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Daytime Emmy Executive Producer, Gabriel Gornell Previews The Telecast!

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As HLN continues its prep for tomorrow night’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy (8PMEST/5PMPST) ceremonies airing for the first time on the cable network, the shows first time EP, Gabriel Gornell spoke to the New York Daily News to share his thoughts on the telecast,  what to look forward to,  and the focus of the event.

“This is a coming-out party to embrace the whole spectrum of daytime programming,” says  Gornell, “There’s been a shift. But daytime is as popular as ever, and fans of daytime dramas are still passionate. Daytime drama is part of our culture. Talk to almost anyone and they have a memory of daytime drama.”

Equally crucial for the awards, he says, is that “fans of daytime drama are also fans of other daytime shows.  People who love General Hospital watch the food shows and the news, too.”

Gornell stresses that while they are broader-based this year, the awards remain a central showcase for daytime drama.  He even thinks it could be a good if somewhat bittersweet night for All My Children and One Life to Live.  “It’s important when a show has been canceled for it to get this kind of respect.  It’s good for the fan community.”

So, do you think the telecast will honor AMC and One Life in a way befitting its leaving the airwaves?  What do you think of Gabriel Gornell’s comments on the Emmy show focus to include all formats of daytime?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Some one please explain to me what this guy means, the fans of daytime drama are also fans of other daytime shows, that people who like general hospital watch food shows and the news, Is this guy serious? we soap fans are pissed off at the garbage shows abc wants us to watch, we hate those shows When I read that I laughed my ass off is he kidding or did I read it wrong? Someone please let me know.

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I just hope that the soaps are given the respect they deserve. If not, HLN will hear from the soap fans.

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Michael

I am really hoping that HLN will give AMC its tribute this year and OLTL next year (since OLTL went off the air in January and is eligible for Emmy consideration next year). I also hope that the tributes are far and above much better than the tributes that GL and ATWT got, which was practically nothing. Both were downright pitiful!

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

Share your condolences and remember of Christopher via the comment section below.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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