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Children’s and Family Emmy Awards: Helen Mirren, Olivia Colman, Kit Connor, ‘Sesame Street’ & ‘Heartstopper’ Among Major Winners

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On Sunday night’s first-ever Children’s and Family Emmy Awards main ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences delivered an emotional show that enabled those not only in the audience, but those watching at home, the opportunity to understand the depth of the types of programming in this new awards show.  Utilizing clips of the winner’s work as they were walking to the stage to accept their award, was a great way for people to see why they were receiving an Emmy, and to be introduced to shows or performances they may not have been aware of.

For the first time since 1979, the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards have become the newest entry into the entertainment world of kudofests breaking away from its former home, The Daytime Emmys.  With over 3,000 entries this year, needless to say, it was a crowded and diverse field.

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In two high points of the ceremony, Sesame Street’s beloved Bob McGrath, who passed away eight days ago, and beloved Emilio Delgado, who passes away earlier this year, were honored by their longtime castmates Alan Muraoka and Martin P. Robinson. The two also introduced the In-Memoriam package.

Later, Laurence Fishburne presented the first Children’s and Family Emmy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to his good friend, Levar Burton (ex-Reading Rainbow). Burton was honored not only for his body of work but his unwavering passion and mission to support children’s literacy and knowledge. Burton was saluted in a video package by the likes of: Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Mayim Bialik and Run DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and more.

As for the awards themselves, Netflix’s Heartstopper took home the most gold receiving four statuettes including for: Young Teen Series, Guest Performance in a Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program for Oscar winner Olivia Colman, the lead of the series, Kit Connor, was recognized as the Outstanding Lead Performance in a Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program, and Alice Oseman for Outstanding Writing for a Young Teen Program.

Another Oscar winner, Dame Helen Mirren, was named Outstanding Host for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.

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HBO Max’s Sesame Street took top honors in the Outstanding Preschool Series category, while The Baby-Sitters Club received the final award of the evening for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series.

Tonight’s ceremonies were hosted by former 30 Rock star, and current star of the children’s show, Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show‘s, Jack McBrayer. The show opened with a dance routine from the young performers of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Below is the list of winners from the 1st Children’s and Family Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Preschool Series

Sesame Street (HBO Max) 

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

Outstanding Young Teen Series

Heartstopper (Netflix)

Outstanding Fiction Special

Sneakerella (Disney+)

Outstanding Nonfiction Program

Who Are You, Charlie Brown? (Apple TV+)

Outstanding Preschool Animated Series

Ada Twist, Scientist (Netflix)

Outstanding Animated Series

City of Ghosts (Netflix)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Hilda and the Mountain King (Netflix)

Outstanding Short Form Program

We the People (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program

Kit Connor Heartstopper (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program

Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jepperd, Sweet Tooth (Netflix)

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program

Quinn Copeland as Izzy, Punky Brewster (Peacock)

Outstanding Guest Performance in Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program

Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson, Heartstopper (Netflix) 

Outstanding Voice Performance in a Preschool Animated Program

Daniel Ross as Donald Duck, Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas (Disney Junior) 

Outstanding Voice Performance in an Animated Program

Eric Bauza as Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Looney Tunes Cartoons (HBO/HBO Max) 

Outstanding Younger Voice Performer in an Animated or Preschool Animated Program

Andy Walken as Young Durpleton, Centaurworld (Netflix) 

Outstanding Host

Dame Helen Mirren, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (Cartoon Network I TBS) 

Outstanding Writing for a Young Teen Program

Heartstopper (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Single Camera Program

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney+) 

So, what do you think about the night’s big winners? If you watched the live stream of the ceremonies, what was your impressions or favorite moment in the show? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Heartstopper is a wonderful show on Netflix, I’m glad they won. Brilliant writing, acting etc. It’s so refreshing to see a realistic portrayal of an LGBTQ+ teen love story. I wish there was a show like that on when I was the age of the characters on the show, showing that it’s ok to be gay, young and in love. I might not have waited until I was 40 to come out, lol.

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Now, the network has severed all ties with Robach and Holmes and they will receive payouts of their contracts.

According to TMZ: the long mediation session was “extremely contentious,” with ABC reps accusing both Amy and T.J. of various forms of misconduct, which one source characterized as “a witch hunt.”

They go on detail that Amy and T.J were told that they did not handle their romance appropriately by waiting too long to disclose it to ABC executives.

ABC expressed that their “behavior on set” was “uncomfortable” for some ABC staff.

Page Six is also reporting that their source shared from the talks, that unless ABC reaches a satisfactory departure agreement with both Amy and T.J., they would both be looking at filing lawsuits against the network.

In additional accusations, ABC said alcohol had been found in Robach’s dressing room.  However, that was disputed as ABC executives had gifted liquor bottles to Robach and other on-air ABC talent. Robach was also accused of showing up “drunk” to work after attending the College Football National Championship last year.  Amy claims she was just tired.

So, what do you think of Robach and Holmes being given the hook by ABC and being show the front door? Comment below.

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Shemar Moore is now a dad! The great news came from the S.W.A.T and former Y&R star Instagram on Wednesday morning.

The 52-year-old actor enthused: “Ya boy is officially a Dad!!! Dreams come true!! The rest of my life is here! ❤️🙏🏽🙌🏽”

In a statement given to PEOPLE on the major arrival, a rep for the actor shared: “Shemar Moore and his partner, Jesiree Dizon, are happy to announce the birth of their baby girl. The family is very happy and healthy.”

Dizon, a fashion model, has two other children, daughter Charli and son Kaiden from previous relationships.

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Back in January, Moore revealed that he is going to be a dad for the first time when he posted footage on an Instagram post from the gender reveal party in the baby’s honor

No word yet on what ‘Baby Girl Moore’s’ first name is yet.  However, Moore had mentioned that ‘Frankie’ was a potential name for the little one during the gender reveal party.

In addition, this Friday on The Jennifer Hudson Show, Moore is a guest, in which a teaser was circulating a few weeks ago featuring Shemar also revealing the big baby news there.  The entire interview will air at the end of the week on the talk show.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes for Shemar and Jesiree and their new bundle of joy via the comment section below.

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Charges were announced today by Santa Fe District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies in the shooting on the set of the film, Rust fatally killing director Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin (ex-The Doctor and Knots Landing) has been charged with involuntary manslaughter along with the film’s armorer,  Hannah Gutierrez Reed.

The D.A. outlined why the deadly on-set shooting could result in criminal charges regardless of whether it was an accident.  In a statement, she shared: “After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew. On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.

In charges set to be filed by the end of January, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said this about the charges: “This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor for the case said: “If any one of these three people: Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, or David Halls (assistant director, Rust) had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.  The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”

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