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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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Judith Chapman Confirms She Is Back On DAYS And As Leo’s Mom

Exciting news DAYS fans, those rumblings were true! Judith Chapman will be playing the trouble-making Leo Stark’s (Greg Rikaart) mother on Days of our Lives.  And that reunites Chapman with Rikaart as mother and son.

As soap fans know, they played Gloria and Kevin Fisher on The Young and the Restless for many years together.  Now they will be playing a new mother/son dynamic duo in Salem. But, just what kind of twisted relationship might they have, since Leo has given clues that she was a bad mom?

Soap Opera Digest revealed that Judith will play Diana.   Her first airdate will be on January 29th.  DAYS fans know Judith from her time as Angelica Deveraux from 1989-1991, and most recently when she returned to the show for the 2018 Halloween episode doing a guest-turn as Angelica AKA Satan in Hattie’s (Deidre Hall) nightmare.

Chapman confirmed her arrival on the Salem scene in a tweet today, stating “And I don’t have to keep the secret either Mitch Sandusky! What a GREAT way to start 2019… More articles to come in TV Guide Magazine and Soap Opera Digest… and to be reunited with my TV son.

Diana will have a past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), which could cause trouble for John and Marlena’s wedded bliss.

So, excited to know Judith will once again tear up the soap-screen, but this time back on DAYS? Comment below.

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RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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