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ATI's Romanovich talks Daytime Emmy Telecast: Celine Dion to Perform! Genie Francis OUT as presenter!

Associated Television International’s, top executive, Jim Romanovich, chatted with On-Air On-Soaps to give us a preview and some exclusive news on what  soap fans can expect come Emmy night this Sunday, June 19th from Las Vegas.  ATI is again producing the telecast for the third year in a row, and a second time emanating from The Las Vegas Hilton.

Romanovich tells us exclusively that Grammy winner, Celine Dion is set for a spectacular performance! In addition, we learn that Y&R’s Genie Francis, who was previously announced as a presenter with her new on-screen son, Daniel Goddard, is now off the list due to some last minute conflict. Always a friend to the soap industry, Romanovich answers some questions as to the future of the Daytime Emmy Telecast, how and if AMC and OLTL will be saluted, and much more. Read what Jim had to say in our now annual Daytime Emmy Preview conversation below!

Is there any exclusive news on who may be presenting, performing, or any last-minute changes? There always seems to be some unforeseen changes when putting together a show of this magnitude.

JIM: We have got Celine Dion who is going to be performing! That is a great honor for us. We had Carol Burnett, and unfortunately she had to back out due to some family matters. We are planning to do something AMC-ish in the show, and not in tribute way, but a fun way. Carol Burnett was going to be a part of it, but we are going to do something and it will involve the character of Erica Kane, and of course, Susan Lucci.  Susan will be there and is a good friend of the show. Gladys Knight will be performing and she is legend! Genie Francis was going to go to Vegas and be a presenter, but she had some other conflicts at the last second, so she cannot make it, unfortunately.  So now Christel Khalil (Lily) will be presenting with Daniel Goddard (Cane) and representing Y&R.

When we last heard; there were no tributes planned for AMC and OLTL.  Is that still holding true?  I think that should not be till next year, anyway.

JIM: There will be no tribute to All My Children and One Life to Live this year. AMC is not off the air till September and OLTL not until January of 2012. So it would really be more apropos to come back next year and do something nice for both those shows.   So that was really our plan for it and CBS felt the same. They do have a lot of decision making power.  We don’t want this Emmys to be a wake, and all we want to do is celebrate daytime.  For me especially with the soaps; I have been a guy behind the soaps and supporting them and being a good proponent for the soaps themselves. The actors, producers, and behind the scenes personnel of all the shows work really hard and it’s a tough, tough gig. When you are in a situation right now where you are not sure what is going to be happening with your life that you need to plan for, and after the hard work you put in, why not have a night where you just celebrate everything.  That is really how the Vegas-theme came about last year, and even more so this year. It’s not, “Hey, it’s a Vegas show and some daytime.” This is Vegas paying tribute to daytime.

What do you think will be some entertaining high points on the telecast?

JIM: You are going to see Penn and Teller do something with how they reveal the winner in the category they are going to present, and they will probably do it in a very lethal manner! (Laughs) We are doing something with The Oprah Winfrey Show. At this particular moment, we don’t think Oprah will be there, but that question is still open. We are prepared if we find out at the very last second she will be attending, but she did tape something for us just in case she cannot make it. But it will still be a very moving segment for all Oprah fans, who will love it.  I think with Wayne Brady as our host, we wanted to try something different. I know we did have planned a big singing and dancing number, but we ran out of time, and after all we do have some awards to present!

Do you think ATI will continue their partnership with the Daytime Emmy Telecast after this year, in light of the new revamped daytime line-up come 2012?

JIM: Our plan is to hopefully do another Emmy telecast next year and it is not entirely up to us, meaning CBS and NATAS have their say.  Obviously, we would love to continue with the Emmys and we have some ideas for next year that may take it out of Vegas, or may take it elsewhere in Vegas.  As long as NATAS has control of the Daytime Emmys, there will be a Daytime Emmys. Perhaps it might become just a dinner, if it is not televised. And honestly if we are not involved, I don’t see another entity like us willing to go out and produce it, especially with all the cancellations happening. So I feel if the Daytime Emmys don’t have a televised event for 2012, it will still be an event, probably in L.A. as a big dinner.

Any predictions in the Daytime Drama categories as a fellow soap aficionado?

JIM: I cannot say who my favorites are (laughs)…but B&B could very well take the three-peat this year! They did very well with the homeless storyline and it was beautifully shot, and I loved Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brook) in that story together.

What do you want to make sure the legions of soap fans who tune-in know or understand about the telecast?

JIM: 85% of the Daytime Emmys are about the soaps, even though they make up less than 5% of daytime and that is a very strong statement that I want to make clear.  I don’t want the fans to feel they are being short-changed, because they are not.  We just want to make an entertaining show that will maintain the ratings, or make improvements on them as we saw last year. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. There is nothing we can do about it.  We know we are doing a great show and we brought it in, and from our standpoint, that is what is really important to us.

Make sure to tune-in this Sunday for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies at 8PMEST/7PMCST, tape delayed on the west coast, only on CBS!

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kay killgore
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kay killgore

Best show, I know I am going to catch flack but the homeless storyline was an infomercial. I know this is how they do it but I feel it should be the body of the work for the year! I just am tired of this left wing propeganda taking the spotlight leave politics for goodness sakes out of something! They made a mockery out of cancer patients Stephanie was sick for what 2 months, I was insulted.

Sharon
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Sharon

It sounds like it will be another Vegas informercial like last year instead of the Daytime Emmy’s that we all want! What a huge disappointment!!!

Dan
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Dan

I didn’t care for all the Vegas stuff last year, either. The awards felt like such an after thought. Unfortunately, it’s either that or no Emmy show at all.

I would be able to tolerate some of the nonsense a little more, if the producers could at least give us soap fans simple things like showing clips of all the nominees, and showing the nominees in the audience. Simple moments that you expect to see on any awards show. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Eder
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Eder

Adoro Celine, vou ver por causa delaQ

Sean
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Sean

I posted this last year, but I felt the B&B stuff was a cheap attempt to win an Emmy. While it was getting critical acclaim for its social awareness, I knew what was hidden behind the mask.

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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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