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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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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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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


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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The Bold and the Beautiful Casts Joshua Morrow’s Son, Crew, as the New Will Spencer

In casting news, Crew Morrow, the son of  Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman, The Young and the Restless) and his wife, Tobe, is joining The Bold and the Beautiful as a a recast in the contract role of Will Spencer.

That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom, who formerly played the Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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In addition, more casting was revealed. Jamison Belushi, the daughter of comedian and actor, Jim Belushi, is making a one-day guest appearance in the role of April, a lab technician on today’s Monday, June 17th episode. The outlet also mentioned that Li (Naomi Matsuda) and Finn (Tanner Novlan), with whom April works for, are about to embark on a summer mystery story that kicks off on July 1.

So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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