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ATI's, EP McKenzie reveals more plans for Vegas Daytime Emmy Telecast!

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Associated Television International’s, head honcho, David McKenzie, spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the upcoming Daytime Emmy Telecast emanating from Sin City for the first time in Emmy history.  It all happens this coming Sunday night, June 27th, with the telecast on CBS.  McKenzie says that the Emmys and Vegas are a perfect match and previews some of the Vegas acts that will be appearing during the two-hour presentation.  Here are some excerpts from the article.

“It’s the first time any Emmycast has been staged somewhere other than the traditional broadcast hubs of New York and Los Angeles. Las Vegas seems an ideal alternative.Think of all the game shows that have come to Las Vegas. Think of all the actual games in Las Vegas — and all the slot machines that are tied into game shows, plus “all the talk shows that come into Vegas.  Add glitz and glamour worthy of any soap opera diva and it adds up to “a fairly cool marriage” between the Daytime Emmys and this year’s Vegas setting.”

McKenzie promises,  a large local contingent appearing on the telecast — including such Strip fixtures as Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Marie Osmond, “Jersey Boys” and “Lion King” cast members and the “Jubilee!” showgirls, all of whom are scheduled to appear.

Even more Vegas types, from Cher to Barry Manilow to Garth Brooks, are expected to make taped contributions as part of the show’s tribute to “American Bandstand” and original host Dick Clark, according to McKenzie. (Other familiar faces taking part in the Clark tribute include Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando, Frankie Avalon and the Spinners.)

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John D. Genovese
John D. Genovese

Do you know if they are still adding Vegas shows to the list? I’d love to get my clients, The Chippendales on there somehow, maybe escorting the lovely ladies onstage or something? Any contact info?

Sharon
Sharon

What do all these night time Vegas acts and personalities have to do with the daytime soap operas and talk shows? Absolutely nothing! This Emmy telecast is turning out to be a total joke!!!

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Colleen Bell Named California Film Commissioner

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As the new executive director of the California Film Commission, Bell will replace Amy Lemisch, who stepped down last week after 15 years.  Bell is slated to begin her position in the coming days.

As the director of the largest film commission in the country, the choice of Colleen is said to be an excellent one with her combination of production and political experience and expertise.

Bell had worked as a consultant with the California Film Commission organization since 2017 and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2014-2017 under then President Barack Obama.

Colleen is the wife of The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer, and head writer, Brad Bell.  For more on her appointment, check out the full-story from the Hollywood Reporter who broke the news.

Now below, share your congratulations for Colleen and wish her well in her new job via the comment section,

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In her video announcement to her studio and at-home audience, she expressed: “From the beginning, I said this show was going to be like a relationship. We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phase. It’s been a lot of fun and 16 years is a pretty good run. Sometimes in a relationship, you need to take a break. But I don’t. You’re stuck with me. I just signed for three more years.”

DeGeneres’ writing, directing and producing team all won Daytime Emmys at the just completed 46th annual ceremonies.

Watch Ellen’s announcement below, followed by Michael Fairman TV’s interviews with ‘Ellen’s’ creative teams from earlier this month after they took home the gold.

Let us know via the comment section below, if you are glad that Ellen’s daytime talk show will live to see another day, in fact, three years!

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Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

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