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B&B nominated for 31st Rockie Awards!

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This week, The Banff Television Festival announced tthat The Bold and the Beautiful has been nominated for the 31st Rockie Awards, in the Soap Opera category. All the nominees were announced at the MIPTV broadcast and digital media conference taking place in Cannes, Frances.

The Bold and the Beautiful’s nomination comes for the series’ submission of episodes that explored the sensitive subject of dying with dignity, feature an all female cast, including Betty White as “Ann Douglas,” and Susan Flannery and Alley Mills as her daughters, “Stephanie” and “Pam.”

The BANFF organizers designated 68 jury panels from over 30 countries around the world to select Rockie Award nominees in each of the 34 categories. The international final jury will screen the programs just before the BANFF festival taking place June 13-16 in Banff, Alberta, and select category winners, special jury prizes and Grand Prize winners. There will be 5 separate award ceremonies for winners from each of these 34 categories, culminating in the Banff World Television Awards on June 15, 2010. 

Chosen from 900 entries from more than 43 countries, the Banff World Television Awards, also known as the “Rockies”, is one of the world’s most prestigious events celebrating outstanding work by international TV creators responsible for the continuing evolution and originality in the industry. The Banff World Television Awards have been recognizing programming excellence for over 30 years and we are so proud that the Rockies have become one of the highest, global accolades in the television industry,” says Georges Leclere, executive producer of the Banff World Television Awards. “It’s exciting to see such superb quality in television programming and this year’s 2010 nominees are great examples of what creative talent can achieve.”

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Congratulations to Betty White, since her name most likely is the reason why B&B got nommed.

The sad part is that this nomination may actually encourage Bell to keep up his writing “standards”. Bell’s formula is this: write crap all year but for 1 week, write a really soapy death to land him an Emmy. He did that w/ Storm’s suicide, Ann’s death and now w/ Beth’s drowning.

Yet none of the storylines are stretched out to their full dramatic effect. Katie’s heart surgery scar is nonexistent since she keeps showing her cleavage. She never even mentions Storm’s suicide, nor does she, Brooke or Donna attack Stephanie for making Storm go bonkers after he found out her part in Brooke’s rape, how she humiliated Donna by letting Thorne and Felicia trap her in the steam room and for all the years Steph messed w/ the Logans. Steph is still violent, so Ann’s death did nothing. Beth’s death will be like Steph pushing Jackie over the balcony all over again. Jackie, who supposedly suffers from migraines for life bec of being pushed by Steph, has even become her “best friend”. Jackie is a poor version of Sally Spectra.

Steph’s violence is always swept under the rug on B&B. Even after Beth’s death arc, Steph will be back to humiliating the blonde Logans or getting violent w/ Brooke and Donna. Everything is plot driven on B&B. Nothing is character driven.

After Beth’s death, Steph will be excused for her violence yet again, Donna will leave Eric because of it, and Donna will ask for half of FC. Then Steph will call the Logans sluts who sleep their way to the top and steal FC and the Eric from her. It’s all the same crap from Brad Bell. That’s why ratings on soaps are sinking.

Any writer who revives the past Logans vs. Forresters rivalry would mine the show’s history. The rivalry was abt the working class family vs. the rich family. Particularly, it was abt the richbitch, elitist matriarch Steph vs. the destitute slut from the valley Brooke. Where’s Steph saying “You’re the caterer’s slutty daughter from the valley. You should be serving me appetizers instead of running around in your lingerie at FC.” Where’s Brooke saying “Ridge is finally mine, so go hop on your broom and fly to a hotel since you’re dressed like a bellhop.” The Brooke vs. Stephanie rivalry should extend and include Donna vs. Pam and Katie vs. Felicia.

Bell never should have married off Tay w/ Whip, especially since he killed off Beth. Killing off Beth was a good move since Robin Riker’s acting is pretty boring. Tay could have counseled Stephen, and then married him since she’s fond of sleeping w/ and marrying her patients (Ridge, Nick). It would be a new way to put Brooke and Tay at odds w/ each other.

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Clarification on Days of our Lives Rumors

Tuesday morning, daytime fans and those of NBC’s Days of our Lives woke up to an article run by TV Line that raised major concerns for them,  Contained with it was a report that revealed that the entire cast has been released from their contracts and the show is going on an indefinite hiatus.

However, Soap Opera Digest has spoken to a few key setside sources, who have clarified the situation further: “The show is currently taping eight months ahead of air, and that has resulted in the show’s pickup possibly coming after it has wrapped production for the current season.”

Another reveals that negotiations are currently underway to continue the iconic NBC soap citing: “NBC and Sony are in negotiations right now and everyone is hopeful.”

Of note from SOD: the cast has been aware of the brought-to-light break in production and hiatus for months now.  The article also shares that production is said to most likely resume in early 2020’s following the holidays.

In addition, the series is receiving much buzz right now due to the groundbreaking (for daytime soaps), time-jump, which has already generated excitement for what’s to come in on the series in the days and months ahead.  Now is a great time to see what has happened to the lives of those you love to love and love to hate in Salem.

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Anna to the Rescue As Finola Hughes Returns To General Hospital

If you caught the end of Monday’s episode of General Hospital, just as Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck) was ramping up her efforts to threaten Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) on the pier, she is stopped in her tracks by none other than Anna Devane!  And with that, it signals the return of all-time GH favorite and powerhouse actress, Finola Hughes, who has been off the ABC daytime drama series for an extended period of time.

With the return of the mighty Hughes comes some intriguing romantic storypoints in that: the man who proposed to Anna before she left Port Charles, Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), has found out that he is a father to Hayden’s (Rebecca Budig) child.  Previously, he thought the child had died, but Hayden lied and thus the two have moved from icy towards each other, to growing closer.

What will happen when Anna finds out what has gone in Port Charles while she was away?

ABC and GH released this week’s promo which teases a moment where Anna announces she has returned while Finn and Hayden are together.  You can check that out below.

Now that Finola is back, what are your hopes for Anna in story? Finding the bad guys and finding love with Finn, or will her story take another twist and turn that no one saw coming? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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