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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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