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Daytime Emmys Release Highlights Of Outstanding Young Performer In a Drama Series Nominees

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NATAS has released selected moments from the nominated reels of the five performers who are vying for the newly re-aligned category of Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series – previously the category was separated out by gender, but now it is inclusive to all young talent in one category.

Nominated this year are: Sasha Calle (Lola, YR), Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire, DAYS), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH), Eden McCoy (Josslyn, GH) and Thia Megia (Haley, DAYS).

Check out some of these moments below.

Then, let us know who you are rooting for to take home the gold in this category via the comment section.

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  1. Freeman Griffin

    June 11, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I am rooting for Eden McCoy because Oscar’s death was so incredibly moving and everyone performed at their very best throughout the story. But Olivia Rose Keegan and Katelyn MacMullen were wonderful too! Keegan may have an advantage in that she’s the only one who doesn’t cry crocodile tears at some point in her full reel. I don’t care for Thia Megia and Sasha Calle all that much and wouldn’t be pleased if they were to win.

    I am really unhappy with the merging of the categories; William Lipton and Garen Stitt really ought to have been in contention for an Emmy this year for Best Younger Actor, with the latter my choice for his superb performances.

    • clb

      June 11, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Agree that the merging of the categories is sad. Who thought of such a stupid move? Yes we have 5 nice performances by females that were selected but there were an equal number of males including William Lipton and Garen Stitt as you stated. However, what about the heartfelt performance of Scott Clifton, the manipulative and tense performance by Matthew Atkinson as Thomas and the excellent, cute and haunting performance by Henry Joseph Samiri as Douglas when he strongly reveals that Phoebe is Baby Beth? I am very disappointed with the Academy. Bring the other category back next year and make an apology to the fans!

      • Freeman Griffin

        June 12, 2020 at 7:31 am

        Scott Clifton is way over 25! He has won Supporting Actor and Actor since he aged out of the category. How old is Matthew Atkinson? If he is under 25 I would agree that he was an excellent choice!

        • clb

          June 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm

          Agree that Scott Clifton and Matthew Atkinson are not in that category but should have got Best Supporting Actor nods. We need more categories –not less.

    • Dan

      June 12, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, the merging of the categories is a joke. One of those occasions where NATAS tried to fix something that wasn’t broken. William Lipton and Garren Stitt both got robbed of a nomination. I was floored when I read the list of nominations and neither one of their names was on it.

  2. sonniorsolita

    June 11, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Tough category and a reminder of how good Gerren Stitt was as Oscar. By the way, the young man playing opposite Steve Burton in his scene was strong, too. Watching Sasha Calle reminds me of how dumb the sudden return of Kyle to Summer is, and that Michael Mealor is a good actor, too. But unexpectedly, I think in this grouping Thia Megia’s clip reads strongest. Quiet, understated but emotionally impactful, and she has the gift of letting her face act along with the words.

  3. Patrick

    June 11, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    No Matter how you dish… who what where when or why? “My” Ms. Olivia Rose Keegan… FLIES to the Emmys NOMINATED ! three years best

    there’s no need to mention fellow nominee

    @Days of OUR Lives , has triumphed with

    • Pammyjo

      June 15, 2020 at 5:10 am


  4. soapfan

    June 11, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Who should win? It’s a tough call between Katelyn MacMullen and Eden McCoy. I give a slight edge to MacMullen, who was rock solid all year, but when you consider how young McCoy is, what she’s done is remarkable. I would be thrilled to see either of them win. Honourable mention to Sasha Calle, who suffered from the white supremacy of Y&R fans & show-runners and had some of the worst writing I have ever seen on a soap, but she really made the best of it.

    Who will win? Olivia Rose Keegan.

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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.

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

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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.

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