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Kevin Spirtas’ Digital Drama ‘After Forever’ Receives Special Recognition Honors In 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominations

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Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley), woke up to some good news on Thursday morning when the nominations for the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Award Nominations were unveiled, and his digital drama, After Forever, received ‘Special Recognition’ honors from the organization.

Each year, The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.  During the nominations livestream today, 198 nominees in 28 categories were announced.  The winners will be revealed during a virtual ceremony scheduled for April 2021.

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After Forever was named in the non-competitive Special Recognition Awards for media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories along with; Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records), Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment), Ou(Pixar/Disney+), Razor Tongue (YouTube), “The Son” Little America (Apple TV+), and Jesse & Joy’s “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma), and Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast.

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In an exclusive statement to Michael Fairman TV,  Spirtas shared: “We are beyond grateful to GLAAD for being named one of this year’s Special Recognition recipients. With the extraordinary amount of content that is out there these days, it is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our independently produced series, After Forever, especially on the heels of the death of my collaborator/writing partner, Michael Slade, who sadly (in a “life imitates art” scenario), passed away just before the New Year. Our commitment to continue telling these stories is now even stronger than ever. ”

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Spirtas has already won four Daytime Emmys for his work on the series including for: Outstanding Digital Drama, Writing (twice) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Drama.

In 2019, After Forever made history by becoming the first LGBTQ drama series to ever win five Emmys.  At the end of 2020, the series dropped a very special episode entitled Riley’s Unforgettable School Project which can now be seen on Amazon Prime here.

Check out all of this year’s nominations for the GLAAD Media Awards here.

So, excited to hear that Kevin’s passion project received high honors from GLAAD?  Have you enjoyed After Forever thus far? Comment below.

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Y&R’s Sasha Calle Cast as DC Universe’s New ‘Supergirl’ In Upcoming Motion Picture, ‘The Flash’

Exciting news for The Young and the Restless, Sasha Calle (Lola).  The young actress was chosen from over 425 other performers who auditioned for the role of Supergirl.

With her casting, Sasha will star in the upcoming Warner Brothers feature, The Flash and become the first Latina Supergirl ever chosen for a DC Universe role.

According to Deadline: The Flash director Andy Muschietti watched all the auditions along with DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers, was blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role adding, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”

Calle will follow in the footsteps of Helen Slater who played Supergirl in the 1984 Warner Bros movie, Melissa Benoist who played the part on the on the TV series for 126 episodes.

The Young and the Restless tweeted out huge congrats to their cast member stating: “Huge Congrats to our “Supergirl” @SashaCalle”

Word is that Calle will join the production of The Flash soon to begin her new role.  No word yet on what will happen to the character of Lola on Y&R.

Watch the moment below when Sasha is told by director Andy Muschietti she has the part!

So, excited for Sasha landing this major motion picture DC Universe role? Let us know in the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, The Kelly Clarkson Show Among Those in Running For Best Hair and Make-Up For Guild Awards

Nominations were announced on Thursday for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) Awards in the fields of motion picture and television.

Guild winners will be announced on April 3rd.

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Hair Styling nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Lisa Long, Danielle Spencer, Lauren Larsen, Christina Joseph

The Kelly Clarkson Show Roberto Ramos, Tara Copeland

The Young and the Restless Adriana Lucio, Lauren Mendoza, Regina Rodriquez. Jackie Zavala

The Real Roberta Gardener-Rogers, Rachel Mason, Ray Dobson, Noogie Thai

Dr. Phil “From Tech Genius to Unmotivated Mess” Mimi Vodnoy Love, Annette Jones

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Make-Up nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Christine Lai Johnson, Stacey Alfano, James Elle

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Dionne Wynn

The Kelly Clarkson Show Jason McGlothin, Gloria Elias-Foeillet, Chanty LaGrana, John Foster

The Real Melanie Mills, Glen Alen Gutierrez, Motoko Honjo-Clayton

The Young and the Restless Patricia Denney, Kathy Jones, Laura Schaffer, Kelsey Collin

You can view all the nominees here.

So which daytime shows do you think should win Best Hair Styling and Make-Up from the nominees? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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