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Comic Genius, B&B Guest Star & Daytime Emmy Winner, Fred Willard Dead At 86

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Sad news to report this Saturday.  Fred Willard, the comedic actor who was so adept at improv and playing clueless characters has died at the age of 86.

Willard passed away Friday night of natural causes, according to his agent.  The comic’s daughter, Hope said of his passing, that Willard died, “Very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

From his work on Fernwood 2 Night, (the Normal Lear talk-show spin-off of the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) Everybody Loves Raymond. Modern Family, and as a member of the acting ensemble in all the great Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including “Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Spinal Tap”, Willard left behind a huge body of work.

Having appeared in numerous TV series and film’s over his colorful career, he also landed a recurring guest-star role on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful as John McCook’s (Eric Forrester) on-screen brother, John Forrester.

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Willard first appeared in 2014 and last appeared on the series at the end of June 2015, and we learned that John was the father of Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer). John took a liking to Pam (Alley Mills) and set up a dog show for her to pick a new dog, but Pam couldn’t choose one, in a nod to “Best in Show”.

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In 2015, Willard won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series having tied with GH’s Donna Mills (Ex-Madeline) and Y&R’s Ray Wise (Ex-Ian).

In a tweet on the news of Willard’s passing, John McCook shared: “Fred Willard was a brother to Eric Forrester on B&B.. I should have been so blessed. RIP.”

Share your remembrances and thoughts on the passing of Fred Willard via the comment section; but first watch our interview with Fred, immediately after he won his Daytime Emmy below.

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I still watch Raymond…now all three sets of in-laws on that show are deceased…just lost Jerry Stiller who played the in-law on Raymond spinoff King Of Queens…also seen Fred on Mary Hartman and many other shows…

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I thought he was especially funny on the old Rosanne show. Also too many others to count. A very special man. R.I.P

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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‘The Bay’s’ Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran & Mike Manning Take Top Acting Honors at 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Ceremony

The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

Meanwhile, for his portrayal of dual roles of Peter and Adam on The Bay, Kristos Andrews picked up another Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series.  This is his fourth win for his acting work on the digital drama series, but he has also received four more as one of the main producer of The Bay.  Andrews’ on-screen scene partner, Karrueche Tran, took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Series for her performance as Vivian.

In the Younger Performer category, Chiara D’ Ambrosio of The Bay and the former Summer Newman of Y&R, won for her work.

For the complete list of winners from the ceremony click here.

So, what do you think of the performer winners from the digital dramas at tonight’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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