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ICYMI: Watch The 45th Annual Daytime Emmys! What Were Your Favorite Highlights Of The Night?

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If you missed the presentation of the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys live-stream on Sunday, or want to watch it again, NATAS has made the ceremony available via its You Tube channel. But wait, we have it for you right here after the jump!

While the 45th Emmys are now in the record books, there were plenty of conversation pieces that had people chatting on social media over the last several days when discussing the top emotional, dramatic, and well-deserved moments, accolades, and acceptance speeches from the show.

Some included: GH’s Chris Van Etten getting a standing ovation along with his service dog, Harley when presenting with Lucky Dog’s Brandon McMillan, The brother-sister duo of Brad and Lauralee Bell honoring their parents Y&R’s co-creators Bill and Lee Phillip Bell before tossing to the Y&R 45th Anniversary tribute package. 

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There was Days of our Lives taking home the gold in all key categories of Drama Series, Writing and Directing, a feat that has not been done in decades.

Keeping it in the Salem family there was James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS) becoming the first African-American actor to win Lead Actor since Darnell Williams for All My Children, and DAYS Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes’ (Doug and Julie) speech after being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS) anchoring the tribute and package for her good friends and longtime co-stars.

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There was Ron Carlivati winning his first writing trophy for Days of our Lives, Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) winning the Lead Actress category in the too-close-to-call category of the Emmys, and GH’s Chloe Lanier’s (Nelle, GH) enthusiasm as the first winner of the night for Younger Actor. In addition to soap vet, Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) feeling the love winning Supporting Actor, and Laura Wright (Carly, GH)  anchoring the segment and tribute to General Hosptal’s 55th anniversary package.

The on-stage presenters included: Elizabeth Hubbard and Martha Byrine (Ex-ATWT), both lead actress winners and Liz being the first Emmy winner in that category in Emmy history. There was Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, DAYS) the first actress to win the Supporting Actress trophy in 1979.

You also had the likes of Jane Pauley, Larry King, The ladies from The Talk, Marie Osmond and her nephew, and The ladies of The Real jumping up and down when they won the Entertainment Talk Show Host category, and the flash mob at the beginning of the opening number were fans saw GH’s Finola Hughes, Michelle Stafford, Wes Ramsey, John J. York and others getting down with it from their seats!

Watch the 45th Daytime Emmys after the jump. Then let us know your favorite moments/highlights of the night via the comment section below.

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My greatest highlight of the Emmys was–
Coming here to read Michaels highlights of the evening and to have him inform me who the winners are..

“that” GH and Laura Wright and Maurice Benard took a step back.

Frank Valentini did not escalate or rise to the occasion

I was taken by Marla Adams… enthusiasm… excitement.. and her radiance @being @the show

that was enough for me to root that much more

Camryn Grimes.. seemed dulled to the senses. OK she said… if she WON again

she’d rather not cry and be jubilant

??? what the

piss off on this demeanor… what? where does this extra gold go

Casey Moss… robbed of acknowledge

yeah, this fan is miffed MAD and you don’t deserve that honor.. you were fired

let go

@DAYS would have had a near complete sweep of GOLD

that never happens… my heart filled

my heart is full of James Reynolds

Sir : my man… “congratulations”

beam full out smile radiant full out beat to his rhythm

it’s his

his near 40 years of my loving him . debut 1981. that’s a lot of share

SIR: I applaud your place ; your drive ; your commitment

Mr. James Reynolds

I only seen a clip when James Reynolds won…and when he did what was that look on Billy Miller’s and Micheal Easton’s face…disappointment or sour grapes or were they looking at Frank V. who continues to ruin GH?…lol

Did you notice Frank comforting Billy on the back? Like a “You’ll get em next time champ!” gesture. [Too bad I can’t include an audio clip here, but if it could, I would insert the music that accompanied Debbie Downer on SNL.]

i missed that…

Micheal Easton was happy for James Reynolds. They did work together on Days in 1992. He sent him a message on Twitter the next day and James Reynolds was thrilled and happy that he received that tweet.

James Reynolds deserved the Emmy and everybody who has any decency knows it and FV with his merry band of followers is taking GH to the trash dump where it belongs. Kin Shriner needs to quit sending false signals as does Genie if you are gone keep it to yourself frustrated that you are tweeting stuff and then erase it why stir people up?

it didnt seem it at that moment

Uh, wasn’t Mary Ficket the first to win Best Actress and Elizabeth Hubbard the 2nd? (Susan Flannery was the next year, I believe.) The very first year the awards were given was by announcement; it wasn’t until Year 2 that they were televisied. I recall a publicity photo of Mary being given her statue on the original Martin house living room.

Oh, I remember the Martin House-and the living room! What memories!

Where was kelly monaco?She encouraged billy miller to nominate himself.She should have been with him at the awards.Something is wrong with this picture.

Probably scared for her life I hear they are all getting death threats! Really it is all make believe SB been back for six months and I hear still no romance nothing moving forward but hey retcon son front and center

Favourite moments were all the DAYS wins. It’s the little show that keeps on chugging. Any success or recognition means the world to this show (after nearly two decades of winning nada from the Academy). When they won the Directing Award, it felt like the whole show won a million dollars. The excitement was palpable. Also seeing Greg and James win their long overdue awards individually….it looked like the statue meant the absolute world to them! Their speeches were so humble and heart-felt. I’m happy that they finally feel the love they have earned.

Loved the Hays’ tribute, including Deirdre’s “Hey mom” and a Bryan Cranston cameo. How cool!

Also liked Ron’s nod to Deirdre that she is “the Queen”. Unlike another show singling out a star from their show, I felt this was more an honour that everyone with a right mind already acknowledges and was just the right thing to finally say out loud on that stage.

Can you tell which show I was rooting for 😉 ?

“GREAT write”

I am giddy … beyond belief that DOOL LIVES

it’s a full hour of treat … given by @RC. yeah… I do it… Ron Carlivati ; keep the commendations going

“your team is excelling”

when this show is being rewarded with WINS … yeah… WINS @

best directing
best writing
best show

LOL… my heart … from his debut give or take July, 2017. 9 months out the start gate. my show; is ON

Love Deidre Hall!

outside of Francis Reid and MacDonald Carey – Mr. and Mrs. Tom Arnold. Dr. Tom and OUR dearly beloved Alice.

out comes Deidre Hall – superstar… daytime’ reigning Queen . Sure. I get that she may acknowledge such… after Susan Lucci , All My Children; heck… after every other actor who made this genre WORK.

Marlena Evans and John Black : swoon , heart takes, reached out…. love REELS like no other

I adore this woman… and it’s so great to have her grandson back… where he belongs… in arms length of her grandson… Will

boy is my mind and type go off key

Mr. and Mrs. Tom “Horton”

^^^^ Suzanne Rogers is HOT

I was so tickled for the ladies @The REAL.

Tamara, Adrienne, Loni, Jeannie – the giddy excitement SURPRISE was a HOOT

??? how it’s been on since 2013? surprised me.

I WATCH THIS SHOW. it started out as – supporting – people of color.

TURNS out . I like the mix of women. they seemed a little “young” for me to be watching… Loni 46. didn’t know that.

the two hooks –

Tamara – her “innocent” upbringing… from child star to marriage and parenting… I find pleasant… her commentary makes me laugh.

Jeannie Mai – her add on with culture … mixing of all people of color.. especially womanhood. her intuitiveness. she likes to talk. they need to feature more food… Asian, African American, latino foods… . i’m so glad she’s putting on weight. cutie petootie

Loni – I like her grounding the show… on topical information. she “keeps” the REAL moving. she’s emotional and I LIKE THAT a lot. sharing tears

Adrienne – she’s the underling… and adds no less. she’s the latino MIX. I like her enthusiasm. her energy is on .

this is better than Whoopie, and Joy… no? ugh

the two hooks – okey dokey

I like Tamara and Jeannie the best

their opening “song and dance” NUMBER

catch it. my sassy girls giving it

I do my version ala Olivia Newton John

I loved the General Hospital sequence and the dedication sequence to Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes. Loved seeing all of my old favorites from General Hospital-the veterans, and the stars of the ’80’s and ’90’s-when the show was action-packed and full of good stories and talent. Unfortunately, that is not the case today.
Could Laura Wright be anymore obnoxious? Seriously, is she 15? She acts like a teenager. Time to grow-up. I wish that they chose someone else to do the opening monologue for the anniversary tribute.

Great show… Beautifully done; loved the opening number and seeing Finola, Michelle, John York, Wes Ramsey all “getting down to the beat.” So fun. And, the dresses were more gorgeous than what I’ve seen at the Academy Awards. Some really stunning designs. I thought Katherine Kelly Lang’s dress was stunning; she looked gorgeous and Greg Vaughan is both stunning AND gorgeous; LOL; he really is THAT good looking.

Loved the old clips, the montage of GH from “back in the day” to present.

Glad Days won; great show and yet they’re still last in the ratings. Doesn’t make sense. They need to hire some different publicity people.

Lovely tribute to Bill and Susan Hayes; loved seeing clips of their soap love story clips knowing that it led to their real life one.

Just really nice done and beautiful production visually.

nicely

“…Greg Vaughan is both stunning AND gorgeous; LOL; he really is THAT good looking ”

Bravo
HOOT HOOT
nothing MORE – need – be said…

he’s that g-o-o-d. outside of thee obvious

I posted … @GH can have their TWINS ( Jason and Drew )

@DAYS at the time of Steve Burton redress ; gunned us down with Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf. hot me out

had the brothers dueling and piercing wit and fighting brouhaha goings ON . over Nicole. it was tantamount to spent.. it was sensation

I couldn’t be happier for all the team that is: Days of OUR Lives

fave was the days love was soooooo dissapointed by casey moss not winning loved the gh crowd getting shut down the press loves them and while i am still glad 4 shows thrive gh is the one i cannot stand to watch love days yandr and like bandb

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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