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GL Alums Tom Pelphrey & Murray Bartlett Receive 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations; ‘This Is Us’ Snubbed

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Tuesday morning, former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with JB Smooth (Curb Your Enthusiasm) kicked-off the announcements of the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations via livestream, sharing the reveal in some of the major show and acting categories.

When the dust settled, two former daytime stars from Guiding Light scored nominations. Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Mick, ATWT and Jonathan, GL) landed in the Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his work in Ozark.  Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett (Ex-Cyrus, GL) received a nod for Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for The White Lotus.

In addition, Amanda Seyfried (Ex-Lucy, AMC and Joni, AMC) was nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout, as well as Alexandra Daddario (Ex-Laurie, AMC) for her work in The White Lotus in the Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category.

HBO’s drama, Succession led all show nominations with 25, followed by Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso and HBO’s The White Lotus which scored 20 each.

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In a shocking snub, in its sixth and final, and most-acclaimed season, NBC’s This Is Us failed to land any nominations for its acting ensemble or for Drama Series.  So many of us, in particular, were rooting for Mandy Moore to appear on the list in the Lead Actress Drama Series category.

However, also scoring a nomination was Netflix, Selling Sunset which features former soap star, Chrishell Stause (Ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R).  The show landed in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on NBC on Monday, September 12th (8 pm ET/5 pm PT) as well as streaming live on Peacock.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held over two consecutive nights, September 3rd and 4th, with an edited-down version of the presentation to air Saturday, September 10th on FXX.

To view the entire list of nominations click here.

So, what do you think about Tom and Murray being recognized for their performances? The snub of This Is Us? Comment below.

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No need for me to watch them! This is Us atleast deserved a nomination!

While I personally was more than ready for the show to end, I have to admit the complete lack of nomination(s) is a shocker.

I knew they would snub this is us. Just a joke count me out from watching. The business is a joke that loves to always shoot itself in the foot. Award shows have been a joke for years but both the daytime and prime time Emmy awards are a lost cause close the book

Was it really a “shocking snub?” This is Us was schlocky, not especially well-acted and pretty lacklustre compared to the cutting edge stuff out there these days. It was very watchable, but certainly not high quality tv. Some of the main actors got better over the years, but Justin Hartley’s acting remained as cringe-worthy in season 6 as it was at the beginning. Dude was literally playing himself, and he doesn’t even do that very well. The writers were expert at the cheap emotional setups that would make anyone cry, but that is not Emmy-worthy. I was kind of shocked how nominated they were in the first 5 years.

Congrats to Tom Pelphrey.

Congrats to 2 of my faves from Guiding Light! Tom deserved all of the daytime Emmys with his performances as Jonathan. And Murray was great as Cyrus. Hope you both win. GL actors still reign!

@michaelfairman, Alexandra Daddario also was nominated for The White Lotus. Remember that she was on AMC with Amanda Seyfried way back when!

I think two things are going on here. One is a message to the major networks that, by and large, their programming is pitiable. And I agree. But that shouldn’t mean the continual snubbing of quality dramas like A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, THIS IS US, LAW & ORDER SVU. The average episode of these shows showcases acting as good or better than the glut of trendy cable series. And why are the nominated Guest performers on drama series already famous? The “unknown” guest stars on SVU are spectacular. They get a role and make it memorable in just one episode; they should be acknowledged. Second, I’m so tired of hearing how great all these “edgy, boundary pushing” cable shows are. I’ve watched INVENTING ANNA, MARE OF EASTTOWN, OZARK, THE UNDOING. Yes, they have good actors but the majority are overlong, repetitive, mean-spirited, violent, perverse, and — worst of all — forgettable. Yes, CBS, NBC, ABC need to up their game in a big way. But Emmy voters don’t have to throw out the baby with the bath water.

I am totally with you, Soaphound, on “edgy” etc. programming. I am completely on board with the general opinion that over the last couple of decades, network programming has gotten weaker and weaker, but I find that the “edgy,” “groundbreaking,” “original” etc. cable programming tends to rely heavily on its “edginess” (“groundbreakingness,” “originality,” etc.) to establish its “quality”–which I think is taking the easy way out. I’m hungry for good storytelling about believable people in compelling situations–what we used to get from some of the nighttime dramas and some of the daytime soaps. And I’m generally not finding it–not even on cable. What’s wrong with a little warmth, and humanness, and decency, and such? They don’t have to be done in a saccharine way , and if that’s what I wanted, there’s already the Hallmark Channel (my partner’s been watching a lot of Waltons reruns lately, which, as oooey-gooey as they are, are at least about recognizable people in relatable situations, but I certainly don’t want a steady diet of shows like that, either). I’d gladly trade a few of the “edgy” etc. cable shows for something more emotionally sustaining. I’m not saying all of them need to go–obviously people are watching them, and I can be happy for those viewers, even if I can’t match their enthusiasm–but I don’t understand why we seem to be stuck in a cycle in which “edgy” etc. programming is all anybody in charge can come up with. Is it really too much to wish for a wider variety of “quality” programming?

Well said, Michael (not Fairman)! I really like your analysis here, and I wholeheartedly agree. “What’s wrong with a little warmth, and humanness, and decency, and such?” — insightful and priceless!

Well said, Soaphound! You know I am on board with your analysis targeted to L&O: SVU. It continues to excel in acting (regular cast as well as guest actors), writing, etc., but now gets overlooked by the Emmys; it’s just as good, if not better, than all these “edgy,” heralded cable shows are.

Hey James
After 20+ years, I wonder if Mariska or the show still submits “for your consideration” reels for Emmy consideration?

One reason for the quality of SVU guest stars is the NYC filming locale. They’re able to grab New York based actors (many with Broadway experience) to spend a few days on set while not leaving home. Betty Buckley being the prime example.

I will say that SVU needs to keep focus on the cases and not relationships with Rollins & Carisi or (please no) Benson & Stabler. The quality of the production overall is much better than a lot on network tv, with “Organized Crime” rising to the level of streaming.

Hello Steve: It’s refreshing to read your thoughts on SVU, including your explanation of the NYC-based guest stars. I’ve watched this show since it began and have thoroughly enjoyed it all along. I like that we get glimpses into the characters’ personal lives, too, but I get your point about focusing on the cases.

I like Benson and Stabler. She is the personification of empathy and strength, and he’s the personification of intensity. If you haven’t seen it, Google Meloni’s new Peloton commercial! But I would prefer any coupling take place in a series finale, rather than muck things up beforehand. Lessons should be learned from what happened with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis’ characters on Moonlighting.

This Is Us was mediocre at best this past season so I was not surprised at all.

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Matt Bomer Teases ‘White Collar’ Reboot Talks Are Underway

Guiding Light alum, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) revealed that a White Collar revival may be in the cards. While promoting his Showtime limited series Fellow Travelers, he opened about the possibility.

Bomer told TV Line: “There has been talk. It’s actually very legitimate talk, it’s in conversation.” Matt added, “A lot of things need to fall into place, but there is a plan in effect, at least, so we’ll see what happens.”

On White Collar, Bomer played the central role of Neal Caffrey for six seasons from 2009–2014 on USA Network. In story, Neal was paired with FBI Special Agent in Charge Peter Burke (DeKay) as a criminal informant.

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The idea of a revival was first mentioned publicly during a virtual reunion on the Stars In The House series with the cast of White Collar (see below) during the Covid-19 pandemic. At that time, Bomer shared, “There’s nothing that I would want more than to be on a set with this group of people again.”

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Since exiting Guiding Light in 2003, Bomer has become a major star in motion pictures and television. Back in 2015, Bomer joked on Late Night With Seth Meyers about Ben’s dark storylines while in Springfield, “I was a trust fund baby who bet my fraternity brothers that I could deflower the town virgin. I fell in love with her, but she found out about the bet and dumped me.  Then, I met a new girlfriend, lost my trust fund and was embarrassed to tell her so I became a male prostitute .. that’s what you do when you lose your trust fund. (Laughs).  So I had all these cougar clients that that were these women I would meet at 6 in the morning and by 9am we would be in the bed making out together for five minutes.  Then my girlfriend found out I was a male prostitute, dumped me of course, and then I went crazy, killed five people, kidnapped her to a remote cabin in the woods, confessed to her that I’d been molested by my middle school teacher, and then committed suicide in front of her, her father, and her new boyfriend. Then, hung on for one day in the hospital to confess my sins!”

So. would you like to see a “White Collar” revival starring Matt Bomer? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

Share your well-wishes for a speedy recovering to John via the comment section below.

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‘Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism’ Announces Fundraiser Dates; Proceeds to Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund and Autism Society of America

Daytime Stars and Strikes has announced its 19th annual fundraiser on October 7th and 8th, with four events in New York City at Port Authority’s Frames Bowling Center. All proceeds will be going to the Autism Society of America and the Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund.

As daytime fans know, Jerry hosted the event for 18 years which started with his time on Guiding Light (ex-Ross) and then on to One Life to Live (ex-Clint). Sadly, Jerry passed away in May of 2022.  The scholarship honors Jerry’s legacy of his love for the theatre and Daytime Stars and Strikes and sends children with autism to theatre camps, tuition-free.

The mission of Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism is to raise funds and awareness on behalf of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  To ensure all receive opportunities to learn, socialize, establish friendships, receive educational and employment opportunities and live their best life without barriers and in a safe environment.

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Below is the line-up of events:

  • Saturday, October 7th 2:00 – 4:00 pm:  Trent Dawson and Friends Play Reading.  As The World Turns alumni Trent Dawson, Michael Park and Roger Howarth (Trent/Henry Coleman/ATWT, Michael (Jack Snyder/ATWT, and Roger (Todd Manning/OLTL & Paul Ryan/ATWT) will perform a play reading with an intimate meet and greet, question and answer session to follow.
  • Saturday, October 7th 8:00 – 10:00 pm:  Bradley Cole & Friends Concert – Some of your favorite actors will perform with Bradley Cole (Prince Richard/Guiding Light) and his band.  All proceeds will go directly to the Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund – sending children with Autism to theatre camps.
  • Sunday, October 8th 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Daytime Stars and Strikes Bowling for Autism.  Liz Keifer (Blake/GL) and Ron Raines (Alan/GL) co-host this fan fav bowling event with an 80’s dress up theme and contests for best dressed, strikes, spares, etc.  Food and soft drinks included in the ticket price.
  • Sunday, October 8th 3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Fifth Annual “Bauer” Barbeque hosted by everyone’s favorite “Bauer” – Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer/GL).  Grab a Bauer burger, brush up on your Guiding Light trivia and get ready for some handbag bingo where you have an opportunity to win name brand handbags!  Food and soft drinks included in the ticket price.

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All ticket pricing, actors scheduled to appear, location of the venue and a special hotel block of Rooms at the Sheraton near Port Authority can be found on the website at

So, looks like a fun weekend ahead featuring, Roger Howarth, Michael Park, Bradley Cole, Liz Keifer, Ron Raines, Michael O’Leary and many more for a good cause.  Will you attend Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism 2023? Let us know in the comment section below.

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