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71st Annual Primetime Emmy Winners And Emotional Highlights

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On Sunday night, Fox televised the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles, signaling the beginning of the new fall TV season, and the conclusion of another.

Game of Thrones took home the award for Outstanding Drama Series, while Fleabag won the Outstanding Comedy Series.   But throughout the night, there wwre several emotional moments and highlights, which we have noted below.

Billy Porter of Pose became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  In his acceptance speech he related: “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I was could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here.” Next quoting James Baldwin he shared: “I have the right, you have the right ― we all have the right!”

Michelle Williams wins for her performance as Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Fosse/Verdon and speaks out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood during her acceptance speech.

Patricia Arquette winner for her performance in The Act called for equal rights for transgender community in an emotional speech about her late sister, Alexis.  “I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis. And I will be for the rest of my life for you, until we change the world so Trans people are not persecuted.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Alex Borstein kicked off her Emmy victory by taking a swig of booze. However, when the Supporting Actress in a Comedy winner began to thank her family, she expressed that she was from a family of immigrants and that her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor who bravely stepped out of line when she was about to be shot by a guard.

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In a standing ovation, Jharrel Jerome was named the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie winner for his performance in When They See Us. Jerome’s acceptance speech was punctuated by his shout-out to the real Exonerated Five, who were all in the audience and who wept and raised their fists in solidarity.

The Young and the Restless Kristoff St, John Neil Winters) was part of the In Memoriam Tribute performed by pop star, Halsey.

The cast of Game of Thrones received thunderous applause when they all came to the stage to present an award.

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Peter Dinklage made Emmy history on winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones a record-breaking fourth time. He also noted about how no where else would he have been given the chance to play such a role than television, which has become more inclusive to all people.

On another note: the Emmys went without a host, but had Reno 911  actor and comedian Thomas Lennon’s offering up running commentary, that was seen by many as annoying and at times tasteless, and there was even one remark about former Emmy winners (Felicity Huffman) being in jail watching the Emmys when she has not even started her prison time.

Check out the entire winner’s list here and then let us know, what was your highlight of Emmy night via the comment section below.

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These people really think theyre important, don’t they??

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Responding to your remarks about the commentator, yes he was totally useless to the broadcast. But then again, the show was on fox, so tacky and tasteless was to be expected. The In Memoriam segment was well done and appropriate.

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Never have seen any of these shows except better call Saul ! You know it’s embarassing when you read about actresses bitching about their pay and gender crap and racism when does it stop??? Most Americans are worn out we just want to enjoy a show without political crap thrown at us ! Why do you accept Muslim religion but make fun of Christians? We watch nothing anymore except old movies when just shut up ! By the way Michelle Williams is worth 16 million so to hear her slobbering about being poor makes us crazy ! Hollywood / Washington… Read more »

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Oh and by the way we don’t care who you sleep with!!! Just shut up and leave us aline

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Is anyone moderating this site anymore? This is embarrassing. The last time I checked this was a soap and TV entertainment website, not a political website. I cone here to read about and discuss my favorite shows, not read political rantings. Take it to the Fox News website.

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What?
I’ve only heard of one, Game of Thrones.
And I haven’t yet watched the final season.

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There wasn’t much interest for me except the Red Carpet interview with Jenny McCarthy gushing to Christina Applegate how much she wanted to be like her when “she got older”, when she herself is only a year younger, and minimizing her previous awards and nominations, referring to this one as her first. Omg, the woman needs to get her facts together before she goes out and makes a fool out of herself.

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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