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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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‘The Bay’s’ Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran & Mike Manning Take Top Acting Honors at 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Ceremony

The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

Meanwhile, for his portrayal of dual roles of Peter and Adam on The Bay, Kristos Andrews picked up another Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series.  This is his fourth win for his acting work on the digital drama series, but he has also received four more as one of the main producer of The Bay.  Andrews’ on-screen scene partner, Karrueche Tran, took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Series for her performance as Vivian.

In the Younger Performer category, Chiara D’ Ambrosio of The Bay and the former Summer Newman of Y&R, won for her work.

For the complete list of winners from the ceremony click here.

So, what do you think of the performer winners from the digital dramas at tonight’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Jerry O’Connell Made Official Co-Host of ‘The Talk’

After speculation that Jerry O’Connell would become the first male host to join the ladies on The Talk, today it became official.

O’Connell will join the CBS afternoon series other hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots as a permanent host.

Jerry will will appear on the show for the remainder of the week before taking a break until the end of the month due to a previous film commitment. He’ll join The Talk full-time for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

In a video, O’Connell shared on the announcement:   “It’s real exciting.  First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked. And here we are. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are.”  At the end of today’s episode, he expressed: “I’m excited to be a part of the family.”

In a statement, The Talk’s executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews expressed, “We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.”

O’Connell takes over the seat that for 11 seasons belonged to Sharon Osbourne who left the series amid controversy.

Watch below how The Talk made Jerry an official member of the family with this spoof on “Rocky” to “Eye of the Tiger”.

Now that it’s a done deal, are you excited for Jerry to co-host The Talk? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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