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It was a big night Sunday, for As the World Turns Carly and Jack, when Maura West and Michael Park took home their Emmys for Lead Actress and Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  On-Air On-Soaps was backstage to get their thoughts on their emotional and bittersweet victories since ATWT is going off the air come September after its long run.   You can view our photo gallery from the press room with the winners and coverage of all the parties with the stars in Sin City, Las Vegas in our Emmy hub microsite.

On-Air On-Soaps asked Park where he would put his trophy and he responded by saying, “I might give it to my grandmother who has watched the show for 52 years. I can’t believe how emotional I am.  I think seeing Maura West (Carly, ATWT) my fake wife, and my real wife in the audience, kind of took me over.   I shouldn’t have looked over there.”  Park then addressed the sad part of his Emmy week, that prior to his trip to Vegas the star ended his run on As the World Turns along with 60 other cast and crew members,    “May you never have to do that.  I hate to say something so cliché but it has been a roller coaster, it truly has.  It’s not bittersweet, it’s just bitter.  There are 60 people who work so hard at what they do, and it’s the last time I saw them for all I know. I know I might see some of them on other shows, but it’s really hard. Those people work so hard at what we do, and knowing for six months we were not going to have a job anymore made it that much harder every day, to come in with smiles on our faces.  But we did, and the writing was lacking because people were finding a new job, or we were trying to find ways of wrapping up, and the hopes that we could sell the show someplace else, and so that was going on in the back of our minds.  You never knew whether to grasp on to that.  So, knowing sooner or later the inevitable is going to happen, and to say goodbye, it’s tough, and it’s killing you inside. And this (Emmy)… never in my wildest dreams did I think I was this good, and I thank you.”

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Maura West who brought her daugther, Katherine up on stage with her and backstage had this to say about her acceptance speech. and leaving out her hubby, Scott DeFreitas (Ex-Andy, ATWT)! “I did not say my husband’s name, and everybody knows how I feel about him. I feel like crap for not thanking him.  I did say that Michael Park winning was enough for me, and I genuinely meant that. It would have been a great night indeed, if my hands were empty and his were golden. Then, I thanked Chris Goutman, and the producers of the show, and my daughter came up on stage with me. But truly, to win this Emmy and have it happen in front of one of my children is overwhelming.”

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when maura west didn’t thank her hubby, i immediately thought of jennifer aniston and hillary swank not thanking their hubbies. but it was especially bad for west since she called her daughter on stage. hello? you called your kid on stage but you forgot to thank your hubby. yikes! then she looked like she ignored him when she was walking to the stage. it would be a logistical nightmare if they got a divorce since they are a baby making facility.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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