

I am parroting myself here, Soaphound, LOL…..as I said to Jimh; I agree with everything you said.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Only watch Y&R. Thank you for your comments regarding Greg Rikaart, Camryn Crimes ( or G?), and Mishael Morgan. All are intriquingly skilled and catch one’s eye and mind.

Celia
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Celia

You go girl, Tani!! Gregg was supposed to have appeared on Days….where is he? Awaiting with bated breath.

dmr
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dmr

Love Maura West and Marla Adams! As of Laura Wright, not sure what material she submitted, other than more hysterics and stomping.

Celia
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Celia

Agree all the way down….all your comments, dmr. I don’t want to run the risk of being repetitious……but, Marci Miller is done for me. I do not believe the acting…….the subterfuge and quick thinking kill it for me. She looks great, though….
Oh, someone sent me a comment in my inbox….hilarious. Was it you? ….about Carly and Peter and “Parking Lot”? Such a baby face. Me no like!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Eileen Davidson, as Ashley Abbott, The Young and the Restless Marci Miller, as Abigail Deveraux, Days of Our Lives Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis, General Hospital Maura West, as Ava Jerome, General Hospital Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos, General Hospital DID NOT MAKE THE CUT – Sharon Case, as Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless, CBS Melissa Claire Egan, as Chelsea Newman, The Young and the Restless, CBS Judi Evans, as Adrienne Kiriakis/Bonnie Lockhart, Days of Our Lives, NBC Mary Beth Evans, as Kayla Johnson, Days of Our Lives, NBC Kelly… Read more »

Lisa Mackenzie
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Lisa Mackenzie

I do not watch DOOL,but I do agree that Kelly Monaco should of been nominated

Debra m
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Debra m

All Gh actresses are so good they may just over shadow each other and Eileen will win. Sorry, do not think Marci is that good. The DID story on DOOL started out good, now getting over the top, as Ron tends to do. No one can compare to Eriks Slezak in the DID story.

dmr
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dmr

Love Eileen-always have-talent and brains (and beauty)! Marci-why was she nominated? A complete snooze-fest!

Patrick
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Patrick

I am , of course , baffled by two , who made the cut – 1. Eileen Davidson – ??? what for? her relationship with mom… Dina ? her sparring with Graham ? it seems to me this show just glossed over .. and covered ground to keep appearance. I did not hear or read, one iota of gut wrenching pull out all the stops contained performances. unless, this is for the “outing” of who her biological father is. even then I’ve not read in SOD or this site any significance . @Days of OUR Lives… absolutely she is riveting.… Read more »

Cat h
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Cat h

I dont have to look at the reels to know that Days of Our Lives is gonna win best drama and best writing team. GH or B&B could win best directing. James Reynolds or Peter Bergman is gonna win lead actor. Maura West, Eileen Davidson, or Marcy Miller will be named lead actress. Greg Vaughan or Chandler Massey is gonna win supporting actor. Marla Adams or Camryn Grime is gonna win supporting actress. Casey Moss is the winner for younger actor. He cant be beat. The only person i see beating him is co star Lucas Adams. Reign Edwards or… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Peter Bergman, as Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless

Michael Easton, as Hamilton Finn, General Hospital

John McCook, as Eric Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful

Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew, General Hospital

James Reynolds, as Abe Carver, Days of Our Lives

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Scott Clifton, as Liam Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Billy Flynn, as Chad DiMera, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Galen Gering, as Rafe Hernandez, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Eric Martsolf, as Brady Black, Days of our Lives, NBC
Stephen Nichols, as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Days of Our Lives, NBC

Debra m
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Debra m

Was surprised Scott wasn’t nominated. He was great in those scenes when he found out his father slept with his wife. Some of his best acting, yet in won three times before for lesser material. Think Peter will win though I think Michael Easton has been great as Finn. The character has so much added dimension lately.

brian
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brian

How about a new category “most missed cancelled soap” ?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Winner (tie!): ALL OF THEM!

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron, The Young and the Restless Camryn Grimes, as Mariah Copeland, The Young and the Restless Susan Seaforth Hayes, as Julie Williams, Days of Our Lives Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell, The Young and the Restless Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful DID NOT MAKE THE CUT – Nadia Bjorlin, as Chloe Lane, Days of Our Lives, NBC Eileen Davidson, as Susan Banks, Days of Our Lives, NBC Lisa LoCicero, as Olivia Falconeri, General Hospital, ABC Mishael Morgan, as Hilary Curtis, The Young… Read more »

Jonah
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Jonah

Mishael did make the cut. there are 6 nominees for supporting actress this year

Patrick
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Patrick

AGREED : Thanks. 6 nominations this year.

Y&R Women ARE GOLD.

Marla Adams
Camryn Grimes
Mishael Morgan
Elizabeth Hendrickson

WHAT A BANNER YEAR FOR these ladies. ANY ONE COULD WIN and it’d still be a feast.

heart tug and sentiment : Marla Adams, Y&R
heart tug and sentiment: Susan Seaforth-Hayes, DAYS

THIS category… for both Men and Women… TOUGH CALL

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series –

Wally Kurth, as Ned Quartermaine, General Hospital

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton, Days of Our Lives

Anthony Montgomery, as Dr Andre Maddox, General Hospital

Greg Rikaart, as Kevin Fisher, The Young and the Restless

Greg Vaughan, as Eric Brady, Days of Our Lives

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Darin Brooks, as Wyatt Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Steve Burton, as Jason Morgan, General Hospital, ABC
Chad Duell, as Michael Corinthos. General Hospital, ABC
Bryton James, as Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless, CBS
James Patrick Stuart, as Valentin Cassadine, General Hospital, ABC

Michael
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Michael

I am so thrilled that Marla Adam’s got nominated! She richly deserves it after the material she was handed and delivered in spades!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I concur! What a coup to have original actress return in the role and keep true to history! Brava!

Michael
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Michael

Here’s hoping that she wins!

barbara payne
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barbara payne

Kelly monico and steve burton should have been on the list

Lisa Mackenzie
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Lisa Mackenzie

I think Steven wasn’t because he just came back,hopefully next year,,but agreed,Kelly Monaco should of been nominated

Patrick
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Patrick

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS in a DRAMA SERIES

Reign Edwards, as Nicole Avant Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful

Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome, General Hospital

Cait Fairbanks, as Tessa Porter, The Young and the Restless

Olivia Rose Keegan, as Claire Brady, Days of Our Lives

Chloe Lanier, as Nelle Benson, General Hospital

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Courtney Grosbeck, as Coco Spectra, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Victoria Konefal, as Ciara Brady, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Eden McCoy, as Josslyn Jacks, General Hospital, ABC
Paige Searcy, as Jade Michaels, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Lexie Stevenson, as Mattie Ashby, The Young and the Restless, CBS

Lisa Mackenzie
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Lisa Mackenzie

Yes Josslyn should of been nominated ,she an amazing young actress,,and what about Curtis,and Anna

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series – Lucas Adams, as Tripp Dalton, Days of Our Lives Rome Flynn, as Zende Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful Tristan Lake Leabu, as Reed Hellstrom, The Young and the Restless Casey Moss, as JJ Deveraux, Days of Our Lives Hudson West, as Jake Webber, General Hospital DID NOT MAKE THE CUT – Pierson Fode, as Thomas Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS Noah Alexander Gerry, as Charlie Ashby, The Young and the Restless, CBS James Lastovic, as Joey Johnson, Days of Our Lives, NBC Garren Stitt, as Oscar Nero, General Hospital,… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Team Camryn. No wait, Team Marla. No wait ……

Celia
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Celia

I know, right, Mark Y?? You’re funny!!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I say it should be a tie between the both of them. Let them both win. They both deserve it.

Patrick
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Patrick

@GH : of the dullard Corinthos’ Clan and FRANK agenda Maurice Benard – not even nominated . YES Laura Wright – have no idea WHY she even submitted Steve Burton – Jason . YOU NEED TO ACT.. sorry ole blue eyes Kelly Monaco – Sam . you have run your course. be gone Chad Duell – Michael . simply one of the worst in all of daytime Chloe Lanier – Nelle . Congratulations… you’re wasted in this pie. Michael Easton – Finn . this is the most stupefying of all. what for ? could it be … your godlike cure… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Patrick, on all counts, you speak for legions of fans, definitely for me! 🙂

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You know, jamesj75, I had an odd reaction to Mr. Easton’s nomination. At first, I remembered fondly his little “assignment” with Anna, which I enjoyed. But then I thought: where are the deeper, profound moments that we expect from a Lead Actor nominee? I didn’t see them. There’s none of Peter Bergman’s commanding authority or the heartbreaking sadness we saw in Billy Miller’s eyes when Sonny & Carly dropped Drew. Oh well, I’m so happy over Billy’s nom, plus those for Greg Rikaart, Mishael Morgan, Camryn Grimes, Marla Adams, Casey Moss, and Maura West that I can let this one… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

if You remember the great Beverly McKenzie she never won a Emmy still does not matter she was indeed one of the greats take it all with a grain of salt. Here in the real world people are trying to feed their kids pay for insurance keep a roof over their head, so to see these actors use their filthy language on Twitter about us has turned me off I am still a viewer of y &r but about to drop it because of my dectroying JT

Lisa Mackenzie
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Lisa Mackenzie

I take it your not a big fan of GH,or most of it’s actors,,he doesn’t speak for me,or thousands of others

Celia
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Celia

This is one of the funniest, in-your-face posts, Patrick—you even outdid youself, LOL……agreed!!

Ric
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Ric

Right on point

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Now, don’t hold back, Patrick! 🙂

Debra m
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Debra m

Maurice did not submit himself .

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I would love to see Marla Adams take it for supporting actress. Watching her play Dina and her descent into dementia has been exciting and have me feeling sad at the same time. She hasn’t missed a beat this year.

Mo
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Mo

She should win.

brenda
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brenda

I believe Days is gonna win alot of awards they have done better in writing than GH.GH is not for the fans If the fans ask for Jasam or Alexis and Julian to be together they won’t they put ones together that have no chemistry. so GH is gonna lose this year.

Vince79
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Vince79

Laura Wright and Maura West had another great year. They always get nominated cause they are the best actresses on soaps. Kelly Monaco was not snubbed. She never gets nominated for a reason. She is not in the same league as the other GH leading ladies. Nancy Lee Grahn deserved that third spot in outstanding actress. Billy Miller? The man grunted and mumbled through another year on GH. He needs to go back to Y&R and stop phoning in his performances. Michael Easton finally gets himself a nomination. Well deserved and well played as Finn. Anthony Montgomery was the unsung… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Maura West is an amazing actress and performer. I absolutely love her as Ava Jerome. I think she is truly talented and never, ever phones in her dialogue. I can’t say the same for Laura Wright, sorry. I used to be a fan…

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Anthony Montgomery was the unsung overlooked hero of the tale of two Jason storyline. ” NICE HEADLINE THEE Toughest Category. inarguably. I WANT AM Andre to take home GOLD. I think this will be a 3 way race : between : Anthony Montgomery, Andre, GH Wally Kurth, Ned, GH Greg Vaughan, Eric, DAYS ie: AM’ Andre is also bringing it home… with Finola Hughes…. NOW THIS IS Chemistry. Finn and Anna ? don’t go their. keep Finn with Alexis . Anna looks so relaxed and at ease with Andre. as he helps Anna search for her missing son. you know…… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, Vince, I completely disagree about Billy Miller, but thanks for highlighting Anthony Montgomery’s stellar work. He really came into his own during the 2-Jasons story especially that riveting scene in the interrogation room when he began to unravel the twisted tale. He looked like a man still half-obsessed with the brain-mapping idea, while also realizing it has been his doom. Practically Shakespearean! And Maura West just gets better every year!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey, Patrick…well, we know we all have our own taste. I love Wes as Peter and I think he has quite a bit of chemistry with Maxi. His style reminds me of Tyler Christopher, kinda mellow but present. He’s soothing to listen to, beautiful to look at and I just like his style. (I can actually see him in an old black ‘n’ white movie as a detective, LOL.) I hope his character stays on and Wes continues in the role.

Always liked Anthony Montgomery/Andre. Good, natural actor.

LOVE Ned/Wally Kurth! Always have!

James
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James

It’s weird for me to say that I’m feeling a little old after seeing Chandler’s name in a different acting category now after years of seeing him getting nominated in the Younger category (when he was carrying stories equivalent for that of a lead actor).

Not sure about the other nominees in the Younger Actor category but I think Casey Moss got this in the bag. Although I’m curious on what reels he and the other actors have submitted for consideration.

Vince79
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Vince79

Lead actress: Laura Wright (GH)

Lead actor: Peter Bergman (Y&R)

Supporting actress: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Y&R)

Supporting actor: Anthony Montgomery (GH)

Younger actress: Chloe Lanier (GH)

Younger actor: Casey Moss (DOOL)

Guest performer: Vernee Watson (GH)

Best drama series: GH will win for the 3rd straight year.

Best writing: Y&R will win for the 2nd straight year.

Best directing: B&B

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

Wow. I’m really okay with the list this year. Seems more balanced this time around. The ones that didn’t make the cut (thanks, Patrick!) were the right call. Each category has some close contenders, which is neat. Maybe a lock in one of the categories, but still some good competition. Good job nominaters! Congratulations all around to the nominees!

Steve
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Steve

Interesting to see if the voters go for best performances last year or consider lifetime work. In the Lead Actor category, McCook is probably favored. Bergman and Miller are 3-time winners. Reynolds and Easton are more supporting. Will the GH trio cancel each other out in Lead Actress? Marci Miller’s best work came after the eligibility period. This is Kurth’s first acting nomination. He won for an Emmy for songwriting. This category is wide open. Hayes was last nominated almost 40 years ago. As a daytime legend that has never won, she has to be the favorite. Moss and Lanier… Read more »

Delia
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Delia

Pure joy at seeing Wally Kurth’s name on this list. Ned is one of my all time favorite characters. Billy Miller is great when he is not playing Jason Morgan. I liked JakeDoe and I like Drew. I would be happy to hear his name called. Marci Miller, I guess I need my eyes checked. I think her portrayal of Abby is laughable. Hudson West and Lucas Adams, I’m torn. They were both terrific. Laura Wright, please no. Michael Easton, I like him, but what was his Emmy worthy story? Nancy Lee Grahn, what was her Emmy worthy story? John… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I agree with you in regards to Marci Miller-boring, bland.
Laura Wright, please no, is right.
Love Wally Kurth. Liked Jake Doe, and like Drew Cain (just lose Monotone Sam).

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Pure joy at seeing Wally Kurth’s name on this list. Ned is one of my all time favorite characters. ” ABSOLUTELY – without doubt. Wally Kurth fully imbues both characters. he just loads them… with his artistry. and REELS so affectingly and TAKES YOU IN. he seamlessly weaves both characters so effortlessly. I know we’re just talking about @Ned from GH. nevertheless… @DAYS Justin… he’s on fire. when two different networks.. HIRE THIS man… because he’s that charismatic WHAT A LIVELIHOOD. WHAT a Career. how much fun can one have . I LOVE what he brings to this genre. I’ve… Read more »

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

I’m so very happy for Hudson West. This kid is a natural in front of the cameras. He’s an extraordinary young talent. I’ll be rooting for you, buddy! 🙂

su0000
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su0000

If not in my list, a thumb-down..

Outstanding Lead Actress ;
Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos- GH
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Outstanding Lead Actor;
Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew- GH .. BRAVO!
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Outstanding Supporting Actress; .. BRAVA!
Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron / Y&R
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Outstanding Supporting Actor;
None– all get a thumbs down
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Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team;
Days of Our Lives
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su0000
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su0000

They messed up..
; Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew ;
should be-
Jake- Jason- Drew ..

/they left Jake out.. he was Jake quite a while before knowing about Jason..

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Yeah Billy Miller played Jake but he played before 2017.These year’s Emmy awards are awarded for work done in 2017.Just like next year’s Emmys will be awarded for work done this year.

Priscilla
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Priscilla

will these be televised ?

Freeman Griffin
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Freeman Griffin

Worst omission: Judi Evans deserved to WIN Best Actress. Eileen, Nancy and Maura would all be deserving winners though and I like Marci but Laura should not have been nominated. Casey Moss better win Younger Actor. Happiest about: Marla Adams, Greg Vaughan, Chandler Massey, Michael Easton, Hayley Erin, and Casey Moss. 5 of those 6 are first-time nominees! Days deserves to win for Series, Directing and Writing. I would be upset if Billy Miller, Wally Kurth, Anthony Mongtomery, Laura Wright, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Susan Hayes, anyone but Casey Moss in his category, or Cait Fairbanks were to win. Marla Adams has… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Why was Cait Fairbanks even nominated? The storyline she was featured in was awful, and her acting is subpar, at best. We barely see the character. Makes no sense to me.

paul453
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paul453

Very pleased that Van Hansis is nominated for lead actor for Eastsiders. I couldn’t get into the series when it came out, but should try again. He should have won for Luke Snyder (As The World Turns) when he was nominated two or three times.

Anyone else miss As The World Turns, All My Children, and going back further The Edge of Night, Somerset, and Secret Storm?! I like the idea of an award for Most Missed Soap. It hits home when all four existing soaps are nominated for every category, and they’re not that great.

Sunnette Kellam
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Sunnette Kellam

How in the world did Maurice Benard and Steve Burton not get nominated???? They were OUTSTANDING lead actors this year!!!!!!! I agree with the rest of it.

sassysdreams
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sassysdreams

Kelly Monaco was totally snubbed!!!

JMER
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JMER

I’d like to see Casey Moss and James Reynolds win for their portrayals in the Theo shooting story. Casey I know must’ve submitted the almost attempted suicide ep scenes and there was nothing better on DT that I heard of last year except for maybe the Y&R Alzheimers story, which I did not see. I’ll be interested in seeing any reels related to that story as well.

It’s all about story on DT so I hope that is reflected in the awards and that it has some influence for the better on what we see going forward.

Patty Sandoval
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Patty Sandoval

These nominations are laughable #kellymonaco killed all her scenes, she deserved to be nominated. She is a winner in my book. Cant bellieve AuntStella was nominated instead of kelly. What did she do all year, yell at her nephew.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Patty, I agree about Aunt Stella. Ms. Watson is a good actress, but this character is like nails on a chalkboard to me. The only thing I enjoy is when Stella calls Jordan incompetent. Stella may be annoying but she ain’t dumb!

Patrick
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Patrick

March 21 (UPI) — General Hospital earned a leading 26 nods when Daytime Emmy Award nominations were announced Wednesday. Its fellow soap operas Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless followed close behind with 25 nominations each. The three shows will compete with The Bold and the Beautiful — which has 18 nominations

GH – 26 nods

@DAYS – 25
@Y&R – 25

B&B – 18

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

John Enos, as Roger
Days of Our Lives

OMG .. had to “wrack” my brain for this one ? IT”S Elvis personified… Hilarious TAKE

Susan ex-boyfriend… he lived with Susan and “EJ” / Will, in Memphis. THE BEST LAUGH OUT LOUD

I’d say Stella has this in the bag… if the “panel” has any sense of humor… just for the FUN of it. PLUS THIS GUY STUDS.

John Enos for the WIN.

Patrick
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Patrick

I”M DOING the BESTEST “Happy Dance” EVAH…

Steve Burton, Kelly Monaco, Chad Duell, Maurice Benard, Roger Howarth.

ARE NOT in the picture. double ugh on Laura Wright and Michael Easton. what for ?

props to Chloe Lanier: @GH simply has got to get you out of the Corinthos dullard

Patrick
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Patrick

PROOF : you got nothing @FRANK. “they” ( according to you ) M – A – Y LOOK good. even with your pairing

all the eggs in one basket… with the eye full too.

NADA ZIP ZILCH for “You”

dmr
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dmr

Although, I do like Roger Howarth, always have-just not as Franco and not with Elizabeth. Chloe Lanier is in a “no win” situation. Her character has been backed into a corner-so unlikeable and nasty with no redeemable qualities.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed ….All the way down, except Howarth, LOL, dmr.
Maura West? Adore my Bostonian Lady……one of the best in soapland!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Patrick, double-yay on Steve Burton not being nominated. Enough of the Jason obsession; we get enough of that from Carly. The woman can barely walk upright without hanging on him!

Sue M.
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Sue M.

I guess it’s not going to be televised. Like it used to be I guess not! Not on ABC anymore like it used to be !!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Sue, it gets more insulting every year when the show isn’t televised. These are some of the best actors in the business, PERIOD, and deserve to be seen. Especially when you look at the 99% of garbage that fills our airwaves!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Awards in the arts always confound me. Processes and protocols are never perfect. I do not like actors can ‘not submit’ themselves. Ideally an independent review of all performances, designers, technicians, and productions be done. All considered. I would like that.

That we have Daytime Emmys at all is a blessing after what has happened with the program in the last decade. I am pleased we can still have debates. With the genre reduced in scope anymore, we need to really embrace our programs and people, awards or no.

Nikki
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Nikki

I just want to see Marla Adams win from Y& R..I think she is a wonderful actress. I know at some point we’ll lose her but I wish they could keep her on for a long long time.

Timmm
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Timmm

Soap: GH
Leading actress: Maura West
Leading Actor: Peter Bergman. Easton and Miller dont belong on this list!
Supporting Actress: Marla, hands down! Sorry Camryn, love you!
Supporting Actor: I love Wally but it goes to Greg Vaughan. What a shame he isnt Lucky!
Younger Actress: Chloe
Younger Actor: Hudson. Tristan is horrible!
Guest Performer: I will wait for Max next year!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Timm, i disagree about Billy, but SO AGREE about Greg Vaughan as Lucky. I know Jonathan Jackson has tons of admirers but to me he’s always crying, on the verge of crying, cried out, or scheduling the next cry. Greg made me care about Lucky, and don’t get me started on those eyes and that gorgeous hair. Like you, I’d love to see Marla win….what a comeback!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… Easton and Miller dont belong on this list! ” thank you for stating. 100% agree 1. Easton. from listening @MF emmy nomination show.. EASTON shared his scenes were with Rebecca Buddig… on his scenes with ??? drug … argh ! he straps himself tapes himself down in a chair… and has some trance moments of bleak and his love for Hayden. etc…. the cold turkey drug intervention … doing this for Hayden. it just doesn’t follow.. he was alive and well and back working @GH.. thanks to Monica. and Tracy. his character hasn’t worked with any one on the… Read more »

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Congrats to all the nominees.Now i do have a few favorites that i hope win but if they lose so be it.

Cassie
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Cassie

Congrats to all. I watch all soaps, but I truly believe Casey Moss hit it out of the ballpark this year. Not only good acting but the storyline had my soapclub in tears.

My female choice, Eileen Davidson, AWESOME

Talk show, The View has really been awesome. If the Talk wins again. It’s rigged. No way, now how that boring show wins over the View.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

Photo: AfterForever

I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

Photo: AfterForever

You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

Photo: JPI

So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

Photo: JPI

Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

Photo: AfterForever

In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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