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BREAKING NEWS: Update on Daytime Emmys from Romanovich!

As previously reported Associated Television International’s Jim Romanovich was going to have some updated news on IF The Daytime Emmys will be televised this year, and what decision has been agreed upon by NATAS, a broadcaster. and ATI as the production entity who has the option again this year to produce the telecast. Romanovich told On-Air On-Soaps the following exclusively:

Romanovich on Daytime Emmy Update:  “As of today, I can tell you that if we go forward, I have a television offer for the event in prime time nationwide, PLUS a second run option on a sister broadcaster should we opt for this.  We are still awaiting NATAS’ final decision about the venue and the concept. Oh, yes.  There IS a concept that will be a first for the Daytime Emmys.  If they agree, we’re in business.  If they don’t agree, then they have a place selected that will most likely be for a non-televised event.  It will then be our choice as to whether we want to produce it for television or not because ultimately when people see the show, they’re going to judge the production which will have our stamp all over it.

People constantly ask me if this will be the last Daytime Emmys.  As far as an event, I doubt it.  As far as a television event, it depends.  I can’t imagine anyone doing and risking what we do in order to make this happen.  With that being said, these last two days I’ve seen something great happen.  There’s a buzz about the Daytime Emmys with sponsorships and with the broadcasters that are in direct response to the renaissance we brought to last year’s show.  What was dead in early 2009, was shown to be very much alive that August.  This week, I have seen the reaction to the Daytime Emmys as not just being alive, but now regarded as a thriving event.  A big deal! This, however, doesn’t guarantee a 2011 televised event.  Many things have to happen with the 2010 event of which I think we’ve got covered that are ready to go as soon as we’re given the word.  But the biggest factor, fans aside, is the daytime community itself.  They have to support this.  They can’t toss it aside and not show up or dismiss it in the press.  That negativity is like kerosene for the press. I have never looked at the Daytime Emmys as a competition as I really don’t care who wins.  If we’re on TV, we all win, right?  Let’s celebrate the fact that we’re here, we’re having a good time, and we’re not going anywhere. Not this year.  So, I’m appealing to my friends at ALL of the daytime shows to support us in supporting them IF having this on television is important to them.  But if 2010 is the last televised event with us involved and it happens how we want it to happen, it will be a fitting end to a remarkable era.”

You know, The Daytime Emmys have a better cliffhanger going on then some of the soap operas February sweeps storylines!   To be continued…

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Betsy Knapp
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Betsy Knapp

I have a sinking feeling that this will be the last year of televised Emmy Awards, and maybe, not even this year. Who or what can we blame on the demise of some Soaps, and lack of interest in others? Is it just the end of a cycle of make-believe? Is the Internet drawing Soap viewers away? General Hospital has produced some darn good episodes during February Sweeps. If Soaps are forced out of daytime, would there be a home for them on primetime channels? And I’m not talking about re-runs on top of re-runs. I don’t have the answer.… Read more »

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d. edwards

I hope this years emmys broadcast is better thought out than last years. I’m sorry, but the extremely long song and dance routines by Vanessa Williams and the fashion show were just rediculous and lame. It took away time from what was really important. Guiding Light’s tribute was what I mainly tuned in to see because I had watched it my whole life, and they were robbed. I think they need to rethink their view of what the average daytime viewer really tunes in to see.

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I agree with Betsy Knapp, I’ve had that same sinking feeling about the future of daytime dramas (soaps) for quite a long time now. The genre seems to be under attack for some reason. In times like these we need an escape from reality (suspend disbelief, call it a well-deserved time-out, if you will). Just don’t call it “Game Over”. I read recently from several different sources, that production costs, are a major sticking point for daytime dramas DOOL, ATWT, AMC and others to continue to be made. Well, someone mentioned cutting the 1-hour running times to 30 minutes. That,… Read more »

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Oprah Winfrey Helps Ellen DeGeneres Process Ending Her Talk Show & Tells Her She is ‘Proud’ of Her for Following Her Instincts

Oprah Winfrey was the once reigning queen of the daytime talk show, and that mantled was then passed on to Ellen DeGeneres, although their shows were at times, very different.

With the announcement by DeGeneres that she is ending her talk show after its 19th season which will run from fall 2021-into spring 2022, who else should be her first guest but the mighty Oprah who knows a thing or two about ending an enduring talk show.   Winfrey appeared virtually and praised Ellen for knowing it was time to call it quits and reflected on the ending of the Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2011.

Oprah expressed: “It’s almost 10 years ago …will be next week.  10 years ago when I was in this exact position. I know what those feelings are. I also know the feelings leading up to it. So hearing you say, and announcing to the world that it was your instinct, and that you thought long and hard about it … because anybody would know that for something that is as powerful as the show is in other people’s lives, that you would not take that lightly. And that coming to the realization that, ‘Now it is time,’ is a process.”

Ellen shared that her decision was about wanting to have, and do, and fulfill other creative outlets for herself.  When Oprah asked Ellen how she was feeling since she made the announcement and uttered the words, ‘the show is ending after its 19th season.’ Ellen responded:  “I didn’t rehearse the monologue. I knew what I was going to say, but the words hadn’t come out of my mouth. So I was okay until I started talking and it became real. Obviously, I got emotional because it’s real now. But I’m feeling good.  I feel like it’s the right thing to do, but I’m charged. It’s a weird thing to announce that I’m stopping.”   Winfrey then said, “I’m proud of you for trusting your instinct because I know that there has to be — as there was in the case for me — a lot of people around you that want to keep that train moving, who want to keep going.”

Winfrey said it was important that Ellen gave her staffers a one-year heads up, since so many of the people who work on the show built their financial and emotional and professional lives around it – and by giving everyone a year, it helps those that have worked on the show time to process and to figure out their next chapter, as well.

You can watch the entire conversation below.

Then let us know, do you think Oprah offered up great words of wisdom to Ellen? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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