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Brad Bell, Greg Meng, Peter Bergman, J.D. Roth offer their thoughts on Daytime Emmy Ceremony Dilemma!



As we have reported, the Daytime Emmys are now set for June 23rd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.  But as of right now, NATAS has yet to solidify or announce their plans for how the presentation might go down.  Will it be a non-televised affair?  Streaming on the Internet?  Or, perhaps a cable outlet or network might swoop in at the last minute to air the show that highlights the year in Daytime Television?

Variety has an item today by veteran soap journalist, Michael Maloney, who spoke to several movers and shakers in the daytime landscape to get their view of how they think the awards ceremony should be handled   Here are what some said.

Brad Bell ( Executive Producer and head writer, The Bold and the Beautiful)  “I’d be happy either way.  I love that it’s been on primetime all these years, but I wouldn’t mind losing some of the commercial aspects of the ceremony and bringing it back to celebrating daytime television.”

Greg Meng (Co-Executive Producer, Days of our Lives)  “People will be glad it’s happening (if it ends up on the Web). But awards shows for Web series should be on the Web. Awards programs honoring the best of television should be on television.”

Peter Bergman ( Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless) “The Directors Guild of America Awards isn’t broadcast on TV, and it’s the nicest awards I’ve ever been to. It’s done very well.”

J.D. Roth (Executive Producer, The Revolution)   “There’s not ‘appointment viewing’ when your show is on the Web!”

So soapers, given the recent history of the telecast and that we want to see our shows properly honored, what do you think would be the best solution if it did not make it to broadcast television this year?  Let us know!

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Put it on in The Revolution’s time slot. At least someone will be watching ABC then, for a change. I hope Roth attends, and that One Life to Live wins emmy after emmy after emmy. He probably doesn’t have the good grace to hang his head in shame.

Brilliant! but I think it’s a two hour show usually – it’s usually on at night, so anytime on ABC at night would be good, cuz no one is watching anything else on ABC! ha!

seriously, ABC, CBS or NBC (do they still have soaps?) would be good. I agree that an award show for TV shows should be on TV .. duh! If it’s on the web, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to watch it — namely me! And if they’re going to have specials for AMC and One Life to Live I want to be able to tape it! Can’t do that if it’s only on the web.

next year’s show… they should have a disgraceful award for ABCDorks!

Christy,A very long time ago ,werent the emmys on in the daytime?or Am i thinking of the soap opera awards ,what has become of that award show?Your right about no one watching abc in those 2 time slots,so it would be perfect ,as long as it isnt anything like the awards last year, that was a joke and it was on cbs,I will never forget it worst emmys ever.

sorry it took so long… yes the daytime tv awards used to be on during the daytime, but changed to night time in 1991.

there have been a few award shows dedicated just to soap opera, think the first was in 1974. Soap Opera Digest used to have one too but it was a bit erratic… I read that they didn’t give out any awards in 2002 or 2004, don’t know why, and as of 2005 they started doing the awards entirely in their magazine.

Usually what seems to be an award show for the soaps is at the end of the daytime tv awards. I believe the last thing announced is usually the soap of the year or such award.

You know, PBS could be a choice too since they usually garner several awards for their children’s shows.

I think it’s ridiculous to have it on the internet, unless it’s show after it’s been on TV, because it is an awards show for television shows, not internet shows.

Better yet put it on in the Spew and the Revulsions time slot!!! Or even better yet put it on a better network than ABC… one who cares more about the genre! Then let it get on Hulu!!!

I guess I would give in and watch it on abc/disney/the rat channel.Id rather see it anywhere but that network,It sure would bring up the ratings for that day ,the chew and the revolution was a very bad Idea for the mouse kingdom.

I think the whole thing stinks,seems us soap fans keep loosing everything,all my children, one life to live, soapnet, general hospital may get cancelled and now we cant watch the emmys ,Is it because we are down to 4 soaps ?so why bother .what ever the reason they should be televised somewhere ,Its the last year all my children and one life to live will have any chances of winning,I feel bad that I cant watch ,as long as it isnt done like last years which was the worse I ever saw, lets hope between now and june 23rd someone ,somewhere ,figures out what to do and lets us see our soap stars and stories win the awards.Im rooting for all 3 abc soaps.

yeah, isn’t there any soap fan/media moguls out there to produce the awards show?? Doesn’t Ted Turner have a thing for Viki Buchanon? 😉 😉 Or Donald Trump? How about Oprah or Martha Stewart? Oh heck, how about Spielberg or JJ Abrams or James Cameron, or many, many others out there?

there has to be someone capable of doing this, not just wait around for ABCDuh, CBS or NBS to do it on their own.

In regards to Greg Meng, I wish he could see that we viewers would love the show to be on television BUT never disregard the web.

I would prefer to see the awards on TV but if that isn’t going to work then I want to see it on the web..

Either way we have to see it ,what a shame if it isnt on tv,the web is better then no emmys at all.

I remember when the event was televised live from new York City during the day. Lovely. The primetime telecasts were good, too, up until the last three years… the Vegas debacles! I would rather have something untelevised but covered well instead of a lame Vegas circus.

OK I cant keep quiet about Peter bergmans comment any longer,Loved you with cliff and nina back in the day in pine valley,But us soap fans we want to see our favorite soap stars win the big award ,we dont want to hear about it the next day.So it may have been nice for you it wont be nice for us.

Here’s an idea. How about Oprah’s OWN picking up the broadcast. From what I understand, her network is not doing too well. It could use a “shot in the arm”.

That’s a GREAT idea…! Tweet it to her.


DONE,I left a little message to her at one of her facebook pages,Its up to her now ,It would be a good Idea for her to show the emmys.and throw in a good word about all my children one life to live and agnus nixon.We should all drop her a line and let her know the emmys will be on june 23rd so there is time for her to do something and possibly save her own network.

Good Idea judy,I went to her facebook page one of them and asked for her help.

Thanks! I’ll do the same. Maybe if enough of us soap fans contact Oprah, we’ll get some results.

The show should be televised on Daytime television to HONOR, All My Children, and One Life To Live for it’s final reception and the last of the attention that those shows will get on Daytime television, history. Just as when the other soaps went off air, they were honored and reflected on-on Daytime television for their final awards ceremony.

I agree! should be on TV!

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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