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And Your Hosts For The 40th Annual Daytime Emmys … Sam Champion, A. J. Hammer & Robin Meade!

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One of the big questions of the night for the upcoming 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards has been answered! Today Good Morning America’s co-host and weather anchor, Sam Champion, Showbiz Tonight’s A. J Hammer, and HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade host, Robin Meade herself will take over the hosting duties live from The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night June 16th on HLN at 8PMPMEST live!  In addition, Robin will sing the Outstanding Song Nominees for Morning shows!

Here’s some bio info on the hosts:  Sam Champion is the weather anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America  (M-F, 7-9 a.m. ET) and also serves as weather editor for ABC News.  In addition to reporting the national forecast, Champion frequently travels to weather-related stories around the country and globe. Most recently he reported from Moore, Oklahoma after the devastating tornado. Champion is at the forefront of reporting on the environment and climate change. He also hosts “Sea Rescue,” a half-hour weekly television series broadcast nationally on Saturday mornings.

Robin Meade, host of HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade (M-F, 6-10 a.m. ET) and accomplished country artist will sing both best song nominees, “This Day” by Sheryl Crow for “Katie,” and “Good Afternoon” by Little Big Town for “Good Afternoon America.”  Her sophomore album “Count On Me” (June 12, 2013 iTunes & Target) comes after her musical debut “Brand New Day” (2011) reached #24 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and won strong praise for the alto.

A.J. Hammer, host of HLN’s  Showbiz Tonight (M-Th, 11 p.m.– midnight ET), has also been tapped to host this year’s LIVE red carpet special Showbiz @ The Daytime Emmys along with HLN’s Christi Paul where they will get one-on-one interviews with the evening’s biggest stars including Rachael Ray, Wayne Brady, Monty Hall, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and daytime TV show newcomer Kris Jenner. Meade will host Morning Express with Robin Meade live from the Beverly Hilton on Monday, June 17, and will be joined by A.J. for a Daytime Emmy’s wrap up, and  Weekend Express with Natasha Curry will also originate from LA and provide a Daytime Emmy’s preview.

What do you think about the choices of Sam Champion, A. J. Hammer, and Robin Meade?  Do you think they will be a winning trio? Let us know your thoughts!

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RUBY C.
RUBY C.

From the bottom of my heart I am so upset Sharon Case will not be able to win outstanding best actress this year. What a wonderful actress that deserved to win for an amazing performance ! She deserved to be at least in the running. Sharon Case is my winner! I am a long time viewer over 36 years. Thankyou 🙂

Will
Will

I submit Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper
For the job

Jovin
Jovin

Kathy Griffin is vulgar and obscene and disgusting and Anderson Cooper is a bullying crybaby who attacks people when their opinions differ from his. No thanks!!

Beth
Beth

Who? For once I’m glad the awards are not online, no desire/incentive to watch.

tim
tim

Al I can say is ????? meaning I have no clue who any of the hosts are. I plan on dvr’ing the show and skipping over the non soap categories, so the hosts are irrelevant to me.

RICKIE
RICKIE

My first reaction: Who? Who? and Who? Nobodies — the entire lot of them.

Jovin
Jovin

Why can they NEVER seem to get the Daytime Emmy awards right?? No one has even heard of these three.

Mo
Mo

Not Sam Champion. I can barely stomach him on GMA. Good grief.

Rodd
Rodd

LOL! I frankly don’t care that these people are hosting; just glad it’s on the air. I guess these folks were the “give” in order to make it so. Just give me a healthy dose of my soap opera stars and I’ll be happy.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Sam and AJ go to my gym…

JR
JR

Who? How about some DT soap stars?

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, 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.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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