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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
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Sue

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

Celia
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

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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
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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… Read more »

Rebecca1
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Rebecca1
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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… Read more »

mollie
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mollie

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

Tivette
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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 Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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