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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.

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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
vinman

Why I loves soap!!

Stephen
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!

k/kay
k/kay

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
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
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.

Donna
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 were forgotten as they were such groundbreaking soaps in these issues.

Soapstix
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
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 still carrying a stigma.

Lisa
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.

Jamesj75
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 while watching GH, I fast-forwarded through the scenes involving Sonny. Social issues are indeed important, but the biggest social issue is how people treat each other — the Golden Rule, as it were — and given Sonny’s murderous, abusive, criminal history, he is no role model and thus the worst vehicle to teach others compassion on any social issue…

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Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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