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OLTL's Erika Slezak 40th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Video Interview!

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One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Viki) is a six-time Daytime Emmy winner! And at last night’s 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the soap legend presented the Outstanding Drama Series award, which was is the most prestigious and last award of the night, and as well now know that was bestowed by Erika to Days of our Lives!

Prior to her role as a presenter on the Emmy telecast, Erika chatted with Michael Fairman, who asked her of all the six Daytime Emmy wins, which was her most memorable?   You will find out, and with a very touching moment from Erika too.

In addition, Erika recalls being given the monologue about what soap operas mean to its viewers, which was part of the second to last episode of ABC’s One Life to Live. which earned the show Writing and Drama Series nominations last night.

Finally, Erika weighs-in on her thoughts on Prospect Park and the labor union being able to resolve the issues so that One Life can go back to production as scheduled in August.

Watch it after the jump, and let us know what your favorite Emmy win of Erika’s was? For more 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet video interview with TOLN stars from All My Children and One Life to Live, click here!

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CJ
CJ

Erika looks AMAZING!:)

Mitch Lopatin
Mitch Lopatin

Erika represents pure class, sophistication and inspiration. Such a joy to see her interviewed!

susan M.
susan M.

I totally agree with you!!!

heidi
heidi

Love her dress… she looks so beautiful!!! Love her… she is one of the greatest ever!!! Great interview Michael and Erka!!!

ethel
ethel

erika slezak is always so gracious, classy & elegant!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Bravo Erika as always. She is so honest and classy and so committed to her show and her profession. It is always a joy to see and hear her.

susan M.
susan M.

Erika has alway’s been my all-time favorite on OLTL ! She is the heart & soul of OLTL. Without her it wouldn’t be OLTL plus I think the soap couldn’t go on if she weren’t there.

susan M.
susan M.

Beautiful dress! Elegant!

mgb357
mgb357

Always love to see the positive!

Erika Slezak is the best! She is a treasure..

On another note – it looks like they fixed the doors on OLTL.

They now open IN to Tea’s house – will be watching at La Buleigh.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Didn’t they have a tribute to AMC on last year’s show? Why wasn’t there anything for OLTL on this show? They would’ve had plenty of time if they had cut out that horrible singing! And Carrie Fisher was a waste of time too! They messed up the tribute to Monty Hall and they still went overtime!

CindyC
CindyC

Wonderful lady and actress.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

As usual, Erika is the epitome of grace and class. Her father would be proud (is proud from heaven!). Love her positive outlook and her loyalty to Robin Strasser. My favorite emmy win for Erika will be NEXT YEAR! 😉

Trapper
Trapper

GREAT interview!! Ms. Slezak looks amazing, and the questions were spot on! Thanks, Michael!

Lisa Z.
Lisa Z.

That was a terrific interview. She was one of the few presenters who appeared to know what they were doing on the Emmy Award show. She is my favorite on OLTL. I feel better about the future of OLTL and that the labor dispute will be resolved after listening to her interview.

k/kay
k/kay

The reason she knows what she is doing is because she has been in the business and loves daytime. I wish that ABC would do the right thing and bring them back home I applaud PP for what they have done but it is still not the same. Erika did look lovely!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Great interview with the Fabulous Erika Slezak!! She is such a classy lady and a Wonderful actress! Hope they get everything together so OLTL can start filming again! Look forward to more of it and Erika!!

Days Of Our Lives

Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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So, what do you think of Sean and Gilles coming to The Bay? Comment below.

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General Hospital

GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

HarperCollins

Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

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But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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