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Former Soap Stars, Julianne Moore and Tom Berenger Take Home Emmys! Maggie Smith scores win for Downton Abbey!

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Tonight on the just concluded broadcast of the 64th Annual Primetime Emmys on ABC, a few former soap stars and a legend appearing in a juicy nighttime soap took home the gold!

Julianne Moore won for Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for her performance as Sarah Palin in Game Change.  This was Moore’s second Emmy of her career, having last won a Daytime Emmy back in 1988 for her roles a Sabrina and Frannie Hughes on As the World Turns.

Tom Berenger, who played Tim Siegel on One Life to Live from 1975-1976, won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini Series or Motion Pictures for Hatfields & McCoys.

And for the amazing cast of the British soap opera, Downton Abbey, (which new season will air in January in the U.S)  it was legendary Maggie Smith, who won the acting prize for the series with her win for her portrayal of the Dowager Countess in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

In the major categories of the night, Homeland was named Outstanding Drama Series and Modern Family won the prize for Outstanding Comedy Series.  What do you think of Moore, Berenger, and Smith’s Emmy win’s?  Let us know!

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Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

I could care less on who wins at any award shows as i think they are a waste of time watching it

toscanti
toscanti

I love Julianne Moore, she has been very under rated. She can act as well as any and better than most. Congrats Julianne!!!!! Well deserved.

mo
mo

I didn’t know Tom was on a soap. Regardless, glad he won. He does a great job on DWTS.

susan M.
susan M.

Julianne Moore played a very good Sarah Palin (CLUELESS)……….Didn’t know much about politics at all………………………..What a movie…..I saw it….She had no idea what to do….Beringer I like….I started to watch OLTL with my Mom at that time..I remember his part as Tim Siegel….I have seen some of his movies too…Happy them both they deserved to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I was SO in love with “Timmy and Jenny” back in the day, I quit watching OLTL after they killed him off!
Glad to see Tom Berenger’s still around, he was and still is SUCH a good-looking guy!

Patrick
Patrick

Julianne Moore! x-Frannie – As the World Tuirns…. I love her…. and, she acknowledges Soaps!

Tom Berenger – He looked good…. i still have hatfield and McCoys on my DVR… cause of him and Bill Paxton (Big love).

Jessica Lange WON! my favorite! People! if you have the time… and want mystery, intrigue, and scare the crap out of you…. you’d watch on FX – American Horror Story… it starts Octover 17? so well written, crafted, and filmed…. this new season… includes Chloe Sevginy… amazing actress from big love.

Massimiliano
Massimiliano

Tom Berenger is the best actor in the world ( with AL Pacino).

Tom Berenger is Great and Legendary actor.

janet
janet

Julianne great for her.She doesn’t hide from her soap role.She actually returned to help end the show. She will always have a fan in me because of it. Was very happy to see she won.
She is a very beautiful and talented actress in and out!

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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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