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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Set to Be Announced

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The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences revealed on Wednesday via X, that this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Nominations are set to be announced in full on Friday, April 19th at 12 pm ET/9 am PT.

However, four of the top award category nominations will be revealed on Thursday, April 18th across four entertainment news programs to kick things off.

Those include this Thursday episodes of Access Hollywood, E! News, Entertainment Tonight and Extra. Over the past few years, NATAS has often let the syndicated entertainment news program handle the duties of revealing the top actor and actress in a daytime drama series, but we shall see which categories the shows unveil this year.

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As previously announced, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented in ceremonies on Friday night, June 7th on CBS (8 – 10 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

The awards will be back at The Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where (the delayed due to the actors and writers strike) 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held back in December of 2023.

Look for the full nominations to be posted right here at Michael Fairman TV and you can follow along on Friday on the Daytime Emmys social platforms as well.

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The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Daytime Emmy Nominations will honor the work and achievement from the calendar year of 2023.

So, who would you like to see in the running for gold when the Daytime Emmy nominations in the key acting and show categories are revealed? Share your thoughts below.

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Rooting for Tanner Novlan as John Finnegan on B&B this year! He was robbed of a nomination last year for the Sheila/Finn hostage arc. Hopefully, they will compensate this year and give him a well-deserved nomination for the work he did during Sinn’s separation and the myriad confrontations with Liam, Deacon, and Sheila.”

I hope General Hospital gets alot of winners

Okay – time to guess the nominees. Picking 2 from GH for each category (remember this is for performances on calendar year 2023):

LEAD ACTOR
Maurice Benard (Sonny)
Wally Kurth (Ned)

Comment: Ned went from lead in 2023 to MIA most of 2024. DZ/Dante should submit in this category.

LEAD ACTRESS
Finola Hughes (Anna)
Cynthia Watros (Nina)

Comment: Watros made the most of a poor storyline. Laura Wright’s best stuff happened in January so look for her nom next year. Genie should be here – but won’t.

SUP ACTOR
Jeff Kober (Cyrus)
Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan)

Comment: Lindstrom has 4 noms without a win. With Ryan’s death looking final – this may be his last good opportunity. NAC/Spencer likely won’t submit as he seems to be moving on from the soap world.

SUP ACTRESS
Kathleen Gati (Liesl)
Vernee Watson (Stella)

Comment: Liesl’s grief from Britt’s demise combined with the Greenland stuff should finally get her a nod. As Sonya Eddy was posthumously nominated last year, will show submit Jackie Zeaman this year?

GUEST
Rena Sofer (Lois)
Charles Mesure (Brennan)

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As she first reappeared in October, Sofer’s episode count might be low enough for submission in Guest. Mesure had presence the moment he walked into Kelly’s.

Shame the younger performer category was eliminated as Scarlett Fernandez was outstanding as Charlotte.

I saw Wally’s submission and he was really good. I think he is going to get nominated.

Could he get nominated in Lead for GH and Supporting for DAYS?

GH has so many actors that could deservedly be nominated for Supporting Actor. Not many for Lead other than Maurice and maybe Wally for the Ned/Eddie story, as you said. But in addition to Jeff Kober and Jon Lindstrom that you mentioned for Supporting, you could throw-in James Patrick Stuart, Charles Shaughnessy, Gregory Harrison, Dominic Zamprogna, Robert Gossett, Donnell Turner. I could make a case for all of them.

Without knowing who submitted their name and who didn’t, it will be very interesting to see who out of that group makes it. I know I’ll be rooting for Jon Lindstrom. This is realistically probably his last great chance, and he’s beyond overdue.

She wasn’t given a lot during the rest of the year, but I hope that Rebecca Herbst submitted herself for Supporting,and particularly the scene where Aiden came out to Elizabeth that aired in December. No scene anywhere on any show this year touched me so deeply and personally as that one did. It didn’t feature an actor yelling, crying, or climbing up the drapes with scenery chewing, so I don’t know if it would resonate with the Emmy voters or not. But it should. Becky hasn’t been nominated since 2012, so talk about someone else that is overdue.

Fairly certain that Becky (like Jane Elliot) rarely submits. And, like you, I agree that scene with Aidan was superb. I’m hoping that Gati submitted.

Gregory Harrison may get a nom for 2023, but it’s almost a sure thing for 24.

Would be great if we saw Scarlett Fernandez soon. She has not appeared for quite awhile.

Arianne Zuker, Melody Thomas Scott & Michelle Stafford for Lead Actress. Really hoping Tanner Novlen gets nominated for Supporting Actor along with Mark Grossman. Eric Martsolf, Peter Bergman and hopefully Eric Braeden for Lead Actor. Courtney Hope and Annika Noelle for Supporting Actress

Love to see another Tanner Novlan supporter here! Fingers crossed we see his name!

Not happy with the Lead Actor nominations. Nobody from GH, Scott Clifton and Thorsten Kaye? Where is Mark Grossman and Greg Vaughan? Chad Duell and Nicholas Chavez? Ddid they all submit in supporting? At least there is no Peter Bergman this year.

Chad has always submitted in supporting. Not sure Chavez submitted as he’s apparently ready to leave the soap world behind.

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New Details Emerge in Fatal Shooting of General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor; Was Protecting Female Co-Worker From Armed Car Thieves

The brother of Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) has come forward with some new information on the act of violence that took the life of the General Hospital favorite on Saturday May 25th in the wee hours of the morning in downtown Los Angeles.

As valiant as man as Johnny was to all those who know and loved him, he was through and through that man till the very end. According to Grant Wactor, Johnny actually shielded a female co-worker at the time of the crime before he was fatally shot.  Three men were trying to steal Wactor’s catalytic converter from his vehicle, one of which fired the shot that killed the former GH star.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail, Wactor was leaving his side job as a bartender at a downtown LA rooftop bar with a female colleague at around 3:25am when he saw the three men near his vehicle at West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street.

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Believing he was being towed, he approached the men to try to discuss it. One of the men then looked up and pointed a gun at Wactor, who put his body in front of his female co-worker as he was shot. Police say, the three men were all wearing masks, and then fled the scene in another car.  The suspects currently remain at-large.

Grant commented on his brother’s last act of bravery, “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to their car by herself.” He added that Johnny, “Thought his truck was being towed. So he said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?’ And then once he turned around, he saw what was happening and he put his coworker behind him. And that’s when they shot him.

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Sadly, Grant revealed, Johnny was shot in the chest, and that Johnny and his co-worker had to park about two blocks from the restaurant, so they were walking to their cars after they finished their shift when the incident unfolded.

Grant shared that he hopes justice will be served and the men are caught, “I hope they are able to track the people who did this. I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change, or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In what has already been horrific that we lost Johnny to a senseless act of gun violence over an attempted theft, learning that the actor died right after protecting somebody else, only reinforces the kind of man Wactor was to all those who knew and loved him. Share your thoughts on the latest details on Johnny’s death via the comment section below.

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.

 

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‘Entertainment Tonight’s’ Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner Back as Hosts for 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to return as hosts for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live on Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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