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68th Primetime Emmys: Dame Maggie Smith Wins For Downton Abbey But Is A No-Show Yet Again, David Canary Included During In-Memorium Segment!

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Last night at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out in his opening monologue how Dame Maggie Smith, who has now received nine Emmy nominations, never shows up to the TV kudofest.

He joked, calling her “Downton absent,” as he wondered outloud to the crowd, “What is wrong with us? Why do we keep nominating this woman?” He continued: “Lame Maggie Smith, if you want an Emmy, you better hop on a plane right now and get your Dowager Count-ass over here.”

Later in the broadcast, when Smith’s name was ultimately called for the third time for her performance as the Dowager Countess on the final season of ‘Downton’ in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, it made it four Emmy wins overall for this icon.  When Smith was again a no-show, Kimmel stepped up to the mic and was able to continue his gag by grabbing the gold statuette and shouting out to Smith, “If you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”

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And in another moment for soaps fans, whether they be primetime or daytime, occured during the touching In-Memorium tribute as Tori Kelly performed and sang the classic Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”.

It was there that All My Children’s David Canary was included as part of those remembered, both for his work as Adanm and Stuart Chandler on the long-running ABC soap opera, and for his role on Bonanza.  Others included in the clip package ranged from: David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Gene Wilder, Gary Shandling, and Anton Yelchin.

And wasn’t it nice to see Judith Light (Transparent, ex-One Life to Live) being the receipient of plenty of cutaways as her castmate Jeffrey Tambor won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and director Jill Solloway also took home a trophy for the series.

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Light was a nominee herself, but lost in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon. On the ABC red carpet pre-show, fashion expert Tim Gunn had picked Judith as one of his favorite looks of the night when she arrived to the event.

View the entire list of Primetime Emmy winners here.   Then let us know, what did you think of Jimmy Kimmel as host? Dame Maggie Smith’s victory? David Canary being honored in the In-Memorium segment?

Who or what show are you most happy to see take away some gold last night? Share your comments below.

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Sue
Sue

I turned it off when Kimmel started his “gag”…gagged me. I thought he was very rude.

Celia
Celia

You bet, Sue….Kimmel IS a mockery of what a host represents. I love comedy….so far there has not been a host I did not like. But, Kimmel? Shameful….as shameful as the omission of words of praise and respect to honor David Canary.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree that intro in white Brono was in very poor taste. Re Judith Light: A very professional, hard-working actress seemingly with no outsized ego–deserves all the honors that can bestowed on her.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think they played on the bronco because the OJ Simpson Crime Story was up for (and won) many awards. The shame was that OJ wasn’t convicted.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I thought the show was really well done. Kimmel’s opening skit as he tried to hitch a ride to the show was hilarious…as was the bit between him and Matt Damon. The in memoriam was vey moving; I love that song and it really added a respectful yet beautiful accompaniment to the montage of people passed. Always get misty during that…Anton Yelkin. Such a great actor, such a fluke death and so young. The clips of Gary Shandling were so funny too. John Snow aka Kit Harrington just has to stand there and I’m happy! Kudos to Kimmel…his delivery always delivers (even p&b sandwiches!).

davlestev1
davlestev1

I agree Rebecca..i find kimmel to be quite nerve wracking but he did do well last night biting humor and all. It also seemed after his loss and hilarious bit with matt Damon he lost some of his bite and deliberately showed he was reading from a teleprompter.. Maybe just me but…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi davlestev1. So glad you agree! I actually googled the reviews to see if I was a lone wolf but with the exception of one he got really positive critiques! But I always like him. He’s vey mellow,,,conversational and just hits you with observations about current trends, events, news. His delivery is easy breezy…sarcastic but not caustic.

I didn’t notice what you did after the Matt Damon bit…you could be right. By the way, Maggie Smith tweeted that the Emmy’s were too kind to her but if he’d send her the address of the lost and found she’d fly over to pick up her award! 😉

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

There was one joke that kinda made me gasp…then shake my head with relief…the Bill Cosby, LOL, that was so bad… I thought it was for real and was aghast that they’d have him on! And…his in memoriam joke. That one, dear Jimmy, I can’t make excuses for. All else? Two thumbs up!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Lmao..I was open mouthed speechless like the audience when Cosby was announced and out walked that fool..then i said out loud..that really wasn’t funny..And it wasn’t..also like he said..Smith can run to the Oscars and Globes get your butt over here for this lol

Joe
Joe

Didn’t watch it. I gave up award shows years ago. But it is nice to know they remembered David Canary. What a great actor and very much missed, as well as AMC.

k/kay
k/kay

I think Maggie Smiths comment back today was so great and classy and took the joke in stride. I had never seen the show until recently my sister who has dementia has made me play season six the final season sixty thousand times every time I go to her apt . I know the dialogue word for word ! I also quit watching award shows don’t care to hear political speeches or pointless jokes that are not even funny.

Dan
Dan

I like Jimmy Kimmel and thought he did a great job. Much like Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, I like anyone that shakes up these stuffy, buttoned up, boring award shows. It’s a shame more people can’t just enjoy these things for what they are, instead of looking for the next thing to get offended about.

I was very happy and pleasantly surprised to see Rami Malek win for Mr. Robot. Love him and love that show. He’s does such a great job, this was so well deserved. I didn’t think he had a chance in a category with Kevin Spacey among other big names.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Dan. I know! Kimmel was almost perfect. Hope he hosts again. I can still see the repartee between him and Damon. Lol…the whole show was so enjoyable.

Love Ricky Gervais too! Discovered him when watching his BBC show “Extras”. Ever see it? Really funny show though cancelled a few years back. I have to say though that he crossed a big line for me when he made a Holocaust joke and an Anne Frank joke while hosting and as a guest on other shows. While I agree with you (and this is off topic re The Emmy’s) that many are too sensitive about so many things and should lighten up..I think laughing at tragedy, whether it be the Holocaust, slavery or 9/11 …or terminal illness, disability…I never find the humor nor do I think there should be humor in those things. And even the best comics cross that line and I find it so disheartening…such ignorance and a lack of understanding…empathy…but I hope not said out of hate. Still, I have to wonder if they’d find any of those topics funny if those horrors touched their lives…

Yes to Rami Malek! I’ve only seen a few episodes of Mr. Robot but he’s fantastic. What an accomplishment to beat out the other esteemed actors! Just watched Night At The Museum for the first time which was so fun. Didn’t know Rami was in that too! Quite a different role from the intensity he now plays…

mollie
mollie

Judith Light KILLED IT on the red carpet. Absolutely stunning and perfect. Love her.

Tivette
Tivette

LOVED the David Canary tribute! And was thrilled that Tatiana Maslany who plays all the roles of the clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., and Krystal, has FINALLY won Emmy for ALL her roles…truly deserving in Orphan Black!

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

Share your condolences and remember of Christopher via the comment section below.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

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