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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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  1. Shelly Valladolid

    April 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    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

      April 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      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!

      • barbara t

        April 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

        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

        April 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        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.

    • heidi

      April 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

      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

        April 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

        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.

  2. barbara t

    April 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    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.

    • Christy

      April 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      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.

  3. Katie

    April 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    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.

  4. Cathy

    April 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    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

      April 3, 2012 at 6:15 am

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

  5. Iakovos

    April 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

    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.

  6. barbara t

    April 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

    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.

  7. Judy

    April 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    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

      April 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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

      GO AHEAD!

      • barbara t

        April 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

        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

      April 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

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

      • Judy

        April 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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

  8. 1loveabcsoaps

    April 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    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

      April 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I agree! should be on TV!

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

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As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two of their discussion below. You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.


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So, what do you think about Kristian Alfonso’s exit from Days of our Lives?  Are you heartbroken to see her go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

So, excited to hear that their may be plans ahead come fall for DAYS to come to back and tape new episodes? Comment below.


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