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Daytime Emmys Special 40th Anniversary Telecast! NATAS' David Michaels: "People Want To See The Soap Stars, And They Will!"

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With the announcement this morning from NATAS and HLN, that the Daytime Emmys are returning this year to the cable outlet for their television home to bring fans the ceremonies for a very important 40th anniversary edition of the Daytime Emmys, it looks like the Emmys may also honor achievements of soaps, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital!

In an exclusive chat with ABC Soaps In Depth, Daytime Emmy Telecast executive producer, Gabriel Gornell and NATAS Senior Executive Director, David Michaels, teased what to look for as a theme and the outlook for this year’s 40th Daytime Emmy presentation.

Gabriel Gornell stated. “We’ll definitely be looking at past, present and future with regards to daytime television. It’s our own 40th and that will anchor the theme. It’ll work nicely as we honor all the anniversaries that we’ll be celebrating at the same time.  We’re going to put particular emphasis on the wonderful clips from years past.  I can tell you everybody is excited to see wonderful clips celebrating 40 years of achievements. This year, more than any other, we’re going to be embracing that.”

In regards to how One Life to Live and All My Children will fit into all of this, (since OLTL had two weeks of airshows during the eligibility period and AMC was not on the air) David Michaels related, “Let’s just say that a lot of those actors are part of our 40 year history. So it’s certainly appropriate to have them there.”

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But of course, the question on every daytime drama fans mind is, will the telecast put the soap stars and the soap categories as the main focus, and not try to back-burner them as has been attempted in past ceremonies before?  Michael’s expressed, “There are no fans like soap fans. People want to see the soap stars, and they will!”

So what do you think about the comments from Gornell and Michaels? Looking forward to the plans for this years 40th anniversary Daytime Emmy celebration so far? Let us know!

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Jason
Jason

Sharon Case best actress for Sharon Newman Young and the Restless

Matt
Matt

Sharon Case is the best actress Young and The Restless. Not one other actor deserves it more

Joshua
Joshua

Case hasn’t received an Emmy nomination in ten years. She won’t get a nomination this year. Doesn’t really matter. I don’t even watch “Bold and the Beautiful” yet even I know that Susan Flannery will win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress.

RUBY C.
RUBY C.

Sharon Case best actress and Peter Bergman best actor Young and the Restless

Edwin
Edwin

I love this site and I love OLTL but in regards to this article NOBODY cares!!!!

Karen
Karen

thank goodness that they’re gonna make the soaps as the main focus on the award show. would they do this to any other award show like the Tonys or the Oscars??? i can see them trying to get away with a Vegas informercial for the whole show & only give out a few awards during one of those 2.

Beth
Beth

Sadly, I haven’t enjoyed the Daytime Emmys in years. They used to show clips of those who were nominated before the winners were announced, and if I recall, they cut that out. I doubt I will be watching, especially with so few soaps left. I don’t believe they will make soaps the main focus.

Ces
Ces

I second that. Last year’s Emmy’s were horrible.

Derrick
Derrick

Hoping they stay true to their word!

Dan
Dan

If they wanna honor the soaps and show the soap stars, how about actually showing clips of the nominated actors and shows? That’s been a staple of the Daytime Emmys for years, any awards show really, and they didn’t do it last year.

They also played this silly music that sounded like it was out of an 80s game show whenever someone would win an award. How about the actual show themes that we know and love? These are relatively minor things, but they’re things that people look for on these awards shows.

I’m glad that HLN is airing the show again. It’s certainly better than no show at all. But I just feel like if they’re gonna do it, do it the right way.

Renee
Renee

I agree, if someone is nominated show a clip from their soap and play their theme music from the show they are on when they win! Not some stupid game show music… that was really lame last year! The Daytime Emmy’s is suppose to be about the soap stars… show them in all their glory not run them through like there is a fire.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’ll be watching. Thanks HLN.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

The proof will be in the show. I will be waiting to see if they come thru.

Arielle
Arielle

I’m so incredibly grateful to Prospect Park for keeping our shows alive and to Hulu, for making them available for folks to watch!! I can’t WAIT till I have my friends from Pine Valley and Llanview back in my life every day!

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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Send positive vibes Cameron’s way as he goes through his medical procedure this week, share your comments below.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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