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HLN Announces Best Morning Show to be Last Award of the Evening at Daytime Emmys!

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Courtesy/NATAS

As HLN is  in preparations to bring you the exciting 39th Annual Daytime Emmys on June 23rd, some changes are already being implemented.  One of those is the presentation of the final award of the evening, which up till now has been the Outstanding Drama Series award given out to the soaps.

However this year, HLN has announced via its Twitter page,  that the final award of the evening will be for the Outstanding Morning Show which includes nominees such as The Today Show and Good Morning America.

HLN tweeted: “For the first time, the Daytime Emmy award for best morning show will be the final award of the night. Will it be Today Show or GMA?”

Now while soap fans may immediately want to jump and feel this could be a slight to soaps, there is a bright side!  The Daytime Drama Series category won’t be cut off at the end of the program, as has happened many times over,  if the live show should be running late!  NATAS and HLN have already let it be known that their goal is to present as many categories as they can in all fields of daytime programming.

So how do you feel about the change? Are you cool with Outstanding Drama Series being handed out inside the broadcast? Or, do you feel it should be designated for the final award of the evening, without question?  Let us know!

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Sheryl
Sheryl

I think you made a good point and I agree with you Michael.

Blake
Blake

I’m so used to it being at the end, keeps us watching til the end! But this means we can tune out early!

But Best Morning Show as the climax???? zzzzzz

Elhu
Elhu

While I am so very grateful to HLN for broadcasting the Daytime Emmys, I am somewhat disenchanted that “Outstanding Drama Series” will not be the final award given, because to me this is yet another sign that tptb feel other programming, such as morning television, is more important than the soap genre. On a positive note, at least we will be able to see the broadcast, so that positive far surpasses the negative mentioned above, and I am sure HLN will handle each award with the dignity and time they deserve, unlike the fiasco broadcast last year.

Dan
Dan

I’m just happy that HLN is broadcasting the show, and we will be able to watch it. I’m also happy that it seems like this year will be a return to more of a traditional Emmy Awards show, not a nauseating Las Vegas infomercial. What order they choose to present the awards doesn’t matter to me. I’ll be watching for what I hope will be a big GH night!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Its their show, the order can be anyway they want it to be. Im just glad its televised!

david
david

Great idea! Let them cut off the Outstanding Morning Show category at the end. All of us here care more about soaps. I just wish OLTL was in the running for the Outstanding Drama Series.

Mo
Mo

First I thought yeck, then I thought, hey the speech won’t get cut off. So I’m fine with it.

aria
aria

it shows that soaps arent the top dog anymore.

Jane
Jane

I’m just grateful they are being televised. I’m rooting for OLTL to win in every category with a nomination. But especially Erika Slezak as Lead Actress.

barbara t
barbara t

Have no Idea why they would do this, I really don’t care I am interested in the soaps I could care less who wins for any of the talk shows because I am not sucked in by that kind of programing, Next year there may only be 4 soaps left even though things are not looking good for days and general hospital, Once the soaps are gone, Seriously who is going to tune in to see who has the best talk show? I’m Not that’s for sure. Let them do the soaps early on then we know right off the bat who wins, at least we get to watch it and I am hearing they will show some respect for One life to live and All my children we all know those shows deserve it. Still can’t understand how One life to live was left out of the best drama series and best writing, That makes no sense at all.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

glad HLN is airing the show and I will watch. At least it won’t be an endless commercial for the Vegas Venue like the last few years. As far as best news/talk show getting the final award…stupid. Who watches the daytime Emmys to see that? Not me. I couldn’t care less and will probably change the channel once the soap awards have all been given out.

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In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

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The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

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