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Daytime Emmys Release Highlights From Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominees

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On Sunday, NATAS revealed selected moments from the nominated performances in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, which looks to be one of the most competitive of this year’s upcoming virtual presentation.

The winners will be announced on a two-hour special on CBS on Friday night, June 26th at 8 pm EST.

Vying for the gold are:  Maura West (Ava, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) and Heather Tom (Katie, B&B).

Take a look at some of the highlights from their submissions below.

Then, let us know, which actress are you rooting for in the Outstanding Lead Actress category via the comment below.

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  1. Angela

    June 14, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Maura West is best actress is soap opera history!! She never fails to disappoint!!

    • Freeman Griffin

      June 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      She is in my top 3! Kathryn Hays and Robin Strasser are also in my top 3 of all time! I really hope Maura wins her 4th Emmy on the 26th! (:

  2. Freeman Griffin

    June 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I absolutely loved Maura West and Arianne Zucker and will be ecstatic if either of them win! They were on FIRE! (:

    Finola Hughes is fine but underwhelming, and I really didn’t like either of the B&B women’s scenes.

    I will be really disappointed if the winner isn’t Maura or Ari – I am hoping for a tie!

    I truly do not understand why so many are rooting for Katherine Kelly Lang. What bothers me about her is that her scenes are always endless repeats – deja vu – I have seen her fights with Ridge, Taylor and Katie a gazillion times and I find it incredibly boring!

    I can’t pretend to understand the blue ribbon panelists – it all depends on who is on each panel, what their biases are. It would be nice if this year they get this category right! Maura or Arianne, please!!!!! (:

  3. soapfan

    June 14, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Who should win? Stacy Haiduk. How the eff is she not nominated?
    Who will win? Arianne Zucker, who did a fantastic job playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole. I could say the breathtaking Maura West every year, but that hardly seems fair!

  4. Patrick

    June 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    it’d be great to see Arianne Zucker and/or Katherine Kelly Lang take home, because they are over due… no question

    this is a lack luster list. so it’s by process of elimination… my own

    Heather Tom is unmentionable’ WHY ? that 1/2 hour show… and/or all 19 minutes of it… can KEEP her. too much air time and we’d be all over her

    Maura West… you are on a lackluster … dullard focus…no writing… they can’t even drum up any focus eps like Y&R to emmy shoot.

    Finola Hughes : You are so boring…. !!!! w/Finn AND Peter… PERIOD no life at all

    theres no anticipation
    drum roll?

  5. Kathy Moya

    June 15, 2020 at 6:54 am

    G.H.Maura West should WIN..Her character is a villain but she is Amazing in the role

  6. Celia

    June 15, 2020 at 9:41 am

    It’s a no-brainer–Maura West—a trillion times over!! This superlative thespian is a chameleon. Her rendition of any character is perfected from A to Z. No diamond in the rough, she!!

  7. DMRR

    June 15, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Maura West, all the way, every day!

  8. Violet Lemm

    June 15, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I would have to say Maura West, although I am not an Ava fan. I think Finola was cheated through no fault of her own, by getting her so involved with Peter, Finn and Robert with nothing ever really coming of their relationships, but boredom.

    • nancy dillingham

      June 17, 2020 at 6:46 am

      I am not an Ava fan–certainly am not! And I am not a fan of West’s acting–I find it overblown and histrionic, Violet. I AM a fan of Finola–always, but, unfortunately, I am not a fan of her storyline with Peter; it renders her weak and gullible. She is much better with Tristan Rogers (Robert); their quips and improvisations are always funny and exciting. They, like Genie, can do a lot by raising one eyebrow! 🙂

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.


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Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

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B&B’s Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk Shares: “Just Finished Viewing Our First Produced Episode Since Starting Production Back Up!”

In a tweet late on Thursday, the supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, Casey Kasprzyk, shared his enthusiasm at completing the first major hurdle for the soap going back into production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Showing a viewing copy on disc of the first new episode produced for B&B in months, Casey said: “Just finished viewing our first produced episode since starting production back up! So proud of Team Bold & Beautiful. Great shows airing soon”

The disc had airshow number #8321 on it, and a question mark as to when it will make it to air.

The fact that The Bold and the Beautiful is the first daytime drama to get one new episode completed is a step forward amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California.

Now soap fans will have to wait and see if General Hospital and The Young and the Restless begin their productions in the middle of July; as last projected by both series, or if there will be further delays due to the ongoing crisis for the safety of everyone involved at the shows.

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