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Evans, Ashford, Melgar, Beemer, Lindstrom, Score Indie Series Award Nominations; The Bay Leads All Nods!

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On Wednesday, nominations for the 8th Annual Indie Series Awards were announced. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the web. Nominations were revealed in 29 categories.

Some very familiar names received recognition including soap stars; Nicolas Coster, Jade Harlow, Lauren B. Martin, Brandon Beemer, Kevin Spirtas, Mary Beth Evans, Lilly Melgar, Carolyn Hennesy, Elizabeth Hubbard, Jon Lindstrom, and Patrika Darbo.

However, it was Gregori J. Martin’s The Bay which led all nominations scoring 21.  The Bay along with The Amazing Gay! Pile bested the previous record of 13.

The ISA Awards will be presented in ceremony on April 5 inLos Angeles.   The following are just a few of the categories featuring daytime drama performers:

Best Lead Actor — Drama
Anthony Anderson, Anacostia

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Danny Gavigan, Muck
Sean-Michael Bowles, Lemmings
Jonathan Robbins, Out With Dad
Kristos Andrews, The Bay
Todd Flaherty, Undetectable

Best Lead Actress — Drama
Kate Conway, Out With Dad
Mary Beth Evans, The Bay
Rachael Fox, Here We Wait
Lilly Melgar, The Bay
Monica West, Best Thing You’ll Ever Do
Ellen Woods, At Bay

Best Supporting Actor — Drama

Matthew Ashford, The Bay
Nicolas Coster, The Bay
Andrew Glaszek, Undetectable
Christian Leadley, Here We Wait
Steven Lim, People Like Us
Jerreme Rodriguez, Undetectable

Best Supporting Actress — Drama
Marion A. Akpan, Anacostia
Jade Harlow, The Bay
Lauren B. Martin, Pride: The Series
Lindsey Middleton, Out With Dad
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Best Thing You’ll Ever Do
Karrueche Tran, The Bay

Best Guest Actor — Drama

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Brandon Beemer, The Bay
Tony Head, Pride: The Series
Tremayne Norris, Anacostia
Dan Stern, Lemmings
Scott Turner Schofield, Pride: The Series
Kevin Spirtas, The Bay

Best Guest Actress — Drama
Patrika Darbo, The Bay
Melissa Disney, Pride: The Series
Carolyn Hennesy, The Bay
Whitney Hoy, Pride: The Series
Elizabeth Hubbard, Anacostia
Kym Whitley, The Bay

Best Ensemble — Drama
Anacostia
Back Stabber
The Bay
Out With Dad
Starting From Now
Undetectable

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy

Brooks Gray, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Adam Henry Garcia, The Chief
Andy King, The Amazing Gayl Pile
Sam LeGassick, Rich Keeble Vanity Project
Jon Lindstrom, Gridlocked
Manuel Urrego, Right Hand Man

To view the complete ISA Nominations via We Love Soaps click here!

So, happy to hear that some of your faves received an ISA nomination? Comment below!

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Go, Jon Lindstrom and Mary Beth Evans! Also Nicholas Coster and Elizabeth Hubbard!

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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