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Kristian Alfonso, Barbara Walters & Anderson Cooper Among First Presenters Confirmed for Daytime Emmys!

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As the producers of this year’s 39th Daytime Emmy Awards are working fast and furiously to bring the show live for the first time this year on HLN ( Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET), the telecast had just announced the first presenters confirmed for the big night.

As you know, the Daytime Emmys recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.   Barbara Walters will present this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of The View.

Also on board are:  Days of our Lives Hope Brady,  Kristian Alfonso,  CNN and syndicated talk show host, Anderson Cooper, animal expert, Jack Hanna,  talk show host and cooking expert, Rachael Ray, Caroll Spinney (best known as Big Bird or Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street) and the cast of talk show The Doctors are also set and confirmed to present.

On-Air On-Soaps will keep you posted as more presenters are revealed!

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Wouldn’t it be fun to have some stars from our cvancelled soaps be in the presenters mix? Faves from ATWT, GL or AW, as well as AMC and OLTL!

david
david

It would be fun, but they would have to pay their own airfare and the cost of the seat at the show.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I know, which is BS. But I hope many will see it as an investment in their career and how much it would mean to their loyal fans. Also, this could be their last chance to attend.

Bonnie
Bonnie

But who is going to host?? I think it should be Erica Kane!

Noreen
Noreen

Yes Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak should host

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

agreed

ethel
ethel

rachel ray????????????? why would they choose her as a presenter?? when we were campaigning to keep amc & oltl from being cancelled she said that soaps were a dying genre & the fans needed to just deal with it,
not a good choice as far as i am concerned…………………jmo

barbara t
barbara t

She did? I never heard that, Dying genre my……..I’m with you ethel not a good choice at all.

susan M.
susan M.

What a terrible thing to say………..Rachal Ray should go and wash some dishes & clean up her cooking mess !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is so wrong from the truth….Soap fans aren’t interested in her cooking show..I could care less about cooking shows…….Any cooking show I find BORING..These shows make you climb the walls of bordum……………………….I am still interested in my stories. That will never change..This is what I like..And I stick to it…She should be on the food network..That’s where all these cooking boring shows belong..Stay on their own food channel..Not on the major networks……………………

barbara t
barbara t

I agree with you susan m, shes another one on my can’t stand list, Hln, rachell ray for a host bad mistake, the majority of people who watch the daytime emmys are soap fans without them I don’t think any one would watch, come on do you think people are tuning in to see barbara walters get a emmy? I don’t think so. Cooking shows are the programs that are boring and should be put on the food channel and not infesting our daytime hours.Talk, Food, and just plain stupid shows are all over the place on cable, Give me drama I don’t need to learn how to cook, I will go to the news channels to get my news that or my local news. rachell ray, give me a break.

susan M.
susan M.

Michael please let us know if OLTL actors will be presenting any awards …Looking forward to seeing them on The Emmy Awards…………And so are a lot of other soap fans…Miss OLTL terribly………

Jan
Jan

anderson cooper is going to be there, why?

barbara t
barbara t

That’s a very good question, but I believe he does have a talk show. Seems everyone has a talk show these days.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

As grateful as I am to HLN, this is gonna be soooooooo painful to watch.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

i’m hoping more soap stars will be presenters.

barbara t
barbara t

Only one soap star and 2 talk show hosts, Hopefully that will change as we get closer to the big day. I could care less about who will win best dopy talk show, I pick oscar the grouch to win in that category. game shows are interesting I do watch 3 of them and they are always in the running, and one of them always wins. This year I am hearing it will be dedicated to One life to live and All my children, That will be a tearjerker. Seeing that will make it even more final that it is today.

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tristan
Tristan

I am not sure Erika Sleazak is a good choice for a host for many reason. She is probably the best daytime actress (sorry Kim Zimmer fans) but she doesn’t have the star power. she could host a little segment but not be the host. Great actress but not enough clout. Remember daytime emmy’s are more than soaps and even then Erika was known for OLTL very few daytime stars transcend soaps let alone daytime – Alison Sweeney, Kristian Alfonso, Deidre Hall, maybe Tony Geary, Genie Francis, the guy who plays Victor Newman on YR, Cameron Mathison and Susan Lucci. It would be nice to see Susan Lucci do it one more time; one would hope she would get al lifetime achievement award sometime too. Lucci would be a better choice if Lifetime picks up Lucci and Devious Maids. She already has some new reality show too and she has done some night time guest spots as well as a spot in Gloria Estefan’s Hotel Nacional so she still has some clout and public interest. HLN isn’t exactly a heavy hitter; this could be painful. I hope it isn’t too sketch or budget like. Scramble. It could be a very full nostalgic program if Dick Clarkis thrown into the mix. It will be sad if AMC, OLTL and Dick Clark have to share the limelight just like when Farrah Fawcett died at the same time as Michael Jackson – he just beat it. I don’t think this show is going to fair too well; sadly with the loss of AMC and OLTL I wonder if the daytime emmy’s will become no longer prime time interest – nice work ABC. You not only destroyed two soaps you killed a magazine or two and the daytime emmy’s. Let’s hope ABC doesn’t go belly up too because I can’t believe the backlash.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I think Cameron Matheson (though, I’m not a big fan) and Allison Sweeney would be good choices. Their careers have definitely expanded beyond soaps. They would do a great job and represent everyone very well.

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Chrishell Hartley Dishes Jordan’s Latest Return; Freddie Smith, Judi Evans & Wally Kurth Chat On The Kiriakis Clan On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

On the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’, Chrishell Hartley talks with host Michael Fairman on the new and mysterious developments with Jordan Ridgeway.  For Jordan, revealed to Rafe (Galen Gering), that she gave birth to a baby boy, and Rafe goes off to find the child and brings baby David back to Salem.  But who is the biological father? Chrishell weighs-in on her thoughts on all the drama, and if Jordan and Rafe might rekindle their past romantic feelings.

In addition, Hartley dishes her new reality series Selling Sunset, where she is thrust into the cutthroat world of real estate agents.  The series now airing on Neflix, puts Chrishell in the middle of the female agents of the Oppenheim Group Real Estate company.  During the podcast, Chrishell talks about the blurred lines of reality TV and what the experience was like for her, in particular dealing with the competitive female agents.

For fans of NBC’s This Is Us, Chrishell’s husband, Justin Hartley (Kevin) was just featured in the season finale, where viewers learned in a flash-forward that Kevin Pearson is the father of a young boy.  Chrishell shares her thoughts on that episode.

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Later in the podcast, Freddie Smith (Sonny), Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Wally Kurth (Justin) talk on what’s going down with the Kiriakis family including:  Justin and Adrienne’s “officiating” Eve and Jack’s wedding; while Sonny tries to help Will cope with the news of Will’s brain tumor and what may be left for their future together.  Plus, Judi talks about how Freddie got chosen to play the role of Sonny in the first place, since she screen-tested with him.

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At the end of the episode, Michael asks Freddie, Judi, and Wally to play a game called, “Dish, Dirt, or Delight” were they pick a name out of dish and offer up thoughts on some of their past or present co-stars from DAYS.   Listen to what they had to say!

Download this latest installment on iTunes here, or take a listen at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Then let us know,  what was your favorite part of this episode of Inside Salem? Who do you hope turns out to be the father of Jordan’s baby?  What do you think will happen next for Sonny and Will?  Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘A Mermaid For Christmas’ Featuring DAYS & More Soap Notables Coming Your Way

On Wednesday, executive producers Kyle Lowder (Rex, DAYS), and Michael Caruso and Barbara Caruso, announced their last project and this time its a holiday film for the entire family!

The cast includes: Lowder along with Jessica Morris (ex-Jen Rappaport, One Life to Live), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) Kathleen Gati (Liesl  GH), Sheree J. Wilson (Ex-Dallas), and newcomer Emma Demirjian.

According to the films’s creator, writer and co-executive producer, Michael Caruso,  A Mermaid For Christmas is “filled with warmth, humor, whimsy, and just a touch of magic that combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element that only a mermaid can provide.”

Principal photography will begin this spring for a 2019 holiday release.

The Carusos other projects have included: Winterthorne and Ladies of the Lake in which Lowder was also an EP.

In a tweet, Caruso expressed: “FINALLY!! So excited to begin a brand new journey & bring you some holiday fun for the whole family w/ & many more. No matter what you celebrate there’s always room for holiday magic!

While Lowder tweeted: “THRILLED to finally announce this. So grateful and excited to tell this beautiful story and share it with you all this holiday season.”

So what do you think about a holiday movie starring some of these popular folks from the soaps? Intrigued by the premise? Comment below.

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