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All Soaps Now On Production Breaks Due To Coronavirus

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Over the last 24 hours there were more production shut downs in Hollywood, and the announcements that both The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful have both halted taping new episodes for the time-being due to Coronavirus precautions. Both CBS Daytime dramas tape at CBS Television City , where as of Tuesday March 17th, work has stopped at the soundstages.

Production is predicted to resume after two weeks. As of now, this will not impact viewers at all as the series tape weeks ahead of air. Obviously, since the COVID-19 pandemic is ever-changing updates to this may happen along the way if production does not swing back in full a month or so from now.

As well, Days of our Lives which had a scheduled production dark week for the week of March 16th, apparently is taking an extra dark week for the safety of all the week of March 23rd,   DAYS tapes so far ahead that a temporary halt in production will in no way effect viewing for fans of the series.

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati noted:We have also halted production but we already taped Halloween and some of November sweeps so there will be plenty of Days of Our Lives for the moment. Next week I am writing Christmas”

General Hospital was the first soap to note they will be shutting down production last week as more and more businesses and life, in general has come to a halt, and we all do our part to try to control the pandemic.  The ABC daytime drama is taking a break through April 10th

What do you think about the soaps taking some time for the safety of all; and putting production on hold? Comment below.

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Damien
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Damien

Not to diminish the seriousness of this epidemic, but the only positive from young and restless stoping production would be to return with a new writing team.
Josh Griffith s lack of headwriting has been a plague on the show

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Hi Damien, I agree with you %.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Maybe with time off they will have more time for the creativity to set in. But safety first as always.

anne
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anne

Damien -You are being too kind here.

Celia
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Celia

Thank you for calling it an epidemic—-don’t know why people are calling it a pandemic, considerng we are human, the words go hand in hand. I am with you here. Y&R has always been my favorite show and the present offerings go against everything that is familiar to me. The characters are not themselves—I can’t stand Chance, or what ‘they’ have done with/to Abby. She is transformed….Do not like her right now. The storylines are insipid, without consequential thought. Written by and for infants. Another thing, no one ages on this show. What gives? Too much plastic—-c’est HOLLYWOOD. Honestly? I… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

Celia! Its been a while Thank you. Hope you also stay safe Its really too bad with all the free time to enjoy young and the restless we re forced upon us the toddler version of my once fave soap. Its true Celia. I cant believe these socalled ‘ writers’ thing what they re coming up with is not mediocre. Its complete watered down silliness. Poor Michelle Stafford must cringe every time she has to pretend Abby presents any real threar to her. Though watching Her and Nick this time around make me cringe frankly. Sharon and Rey s story… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Damien, Yes, it’s been a while—-thanks for responding. Believe me, you took the words right out of my mouth, As is typical of soaps, redemption for certain characters is par for the course. However, Chelsea is forever ruined for me. No one is as he/she should be—it’s like watching a completely different show—bunch of marionettes. And, you’re right on the mark about Stafford, as well. What an infantile storyline—–TPTB are making her look like a foolishly frivolous schoolgirl. The same was done by GH’s biggies to Nancy Grahn….both great talents. That short stint of Alexis’ marriage to Julian only… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

WHO called it a pandemic and it is as it is affecting the entire world.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Momo, I ‘m not sure I follow what you wrote—- Firstly, I am not a medical doctor—-albeit, I do have a doctorate degree in Education. As I said, the two words go hand in hand. This novel virus ( novel is the key word) started as a pandemic where the number of infections was stable until it wasn’t. An epidemic is a health issue affecting the entire world. Nonetheless, the difference is sadly conflated, to the point of people cleaning out shelves of toilet paper and foodstuff. It’s not a famine—ergo, pandemic. But, I say, isn’t litigating this non-issue… Read more »

k/Kay
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k/Kay

Celia this is k/Kay here Momo is right that’s why they are calling it an pandemic because it is affecting the whole world! Be safe everyone and yes say a prayer because God is bigger than any disease !!

Celia
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Celia

Good to hear from you,Kay—- I beg to disagree—there’s a fine line here. An epidemic cannot exist without a pandemic. If you read my post, the two words need to coexist, until such time the pandemic naturally “dissolves”—We are in an epidemic—-This is a quote–CBSNews–“World Health Organization says the pandemic is accelerating”. This virus is no longer a pandemic because it has reached the rapid spread of infections globally. If there is an “excess of 15 cases per 100,000 people for two consecutive weeks is considered an epidemic”—-I am speaking worldwide here. Therefore, the pandemic has graduated/transformed into an epidemic.… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Long time no talk? Checking in to see how your family is doing with the epidemic.

Celia
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Celia

Thank God we are all well, thank you, Mark.
I wish the same for you.

Mark
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Mark

Great to hear – same here.

Jimh
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Jimh

It had to happen sooner or later…better safe than sorry!!!!

Mark
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Mark

Let’s see if any of the daytime dramas incorporate Coronavirus into their storylines. I can’t imagine these characters practicing social distancing! All the bars and restaurants closing and characters having to “work” from home. It would save on production costs, less sets needed.

Colin
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Colin

Sets? Soaps have sets??

Steve
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Steve

As the sets have shrunk through the years, the 6ft social distancing would only permit 2 diners in Kelly’s.

Celia
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Celia

I was thinking the same thing, Mark. I would welcome the networks to do this —-it would help those watching, who are so stubborn in following safe protocol by going out for no good reason.
However, if the PTB stopped profuction ( indefinitely?), perhaps they do not feel the need to practise the six-feet apart “rule”?

Momo
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Momo

Days has the most episodes. Maybe when new episodes of the other soaps stop running, people will watch Days and realize how good it is and keep watching.

k/Kay
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k/Kay

This is all I can say to all of you soap fans please take this in the spirit it is given: Our God your word say you answer and deliver people when they call your name ! So we ask that you would heal and protect those who are carrying COVID /19 virus without knowing it! provide a cure for the Corovirus heal our economy and bring a quick end to this darkness! Wheather healing comes today next week or next month we believe you will heal our world . And we will continue to praise you even as we… Read more »

k/Kay
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k/Kay

And trust me he has us all in his hands

Utah
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Utah

This is a difficult time for all of us…I hope that all in the entertainment industry stay safe and healthy! I watch all 4 remaining soaps and can’t get enough! Daytime drama is the greatest! Oh and I’m excited to see that they are actually showing the credits at the end of Days of Our Lives now on Television. I wish it was their beautiful theme but it’s nice to see credits again. I’m sad that the other shows doesn’t show credits unless you watch online. But maybe one day…. I Love daytime!

moxy
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moxy

If they were not able to tape, I would love to see old episodes! Like over 25 years

Patricia Lyle
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Patricia Lyle

When will General Hospital return with new episodes? I hope it’s soon. Thanks.

Patricia Lyle
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Patricia Lyle

Does anybody know when General Hospital will return with new episodes ? Thanks

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McClain, who recently took over the role of Days of our Lives beloved heroine Jennifer Horton from mainstay Melissa Reeves (who chose to stay with her family in Nashville during Covid-19 thus forcing the series to recast the role for now) talks about stepping into the key part of the Salem canvas, plus the recent Jennifer/Kate fight over Jack (Matthew Ashford), and how the legacy series is coping with production during Covid-19.

Cady is no stranger to be a recast.  She was the second actress to play Dixie on ABC’s All My Children, as well as the second actress to play Rosanna on As the World Turns, and she had previously taken over the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless.

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In addition, Cady gives the viewer insight on how she runs lines for both DAYS and GH at home with her real-life husband, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin and Ryan, GH), while Rob talks about his recent storyline where Ben was kidnapped and tortured by a vengeful Eve (Kassie DePavia) and much more.

Check out the full chat with Cady and Rob below. Then weigh-in: How would you feel if there was a Ciara recast? What are your hopes for the holidays for Jennifer? What did you think of the stories shared by Cady and Rob in the interview? Comment below, and if you have not done so already make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews.

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With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

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The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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The album features various artists along with Peter and Kelly from New Zealand, and the music video was shot against the backdrop of the beautiful country.

You can find out more about the album project here  via BlueAeris.com

Reckell previewed the music video and the making of it with Michael Fairman during his recent interview for the Michael Fairman Channel.

Peter is holding a Q&A via Twitter on Saturday US time and Sunday New Zealand and Australian time, where you can ask him your questions!  Information is below.

To stream or download the album, Joy, you can find it on several major music streaming platforms here.

Now below check out Peter’s music video… and his chat with Michael Fairman following it.

Then, let us know what you thought of the music video via the comment section below.

 


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