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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

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The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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DMRR

Good grief.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Why not merge all categories? Why pick on the young actors?

Steven
Steven

This is a way to get rid of the Younger Actor and Actress categories! – I believe some people in the NATAS doesn’t like younger actors/actresses winning Emmy Awards! – I see this as it really is, because they would’ve done it to the Lead and Supporting categories too!

mememe
mememe

right why not just best performer in a soap & only 1 person gets the award how will that go over with the performers b/c i guess you can’t call them actors or an actress anymore

Jimh
Jimh

So that means one person wins not two?,,they going to do the same for all acting categories???..i really dont watch any award shows anymore so im just curious

Kay
Kay

Well as the kid said in the movie Kindergarten Cop boys have a penis girls have a vagina!! Try dealing with it they were made different and think the good Lord for that . He gave us different identities different gifts and it’s a wonderful thing.

Shay
Shay

Leave it to you to get right down to the heart of the matter, Kay! And you’re quite right…it IS a wonderful thing! As a female who loves being a women and equally adores the male species, I celebrate and rejoice in that fact every single day!!!

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Kay and Shay
I sure agree with you both, but taking a chance of being lambasted by someone, I do wish more people could accept and be happy with the identities the good Lord gave us. I will not say another thing on this very controversial matter.

Michael
Michael

This is ridiculous.

Viewer88
Viewer88

LOL,
It works for me as long as they allow dogs and cats etc. to be nominated; and while they’re at it should also add a Daytime Cartoon category, so that DOOL can participate next year.

Just sayin’

Charday
Charday

Next change will be: “Outstanding Abortion” in Younger, Guest, and Adult categories.

Rodd
Rodd

And so when do the rest of the categories get combined? Gee, that would help prevent the shows from running over time. What’s the sense in doing it for the younger actors but not the older actors? SMH.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Because there usually aren’t enough quality nominees in the younger category.The older categories have plenty of worthy competitors.

Momo
Momo

This I can kinda understand as sometimes it seems hard to find enough nominees who qualify. I hope it is not a trend with other categories being combined.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, the examples given, MTV and the VMA’s are primarily watched by young kids who dont know what the hell they want or who they want to be. The Emmys have been around for a long time and have certain standards and traditions. So, this is either a money issue or most likely more liberal PC so that we can recognize the transgender community! I have no problem with peoples identity choices but whoever you portray as a character, man or women, thats the category you are nominated in.

clb
clb

Very disappointing to even think about combining categories but especially against younger actors wanting to make a break into daytime as a career. Stop messing with the categories! You might as well forget the Daytime Emmys with that attitude. They need to spend more time finding a major network for their awards show. Daytime fans deserve better!

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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NATAS Launches New Streaming Service App As Destination To Watch Daytime Emmys and More

Looks like the place to view the Daytime Emmy ceremonies continue to change, and now evolve with the times, with news on Wednesday from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

While the annual kudofest used to be on major network television, the last several years have found the Emmys not having a broadcast outlet and having to be creative.  As fans of the daytime community know, most recently that show has been able to seen on You Tube, Twitter, and the like, via social media.

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Now comes word that NATAS has launched its very own streaming service app to be the epicenter for all of its award shows.  According to Variety: “The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.”

With the introduction of the new OTT app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp shared that viewers will know where to go instead of  how it went down in the recent previous years.“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way. But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

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NATAS is reportedly building out the OTT app  be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.   The new app is said to be free, at least for now, and without commercials.

One more important note is that Sharp says to be on the lookout for more content to enhance the Emmy and award show experiences delivered from NATAS that will include: past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives,.

In addition to that, looks like there will be some original short form content as well; including its first one “Behind the Emmy” that will combine backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

So, what do you think about the upcoming launch of NATAS’ new app and the place to watch this year’s Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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Freddie Smith Reveals That He and Chandler Massey Will Be Exiting DAYS

In a shocking and special videotaped message and posting on Wednesday from DAYS Daytime Emmy-winner, Freddie Smith (Sonny); the actor shared that he, along with his longtime on-screen scene partner, Chandler Massey (Will), have been reportedly released from their contracts at Days of our Lives.

Freddie relates that the two are currently wrapping up their final episodes, as of now, with the long-running NBC daytime drama series, which was just officially renewed for another season by NBC.

According to Smith, what he posted with the video said:  “I know it’s a bit shocking, but it’s true. Will and Sonny’s last episode is projected to air September ”

Remember, DAYS tapes months ahead of air.  Smith says he will not divulge how Sonny and Will leave the canvas.  He also says that Massey will join him for a special podcast tomorrow to discuss the situation further.

Within the video, Smith shares his thoughts on being part of the power couple of WilSon that has meant so much to so many fans of the series and the LGBTQ community.  He adds on the upcoming departures: “It was not our choice.  We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going.”

In a tweet today, Chandler Massey added: “Wish it weren’t coming to an end, but I will be forever grateful to everyone who went on this journey with us.” While Smith shared: “I will miss Salem so much!! Thank you all for the incredible love and support throughout the years. I really feel we told a love story that will live on forever.”

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Watch the video below where Freddie talks about his exit at DAYS and his thoughts on it.

Now let us know, what do you think about Freddie and Chandler exiting Days of our Lives? Share your sentiments in the comment section.

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