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69th Primetime Emmys: ‘This Is Us’ Star Sterling K. Brown Takes Lead Actor Drama, Agnes Nixon Remembered During In-Memoriam Segment!

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The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were doled out on Sunday night, and hosted by Steven Colbert on CBS. The Late Night talk show host was also one of the award show’s producers this year.

The big winners overall were Saturday Night Live with 9 victories followed by The Handmaid’s Tale, and Big Little Lies, which each took 5 including Best Drama Series and Best Limited Series or TV Movie, respectively.

The Hulu streaming series, The Handmaid’s Tale, became the first of its kind to win a series award. Elisabeth Moss was recognized for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale winning Best Actress in a Drama Series, while Nicole Kidman took Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie in what was one of the best acceptance speeches of the night.

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However, the Best Actor in a Drama Series went to Tbis Is Us star, Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall Pearson on the top-notch drama series, which also co-stars former Y&R star, Justin Hartley.  In his acceptance speech, Brown thanked his fellow cast members including: Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore and nominee Milo Ventimiglia telling them, “You are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had.” During his acceptance ‘thank you’s’ and mentions, the broadcast producers cut off Brown as he continued to talk even though his microphone had been cut and the play-off music continued. Backstage, Brown had the opportunity to continue his speech, and you can watch it after the jump! Sterling also became the first African-American actor to win a Lead Actor trophy in over 19 years.

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During the In-Memoriam segment, where each year the TV Academy recalls those talented notables who passed away during their calendar year, All My Children and One Life to Live creator, Agnes Nixon was remembered with her photo. The Daytime Emmys this year honored the iconic soap opera creator during a special segment during their ceremonies earlier in April.

In some record setting Emmy wins: Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for Masters of None, along with her writing partner, Aziz Ansari. Additionally, Julia Louis-Dreyfus became the first actress to take home her sixth consecutive win for the Best Actress in a Comedy category for her role on “Veep,” placing her in the history books for most Emmys won by a single performer for one role. Louis-Dreyfus had previously been tied with Candice Bergen, who won 5 times for Murphy Brown.

Watch Brown and Kidman’s speeches below, as well as the In-Memoriam segment which paid tribute to 42 members of the industry including Nixon, but missed several key other people. Then, let us know what you thought of Emmy night 2017? Share your comments.

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Shay
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Shay

Well, at least the “In Memoriam” was basically respectable and respectful….we lost so many true legends this past year who deserved to be honored since we shall never see their kind again…mostly classy, profoundly decent, admirable and highly professional people. Quite frankly, I cannot imagine many of them (save for a few notable exceptions….) conducting themselves in such an inappropriate and grotesquely self-satisfying manner as did this year’s Emmy participants with their wholly expected display of gross partisanship, nasty behavior and disgusting pontifications….Needless to say, I happily sat this one out, but just the news coverage about it alone proved… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Nicely said…i no longer watch award shows-its no longer about winning…stars are fading-not many bright ones any more-they have too many leftist snowflakes that i hope global warming melt-everything is a political agenda and im sick of it…

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Well, yeah, but you gotta admit what is going on in Washington is off the rails cray-cray, and normalcy has flown out the window.
And the repugs are going after the AHC and Medicare yet again without doing the research and without providing the CBC scores before the election.
This is when we have to be aware and utilize the power of the people.
Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. Calling people snowflakes for caring about their country, about climate change, about equal rights for all and about health care is just silly.

Timmm
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Timmm

Shay, I love America but it is down right embarrassing right now if others look on at the behavior that is displayed on a daily/nightly basis. I did not watch ONE second of the Emmys. I hate the host and the host is a hater! He is the worst of the three in late night. Colbert is mean, rude and hateful. Its not even funny. Johnny Carson would pick on Ford, Carter or Reagan but it was never mean spirited! Johnny had class. These Hollywood liberals set the tone for the rest of the country and are despicable! My list… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Freddie Highmore from Bates Motel should have taken best actor this last season he was fantastic. And so was Vera she should have got best actress but because they are smar educated and not knocking America they aren’t in the running! Hollywood if you hate our country and the men and women who spilled their blood so you could run your ignorant mouths please leave go to a communist country please my husband will gladly fly your stupid ignorant ass there

Shay
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Shay

I hear you, Timmm! That protracted, unabated hatefest against our president and the non-stop identity politics on parade were completely distasteful and uncalled for….I’ll never understand how any sane—perhaps the operative word here—-showbiz type can think that alienating roughly half of a prospective viewing audience is a good idea! (Same goes for the NFL and ESPN with their constant political showboating that has nothing to do with sports!) As you have stated, people just want to be entertained, not prosletyzed, insulted or demeaned because their opinions happen to not comport with the so-called cultural elite….

Charday
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Charday

I’m with you, Shay.

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Charday! I appreciate it!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m not surprised at Sterling’s win. He got strong story for This Is Us and he knew how to pack Randall with layers that helped flesh out his character. Can’t wait for the new season!!!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Totally agree James…Sterling is such a fantastic actor…

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I read the wonderful autobiography of our beloved Agnes Nixon and could not put it down. She was a blessed soul from birth and it showed in her incredible creativity, innovation, compassion, commitment, drive and resilience. I feel tremendously fortunate to have been around to see and enjoy her wonderful programs. I miss our beloved One Life to Live and All My Children every day.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I have a love/hate relationship with the Emmys. (I have a hate/hate relationship with the Daytime Emmys, but that’s another story.) I, too, champion diversity. And it was clear by this broadcast that diversity is alive and well in Hollywood. But the Emmys have this annoying habit of overindulging certain stars, certain shows, certain cable outlets, at the expense of others. Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus really that great an actress? Six consecutive record-setting wins?! John Larroquette was given a few awards for “Night Court” and then for “The Practice.” Even John Lithgow was a repeat winner last night. “The Sopranos,” “Game… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

James, you’ve really hit several nails on the head. I didn’t agree with Mr. Brown’s win simply because I thought at least two of his competitors were more deserving. I also found his behavior appalling. I think he’s in those first stages of recognition that many actors go through where they have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Hopefully he’ll grow out of it. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ win is just embarrassing. At least Candice Bergen had the class to withdraw her name after 5 wins. How much more do these people need? And how about the devastation and sour grapes when… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for the backup, Soaphound! The self-importance on display was pervasive and nauseating, not only by Brown but by others…

Turning again to the daytime Emmys, I got tired of multiwinners Tony Geary, Erika Slezak, and Kim Zimmer.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Yes, we do tend to love things to death in this country–our parks, our stars and our shows. For instance, La La Land was a perfectly lovely little movie but it received so much acclaim that many felt let down upon seeing it. Big Little Lies was, in my opinion, pretentious tripe with style asserting itself over quality. “This is Us” is okay but the writers and directors seem to be trying to make viewers cry. It’s the Barbara Walters of drama series and yes, we are also loving that show to death, and therefore a show I once really… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Soaphound…I saw Sterling’s speech so differently than you. Well, first let me say I just googled it because after watching Nicole Kidman practically have a tug-of-war with Reese to hold the Emmy for best mini-series or whatever the category was that brought them all to the stage…though Kidman had only a short while ago babbled endlessly when she won best actress..yet she was determined to speak again even though Reese just spoke for the cast. Once Kidman grabbed the statue and had to add her own commentary I was so annoyed by her ego that I turned the show… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Well said…

Timmm
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Timmm

Great point James, lets not make EVERYTHING racial, yes Nicole is a mega star and Sterling is not! That simple. If it were Gilbert Godfried, he would have been cut off too!

Shay
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Shay

@Gentleman James….Well, I will defend Lithgow’s win for his riveting and excellent portrayal of Winston Churchill! Being a huge fan of the late British prime minister, I have viewed many a biopic of the great man, and John truly did capture his unique essence, an achievement for any actor, let alone an American one! In fact, this was probably the singular award of the evening which I personally applauded, since other than Sherlock, The Crown was the only program which had Emmy nominations this year that I could actually deign to watch.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Shay! Thanks for your reply and your defense of Lithgow. I didn’t see that performance, and I trust your judgment. I just feel that, in general, the Emmy voters tend to be repetitive when it comes to their selections. I realize it’s all subjective, nonetheless. Take care, Friend!

Shay
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Shay

@James……Hello again, my friend! I’d like to add that my endorsement of John Lithgow’s latest Emmy accolades was certainly not intended to dispute your assertions that repeated wins by certain actors are grossly overdone. (Both in primetime and daytime….) Much as I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Lithgow’s madcap comedic portrayal as Dr. Dick Solomen on “Third Rock From The Sun,” he admittedly joined that ever-growing list of those notables who are perhaps too-rewarded for essentially the same—albeit continued excellent—performance in a single role. However, the mere fact that in this instance he prevailed in an acting category as a totally departed… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Okay, Shay, you’ve sold me! Take care, Friend! 🙂

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Awards debate exists even among our midwest city’s amatuer and “seli-professional” theatre companies. Is art able to be judged, to have winners and losers?

That said, Mr. Jackson needs to sing everywhere. What a lovely musical background for this year’s In Memoriam.

su0000
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su0000

I rarely watch emmy awards they are so annoying. Nonetheless I truned in out of nothing to do LOL I watched the award give and the comes the thank you to my mailman speeches. oh lord I can not tolerate the babbling in of a list of thank you to .. So, I watched the winner being announced, watched them walk on stage hold the award the I clicked back to South Park, and that went on through it.. whats up with the 5 minuts long annoying thank yous issshhh. And the man stood on stage holding the award to… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great points, su0000! But did you notice Jeremy Piven rushing down the steps to assist winner Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)? Now THAT’S a gentleman!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey jamesj75…yes. I noticed that. It was very sweet and Ms. Dowd was adorable and seemed truly honored to have won. She came across as so sweet got me teary. I watched her play a tough lunacidal woman in The Leftovers so I was surprised at her gentle demeanor.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…RIGHT ON, BROTHER!!!!! To me, at times, awards shows (all of them in general) can be so frustrating to watch. Oh…and BTW, I DEFINITELY get what you’re saying about Julia Louis-Dreyfus!!!!! To me, she is N-O-T that great an actress. Furthermore, I find her to be really, really ANNOYING!!!!!. But, hey…that’s just me, Brother.

Later, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks Jay! Glad I’m not alone in my annoyance with Louis-Dreyfus and her many wins…

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I agree with you both. Like JLD but come on, this is over kill!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…EXACTLY, BROTHER!!!!! I was never that much of a Seinfeld fan. And, I only watched The New Adventures Of Old Christine because of Wanda Sykes…and CERTAINLY NOT for that Julia Louis-Dreyfus chick. N-o-p-e.

Talk to ya’ later, Brother.

Jimh
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Jimh

Same here

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Personally I think it isn’t a level playing field when cable and streaming services have budgets like mini movies and only do eight to ten episode a season. The can afford top notch writers, directors and performers while tradition broadcasters are handicap by tight budgets– many series on broadcast television that are worthy of an Emmy will never even get a nod– This is Us was the exception not the rule.

Although the Emmy category is crowded perhaps there could be separate categories for broadcast series, to give those shows without cable budgets a chance

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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