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Daytime Emmy Awards confirmed on the CW, August 30th!

emmy_statue.jpgIt’s official! The Daytime Emmys are finally confirmed and they are indeed on the CW Network, the night of August 30th from Los Angeles.  Check out the full press release announcement below from NATAS!

Daytime Entertainment Emmy ® Awards will be broadcast on The CW Television Network on Sunday, August 30th, 2009 from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The show is a unique partnership between Associated Television International (ATI), NATAS and MGM Worldwide Television, which is handling worldwide distribution of the telecast.

“The Daytime Emmy® Awards are one of the cornerstones of our business,” said Frank Radice, President & Chief Marketing Officer, NATAS. “There wouldn’t be a television awards season without them. From the extravagant red carpet to the great entertainment, the viewer will experience the show through new approaches which will make this year’s show more robust and relevant than ever before.”

ATI President and Emmy® award winning producer David McKenzie with Paul Sharratt, will executive produce the show.

“We are thrilled to be working with NATAS, MGM and the CW on this year’s special presentation,” stated Jim Romanovich, ATI’s President of Worldwide Media and Entertainment. “As the producers of many successful event specials, including The World Magic Awards, and as fans of the daytime genre, it is our quest to make this a fast paced, fun-filled entertainment special that celebrates the best of daytime.”

“We’re pleased to have this prestigious franchise on our network,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW. “It is not only a terrifically entertaining show with a core female following similar to our own, but will also give us a promotional platform as we launch our Fall 2009 schedule.”

Jim Packer, Co-President of MGM Worldwide Television, stated: “MGM is always looking at creative ways to work with our partners in bringing compelling product to the marketplace and this is clear example of executing that strategy. ”

Through the use of innovative programming from social networking sites, audiences will be availed of unprecedented interactivity between the program and audience. Westwood One Radio, the official radio partner of the event will also be offering a wide range of exciting participatory contests for their listeners.

Nominations will be released on May 14th, 2009, some of which will be announced on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (10am ET). The complete list will be available that evening at a nominating event at the Hearst Tower, in Manhattan, home of the official print partner of the Daytime Emmy Awards, Good Housekeeping Magazine.

A multi page insert dedicated to The Daytime Emmy® Awards and the Nominees will appear in the September issue of Good Housekeeping.

In addition to honoring the best in Daytime Entertainment Drama Series, Talk & Morning Shows, Variety, Cooking, Animation, and Courtroom Drama, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Sesame Street for its

40 years of educating and entertaining our children, their children and most of us!

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2008 calendar year.

The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Denise Boutte Temporarily Fills-In For Leigh-Ann Rose as Y&R’s Imani

Coming up on The Young and the Restless, the role of Imani Benedict will have a new look temporarily, when actress Denise Boutte steps-in for Leigh-Ann Rode beginning on the Tuesday, September 6th episode of the CBS daytime drama.

Rose had a scheduling conflicts with Y&R’s tape dates for her appearances and thus the series brought in Boutte.

If Denise looks familiar she can currently be seen on BET’s The Family Business and in Terror Lake Drive.

The actress co-stars in the upcoming series, Kombucha Cure on Amazon Prime, and lends her voice to the animated series, Young Justice.

So, looking forward to seeing Imani on the Genoa City canvas with Denise Boutte taking charge of the role for the moment? Comment below.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson On Gaining Custody of Douglas: “Thomas Just Wants to Take His Rightful Place”

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) wants to be more of an active father to his son, Douglas (Django Ferri), who has been living with Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton).

When confronted with this news, Hope is not too happy, because she could lose being mother to the little boy, who she has come to love as her own.

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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), Atkinson shared on the story: “Thomas just wants to take his rightful place. He’s not saying they are no longer a family. It’s just the opposite.  He’s not prying Douglas away from Hope.  He knows Douglas has bonded with Hope, Liam and Beth, and he believes they can all make it work.”

The question is, will Thomas resort to extreme measures as he has in the past to get what he wants, or will he work this out with Hope and Liam?

Check out the latest promo for this week’s action on B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Thomas to have more of a relationship with his son, Douglas? Should the boy live between all three ‘parents’? Should Douglas fight for solo custody? Comment below.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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