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DAYTIME EMMYS: Which Soap Will Land a Nomination For The Outstanding Drama Series?

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It’s almost that time folks! The 40th annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Wednesday, May 1st on Good Morning America during the 8AM hour!

To get you ready of who might be vying for the all-important Outstanding Drama Series prize, TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan takes a look at, and reveals which two episodes each of the five soap operas eligible for competition (One Life to Live qualifies for its final two week on ABC in 2012), and how that could affect the outcome on nomination day!

It looks like The Bold and the Beautiful just might have the winning tickets with its one-two episode punch of Stephanie’s (Susan Flannery) Goodbye Party where the Forrrester Matriarch reveals she is leaving her family and friends to go die alone and succumb to her lung cancer! Hankies! 

Days of our Lives picked an episode from the fallout of the DAYSaster underground gas explosion with all its special effects and the episode where Daniel (Shawn Christian) tries to talk down Nicole (Arianne Zuker) who becomes unhinged and blaming Jennifer for her miscarriage.

Over at General Hospital they went with the night of the Tea (Florencia Lozano) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) baby-switch and all of its drama and wackiness with Anthony (Bruce Weitz)  and Heather (Robin Mattson) too,  juxtaposed with the hankie-filled episode and moment of John Ingle’s last appearance as Edward Quartermaine when he saves little Emma instead of himself from the deadly water toxin! 

One Life to Live  submitted their final two episodes on ABC, the end of the soap within a soap “Fraternity Row” with Viki’s (Erika Slezak) touching speech on why soap’s matter and what they mean to the audience, and the shocking cliffhanger finale that revealed a very much alive Victor Jr.,  and more revelations!  Finally, The Young and the Restless submitted the two episode funeral of the not-so-dead Victor Newman!

According to TVG Logan’s it’s B&B’s to lose, with Y&R and GH getting nods as perennial shoe-ins, with One Life and DAYS bringing up the rear!  Check out his analysis and then let us know, which shows name you think should be called on nomination day on Wednesday! Now remember, base your picks on the actual episodes they submitted, not the body of work for the year, because that is how the Academy votes.

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James
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James

The clear winner is B&B based on these submissions IMO.

CHRISSY
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CHRISSY

Well Y&R has not been good in a few years. I been watching for 35 years now. I hope Sharon Case takes home best actress. Im getting tired of her being everyone’s punching bag!

su0000
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su0000

The awards are not judged by who is the best, not in any category, they are judged on personal preferences of likes and dislikes..

Derrick
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Derrick

Agree about B&B being the clear winner!

su0000
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su0000

Really? Stephanie’s death was the longest drawn out depressing death watch in TV history..
Watching someone die daily to end up on slumping off a bench (sorry I had to chuckle over that one) it was goofy and boring..
but ya never know will like it and not like it..

Carol
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Carol

I am thrilled to have my All My Children back. I enjoyed the first episode this morning and look forward to many more. Although some of the actors are not back yet, there were enough to make show exciting while bringing new people i n. It was great! Can’t wait to watch the second episode!

Anthony
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Anthony

All I want to know – will OLTL and AMC be considered “daytime” dramas next year? Will both be eligible for the Daytime Emmy Awards next year? Does anyone know? Michael? For this season – General Hospital should win, although B&B may be hard to beat with the Susan Flannery “dying” episodes. I’m guessing she’ll take home the honors for Female Lead.

Derrick
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Derrick

B&B will win Best Drama!!!

su0000
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su0000

Last year GH brought it all home, all the way..
Not sure if GH can do it 2 yrs in a row, but I would not count GH out as winning..

Derrick
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Derrick

B&B has submitted two strong reels, matriarch Stephanie Forrester’s death from lung cancer and it was beautifully written and plus Celtic Woman performing ‘Danny Boy’ Can’t get any emotional than that!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

B&B did have two strong episodes there and until the Academy changes the rules, and the winner is based on those two episodes alone, then B&B likely wins. Overall, IMHO, it is by far NOT the best drama series in daytime.

I would prefer to see OLTL take the prize but voters may not really consider a soap tha aired but two weeks in the eligibility period.

I would give the nod to GH for sustained excellence. GH is your winner, damn the rules.

Paul8148
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Paul8148

B&B out front.

Base on the Tapes I say GH and OLTL should be the other two nomations. Logan has a good point that since OLTL is back that some of the punch is taken out of those two episodes. I wonder if they should of gone with the Between Heaven and Hell episodes instead?

Love GH first tape, but they should of gone with the Thanksgiving episode as their second.

Days went with the best stuff from since Gary/Chris took back over. It has a chance of a nom.

I hope YnR does not sneak in.

Dan
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Dan

GH should have submitted the Edward Quartermaine tribute episode that aired the day before Thanksgiving. That was one of the best produced, most emotional episodes that I’ve seen on any TV show in years. If they had submitted that along with the Sam/Tea baby switch episode, I’m pretty sure they would be walking away with their 12th Best Drama Series Emmy. Not sure why they picked an episode from the silly water bio-toxin storyline, which Michael Logan referred to as “laughably bad.” Frank and Ron did an awesome job in resurrecting GH last year, but that storyline was a fail,… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

I agree about that dumb Jerry Jacks storyline. It was a big time bomb! Loved the Tea/Sam/Todd storyline minus all the Heather hijinks.

Christy
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Christy

maybe they want OLTL to win, so didn’t compete as best they could.

I can think of several episodes of GH’s that would have been a much better pick, including the t-giving one you mentioned.

Rodd
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Rodd

OLTL should get the nod, not only because it was the best during the time it aired in 2012, but also to stick it those idiots at the network who let a great thing go way too soon.

GH was great once Frank and Ron took over.

The rest should sit it out. JMHO.

kim
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kim

OLTL was far the better winner here but GH is a close second! Both written by the brilliant RC. RC was originally signed on as OLTL headwriter for the reboot and now ill forever wonder what he would have done differently if he had stayed with it!

Robert
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Robert

The winner should be either The Bold and Beautiful or One Life to Live. The episodes they summited where the best.

Robert
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Robert

OLTL the last week was the best any soap could have asked for!

su0000
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su0000

I see a surprise coming;;;;

“Fraternity Row” will bring it home .. 🙂

Tom
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Tom

I wonder if Logan has overstated GH getting a bid. After all, as amazing as they were at OLTL, they were TERRIBLE at picking emmy reels. There were so many strong years that they didn’t get nominated because they picked the wrong stuff.

Jeff
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Jeff

GH all the way!!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

That episode with Days was great, but the show is horrible, and I don’t think it deserves to win, and I doubt it will.

cr
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cr

It does deserve to win its has episodes better than ghost or yet

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Personally, I think it is time for the Daytime Emmys to say bye bye, along with all award shows. The Daytime Emmy is just a platform for the four big networks to promote themselves- it has nothing to do with excellence. Is one talk show really better than another? Is one game show host really better than any other host? As for the soaps- with only 4 left what is the point? It is the same people year in and year out that win. And if the worst soap on TV right now can win best soap because of a… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

I totally agree. These shows are ridiculous and boring. Who watches these shows anyway? The winners are clearly not chosen based on talent. I never watch B&B but did tune in to watch Stephanie die and she did a wonderful job. So, she won’t win. The winner will be some young, untalented “actor.”

cr
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cr

So glad that days and oltl got drama series nods

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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