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Judith Light Wins Second Consecutive Tony Award! Watch Her Acceptance Speech!

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Fantastic news last evening!  Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner for her iconic role as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, took home her second consecutive Tony Award in ceremonies held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and telecast live on CBS! ( except on the West Coast).

Light took home the prize in the Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her performance in The Assembled Parties!  Judith won in 2012 in the same category for her role in Other Desert Cities! The Assembled Parties continues on Broadway till July 7th, in case you have the opportunity to catch Judith in it in the Big Apple!

After her second consecutive Tony victory Sunday, Light spoke to the press backstage where she related to the L.A Times, “I was terrified to come back to the theatre. I needed to prove to this community that I mean it, that I really want to be back here. I’m doing such different plays, I’m such different characters, but the overwhelming experience is one of real appreciation. The result of this is this ongoing, really, love affair between me and this community.”

Of course, one of the high points of Judith’s Tony win was getting to listen to her acceptance speech where she thanked her husband, Robert Desiderio, whom she meant when they both starred on One Life to Live, he in the role of Steve Piermont, and her long time manager, Herb Hamsher, and paid tribute to her fellow nominees and much more.  Watch Judith’s acceptance speech from last night after the jump, and let us know what you thought of it and her Tony victory?

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CTwildheart
CTwildheart

So happy for her! I have loved her in every role I have seen…

blake
blake

She looks great, and congrats to her!

Chaz
Chaz

I hope everyone who ever disses actors that got their start on soaps takes notice of what great talent does come from that genre.

She is amazing.

ricardo
ricardo

judith light what a terrific actress. she won another tony again. i had a feeling she would win again. judith is classy sassy and very pretty for her age.

heidi
heidi

Congratulations Judith!!!

What a lovely lady… what a talented actress…what a great acceptance speech!!!

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Big Congrats On Your 2nd Tony Award Winning Performance, Judith–Yay! <3 😀 <3 😀

nancy
nancy

She’s a class act, always has been…she deserves every win she gets.:)

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

What a classy lady. Congratulations Judith.

Charday
Charday

I know her only from DALLAS, but congrats for the win!

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Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

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But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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