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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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Soaps need to add the pandemic to its stories and show how they do it…this will help eliminated some scenes with too many characters ect..

While they’re at it maybe they could ask old Gavin to stop scheduling his fucking daily press conferences at 1:00 PM every day.

There’s literally 23 hours in a day when there’s nothing on TV, and he chooses to interrupt the one program that’s still on the air (Days of Our Lives)

Hold off until 2:00 mr Governor. I couldn’t give a cherub’s pink ass about the Nurses Ball reruns.

Sorry to break this to you – Governor Newsom’s 1:00 pm news conferences are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than Days of Our Lives will ever be. Decisions made by Governor Newsom during this pandemic out weigh your selfish inability to watch Days of Our Lives at a later time.

He’s got 23 other hours a day to work with. Let him interrupt that shitty prime time lineup that NBC has right now. Three hours of Simon Coward and a bunch of other corporate stooges pretending to promote “talent” (i.e. the next generation of lip syncing teen models “singing” bubblegum corporate crap calling itself “music”)

Earth to Satan-the pandemic is affecting the lives of millions of Americans. Days of our Lives is FICTION which has no basis in reality. Governor Newsom’s new conferences will ALWAYS take precedence over the fictional lives of the residents of the equally fictional Salem where ever. If you need help watching Days of Our Lives at a later time ask a friend for help or ask Google.

” thank you ” for, holding’; the DAYS of OUR Lives YES indeed that’s spill

Men circle tingle; sensation (s) Days of OUR lives Mensation

Cuomo is doing the same thing in New York, and all he does is whine and shift blame. And of course the noon news on the CBS affiliate has to have their full half hour taken out of the Y&R episode (even though they have about 5 hours of daily news over 24 hours).

I have been in Canada visiting my family since before the beginning of COVID 19. So much stuff of all sorts going on so I’ve waiting it out before going back to my home in the US. My soap network feeds come out of Buffalo so I see Cuomo’s press conferences everyday. It comes on after watching Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau. I’ve really been impressed with both of their own brands of leadership, information and “we are in this together” attitude through these terrible times…something sorely lacking out of DC.

Yes, Dr Ruth! If President Trump had not bailed out that sorry Cuomo with much-needed ventilators, the hospital ship, plus plenty of federal manpower, other medical supplies and lots of $$$$, he would even be whining and demanding more than he still is! Now if he can only think of a way to blame all those tragic nursing home deaths (due to his own disastrous policies…) on The Donald…..

Shay…Hahahahaha…ohhhh…still at it. Say bye-bye Trumpty Dumpty. What a sorry ass failure. Ducking for cover in his bunker and then getting peaceful protesters out of the way so he can con his Evangelical basee with his upside down Bible. Downplayong a deadly pandemic while he’s popping preventative pills. Higest number of infections in the world, most deaths in the world…the virus he said he had “contained” and will go away, one day, like magic. And NOW, after his daily rallies…ummmmm…”updates”….he wants to have a packed convention with no social distancing and no masks.
The man is unstable. More than half the country knows it, the generals know it, Europe knows it…man’s gotta go back to The Aporentice after he’s voted out and fire himself.

Shay and Dr Ruth…And thank goodness Cuomo and other governors who had to “whine” (your word, not mine) got what they needed to save lives. I think it’s any president’s duty as leadersto “bail out” (again your words, not mine)these asks

Shay and Dr Ruth…Oops pushed the wrong button. As I was saying I think it’s any president’s duty as the country’s leader to “bail out’ (again your words, not mine) to follow through these asks to help save lives. I think it even better if presidents would preempt and ask the governors and others how the federal government can help instead of all of the negative backbiting. Since this is an unexpected event in most of our lifetimes, with still many unknowns, there is no playbook on how it will turn out. And Cuomo and others have offered thanks.
Where I do agree with you is this epidemic has really shown the dirty little secrets in many nursing and retirement homes In both the US and Canada, not just NY. Besides finding a vaccine they have got to get them cleaned up with strict regulations.

Ugh, I can’t stand Baker, Cuomo, or Newsom.

I don’t think Baker, Cuomo or Newsom care that you can’t stand them. I don’t care what you think of these three Governors. I just know that Cuomo is doing the job that I voted him into office to do.

Annie, who hurt you? Mommie? Daddy? Did your husband leave your for a happier woman?

No DMRR – my husband did not leave me for a happier woman. Which reminds me, how to you like the self destruction of DJT? Now that gives me happiness

I, for one, anne, am LOVING it! But the narcissist is STILL tweeting his non existent heart out, deflecting and spinning the truth. That Bible upside down cake-prop with that “commanding” stance…as he tries to combat not only peaceful protesters but the ego-deflating down-in-the-bunker” hiding image would be amusing if the whole surreal situation wasn’t so hideous.
Let’s HOPE that the electoral college is on the side of sanity this time. We know most of the voting public will be. The world (with the exceptuon of Russia) is counting on it.

@DMRR…Personally, I’ve always surmised that it’s those people who didn’t get their much-desired ponies for Christmas during disappointing childhoods who have these “issues!”

You must care or you wouldnt be responding…

My goodness, you’re virtue signaling like crazy!

Why can you not stand those Governors, because they’re doing their jobs for the people in their states during incredibly tough circumstances?

Dan…what do you expect from Trumpsters?

Hmm so I guess looting and burning your cities is a essential item now?? Pathetic !!!

Going to be interesting on how soaps work post pandemic filming. The Days writer is in a lot of trouble, he will have to do something with Ciara/Ben besides have them in bed together all the time…Lol..seriously, going to be interesting especially for the younger demographic that wants love in the afternoon. Do think the soaps have some really good pairings that have enough chemistry that you don’t need the hot heavy sex. Just have to have well written lies the’s writers..cough cough carlivati.

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‘Tracker’ Starring Justin Hartley Premieres After Most-Watched Super Bowl With 18.4 Million Viewers

Justin Hartley’s (ex-Adam, Y&R, ex-Kevin, This Is Us) new CBS drama, Tracker debuted immediately after Super Bowl LVIII this past Sunday delivering a huge audience averaging 18.4 million viewers.

That comes on the heels of the most-watched Super Bowl telecast of all-time where the overtime game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a lead-in average viewership of 123.4 million people.

Tracker retained 15% of the audience from Super Bowl LVII but that still gave the series the largest post-Super Bowl numbers for a series since 2021. That series in 2021 was The Equalizer.

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Of note: The Tracker audience numbers refers only to CBS viewership and will soon see an increase when data becomes available from streamers Paramount+,, and the CBS app.  In addition, Tracker’s performance outshined last year’s post-Super Bowl effect in the ratings. In 2023, Season 2 of  Next Level Chef  retained 13.6% of the audience of the big game, and 15.7 million viewers after 115.1 million watched the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Interestingly, given the length of Sunday night’s Super Bowl and it going into overtime, it pushed Tracker’s scheduled premiere back even later until 11:14 pm EST. That marked the latest Super Bowl game lead-out in its history.

In case you missed the premiere of Tracker, and its first episode entitled “Klamath Falls”, the series stars Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

So, what do you think of how ‘Tracker’ performed in its first episode averaging 18.4 million viewers? Will Justin Hartley’s new series be able to retain a large part of this audience moving forward week-to-week? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Don Murray Passes Away at 94, Michele Lee Pays Tribute “I Will Always Love Him”

He played Sid Fairgate on CBS primetime’s beloved soap opera, Knots Landing (1979-1981) and was an Oscar nominee for his performance in Bus Stop, and now comes word that actor Don Murray has died at the age of 94.

Murray’s son, Christopher broke the news to the New York Times. However, he did not give any further details into his father’s death.

Michele Lee who played Karen Fairgate on Knots Landing posted a touching tribute to her former leading man, expressing: “Don Murray, One of the nicest people I have EVER met. When Don was working on the set, everything stopped. People stood by the camera to watch him. Don was often applauded when the director yelled “Cut.” Everybody, I mean EVERYBODY called him Mr. Murray. That’s how much respect we all had for him. I will always love him. #knotslanding #knots #goodnightsid #donmurray #restinpeace”

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On ‘Knots’, Murray’s Sid was killed-off in a car crash in its third season. A mechanic working for the mob took out the brakes in Sid’s car. While Sid and an FBI agent were driving, the car went out of control and fell from a cliff. After having to undergo live-saving surgery, Sid didn’t survive passing away in the early stages of the operation. (You can watch the heartbreaking ending to Sid’s life and Michele Lee’s bravura performance below).

In addition to Knots Landing, Murray had an illustrious film career having been Oscar-nominated for his debut role as Beauregard “Beau” Decker, the lovestruck cowboy in Bus Stop. He also appeared in Fred Zinnemann’s A Hatful of Rain 1957, where he played a morphine-addicted war veteran, and starred as a closeted gay senator in Otto Preminger’s Advise & Consent in 1962. Later in his career in 1986, he played Kathleen Turner’s father in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the death of Don Murray via the comment section below. Under the video of Sid’s death on Knots, you can also check out the Michael Fairman Channel interview with Michele Lee, Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark where they discuss working with Don Murray during the conversation.


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Daytime Emmy Category Changes Announced: Outstanding Younger Performer Eliminated; Daytime Program Hosts Revised

The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will look a bit different with the elimination of some categories and a redefinition of others as announced on Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The changes include the elimination of what has become the controversial Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama series category, where the age range was so vast that it had younger children competing with older teens or young adults.

That means that General Hospital’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn) will become, for all intent and purposes, the final winner of this category as she took the honors for her work at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards handed out in December of 2023.

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This category had under gone a myriad of changes and age eligibility rules over recent years. Younger performers were first honored at the Emmys in 1985. With the removal of this category, younger performers are now eligible to submit for Supporting Actor or Actress or Lead Actor or Actress category. The flipside of the change is that there is one less category for Daytime Drama performers to be named in.

Other changes as announced by NATAS include merging ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special’ into ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.’

Additionally, the Daytime Program Host category has been split into two categories – Daytime Personality–Daily, and Daytime Personality–Non-Daily. The complete list of changes is below.

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In a statement, Adam Sharp, President of NATAS expressed: “Programming is always changing, and NATAS continues to adapt its competition rules to reflect these shifts in the television landscape. We’re looking forward to gathering again at the 51st Daytime Emmys to celebrate all the nominees and the entertaining and enlightening programs they create.”

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For a further breakdown of the category changes, see below:

Daytime Program Host Eligibility

Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Correspondents from Entertainment News and Legal/Courtroom Programs (e.g. the judges and bailiffs) are now eligible within the Daytime Personality – Daily or Daytime Personality – Non-Daily category depending on airing/streaming schedule. They also remain eligible in their respective Program categories but cannot win two Emmy statuettes for the same function, e.g. if a Program wins Outstanding Program and the Hosts win Outstanding Daytime Personality, the statuette defaults to the Host entry. Hosts from the same Program will be included in a single entry with all Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors and Correspondents on the same submission and the reel must contain footage that highlights all entrants.

Daytime Personality – Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, and Correspondents on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams daily AND/OR has more than 52 episodes per calendar year. Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

Daytime Personality – Non-Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, Correspondents, and Narrators on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams weekly or all at once AND/OR has fewer than 52 episodes per calendar year (regardless of how many were filmed or produced). Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, Daytime Special, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

NATAS also announced that the entry deadline for submissions for the competition will be February 22nd, with a late entry by March 7th. Judging will be from March 21-April 11, 2024 with the official nominations to be revealed the week of April 15th.

No word yet on the date of the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, but one would presume it will be back to sometime in June as it has been in previous years. Last years Daytime Emmys got pushed to December of 2023 due to the writers and performers strikes.

So, what do you think of the elimination of the Outstanding Younger Performer category? As well, as other category changes for this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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