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DAYS Jen Lilley Posts Clarification After Controversial Tweet: "Theresa Could Kick Maxie's Ass …"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

As fans know yesterday a Twitter firestorm/misunderstanding erupted between Days of our Lives and former General Hospital star, Jen Lilley and General Hospital’s Kirsten Storms who have both portrayed Maxie Jones on the ABC soap.  Lilley took over for Storms when Kirsten was on leave from the series.  Storms has thus returned for quite some time now.

In tweeting about her new DAYS character, Theresa, Jen Lilley stated that,“I feel like Theresa could kick Maxie’s ass with one hand tied behind her back.”    Next thing you know, a fans brought the tweet to attention of Kristen Storms who then tweeted “Maybe her Maxie. But not mine.”   And from there we were off to the races, with Kirsten’s friend, former One Life to Live star, Farah Fath getting into the mix, and Lilley tweeting that she kept Maxie alive and from being killed-off while Storms was not well-enough at that point to return.

Attempting to get things to calm down, Lilley posted this message on her Twitter page to clarify her original tweet below.

Jen Lilley: “Please untag me if you are posting negative tweets. This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. I simply wrote a tweet, which was only intended to be funny regarding my portrayal of two characters. I wasn’t commenting about Kirsten or her performance as Maxie at all. Those who follow me or have even read one article of mine know that I would never say something negative about another person, especially not Kirsten Storms. Life is too short to be mean-spirited.”

“I am sincerely delighted that she is well enough to resume her rightful place a Maxie Jones on GH. And I am having the time of my life as Jeannie Theresa Donovan on Days; there’s no place I’d rather be. But even if I didn’t have a job, i would be happy for her. Good health is worth more than any job, and there’s no role in the world worth being bitter over.”

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“All I meant was based on what’s written, I think Theresa is one tough cookie. The fact that I need to even clarify this is beyond me. Some people live to make mountains out of molehills. If you are a fan, I am asking you to help extinguish this rumor mill and respond with grace and love. We can’t control how others respond, only ourselves. Choose love and grace. If haters will hate no matter what, then lovers should love no matter what.”

So what do you think about the controversial tweets between Jen and Kirsten?  What do you think about Jen’s clarification tweet?  Is this another example of how social media can go awry and hurt people’s feelings which ever side you are on? Share your thoughts below!

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aria
aria

soap star vs soap star, let the girl fight begin, lol, relax everyone, it looks harmless, still fun though. both characters are prob simillar, both have dads who were spies.

BR
BR

I do think that’s a fun coincidence between the two characters…both have Dads who are international spies! Though Shane was much more present in Theresa’s life, one assumes–not that it did much good. Theresa seems bad to the bone.

Patrick
Patrick

and, The Shane Donovan… is still oh so Sexy. Savory!

Kira
Kira

I’m not buying what Jen Lilley’s trying to sell. She should have never tweeted it in the first place. Subtly trying to bash a fellow actor then claiming everybody else blew it out of proportion shows her maturity.

BR
BR

I’ve seen Maurice Benard asked who would win in a fight between Nico on AMC and Sonny on GH (he said Sonny) and Laura Wright asked who was hotter, Cassie on GL or Carly on GH (she said Cassie). I’ve even seen Chris Evans asked whether Johnny Storm from THE FANTASTIC 4 would beat up Captain America. It’s a pretty standard question. And If Laura Wright had said “Carly” it would not have been a dig on the recast who took over Cassie, any more than her choosing Cassie was a dig at her own looks. Instead, LW chose Cassie because of her original profession and MB chose Sonny because of his current profession. JL no doubt chose Theresa because she is clearly a bad girl who has been in a heap of trouble and Maxie is a fashionista who gets stressed at the thought of broken nails, manual labor, and stretch marks. No dig at Kirsten Storms at all. That’s the answer I would have given as well.

David J.
David J.

Brilliant post, BR!

blake
blake

I get what you are saying. I’m glad that Laura Wright mentioned Cassie from GL and said that she was sexier. That is definitely true!

Laura
Laura

Makes me wonder if you saw Kirsten Storms during the time georgie was murdered. Her performance was brilliant and in no way one dimensional. That said, I think Jen did a great job of filling in and I really don’t think she meant anything negative towards Kirsten. She was talking about the character, not the actress. It definitely got blown way out of proportion.

Chloe
Chloe

I think she was just making a comment about the CHARACTERS & not of the actresses involved.

des10261991
des10261991

I think the same Chloe.. She does not have a bad bone in her body. Fara Faith jumped in to quickly..

Diane Dunn
Diane Dunn

yep! we get so involved with the characters, and by extension the actors – we, as fans need to just chill too… this is pretend people… at the same time, remember to think before you type, consider if you would say the same thing if the person were in front of you and just kick back and enjoy

Stac
Stac

Jen showed her true colors. There was no need for her to say she saved Kristen’s job. All her talk about positivity and grace please. Actions speak louder than words.

cr
cr

I meant role of maxie was going written off gh

Tammy S.
Tammy S.

This is an example of how things get blown out of control via media sites or in real life! Jen Lilley was ONLY referring to the characteristics of the 2 VERY different roles in which she has/is playing! I agree that “Theresa” could kick girly-girl “Maxie’s” ass in a heart beat. We (the fans) have NOT seen a “Maxie” in any other form besides the fashion queen that she is & Kirsten Storms plays that role VERY well and I personally wouldn’t like to see her in any other way than the sweetheart that she is. As for Farah Fath, of course, she is going to chime in on the situation because of the BFF status she has with Kirsten. However, it doesn’t necessarily make it right but I understand was she went on the defensive side.
I LOVE, ADORE & RESPECT ALL 3 OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED ACTRESSES!!!!

louisa
louisa

These girls need to think before they Tweet. They seem to be so caught up in themselves. There are many more important things in this world. They all seem very immature.

cr
cr

Wise words

Max
Max

I love that Mimi and Bell are still close. Though this twitter thing is dumb.

shannon
shannon

Isn’t Jen Lilly the one who whined on twitter because everyone was being “mean” to her. Perhaps she tweets too much!

Patrick
Patrick

artists in this profession… vulnerable… thick-skinned…

intelligent… imaginative… reaching her creativity….

she’s well on her way.

I applaud her gumption… shutz pa for standing on her own.. as it were.. with all the GH hoe down….

I like her dance.

DLynn
DLynn

I wonder what the original Maxie would say about all this….you know the one who was Maxie before Kirsten Storms took over the role years ago. I don’t remember the actresses name.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

This was all simply ridiculous.

D
D

Jen Lumley should keep her mouth shut!!! She’s so full of herself.I can’t stand her she sucked as Maxie & she sucks as this new Days character!! She’s a HORRIBLE ACTRESS!!!I know some other people will disagree with me!!!! Days needs to get rid of her & that stupid character that she’s attempting to play!!! 🙁

Patrick
Patrick

attempting to play…. ?

She’s Jeanne Theresa Donovan. ’nuff said.

She’s on like gangbusters and loaded and pulling the trigger.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sounds to me more like a publicity gimmick…

k/kay
k/kay

You might be right now that I think about it didn’t Michael Muhney & Eric Braeden pull the same stunt several months ago to jumpstart Y&R?

D
D

I meant Jen Lumley!!!! My fingers r bigger than my phone keyboard!!!Lol

D
D

Lilley!!!!

rebecca
rebecca

ditto to Jules.

kathy
kathy

it was as bout there characters not about them it got all twisted TTF h as ybshould just move on and forget what was said already and just enjoy there jobs and grow up

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Why was it stupid for Jen to post that tweet? Granted, things got blown WAY out of proportion-but all she was doing was making a humorous comparison between characters she played-which she had EVERY right to do

BR
BR

RIGHT. I see Kirsten Storms and Farah Fath differently after taking various comments they’ve said on Twitter and in interviews (which seemed kind of petty or mean) over the years and then filtering them through what I saw (though obviously heightened by producers) on DIRTY SOAP. I’ve appreciated their work tremendously, but never seen them the same way as people. If that’s how you act when you KNOW the cameras are rolling…

Patrick
Patrick

I have to say….

Jen Lilly is cuter in Salem.

Thankfully… gone is the “blond” long hair… and bright too red lipstick.

she’s more appealing.

Chaz
Chaz

As actresses, I enjoyed Ms. Lilley’s portrayal of Maxie more so than Ms. Storm’s. I thought maybe they had tweaked the character with different writing but, seeing Ms. Storm’s current portrayal I no longer think so. I just felt JL brought a bit more depth and maturity to Maxie.

JL’s tweet was a comparison of the characters, however. And, so far, Theresa is a much different character than Maxie. It seems like Theresa will be a younger version of Sami (something even Sami commented upon). Depending on how far they go she could even me the younger generation’s Kristen.

As a viewer, I am much more interested in Theresa. Maxie has grown stale only because they have not allowed her to grow as a character.

Cindy
Cindy

Just a misunderstanding that should have been clarified with a phone call before it got out of hand. I’ve loved Kirsten and Farah for years, but in this instance, I’m TEAM JEN!!!!!

JEM
JEM

It was fairly clear what Jen meant in her tweet. The fact that fans and even Kirsten would blow it out of proportion and comment on it in a negative way is absurd.

4everdays
4everdays

I say bring KS back to DAYS and let the games begin!!!

shawn
shawn

HELL TO THE NO!!!!!! Martha Madison is the one and ONLY true Belle.

Nikki
Nikki

I thought this bac and forth was all in good fun until Jen Lilley made the accusation that she “saved” Maxie. I think her original tweet was harmless fun, same with Kirsten’s reply. However, Jen saying that Frank Valentini kept Maxie alive “because of her” is absurd. No executive producer, especially not one as seasoned and serious as Frank, would take the advice of a one year, TEMPORARY replacement actress of what to do with a legacy character. Jen sounded incredibly childish saying that, it was as if she was telling Kirsten and her fans that they should be thankful to Lilley. Twitter should be a place where you can have your own opinions and have fun, but if this girl is going to be in the business much longer, she needs to learn when not to insert her foot into her mouth, especially not in such a public format.

cr
cr

She did get him keep character andif Jen is childish then kristien. Must. Be whiner and immature.

Holly
Holly

I agree with Jen 100%. When I initially read the initial comment, I didn’t think she meant anything by it. And when I read Kirsten’s reply, I didn’t think she meant anything by it either. It sounded as if they had just both made tongue-in-cheek remarks. I think it was people after that who blew it all out of proportion. It’s crazy.

Patrick
Patrick

JJ and Theresa Donovan.

Theresa – “Aren’t you a lil’ rebel”

JJ – “I’m not little”

Theresa – “I’m not lookin’ for babysitting money”

LOL..

scene ends…. w/ Theresa to JJ…. “see you in the candy store”

LOL… how sumptuous and delectable is all this?

Patrick
Patrick

I have to press Farah Fath.

She was in fact so good on DAYS and OLTL….

DAYS. as Mims.
OLTL. as Gigi w/the ooh la la temptor Drool Cutter.

I think… if any ‘bad” press and/or negativity happened for her… it was after the fact that her stints-acting gigs ended….

I think she and Kirsten got caught up in the press for that since cancelled reality show… and their supposed fall-out… and I in fact lay blame on Kirsten’s lack of immaturity at the time… and it’s been awhile… and they’ve since mended fences.. and should be bff’s? I hope this.

I hope Farah isn’t languishing her star. I think she has the professionalism to get back on the ride.

heidi
heidi

I feel for Jen… it was a poor choice of ways of defining her new character. I am a HUGE Kirsten Storms/Maxie Jones fan and I thought Jen did a good job filling in for Kirsten. I would try to not compare acctresses or characters in that context… but social media does ignite crazy behavior and responses and this one appears to have been incredibly magnified and negative based. It is unfortunate that people have to be so mean! I think her response was well crafted and I wish her well on DOOL. Kirsten Storms and Maxie are fabulous and we don’t get enough of her!!!

Phil
Phil

I don’t think Jen Lilley meant anything negative toward Kristen Storms by any means. Frankly, I preferred Lilley to Storms (mind you I started watching GH while Lilley was in the role), but Storms has grown on me. As for Lilley she is knocking it out of the park at DAYS. I love that they did make her a Donovan after all. Truth be told Lilley should be happy to be at DAYS. Creatively DAYS is on top of its game and the show that has me glued to my set and DVR! I am loving it and Teresa has actually made everything with Jenifer and Daniel and JJ enjoyable these DAYS!

gloria
gloria

Loved yesterday when Sami told Jennifer “Theresa reminds me of a younger me” The look on Jennifer’s face! Love this new character.

Mo
Mo

I know! That was priceless!

4everdays
4everdays

DAYS all the way baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cr
cr

Maxine is not tough cookie character like Jeanne, sami, Alexis,Carly,dkristien, Phyllis, and other female characters

cr
cr

Characters are not the real people , actors portray them. Some people can not tell the difference

Mo
Mo

It got so blown out of proportion. It was obviously meant that Theresa is a bad ass whereas Maxie is not. People need to grow up and chill.

Linda
Linda

Seriously???? OK, I think the character Theresa (not the actress) but the character of Theresa is a mean spirited bratty bitch who has no feelings for other human beings. The character Maxie (again not the actress) is much more gentile and kind. She would think twice before deliberately hurting a soul. So yea, the comment Jen made certainly fits the bill. Assuming we ARE speaking of the two characters. Theresa is a bitch. Maxie is sweet and very remorseful for her misgivings. Theresa is a user.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced: GH Scores Most Nods, DAYS Follows

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today the nominees for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be presented in a two-hour special on Friday, June 26 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

The awards are presented to individuals and programs broadcast between 2:00 am and 6:00 pm, as well as certain categories of digital and syndicated programming of similar content and that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019.

Show to show, and leading all daytime programming: General Hospital received the most nominations overall with 23, followed by Days of our Lives with 22.  The Young and the Restless was next with 21, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful with 13.  They were followed by the digital drama series, EastSiders and Studio City who scored 8 nominations, along with The View, Ghostwriter and Sesame Street.

Now below are the nominees in all the daytime and digital drama categories and congratulation to all of the nominees.  Here we go, and the nominees are ….

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Finola Hughes as Anna Devane General Hospital ABC

Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Heather Tom as Katie Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Maura West as Ava Jerome General Hospital ABC

Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rowin Amone as Ester Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Mary Beth Evans as Sara Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Jade Harlow as Lianna Ramos The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Cady Huffman as Lisa After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Shanti Lowry as Yolanda Rodriguez Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Burton as Jason Morgan General Hospital ABC

Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Jon Lindstrom as Kevin Collins/Ryan Chamberlain General Hospital ABC

Thaao Penghlis as Tony DiMera Days of Our Lives NBC

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Alex Hurt as Adam The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Brad James as Cameran Jr. A House Divided UMC / Amazon Prime Video

Sean Kanan as Sam Stevens Studio City Amazon Prime Video

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Tamara Braun as Dr Kim Nero General Hospital ABC

Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes General Hospital ABC

Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams Days of Our Lives NBC

Christel Khalil as Lily Winters The Young and the Restless CBS

Annika Noelle as Hope Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Tina Benko as Helen The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Veanne Cox as Lenora Indoor Boys vimeo.com

Patrika Darbo as Violet Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Carolyn Hennesy as Gloria Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Janet Hubert as Mignon Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mark Grossman as Adam Newman The Young and the Restless CBS

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton The Young and the Restless CBS

Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

Chandler Massey as Will Horton Days of Our Lives NBC

James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine General Hospital ABC

Paul Telfer as Xander Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Willam Belli as Douglas / Gomorrah Ray Eastsiders Netflix

Leith M. Burke as Derrick Eastsiders Netflix

Tristan Rogers as Doc Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lenny Wolpe as Carl After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Gregory Zarian as Nate Venice the Series vimeo.com

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OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire Brady Days of Our Lives NBC

Katelyn MacMullen as Willow Tait General Hospital ABC

Eden McCoy as Josslyn Jacks General Hospital ABC

Thia Megia as Haley Chen Days of Our Lives NBC

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Elissa Kapneck as Sasha The Young and the Restless CBS

Michael Knight as Martin Grey General Hospital ABC

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Simon Black The Young and the Restless CBS

Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway Days of Our Lives NBC

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rene Heger as Zack Sullivan DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Mary Beth Peil as Helen After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Scott Turner Schofield as Max Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lin Shaye as Diane Eastsiders Netflix

Graham Sibley as Zack DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

Pillow Talk YouTube.com

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING MULTIPLE CAMERA EDITING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING LIVE AND DIRECT TO TAPE SOUND MIXING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ARTDIRECTION/SETDECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“The Bad Guys?” Brainwashed By Toons funnyordie.com

“Everything Changed” The Feels YouTube.com

“North Star” General Hospital ABC

“A Holiday Carol – The Holidays Are Here”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

“Hooray Hooray, We’re On Our Way”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

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OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day NBC

Hate Among Us Popstar TV

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration HBO

This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special PBS

The Young and the Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute CBS

 

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT –TOPICAL

Days of Our Lives “Flash Forward” NBC

Dr. Phil “Rodney Reed” SYNDICATED Jeopardy!

“Jeopardy! All Star Games” SYNDICATED

Nick Jr Paw Patrol Ready, Race, Rescue: Trailer Nickelodeon
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas

“Launch” Netflix The Star Wars Show

“Stars Wars Animals: The Trench Run” YouTube.com

The full list of nominees in all categories is available at https://theemmys.tv/daytime 

So, who are you thrilled to see nominated from your favorite daytime and digital dramas? Who do you think is MIA? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Breaking news on Wednesday, the Daytime Emmys are back on and in a major way returning to broadcast television and CBS on Friday night, June 26h beginning at 8 p,m, ET/PT in a two-hour special.

The announcement was made by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and this marks the 14th time CBS had aired the Daytime Emmys throughout its history.

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The June 26 telecast will be produced by the National Academy and Associated Television International (ATI), which previously produced the Daytime Emmys Awards on The CW in 2009 and CBS’ most recent broadcasts in 2010 and 2011.

In addition, nominations in major categories will be revealed for the first time tomorrow May 21st on the CBS Daytime afternoon series, The Talk as well as ETOnline.com’ there are 100 categories in all that comprise the Daytime Emmys this year.  This year’s awards honor content from more than 2,700 submissions that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019, judged by a pool of 1,000 peer professionals from across the television industry

“The Daytime Emmys are coming home,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO of NATAS. “For generations, daytime television has been a source of comfort and continuity that’s never been more important. We’re delighted to join with CBS in celebrating the programs and professionals who never cease to brighten our days.”

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“In these challenging times, daytime has been a primary influence in staying connected with its audience, entertaining them, and keeping them informed,” said 47th Annual Daytime Emmys® executive producer and director David McKenzie of Associated Television International. “We are honored to be a part of it. We are also excited for the challenge of introducing a new format that will celebrate the contributions of daytime television.”

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys returning to primetime and CBS? Who do you think will score a nomination tomorrow? Comment below, but first check out The Talk’s Daytime Emmy announcement below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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