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EXCLUSIVE: Daytime Emmys Social Issues On The Soaps Clip Package Extended Version!

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At the beginning of this month, NATAS produced and held the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys ceremony, which fans of daytime were able to view online in the days following.

During the ceremony, the Daytime Emmys spotlighted in an emotional clip package, on the tremendous achievement of the daytime soaps in taking on and reflecting the social issues of our time.  Throughout the genre’s history they have been known to be at the forefront of telling these types of stories and using their characters as the vehicle to move, enlighten, and inform the audience.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman was the segment producer of this clip package, and now we are making available exclusively the extended version of the piece here, which includes more scenes and moments than in the shorter version that was played at the ceremony which was cut down for show timing.

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From General Hospital’s HIV/AIDS storyline to shedding light on bipolar disorder, to The Bold and the Beautiful’s  transgender storyline and the plight of the homeless, to Days of our Lives, same-sex marriage, coming out, and crib death stories, to The Young and the Restless tackling alcoholism, prostate cancer and more, these stories have touched all of us throughout the years.  These spotlighted social issues are just a small window into some of the great work the soaps have done over the decades, and while we know there are many social issues from shows that are no longer with us, it should be noted that the package was only to include stories from the four daytime dramas left on the air.

Watch the extended version of the Daytime Emmys social issues on the soaps package after the jump.  Then let us know what was the moment, or story highlighted, that touched you the most from it in the comment section below!

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vinman
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vinman

Why I loves soap!!

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you Michael. This is a good reminder of how just how valuable soaps can be – if they want to be! And thank you for including both Chandler Massey and Guy Wilson as Days of Our Lives’ Will Horton.

It is such a shame that soap turned to darkness. What a waste!

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All of this shows me one thing Leslie Charleson should have won the Emmy for that storyline and oh my god how I miss Stuart Damon and Susan Flannery!

Connie
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Connie

Soaps operas have the power to change the world! That is one of the reasons I have and always will love the medium of daytime drama.

sheryl
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sheryl

The soaps are all so good I can’t decide which one is better , the story lines about all these situation and the way the writers show everyone that life is not always a bowll full of cherries and there are many people are going though life with some major things and your not alone.

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Donna

I enjoyed this very much, but was surprised that abortions were not made a part of it, as this is also an ongoing social issue that is always being fought over in the media and the government. A woman’s right to choose is the most important thing in any woman’s life and this should have been covered as well. Also mental illness, not just bipolar, but split personalities, depression and the like, should have also been addressed in this video as this has also been played out in the soaps over the years. It’s a shame that AMC and OLTL… Read more »

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Soapstix

I don’t know if anyone has done anything pro choice on the soaps. It seems to be a politically heated issue that will never go away, and I am amazed they are doing shows about people’s sexuality that bring out the differences from person to person.

Soapstix
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Soapstix

My greatest praise to Maurice Bernard, who initially agreed to play a bipolar part, regardless of how it could effect him. Now Sonny has a son in the same position. (This has to be hard to play for both actors) The writers did not just touch on this, but are keeping this subject alive. Millions of people suffer this mental illness, and many of them do not succeed in life, not because they are not smart, but because the disease is one that tries to run your life for you. Then there is the fact that most mental illnesses are… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Very powerful. Daytime soaps do not receive the recognition they deserve for the top-notch portrayal of these important issues. If they were on in prime time, they would get this recognition. Shouldn’t make a difference.

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Jamesj75

Nice clip, particularly with Leslie Charleson as Monica! Two other thoughts come to mind: 1. The prostate cancer storyline on Y&R was a joke, in that, as originally written, the delays or lack of treatment was supposed to lead to Michael’s death, which, of course, can happen with this cancer without treatment. The writers changed course. But a major plot point was Lauren not getting her physical needs met. This was an insult to anyone with this cancer, as the health of the patient should be the notable consideration. 2. Just as I have done for the past 2+ decades… Read more »

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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