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Holiday Episodes On the Soaps (Previews)

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This week, get ready to celebrate the holiday season with your favorite soaps and your favorite soap families.   Let’s take a quick look at what each daytime drama is serving up for Christmas.

Today on General Hospital it is the highly-anticipated “A Christmas Carol” episode featuring Michael Easton as Ebenezer Scrooge, and next, Jane Eliot makes her triumphant return in a guest arc as Tracy Quartermaine as she comes home for the holidays.  But does Tracy have an agenda in the timing of her return, especially with the recent arrival of Brook Lynn back to the family fold?

On The Young and the Restless, families are re-united for the holidays when Fen comes home to Lauren and Michael, and Faith is back on the canvas to be with Sharon and Nick.  Then, in a Christmas surprise, a mysterious little bundle of joy is left on the Newman ranch.  What will Victor and Nikki do with said child and how will it effect the meaning of Christmas for them?

Over at The Bold and the Beautiful, looks like some holiday drama is set to ensue centering around everyone’s continued suspicion of Thomas Forrester and his intent with Hope Logan.   Liam and Brooke are on to him, but will Thomas’ new plan to ingratiated himself to Hope work, or will he get another lump of coal from Santa?

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Then on Days of our Lives, looks like just in time for Christmas, the annual Horton tree ornament hanging ritual will get underway and Julie could not be more thrilled.  Meanwhile, Kayla sees Stevano in the disguise as Santa Clause when she is telling all about Christmas and the meaning of it, to the sick children at the hospital.  Will she get a closer glimpse of him and find out what the hell has been going on?

Check out the promos for all four daytime dramas below.  Then, let us know which soaps’ holiday moments are you most looking forward to via the comment section below.

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I like Finn, just not with Anna. I love Violet. Not sure that I will watch the GH holiday episode. I would rather see “real” stories, than the drivel we have been subjected to. Please, oh please, get rid of Wes Ramsey. What a failure. Needs his mama bear to land him a job.

Violet Lemm
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DMRR, I wonder if his other mama bear Anna, will help him get out of the very large hole, he’s dug for himself? After he’s gone, I hope Maxie doesn’t find herself pregnant. Oh yes, that little Violet is the cutest, isn’t she, and a good little actor.

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Davy

I watched the gh episode. Wow, I was bored to death. I give them credit for trying something different, but please no more of this!

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Jimh

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Jimh
Jimh

Even tho Valentin should had been Scrooge i still liked the episode but with a twist…at the end Scrooge/Finn is reunited with Belle/Anna…Scrooge isnt ever reunited in any of the classic movies with the woman he lost so i thought with an unexpected twist to the story here it does happen!!!

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Kay

Christmas wish list ! Bill Bell Agnes Nixon Douglas Marland come back reincarnated in new writers bodies to simply save a dying genre! Merry Christmas I hope I get my Santa’s wish !

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I loved the Christmas Day on Y&R especially with Summer and Mariah sharing their little sister’s return for the holidays.Faith is so pretty and growing up fast. I Would love to see more of her.
On a sour note. Is anyone as sick as I am seeing Phyllis sticking her face in everyone’s business, especially Adam and Chance? It’s obvious that neither man can stand her. It’s embarrassing to watch.

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Lee Phillip Bell, Legendary Co-Creator Of Y&R and B&B, Passes Away

The entire soap world and daytime community is saddened today with the news of the passing of a true icon and TV pioneer, Lee Phillip Bell.

According to her children, William James Bell, Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) and Lauralee Bell Martin (Christine, Y&R), Lee passed away on February 25th at the age of 91.

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They shared: “Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother.  Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously.”

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 1928, Bell was co-creator, along with her late husband William J. Bell, of two of daytime television’s most successful dramas: The Young and the Restless (Y&R), and The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B).

Bell’s career as a broadcast journalist began in Chicago, where she hosted and produced her own show, The Lee Phillip Show, for CBS TV for over 30 years. A pioneer in the evolution of the afternoon talk show format, Bell was a trailblazer in the exploration of timely social issues and concerns.  Additionally she produced and narrated numerous award-winning specials and documentaries covering social concerns such as foster children, the subject of rape, children and divorce, and babies born to women in prison, to name a few.. Bell interviewed heads of state such as Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Regan; film actors Judy Garland, Clint Eastwood and Jerry Lewis; musicians such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles; television and stage stars such as Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and Oprah Winfrey; and many other politicians, authors, journalists, fashion designers and rock stars.

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She was awarded 16 regional (Chicago) Emmy awards and numerous Golden Mike awards. Bell is also the recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Award for the special The Rape of Paulette, the first program in Chicago to explore the issue.  In 1977, she was the first woman to receive the coveted Governors Award from the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  In 1980, she was named “Person of the Year” by the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago and the “Outstanding Woman in Communications” by the Chicago YMCA.  She also received the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award for her distinguished career in communications and social service. Bell won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series as co-creator of The Young and the Restless in 1975 and was recipient of the Daytime Emmys’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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In addition to her children, Lee Phillip Bell is survived by her daughters-in-law Maria Arena Bell and Ambassador Colleen Bell, her son-in-law Scott Martin and eight grandchildren.

Since the news of Lee’s death, many stars from daytime have been sharing their remembrances and condolences of this great woman and what she meant to them.  We will share more on this story later today.

For now, share your condolences for the Bell family and your thoughts on the passing of this icon, Lee Phillip Bell in the comment section below.

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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NATAS Launches New Streaming Service App As Destination To Watch Daytime Emmys and More

Looks like the place to view the Daytime Emmy ceremonies continue to change, and now evolve with the times, with news on Wednesday from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

While the annual kudofest used to be on major network television, the last several years have found the Emmys not having a broadcast outlet and having to be creative.  As fans of the daytime community know, most recently that show has been able to seen on You Tube, Twitter, and the like, via social media.

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Now comes word that NATAS has launched its very own streaming service app to be the epicenter for all of its award shows.  According to Variety: “The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.”

With the introduction of the new OTT app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp shared that viewers will know where to go instead of  how it went down in the recent previous years.“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way. But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

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NATAS is reportedly building out the OTT app  be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.   The new app is said to be free, at least for now, and without commercials.

One more important note is that Sharp says to be on the lookout for more content to enhance the Emmy and award show experiences delivered from NATAS that will include: past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives,.

In addition to that, looks like there will be some original short form content as well; including its first one “Behind the Emmy” that will combine backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

So, what do you think about the upcoming launch of NATAS’ new app and the place to watch this year’s Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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