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DAYS John Aniston to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) have announced their Lifetime Achievement honorees for the upcoming 2022 Daytime, Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle, News & Documentary, and Children’s & Family Emmy Award ceremonies.

Days of our Lives beloved veteran, John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis), has been chosen to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Daytime Television at the upcoming 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Aniston has been a mainstay on the NBC daytime drama series for more than 35 years, and previously received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his work in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in 2017. Aniston also appeared in his daytime career on Search for Tomorrow and has a robust resume of credits from the screen to the stage.

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Friday night, June 24th at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in Pasadena, California. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS.

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In addition, to Aniston, the 49th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies will also honor Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, This Old House. The longtime home improvement series joins both Sesame Street and 60 Minutes as the only programs to receive Lifetime Achievement honors from NATAS.  This Old House has become a television mainstay over the course of its 43-year run.

The show will be honored during The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards on June 18th, also at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Other 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees for upcoming NATAS ceremonies will include:

LeVar Burton (Children’s & Family Television Awards): The longtime literacy advocate and host of  Reading Rainbow who taught a generation the joys of reading has already won more than 20 Emmy Awards. Burton will be honored during the first ever Children’s & Family Television Awards to be held on Sunday, December 11, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Sir David Attenborough (Documentary Television): One of the world’s preeminent natural history documentarians, Sir David Attenborough is a multiple-time Emmy and BAFTA Award winner.  Attenborough’s Life collection, created with the BBC’s Natural History Unit, is an unparalleled look into the plants and animals of our planet.

Lesley Visser (Sports Television): Trailblazing sports journalist Lesley Visser, who is enshrined in six different halls of fame, is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time.  She is the only sportscaster, male or female, to have worked on the network broadcasts of the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Olympics, the World Series, the Triple Crown, the World Figure Skating Championship and the US Open Tennis.

Judy Woodruff (News Television): A news and political journalist for more than five decades, Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has served as Washington correspondent for NBC News and PBS and a senior correspondent for both CNN and PBS, and reported on every national political convention and presidential campaign since 1976.

In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS said on the Lifetime Achievement recipients class of 2022: “We look forward to honoring this year’s unparalleled class of Lifetime Achievement honorees — each an icon in their craft — and couldn’t be more excited to award the first-ever Children’s & Family Emmys, After two years of virtual ceremonies, we’re overjoyed to once again be together, in-person, to celebrate the best of television.”

What do you think of John Aniston receiving the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the other honorees? Comment below.

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Well deserved.

When will the nominations be announced?

So so well deserved. John Aniston has been nothing short of amazing on days. He was great on search for tomorrow as well ! Maybe his daughter Jennifer can present it to him along with days fan Julia Roberts

This news brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy for John Aniston. He is truly deserving of this honor. His delivery of dialogue and expression of face is a joy to watch.

Should’ve won when he was nominated too!

So glad to hear that. John Aniston is a great actor!

Best choice ever!

Very well deserved. Such a lovely man and as good looking as he was the first time I saw him on Search For Tomorrow back in 1951. Wonder if he’ll ever want to retire?

Congratulations! Well deserved. He still slays every scene he’s in.

I’m thrilled John Aniston is being honored with this important award! He more than deserves this recognition. Personally, I have loved him Days for many years!

Happy beyond words. John Aniston is one of the Best actors on Days and deserves this! His portrayal of Victor is iconic and hilarious..Love him!

He has totally made his character a fixture on Days and truly deserves this honor…

Well good for him.He deserves it

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That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom), who formerly played Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

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