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NATAS Launches ‘The Emmys’ App; President and CEO, Adam Sharp Previews New Content and Viewing Platform

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There is a new app for daytime fans to enjoy! On Thursday,The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the launch of a dedicated online viewing platform for the Emmy Awards ceremonies it produces.

Powered by Vimeo’s leading over-the-top (OTT) technology, the platform will make the National Academy’s Emmy programming available on nearly every major web browser, mobile device, and “set top” streaming device.

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The new platform will also feature exclusive “Behind the Emmy” interviews, memorable moments from past Emmy ceremonies, historical archives, and events from the National Academy’s 19 regional chapters.

Kathleen Barrett, SVP, Enterprise, Vimeo shared on this venture with NATAS: “More than ever before, virtual experiences have become a powerful component of our daily lives. We’re proud to partner with NATAS and to offer Vimeo’s best-in-class streaming technology, seamless user experience, and uncompromising support to the Emmys’ many fans. Now global audiences can unlock the awards content they know and love without missing a beat.”

All programming will be viewable on the web at watch.theemmys.tv Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phones and tablets, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku by searching for “The Emmys” in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Roku Channel Store, or Amazon FireTV Appstore. Users may download content for offline viewing on iOS and Android and sync watchlists across multiple device

The following upcoming ceremonies will be available on the app and viewing platform: The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards -Digital Dramas Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT, The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Children’s, Lifestyle, & Animation Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT, The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT, and The 41st Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards – September 2020.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with NATAS President and CEO, Adam Sharp to glean more insight and get more details on this exciting step-forward to house Daytime Emmys of the past, present and future and more.   Here’s what he shared below on the organization’s latest endeavor.

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You simply called the name of the app, “The Emmys” which will make it easy for users to search, find and download, etc.  What can you say about the features contained within it and on it?

ADAM:  You will be able to watch from any platform, and actually, by creating a profile, sync from across those platforms.  For instance, you can start watching something on your phone and finish watching it on your Apple TV.  You can start building a playlist as we start putting more content in it.  On launch, the focus is going to be on these upcoming live shows, but we are going to be building out a back catalogue – all of last year’s shows are going to be in there.  We hope to build that out to be a complete archive of our ceremonies.  We will have clips and highlights from past shows; we will be building out “Digital Originals,” that Behind the Emmy franchise if you will, and building out interviews.  Eventually, you will be able to watch all 19 regional and local Emmy ceremonies from around the country on the app as well.

It’s such a great idea to finally have a centralized place where people can watch past Emmy moments and ceremonies, instead of having to go fetching around You Tube to watch, for instance, A Martinez’ 1990 win for Lead Actor for Santa Barbara

ADAM:  That’s where, I think, we really have an opportunity when doing interviews with past winners on their Emmy-winning moments and more in our Behind the Emmy segments.   You know, even The Bold and the Beautiful at 33 is the young one on the block in soaps, that so many of the performers today have memories of a character or a performer who their parents loved, who their mother loved, that they watched on that when they came home from school, who inspired them to go into this field of television.  So, to talk about that inspiration and then to be able to recognize that is a great opportunity for us. Certainly as you saw in the 47th annual Daytime Emmys telecast we had the countdown of top moments from the past, and you got a feel for some of that rich history that we are able to celebrate.

 Is “The Emmys” app available everywhere or just domestically?  Could somebody who is out of the US access it?

ADAM:  It is available everywhere.  Now, certainly when it comes to rights and clearances, our focus is globally, but if there are compromises to be made, the platform does allow us to restrict things to the US, or elsewhere, on a as-needed basis.

How did the idea come up of “Let’s do an Emmy app”? It is forward and current thinking in terms of the world we live in today with social media, phones, and tablets; where many ingest most of their information and content these days.

ADAM:  It was very much a priority since I came to NATAS.  In many ways, it was a response to the fan disappointment in that the Daytime Emmys had not having been on television for many years, and while we did have it streaming online the last several years, and while there are ways to get that live Twitter video, or that Facebook video, or the YouTube video on your TV, it was certainly not as easy as it will be now by just launching the app, and it’s there for you.   We are the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, our honors should be able to be viewed on that TV screen in the corner of your living room even though television has changed over the years, and we are now consuming it on our phones and other devices. It all started there in the living room, and that’s where we belong.  Even as this was coming together last year, the question was always, asked “When are you coming back on television?” and the answer was always a very coy, “Hundred percent confident that you will be able to watch the 2020 Daytime Emmys on the TV in your home.”  And nobody every called me on it! (Laughs)  When I gave the answer, I didn’t know what path was going to get us there.  By the fall, we were literally going back and forth on one hand with CBS and the other hand with Vimeo, which was our partner in building out the OTT platform.  It was a fortunate result that we wound up achieving both, but I think that speaks to the regrowth of Daytime, but also the fact that television is no longer a single thing.  When you look at the growth of the Daytime Emmy competition in particular, this year was the biggest competition in terms of the number of entries, beating last year’s record by almost double digits, and a lot of that growth was from streaming content.  There is a reason why Netflix and Amazon are right there in the top 3 most nominated networks; there is a reason why Apple TV and Hulu are already making waves in the community.  So, to have this model now where fans of the traditional broadcast soaps, who are used to watching it on their broadcast networks, or the networks’ own OTT experience, like CBS All Access, I think will be great for them.  The Emmys have been around for over 70 years.  We survived black and white, we’ve survived HD, and we’ve survived lots of things because as the definition of television changed, we changed with it.

So, what do you think about the new app and viewing platform for the Daytime Emmys?  Excited to see the kind of content that NATAS intends to populate it with including past shows, moments, interviews, and the current Emmy ceremonies? Comment below.

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Natalie Morales Set to Join ‘The Talk’ After Exiting NBC News

Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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Lori Loughlin Returns To Acting; Set To Reprise ‘When Calls The Heart’ Role in GAC Family’s ‘When Hope Calls’

Former Fuller House, Edge of Night, and When Calls the Heart star, Lori Loughlin, has landed her first acting role since jail time and her part in the College Admissions Scandal; where she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, accepted into the University of Southern California.

While, Jade is now also in this season’s Dancing with the Stars, now comes word that Loughlin has gotten her first acting gig since all the legal trouble, and while still on probation following her two months in jail.

Look for Lori to reprise her beloved role of Abigail from When Calls the Heart on its season two spin-off on GAC Family, When Hope Calls.

According to Deadline: Loughlin will appear in the two-part Season 2 premiere titled When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, to air on Saturday, December, 18th.  Lori was last seen on TV as Abigail in Season 6 of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart before she was let go over her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Last week, speculation began that Loughlin may be back working after a report surfaced from Mercury News  that she had been granted permission by a Boston federal judge to travel to Canada for about a week in late September-early October for “a filming production project.”

So, what do you think about Lori’s return to acting following serving jail time? Will you be watching her as Abigail on When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas? Comment below.

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