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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
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

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Chrishell Hartley Dishes Jordan’s Latest Return; Freddie Smith, Judi Evans & Wally Kurth Chat On The Kiriakis Clan On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

On the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’, Chrishell Hartley talks with host Michael Fairman on the new and mysterious developments with Jordan Ridgeway.  For Jordan, revealed to Rafe (Galen Gering), that she gave birth to a baby boy, and Rafe goes off to find the child and brings baby David back to Salem.  But who is the biological father? Chrishell weighs-in on her thoughts on all the drama, and if Jordan and Rafe might rekindle their past romantic feelings.

In addition, Hartley dishes her new reality series Selling Sunset, where she is thrust into the cutthroat world of real estate agents.  The series now airing on Neflix, puts Chrishell in the middle of the female agents of the Oppenheim Group Real Estate company.  During the podcast, Chrishell talks about the blurred lines of reality TV and what the experience was like for her, in particular dealing with the competitive female agents.

For fans of NBC’s This Is Us, Chrishell’s husband, Justin Hartley (Kevin) was just featured in the season finale, where viewers learned in a flash-forward that Kevin Pearson is the father of a young boy.  Chrishell shares her thoughts on that episode.

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Later in the podcast, Freddie Smith (Sonny), Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Wally Kurth (Justin) talk on what’s going down with the Kiriakis family including:  Justin and Adrienne’s “officiating” Eve and Jack’s wedding; while Sonny tries to help Will cope with the news of Will’s brain tumor and what may be left for their future together.  Plus, Judi talks about how Freddie got chosen to play the role of Sonny in the first place, since she screen-tested with him.

Photo: NBC

At the end of the episode, Michael asks Freddie, Judi, and Wally to play a game called, “Dish, Dirt, or Delight” were they pick a name out of dish and offer up thoughts on some of their past or present co-stars from DAYS.   Listen to what they had to say!

Download this latest installment on iTunes here, or take a listen at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Then let us know,  what was your favorite part of this episode of Inside Salem? Who do you hope turns out to be the father of Jordan’s baby?  What do you think will happen next for Sonny and Will?  Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘A Mermaid For Christmas’ Featuring DAYS & More Soap Notables Coming Your Way

On Wednesday, executive producers Kyle Lowder (Rex, DAYS), and Michael Caruso and Barbara Caruso, announced their last project and this time its a holiday film for the entire family!

The cast includes: Lowder along with Jessica Morris (ex-Jen Rappaport, One Life to Live), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) Kathleen Gati (Liesl  GH), Sheree J. Wilson (Ex-Dallas), and newcomer Emma Demirjian.

According to the films’s creator, writer and co-executive producer, Michael Caruso,  A Mermaid For Christmas is “filled with warmth, humor, whimsy, and just a touch of magic that combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element that only a mermaid can provide.”

Principal photography will begin this spring for a 2019 holiday release.

The Carusos other projects have included: Winterthorne and Ladies of the Lake in which Lowder was also an EP.

In a tweet, Caruso expressed: “FINALLY!! So excited to begin a brand new journey & bring you some holiday fun for the whole family w/ & many more. No matter what you celebrate there’s always room for holiday magic!

While Lowder tweeted: “THRILLED to finally announce this. So grateful and excited to tell this beautiful story and share it with you all this holiday season.”

So what do you think about a holiday movie starring some of these popular folks from the soaps? Intrigued by the premise? Comment below.

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