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Eva LaRue Joins the Cast of General Hospital

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Another familiar face from ABC daytime is making her way to Port Charles! In casting news, Eva LaRue is joining General Hospital in the role of Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother Natalia Rogers-Ramirez.

Soap fans know Eva from her signature soap role of Maria Santos on All My Children (1993–97, 2002–05, 2010–11), and more recently from her turn as Celeste Rosales on The Young and the Restless (2019-2020). LaRue won a Daytime Emmy in 2020 in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama Series category for her work on Y&R.

According to TV Line, look for LaRue to hit your screens on the upcoming February 26th episode of GH. In story, Natalia arrives in town just as Blaze’s romance with Kristina (Kate Mansi) has been heating it up.

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It has been mentioned that Blaze kept her sexual orientation under wraps for fear it would impact her singing career in a negative way, plus disapproval from her family.

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Fans of LaRue know she also appeared on daytime’s Santa Barbara, the primetime series CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, and Fuller House among others. Landing at General Hospital will also reunite Eva with longtime AMC co-stars: Cameron Mathison (Drew), and Michael E. Knight (Martin).

So, what do you think of the casting of Eva LaRue as Blaze’s mother on General Hospital? Comment below.

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It’s always great to see her. I had the impression that she would be on Pine Valley, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anymore.

Great addition.

I will watch Eva LaRue in anything. I had such high hopes when she landed on Y&R but show could not make the Rosales family work. Hope this GH role is not short lived.

Oh goodie, because GH definitely needs another cast member in the 50+ age range. (And that’s my age range, but even I can see the show is completely lopsided age-wise)

It’s not lopsided at at all. There are only three women in their fifties: Nina, Carly, and Ava & Olivia.I think Michael Easton, Donnell Turner, and James Patrick Stewart are in their 50s. Soaps are always about generations of families and that’s what GH has, though not enough of the characters from the legacy families. What would you prefer? There’s a good balance of all ages.

Portia and Lois are also in their 50s. Throw in Felicia, Laura, and Diane just north of 60 – and you’ve got a full generation.

They said, LaRue is likely not long term and these types of characters need to circle on and off the canvas.

Portia is fifty, Brooks mom, am not remembering names today is 55 I think but never realized how many women we have on this show in their 60’s, Felicia, Anna and on and on, wow!

What about Tracy, Alexis & Diane?

Jane Elliot (Tracy) looks stunning at 77. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) is almost shockingly 68. The youngster of that group is Carolyn Hennesy at 61.

GH is blessed with a plethora of actresses who are defying the aging process.

Great actors with years of experience

Well… I suppose that means Blaze is not Lila Rae Alcazar?

But that don’t means Lorenzo still can’t be her father.

Keep pushing that lol.

With the last name Ramirez, could there be a relation to the Aztec princess? Felicia’s grandmother Maria (pronounced Mariah) last name was Ramirez. Should say is as June Lockhart is now 98 and I don’t recall them ever saying the character passed on.

I’m glad Blaze is not Lila Rae. I know soaps SORAS characters but that’s a big leap!

Lila Rea should be about 17 so she would fit in great with a teen storyline with Jake, Charlotte, Rocco, Danny and Aiden. Although as I type this I realize they are all related.

It’ll be nice to see Eva on the show, but can we please get some legacy characters back on GH. Every insignificant character has more family on than the Webbers, Spencers, etc. Can Laura have her children back (Lucky, Lulu or Nicholas) and Liz’s siblings (Steven Webber and Hayden).

None of those legacy actors are interested in returning. Would you prefer a recast for these characters?

I’d like to see Dillon Q return & I do think Robert Palmer Watkins would be interested. Emme Rylan wants to return as Lulu; I believe Greg Vaughn said he’d return as Lucky. In a recent interview he said, ““If it was ever in my lifetime to get that phone call, I would definitely…very much entertain the idea.”  

Problem is all of the recasts you mentioned do not measure up to their original portrayers. Under Watkins, Dillon went from fun and quirky to one questioning how he could be related to Tracy. Rylan’s Lulu lacked the sheer gumption of Berman’s. Vaughn was dropped the moment Jackson said he’d return.

None of this means these characters shouldn’t return, but they can played by others.

Since Clifton is locked in at B&B, his former cast mate Darin Brooks could be an excellent Dillon. Berman would be greeted with open arms as Lulu. And there’s a plethora of good choices for Lucky.

Yes, I would if the original actors don’t want to return. I’m a fan of Roger H and would like to see him return as Lucky, regardless of the age difference and pair him again with Liz/Becky H. They were great together.

Understand missing an actor or character, but Genie Francis as Roger Howarth’s mother? Then, since Nikolas is older than Lucky, do you get some guy close to 60 for that? Genie looks great and is only 61.

Time for someone new and vibrant for Elizabeth.

I agree with that.

I see your point. I always thought the actors that play Dante and Olivia were too close in age to play mother/son.

I just wish they would bring in a new love interest for Liz. Liz and Finn don’t work, IMO.

Don’t forget their sister Sarah

I was referring to Liz’s siblings she has a sister Sarah

She doesn’t look old enough to be Blaze’s mother.

Characters on soaps have children at 9 or 10 ten years old.

When Eva was on Y and R, she was mom to Rey, Arturo, and Lola Rosales. Rey was definitely older than Blaze, though Y and R did have her as Celeste, a teenage mom to Rey. The two actresses are probably about 20 years apart in age. And Eva looks great! I think it will work, that is if the storyline does..

Nice! Eva Larue is a mega talent! What a cast. Where do you find room? Sadly, Gregory is on his way out and hopefully Dex is! I dont know how much longer Rena Sofer is going to be on? But anyway, great casting, Eva is very believable as Blaze’s mother. I hope they bring on Blaze’s father to. If not, Maurice and Eva would be electric!

Loving it, perfect match.

I’m thrilled by this news. She is so beautiful and will be a great addition. But, I have mentioned before, the cast is too bloated. I would like to see Nikolas (Full-time) and the return on Lucky and Lulu.

I dont like the guy who plays Nikolas, he is a terrible actor

It is his voice-he is too rough sounding.

Oh you are right. There are way too many storylines & characters on this show. Days will go by & I’ll see someone on & think oh, yeah, forgot all about them!

How does the New Character Blaze rate a Mother to be cast. Lila Rae was born on the show. Skye should get to come back it’s been 12 years since Skye came back. I bet it’s because Jax isn’t on anymore these Writers and EP don’t give a S**t about Reinventing(if that’s the term) the Q’s and Not Long Lost characters!

Love Eva she is a wonderful actress, sign her to a contract please. Pair her up with Sonny

I like that, pairing her with Sonny

Don’t do that to Kristina. It’s bad enough that her brother is banging her sister. Now she finally gets a girlfriend, and you want that girlfriend’s mom to hook up with Sonny?

Satan… is that a “moral” statement? I thought the idea of “keeping it the family” would appeal to you.

Nah, historically, incest has never worked out well for you mortals. A lot of the worst rulers in history came from inbreds. And we could always throw in some jokes about the Confederate South here, if you need a more recent example.

I’m not enjoying or looking forward to this Kristina and Blaze thing,nor do I care who her family members are, though I do like Eva LaRue ,also her part on the now extinct Y&R, which I’m assuming is true as there hasn’t been a word here on the show in many weeks.

It would be great to Eva, join GH.

I love her!!

I think she is doing this because her union health insurance is running out. She has not had a lot of good to say about daytime for the last few years saying that the daytime shows look “dated” and need to be overhauled and shot with “real” cameras.

Yes!

Yep, this begs the question of what happened with the AMC reboot. Can’t wait for that story – and to see her on GH!

Fabulous ! She is so talented and is a wonderful addition. I would love to see her with Sonny. Maybe, finally, getting off the the Carly – Nina miserable storyline !!!! Carly and Jason forever !!!

I love her!! Eva always brings it—no matter the role. This is amazing news.
Aside—is “Sasha” pregnant again?—-she keeps holding something over her tummy, lately.

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(WATCH) 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special Live!

After exciting morning for your favorite daytime stars when they were revealed to be nominees for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards comes tonight 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special.

Beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, several of the nominees will talk with Michael Fairman on their reactions to the news they have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, share what scenes they submitted that landed in the top five or six in their respective performer acting categories and much more.

Scheduled to appear are: Days of our Lives nominees, Tamara Braun (Ava), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), The Young and the Restless nominees: Allison Lanier (Summer), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Courtney Hope (Sally), Bryton James (Devon), The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook (Eric), General Hospital nominees, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Alley Mills (Heather), and The Bay’s Mike Manning (Caleb).

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th and emanating, once again this year from the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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For a full list of this year’s nominations click here.

Now, watch below as the stars chat it up as we celebrate their Daytime Emmy Nominations. If you have a potential question you might want posed to any of our guests, drop it in the comment section below and we just might ask it on air.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations: CBS Soaps Score Most, Eric Braeden, Dick Van Dyke, Guy Pearce Receive Nods

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) have officially announced on Friday, the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

While Thursday brought with it four reveals of the nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama, Talk Show Host, Lead Actor and Actress categories (as presented by various entertainment news programs), today’s nominations include all the other categories not previously announced.

The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast is set to be presented live on Friday night, June 7, at 8 PM EDT /delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. This will mark the 18th time that CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys.

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In addition, The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at t9 PM ET/6 PM PT and streamed on The Emmys apps and at watch.TheEmmys.tv. The ceremonies will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

Television icon, Dick Van Dyke has received his first-ever Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performer category for his touching portrayal of Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s Days of our Lives. The nomination makes Van Dyke the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee in history at 98-years-old.  In addition, motion picture and TV star, Guy Pearce, is also nominated as Guest Performer for his longtime role as Mike Young in the reboot of Neighbours.

Speaking of Neighbours, the Australian soap opera also received its first ever Daytime Emmy nomination for Daytime Drama Series now that its a revival can be streamed on Amazon Freevee. In addition, The Young and the Restless iconic, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) received his first Daytime Emmy nomination in more than 20 years in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

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In the Daytime Drama series categories, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless each scored 12 nominations more than any other show. Leading the acting nominations was B&B, who landed 7 performers in the various categories, a first in its 37-year history.

In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS expressed, “We are happy to once again honor the creative talent both in front of and behind the camera of America’s favorite Daytime programs. We look forward to celebrating the icons who enliven the days of audiences across the country.”

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Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime, NATAS added, “Producing the Daytime Emmys is a labor of love for all of us at NATAS. The huge popularity of these shows continues to be must-see viewing for their fans.” NATAS also revealed that Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Hosts, Presenters, and Silver and Gold Circle honorees will be revealed at a later date.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in television programming honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be produced once again by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie executive produces from ATI.

Congratulations to all the men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes for their recognition as we take a look at who will be going for gold come June. Here are the nominees below starting with the Daytime Drama Categories.

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OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Neighbours

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS

Tamara Braun, Days of our Lives

Finola Hughes, General Hospital

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle, The Bold and the Beautiful

Michelle Stafford,  The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros, General Hospital

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OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR

Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless

Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye, The Bold and the Beautiful

Eric Martsolf, Days of our Lives

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS

Jennifer Gareis, The Bold and the Beautiful

Linsey Godfrey, Days of our Lives

Courtney Hope, The Young and the Restless

Allison Lanier, The Young and the Restless

Emily O’Brien, Days of our Lives

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR

Robert Gossett, General Hospital

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Wally Kurth, Days of our Lives

A Martinez, The Bay

Mike Manning, The Bay

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

Linden Ashby, The Young and the Restless

Ashley Jones, The Bold and the Beautiful

Alley Mills, General Hospital

Guy Pearce, Neighbours

Dick Van Dyke, Days of our Lives

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION

General Hospital

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

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OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

The Kelly Clarkson Show

OUTSTANDING CASTING

African Queens: Njinga

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Start Up

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN

African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

General Hospital

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING

African Queens: Njinga

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Jennifer Hudson Show

Sherri

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OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING AND MAKEUP

African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

Sherri

The View

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“Shine” General Hospital

“Unexpected Truth”Unexpected

“We’re Home” Reconnecting Roots

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME TALK SERIES

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Tamron Hall

Turning The Tables with Robin Roberts

The View

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OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS SERIES

Access Hollywood

Entertainment Tonight

Extra

OUTSTANDING CULINARY SERIES

Be My Guest with Ina Garten

Family Dinner

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays

Valerie’s Home Cooking

What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel

OUTSTANDING LEGAL/COURTROOM PROGRAM

Hot Bench

Judy Justice

Justice For The People with Judge Milian

The People’s Court

We The People with Judge Lauren Lake

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DAYTIME TALK SERIES HOST

Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Mark

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST

Lidia Bastianich, 25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee

Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie’s Home Cooking

Eduardo Garcia, Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia

Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Cooks

Sophia Roe, Counter Space

Buddy Valastro, Legends of the Fork

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PERSONALITY – DAILY

Frank Caprio, Caught in Providence

Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner , Matt Cohen, Cassie DiLaura, Denny Directo, Will Marfuggi, Rachel Smith, Entertainment Tonight

Deborah Norville, Steven Fabian, Lisa Guerrero, Ann Mercogliano, Jim Moret, Les Trent. Inside Edition

Robert Hernandez, Star Jones, Divorce Court

Judge Judy Sheindlin, Whitney Kumar, Kevin Rasco, Sarah Rose, Judy Justice

What do you think about the nominations for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Who do you think deserved to get in that did? Who do you think got snubbed? Who are you happiest to see receive a nomination? Let us know via the comment section below.

Make sure to be with us live starting tonight Friday, April 19th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th anniversary edition of its Daytime Emmy Nomination Special 2024, featuring some of the just announced daytime drama nominees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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51st Daytime Emmys: Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Nominations

On Thursday, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards revealed nominations in several key categories via four entertainment news programs: Access Hollywood, E! News, Extra and Access Hollywood.

Three of the four announcements were major categories in the field of Daytime Dramas.

The nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series category are: The Bay, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Neighbours and The Young and the Restless.

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General Hospital won this category last year, and has the most all-time wins for a series in this category. For the first time, the beloved Australian-based soap opera, Neighbours is now eligible for competition due to its reboot which streams on Amazon Freevee.

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out in ceremonies in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th.

Previous categories announced tonight via the entertainment news outlet included: Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

So, what do you think about this year’s nominee for the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series? Who do you think should win? Comment below.

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