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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!!

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General Hospital Set To Pay Tribute To The Late Susan Brown

2018 has taken with it some beloved soap opera veterans.  One of them was GH fan favorite, Susan Brown, who died at 86 of Alzheimer’s at the end of August.

GH viewers remember Susan’s performances as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin.  Gail was Monica’s (Leslie Charleson) best friend, and eventually she married Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and was a stepmother to Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

Kin took to Twitter last week and revealed that General Hospital taped a tribute to Susan that will be seen in an upcoming episode.

In a tweet, he shared, “A tribute show to Susan shot in the can airing soon!”

With GH’s tape schedule we would presume that sometime in January we will be seeing how GH addresses Susan’s passing and thus the fate of Gail.

So, are you glad to hear GH will be doing something very special to honor Susan?

Do you hope that there are major emotional scenes within it for Kin Shriner and Leslie Charleson?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Network Exec, Angelica McDaniel On Y&R’s Staying Power: “We Have This Award-Winning, Ratings-Generating, Money-Making Show, And It Really Adds Value To CBS.”

This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated 30 years as the number-one rated daytime soap opera.  That is a streak of 1,560 weeks in the top spot.

Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what has made this remarkable run; attributing it to strong storytelling and a cast that includes several beloved veterans who have been around the entire time.

The executive noted that while other soaps over the years have fallen by the wayside, and even though we are down to only four surviving network soap operas, that Y&R will be around with no end in sight.

McDaniel stated, “We have this award-winning, ratings-generating, money-making show, and it really adds value to CBS. We expect it be a part of our lineup in the future.”

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She also added, “The Young and the Restless has some of the best actors in the industry — not in soaps, not in daytime, but in television. We have iconic, legacy characters that have been on our show for decades. Melody Thomas Scott will be celebrating her 40th year on the show in February. Peter Bergman just reached his 30th anniversary in November. Eric Braeden started in 1980. We just have an incredible arsenal of actors who are so talented and play these characters so well that you don’t even realize they’re characters. They become people who are part of your life, part of your daily existence.”

As for the continual investment and ways the audience watches the show on various platforms, McDaniel expresed: “The great thing about daytime television is we have loyal, passionate viewers, and they really like to tune in day and date. They want to stick with their stories and see what’s happening today. … Having said that, The Young and the Restless is also one of the top streamed shows on CBS.com. As trends evolve, we are where our viewers are, and we’re making shows readily accessible so they can get their fix and follow their stories.”

So, what do you think about Y&R? Will it remain if and when all other soaps have come to theirconclusion? Do you think it will continue on for years to come, given its position at number #1? Comment below!

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As fans of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful know, Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) has been off the canvas for some time, and the actor had gone on recurring status with the series.

Young has been busy with other projects involving acting roles, his You Tube show, and music career, but certainly is open to a return to the soap opera.

But after the cover of this week’s Soap Opera Digest hit newsstands; which indicates that Rick and Maya have split with the return on-air of Karla Mosley (Maya) (who had been off the show for maternity leave), it clearly looks like the show is moving in a different direction.

Jacob took to Twitter to offer up his feelings on the matter tweeting: “I for one am incredibly sad and disappointed. Rick and Maya have split. (Love that would never die) I loved working with Karla Mosley.  it has been the highlight of my 21 year career in daytime. TRUST ME when I say your opinion matters.”

Since that posting, fans of the couple known as #Raya, have been voicing their thoughts and sharing photos of the on-screen duo.  Young responded to one in particular saying, “Who remembers this? Gosh, I miss Maya.”  In it,the posting read: “This is heartbreaking, Raya was the only example of what true love looks like on that soap!”

Previously, B&B has told the emotional and socially-relevant love story of a transgender woman falling in love with one of the men of the wealthy and renowned Forrester family.

So, what do you think of Jacob’s comments?  Do you want Rick back on the canvas?  What should then happen next for Maya with no Rick?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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