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Finalists Revealed In Aussie Actor Search For Role Of Finn On Days of our Lives!

It’s down to three! After a wild talent search with over 300 applicants in Australia, Days of our Lives has narrowed down it down to three hunks, who are the finalists with a chance to win the coveted role of Finn, the new doctor in Salem just in time for the series 50th anniversary in November! The role of Finn is a lock for a 13-week contract cycle deal and will come to the Salem canvas as a resident under the tutelage of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian).

The three finalists are: Alexander Bruszt, 31, Tom Dalzell, 30 Andrew Steel, 30.  DAYS Co-EP Greg Meng said in a statement, “The number of submissions and the calibre of talent we were introduced to through this partnership with Arena far exceeded our expectations, and we’re thrilled about testing the top three finalists next week!”

The men are all excited for the opportunity of a lifetime to jump start their acting careers on network television in the states.  Previously, they have had small role son Australian television series in Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters and Wonderland.   In a chat with Australia’s TV Week, Alexander Bruzt summed it up best by saying, “May the best man win! (Laughs)”

So, take a look at the finalists headshots here.  Which gent do you hope lands the role of Finn? Weigh-in below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes, lets bring in another newbie…Days has done SOOOOO great(SARCASM) with newbies like Jordan, Ben, and Serena so lets continue with Finn and maybe Days will ‘Finnish’ its 50th with a big cake that says CANCELLATION instead of CONGRATULATION…enough said!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I am not wishing for cancellation…ive watched this show since 1965 with few breaks here and there, and hate how the ptb seem not to care for it anymore…saying the show will get CANCELATION instead of CONRATULATION is my fear of what will happen to Days if ptb do not listen to fans and turn things around…maybe if you read my previous comments about the show you wouldnt be sooooo rude in your reply to me!!! ps—take a look below and READ my reply to Ray…it says ‘I HATE TO SEE THE SHOW CANCELLED’….

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

How this get down here…this was a reply to code who said i was a jerk and rude for wishing Days cancelled which isnt true and now i see his comments to me are missing from my comments that are first above and my reply to him placed down here??????????????????????

CeeCee
CeeCee

I can tell you what I suspect happened, jimh. I do believe the moderators, God bless them….they do their job well, and I admire that, realized how inappropriate code’s remark was, and they removed it from the site. Good for Michael Fairman. I also wrote in to carp about it.
So, I think that because code’s comment disappeared, your comment just follows as it was received. I read code’s comment to you. I was mortified…it was not very nice. Don’t worry, jimh. Later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, jimh.
Please, take it from me, Jimh. Do not pay this code person any mind. I’ve got your back….always.
He/she just suddenly appeared out of nowhere. He/she has made it his/her mission to insult other posters. I suppose attacking people is his drug of choice. He/she did it to me and others. So, my friend keep posting your well-thought-out comments. I, for one, learn so much from what you have to say.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Same here…i will always have your back too…code didnt really bug me…i just think he misconstrued my comments…it happens…ive done it myself…no harm done!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee…i also go to another site to comment on the British soap Coronation Street, a very realistic serial about working middle class families…character driven plotlines that make sense and have a beginning, middle and end…so down to earth…i love it…well, on that site you can dislike an actor, character, or storyline and no one ever insults another poster if they disagree with you…instead they politely say what they like about what you may dislike and viceversa…its completely friendly and classy whether one agrees with your comments or not…now thats the way it should be on any site…

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ jimh.
Perhaps, Jimh. But there was no reason to call you a jerk, whether he misconstrued your comment or not. You have a big heart and are quite forgiving. The world should learn a lesson from you.
Be that as it may, I am glad the moderators removed his/her remark.

Anyway, I do agree with you. DOOL is trying to do its best to keep itself afloat. And, you may be right in that all these newbies may not be what the audience wants. Many are asking for ‘vets’ versus introducing more characters. The prospect of losing yet another soap is very sad, indeed.

mike
mike

Guy in the middle has the best look.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, mike. Alexander has that Jimmy Dean, old Hollywood-look about him. Great call.

Aden
Aden

Didnt Days try something similar with a character NO ONE wants to remember? A certain scuzball named Colin Murphy? Viewers of all soaps are crying out for vets and characters with ties to the fabric of the show. And yet they keep introducing these pointless newbies, attemping to shoehorn them into story…and it mostly always fails. Dont even get me started on Hayden on GH….a slutty prostitute…willing to sleep with anyone and sell herself to the highest bidder. Classy!!

Mo
Mo

They are all good looking. Bruszt might have the slight edge for me. Question is, can they act?

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Mo – Alexander definitely has a mysterious masculine edge. I checked out his reel, too. There’s something interesting about him.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I call ‘interesting’, sex appeal, Jeremy. Wow!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

okay, okay, CeeCee, I guess it was indeed, ‘sex appeal’ that I was inferring. 🙂

James McDonald
James McDonald

Andrew Steele

Patrick
Patrick

“judging” from pics available on google

i’d say : Alexander Bruszt : he looks like he can carry many different looks with varying emotions to go with

only saw 2 clips from youtube:

Alexander Bruszt, and Andrew Steel

for the dramatic style, i’d say Alexander Bruszt
for the comedic and doesn’t take himself seriously… Andrew Steel

either way…. GIVE ANNE A BFF with the guy

“Please”

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Patrick – All 3 actors demo reels were not very impressive, and without reading a character description for Finn, all we know is that he will be short-term and be working with the wonderful and amazing (haha-ha) Dr. Daniel. I too, am interested in Alexander Bruszt and, Andrew Steel for the same reasons you mentioned. If we were provided more than headshots, more details about the character itself, I’d be more precise in a specific actor. So, at this time, I’m into Alexander and Andrew. Leaning more toward, Alexander Bruszt.

Mo
Mo

Yes, give Anne more story and a BF.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Anne. She cracks me up.

Ray
Ray

I am hoping and praying this new blood will give DOOL a much-needed shot in the arm. I just finished watching today’s show and was wondering how Ken Corday could allow the show to get this bad, especially the ridiculous story lines (elephant statues?), horrible acting and even worse dialogue. How many times can we see JJ pull away from Paige when things start getting steamy? The character of Serena is the biggest loss (I’m sorry Melissa Archer. You deserved better). The reporter barging into Will and Sonny’s apartment, screaming his name, insulting Marlena and wanting to look at his computer was over the top, with horrible acting by a day player. Is this the best the casting department could find?

Deidra Hall deserves better. Are we really supposed to think she would not John questions about when Paul was conceived? Unless Paul is over 30 years old, wasn’t J&M already a super couple at that time? The writers are rewriting history all for the sake of making Paul a member of a core family.

The writers have also made Will so unlikeable that it seems everyone is cheering for Paul and Sonny. How are we supposed to be excited about either pairing when we know Freddie Smith is leaving the show.

Molly Burnett is another waste of talent. Ever since she returned, she has delivered her lines like a stoner, rambling with a dazed look on her face. I loved the Melanie years ago and thought Molly was a powerhouse actress, but once again, the writers have destroyed the character.

The show needs to bring in some new characters, but give them some redeeming qualities and have some ties with Salem characters. We have enough bitchy, bad characters. Even the show out with some suspense, a murder trial, a stalker/stranger storyline.

I hate to be so negative about the show, but I feel like NBC is not going to stand behind a show that has a 1.7 rating and continuing to fall. Now is the time to bring back core characters (Phillip, Chloe, Belle, Shawn-Douglas). We need some continuity and not a show with no redeeming qualities.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I’m right behind you, Ray. Well said.

Mark
Mark

I agree with you 100%. And bring back Tony & Anna Dimera!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think Ken Corday is suffering burnout and doesnt care anymore…i think he’d might want to try other things…i once suggested the same thing about a murder storyline—a copycat Salem Strangular—or who murdered Clyde and a stalker plotline involving Kate and the return of Laura Horton but i doubt any will happen…i hope the return of Kristen and the 50th anniversary will help turn things around but if it doesnt i believe the sands in the hour glass will run out and the show will be cancelled by the end of 2016…i hate to see the show cancelled…ive watched since the first episode in 1965 with some breaks here and there…this started out about a family of doctors but now its become the Dr. Dullniel Jonas hour…sad!!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I vote for Tom Dalzell 😉

mike
mike

If Days only did one thing to improve the show that should be replace Guy Wilson.

code
code

Really?

Mo
Mo

OMG yes. He is awful. Has made me dislike Will and WilSon. They replaced Chandler with THIS Guy. Ha Ha Pun.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Mo. Ahhhh, Chandler….so drop-dead-gorgeous!!!!!!
Has anyone noticed that Guy has square-shaped eyes? And that moue he makes with his round mouth makes my hair go grey prematurely….I know, I’m so shallow.
I think the make-up, hair, and wardrobe crew could have done something more appealing for him. Why does he sport this grammar-school-boy haircut? Elongate his eyes somewhat, and for heaven’s sake, take off those grandpa sweaters and shirts!!!!!
But, guys, seriously; there is no redeeming quality about thisWill. I never liked him and I kept comparing him to Chandler. I am wrong, I know that…I never really gave him a chance. I never took to him…it is what it is, I guess. But, he has had ample time to do something with his personality…instead, TPTB decided to make him a cheater, which, may I add, makes me abhor him even more. The real Will is not supposed to be so manipulative, self-centered and egotistical all at the same time. Off with his head !!!!! Kidding, people…LOL.

Jill Fair
Jill Fair

Dalzell

Mo
Mo

Isn’t Xander Australian?

I would like to see more vets, but if this guy can act and they give him a decent story and maybe pair him with Theresa or Anne or even Nicole, it might be a good idea. But if it’s just a stunt to get fans in Australia, then I’m not interested.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Never mind the head shots, we have to see how they look without shirts on because that is what they will be hired for– eye candy, nothing more. They will be lucky it they last as long as Cameron, the last hunky doctor the show had– I really hope these guys aren’t pinning too much hope of making it big in America, based on a short term gig on the lowest ranking soap on the air.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I don’t know how others feel, but I get tired of the characters LITERALLY bumping into each other, like every OTHER episode – it’s sooo overdone and sooo astonishingly corny – I know it’s a small town, I know there are only like 3 sets but honestly, is this the best the writers can do – Nicole bumps into this new guy at “the square” then Nicole bumps into Serena, then Nicole bumps into Eric, then Nicole bumps into someone while texting, does Nicole need glasses or what – and whether they hire an Australian guy or a half Indian half gay Eskimo I don’t really care as long as the person can act. The writers need to get on with it already, and dump that STUPID
elephant story it’s so dragged out (and boring).

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Tom. Great post.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’ve often wondered if the directors and actors mistake the figurative for the literal.

The writing can say “bump into each other” as a way to say they come face to face or meet or run into each other…well, maybe it’s good the writers don’t write “run into each other.” LOL!

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced: GH Scores Most Nods, DAYS Follows

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today the nominees for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be presented in a two-hour special on Friday, June 26 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

The awards are presented to individuals and programs broadcast between 2:00 am and 6:00 pm, as well as certain categories of digital and syndicated programming of similar content and that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019.

Show to show, and leading all daytime programming: General Hospital received the most nominations overall with 23, followed by Days of our Lives with 22.  The Young and the Restless was next with 21, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful with 13.  They were followed by the digital drama series, EastSiders and Studio City who scored 8 nominations, along with The View, Ghostwriter and Sesame Street.

Now below are the nominees in all the daytime and digital drama categories and congratulation to all of the nominees.  Here we go, and the nominees are ….

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

Photo: ABC

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Finola Hughes as Anna Devane General Hospital ABC

Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Heather Tom as Katie Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Maura West as Ava Jerome General Hospital ABC

Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rowin Amone as Ester Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Mary Beth Evans as Sara Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Jade Harlow as Lianna Ramos The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Cady Huffman as Lisa After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Shanti Lowry as Yolanda Rodriguez Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Burton as Jason Morgan General Hospital ABC

Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Jon Lindstrom as Kevin Collins/Ryan Chamberlain General Hospital ABC

Thaao Penghlis as Tony DiMera Days of Our Lives NBC

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Alex Hurt as Adam The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Brad James as Cameran Jr. A House Divided UMC / Amazon Prime Video

Sean Kanan as Sam Stevens Studio City Amazon Prime Video

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Brian White as Jimmy Blue Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Tamara Braun as Dr Kim Nero General Hospital ABC

Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes General Hospital ABC

Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams Days of Our Lives NBC

Christel Khalil as Lily Winters The Young and the Restless CBS

Annika Noelle as Hope Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Tina Benko as Helen The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Veanne Cox as Lenora Indoor Boys vimeo.com

Patrika Darbo as Violet Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Carolyn Hennesy as Gloria Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Janet Hubert as Mignon Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Photo: IMDB

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mark Grossman as Adam Newman The Young and the Restless CBS

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton The Young and the Restless CBS

Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

Chandler Massey as Will Horton Days of Our Lives NBC

James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine General Hospital ABC

Paul Telfer as Xander Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Willam Belli as Douglas / Gomorrah Ray Eastsiders Netflix

Leith M. Burke as Derrick Eastsiders Netflix

Tristan Rogers as Doc Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lenny Wolpe as Carl After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Gregory Zarian as Nate Venice the Series vimeo.com

Photo: ABC

OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire Brady Days of Our Lives NBC

Katelyn MacMullen as Willow Tait General Hospital ABC

Eden McCoy as Josslyn Jacks General Hospital ABC

Thia Megia as Haley Chen Days of Our Lives NBC

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Elissa Kapneck as Sasha The Young and the Restless CBS

Michael Knight as Martin Grey General Hospital ABC

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Simon Black The Young and the Restless CBS

Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway Days of Our Lives NBC

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rene Heger as Zack Sullivan DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Mary Beth Peil as Helen After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Scott Turner Schofield as Max Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lin Shaye as Diane Eastsiders Netflix

Graham Sibley as Zack DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

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General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

Pillow Talk YouTube.com

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING MULTIPLE CAMERA EDITING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING LIVE AND DIRECT TO TAPE SOUND MIXING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ARTDIRECTION/SETDECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“The Bad Guys?” Brainwashed By Toons funnyordie.com

“Everything Changed” The Feels YouTube.com

“North Star” General Hospital ABC

“A Holiday Carol – The Holidays Are Here”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

“Hooray Hooray, We’re On Our Way”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

Photo: ABC

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day NBC

Hate Among Us Popstar TV

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration HBO

This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special PBS

The Young and the Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute CBS

 

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT –TOPICAL

Days of Our Lives “Flash Forward” NBC

Dr. Phil “Rodney Reed” SYNDICATED Jeopardy!

“Jeopardy! All Star Games” SYNDICATED

Nick Jr Paw Patrol Ready, Race, Rescue: Trailer Nickelodeon
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas

“Launch” Netflix The Star Wars Show

“Stars Wars Animals: The Trench Run” YouTube.com

The full list of nominees in all categories is available at https://theemmys.tv/daytime 

So, who are you thrilled to see nominated from your favorite daytime and digital dramas? Who do you think is MIA? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Broadcast On CBS; Nominations To Be Announced Tomorrow On ‘The Talk’

Breaking news on Wednesday, the Daytime Emmys are back on and in a major way returning to broadcast television and CBS on Friday night, June 26h beginning at 8 p,m, ET/PT in a two-hour special.

The announcement was made by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and this marks the 14th time CBS had aired the Daytime Emmys throughout its history.

Photo: NATAS

The June 26 telecast will be produced by the National Academy and Associated Television International (ATI), which previously produced the Daytime Emmys Awards on The CW in 2009 and CBS’ most recent broadcasts in 2010 and 2011.

In addition, nominations in major categories will be revealed for the first time tomorrow May 21st on the CBS Daytime afternoon series, The Talk as well as ETOnline.com’ there are 100 categories in all that comprise the Daytime Emmys this year.  This year’s awards honor content from more than 2,700 submissions that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019, judged by a pool of 1,000 peer professionals from across the television industry

“The Daytime Emmys are coming home,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO of NATAS. “For generations, daytime television has been a source of comfort and continuity that’s never been more important. We’re delighted to join with CBS in celebrating the programs and professionals who never cease to brighten our days.”

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“As a leader in Daytime, we are thrilled to welcome back the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS. “Daytime television has been keeping viewers engaged and entertained for many years, so it is with great pride that we look forward to celebrating the best of the genre here on CBS.”

“In these challenging times, daytime has been a primary influence in staying connected with its audience, entertaining them, and keeping them informed,” said 47th Annual Daytime Emmys® executive producer and director David McKenzie of Associated Television International. “We are honored to be a part of it. We are also excited for the challenge of introducing a new format that will celebrate the contributions of daytime television.”

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys returning to primetime and CBS? Who do you think will score a nomination tomorrow? Comment below, but first check out The Talk’s Daytime Emmy announcement below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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