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General Hospital, One Life to Live & Days of Our Lives Land DGA Nominations!

This morning the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced their nominees for all the directing categories in the field of Television including the Daytime Serials category!

DGA President Taylor Hackford announced those who will compete for the prize which will be handed out at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 2nd in Hollywood to be hosted by Kelsey Grammar!

In the Daytime Serials category we are pleased to announce their were five nominated directors and their directing teams from three soaps: General Hospital, One Life to Live and Days of our Lives.  Congrats to all and here are the daytime drama nominees:

Albert Alaar – Days of our Lives – Episode #11895  NBC

Mr. Alarr’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Mike Fiamingo, Joe Lumer, Lugh Powers, Tina Keller Stage Managers: Fran De Simone, Stuart Howard Production Associates: Krista Cremidan, Holly Metts, Sara Peterson, Lucy Yalenian.

Larry Carpenter – General Hospital – “Bad Water”  ABC

Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave Stage Managers: Brendan Higgins, Robert Markham, Craig McManus Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

William Ludel –  General Hospital – “Magic Milo”  ABC

Mr. Ludel’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

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Scott McKinsey – General Hospital – “Shot Through The Heart”  ABC

Mr. McKinsey’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames,

Jill Mitwell – One Life to Live – “Between Heaven and Hell” ABC

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush.

Congratulations to Scott, Jill, Larry, Albert, and William on their nods! Now soapers, which episode from the nominations do you think was the best directed of 2012?  Let us know!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Tough choice. All were amazing episodes. The Soap Fans Win!

Amanda
Amanda

Sharon on Y&R is the winner in by book!

Lynn
Lynn

I agree Sharon all the way! Winner winner! Love her!

Lynn
Lynn

OLTL’s it was towards the end and it was a wow, edge of your seat drama..I remember being at work and ticked off cause I couldnt get out of there fast enough and diner had to wait till I the end then after diner I sat down and rewatched,,,,I havent been that into a s/l since…..very good scenes

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I would agree that OLTL should win, but even the two OLTL episodes nominated were so good IMO it would be a tough choice. I still miss OLTL.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Oops, my bad. The Larry Carpenter directed epi was for GH, not OLTL. But a great episode in my book.

susan M.
susan M.

I would like OLTL win also!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I still miss OLTL also!!!!

Ruby C.
Ruby C.

Sharon Case for best actress all the way Young and the Restless

SZima
SZima

This is an article about writing, not acting. What does Sharon have to do with this?

Betsey
Betsey

I want Sharon Newman aka Sharon Case for the best actress this year! she has gone so far and beyond. She is awesome! 🙂

SZima
SZima

Sharon Case is not a writer.

Lauren
Lauren

Where is Young and the Restless? Sharon Case is the winner for that show. She has been put through so much and she came out on top!

SZima
SZima

Again, this is about writing…NOT acting.

Lynn
Lynn

Ummm Y&R? I get it the show is so boring now but still Sharon is my all time favorite and she did a out of this park acting job this past year! way to go Sharon S still wish Victoria Rowell as Drucilla was aloud back! It would save the show.

su0000
su0000

The Directors Guild of America awards are not for best actors/acting, but for the directing of scenes/stories…
GH will win.. The directing this year was impacting , awesome..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I enjoy Sharon Case’s acting too, but these are DIRECTORS Guild of America awards. I don’t believe actors are nominated, unless I missed something.

SZima
SZima

You didn’t miss anything. People just can’t seem to stay on topic on these boards and it drives me a little crazy!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Mitwell – OLTL!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!

Sean M
Sean M

Which episode was “Shot through the heart” on GH. I guessed the others

Allie
Allie

What was “Bad Water” episode about?

heidi
heidi

Congratulations!

Patrick
Patrick

“Between Heaven and Hell” which, if I’m not mistaken was the original title of “One Life to Live” should win. That episode was full of honesty, humor, history, and heartbreak.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you TOTALLY!

Lew S
Lew S

Michael, which director/directing team do you think should win for best episode?

Matt
Matt

I hope when the daytime awards come around Sharon Case will win. I am sure and this will be her second Emmy win!

John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY JILL! (Jill Mitwell “Between Heaven and Hell” ONE LIFE TO LIVE) One of the most caring, creative, collaborative, inexhaustible directors I know, and with whom I had the privilege of beginning my career as Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light, continuing through THIS EPISODE on ONE LIFE TO LIVE– which aired January 2012. Richly deserved. I am so proud and happy. Actors: ALWAYS try it her way; more often than not, you will find your fiercely defended choices (lol) melt before her brilliance. 😉 jws

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

OMG! THE JWS? Loved (to hate) you “Eddie Ford”. Jill Mitwell & OLTL all the way. Congrats on the nomination. You rocked it!

John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp

And thank you, Michael, as always, for keeping us up-to-the minute. jw

Patience DePhazio
Patience DePhazio

The ‘HEAVEN AND HELL’ was soap opera at its best. That one episode was for better than a year of B&B incestuous sstorylines. Jill Mitwell must win, since I do not watch GH.

Edwin
Edwin

One Life To Live “Between Heaven and Hell” must win that was hands down one of the greatest soap episodes EVER!!! And easily the best in this list. There were so many layers to it and the things done in this were absolutely ground breaking. From the way characters were faced with former evil enemies taunting them about there pasts to when the characters fought back sent those evildoers to hell and escaped. One Life To Live was nearing end and brought great homage to the shows history in which the show was originally called “Between Heaven and Hell” so to write a story arch about a place “Between Heaven and Hell” was just amazing and it was so well done and fit write in with the stories going on. I especially loved the individual ways dead characters reacted with living characters when varying between them wanting to die and go to heaven or or hell or to wanting them to go back to the living world. Also, the way it wrapped up Robert Ford’s stories of how he went from a terrible childhood to being a scumbag to being redeemed into a good man with his son and new girl friend Jessica to facing his father and his old demons to defeat his father escape and to search for help and maybe find it. They left what happened between him and the angels unknown which I think was amazing because for all we know he is alive he could be dead in heaven he could be dead in hell we don’t know if he got a decision between life or death it was just great. Then to bring back old one life to live fan faves was also great. To sum things up overall this episode of ONE LIFE TO LIVE was PHENOMENAL. Sorry to go on for so long but this episode trumps the others which are top episodes of a year but this episode was an episode of a lifetime.

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan

GH or OLTL

Days Of Our Lives

Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

Photo: JPI

And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

Photo: JPI

While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

Courtesy/NBC

And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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