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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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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. Does anyone?

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.

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, in itself should reduce costs, keep people doing the work they love and keep the fans entertained. It is a good place to start, in my opinion.

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Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts and Marlene King Land ‘Calabasas’, a Soap in the Vein of the ‘O.C’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, at Netflix

There has been lot of soapy projects coming to life and in the works of late, and now comes word that Kim Kardashian is executive producing a new series in development for Netflix called Calabasas.

After a bidding war last week, it looks like Netflix cemented the development deal from Kim, and her producing partners American Horror Story co-star Emma Roberts (pictured below) and Pretty Little Liars creators Marlene King and Alexandra Milchan.

The concept of Calabasas is based on the book If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now by Via Bleidner.  King set to write the adaptation and will serve as the series showrunner.

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According to Deadline, Calabasas is said to be in the vein of primetime young teen and young adult soaps the O.C. and Beverly Hills 90210. The story follows “Via, a 16-year-old sheltered Midwestern Catholic school girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves and she’s forced to transfer to the fast world of Calabasas High where nothing is as it appears and where everyone is trying to be someone else. It’s a place where dreams come true … but not without complications and sometimes unforeseen consequences.”

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As fans of the Kardashians know, Kim and her family made the town of Calabasas a household and worldwide name. Kim being attached to this project helped make its sale. This marks her fourth project to sell since the writers and actors strikes concluded at the end of last summer.

So, would you be interested to see a teen soap called ‘Calabasas’ on Netflix from Kim and company? Comment below.

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Ellen Travolta Makes Another Return to General Hospital

If General Hospital’s Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptials are on, you didn’t think Grandma Gloria Cerullo would miss out on the festivities, now did you?

Casting news from Soap Opera Digest reveals that Ellen Travolta is back taping scenes that will air the week of May 13th on the ABC daytime drama series.  When viewers learned that Carmine Cerullo, was also on his way back to Port Charles, now in the face and body of actor George Russo, it only made sense that Grandma Gloria would join Grandpa Cerullo. Look for them both mid-May.

As most people know, Ellen is the older sister to John Travolta. She first make appearances as Gloria back on GH in the mid-90s. Most recently, she returned to the Quartermaine mansion to meet up with daughter, Lois (Rena Sofer) and granddaughter Brook Lynn for Thanksgiving in Port Charles in 2023.  Michael Fairman TV interviewed Rena Sofer and Amanda Setton late last year where they shared what it had been liking working with Ellen, who remains very close to Sofer in real-life.

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Amanda shared: “We fell in love immediately. What’s crazy is my maternal grandmother was Grandma Gloria. I had her till I was 30 and we were so close. She was really like a second mom to me. So, when I got this script and I’m reading “Grandma Gloria”, it was so bizarre. And then in meeting Ellen, she looks like my grandma – same haircut, same high cheekbones. It really did feel like I had a few days with my grandma. It was very, very special for me. Ellen is sweet, prepared, professional, talented and funny to boot. So, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had at work. I hope she comes back. My fingers are crossed.”

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Now, we can’t imagine Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding day to be smooth sailing, in fact, expect just the opposite, but could it be Grandma Gloria who is ultimately the hero or the calming voice of reason for any pre-wedding jitters? Stay tuned.

So, glad to know that Ellen Travolta will be back for Brook Lynn and Chase’s big day? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Kristian Alfonso Returns to Days of our Lives for Tribute to The Late Bill Hayes

After a few weeks of Days of our Lives fans being upset that Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) was not on the first list of initial returns for Doug Williams’ funeral and episodes honoring his portrayer, the late Bill Hayes, comes word that the popular star is back and taping scenes.

Kristian reported to work on the Peacock streaming soap opera on Monday, April 22nd. She shared how important it is for her to be back for this particular return to the show that made her a household name.

“My return is very bittersweet,” Alfonso told TV Insider,  “because it is the end of an era with Bill gone. So to return to Days is very sad. I am appreciative that they came to me to include me in their series of shows honoring Doug and I’m very happy to see everyone, but I’m entering the studio with a heavy heart.”

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It was back in 1983 that Kristian first debuted as Doug’s daughter, and now 41 years later looking back at it, and her time with Bill Hayes is very emotional for her.

“I remember my first scenes with him/ He was very loving, very welcoming. That he was very talented and an incredible actor and an icon, that all goes without saying, but my personal relationship and my working relationship with Bill, it was home,” expressed Alfonso. “Doing the scenes with Bill, I felt like I was with my dad because there was so much warmth and reality.”

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Alfonso did express some deep regret, in that she had wanted to work with Bill Hayes during her last appearance on the soap back in 2023, but according to the iconic actress, there was something in the works but it never materialized.  “I’m sad that I did not get the opportunity to do the storyline that Ron (Carlivati, head writer) had planned/ It was great; we returned to Salem to reunite with our families and I would have had father/daughter scenes with Billy. What Ron had written was beautiful and emotional and it was a fantastic story. I was 100 percent for it and the fans would have loved it.”

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As for if Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope will be back on-screen together anytime soon, Kristian would only say, “What I will say is don’t give up hope.” Doug’s passing and memorial episodes will stream later this year come late November into December.

So, are you happy to learn that Kristian Alfonso is back taping episodes surrounding Doug’s memorial episodes? Comment below.

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