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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.

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
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MBmomof3

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

Amanda
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Amanda

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

Lynn
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Lynn

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

Lynn
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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
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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
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MBmomof3

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

susan M.
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susan M.

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

Ruby C.
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Ruby C.

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

SZima
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SZima

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

Betsey
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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
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SZima

Sharon Case is not a writer.

Lauren
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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
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SZima

Again, this is about writing…NOT acting.

Lynn
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Tali Smith

Mitwell – OLTL!

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!!!!

Sean M
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Sean M

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

Allie
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Allie

What was “Bad Water” episode about?

heidi
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heidi

Congratulations!

Patrick
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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.
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susan M.

I agree with you TOTALLY!

Lew S
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Lew S

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

Matt
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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
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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
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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
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John Wesley Shipp

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

Patience DePhazio
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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
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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… Read more »

Kelly Ryan
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Kelly Ryan

GH or OLTL

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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