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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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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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Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays Together Again For Upcoming ATWT Virtual Chat

Got to love Oakdale’s enduring favorites Bob and Kim Hughes! And now, although As the World Turns has been off our screens for back on September 17th, 2010, the love for the soap is still as strong today to its ardent fans.

So with that said, on You Tube’s The Locher Room, former soap publicist and host Alan Locher is bringing together Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) for a very special virtual chat on Friday May 15th beginning at 2. p. m. EST/11 a, m.  PST.

Make sure to log on here to view the conversation.

Make sure to let us know in the comment section below your favorite Bob and Kim moments over the years!

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Mark Collier Added To ATWT Reunion Line-Up For Friday

Everyone needs a little Mike Kasnoff in their lives, right?  Well, news today from The Locher Room has that for the scheduled As the World Turns virtual chat tomorrow, Mark Collier will be joining the funfest.

Now look for the updated line-up to include former As the World Turns cast members: Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer Munson Donovan), Jennifer Landon (Gwen Munson), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Collier.

They will join former ATWT and GL show publicist, Alan Locher as he hosts the reunion on his You Tube Channel beginning on Friday May 8th starting at 2 p.m EST/11 a.m.PST.  You can watch the livestream here.

Collier played the role of Oakdale’s Mark Kasnoff from 2002-2007, and then returned for a time in 2009.   The role has originally been played by Shawn Christian from 1994-1997

Will you be watching this ATWT reunion? Remember Mark as Oakdale’s Mike? Comment beloe.

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