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Digital Drama Daytime Emmy Winners: Jade Harlow, Kristos Andrews & Tristan Rogers Take Top Acting Honors

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The digital drama The Bay continued its hot streak that it started at the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS, when it won Outstanding Digital Drama Series, and tonight on the livestream of the virtual Digital Drama Daytime Emmys it racked up 3 more key wins for its leading actors and directors.

NATAS broadcast for the first time virtually on Sunday night, via their new streaming platforms powered by VIMEO, on their website, or their new app where viewers could watch the hour long ceremony hosted by Jai Rodriguez.  With the event being live, nominated actors, directors and writers who were around the country were all part of the live shots when their categories and names were called.

In the Outstanding Lead Actress and Lead Actor categories, The Bay’s Jade Harlow took home the gold for her performance as Lianna, while Kristos Andrews not only won Lead Actor, but co-director, when the The Bay won Directing honors for him and Gregori J. Martin.  Andrews now has four Emmy wins in the acting categories and five as a producer; and he now becomes the youngest person to be so decorated with that many Daytime Emmys in the history of the awards.  In addition, this is the second win for Harlow, having previously picked up the gold statuette in 2018 for her work in The Bay, but in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series category.

In the Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama Series category that honor went to longtime GH fan favorite Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio), who after five decades in this business finally won an Emmy, but it was his performance as Doc in the digital dramaa Studio City that did the trick!

EastSiders, Lin Shaye who delivered a wonderful performance was voted the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drama Series, while After Forever, made it two years in a row for writers Michael Slade and series star Kevin Spirtas who took the same award last year.

Amazon Prime Video took home the most wins for where the series ran with 5 comprised of victories for: The Bay, After Forever and Studio City,

Seven categories in all were presented and here below is the Winners Role Call.  Congratulations to all!

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Digital Drama Series
Jade Harlow as Lianna Ramos – The Bay The Series

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Digital Drama Series
Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett – The Bay The Series

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Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series
Tina Benko as Helen – The Rehearsal

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama Series
Tristan Rogers as Doc – Studio City

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Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drama Series
Lin Shaye as Diane – EastSiders

Outstanding Writing Team for a Digital Drama Series
After Forever – Writers: Michael Slade, Kevin Spirtas

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Outstanding Directing Team for a Digital Drama Series
The Bay The Series – Director: Gregori J. Martin CoDirector: Kristos Andrews

So, what do you think of the winners for this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awarda in the Digital Drama field? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I was so happy to learn that Tristan Rogers won an Emmy. well deserved.

@DAYS of OUR Live

I MISS Sheryl Conner’ as played by the sensuous Jade Harlow

walk the walk she’s HOT

two times EMMY lead actress WINNAH ! GOOD for DAYS

dang how it seemed HOT with Bryan Dattilo Lucas.. the man

how about bringing her on to once and for all hang Nicole

because Eric is HOTTED OUT

let’s see a tribute to Guiding Light : Josh/Reva/Annie… allah : Eric/Nicole/Sheryl

wah! not so far from how good Eric and Kristen were.. w/Eileen davidson

Congrats Jade Harlow… that name that body of work

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Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts and Marlene King Land ‘Calabasas’, a Soap in the Vein of the ‘O.C’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, at Netflix

There has been lot of soapy projects coming to life and in the works of late, and now comes word that Kim Kardashian is executive producing a new series in development for Netflix called Calabasas.

After a bidding war last week, it looks like Netflix cemented the development deal from Kim, and her producing partners American Horror Story co-star Emma Roberts (pictured below) and Pretty Little Liars creators Marlene King and Alexandra Milchan.

The concept of Calabasas is based on the book If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now by Via Bleidner.  King set to write the adaptation and will serve as the series showrunner.

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According to Deadline, Calabasas is said to be in the vein of primetime young teen and young adult soaps the O.C. and Beverly Hills 90210. The story follows “Via, a 16-year-old sheltered Midwestern Catholic school girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves and she’s forced to transfer to the fast world of Calabasas High where nothing is as it appears and where everyone is trying to be someone else. It’s a place where dreams come true … but not without complications and sometimes unforeseen consequences.”

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As fans of the Kardashians know, Kim and her family made the town of Calabasas a household and worldwide name. Kim being attached to this project helped make its sale. This marks her fourth project to sell since the writers and actors strikes concluded at the end of last summer.

So, would you be interested to see a teen soap called ‘Calabasas’ on Netflix from Kim and company? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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