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LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live With Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special!

Tonight on Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman,we celebrate the just announced 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations with our third annual special broadcast!

Join Michael and his in-studio co-host Daytime Emmy winner, General Hospital’s Laura Wright in our 90 minute plus Daytime Emmy Nominations spectacular.  Michael and Laura will be joined by NATAS Senior VP Daytime Emmys, David Michaels who will be on hand to offer commentary on the Emmy voting and more.

Listen in as we welcome nominees:  Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Reeves, Tyler Christopher, Nicolas Bechtel, Jacob Young, Linsey Godfey, Dee Wallace, Christian LeBlanc, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Bryan Craig, and many more!

Make sure to listen for our Daytime Emmy trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win two VIP tickets to the GH Soap Fantasy event on April 16th in Nashville, Tennessee.

To call-in and share your thoughts on the nominations of who got in, and who was snubbed and more, or to pose a question or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 877-564-9088  This 90 minute  special event begins to stream live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

Now, listen live to the broadcast after the jump! If you are tuning in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime.  We hope you enjoy the show.


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Kassie DePaiva deserves Best Actress (: Worst omissions: Judi Evans and Billy Flynn and Casey Moss ):

Most of our Goldies winners ( have been nominated – except for Christopher Sean and Judi Evans – Kassie DePaiva, Justin Hartley, Nicholas Bechtel and Brooklyn Rae Silzer. Altho we chose Days for Best Writing, B&B was our pick for Best Directing. Days was our winner for Best Drama Series. Eileen Davidson won for Guest Performer for Days.

I really want Kassie to win the most!

Supporting Actress is a four way tie for me without Judi Evans as a nominee. Jessica Collins, Peggy McCay, Melissa Reeves or Lauralee Bell all would be worthwhile winners.

Supporting Actor is the worst category for me this year, only Jacob Young really deserves to win imo. Bryan Datillo didn’t submit, but I wish Christopher Sean had been nominated.


Laura’s speech still gives me goosebumps. #HellYeah she deserves many more. Love she walked in wondering here her beer or wine was!! Love lost meting to Kassie I hope she wins




I was going to call in.
I thought better of it– I might become overly enthusiastic !

I mean, imagine;

me– Hi Michel! this is Su0000 !!

michael– (silently) 0ohh dear lord it’s her, it’s that Su000 !

me– I have a lot to say! / michael to himself ”what do I do now?

Anyways.. I enjoyed the show, as always !
thanks for you .. 🙂


I liked all the guests, but- my favs of the evening;

Dee Wallace
Bryan Craig
Maura West

When actors of BB and Days were on, I went to the kitchen, bathroom and took garbage out etc, because I am not familiar with any of them (only watch GH/Y&R..

oh the trivia questions — I didn’t get one right LOL

Michael Fairman really brings us the best (he has a great job!) It was fun ..


Su…I’m with you on your favs. Loved Dee. Wish she had had more time in GH. Little bias in Laura’s part when it came to talking with Bryan?…but well deserved. Can just see Maura, Laura and “some of the girls” at a pool party comparing notes…with the beverage MF didn’t supply. Did listen to the father of Kayla from B&B. He had a lot to say, and really moved the bar up in his role.


I caught the tail end of the show… Bryan Craig : Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

he deserves to win… not matter how much the Corinthos clan is featured… bar none… it’s Morgan who stands out… his character has the most ENERGY

I loved the scene he submitted… when he and Kiki left Port Charles and went to … what he told Kiki… was the family cabin…but turned out it wasn’t… he worked it…
his manic on the edge cliff hanger was magic to watch… he nailed it without OVER THE TOP


Dear Michael – will you kindly provide us with the Emmy reels submitted, like you did last year? I greatly enjoyed them – and as you know, it’s all in the reel!


Ditto ! Please Mr. Please

“…will you kindly provide us with the Emmy reels submitted, “


Congratulations on a wonderful job. It is easy to get jaded in our respective communities of work, but after listening to you, Laura and David, it made me appreciate the love all of you have for the soap opera genre.

It was so great to hear the wonderful respect all of the actors have for the soap community. Jacob Young, Tyler Christopher, Maura West, Melissa Reeves, Dee Wallace, Lindsey Godfey and Bryan Craig were so appreciative not only for their nominations, but for all of the hard work that goes into producing five shows a week, 52 weeks a year. I loved Tyler’s story of how much he learned from Tony Geary, Genie Francis and even a young Jonathan Jackson.

Most importantly, it was refreshing to hear what a great cheerleader Laura Wright was for so many of the female nominees. We live in a world that constantly pits women against each other, yet Laura was so excited for Maura West, Finola, Missy Reeves and the incredible Kassie D. She was so nurturing and sincerely thrilled for Brooklyn and Bryan. She couldn’t have been more wonderful and lovely.

Beautiful job, Michael. We appreciate your hard work in keeping the soap community alive and keeping the fans informed.


I couldn’t agree more with this post!


Agree with your comments. Laura and MF really brought their “awards” to life.


Michael, what a great Soap Nation episode! You and Laura should be the host of the DT Emmys! Speaking of, if the awards are not broadcasted, I’m hoping you do a post Emmy show here and interview as many winners as you can. [You and Laura!]


Great episode

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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