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48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Photo Gallery and Acceptance Speeches

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Last night on the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, viewers watched a hybrid-broadcast for the annual kudofest as the world is coming out of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the acceptance speeches, and presenters were pre-taped along with the previously seen red carpet footage, no one knew who the winners were till last night, because all of the nominees taped a speech.  The virtual ceremony combined remote presentations and remembrances, with host, Sheryl Underwood presiding over the ceremony on a soundstage and introducing presenters to the stage, as well.

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Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS said of the event on Friday night: “We honor the Daytime community for helping us find our way through the turbulence of the pandemic, increased racial unrest and the chaos of the presidential election as America faced one of its most trying years in our history. This evening celebrated not only the best programming and performances of this year but reflected on some of Daytime’s biggest icons that have left an indelible mark on our medium.”

Streaming service Netflix was actually the evening’s big overall winner with seven Emmys. NATAS had called this production and event a “transition” event after shooting much of it on a set, as they look to bring back the live event feel for next year, since the broadcast had already received a two-year commitment from CBS.

While the late Alex Trebek and Larry King were remembered and also won awards posthumously, Regis Philbin was also honored by his longtime co-host, Kathy Lee Gifford.  Then, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Diamond White (Paris) performed a song during the In-Memoriam segment.

You can check out some of the acceptance speeches from Daytime Drama winners: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Max Gail (Ex-Mike, GH), Marla Adams (Ex-Dina, Y&R), and Frank Valentini (EP, GH) below our photo gallery of some of the backstage moments that were captured during portions of the pre-taped ceremony.

Then let us know, what did you think of the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast? Who’s acceptance speech did you enjoy? Share your views in the comment section.

B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood wins Lead Actress in a Drama Series
DAYS Victoria Konefal winner for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series
General Hospital presenters: Donnell Turner (Curtis) and Cynthia Watros (Nina).
Sean Kanan takes home the gold for his Digital Drama, "Studio City".
Y&R's Josh Griffith and his writing team win Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
GH's Maurice Benard (Sonny) delivers an emotional speech following his Lead Actor victory.
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest presented Lead Actress in a Drama Series to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, virtually.
GH executive producer, Frank Valentini and his producing team take Outstanding Drama Series.
Extra correspondent and the former 'Bachelorette', Rachel Lindsay presents a major award.
Max Gail wraps up his emotional run as Mike Corbin, with his second Daytime Emmy for his work on GH.
Max Gail strikes a pose with his Emmy backstage.
Y&R's Marla Adams shares an emotional taped message on her victory in the Supporting Actress category for her work as Dina Mergeron.
GH's Maurice Benard backstage after his 3rd Lead Actor Emmy in his career.
B&B's six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom  (Katie) presents an award.
B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood wins Lead Actress in a Drama Series

 

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the editing was subpar and made it seem like everything was predetermined. The speeches lacked the authenticity and surprise that comes with the opening of an envelope. This resulted in staid acceptance speeches (except a somewhat arrogant Maurice Bernard).

Grateful they were back on network tv – but they came across more like a People’s Choice Award presentation than an Emmy show.

Harry
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Harry

Maurice knew he was going to win and that is the speech he prepared? Somehow he had to engage in humble bragging by letting the audience know the EP said he was the “ star of the show.” It gave me a whole new appreciation for Susan Lucci. When interviewers referred to her as the star of AMC, she’d stop them and assert that AMC is an ensemble cast with no one star. I guess she learned that wisdom from her mentor, Agnes Nixon. Frank Rich is no Agnes Nixon and MB lacks the class and humility of such actors… Read more »

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Harry, you make such great points here. You were a bit more diplomatic than I was in my original comment (that is, if it made the cut). I especially like your compare and contrast of Lucci, Francis, and Nixon with the likes of Benard and Rich. I also must wonder how other GH actors, particularly Francis, must feel about Benard’s “star of the show” statement. I know I wouldn’t want to work with someone like that…

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Steve and Harry…I was also disappointed in Maurice’s demeanour and speech when accepting his award. Especially compared to other recipients. Too Sonny C. In reality he only won it because he could piggy-back on the outstanding performance of Max Gail.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I am just glad the show is back! There was just so much they could do, since we are just getting out of a pandemic

K
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K

Now can you stop the bullshit !!! Maurice in no way said he was the star of the show so would you stop with the social media attacks on him!!! Maybe you might want to stop the madness I did not watch this I don’t watch the shows anymore have too much drama in my own life but please for the love of God stop attacking this man for crap!! Do I think he is a good actor I don’t know but he had his moments just let it go! I think he has a good soul and that’s ok… Read more »

K
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K

Are they arrogant are they full of themselves he j I don’t know they are suppose to entertain you tell stories it is all make believe it’s not real it is escape etc etc that’s it !

K
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K

I think Eric Braeden from y &r is probably one of the best In the industry but that’s me

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

K
I can not speak for anyone other than myself for the remarks made about Maurice being “the star” of GH. I was just doing a little needle work, which in hindsight , now seems insensitive. In good conscience though K, what you said about buying votes wasn’t nice either. I guess we have to think before we speak, huh?

Patrick
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Patrick

Maurice Benard : opening line on “any” speech… is how humble he is it’s hard to believe that he, laura Wright, Chad Duell, and “Josselyn” don’t know that they always have that foot up and REEL far more than the rest of the cast… leaving every one else in supporting. once again, maurice benard won this emmy because of; Mr. Max Gail. it’s time for Maurice benard to think retirement.. however he is meant to fold back in to Port Charles… does he now have to fight his wife to get his empire back in order ? or has he… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I cannot say I do not like Maurice because I do not know him. However, I can say, I do not like Sonny. I do not like Carly. I do not like Michael. They act holier than thou while cheating or committing crimes. They wear many faces. I just get the feeling that these people are supposedly soap royalty? Well, sooner or later, they must come down their high horses and face the fact that they live in a make-believe world— Genie Francis is the true Queen, as far as I’m concerned. Again—-we do think alike—Victoria and Cady—-applause and then… Read more »

Michaela
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Michaela

I agree. Seems like winners kniew ahead of time. But d/t circumstances in COVID times, they did the best they could. I am looking forward to hopefully a live one next year on CBS. I remember when the daytime emmys used to air in daytime.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

“…emmys used to air in daytime.” So do I. And originally on a boat around Manhattan!!!

Momo
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Momo

I haven’t finished watching. I have about an hour left. Did the winners know in advance that they won? I enjoyed Diamond’s song. I wondered why they didn’t have more people comment on Larry and Regis when they had quite a few for Alex.

I did not like the host. I fast forwarded through a lot of her stuff.

Congratulations to the winners, especially Cady, Victoria, Jacqui, Marla. I only watch Y&R, B&B, and Days.

I’m glad it was on TV.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Okay, one more bite at the apple (because I can’t help myself)…

You know, when I first noticed this thread about the Emmy acceptance speeches, I became quite emotional, and I didn’t think I could write anything that would do the topic justice. But then Michael Fairman said to me, “Jamesj75, you’re the star of this website! We need you to write something that we can enjoy.”

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Steve
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Steve

Now James…
I’m fine with you being “the star” as long as I get to keep wearing black t shirts and jeans to work and get nominated in the lead category (although I always seem to be supporting you or Violet.)

Hope you’re enjoying your other life on the Pennsylvania side of the river.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve! Thanks for playing along! And thank you for making me laugh. I look forward to more laughs…

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75
O.k James, if you’re angling for another award, you got it, pull it in. Now we want that acceptance speech that WE deserve for these awards given you.
Also, thank you Steve for the nod, unless there’s some other old broad you were speaking of.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Violet, you are a sweetheart for playing along also! Putting a humorous spin on this situation is probably more productive than my initial (negative) remarks. And I won’t speak for our friend, Steve, but how could there be any other Violet?!?!?!

Steve
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Steve

Come on James, you know she’s the 4th Violet. The 1st two later came back with other screen names. The 3rd couldn’t cut it and lasted just a few months.

Reed
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Reed

James, still emerging from the self-imposed news blackout that I place myself in whenever I’m hopelessly behind but I couldn’t let this one go without comment, it was just brilliant, so funny! Add another emoji for the smile it brought to me. I’m current on episodes, unless you count the episodes from 2012 that I’m watching (the year my DVR died), but I’m still getting through GH threads. Speaking of which, I followed you to the DOOL “Possession” thread and really enjoyed the exchange on GH history among you, Steve, and Satan. Wow! Blown away by the recall, knowledge, passion,… Read more »

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Worst acceptance speech was Maurice Benard’s “star of the show” speech. Why can’t a show called General Hospital be about the hospital rather than this “lovable mobster” who everybody just adores because, Sonny is by far my least favorite character ever in daytime drama. My favorite speech was Marla Adams’s for Supporting Actress. Even though she didn’t know she had won she was nevertheless overjoyed and full of happiness! She started in daytime on The Secret Storm in 1966. I am so glad she was recognized for her superb performance as Dina on Y&R. Victoria Konefal and Cady McClain gave… Read more »

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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