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General Hospital 15,000th Episode Milestone Promo

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Currently scheduled to air tomorrow on Tuesday, June 20th, is General Hospital’s 15,000th episode.

What we do know is that the standalone episode is centered around the character of Laura Collins played by GH icon, Genie Francis.

GH co head-writer, Dan O’Connor, previewed the episode in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now.

Dan shared: “It’s a love letter to the fans, but also to the city of Port Charles. and Laura is also the Mayor.”  He goes on to say that “Laura’s mayoral administration is rocked by a sudden and very muscular challenge.”

From the looks of the just released promo for the 15K celebration, the town bands together!  Check it out below.

Share your congrats to GH for its 15,000 episode milestone, and if you are excited to see the Laura-centric story unfold, via the comment section.

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The hearings are back tomorrow, so don’t bet your soul that ABC will actually be airing this episode, just yet.

If such a thing does happen, I would suggest that they release the episode anyway, so it can pop up at the normal time on Hulu and abc.com and allow affiliates to air it either in real time on a digital subchannel, or air it at 3:00 AM, which is how they used to handle pre-empted episodes.

They likely switched to doing national preemptions because in the long run it saves money. “Budget guru” Valentini then has less episodes to deliver saving $ spent on the non-contract staff and production. Similar reasons why they went to repeat episodes on major holidays.

If it does air Wednesday instead, it would be the third delay since this episode was originally supposed to air last Friday.

Network brass, not Valentini, make the decisions on what airs when.

Hi Rodd—-broadcast tv is owned by the government–
That’s why we get it free-
Anything to do with government/congress/whatever is preempted by the government.

So I had a rerun today, again! Not the 15,000th episode. So very disappointed in ABC

Looks like fun. And how about some love for 15K episodes’ worth of escapism, fun, drama, and great acting over the decades. The fire in Maura West’s eyes; the catfights; the murder trials; the longevity of great Genie Francis; the deaths of beloved characters; the lights shining on Billy Miller’s and Josh Swickard’s hair. I know soaps are silly to a lot of folks but I’ve gotten so much joy and necessary flights of fancy since my childhood that I say “so what?”. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

The problem is too many people don’t like it, so they don’t watch and the ratings continue to drop. How can a show like GH survive with its ridiculous storylines when there is so much other excellent television streaming. GH’s audience is slowly dying off and it is not gaining new fans. It’s a reality. If the genre is going to survive, it needs to start competing with the streaming series by presenting realistic, well-written storylines.

You are correct in saying that soaps need to step up their game on the writing department. As for the ratings continuing to drop, that pace seems to have leveled off significantly. The saving grace for daytime is the major erosion of primetime ratings. Some nighttime shows now pull in roughly the same amount of audience as GH. Daytime talk shows are also not the ratings gold they once were.

With OLTL being the last show leaving the air 10 years ago and NBC being committed to DAYS with limited edition streaming series, the genre may be a holding pattern for quite a while.

I get your point, Steven, and I agree that some plots are preposterous. But I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Granted I get weary of how dimwitted the police are on EVERY soap and the endless ‘whose baby is it’ tales. But I’ll tell you that, while a lot of touted programming on streaming channels is good, an equal amount is extremely violent, mean-spirited, demonic, sadistic, and preponderant with endless conspiracy puzzles that I lose interest in. I watched INVENTING ANNA, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, THE UNDOING, MARE OF EASTTOWN…I just find them repetitive, too long, and have plots that could easily be wrapped up in two or four hours instead of eight or more. I don’t know what the answer is but I hope that soaps don’t become the next victim of typically modern “all or nothing” thinking.

Yes, Soaphound! GH is the best show out there! I love it and can’t wait to watch it everyday.

The BIG problem is — speed..
The soaps are still in the ’70s.. They have never evolved.
The stories go on forever..
Younger people grew up on speed, middle-aged people luvin and needing speed etc..
When things are slow all are upset..the soaps are extremely slow-
Fact; the soaps are still in the ’70s.. They have never evolved.

Soaphound, now, that’s the spirit! A very nice tribute.

Jamesj75
I agree with you. Soaphound’s always on the ball!

This is off topic but since Donna Mills was on the show and can now call herself an emmy winning actor because of the show. She has constantly bashed daytime threw out her career. In an interview just put up on youtube “called pioneers of Television”. She really knocks the genre in this 2022 interview. She says that daytime is not a good place to make a career because if you stay too long it ruins you for other things because you are just doing it off the top of your head. She also calls “daytime a stylized form of acting” not in a positive way. Since this interview I have gone down a rabbit hole of interviews with her and was shocked how negative she is about daytime. In one interview she bristles at “Knotts” being called a soap. According to her it was not. It was a Primetime Drama. She said the daytime shows go for caricatures and her show does characterizations.The list of negative daytime talk just goes on and on with her almost always taking offence at Knots being called a soap. Check out her interview on PBS called “primetime soaps”. She again says Knots was not a soap but a primetime drama!

She has spoken often about daytime being a great training ground post “GH” but in a Canadian talk show from 1982 with host Allan Thicke” says to her what a great training ground daytime is. She replies”no not really. You can fall into a trap doing a soap because they are so ponderous and are all about having another cup of coffee” He then says “so people are lying to me” She says”maybe they are afraid they”ll have to do a soap again like the actress who played my sister who is stuck in soaps and not advanced her career”!!I assumed she was referring to the wonderful Leslie Charleson.

All of this shocked me because I thought she was a friend of yours Michael and of Laura Wright and Genie Francis”

All of this from an actress who can now call herself an”Emmy Winning” actress because of a lowly soap!!

Greg
Very interesting and believable. I’d always had that feeling about her, that she was above everyone else. A lot of actors knock the daytime shows and the people working their asses off making them but they are WORKING steady making good livings, not sitting around waiting for an agent to call with a possible part for someone’s aunt or grandmother. I loved Knotts and when it was over and Syndicated, I watched it every morning, so I guess it could then be called daytime with rest of the Soaps.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations: CBS Soaps Score Most, Eric Braeden, Dick Van Dyke, Guy Pearce Receive Nods

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) have officially announced on Friday, the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

While Thursday brought with it four reveals of the nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama, Talk Show Host, Lead Actor and Actress categories (as presented by various entertainment news programs), today’s nominations include all the other categories not previously announced.

The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast is set to be presented live on Friday night, June 7, at 8 PM EDT /delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. This will mark the 18th time that CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys.

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In addition, The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at t9 PM ET/6 PM PT and streamed on The Emmys apps and at watch.TheEmmys.tv. The ceremonies will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

Television icon, Dick Van Dyke has received his first-ever Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performer category for his touching portrayal of Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s Days of our Lives. The nomination makes Van Dyke the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee in history at 98-years-old.  In addition, motion picture and TV star, Guy Pearce, is also nominated as Guest Performer for his longtime role as Mike Young in the reboot of Neighbours.

Speaking of Neighbours, the Australian soap opera also received its first ever Daytime Emmy nomination for Daytime Drama Series now that its a revival can be streamed on Amazon Freevee. In addition, The Young and the Restless iconic, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) received his first Daytime Emmy nomination in more than 20 years in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

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In the Daytime Drama series categories, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless each scored 12 nominations more than any other show. Leading the acting nominations was B&B, who landed 7 performers in the various categories, a first in its 37-year history.

In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS expressed, “We are happy to once again honor the creative talent both in front of and behind the camera of America’s favorite Daytime programs. We look forward to celebrating the icons who enliven the days of audiences across the country.”

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Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime, NATAS added, “Producing the Daytime Emmys is a labor of love for all of us at NATAS. The huge popularity of these shows continues to be must-see viewing for their fans.” NATAS also revealed that Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Hosts, Presenters, and Silver and Gold Circle honorees will be revealed at a later date.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in television programming honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be produced once again by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie executive produces from ATI.

Congratulations to all the men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes for their recognition as we take a look at who will be going for gold come June. Here are the nominees below starting with the Daytime Drama Categories.

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OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Neighbours

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS

Tamara Braun, Days of our Lives

Finola Hughes, General Hospital

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle, The Bold and the Beautiful

Michelle Stafford,  The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros, General Hospital

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OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR

Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless

Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye, The Bold and the Beautiful

Eric Martsolf, Days of our Lives

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS

Jennifer Gareis, The Bold and the Beautiful

Linsey Godfrey, Days of our Lives

Courtney Hope, The Young and the Restless

Allison Lanier, The Young and the Restless

Emily O’Brien, Days of our Lives

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR

Robert Gossett, General Hospital

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Wally Kurth, Days of our Lives

A Martinez, The Bay

Mike Manning, The Bay

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

Linden Ashby, The Young and the Restless

Ashley Jones, The Bold and the Beautiful

Alley Mills, General Hospital

Guy Pearce, Neighbours

Dick Van Dyke, Days of our Lives

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION

General Hospital

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

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OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

The Kelly Clarkson Show

OUTSTANDING CASTING

African Queens: Njinga

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Start Up

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN

African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

General Hospital

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING

African Queens: Njinga

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Jennifer Hudson Show

Sherri

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OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING AND MAKEUP

African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

Sherri

The View

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“Shine” General Hospital

“Unexpected Truth”Unexpected

“We’re Home” Reconnecting Roots

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME TALK SERIES

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Tamron Hall

Turning The Tables with Robin Roberts

The View

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OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS SERIES

Access Hollywood

Entertainment Tonight

Extra

OUTSTANDING CULINARY SERIES

Be My Guest with Ina Garten

Family Dinner

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays

Valerie’s Home Cooking

What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel

OUTSTANDING LEGAL/COURTROOM PROGRAM

Hot Bench

Judy Justice

Justice For The People with Judge Milian

The People’s Court

We The People with Judge Lauren Lake

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DAYTIME TALK SERIES HOST

Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Mark

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST

Lidia Bastianich, 25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee

Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie’s Home Cooking

Eduardo Garcia, Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia

Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Cooks

Sophia Roe, Counter Space

Buddy Valastro, Legends of the Fork

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PERSONALITY – DAILY

Frank Caprio, Caught in Providence

Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner , Matt Cohen, Cassie DiLaura, Denny Directo, Will Marfuggi, Rachel Smith, Entertainment Tonight

Deborah Norville, Steven Fabian, Lisa Guerrero, Ann Mercogliano, Jim Moret, Les Trent. Inside Edition

Robert Hernandez, Star Jones, Divorce Court

Judge Judy Sheindlin, Whitney Kumar, Kevin Rasco, Sarah Rose, Judy Justice

What do you think about the nominations for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Who do you think deserved to get in that did? Who do you think got snubbed? Who are you happiest to see receive a nomination? Let us know via the comment section below.

Make sure to be with us live starting tonight Friday, April 19th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th anniversary edition of its Daytime Emmy Nomination Special 2024, featuring some of the just announced daytime drama nominees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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51st Daytime Emmys: Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Nominations

On Thursday, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards revealed nominations in several key categories via four entertainment news programs: Access Hollywood, E! News, Extra and Access Hollywood.

Three of the four announcements were major categories in the field of Daytime Dramas.

The nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series category are: The Bay, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Neighbours and The Young and the Restless.

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General Hospital won this category last year, and has the most all-time wins for a series in this category. For the first time, the beloved Australian-based soap opera, Neighbours is now eligible for competition due to its reboot which streams on Amazon Freevee.

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out in ceremonies in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th.

Previous categories announced tonight via the entertainment news outlet included: Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

So, what do you think about this year’s nominee for the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series? Who do you think should win? Comment below.

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51st Daytime Emmys: Tamara Braun, Finola Hughes, Katherine Kelly Lang, Annika Noelle, Michelle Stafford, Cynthia Watros Score Lead Actress Nominations

The nominations were revealed for the 51st annual Daytime Emmys. in the prestigious Lead Actress in a Drama Series category by Entertainment Tonight.

This comes ahead of tomorrow’s full list that is set to be unveiled at 12noon/9am PST on Friday.

In the running for this year’s Outstanding Lead Actress are Tamara Braun (Ava, Days of our Lives), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, The Bold and the Beautiful), Annika Noelle (Hope, The Bold and the Beautiful), Finola Hughes (Anna, General Hospital), Cynthia Watros (Nina, General Hospital) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless).

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Previous winners in this category include GH’s Finola Hughes, Cynthia Watros and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford.  Days of our Lives nominee had won in the Supporting Actress category twice in her career.

Earlier, the Lead Actor nominees were revealed and you can find them here.

Make sure to be with us Friday night, April 19th for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special beginning at 5 pm PT where we chat live with some of this year’s nominees.

So, what do you think about this year’s Lead Actress nominees? Comment below.

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