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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.”

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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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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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