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Erika Slezak's touching Holiday Letter to the loyal fans of One Life to Live!

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One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Viki) showed us once again what a class act she is in a beautiful holiday letter and message for her fans and friends that follow and read her official newsletter at her website, www. ErikaSlezak.com. As we head into the final weeks of the 43-year-old soap, in which 40 of those has featured Erika as the central character and icon of the series, this was a fitting way to say “thank you” for all of the fans love and support over the years!

Erika Slezak: “To all my Dear Friends,  This will be a somewhat sad ending to the year for me, but at the same time, I feel enormously grateful for all that I have been given: for the wonderful friends I have made through One Life To Live; for more than 40 years of consistent employment; and for the stories and the laughter and the life that I have been privileged to have led. You, our wonderful audience, have made much of that possible, and so I want to thank each and every one of you for your loyalty, and in particular, for your friendship.

At our final wrap party for OLTL, I said that I would not say goodbye, because I believe we will all cross paths again, and so I am not saying goodbye to all of you for the same reason.  OLTL may be ending on January 13th, but we will all continue to be friends, and hopefully will see each other again.

For the last 40 years, I have been so fortunate to have had all of you in my life, all of that due to Walter Miller, who has put up with me through thick and thin, and has managed this club so brilliantly. I would like to thank him so much for all his work and loyalty and his friendship. I also owe a big debt of gratitude to Kit (Swanson) Williams and to AJ, without whom none of this would have happened so effectively and efficiently.

I have no intention of retiring voluntarily, so hopefully some kind soul will find a nice job for me somewhere. Whatever happens in my professional life will always be shared with you.  I wish all of you a blessed Christmas, very happy holidays, and all the best for 2012. And I do hope to see you all again.  With much love and gratitude, Erika”

Now that Erika has sent you her thoughts and wishes, what Holiday wish you would like to say to the six-time Daytime Emmy winning star of One Life?  Let us know!

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Torrey
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Torrey

I have already put in my request at work to take the day of January 13, 2012 off, so I can sit in my pj’s and watch The View OLTL special and the final episode of OLTL….I will have my tissues ready, because I know I will need them. I still can’t believe that this is happening. Erika, you are a class act, and it has been so wonderful to tune in and watch you and all of your fellow cast mates on a daily basis. You all have become a second family for me….and I, like you, don’t believe… Read more »

Lori
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Lori

Thank you Erika and Merry Christmas! I have loved you and OLTL since day one and will continue to do so. I pray that all our paths come together again when #AMC and #OLTL have found their safe and loving NEW home.
Much love to you and entire cast.

Tannie
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Tannie

Erika is such a class act!!! I have enjoyed watching her for the last 14 years its going to be so sad come Jan 16 when oltl will be no more erika will be missed!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

erika(vicki) I will miss you ,for over 40 years I have watched oltl,I do not know what I am going to do at 2 oclock weekdays.It will never be the same .I still miss amc, but loosing oltl will be the hardest,you have been the backbone of this show.you have kept me glued to my tv set,and that means alot , I wish we could meet at the same time for another 43 years,you have a happy holiday and a very happy new years,I hope for all the one life to live fans that some way one life to live… Read more »

rose
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rose

Hey erika just want to sent my thanks and appreciation to you for the letter to your fans.We will always keep you and the rest of our families @OLTL in our lives too.We love and respect you all and thank you for the years of hard work you all put in.I am a fan for years and have sat outside and spent hundreds of dollars to see you all at all the events.I am howeve not happy that a fan like myself hasn’t received a call for the view to attend the OLTL tribute that just hurts me after knowing… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

How sweet! What a class act!

Brandi Bridges
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Brandi Bridges

Erika is a class act! Her words of kindness to all of the fans and her desire to continue on to entertain us is proof positive that her show should go on, OR someone should snatch her up quickly. She has class and talent. It’s like Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews all in one!

Cassandra Crisp
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Cassandra Crisp

Thank you Erika Slezak for always being the classy lady that you are. You are the primary reason that I have tuned into One Life to Live for all of those 40 years you have been on. Through thick and thin, I’ve watched you and always, always you have put a smile on my face. You are right, this is not a goodbye but I WILL SEE YOU (DEFINITELY) LATER! I believe that Erika as so many of your fans do. I will continue to work my tail off with my contribution in finding you, the cast and the wonderful… Read more »

Kymba
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Kymba

Dear Erika,
Thank you so much for your letter, was a wonderful gift to your oh so many fans.
We have been fighting to save these shows since the announcement came out, and we will not give up. I am looking forward to seeing you once again grace the screen, (either online, on t.v where ever!!) once again. Hope you have a happy holiday, sending you all my love and respect..
Kymba

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
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Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

Question: Who has more class than Erika Slezak?…Answer: Noone! From the bottom of our hearts, “thank you” for the countless joys that you have brought to me and mine over the past decades. You have so greatly enriched our, and so many lives, through your great work. Happy holidays to you and yours and all good blessings in the coming years where, we surely hope, OLTL has many more, than just one – life to live!

Eric
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Eric

This is going to be a VERY SAD next few weeks for me watching the final end of a show that has become a MAJOR part of my life! I just hope that they end the show on a “high,strong” note and not a melancholy one!!

Janet
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Janet

Dear Ms. Slezak: For over 35 years I have been watching OLTL. I cried, laughed, threw things at my tv, screamed and shouted Woo-Hoo. I want to personally thank you for everything. I have been entertained by you and have enjoyed watching you. It was a treat when you and Phil Carey had a scene together. I grew up watching this show. I started in High School and I am about turn …. I will miss you as Viki, but look forward to seeing you in other prductions. (maybe broadway). You always cracked me up when you work with Tuc… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Erika, have loved you as Vicki from the begining,I started watching when I was 12 and have watched for 43 years, will miss oltl terribly but I will look forward to seeing you in whatever new project comes your way, god bless Happy Holidays and Thank You

Heather
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Heather

I would to see Erika on a sitcom. She already has already developed some experience in comedy thanks to the Nicki personnality issue on OLTL. ABC (or any network) could make a new primetime sitcom inspired on the Vicki-Nicki problem of OLTL

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

We OLTL fans in Evanston, Illinois love you very, very much, Erika!!

Brian 😀 😀

Lynn Evans Miller
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Lynn Evans Miller

Dear Ms. Slezak, I have been one of those devoted OLTL fans since it first aired 43 years ago when I was 16 years old. I will miss OLTL very much. I introduced my mother to the show while she had a terrible bout with breast cancer (she’s still alive and well at 81 years of age, thank God) and she is a devoted fan as well. OLTL gave my mother some entertainment and enjoyment in the middle of the afternoon while she was recuperating at home. My mother and I love your character Victoria Buchanan. You add the needed… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

Happy Holidays to you, Erica. Everyday I go onto the Soap websites hoping I see some good news in regards to some other network picking up OLTL. It hasn’t happened yet…but, US fans are doing everything we can possible think of to keep OLTL airing somewhere. We all fought so hard, and we thought we had our saviour in PP. Us fans lost OLTL twice, and it is just truly heartbreaking for us, as I’m sure it also is for the actors. I will never forget any of you or OLTL, and I am so hoping that we will all… Read more »

Silas Kain
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Silas Kain

Ironically I grew up as a fan of the great Walter Slezak. My parents loved his body of work and when Erika entered the scene at OLTL no one was more jazzed than Mom. Over the years I’ve seen the nuances of Walter manifest through Ms. Slezak’s execution of her craft. Though OLTL leaves ABC Daytime in 3 weeks, I’m convinced the greatest days of OLTL remain ahead. So I shall not bid a fond adieu! All I can wish is health, happiness & prosperity to Erika Slezak and the entire OLTL family! Never underestimate the true power of soap… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

I have an idea….wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could utilize the immense talents of our daytime actors in performing teleplays by classic playwrights such as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams and others.
To be shown on HBO or Bravo….. it would reach a broader audience – not everyone can get to New York or LA to see a play.
They did this a few years ago with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer playing the title characters in On Golden Pond.
Just sayin’ – it’s an idea.

margie Dalton
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margie Dalton

Love & prayers OLTL more life. Someone somehow we will be seeing you & our extended families in Lanview again!! May you also have a very Blessed Christmas. May New Year bring you health happiness & more of our Vikki. Been watching since you began,vhs & now dvr. Much love,margie

todd
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todd

I want Erika to be hired on Damages. It films in Brooklyn. I would love to see her and Glen Close together on screen.

Christina Gomez
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Christina Gomez

Dear Ms. Slezak,

I’ve been watching OLTL since I was about 13 and just wanted to thank you for all the hard work for the past 40 years. I admire your greatly and can only hope that we will see you on screen again soon. This next chapter in our lives without OLTL will be hard, and I am very sad that I will not be able to share this show with my own daughter. Again thank you very much.

Christina Gomez

Kathy Thorp
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Kathy Thorp

Dear Erika,

I am heartbroken beyond words at the cancellation of OLTL. I have watched you for close to 40 years and loved every minute of it! I watched you and Joe Riley, the Buchanan clan ‘riding into town’ and have enjoyed you and Dorian’s spats over the years! I hope you do well in your career and I do still hold hope that another station will have the business savvy to recognize the value of soaps and take OLTL ‘under their wing’. You are awesome and I will miss seeing you every day. God Bless!

DeeAnn
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DeeAnn

I have watched One Life To Live since my childhood. I have been a loyal and devoted fan for over 30 years. It saddens me to have to stop watching this show, it has been my fantasy town and friend through thick and thin, and has kept me inertained and guessing and wanting more all these years. I love the story lines. The show is as much a part of me as my own family is, and I consider it the best tv show and soap opera of all time! I truly will miss it, and grieve it’s absence. I… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

I would like to thank you Erika for your devotion to such a wonderful show which as has brought so many of us together. You and the staff of OLTL have been welcomed in my home for over 35 years and will be forever missed.

Deb N
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Deb N

It is so sad that “One Life To Live” is going off ABC, maybe one of these days another network or cable station will pick it up. It’s really helped me get through the ups and downs of my life. It’s always been an escape. Specially with you Erika, you’re the best! The several times I’ve met you in person, you’ve always been so gracious. Hope you and your family enjoy the holidays.

Christy
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Christy

I too am saddened by the cancellation of the BEST tv show ever. I have watched OLTL for many many years and am just heart broken. Erika you have always been my favorite on the show. You always have such good advice for everyone who comes to you. I just can not stress how devastated I am. I feel like I know everyone personally that’s on the show and sadly I’ll be losing them come January 13th. I just want to say Thank You for giving me something to look forward to everyday for the past years. Happy Holidays to… Read more »

Reggie
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Reggie

Erika I have been watching you since the 70’s. It is so sad to see your go. OLTL is the best soap on the air. I hope to see you in other projects. I feel like the cast of OLTL is family to me. It is like I had a death in the family. But I won’t say goodbye either. We will see each other sometime.

Kristen Howe
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Kristen Howe

Dear Ms. Slezak, Happy holidays to you! I’ve been watching OLTL for over two decades and would hate to see it end real soon. We were once hopeful that Prospect Park would save OLTL and AMC and would be ready for next month’s online version. But since they bowed out last month, we hope that NBC/Bravo/USA, who was once interested this summer for our soaps, would save the soaps before 2012 is here. I’m still staying positive and hope to see you online or another channel. Jerry Ver Dorn (“Clint”) wants NBC to pick it up on his Facebook page.… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

Merry Christmas to Erika (vikki). I’m broken heart and sad by the canceled and I love best show TV OLTL. I can’t believe it because final episode OLTL on Jan 13th. I don’t want to watch the chew and the Revolution… I miss you and everyone OLTL. Erika, and everyone, you always my favorite on the best show. I have been watch since 18 years old. I’m very disappointment now. Hope you have a very very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Dusty
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Dusty

Thank you for all the memories, I will miss you and the rest of the cast on OLTL but you alway held the show together. I feel so terrible that they are letting you, the rest of the cast, and all the people behind the scene. Its just terrible what is happeing to daytime tv. I wish they could fine a cable channel to put all the soaps on. I don’t think they realize that the people who work watch SoapNet at night to catch up on the daily series. You will be missed, I wish you the best in… Read more »

Lauri N
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Lauri N

Dear Erika: First of all I’d like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Blessed New Year. Second I would like to thank you for being the very special person you are. I have watched you on OLTL for the past 40 years and have loved the show very much. I am sooo incredibly sad that it is ending. I know I will be one of many who will be shedding tears on the last day or should I say several days. I can only pray that we, your fans will be able to… Read more »

Cathy S.
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Cathy S.

OLTL and AMC was a part of my family for 40 yrs. and in many of our daily chats and phone calls. You and oltl will be missed. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kathy N
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Kathy N

I am happy to be around family this Christmas season however it is bittersweet knowing that I won’t have OLTL next year at this time.. Erika thanks so much for all the years you played your ass off as Viki/ Nikki and the rest of your alters.. You will be missed.

susan goodman
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susan goodman

Thanks for years of great joy, you have been the greatest actress to watch over the years but we are all sad to say goodbye, I will never watch ABC again unless the soaps are returned and left alone so Thanks Again for all your years of service

PaulaKate Prince-Meserole
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PaulaKate Prince-Meserole

Dear Erika, On Christmas, I treated myself to an old movie called “Come September” in which your father starred. I was struck by his eloquence and elegant performance and found myself smiling when something “familiar” suddenly graced the screen when he smiled….there it was….Your beautiful smile that I have been seeing for four decades. I have been a fan of One Life To Live since the first day back in 1968. But sometime later, when you took over the role of Victoria Lord, I couldn’t get over the feeling that an extraordinary elegance had just graced the show, and since… Read more »

lynne rice
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lynne rice

thank you for sharing yourself and viki with all of us for all theseyears i started watching in 1974 in highschool when viki was with joe and steve i think and my daughter is 33 and she started watching when she was a teen we are both big fans and there will be tears on jan. 13 hope to see you soon if thats what you choose to do either way good luck and best wishes and thanks for the memories we will mis the greatest soap ever

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

I reacquainted myself with OLTL when AMC and OLTL had the cross-over storyline involving Bianca, Babe and Kelly. I tried not to get wrapped up in OLTL again, but before I knew it, there I was. Five years later, I don’t regret coming back to the best daytime drama on television. The superlative writing, acting and storylines had me riveted every single day. I cried my eyes out when Gigi and Rex finally got back together last Friday and am SOOO happy Viki and Clint were reunited. It’s a tragedy that such a great show has to leave the air.… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Erika, It has been great watching you do what you do so well!!! And I will not allow myself to believe that with all of the hundreds of thousands of fans across this country that love “our shows” that we cannot fight this until we “make” a difference! We are all sick and tired of the lip service from the powers that be saying we are so sorry about the jobs situation, and if there was just something we could do????? Then they immediately put hundreds of people out of work? It is GREED and nothing more. These people are… Read more »

Denise
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Denise

Watching OLTL and you have been a part of my life since the beginning of the show. It was a special bond that my mother and I shared. You, Erika, were always Mom’s favorite, she adored you and the joy your talent brought to the show and our lives. Mom is gone but hat tradition has continued in my daily life. I miss sharing the stories with her, and now I feel the favorite part of our connection is about to leave, too… that would be the joy I have watching you every day. Thank you for being a part… Read more »

PAUL WILLIAMS
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PAUL WILLIAMS

Hello, Erika! I read your very gracious letter there, making me even sadder that OLTL will be ending soon in 2 more weeks. I’ve been a fan of both you and the show since about ’73, and the Woleks & Siegels, I think were still in Llanview, in fact, I still remember Carla, Sadie, & Ed being there, too. Anyway, this show has had the best performers pass through over the years, many of whom have gone on to greater success, but through it all, you’ve been there giving 100% of yourself in your incredible performances everytime! And there are… Read more »

lynne
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lynne

Will truly miss you and the show—I am truly heartbroken. I must say that on today’s episode at Rex and Gigi’s wedding you looked positively beautiful. Thank you for so many years of TV enjoyment. I hope that kind soul certainly finds that “PERFECT” spot for you very soon.

Debi belleau
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Debi belleau

You have been in my life for 40 years. and i will miss you so much. you have so much class and your so beautiful inside and out. I kknow i will be having a hard time saying good bye to One Life To Live. thank you for all the years. i do hope to see you again on Tv . thank you and may 2012 be a good year for you .

angela
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angela

I started watching OLTL when I was just 10 years old……I’m 51 now! If I even think about not having this soap and Erika every day makes get a lump in my throat I can only imagine what he last day will be like for me. OLTL has seen me through high school, marriages, divorces, raising children and when I really needed to escape most, cancer. I would like to thank the cast and crew for 41 amazing years. You are the best of the best! I won’t even start on abc or Prospet Park for that matter… it’s just… Read more »

Amona Harris
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Amona Harris

I have been watching One Life To Live for thirty three years.I am so sad that they are taking it off. Being able to watch all of you in my home for this many years have made all of you like part of my own family and truly a part of my heart. God bless each and every one of you. Thank you for all of the joy that all of you have brought to my home for the past thirty three years.

dawn
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dawn

Thank-you Erika for the sincere and most kind words. You will be very missed on OLTL, but I have no doubts that you will soon be employed (if you are not already.) I wish you all the best and hope to seen you on TV soon. Soap actors get some bad raps, but I truly believe , as I have watched for years, that they have and do breed the best actors in the industry. Good Luck in your future endeavors.

MB
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MB

Miss Erika, thank you for so many wonderful years. I feel that you are part of me and I will be so sad to see OLTL end. I hope you will not retire but please don’t join another soap. This one is the best and always will be. One reason is because of you. Thank you for all your loving ways you have shown us within our own families. May God bless you and yours and I know 2012 will bring great things.

Joyce
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Joyce

Thank you Erica for many years of good TV. You are going to be missed to say the least.
I wish you well and hope to see you somewhere in the future.

I have been crying all week and will be next week.

WHAT A GREAT SHOW!!!

Joe
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Joe

I have watched OLTL for most of the years it has been on TV. Erika Slezak is wonderful and I will miss seeing her and Llanfair too!

Joe Riley was the love of Vicki’s life and I will always remember that story line. ABC is making a mistake and they will learn that eventually.

I will miss the intrigue, the love, and the actors.

kelly cook
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kelly cook

hi erika my im going to miss seeing you every day on the soap ive been watching for so long that today i caught my self crying i wish it wasent ending i hope you get a chance to star in a nother show id watch it for sure you are a great actress i would like to know if may be able to email me or may be even gave me a phone call that would be great and it would mean so much to me it feels like i v known you your are kind of like a… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

She is a wonderful lady. Talk about a Staple. Now Erika Slezak is a Staple of the genre. And Fan’s get a sense that she is grounded and stoic just as her character. I am sure she is beloved by her children and grand-children in Real Life. What a beautful acknowledgement your wrote about her. God Bless You.

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Check out the tease for tonight’s All American below.

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Some very familiar faces to daytime fans are in the running in some major categories.   First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, GL, Mick, ATWT) who gave one of the most talked about performances of 2020 in Ozark was nominated along with Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R, Ex-Passions, Ex-Revenge)  for his star-turn in This Is Us, for Best Supporting Actor in a a Drama Series.

Meanwhile on the comedy side, former As the World Turns actor, William Fichtner (Ex-Josh) scored for his work in the CBS’ Mom, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series category.

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