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

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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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Shelly Valladolid
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Shelly Valladolid

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.

Christy
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Christy

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… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

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.

Christy
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Christy

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… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

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!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

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.

barbara t
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barbara t

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… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

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.

Katie
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Katie

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.

Cathy
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Cathy

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..

barbara t
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barbara t

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

Iakovos
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Iakovos

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.

barbara t
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barbara t

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.

Judy
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Judy

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”.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

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

GO AHEAD!

barbara t
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barbara t

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.

barbara t
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barbara t

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

Judy
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Judy

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

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

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.

Christy
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Christy

I agree! should be on TV!

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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