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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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CBS Orders Michele Van Jean Soap Opera ‘The Gates’ to Series; Set to Debut January 2025

Great news! Soap fans are getting the first new daytime drama in 25 years with the news today that CBS has moved Michele Van Jean’s The Gates to a series order.

In addition, the show is set to bow in January 0f 2025, which means that it appears that the new soap will replace The Talk, which was just canceled and will end after its upcoming 15th season in December of 2024.  No specific time period, or exact premiere date has been set as of yet.

In the premise of the The Gates it follows lives of a wealthy Black family who live in a luxurious gated community.

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The Gates has Val Jean as its writer, showrunner and one of its executive producers. Soap fans know Val Jean’s work best for her work on the writing teams of General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Taking to X, Michele shared: “It’s go time” citing the news on the show coming to CBS in 2025 via Deadline.

Sheila Ducksworth, Leon Russell, Derrick Johnson and Kimberly Doebereiner will serve as executive producers on The Gates production team. The soap has been in development through a the joint venture between CBS Studios and the NAACP, which was established to help elevate a diverse range of voices and increase the visibility of Black artists.

The series will be produced by the CBS Studios/NAACP venture in partnership with P&G Studios, which is a division of Procter & Gamble, who used to be very big in the soap opera game.

Are you excited to know that we are truly getting the first new soap opera in over two and a half decades added to a network TV line-up? Comment below.

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‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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O. J. Simpson Dead at 76: Real-Life Murder Trial in Which He Was Acquitted, Changed the Trajectory of Soap Operas

Former Pro Football superstar, O. J. Simpson, who became infamous for being on trial for the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has passed away at the age of 76 of cancer.

Simpson’s family put out a statement sharing, “Our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

It was the murder trial that overtook the airwaves back in late 1994 and through most of 1995 that changed the landscape of daytime television forever, and in particular soap operas that many will recall.

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On June 12, 1994, Nicole Simpson, O.J.’s former wife, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were brutally murdered. When O.J. became the prime suspect, a wild pursuant of him by the police while in his white Ford Bronco was viewed on every network by some 95 million viewers. This June marks 30-years since the incident.

Ultimately, Simpson was charged with Brown Simpson and Goldman’s murders, though he was acquitted in what was dubbed The Trial of the Century.

The trial permeated the airwaves of every network and any time of day. Networks consistently interrupted soap operas while covering the day in and day out of the spectacle that was this star athlete and TV and film star’s trial.

With many of the soaps pre-empted on a regular basis, the public fascination of Simpson’s trial was to many better than a soap opera as it has all the ingredients. Writer Dominic Dunne noted the themes via an article in Vanity Fair of “interracial marriage, love, lust, lies, hate, fame, wealth, beauty, obsession, spousal abuse, stalking, brokenhearted children, the bloodiest of bloody knife-slashing homicides, and all the justice that money can buy.”

Because of the trial, soap operas lost a significant amount of their audiences. The murder trial went on for 11 months from November 9, 1994, to October 3, 1995.  They never were able to fully rebound as reality television became the next big thing.

O.J. Simpson is survived by four children: Arnelle and Jason, from his first marriage, and Sydney and Justin, from his marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson.

So, do you remember being frustrated that your favorite soaps could not air during the O.J. trial, or did you find the murder trial more intriuing than the soaps themselves? Comment below.

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