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Listen To The Broadcast Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman & Guests: Jason Thompson, Steve Burton, Eileen Davidson, Heather Tom, Kelley Missal & Max Ehrich!

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If you missed Thursday night’s live broadcast of the monthly Internet Radio series Soap Nation Live with Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special, you can listen to the archive of the broadcast streaming right here!

Plus we offer up below some highlights of what was said during the live episode by some of our nominated special guests vying for the gold for the upcoming 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards that will be handed out on June 22nd.

During the two hour nomination celebration, Michael welcomed Outstanding Lead Actor nominee Jason Thompson (Patrick) from General Hospital, Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee, Steve Burton (Dylan) from The Young and the Restless, Outstanding Lead Actress Nominees, Eileen Davidson (Kristen) of Days of our Lives and Heather Tom (Katie) of The Bold and the Beautiful.  Plus Younger Actress and Actor nominees, Kelly Missal (Dani) of One Life to Live and Max Ehrich (Fen) of The Young and the Restless!

In addition, Soap Opera Digest’s Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Sloane along with Access Hollywood’s Sharon Spaeth (also Daytime Emmy nominated) were part of a live roundtable discussion with Michael on who got in and who got snubbed in the nominations where the biggest shockers amongst the roundtable seemed to be the omission of Days of our Lives, Blake Berris (Nick), General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna), and GH being shut out in all major show categories; Drama Series, Writing and Directing.  Closing out the broadcast was NATAS’ Senior Executive Director Daytime Emmy Awards David Michaels who offered his perspective on the nominations, the academy’s attempts to lock down a televised home for this year’s ceremonies, and what the plans are for the event if the ceremonies are streamed online and more.

Y&R’s Steve Burton was the first special guest who offered up this on his nomination and pick for his Emmy submission that earned him the Supporting Actor nod:  “It was with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), and it was with Dylan finding out from Chelsea that the baby is not his  I actually had four people at Y&R watch the episodes and give me their opinion.  I pretty much went with the majority of opinion, and I didn’t leave it to myself to choose.  It was interesting watching everybody’s tape and its interesting talking to people about what they should choose what they choose, and then you see them in someone else’s scene and you go, “Why didn’t they use that?”  I don’t think as an actor you can be objective about your own work, because you can be emotionally attached to it.  Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) really helped me out.  I trusted his opinion. I think he is a fantastic actor, and a consummate professional.

Burton also revealed what it has been like to be away from his original soap home of General Hospital where he made his mark as Jason Morgan, and to receive another Daytime Emmy nomination:  “It’s been bittersweet.  GH was my family and sometimes you’ve got to go and give other things a shot.  I think it’s going to take everyone a long time.  I am very proud of the character that I played there. It will always be a very important part of my life.  I am so happy for Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), that they got nominated.  They were one of the first people I texted. To see them get recognized for what I knew they were capable of all these years was just so exciting for me. And the fact that I am going to get to go to the Emmys with all my buddies is awesome.”

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Days of our Lives Eileen Davidson shared why she thinks soap fans were enamored by the return of Kristen DiMera last year which garnered a Daytime Emmy nod:  “I think Kristen is a person you love to hate and some people just hate her. I knew there was a lot of love coming at me, but also she is a crazy character, who is not real warm and fuzzy.  And she is not Ashley, and that is what has been fun for me to go back to Y&R for awhile and play a character that looks so much different and to play a different animal. It’s been a fun couple of years for me.”

Eileen also shared her excitement on her DAYS co-star Eric Martsolf (Brady) landing his first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor:  “I was so incredibly thrilled for him, because he was my rock though this whole thing.  I really relied on him. I think together we created this vortex of energy with both of our characters that allowed us to just go for it.  It affected my performance and it affected h is. So for him to be acknowledged … is fantastic!”

General Hospital’s Jason Thompson filled listeners in on what episode of his work he submitted that landed him the nomination in the Lead Actor category a second year running:  “I selected the scene where Patrick tells Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) that he is going to go back to Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and then where he comes home to Robin and tell hers that he is home and it’s where he should be.  Once I looked at the episode, everything was nice about it – the lighting was great, Teresa was great, Kimberly was great and I liked the dialog and the writing.  It was a really nice show.  I felt comfortable letting it represent me personally, but also I felt really good about it representing the show in the way it did.  It was a long year with a lot of up and downs character-wise, but a great year for me personally, where I was given the opportunity to have some chunky stuff.  I always look forward to that, and so it was one of those things when it came down to it … those scenes told a story. ”

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Jason also reflected on what fans have been noticing  … that Patrick has not been on the canvas as much over the last few months…  and what he thought of the current story where Sabrina and Patrick’s baby boy is in peril: “It’s been a funny couple of months. We had several dark weeks.  I have not been in heavy rotation for awhile, so it’s kind of been in and out and here and there for me. So it kind of feels a little bit distant, but as far as the baby stuff, it’s really hard.  It’s the material you always hope you get it, but it’s not easy.  I care for Teresa, and she is obviously pregnant in real life, and she is going to have her baby within the month or so, if I have that correctly.   I am proud of her of being a trouper and going for it.  It’s been a process of handling that with the utmost care and still telling a story.  To be honest, I was shocked to find out Michelle Stafford (Nina) was on our show!  I had no idea and I love Michelle.  I get along with her very well, but saying that, I really don’t know what is going to happen next.”

The Bold and the Beautiful’sHeather Tom, who has won the Outstanding Lead Actress prize two years in

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a row, explained to the Soap Nation Live listeners what reel she chose and why:  “I went with the episode after Taylor (Hunter Tylo) tells Katie about Bill (Don Diamont) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) where she has a meltdown and realizes her strength and deals with the situation.  I thought it was a beautifully written episode.  It’s a turning point in Katie’s character, like in our own lives there are things that happen to us that change the way we view the world, and change the way we see ourselves and other people. T his is one of those moments for Katie.  This changes the way she trusts and changes the way she loves.  Those scenes were also so sad, not only was it the demise of a marriage and her relationship, but also kind of the demise of the sibling relationship that had been a cornerstone of Katie’s for so long.  They were beautiful and painful scenes.”

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One Life to Live’s Kelley Missal reflected on the hardship the reboot of the soap and what the cast and production endured as it tried to resurrect itself online via Prospect Park, which made her nomination all the more special for her:  “One Life to Live was a labor of love. It would not have happened without every person involved being so important, and so vital, and putting so much into it.  I feel every nomination that One Life got was just an indication of how much everyone cared.  I am proud to have been a part of it.  It’s been a tough road for One Life to Live over the past couple of years.  Our executive producer Jennifer Pepperman did a terrific job.  There was so much chaos and the drama that ensured with Prospect Park and ABC, and the show was still a success.  It really was for the fans.  I am so happy that it is receiving this acknowledgement for what we accomplished, because it really was this crazy thrown together chaotic thing, but it ended up being so awesome. ”

Kelley also commented on the fact that she got the opportunity to work with her two Llanview TV dads, Roger Howarth  and Trevor St. John during the One Life revival:  “I have been so blessed, and working with those two is so much fun, and they are so similar.   Roger and Trevor are both very sarcastic and mysterious.   I did not think either one of them was coming back!”

Listen to the broadcast of the Daytime Emmy Nominations Special of Soap Nation Live in its entirety below. Then let us know. who was your favorite guest and favorite moment of the show?

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Jp
Jp

Go Kelley missal! You were fantastic on one life to live. I hope you take home the emmy for a job well done.

Jules
Jules

Totally cool with the GH shut outs in the big categories. In fact you can say I’m down right giddy.

I’m not pleased Blake was overlooked. I don’t know the scenes he submitted, though I can take a wild guess. His work throughout the year was so strong and so deserving. That was the one nomination as I was driving home hit me they had missed. Alison’s is upsetting as well, especially because that category only has 4 names, but not to the extent Blake’s is for me.

And Kimberly McCullough’s oversight, as well as the majority of AMC/OLTLers (despite their lack of submission in the first place) too was also disappointing. But that’s about it. I’m pretty pleased with just about the rest.

Jeff
Jeff

What a bunch of unmitigated bull****!! How could GH have been shut out of the major daytime emmy noms. GH was by far the best soap on the air last year!!

su0000
su0000

ohhh I agree..
I think it was because of what was sent in to be judged..
The church scene..
Robin standing in the church doorway saying little of nothing, Emma running to her and Patrick in shock and then crying..
Not the best scene for a GH drama submission ..
GH was bursting with high drama, excellent acting and stories that one of could been sent in..
The church scenes were for the scrub fans, not the general judging public who would see it as another soap wedding gone wrong..
It was a shame that was sent in, GH was fantastic with stories, and only Scrub fans would see that scene as being drama noteworthy great..

Ohhh well there is next year and GH will rock it !!!

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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