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Jim Romanovich on ATI's commitment to produce Daytime Emmy telecast!

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ATI’s Jim Romanovich, sent to On-Air On-Soaps a statement that went out today, and appeared in it’s entirety exclusively at We Love Soaps. In it, Romanovich discussed the state of the soap genre as we head towards the end of 2009, and revealed that his production company Associated Television International is once again committed to producing the Daytime Emmy event next year.  Romanovich stated, “After months of careful deliberation, we have committed ourselves on paper to produce next year’s event. This was all based on the caveat of two things: 1. That the daytime genre, especially the soaps, are collectively strong enough and want this to continue.  2. That we can top what we did this past August-including the venue. The answers to both are yes. And no it’s not a moneymaker for us.”

“We got involved in this past Emmys show because we were fans of the genre and felt it was a prestigious thing to do. We wanted to give the shows a platform of celebration and recognition. As we moved into the summer, we realized this was more of a survival mission not only for the Daytime Emmys, but for the soaps themselves. That show had to be great because it could very well have been the last. There’s a chance that it still may be the last. When I said that my announcement doesn’t mean much is because there is so much more that has to happen. But our decision was key to this even moving to the next step. Now all the rest of the pieces have to come into play such as NATAS, the broadcaster, and the date. When that all happens, we’ll make a formal joint announcement with NATAS. So the good news is that we’re ready and we’re committed. I feel strongly the rest will follow suit. The 2010 watch begins now.”

So will NATAS, a broadcaster, and a date and venue all open up to celebrate the genre’s highest achievements?   Stay tuned.

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‘Jeopardy’ EP Mike Richards In Advanced Negotiations To Replace Alex Trebek as Permanent Host

After all the trial host runs, replacing the irreplaceable and late game show host icon, Alex Trebek, it looks like Mike Richards, the current executive producer of the syndicated series is very, very close to finalizing a deal to become Trebek’s permanent replacement.

According to Variety who broke the news yesterday, Richards is in advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Television to become permanent on-air host following Trebek’s 36-year-run.

Richards has been a game host throughout his TV career as well, when he hosted Divided and The Pyramid for Sony Pictures’ GSN network.  As an EP, Richards previously led The Price is Right and on the celebrity edition special of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

 

May people have been guest hosts and been given a trial run to host the popular game show series since Trebek’s passing including: Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ken Jennings, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers  and more.

So, if a deal can be reached, how do you feel about frontrunner Richards as Jeopardy’s new host? Comment below.

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Daniel Goddard & Bryton James To Host, Meet, Match, Connect with Other Soap Fans Event On Their ‘Dysko’ App Along with More Y&R Stars

Longtime friends and former castmates, Daniel Goddard (Ex-Cane, Y&R) and Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) who recently formed a business partnership and are the creators and cop-founders of the new social networking app, Dysko, are holding a virtual event to connect soap fans!

Now is your chance to join Bryton and Daniel along with many familiar faces from Y&R next Sunday August 15th starting at 7 PM EST/4 PM PT, when they host the first Augmented Reality Fan Event hosted via Dysko,

Scheduled to join Bryton and Daniel are Y&R fan favorites: Tracey Bregman, Doug Davidson, Christel Khalil, Hunter King, Christian Le Blanc, Kate Linder, Michael Mealor, Mishael Morgan, Melissa Ordway, Brytni Sarpy, Michelle Stafford and many more.

The event is free. To attend, download the Dysko app and sign up for an account prior to the event, so you can connect with other fans from around the world.  For more on Dysko click here.

So, will you be checking out the app and hanging with some of your faves from Genoa City next weekend, virtually? Let us know in the comment section.  But first, check out a little more about the Dysko app in the video below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Key Role in Upcoming Season of ‘New Amsterdam’

She made her mark as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light and has turned her career into a major primetime and film success.  Now comes word that the talented Michelle Forbes is set to appear on the new season of NBC’s drama, New Amsterdam.

According to TV Line, Forbes will join the cast for the fourth season in the recurring role of Dr. Veronica Fuentes. The character is said to be ‘a calm, poised and fearless fixer who is brought in to reconstruct the failing hospital.”

However, the outlet reports that Forbes’ Dr. Fuentes’ first order of business on her way to reversing New Amsterdam’s declining numbers will be to “wipe clean the inept board.”

Forbes was most recently seen on ABC’s Big Sky and had notable roles in True Blood and The Killings.

The new season of New Amsterdam premieres on Tuesday, September 21st  at 10 pm. EST.

So, looking forward to seeing Michelle in her new role on primtime? Comment below.

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