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NATAS Considers Hybrid of Daytime, Sports, News & Docs for New Award Show! NATAS Chairman Also Weighs-In On HLN Telecast!

Courtesy/NATAS

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The Daytime Emmys which continue to struggle to regain its former prominence in a daytime industry that has been evolving and changing rapidly over the last ten years, with the loss of so many daytime dramas, the influx of talk, cooking, and lifestyle/reality programming, is  considering creating a new award show hybrid featuring elements of daytime programming, news and documentaries, and the sports Emmys.

NATAS chairman Malachy Wenges stated to Variety, he would not replace any of the existing awards shows — but would seek to draw upon the added star power that the news and sports events provide. “Those shows are powerhoused with a lot of talent,” Wienges said.

In regards to The Daytime Emmy Telecast’s future, he emphasized that the Daytime Emmys would continue in 2013 as a televised event, following a year in which the deal for this year’s broadcast to air on HLN — the event’s first presentation ever on cable TV — came together barely a month before the kudofest itself.  They produced more than we expected. Last year, we only had maybe three promos before (on CBS). This year, part of the contract with HLN was 300. … It felt like 300 a day.”

Wienges believes getting a TV deal done sooner could help with rehabilitating the profile of the show, and plans to begin sitting down with prospective partners July 1. This year, he said, negotiations for a new TV home didn’t get underway until mid-March, after an arrangement with former producer Associated Television Intl. fell apart.   The NATAS chairman dismissed the notion of the Daytime Emmys failing to find a TV home next year by admitting, ” We are wide open. We have two networks that are interested, alphabet networks, and we have three production companies interested, and Turner’s interested. … I’ve already engaged an attorney in Hollywood who’s done probably dozens of these for different venues.”

The NATAS chairman also weighed-in on how he felt the HLN telecast went on Saturday night for the 39th Annual Daytime Kudofest.  While saying that had gotten much positive feedback from this year’s edition, he acknowledged that the tributes to departing soaps such as All My Children and One Life to Live, which were noticeably clip-free, could have been improved upon.  He cited the time and pace of the show as one issue.  This year’s Daytime Emmys, which Wienges decided two weeks ago would not have a host, managed to get every award from this year’s ceremony announced live, while running only eight minutes over its scheduled two-hour broadcast.  The only other non-awards moments were an opening bit featuring Anderson Cooper and Oscar the Grouch, and an “In Memoriam” segment.

So what do you think of a hybrid Emmys?  And, would you like to see HLN air the show next year with more time to improve upon missing elements? Or would you like to see it on a diffferent cable network, if major network television is not an option? Let us know!

 

 

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Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I’m not sure about the hybrid show idea. It’s better than no awards show at all, but the largest percentage of the audience for this show is soap fans. I can’t see them being happy about enduring a two hour show, for only a handfull of daytime drama moments. As far as HLN is concerned, I’d be in favor of them broadcasting the show again next year. They made a good effort this year and I can’t help but feel that the show will be even better when they have more time to prepare, and learn from their mistakes.

Carol
Carol

The only real reason I tuned in this year was to see the “tribute” that was promised for the departed OLTL. Well, some tribute that was. Susan Lucci talking about her alter ego and Erika Slezak given a few seconds to thank the fans. So frankly, unless a lot of changes take place, particulary in how the winners are chosen, I will pass on the show for next year. A hybrid? Maybe it would work.

Chick from Ohio
Chick from Ohio

I think HLN is absolutely the best channel for the Daytime Emmy Awards! They gave the awards a lot of promotion. I really liked how the hosts of all of the news shows expressed the value and importance of daytime shows (ie; Soaps!) and their actors with 2 weeks of interviews leading up to the event, a pre-show red carpet and post wrap up coverage…something the show’s own networks would never do. NBC’s “coverage” on Access Hollywood was an insult to society when they spent more time talking about Bethany Frankle on the red carpet than how it was GH’s night to shine.

Bonnie
Bonnie

For not having had much time to plan they did a pretty good job! Fix the music, add some clips, get rid of some deadbeat catagories (AOl award!) I would give HLN another chance.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Seriously I don’t think anyone will watch if the soaps are gone I mean who cares if the chew wins because it has the best recipes for the greatest meatloaf ever and I don’t care about anything they have to say over at the view or good afternoon america when that crap starts, or any other show that took over where a soap use to be. Game shows are ok and a few kid shows, I think HlN did a good thing putting the emmys on and should have them on again but start planning now. And what ever they do Don’t invite Ericka Kane. she doesn’t care about anyone but her self she was as bad as the music was which has to be changed to. And next year I heard that One life to live will be able to have another chance because it ended this year, who ever is in charge better do there homework because the awards were lopsided and it was not fair or right that one life to live and all of the actress’s and actors were not given a chance to be up for best of anything including best soap and writing, because they were screwed big time and so were we the fans that love that soap.

Nancy
Nancy

None of the networks know what the people want and do not care. Who needs more talk, news or reality. It’s double duty on primetime. There is no entertainment anymore. I do not like to watch people making asses out of themselves. What the heck is going on and even Today is adding another hour. I just wish the awards would have been a little more interesting.

Ann
Ann

I thought the show was a complete mess. The tribute that was supposed to be for AMC and OLTL did not happen. Lucci was highly irritating, having a me,me attitude. The few bars of music they had kept repeating and repeating. Not enough camera panning into the audience. I could go on and on. A hybrid awards show wouid be too much mixing of categories. I am sorry but HLN did not have a good broadcast at all.

Mary
Mary

It was reported on tvline.com they where not allowed to show clips for the tribute.Looks like ABC just can’t stop slapping soap fans in the face.Said the three stars where lefted with an awkward moment.Remember this wasn’t suppose to be televise so HlN could only work with what they had in such a short time.I can’t believe abc is interested after they screwed up the tribute for the fans.

Lynn A
Lynn A

I wish everyone would stop with the negative comments about Susan Lucci! She simply repeated whatever some writer wrote for her!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Really you think that some writer told her to hog the microphone and not let Ericka Slezak have a few words to her fans, like me? She was cheated and so were the One life to live fans, The last person I wanted to see Saturday night was Ericka Kane making a fool of herself and she did. Not once did susan lucci give ERicka Slezak the microphone she had to reach out and grab it and she never got a word in edge wise. The tribute was for all my children AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE, not just all my children starring ericka kane.

Ann
Ann

And I still have never been a fan of hers.

Rodd
Rodd

Lynn, sorry, but as much as I respect Lucci, she was not forced to read that drivel. She could have been gracious and refused or tweaked it. It was bad judgement on her part. It’ll blow over soon enough. But for now, people are pissed.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I don’t think it will blow over any time soon, She ticked off a lot of one life to live fans, she carried on like all my children was the biggest loss and it wasn’t, there were two soaps that were canceled by abc and the way she took over control of the microphone says a lot about Susan lucci’s self centered attitude and her needing to be above every one else, how many times did she say Ericka Kane? Never heard the name Vicki Lord bucannan once.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Everybody is going nuts about this Lucci stuff I even was upset then I remembered Ms. Lucci has always been known more as a Diva then an actress. Two years ago when Oprah had Lucci,Francis,Geary,Morgan,Williams and Cooper on 45min of the hour was given to Lucci the other 15 min to the rest Cooper got two words out. It is what it is she is gone now from Daytime and if they have another Daytime Emmy award show I suggest they leave her off the invitation list. I am sure there were a lot of hard feelings just go and look at comments on Twitter. They should have put just Slezak and Lucci up there and divided the time about the show but they did not and so it goes.

Mary
Mary

I didn’t like it either and think they could have written something different.But I still blame ABC for the mess.It was said on Tvline.com that no clips where shown because of legal issues.To me that meant ABC did it again slapped the soap fans in the face by robbing them of the tribute.Even though I didn’t like what Susan Lucci did I’m gonna blame it on abc for it.The article said it put the three stars in an awkward moment.ABC thinks it would have stirred up more hard feelings over cancelling the soaps it really just made me madder they robbed us of a tribute.So lets aim the anger towards ABC where it really belongs and not letting them by with another things soap fans wanted.There was no reason to do that to the fans.Uncalled for ABC.I’m just gonna keep up my boycott against aBC except gh and try to make ABC miserable like they have us.

david
david

Adding sports and news to attract more viewers makes sense, but soap viewers aren’t likely to be interested and vice versa. Soaps are not a significant part of daytime any longer that their role is likely to be minimized in future award shows. Such variety in the Emmys is not likely to please anyone, but it is a chance to add more star power, assuming people choose to show up.

Mary
Mary

Anyone but ABC.Won’t watch it on there.No to the stupid reality crap.So sick of takinf over tv why would /I wanna watch a award show for it.If they could get it planned ahead this time then HLN could work with the producers for a good show.Got to remembans in the faceer they only had a telecast of what had been planned.Gotta give them a break.As far as Susan Lucci no didn’t like it but it has been reported on tvline.com they where not able to show any clips on oltl and amc.Guess ABC can;t stop kicking the soap fans in the face and trying to pit the soap fans against the award show.Guess it wasn’t suppose to get out the stars where lefted with no clips.So lets look at the real villan here.Don’t let ABC get by with this and blame the stars.

SZima
SZima

Let’s face it…award shows just aren’t what they used to be. None of them. With all the cable shows out there, plus the regular network shows, I haven’t seen 1/4 of the shows that are nominated. And with the cable shows winning so many of the awards, it just isn’t fun to watch anymore…Daytime or Nighttime…Emmys or Golden Globes. Even the Academy Awards are boring for the most part since I don’t recognize so many of the young stars. The only reason I watch, cliché or not, is to see what everyone is wearing.

I will say I appreciated Showbiz Tonight doing the interviews with soap actors and the promotion for the telecast. The red carpet show needs a ton of work, but if they do this next year, they should be able to improve on that.

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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