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Carmen Cusack, Wife of DAYS Paul Telfer, Scores ‘Lead Actress Musical’ Tony Award Nomination

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Nominations were announced Monday morning for the 2022 Tony Awards on a livestream by Broadway favorites Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry.

While A Strange Loop became the most nominated production and musical of the season with 11 nominations, it was also very exciting news for Carmen Cusack, the wife of Days of our Lives Paul Telfer (Xander)!

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Carmen was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her work in Flying Over Sunset.

This marks Cusack’s second Tony nomination.  The 75th annual ceremony is set for June 12th at Radio City Music Hall, New York.

The Tonys will be a four-hour show divided between Paramount+ and CBS.  The streamer will feature exclusive content for the first hour, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, with the main ceremony starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT live on CBS and simultaneously on Paramount+.

You can see below, Cusack’s competition for the Tony in her category, and then a very proud husband tweet’s, and the nominations announcement streamed on You Tube from this morning.

For the complete list of Tony nominees click here.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D ClarkeCaroline, or Change
Carmen Cusack
Flying Over Sunset
Sutton FosterThe Music Man
Joaquina Kalukango
Paradise Square
Mare WinninghamGirl From The North Country

Share your congrats to Carmen on her much-deserved Tony nomination in the comment section.

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Congratulations to her! I love The Tony’s!

Wow, this is a lot of talent in one couple! I like the Tony Awards also, even though musicals on the whole don’t produce many memorable tunes anymore. Think of past shows like WEST SIDE STORY, CAMELOT, MY FAIR LADY, CAROUSEL…all these gave us MANY great songs that became standards that are still great today. I can’t think of any songs from DEAR EVAN HANSEN or dozens of other recent winners that I’d like to hear again. WEST SIDE STORY alone gave us “Tonight”; “Maria”; “Something’s Coming”; “One Hand, One Heart”; “Somewhere”; “I Feel Pretty”; and, of course, “America”. Any recent musicals offering a roster like that?

That is so wonderful! Congratulations on your Tony nomination!

Congratulations! So she’s in NY and he’s in CA. 🙁

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DAYS Alum Tanner Stine to Appear in ‘Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story’ Starring Nicholas Chavez

Another face familiar to daytime fans has already boarded Ryan Murphy’s limited series, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story which stars General Hospital favorite, Nicholas Chavez (Spencer Cassadine) in the role of Lyle.

Tanner Stine who played Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) son, Joey Johnson on Days of our Lives will also appear in the series.

In ‘Monsters’, look for Stine to portray the role of Perry Berman, who was Lyle and Erik’s friend and former tennis coach. In the story, Perry found himself at the epicenter of the murder mystery when he had accepted a phone call from Lyle shortly before the brutal murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez.

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Other previously announced castings included: Cooper Koch (who plays Erik), Javier Bardem and Chloë Sevigny as parents Jose and Kitty Menendez, Nathan Lane as Dominick Dunne, Ari Graynor as Leslie Abramson, and Leslie Grossman as Judalon Smyth.

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In the series, the two wealthy brothers stand trial for shooting their parents in Beverly Hills, amid claims of self-defense after years of abuse, while prosecutors alleged that greed was the motives for the killing. Lyle and Erik Menendez have been behind bars in California for more than three decades for the 1989 killing of their parents.

Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will debut later in 2024 on Netflix.

What do you think about Tanner Stine being part of the all-star cast for ‘Monsters’? Miss Joey on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Set to Be Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences revealed on Wednesday via X, that this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Nominations are set to be announced in full on Friday, April 19th at 12 pm ET/9 am PT.

However, four of the top award category nominations will be revealed on Thursday, April 18th across four entertainment news programs to kick things off.

Those include this Thursday episodes of Access Hollywood, E! News, Entertainment Tonight and Extra. Over the past few years, NATAS has often let the syndicated entertainment news program handle the duties of revealing the top actor and actress in a daytime drama series, but we shall see which categories the shows unveil this year.

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As previously announced, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented in ceremonies on Friday night, June 7th on CBS (8 – 10 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

The awards will be back at The Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where (the delayed due to the actors and writers strike) 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held back in December of 2023.

Look for the full nominations to be posted right here at Michael Fairman TV and you can follow along on Friday on the Daytime Emmys social platforms as well.

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The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Daytime Emmy Nominations will honor the work and achievement from the calendar year of 2023.

So, who would you like to see in the running for gold when the Daytime Emmy nominations in the key acting and show categories are revealed? Share your thoughts below.

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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