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NATAS Announces Category Changes, Inclusiveness & More For 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

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A move towards more inclusion, revising some categories into new ones, and combining network dramas with digital dramas in some areas of the competition were the order of the day, when The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the call for entries for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and released these statements as to what’s ahead for the competition in 2020.
“The changes we have instituted for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards reflect the increasing diversity of the programs and individuals honored, as well as that of daytime television’s many fans,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS.  “Our Academy is determined to remain on the forefront of inclusiveness in our industry and we’re grateful to GLAAD and other organizations and voices who give their time and wisdom to help shape our competitions.”
Now, performers eligible in gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one that best fits their gender identity.  For the Primetime Emmys, administered by NATAS’s sister Academy, non-binary performer Asia Kate Dillon entered Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in keeping with “actor” being a historically non-gendered word.  The Daytime Emmys will honor the category all eligible performers select to best represent themselves.
Additionally, what were formerly separate Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories, respectively, have been combined into a singular non-gendered Younger Performer in a Drama Series.  This new category, along with the previously existing non-gendered children’s and animation performer categories, gives Daytime the opportunity to assess over time the effects of both methodologies with regards to gender in the awards show space.  NATAS is continuing to seek guidance from LGBTQ community leaders, including GLAAD, regarding the new policy and language.
“Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people consistently find ourselves on the outside in Hollywood, in a variety of ways,” said Scott Turner Schofield, the first openly transgender actor on a daytime drama (The Bold and the Beautiful).  “This thoughtful inclusion shows NATAS paying attention, listening, and doing the work of increasing inclusion-which will increase acceptance in Hollywood and beyond.  I know I am not the only one who feels more proud than ever to be a member of the daytime community because of this positive change.”
In addition, to account for competition growth and emerging industry trends, the Daytime Emmys will be adding, breaking out, and/or changing eligibility in several different sectors.  The newly formed Limited Performance in a Daytime Program welcomes performers from non-dramas who appear onscreen for 25% or less of a program or season and will allow leading performances to compete in the re-named Principal Performance in a Daytime Program category.  Six craft categories formerly exclusive to broadcast dramas will now also accept entries from digital dramas.
The Daytime Emmys is introducing three brand new categories: Outstanding Young Adult Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program, and Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling.
As previously noted the Daytime Emmys will be presented over three nights Friday through Sunday on June 12-14th, 2020 to be held once again at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
So, what do you think of some of the changes for the 47th edition of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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It doesn’t compute to me that anybody actually cares about day time awards, day time anything LOL
Really?

there are only 2 things worth a watch on day time;
Soaps and
Judge Judy..

I watch my 2 soaps during late evening online (not during the day
and Judge Judy, if I happen to be home, not often..

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Good grief.

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LMAO!That sums it up well.

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

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‘The Bay’s’ Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran & Mike Manning Take Top Acting Honors at 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Ceremony

The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

Meanwhile, for his portrayal of dual roles of Peter and Adam on The Bay, Kristos Andrews picked up another Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series.  This is his fourth win for his acting work on the digital drama series, but he has also received four more as one of the main producer of The Bay.  Andrews’ on-screen scene partner, Karrueche Tran, took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Series for her performance as Vivian.

In the Younger Performer category, Chiara D’ Ambrosio of The Bay and the former Summer Newman of Y&R, won for her work.

For the complete list of winners from the ceremony click here.

So, what do you think of the performer winners from the digital dramas at tonight’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Jerry O’Connell Made Official Co-Host of ‘The Talk’

After speculation that Jerry O’Connell would become the first male host to join the ladies on The Talk, today it became official.

O’Connell will join the CBS afternoon series other hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots as a permanent host.

Jerry will will appear on the show for the remainder of the week before taking a break until the end of the month due to a previous film commitment. He’ll join The Talk full-time for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

In a video, O’Connell shared on the announcement:   “It’s real exciting.  First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked. And here we are. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are.”  At the end of today’s episode, he expressed: “I’m excited to be a part of the family.”

In a statement, The Talk’s executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews expressed, “We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.”

O’Connell takes over the seat that for 11 seasons belonged to Sharon Osbourne who left the series amid controversy.

Watch below how The Talk made Jerry an official member of the family with this spoof on “Rocky” to “Eye of the Tiger”.

Now that it’s a done deal, are you excited for Jerry to co-host The Talk? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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