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ATI "Officially" Passes on Producing This Year's Daytime Emmy Telecast!

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We had already heard that Association Television International would more than likely bowing out of producing this year’s telecast and today it became official.  Jim Romanovich (ATI’s President) took to Twitter to tells fans and the daytime industry why the company decided its time to step away from producing the awards broadcast.

Romanovich tweeted,  “Regretfully, we have today officially passed on doing The Daytime Emmys for television this year. As fans of the soaps in particular, as well as being daytime producers ourselves, we have immensely enjoyed being a part of your celebration these past three years. In 2009, there was not going to be a Daytime Emmys for television, as you know. It was over. we felt it was important for it to continue on television for as long as possible to give actors, producers, writers and so forth the night of recognition they so deserve. It wasn’t always easy. In fact, it was quite challenging on many levels. Although it was never a money making project for us, it was prestigious, first and foremost, plus we wanted to do something important for the daytime community. I would like to think in some small way we have contributed in the interest of the daytime soap formula being created beyond television as we’re now seeing through various online ventures, such as what Prospect Park had tried to do, and series currently thriving on the web.

But now is the time for the next generation of Daytime Emmys that should be more practical in execution.  I would venture a guess that the very thing I had been discussing for several years, the internet, will play heavily into this year’s celebration. As the impact of technology accelerates exponentially year to year, watching a very intimate Daytime Emmys on the internet is where this was ultimately going to be.  With that being said, CBS did want it again as well as two cable networks for second runs.  Creatively this year, we were planning to do a more intimate Golden Globes style production to include a tribute to One Life To Live that really was going to be a souvenir to the daytime fans. Unfortunately, we are in production for two very big series for two different networks which will be announced in the next two weeks.  In addition to these shows, we have another fourteen on the schedule through 2012 that will be taking up much of our focus. But you are a part of what we do and although we are no longer part of the Daytime Emmys, we will always be a part of the soap world and will continue to develop projects that promotes the genre.

We want to thank NATAS and the entire daytime community for giving us this opportunity and we wish all of them the very best. I have no doubt the awards night will be most memorable, especially this year after losing two great shows. You the fans have a lot to look forward to and your shows need you now more than ever. The soap fans are the greatest and we’ll see you again soon.”

In addition,On-Air On-Soaps can tell you that we recently spoke with NATAS to find out the status of this year’s Daytime Emmy ceremonies and several ideas and configurations are being considered including cable outlets, the Internet, and even going back to having it non-televised in a dinner setting. We can tell you that NATAS is seriously looking into making this a proper presentation with a fresh perspective and feel for the daytime industry to celebrates its accomplishments from the past year.

Where and how would you like to see the Daytime Emmys presented this year?  Let us know and we will relate it back to NATAS!

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Jan
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Jan

So what happens now?

SiteAdvocate
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SiteAdvocate

I second that comment. Will there even be a telecast now?

kathy
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kathy

it would have been nice at radio city in ny but we all know that is not going to happen just wishful thinking my two favorite soaps gone this year rip

Sparky
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Sparky

A few overly long paragraphs….all for Jim aka Messiah Jim Who Will Save All Soaps to say, “We’ve milked this as much as we can, and now you’re toast.”

Jenna
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Jenna

Yeah it was long-winded. Cowards.

JC
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JC

ATI did a poor job producing these awards anyway. Last years salute to Vegas was a mockery and after seeing that I would rather the awards not be held at all if they were involved again. They should try the more intimate setting and just broadcast it online.

Elhu
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Elhu

I agree JC, last year’s broadcast was ridiculous. It seemed more like a long advertisement for Las Vegas (way too long at that), than a tribute to Daytime Television. That being said, I would still love to see it on primetime TV – somehow. Wouldn’t be a “small” step in the right direction if ABC would step up to the plate and take it on, I know that will not happen though. If it is not televised, than an online broadcast would be fine. Either way, I just hope we get to see it in some format!!!!

gloria
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gloria

Last year’s was the worst I’ve ever seen, just a flat out insult to daytime dramas-so don’t have the Emmys anymore. Who the hell cares? I just want OLTL back yesterday!

Sheryl
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Sheryl

I hope anything network will step up and let the fans get what they want to see their favorite soap operas wn the awards they deserve and see their favorite actors and actresses get their awards . It’s not fair to take this away from us.

kari
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kari

I would like to see them on tv..for the nielson ratings, however iwould watch them on the web or cable …

Barbara
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Barbara

While the company deserves credit for keeping the Daytime Emmys on television for the past two years, I don’t think they deserve any kudos for the quality of what they presented. The last two ceremonies, which were in Las Vegas and produced by this company, were nothing more than long infomercials for Sin City. We had to suffer through lengthy bits promoting Vegas shows while the actual honorees received little to no time on the air. The shows didn’t even show a clip from the nominated actors. Last year’s show was universally panned by critics. This site, in fact, even… Read more »

Sean
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Sean

I really haven’t been happy with the daytime emmy’s in a few years and now that One Life and AMC are gone, it’s not going to bother me not seeing it. I would have liked to see their One Life tribute but knowing them it would be a minor thing. I still think there should be some sort of an award cermony for the current daytime players because they all deserve emmy’s but i don’t need to sit through a three hour thing that combines daytime awards with junk just to fill time.

toscanti
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toscanti

I would like CBS to continue with the plan to televise, the last 3 years the emmys have been poorly produced at best. Someone should pick up the project and pay tribute to this genre in the respectable fashion it deserves. What else must we boycott to get the message accross to these idiots? just sayin!!!!!!

Scott
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Scott

CBS hasn’t produced the last three, only the last two. They should go back to The CW or NBC.

toscanti
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toscanti

aggreed

jw79bull
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jw79bull

I say Let BET produce the show!

Scott
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Scott

Aha. That’d be horrific and rigged.

toscanti
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toscanti

It would certainly be more entertaining, because they know how to throw a party!!!!

jw79bull
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jw79bull

Hey BET is better than not having a show at all..

Scott
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Scott

Three paragraphs to basically say “Yeah. We didn’t wanna do it anymore. Bye.”

I still want them televised. Only award show I watch. I want nomination clips back, though!!!

david
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david

If the Daytime Emmys will not be broadcast either on television or the internet, then OLTL is sure to cleanup and none of us will get to enjoy it. Come on, it has to be broadcast by someone, even if it is only on the internet. ANYTHING can be broadcast or recorded for the internet these days. Everyone from OLTL and AMC deserves one last Emmy broadcast (then it won’t happen for sure). Besides, they have Emmys for talk shows and all of the other crap on daytime so networks will want publicity for their shows. I can’t believe OLTL… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

i seriously doubt if there will be a daytime emmy show this year…….

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I appreciate that ATI saved the Daytime Emmys but the show itself was the result of a Faustian deal that gave us something no one wanted in the end, save the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau!

There is a place for a quality awards ceremony and program. Daytime is important to the webs — even if ABC sees it from a different angle — and I would think some broadcast or cable entity would embrace this awards program. We just may have to enjoy them online.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Frons must have had his hand in this. I used to think Frons was the fall guy.
But I think he pitched the idea to TPTB to cancel anything soap related!!!!

sonjawitthaus
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sonjawitthaus

I would love it if CBS would air the show.

barbara t
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barbara t

last years emmys was a three ring circus ,it was the worst of all the daytime emmys that I watched ,also they spent to much time on b&b and Y&r,and the other soaps didnt matter,and being a abc soap fan I did not like what I saw ,I believe all the soaps should get equal time ,and not the 2 that are on that network CBS that was airing the show,and those las vegas numbers ,what an insult to the soap fans ,the whole thing was stupid,cheep,and boring.so who ever is in charge this year I hope they bring some… Read more »

Mary H
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Mary H

The actors and actress deserve to have this award show they work just as hard or if not harder than the actors that are in prime time. I hope we get to see the Daytime Emmy’s .

Jennifer
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Jennifer

The past three years have gone from bad to worse so, no great loss in my opinion. I hope someone who will show the industry true respect will step up.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Soap Fans if you want to see want the Daytime Emmys use to be google Victoria Wyndham and watch her daytime tribute to the late Douglas Watson that is what the soaps use to be about and this Lady deserved an emmy!!!

Charlie
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Charlie

Given the demise of two, no three soaps, ATWT,AMC,OLTL, it is only smart to consider,whatever type of honoring program, to take a look at producing it in a new format. Daytime, or Soaps, as we know are dying, because they don’t make money anymore, and they cost too much, to produce, and the networks have run scared, a abandoned the talented actors in this profession. This is probably, perhaps the last opportunity to honor these shows, someone should be brave enough to put their money where their mouth is and pay for it The Golden Globes Dinner format sounds good,… Read more »

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

Photo: JPI

The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet, Broadway Star and Artistic Director, Robert Lupone Passes Away at 76

Bob Lupone, the brother of Broadway Icon, Patti Lupone, and who is best-known to soap opera fans as con artist Zach Grayson on All My Children (1984-1985) has died at the age of 76.

The actor, and artistic director of Off-Broadway’s acclaimed MCC Theatre for over 40 years, passed away Saturday, due to complications from his three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: MCC Theatre

Ironically, Bob was best known on Broadway as Zach in A Chorus Line which landed him a Tony Award nomination in 1976, and he also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his other role of Zach on All My Children in 1985.  The murder of Zach Grayson was quite the murder mystery and trial; bringing in many suspects to the story.

In addition to All My Children, throughout his soap career, Lupone held roles on: Search for Tomorrow as Tom Bergman, Ryan’s Hope as Chester Wallace, Another World as Neal Cory, Loving as Leonard Brill/Charley Nichols, and Guiding Light as Leo Flynn.  He also appeared in primetime TV roles including: The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and several roles in the Law and Order franchise.

Lupone made his feature film debut in the 1973 musical adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the Apostle James, and two years later got the Broadway role of his lifetime playing Zach in A Chorus Line after convincing creator and director Michael Bennett to let him play the part after the original actor departed the show.

A decade later, LuPone would co-found the Off-Broadway theatre company, MCC Theater, with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.  MCC was founded as an artists collective designed to offer peer based classes and playwright development and has launched several successful shows that went on to great success.

LuPone is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Orlando; sister, Patti; and brother, William.

Below, take a look at the suspects in the Zach Grayson murder case on All My Children, followed by the 1976 performance by Robert and the cast of A Chorus Line on The Tony Awards, and last, a scene as AMC’s Zach around the 6 minute mark in the video.

Now, share your condolences to the Lupone family on Bob’s passing, and your remembrances in the comment section.

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