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FRIDAY: Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Scheduled For Six and A Half Hours: How To Watch On TV and Online

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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away two weeks ago from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, will be laid to rest tomorrow.  The funeral services will be a star-studded ceremony, and a religious one.

Aretha’s funeral will be made available via live-stream and on TV. Here is what we know: portions of the ceremony will also be shared on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, while BET will air the funeral in its entirety.

PEOPLE,com and PEOPLE’s facebook page will have the live-stream while the WORD Network, a religious platform will be streaming it on their website.  The funeral will also be broadcast in full by the Associated Press.

The funeral will take place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.  Attending the service will be family and friends of Aretha’s.

The six-hour event will begin at 8:30am/EST and go till 3PM.  It will start with a viewing. where many of Grammy Award-winning legends recordings will be played.

Performing will be: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, and Arianna Grande, as well as Jennifer Hudson who will sing “Amazing Grace”.  Hudson is also playing Franklin in the upcoming movie based on Franklin’s memoir, Aretha: From These Roots.

Gospel artists such as Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and The Aretha Franklin Choir will be on hand to perform as well.

Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, General Eric Holder and Clive Davis are set to speak at the service.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama was set to speak, but he and Michelle Obama will now not be attending.  However, a letter written by the former president will be read at the service.  Obama is now set to deliver one of the eulogies for the late Senator. John McCain, on Saturday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington.

So, what do you think of the line-up for Aretha’s funeral?  Will you be watching the live-stream as we pay our respects and tribute to the one and only Aretha, who was one of The Young and the Restless‘ all-time biggest fans?  Comment below.

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”So, what do you think of the line-up for Aretha’s funeral?”

Of the 14 mentioned in the line-up- I know of only 3 .
Stevie Wonder, Bill Clinton, Eric Holder.

I have sent up a prayer and paid my respects to the The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
A great woman a great loss.
No, I will not tune into watch a depressing funeral eeessshhh..

I know suOOO, we just went through
Jonah’s” funeral! When is Amys!

Wow, this lady is getting the same send off as Hillary from Y&R! Not a fan. To me, she shouted everything! I hope Tone Loc gets the same love!

Only six hours??? That still pales in comparison to the week-long, wall-to-wall, multi-city funeral vigil concocted by the ever-egomaniacal McCain!

No, not 6 hours..
It was 10 hours..
on Twitter, people joked that Franklin wouldn’t be going home until Labor Day.

Well, su, at least in the battle of the “Dueling Diva” send-offs, Aretha’s was a private matter, financially-speaking…However, the taxpayers are stuck footing the obscenely-expensive bill for McVain’s huge ego-trip from the grave, which is more elaborate than the funerals of the last three deceased ex-presidents combined (Nixon, Reagan and Ford….) And it only took longer to bury Abraham Lincoln! (Three weeks….) Even JFK’s services were more expedient than this week-long funereal extravanganza, which just goes to show how out-of-proportion it all is!

su; I didn’t watch Aretha’s funeral but I will try to see parts of it if it’s rebroadcast. She was a legend; a deserved one. Her voice, her music, her impact on the time. Truly remarkable force in music.

Smokey Robinson of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles was one of the most influential groups in pop and R&B music history. Google him/them if interested. Clive Davis is a record producer who signed some of the biggest music legends of all time: Janice Joplin (PLEASE tell me you heard of her; huge rock legend and yes, before your time but if you like rock at all she’s in a class of her own), Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Alicia Keyes, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, founded a company with P. Didy, Babyface…the list goes on and on. And, of course, Aretha.

As for McCain’s funeral, watched quite a bit of it on Saturday and it was spectacular. The music (very moving, especially “Danny Boy” which you might not know either), the tributes, the historical precedence of having both former presidents Bush and Obama give speeches (two men he ran against and lost to and yet he reached across the divide and had respect for; an ability to work with). There were “daggers” thrown at Trump though his name wasn’t mentioned which, again, was historical in that instead of just a “sad” event/funeral, John McCain, (who planned his own service and requested Presidents Bush and Obama) trusted these men, the others who spoke as well as his daughter, to speak not only about him but send a message at the same time… this man reached out while he was still here to give his parting words/wisdom (when he was no longer here to do so) to a country divided.

It was truly amazing to watch and see people from different races, religions and political parties come together. One can only hope that Senator McCain’s attempt at humanity for all spoke to the people who seem to have either forgotten it or never had it.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive 2024 WGA Award Nominations For a Daytime Drama

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday, February 21st, for the 2024 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards in the categories of motion pictures, television & new media.

This year, the WGA Award ceremonies will be held after the Academy Awards. The Oscars are set for March 10th, while the Writer’s Guild presentation will be on April 14th.

In the field of writing for a ‘Daytime Drama’, two soap operas are once again vying fo the prize … Days of our Lives and General Hospital.  Last year, the award went to Ron Carlivati (head writer, DAYS) and his writing team as they were the only nominee in the category. Overall, DAYS has won the award now three years in a row.

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The nominated writing team members for 2024 are as below:

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan WritersSonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock; Peacock

General Hospital, Head Writers Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

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As previously reported, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are no longer the head writers at General Hospital having been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and longtime GH writing team member, Elizabeth Korte.  In addition, both Van Etten and O’Connor worked under Ron Carlivati when they were all part of the One Life to Live writing team.

According to a DAYS spokesperson, the nominated episodes this year for Days of our Lives are #14663, #14678 & #14679, which revolve around Victor’s death/funeral, and part of Dick Van Dyke’s storyline as Timothy Robicheaux. We will update this story on what General Hospital chose for the writing competition as soon as it becomes available.

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No official word yet on if The Bold and the Beautiful or The Young and the Restless submitted for competition, or decided to sit this one out. The previous two years, it was only DAYS and GH in the running for the award as well.

The complete list of WGA nominations appears here.

So, what do you think about Days of our Lives and General Hospital scoring WGA Award nominations for a Daytime Drama Series? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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