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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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