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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
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 how absolutely nauseating this utterly leftist temper tantrum/sorry spectacle was to behold. Definitely not worth one’s valuable time!

Jimh
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
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
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 is so long now that those in the entertainment business I will not go to their movies or concerts. No matter who was in office back in the eighties or nineties, this ugly behavior did not go on. I’m sure at GH this poor behavior exists but I dont want to know about it! I want to be entertained, not lectured and have hateful things said about our president and our country.

k/kay
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
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
Charday

I’m with you, Shay.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Charday! I appreciate it!

James R. Poissant
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
Kevin C

Totally agree James…Sterling is such a fantastic actor…

Llanviewer717
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
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 of Thrones,” anything on HBO in fact, is deemed worthy of countless accolades. These are just a few examples. It’s repetitive, predictable, and boring…

As much as I admire Sterling K. Brown’s acting chops, last night he exuded the attitude that he had accomplished something monumental, akin to discovering a cure for all cancers. Actually, his peers bestowed upon him a much-deserved Emmy win. It’s that simple. Yes, I get the subtext of him being the first black actor to win in that category in 19 years. Some questioned the decision to cut short his speech. Granted, he was definitely being long-winded. But as others have noted, Nicole Kidman was allowed to drone on and on for an eternity (another attitude projecting immense accomplishment when winning an award for acting was all that was happening). Some will charge that racism was evident in the treatment of Brown versus Kidman. I propose that it has to do with a TV star versus a movie star. The Emmys just love it when a movie star deigns to perform in the TV medium. They are treated as royalty, as heroes, and they ensure the gift of their vaulted trophies. Countless “movie stars” have won Emmys for their visits to the TV world. It’s shocking that Robert DeNiro didn’t win, given the track record of the Emmys; but had he won, they would NOT have cut his microphone.

And let’s not forget: When Susan Lucci emotionally won her lone Emmy after 19 nominations, the imbeciles in charge attempted to cut her short. If anyone in the history of the daytime Emmys deserved to speak as long as desired, it was Susan Lucci!

Soaphound
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 PREVIOUS WINNERS don’t win AGAIN?! That’s why the Emmy rules need a major overhaul. For example, I’d have rather seen the wonderful Gerald McRaney and the underrated, exquisite Alexis Bledel win “on camera” than watch those ridiculous dance numbers.

Jamesj75
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
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 liked will end up making me hate it for being overly manipulative. I also didn’t think it was a good idea to have Sean Spicer up there making fun of himself for lying to the country about crowd size Does no one apologize for their misconduct anymore? Accepting his self parody was akin to accepting that it is normal and acceptable for both he and Sarah Huckabee to stand up there in back of the White House podium lying to the American people because it’s their job as the president’s spokesperson.
The highlight of the evening was the hilarious Jackie Hoffman screaming,”Damn it!” when she lost to Laura Dern. I love her, she’s a hoot.
That’s something Dr O would have done.

Rebecca1
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 off. So, as said, I just listened to Sterling’s speech and I didn’t find him anything other than humble, generous and humorous. He thanked many, he made reference to the 19 years it took for a black man to win and he handled being cut off with class. It was beyond rude to cut him off…that’s what I found appalling; not him. It’s unfortunate they let film stars go on endlessly and thus cut other winners acceptance speeches short to make up for the time. It’s demeaning to the actors… On another note, caught some of the CMT awards and saw Charles Eston (Deacon) in the audience. He seems to really love the country scene!

Jimh
Jimh

Well said…

Timmm
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
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
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
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 character in a different genre sort of speaks for itself in his worthiness for winning yet another Emmy in his brilliantly eclectic career! Incidentally, if you enjoy British period pieces, “The Crown” is not an altogether inconsiderable effort in which to witness Lithgow’s clearly irascible charms as Winston Churchill, although I was most definitely not as impressed by the series on the whole as with other recent UK efforts such as Victoria or Downton Abbey. Having said that, this show does seem to receive quite the lion’s share of praise when it comes to collecting award nominations on both sides of the Atlantic!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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

Iakovos
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
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 give while the women in their high heels and long gowns struggled up the stairs.
A gentleman would have been at the stairs waiting to escort the women up the stair and not standing there watching her coming up the stairs in high heels a long gown.. that irked me.

should have been..
the woman on stage holding award to give while to man went to the stories to escort the woman up.. or simply a stair escort being there.

Jamesj75
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
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
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
Jamesj75

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

Rhonda
Rhonda

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

jaybird369
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
Jimh

Same here

Mary SF
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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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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We knew them when, and over the years, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have become households names since their humble beginnings as Hayley and Mateo Santos on ABC’s All My Children.

Now the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with her real-life hubby, and Riverdale star are swinging into action to help those in need affected by COVID-19.

According to PEOPLE: “The couple have donated $1 million to aid in relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Kelly and Mark’s contribution will be allocated in part to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City.

New York has been one of the U.S. states hardest hit by Coronavirus, which as of Thursday had reported 4,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths.

Many celebrities and pro athletes are jumping into action, making donations and helping others including” Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Ciara and Russell Wilson, JJ Watt, Kristen Bell and this weekend Rosie O’Donnell with her live-stream talk show for the Actors Fund.

What do you think of the good will shown by Kelly and Mark? Comment below.

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