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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

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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