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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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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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