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

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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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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.

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,

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”

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.

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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