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50th Annual Daytime Emmys: Lead Actor Nominees Revealed

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Tonight on Extra, the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations kicked-off with the names going for gold in one of the biggest categories of the ceremony, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

And the nominees are: Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) and Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R).

Previously in this category, Benard and Bergman have won three times, while Thompson has won once.  Billy Flynn would be a first-time winner as would Thorsten Kaye.

Tomorrow, look for the full list of nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and follow us here at Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think about the five lead actor nominees? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section and congrats to these gentleman.

Now watch the announcement on Extra below.

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interesting i would put don diamont over thorsten happy for billy flynn both yandr actors have done nice work and sorry enough of maurice i just don’t get it as far as he is concerned

Maurice is the new Tony Geary apparently ):

Really unhappy with these nominations. Peter frickin’ Bergman AGAIN – oh brother! Just stop submitting already! Billy Flynn is the only deserving nominee in Lead Actor ): Maurice Benard? Come on! Jason Thompson’s Billy has never thrilled me – David Tom and Billy Miller were so much better in the role – why do they keep on nominating him?

Finola Hughes over Cynthia Watros and Maura West? Oh brother! Ridiculous! I like Finola very much but Cynthia and Maura did extraordinary work in 2022.

I am really happy that Sharon Case FINALLY gets a nomination but it’s in the wrong category! Other than Rey’s death Sharon was a supporting character in 2022, mostly serving coffee. Still, she’s my choice, her or Melissa Claire Egan, this is her 7th nomination and if she doesn’t win she will be tied with the late James Mitchell as the most nominated performer to never win an Emmy. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood did excellent work during Finn’s “death”, his return and her feud with Sheila. I am at a loss where Michelle Stafford is concerned. (btw I am sick to death of CBS always winning the Lead Actress Emmy – GH deserves it, Cynthia or Maura, but once again they have messed up in this category – heck, how about Ari Zucker or Deidre Hall for Days?).

I was looking forward to Michael’s Emmy show tomorrow night but now I am unenthusiastic ): Y&R was a mess in 2022 and it has HALF the lead acting nominations, and CBS has 7 out of 10. ):

Nicholas Chavez better be in the Supporting Actor category or I will riot! He was my choice for LEAD actor of 2022. There also better be lots of GH nominees in the supporting/younger/guest categories, and can they please FINALLY give Chris and Dan an Emmy for their excellent writing? Geez! I have a bad feeling that CBS is going to dominate in those categories too and it would be a CRIME!

Lastly: Alison Sweeney for Guest Performer – she was on only ten episodes but the non-wedding to Lucas and her goodbye scene with E.J. SHOULD give her a long overdue Emmy!

Why don’t you tell us how you really feel? “Peter frickin’ Bergman AGAIN” delivers LOL.

Peter Bergman has always been an average actor and is way over-rated. Billy Flynn deserves to win this year.

Peter Bergman killed it this year !!!!!!! Best best best best acting scenes and story

Peter Bergman is the best actor on Y&R in my not so humble opinion; and Christian LeBlanc a close second. “Average” and “over-rated” are not words that should ever be used about Bergman.

Great, thorough commentary, Freeman. I agree with you on virtually all of your points, particularly the endless, undeserving, default nominations for Benard and Bergman (although Bergman’s acting is substantially better than that of Benard); the long-overdue nomination for Sharon Case; and the spot-on nomination for Billy Flynn.

Regarding Flynn, grief is an emotion that has been a reliable hallmark of soaps since their inception. I think it’s a difficult emotion to play because it can invite overacting. (In real life, we all react to loss in different ways and to different degrees.) Flynn had to play such scenes for so long that I might worry about those scenes taking a personal toll on him. He was so convincing, mesmerizing, and so raw — and, thus, being most deserving, will probably lose (if past is prologue).

Hi Jamesj75! I’ll take your word on Mr. Flynn especially because I think Peter Bergman’s endless grimacing over Diane and Mr. Benard’s stultifying, catatonic work this year are not worthy of inclusion. Never cared for Jason Thompson’s Billy but he did good work on the rooftop with Chelsea. I’m happiest over that gorgeous breath of fresh air Nicholas Chavez being acknowledged again in supporting. He’s an entire reason to keep watching GH. But really, Steve Burton AGAIN? He must really have connections.

Soaphound, so nice to see your reply! Glad you brought up Steve Burton; I completely forgot about his nomination in the guest performer category. So much for burned bridges… What an absolute farce! I was a better actor in the third grade playing a shepherd at the nativity scene, and I had no lines!

James – always love reading your comments.

I’m guessing there weren’t many potential choices in the “Guest” category this year and technically Burton’s performance did qualify.

Looking at GH alone, Mills was one of only a few that might’ve been eligible. Although first appearing in 2022, Billy Moses, Denise Crosby and Linda Purl didn’t move the radar with their performances. Despite a robust short-term return, Emma Samms was under contract which might’ve made her ineligible.

It’s such a confusing category. Here’s hoping Mills wins. Although sometimes OTT, she brought her all to the role. Robin Mattson was nominated back in 83 near the end of her first run as Heather. 40 years later, the character is still award-worthy.

OG Steve, thanks for your kindness. I always enjoy reading your comments as well. My visits here, though, are almost like that of a “guest.” Thanks for broadening (and elevating) the discussion of the acting categories. I totally agree with you regarding Mills and Mattson: terrific actresses! Take care, Friend!

Billy Flynn got a nod just like I had hoped for!

The only awards relevant to Billy are worst recast in history or worst written character, neither being Jason’s fault.

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Billy Miller’s Mother Issues Statement On His Passing

Patricia Miller, the mother of the late Billy Miller, has come forward and issued a touching statement on the tragic death of her beloved son at age 43.  The statement was shared by Billy’s longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, via social media.

Billy was best-known for his performances as Richie Nowack on All My Children, Billy Abbott of The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital, as well as countless primetime roles.  Throughout his career, Miller took home three Daytime Emmys for his work.

“I would like to share the following thoughts,” Patricia began. “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.”

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Patricia continued with these sentiments, as she wanted to clear up any misinterpretations on this death: “He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

The soap world as well as Billy’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues are in deep mourning for this talented man, who was gone too soon.

Share your thoughts, and send your condolences to Patricia Miller and the rest of Billy’s family, via the comment section below.

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‘The Talk’, Jennifer Hudson Show & Drew Barrymore Show Postpone Return to Production Due to Strikes

Following the backlash received by Drew Barrymore on her decision to return to production of her talk show amid the writers and actors strike, major behind the scenes changes have been implemented for three daytime television talk shows.

First, Barrymore changed course and announced on Sunday via Instagram, “I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over.  I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today. We really tried to find our way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon.”

Next. CBS announced that The Talk, originally scheduled to resume today on Monday, September 18th, will put another pause in production in place. The official statement read: “The Talk is pausing its season premiere scheduled for September 18, CBS said in a statement. We will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date.” WGA picketers targeted The Talk outside their CBS Radford studios since it announced its imminent return.

The Talk, co-hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, went dark in May due to the writers strike.

Third, The Jennifer Hudson Show has followed the lead of ‘Drew’ and The Talk.  According to Deadline, a source close to the production confirmed that after much discussion, and at Hudson’s urging, the show is pausing production and its season two premiere, which was slated for Monday, September 18.

For the remaining daytime talkers, here is the status as of now:  Monday, Sherri Shepherd’s talk show Sherri will return.  It is not considered a ‘struck show’ covered by the Writers Guild of America.

Meanwhile, The Kelly Clarkson Show which moved from Los Angeles to New York City this summer has yet to announce a season premiere date yet. Finally, The View, which normally has two WGA writers on staff, has been airing during the strikes but withouts its writers.

So, what do you think about the decision of Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Hudson and The Talk to suspend production after they intended to move forward during the writers strike? Comment below.

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Billy Miller Remembered by His GH and Y&R Co-Stars As They Share Grief on His Passing

UPDATED: On Sunday, longtime friends and co-stars of actor Billy Miller took to social media to share their remembrances and sorrow on the passing of the three-time Daytime Emmy-winning star.

Miller passed away on Friday, September 15th as first reported and confirmed by Michael Fairman TV.  While the official cause of death has not been revealed, it has been related to the press by his management that Billy was suffering from manic depression.

Billy played Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital from 2014-2019, and prior to that won 3 Daytime Emmys for his role as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless from 2008-2014.  He started his soap career on All My Children in the role of Richie Novack back in 2007-2008.

Below are just some of the tributes pouring in for Billy:

Eric Braeden: “We lost BILLY MILLER! It saddens me deeply! He was a very gifted actor! Amelia(Victoria) and I took him to dinner one evening while he was in tough negotiations, and I remember telling him to reconsider, because rarely is an actor given a part that describes him almost perfectly, and to not make the mistake I had seen some actors make over my 60’years in the business, that they are indispensable! Once an actor thinks that or is told that by some sycophants, they step onto a slippery road…usually to oblivion! “BILLY BOY” was not only a damn good actor but a nice man! May he rest in peace and meet up with KRISTOFF in the BEYOND, ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no Traveller returns “ and tell each other jokes! They were both loved by their colleagues!”

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Melissa Claire Egan: “My beautiful friend. I love you. I’m so sad. And I’m so sorry.”

Chrishell Stause: “Still processing this. Too many feelings, but you are gone too soon and I’m so happy I got to work with you all those years, but also call you a friend. I hope you are at peace now ”

Jess Walton:RIP to my precious Billy Miller. You were and ARE  much loved by all of us who knew you”

Daniel Goddard: “The world is going to be just that little bit more dull without you in it… you had that “it” factor that lit up every room you were in. Rest In Peace Mate ”

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Nancy Lee Grahn: “So very sorry to hear this very sad and unexpected news. I would like very much for my beloved General Hospital to have no more of it. #RIPBillyMiller

Eileen Davidson: “I’m so sad to hear of Billy Miller’s passing. His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. I’m gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy.”

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Jason Thompson” “I’m so sorry and saddened to hear about my friend, Billy Miller. Heartbreaking. He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented. Light and love to his family and friends.”

Brad Bell: “Billy Miller was a great man and a gifted actor. Billy left an indelible mark on The Young and the Restless with his brilliant portrayal of Billy Abbott. He will be sorely missed.”

Stephen Nichols: “Sure gonna miss you, man.”

Finola Hughes: “Billy … far too soon … peace be with you”

Kin Shriner: “Very sad to hear about Billy Miller I so enjoyed his time on @GeneralHospital He was a really good guy and funny and kind to all !RIP Billy”

Jon Lindstrom: “Billy was gifted. He was also good-natured, smart, funny, and always impressed me as a great friend to those close to him. He didn’t blink when I asked him to put on this shirt to help raise up the marginalized artists in our industry. He always seemed to have his heart in the right place and I always laughed when I was around him. #FlightOfAngels#RIP #BillyMiller #bereft”

Frank Valentini: “I am devastated to hear news of the incredibly talented Billy Miller’s passing. On behalf of the entire (General Hospital) family, our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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Elizabeth Hendrickson: “Today I should have been sending you a Happy Birthday text BJ. Truth be told i hated calling you BJ but that’s what your closest friends /family called you. I eventually caved. The last couple years we kept in touch through birthdays and monumental moments or when we wanted to vent about “ work”. You gave me a lot of advise. When i understood it always mumbling your words. We always joked about that.
We didn’t text or talk often. But I’m glad the last couple times we did, we had a great banter like we used to. I knew that we always held a special place in each others hearts, no matter what. You were such an amazing friend to your inner circle. They were your family. You would do ANYTHING for them. That’s who really were. As loyal as they came. I’m sad and yes, mad at myself that I wasn’t being a better friend, checking in more often because I was thinking of you recently. I was. I hope you know that we are all here now texting each other, sending pictures and sharing memories of how fucking AWESOME you were. This hole in my heart will never be filled. Goodnight, sweet Billy.”

Scott Clifton: “This is not fair. We deserved so much more of him. Rest in peace, Billy. You’re immortal now.”

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Coby Ryan McLaughlin (ex-Shiloh, GH): “Man… this sucks. Billy and I played on GH together for nearly a year. He was intense, focused, cool and kind. He knew the hamster wheel that I was about to start spinning on all too well, and always made himself available to help the new guy….. Rest easy, man…

Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, Y&R):  “Billy, My fellow Texas brother. You lit up every room with your smile. Your quiet intensity onscreen was second only to your gentle kindness and genuine care in private. We recently shared work on an Apple series, and your encouragements during and after that process, and your kindness over the years are now but a few of the things I’ll hold on to as warm memories of you. What a big heart you had. You were bigger and braver and bolder than this life. You were legend. There is no landing to this final cliffhanger, the wings you’ve spent your lifetime earning have carried you up to that wonderful place in the sky. Happy Birthday Billy Miller.”

The Young and the Restless:The daytime community mourns the loss of Billy Miller who graced Y&R with his talent for many years as Billy Abbott. Our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.”

Kathleen Gati: “I am beyond sad to hear this tragic news.#BillyMiller was always so kind, professional and a wonderfully talented colleague  @GeneralHospital Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”

TK Weaver: “Devastated. Hard to find words. You always gave me such good advice. You were always there for me. You were an amazing person. #BillyMiller I’ll never forget you. Please join me in praying for his family and loved ones.”

Greg Rikaart: Generous, passionate, fun, soulful and brilliant Billy. Can you just imagine the reunion between him and Jeanne? I can. Rest well, dear Billy

Sean Kanan: “Shocked and saddened to hear that Billy Miller is no longer with us. He was a terrific actor and always kind when we would see each other. I pray that his family and friends find comfort and peace during this unimaginably difficult time. #BillyMiller #YR”

Share your remembrances for Billy Miller and his work and performances on Y&R, GH and AMC below.  But first, check out Michael Fairman TV’s interview with Billy following his Daytime Emmy win for Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2014.


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