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All Four Daytime Dramas Band Together And Demand Change Or They Will Boycott Daytime Emmys

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In a potentially serious blow to the Daytime Emmys, all four network soap operas: Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless have formed a united front demanding change to the voting process and the accounting procedures from NATAS (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) who run the competition each year.

In a joint letter this afternoon, obtained by Deadline, from key daytime drama executives and representatives to NATAS Interim President and CEO Adam Sharp and chairman, Terry O’Reilly, they expressed: “We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star,  We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.”

DAYS, GH, B&B, and Y&R went on to say that they: “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”  Overall the group says: ‘They want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.”

The letter outlines their issues including:  voting, accounting, and transparency, where the four soaps also specify: “Our goal is to bring integrity back to the Daytime Emmy competition and awards show.”

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The fallout from this year’s 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards began after it came to light that Patrika Darbo, who won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drams Series for her performance in The Bay, had to be disqualified and her win rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category

NATAS had related that after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered some entrants submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition, which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.

For more in-depth details on the changes the four daytime dramas are demanding to have implemented, check out the full article here.

So, what do you think of the position the four soaps are taking with NATAS and for the future of the Daytime Emmys?  Do you hope their demands are met, and that they continue to participate in the contest?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Lisa
Lisa

I would rather they find a place so that fans can watch the Daytime Emmys on television like the other awards shows.

GramS
GramS

It was live on Facebook this year and if you were able to cast to your tv it was just like watching it on tv.

Lisa
Lisa

I would prefer to watch it on regular television.

James
James

If you have a smart TV with a wireless fidelity connection, you’d be able to catch the Daytime Emmys on Facebook’s online app that you download on your TV for free. If the next edition airs on Youtube live, then all the better as many of the recent TV sets in the market have a built-in Youtube app.

Momo
Momo

I don’t have a smart TV so that’s useless for me.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Not going to happen. Not enough viewers to justify cost of broadcasting Daytime Emmy’s on TV.

Torrey
Torrey

I agree! if they can air the Tony Awards on television, which continually drop in the ratings, they can find a network to air the Daytime Emmy’s. There are countless award shows aired throughout the year….and I have a hard time believing that there is not room for the Daytime Emmy’s.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Maybe the Emmys will be a better show like it used to be a long time ago.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I personally preferred the soap Opera digest awards because the winners were based on what we voted from watching all year long as opposed to a blue ribbon panel who only see 2 episodes from each of the the nominees.

Lisa
Lisa

I agree.

blake
blake

Great idea! Glad to see all four soaps working together to fix that mess. What a clusterf*** that was with Patrika.

Hopefully they can get it back on TV or live stream again!

su000
su000

I don’t watch the emmy’s,
There is no sound reason for them to exist outside of the flash, wearing a stunning dress.
The judges are a secret, the actors nominate themselves to be judged.
Many of the greater actors do not bother to nominate them selves to be judged.
The fans have no say.

I would like to have the daytime emmy’s end.
Just end them and put them out of their misery, and ours.
The daytime emmy’s have outlived their time ..

fginaspy
fginaspy

I think they have a valid claim. If they succeed perhaps we fans can benefit by being able to view the Emmys on National TV as any other awards show.

Momo
Momo

I think this is good. It sounds like changes need to be made.

Who knew the 2018 winners before the broadcast??!

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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NBC Chairman, Paul Teledgy Says: “Days of our Lives Is Going To Carry On”

Very exciting and hopeful news Days of our Lives fans, and those of the soap genre, coming out of the NBC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California Saturday morning.

During the lead-off executive session, NBC Chairman Paul Teledgy opened up about the status of Days of our Lives with the network since no official announcement had been made on their end as to the renewal pick-up of the beloved daytime drama.

However, Teledgy revealed:  “We are in a middle of finding out very soon,” and then added, “Of course Days of Our Lives is going to carry on. We love it. Millions of Americans watch it every week. I know that will be good news for the fans.”

Teledgy also told Deadline after the executive session that negotiations are still ongoing and the series will stay on NBC, and will not be moving onto the upcoming Peacock streaming service said to bow very soon.

The chairman’s comments come nearly two months following DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday’s comments to the cast that the show had been renewed for its upcoming season.  That came on the heels that for cost-cutting measures, during the dark months, that the cast had been let- \out of their contracts.

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But as usual at this time of year, NBC, Sony (the soap’s distributor) and Corday Productions are engaged it the renewal window which also happens at fall at the beginning of the new year.

Now, it looks like there is no doubt there is more Salem to come! Buckle-up for more intriguing stories within the series innovative time jump in the coming months … and that the four networks soaps are all here to stay for now.

Share your thoughts on Teledgy’s comments that ‘Days’ will definitely live on to see another day on NBC via the comment section below

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn To Wed

More love-bird news over the holidays! Now comes word from two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, General Hospital) that she is now going to marry her fiance’.

Grahn took to her social media with a post and an image of her and fiance’ while in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon.

Nancy expressed: “With my soon to be husband in his hometown, Eugene Oregon, right in the spot where he got his 1st kiss. 💋 #CircleofLove

This will be Grahn’s first marriage.

Share your congrats to Nancy via the comment section below.

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