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DAYS Seeking Daytime or Primetime Known Actor For New Role Of "Seth"! Who Would You Suggest?

More casting news out of Salem!  NBC’s Days of our Lives is now looking to beef up the mid 40’s to mid 50’s range of characters with a casting call for a character under the name of  “Seth”!

According to Soap Opera Digest,  “The show is seeking a daytime or prime-time “name actor only” to start shooting in mid-August for the contract role of Seth, who is described as a 45-55 gorgeous male.”  More info on the casting call revealed,  “All ethnicities. Seth is an outgoing, charismatic extremely handsome man. He is charming and funny but is also opinionated at times, He is very sure of himself which sometimes can be mistaken as arrogance…. The one real chink in his armor is his young son. He is fiercely protective of him. There is some mystery as to their past and he could very well have a darker to his personality when backed into a corner.”

OK DAYS fans, let’s look at the clues … he has a young son… how young?  Is the son already on the canvas, or not?  Who could this character be linked to romantically?  Or, have familial ties too?  And finally, the big question, who would you suggest to the casting directors at DAYS of a “name only actor” with previous soap experience or primetime experience, that could fill the role?  Comment on you casting choice below!

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jeanne
jeanne

James Hyde would be perfect 😉

Michael
Michael

i agree with you on this

Carol
Carol

Yes, he would be gorgeous with KA!

GHLover
GHLover

How about Ronn Moss? Kidding!!!!

Max
Max

Sends like they are trying to cast Patch

Samantha
Samantha

I would rather see the show give Wally Kurth a contract, who falls in that same age group!

Jules
Jules

The same thought went through my head!

Patrick
Patrick

Justin, has been so good lately….

really giving Adrienne the riot act… and reading her beads….

Wally Kurth is genuine husband material…. I just adore his presence in Salem.

you could see him playing the game… with his lawyer shutz pa… and his intellect… heck… I love his strong take on Justin… and the possibilities are intriguing… where will the writers take him?

the Kiriakis vs the DiMera’s.

Marc
Marc

They seriously lack minority characters. I would go with Timothy Stickney

bc
bc

There are no actors who are Asian american that are part of the casts of day soap operas bec of casting calls like this one from days. How the heck can there be a known Asian american day soap opera actor when these ancient day soap operas never even hire Asian american actors to be part of the cast? Isn’t brad the only Asian american character from gh and b&b and y&r and days? Really pathetic! The recurring char of brad on gh is beyond offensive. Stupid hollywood often asexualizes Asian american males and very often portray them as horrid stereotypes while very seldom portray them as romantic leading men. The writing is horrid for the only Asian american character from gh and y&r and b&b and days. Most likely this “known actor” that days hires is going to be white.

JEM
JEM

No matter WHAT the topic is…you twist it to be about racial diversity and the lack of Asians. Obviously its something you feel passionate about…but really….EVERY topic of EVERY post has to be a rant about racial diversity? I‘m really not trying to be rude here…but the phrase “broken record“ is running through my had. Better idea…start a blog. Rant about it all you want. They‘re very good stress relievers!

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

How about Jack Wagner…his son is the actor who plays J.Js friend(4got his name) and he will be attracted to Kristen…all just a guess.

Michelle
Michelle

Does James Scott have an older brother? 🙂

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

How about John Paul Lavoisier, Rex from OLTL. He is a great actor and we miss seeing him.

C
C

I don’t miss seeing him. Also, he’s not 45-55.

Michael
Michael

He would be great but he is not that old

Patrick
Patrick

Robert Newman – ex-josh, GL.

Ted King – ex-Alcazar, GH.

David Forsyth – ex-john, AW.

Richard Burgi – ex-desperate housewives.

I’d love to see Stephen Schnetzer – ex-Cass, AW.

Michael
Michael

I agree with Robert Newman the rest are boring

Michael
Michael

Robert Newman is the best one on this list the rest doesn’t have a name other than Ted King

Rodd
Rodd

Stephen Schnetzer might be funny, as he played Julie’s brother, Ben, many years ago. LOL.

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

He was Julies brother Steven…Ben was the name of Julies father.

Rodd
Rodd

Thanks, jimh, for correcting me. I totally got the names mixed up.

4everdays
4everdays

No way! He played Steve Olson on DOOL- Julie’s brother.

4everdays
4everdays

I think Steven Schnetzer played Steve Olson and Richard Burgi played
a lover of Kimberly’s.

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

Stephan Schnetzer played Steve Olsen, Julie Williams brother, on DOOLs in the late 70s. Any of your choices would be good.

Michael
Michael

How about Ben Masters who played Julian Crane on Passions

Lew S
Lew S

I don’t think he is in that age bracket.

Tom
Tom

They want a “name” yet they don’t seem to be able to pay for a “name” so I imagine the role would be short-term.

Carol
Carol

Not necessarily, maybe they just want the right name and are willing to pay!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Michael Park of course. Look no further people. You want handsome well there you go!!!!

Michael
Michael

He could work too

Rodd
Rodd

Right on!

mollie
mollie

Love Michael Park! But, the role would have to be a good one, so Days doesn’t waste him!

Great choice:)

Carol
Carol

This sounds like a younger version of Bo!! Please, let this be Hope’s new love now kill Bo already let PR move on and us fans as well!

Chaz
Chaz

Kamar de los Reyes (45)

Real Andrews (50)

Timothy Adams (46)

Keith Hamilton Cobb (51)

Bradley Cole (54)

Tom Eplin (53)

Dan Gauthier (50)

for a few

Michael
Michael

Kamar De Los Reyes is the best on this list other than Bradley Cole

Michael
Michael

Kamar De Los Reyes is the best on this list next to Bradley Cole

Rodd
Rodd

Great suggestions!

BR
BR

Thank you for picking up on the “all ethnicities” thing. It sounds like DAYS is willing to cast the net wide open for the right, charismatic, gorgeous actor. And most ideas are the same-old, same-old. These are great ideas! Keith Hamilton Cobb is a very good choice.

mollie
mollie

Kamar also a great choice. He sure brings the sexy 🙂

Phil
Phil

Tom Eplin would be a decent Bo recast! Too bad Days is too afraid to recast Bo!

Daisy
Daisy

Ted King!

Patricia
Patricia

Ted King or Roger Howarth(if he wasnt so busy now with oltl AND gh AND californication) would be PERFECT for the part

Cindy
Cindy

GRANT ALEXANDER

Sandy
Sandy

Too bad Shemar Moore is only 43 yrs. old as he is gorgeous and very talented. Maybe they could lower the age by a few years? He would be great.

4everdays
4everdays

I hope to see Steven Schnetzer on DOOL, but only as Steve Olson.

Beacon
Beacon

Grant Aleksander would be great!

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

Mathew Ashford…character description kinda sounds like Jack…back from the dead…

Phil
Phil

Grant Alexander!

Phil
Phil

Oh and while they are at it with casting former GL stars, how about Tom Pelphrey as Chad Dimera…Just a few thoughts!

mollie
mollie

Tom Pelphrey as Chad would be wonderful…he’d bring new dimension to the character…not to mention, Tom can brood with the best of them! A Dimera trait.

heidi
heidi

Jack Wagner… John Stamos… Rick Hearst… Trevor St. John… Ronn Moss… or Winsor Harmon

4everdays
4everdays

Rick hearst played Scott Banning DOOL.

mike
mike

Kerr Smith?

connor
connor

How about Rick Hearst?

4everdays
4everdays

Rick Hearst as Scott Banning on DOOL.

bc
bc

This is a direct quote from days casting call for seth: “The one real chink in his armor is his young son. He is fiercely protective of him. There is some mystery as to their past and he could very well have a darker to his personality when backed into a corner.” days shouldn’t use phrase “c word the armor” for casting call. It’s not necessary considering how c word is a racial slur towards chinese americans and even Asian americans as a whole. How strange that c word is used on a casting call for actors of all ethnicities.

Would any soap opera ever use the british term for cigarette? Highly doubtful bec that british term for cigarettes is understood as a homophobic slur. entertainment media would be furious if a char nonchalantly uses a homophobic slur when talking abt a cigarette. days wouldn’t use the british term for cigarettes. days shouldn’t use c word for their casting calls.

adam lacey
adam lacey

Are they replacing Seth Burns, hospital administrtor from the strip club scenes?

Pam
Pam

John Callahan Edmund from AMC should get the role

Patrick
Patrick

I know… just bring back Dr. Baker.

Jillanne
Jillanne

Sounds like Steven Earl Johnson to me.Please,Please,Pretty Please!

utah
utah

I think they should cast Antonio Sabato Jr. who played Jaggar on General Hospital or Ted King that played Tomas on One Life To Live

wilhelmina alessio
wilhelmina alessio

Vincent Irizarry

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

Ben Masters from passions should be on days of our lives.

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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

 

Photo: ABC

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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Brian White as Jimmy Blue Bronx SIU UMC / 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

Photo: ABC

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

Photo: JPI

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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General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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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

Photo: ABC

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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47th Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Broadcast On CBS; Nominations To Be Announced Tomorrow On ‘The Talk’

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.

Photo: NATAS

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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“As a leader in Daytime, we are thrilled to welcome back the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS. “Daytime television has been keeping viewers engaged and entertained for many years, so it is with great pride that we look forward to celebrating the best of the genre here on CBS.”

“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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