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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.”

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Guest Performer in a Digital Drams Series for her performance in The Bay, had to be disqualified and her win rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category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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According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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