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51st Daytime Emmys: Eric Braeden, Scott Clifton, Thorsten Kaye, John McCook and Eric Martsolf Score Lead Actor Nominations

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Ahead of the full list of 51st annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations to be revealed tomorrow on Friday, April 19th, Extra’s Melvin Roberts unveiled the nominations in the highly-coveted Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor.

Going for gold are Eric Braeden (Victor, The Young and the Restless), Scott Clifton (Liam, The Bold and the Beautiful), John McCook (Eric, The Bold and the Beautiful), Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives).

All five of the nominees are previous Daytime Emmy winners, with Eric Martsolf the only won in the group to have won his previous Emmy for work in the Supporting Actor category.

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B&B could make it three years in a row as the reigning champs in the actor race, having won in 2022 with John McCook and 2023 with Thorsten Kaye.

In addition, as previously announced, the Michael Fairman Channel will play host to its 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations special featuring several of the nominees for the 51st annual Daytime Emmys which happens live tomorrow Friday, April 19th beginning at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Check out Extra’s announcement of this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees for Lead Actor, then let us know in the comment section, which of the five do you hope takes home the prize?

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This is a very disappointing list – where are Mark Grossman, Chad Duell, Paul Telfer, Greg Vaughan, Tanner Novlan, and Nicholas Chavez?

All five of these actors have won before (Clifton has 3). I am not rooting for any of them!

Happier with Lead Actress because CYNTHIA WATROS is nominated!!!!!! She is my choice 100%!!!!

I agree where is Mark Grossman. His story about Conner is heartbreaking.

I can’t imagine that Chad Duell or Nicholas Chavez would have submitted themselves for Lead Actor, so I wouldn’t have expected to see either of their names in this category. Can definitely see Chavez in the Supporting category, if he chose to submit his name this year. Duell, no disrespect to him, but I don’t think he’s done anything Emmy nomination worthy in quite a while.

I’d choose Duell over Chavez’s performances. Chad, like Marcus Coloma, is able to convey anger, intensity, without being over-the-top theatrical. When Chavez first came to the show his explosive scenes to me were ridiculous; he sounded unhinged instead of a son emotionally hurt by and angry with, his father. And when paired with Coloma between Coloma’s ability to convey emotion in a more subdued way against hysteria was glaring. Chavez has since tempered his performances, but I dont find them outstanding. Good definitely. A standout? Not for me. I do think between his good looks, popularity and growth as an actor he’s on his way to a career out of soaps, though regardless of the rumors, I’m not sure if that’s now.

It’s Coloma’s lack of depth in displaying emotions that got him released. Duell’s Emmy win came the year Sonny killed AJ and Michael’s high emotion scorched earth reaction. He always submits in supporting , so we’ll know if he got a mom today.

As for Chavez, it’s not just rumors. He’s been removed from both the cast credits and the character bio pages on the website.

Still really hoping for a return of Adam Huss in the role of Nicholas.

Good to see no one from gh Scott Clifton is a head scratcher Eric martsolf is always great mark grossman would have been great and any actress but watros would be fine with me

Cynthia Watros is the BEST!!!!! She deserves to win! I am rootingfor a million percent!

There is only one man deserving of best actor this year.ERIC BRAEDEN. THIS MAMA IS GOING TO BE VERY UPSET IF ITS NOT.

I think John McCook will win – his “Eric is dying” storyline will get him a second Emmy. I am not crazy about any of these nominees tbh.

Scott Clifton should win for most annoying

I agree!

Misti…oh I agree. And why is that Scott Clifton dude even being nominated?!?!? For what…for playing such an arrogant and blubbering CRYBABY?!?!? HELL NO!!!!!

Eric Braeden, come on the guy has never acted in his life. He ends every line with OK and is usually looking down at the floor.

Or shaking his fist. Don’t know why but he’s always had a problem looking someone in the eye, when he’s speaking to them.


Is Eric the common name?

Eric Braeden is Victor at Y&R
John McCook is Eric Forester on B&B
Eric Mastolph is Brady at Days

And how many Victor namesakes are on soaps?

Victor Newman (Y and R)
Victor Kiriakis (Days)
Victor Cassadine. (GH)


Someone has too much on their hands with wild conspiracy theories.

There is no doubt Eric and John deserve the acting noms this year it was almost heartbreak that John might leave b&b and Eric has the most character in both clans because he is the man at y&r you got that!

On GH – Eric Quartermaine was Jimmy Lee Holt’s birth name. Victor Jerome was the father to Ava, Olivia and Julian. OLTL’s Tea Delgado had a stillborn baby on GH (Victor Lord III) that Heather swapped with Danny.

Braden please he is a joke same lines same story but three guys from bold ugh

OK, help! I thought it was Franco that took Liz’s baby Liam to his mother. Is this another scenario I think I’m remembering or what?

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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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