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OLTL, GH, B&B and Y&R get DGA Nominations!

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The Directors Guild Of America has announced the nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in the Daytime Serials category.

One Life to Live scored two nominations for its directors Larry Carpenter and Jill Mitwell, each for an episode of Starr X’d Lovers that aired in May. General Hospital’s Owen Renfroe was nominated for July’s “Francophrenia” episode, taped on location at Los Angeles’ Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful round out the field. The 63rd Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, January 29, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, CA.

Here is the complete list of nominees and their directorial teams vying for the award:

LARRY CARPENTER
One Life to Live, “Episode #10,687”
(ABC)

Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Anne Cicala, Anthony J. Wilkinson, Jen Pepperman Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

SALLY McDONALD
The Young and the Restless, “Episode #9553”
(CBS)

Ms. McDonald’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Marc Beruti, Chris Mullen, Robbin Phillips
Stage Managers: Herbert Weaver Jr., Tom McDermott Production Associates: Vanessa Noland, Erica Meyer, Nancy Ortenberg

JILL MITWELL
One Life to Live, Starr X’d Lovers – Episode #10,688”
(ABC)

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Anne Cicala, Anthony J. Wilkinson, Jen Pepperman Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

OWEN RENFROE
General Hospital, “Francophrenia”
(ABC)

Mr. Renfroe’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian, RC Cates, David MacLeod Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft, Robert Markham Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Andrea Compton, Lisa Kaseff

MICHAEL STICH
The Bold and the Beautiful “A Reason to Live – Part 1”
(CBS)

Mr. Stich’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Steven A. Wacker, Clyde Kaplan, Catherine Sedwick, Jennifer L. Howard Stage Managers: Laura Yale, Douglas Hayden, Lisa Winther-Huston, Barbara Roche, John P. Aguirre Production Associate: Lori Staffier

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My pick to win this will be Michael Stich from B&B for the “A Reason To Live, Part I” for the heartbreaking scenes during the two part episodes featuring Susan Flannery on Skid Row that took place I think back in October. There is no way the other two shows will be able to top that.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Is Named Police Commissioner In Port Charles; But They Say It’s Temporary

In a cool move, the powers-that-be at ABC’s General Hospital, had Laura (Genie Francis), the now mayor of Port Charles, name none other than former commish, Mac Scorpio (John J, York) as interim police commissioner while Jordan (Brian Nicole Henry) recovers from her kidney transplant and needs some time to recover from her medical ordeal.

Now while the show is making sure in story it is stated that Mac is the temporary person in charge of the PCPD, for many longtime fans of the series, they remember fondly when Mac held down the position for years.

In the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, York said on the surprise story turn: “I was thrilled when Frank Valentini (EP, GH) told me!” He added that he was advised there was great story coming up, and added, “That’s fantastic! I can’t wait to see what is going on.  However long it lasts, I’ll take whatever I can get and I’m really looking forward to being back in there.  There is a whole nee squad. a whole new group of people. I don’t even know who these cops are anymore!”

Shortly after being named commissioner on Monday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Mac is already getting wind of some criminal activities and things that seem way off; from Lulu’s (Emme Rylan) new assignment with The Intruder, to his brother Robert (Tristan Rogers), being pushed out of the WSB and forced to retire, and much more.   Can Mac get the police department to solve some crimes ..> for once?

So, what do you think of John J. York getting to be back in action at the PCPD? Do you hope somehow the story turns and remains in the position even after Jordan is well, or are you hoping Jordan can get back into the swing of things fast and return to her job? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Veronica Cartwright To Appear In Secret Role On General Hospital

Now here’s an intriguing bit of casting news out of General Hospital. According to an item from EW.com, Veronica Cartwright (Aliens, L.A Law) will appear on the ABC daytime drama series in a secret role.

The tidbit on her part that was revealed is that she will share scenes with Maura West (Ava Jerome).

Cartwright’s first episode will air sometime in early July and it will be a five episode arc.

Last seen in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,. Cartwright has worked in TV and film since 1961 amassing a huge amount of acting credits including the motion pictures: Witches of Eastwick, The Right Stuff, plus the above mentioned credits.

So what would Cartwright’s mystery role have to do with Ava J.?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Elizabeth Hendrickson Says Goodbye To General Hospital

On Thursday’s GH, the character of DA Margaux Dawson announced she is stepping down from her position after siding with the law against the manipulative and blackmailing Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin).  Margaux informed Port Charles Mayor, Laura Spencer Collins (Genie Francis) of her decision.

Around the same time, actress Elizabeth Hendrickson revealed on her Instagram account that she had wrapped her  run on the ABC daytime drama series, with a photo of her in front of the GH studio sign expressing: “It was an incredible year on @generalhospitalabc playing Margaux. Thanks to all my new friends, It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. On to the next!”  Hendrickson began playing Margaux in 2018.

Now it will be interesting to see who becomes the new DA of Port Charles.

As for Hendrickson, rumors have been swirling that she may be returning to Y&R now that Adam (Mark Grossman is back on the canvas, and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart) are coming back.  Could Chloe be far behind?

So, send your well-wishes to Liz on a job well-done, and let us know where you are hoping she turns up next via the comment section below!

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