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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.”

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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.”

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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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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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