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75th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced: Judith Light and Murray Bartlett Score Nods

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled, as of now, (pending Writer’s Guild strike resolution) to air on Fox on Monday night, September 18th.

Prior to that, the 2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards are currently slated to be held over two consecutive nights, on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Again, pending resolution of the writer’s strike.

The Daytime Emmys, which were scheduled to held at the end of June, were postponed due to the strike and no new date has been slated, as of now.

Yvette Nicole Brown (GH guest star, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Community) hosted the nominations reveal alongside Frank Scherma, Chairman of the Television Academy via a livestream.

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Leading the pack were HBO’s Succession with 27 total nominations, followed by HBO’s The Last Of Us with 24, The White Lotus with 23 total nods, and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso with 21.

Some very familiar names to daytime drama fans also came away with nominations and will be vying for the gold statuette this fall.  First, Judith Light (ex-Karen, One Life to Live) landed a nomination in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for her performance in Poker Face.

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Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) landed not one, but two nominations. Bartlett is nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance in Welcome to Chippendales. He also received a nod for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work in The Last of Us.  Another alumni, the late Ray Liotta (ex-Joey, Another World) will be in competing in the same category as Bartlett for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his performance in Black Bird.

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In addition, Chrishell Stause (ex-All My Children, Y&R and DAYS) reality series, Selling Sunset was nominated in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.  With certain categories leaving the Daytime Emmys and heading to the Primetime awards, Outstanding Game Show and Game Show Host nominees are:

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
Family Feud
Jeopardy!
The Price Is Right
That’s My Jam
Wheel of Fortune

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OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy!
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy!
Keke Palmer, Password
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune

Now, for some of the major Primetime Emmy Award nominations below:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Andor
Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of the Dragon
The Last of Us

Succession
The White Lotus
Yellowjackets

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
Keri Russell, The Diplomat
Sarah Snook, Succession

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Brian Cox, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
Jeremy Strong, Succession

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
Meghann Fahy, The White Lotus
Sabrina Impacciatore, The White Lotus
Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
Simona Tabasco, The White Lotus

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Michael Imperioli, The White Lotus
Theo James, The White Lotus
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Alan Ruck, Succession
Will Sharpe, The White Lotus
Alexander Skarsgard, Succession

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I know there is great work being done on streaming, pay TV, cable, etc., but I miss the days when the actors and actresses from primetime network TV were the nominees and when each category was limited to 5 nominees. Same goes for the Oscars when it comes to the number of nominees. It seems more impressive when a nominee is 1 of the top 5, even if not the ultimate winner. Alas, no one in the brain trust asked me for my input… 🙂

I say good for them, but I couldn’t give a hoot about the rest of them. Don’t watch the shows and don’t know who most of the nominees are. For those reasons, I won’t be wasting my time watching the Prime Time Emmys. I bet a lot of people are in the same boat.

Elizabeth Olsen snubbed for Love & Death!?!?! What the hell?

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Anne Heche in Her Final TV Performance to Air on ‘All Rise’

It is hard to believe that now one year later, television fans will see the final performance of Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World).  The talented actress passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash back on August 5th, 2022.

Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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