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ABC’s “The Story of Soaps” Two-Hour Special Shifts Time Slot to 9 p. m. EST/PST

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Next week’s ABC and PEOPLE television special, The Story of Soaps has gotten a lift with a shift for its airing.   Originally scheduled for an 8 p. m. EST debut, the two-hour event featuring notable soap stars and primetime stars who have appeared in the genre, will now air one hour later beginning at 9 p. m. EST on Tuesday May 19th.

The new lead-in to the special will be After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special airing at 8 p. m. EST.   GH fans know Stephen from his recurring role as Brick on General Hospital, and the sports world knows him as one of the leading sports personalities and commentators.  That show will look back at the critically-acclaimed The Last Dance about Michael Jordan and the NBA superteam of the 99’s, The Chicago Bulls.  The 10-part sports documentary ends this Sunday on ESPN with the airing of its final two episodes, and it has been a huge hit.  The special will feature surprise guests from the NBA, plus LA Laker great, Magic Johnson.

Then following Stephen’s special comes The Story of Soaps which will show how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera. In today’s shifting television landscape, The Story of Soaps traces how female creators migrated from radio to television to become the dominant force in daytime for more than three decades. Today, that legacy is alive and well all over prime time and reality, and much of what propels modern television traces its roots back to those first sprawling, steamy storylines. The special takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.

Days of our Lives Deidre Hall (Marlena), All My Children’s Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), the one and only Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla, AMC) and so many others will take part in the special with featured interviews, commentary, and memorable clips through the years from General Hospital, One Life to Live, Knots Landing, Dallas, Desperate Housewives and much more..  

Check out the promo for the special below.  Then let us know, if you will be checking out The Story of Soaps, Tuesday night on ABC?

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Seems like an odd choice of a lead in… a “wrap up” episode of an ESPN docuseries which hasn’t even been airing on ABC??

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there’s this presumption that guys don’t like soaps or women love sports so maybe the pairing isn’t so off, because I know as a fact my guy friends who are into sports really love their soaps too, and my girlfriends know more about sports then soaps, plus I’ve always heard how some famous football and basketball players are open soap fans, no closet here.

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Looks like all current soap ratings are down..Viewers must be watching The Continuing Story Of Coronanation Street!!!

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Oh really? ABC is telling “The Story of Soaps”? I trust it will include a healthy section on ABC’s role (it did not do it alone, by any means, but it was a key player) in killing them; can’t really tell “The Story of Soaps” without that crucial part. No? Didn’t think so. OK, I’ll be nice now that I’ve snarked my piece. We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, people are looking for things to do, and this will undoubtedly provide a couple of hours of engaging entertainment for many current and former soap fans. And I give… Read more »

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Cameron Mathison Joins General Hospital

Big casting news! Daytime favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) is heading to General Hospital.  

Mathison, who will finish up his run as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family when its final season ends in August, will be joining the ABC soap opera.

No word yet on what role Cameron will play and when he will debut.  Deadline broke the news of the newest GH cast member,

Throughout his acting career, Mathison has earned two Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor nominations in 2002 and 2004 for his work on AMC.

In a statement on joining the legacy series, Cameron said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the General Hospital family!  Incredibly grateful to (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me in such an iconic show.  I feel like a kid at Christmas, as I’ll also be continuing making Hallmark movies and be part of that family as well.  So so excited… thank you!”

So excited that Cameron is coming to Port Charles? What role will he or should he play? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys Land Two-Year Deal At CBS; NATAS Reveals This Year’s Broadcast Set For June 25th

Some great news for daytime fans!  Following a deal announced today between National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and CBS, the network now has a two-year deal to broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards.

CBS will present this year’s 48th Annual Daytime Emm Awards, on Friday, June 25 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network and it will stream live and on demand on Paramount+.   This will mark the 15th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. CBS also aired last year’s Daytime Emmys amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, this is the first time since 2008 that one network will broadcast both the Daytime and Primetime Emmy awards in the same year. CBS last hosted both specials in 2005.

 

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in daytime television programming since 1974.  The awards are presented to programs broadcast between 2:00 AM and 6:00PM, as well as all forms of children’s television programming and certain categories of streaming and syndicated content.

NATAS also revealed today that this year’s Daytime Emmys are the most competitive ever, with more than 3,100 submissions featuring content that originally premiered in calendar-year 2020, judged by a pool of peer professionals from across the television industry.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI), which produced Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies on The CW in 2009 and on CBS in 2010, 2011 and 2020. Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer and director from ATI.

So excited about the Daytime Emmys will return to network TV for two more years guaranteed, and that we have a date for this year’s presentation this summer? Comment below.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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