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OLTL's Nicholas Rodriguez on Nick's gay bashing storyline!

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Nicholas Rodriguez is everywhere at the moment!  The talented actor who plays Nick on One Life to Live is also premiering today in a new web soap, Then We Got Help! Rodriguez portrays Dan, one half of a gay couple (Broadway great Blake Hammond plays Dan’s partner Eric), who is upset about his overweight partner’s lack of concern about his health issues. Dan and Eric are one of four couples who are participating in shoe model-turned-documentary maker Emily’s (Emery) experimental non-therapy therapy group.

Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens caught up with Nicholas to discuss the new web soap but his red hot storyline on OLTL where Nick was victim of gay bashing.  Check out the excerpts after the jump!

DC: You are definitely sharing your craft on One Life to Live. Your scenes this week where Nick is in the hospital after being beaten up by homophobic thugs have been riveting. Was it difficult taping those scenes?

NR: Definitely. First off, I was nervous as hell! Secondly, there was the pressure to represent it accurately for everyone who has gone through something like that, not just being gay bashed, but any kind of physical attack because of who you are. I didn’t want to do anything that would disrespect anyone who had gone though that. Everyone I worked with in those scenes, from Scott Evans and Brett Claywell to Susan Haskell and Michael Easton were incredible. I mean, you’re working wit Susan Haskell, this Emmy-winning actress, and she just gives it to you! Everything she has. There’s nothing like it. She makes you better.

DC: The scenes were incredibly well done. You mentioned Brett and Scott, who play One Life to Live’s starcrossed gay couple Kyle and Fish, aka Kish. Your character, Nick, could have been a typical scheming interloper for soaps, but you have giving Nick rooting factor. Are you surprised that fans actually like Nick as much as Kish?:

NB:You know, I can’t say that I am surprised, because that was always the intention, at least for me! [Laughs]. It definitely humbles me, though that the fans are responding. At first, the character was only supposed to be on for a couple of days, but One Life to Live’s executive producer Frank Valentini pulled me aside and said, “You can make this character what you want. The more likeable you make him the more possibilities there are.” So I just sort of ran with that. I talked a lot with Brett and Scott about how to play the story. We all said, “Let’s not do the typical, jealous, spurned lovers” story. I wanted to make Nick likeable and human. The more we go along, the more excited I am about the role, because a.) I love playing Nick and b.) I love everyone I work with and c.) I want to keep playing Nick!

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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70th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced: Judith Light, ‘This Is Us’ Score Nods, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Leads With 22

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the upcoming 70th Annual Primetime Emmys to be held on September 17th at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and to be broadcast on NBC.  The announcements were made by Ryan Eggold and Samira Wiley.

SNL Weekend Update anchors: Colin Jost and Michael Che will serve as co-hosts with Lorne Michaels serving as the award show executive producer.

Game of Thrones led all shows with the most nominations with 22, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld which have 21 each. The Handmaid’s Tale, last year’s Drama Series winner, received 20.   In addition, Netflix broke the streak of HBO having the most nominations this year with 112 for the streaming outlet.  HBO had been tops in the noms for 17 years.

This Is Us scored 8 with nominations including in the Lead Actor category for series stars: Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown.  However, surprisingly omitted were Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Mandy Moore in the Supporting Actor, Actress, and Lead Actress categories.

Former One Life to Live star, two-time Daytime Emmy, and two-time Tony Award winner, Judith Light is the running again for her first Primetime Emmy. This time in the Limited Series Supporting Actress category for her critically-acclaimed performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.  Another soap alum, All My Children’s Finn Wittrock received a nomination in the Limited Series Supporting Actor category for ‘Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,’ as did Ricky Martin (Ex-Miquel, General Hospital).

Here are the complete list of nominations in the major categories below.

DRAMA SERIES
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA 
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

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LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Heady, Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Matt Smith, The Crown

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Diane Rigg, Game of Thrones
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Viola Davis, Scandal
Kelly Jenrette, The Handmaid’s Tale
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
F. Murray Abraham, Homeland
Cameron Britton, Mindhunter
Matthew Goode, The Crown
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jimmi Simpson, Westworld

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COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta
Barry
black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Alex Borestein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler, Barry

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GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Wanda Sykes, black-ish
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Molly Shannon, Will & Grace

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Katt Williams, Atlanta
Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lin-Manuael Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

TELVISION MOVIE 
Black Mirror, “USS Callister”
Farenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale

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LIMITED SERIES 
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror, “USS Callister”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
Merrit Wever, Godless
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbag, The Looming Tower
John Leguizamo, Waco

REALITY SHOW HOST 
W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

VARIETY TALK SERIES
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

VARIETY SPECIAL LIVE
Jesus Chris Superstar
The 75th Annual Golden Globes
60th Annual Grammy Awards
The Oscars
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites For Autism Programs

So, what do you think of this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations?  Who do you feel got in that deserved to be nominated? Who was snubbed? Who are you rooting for to win? Let us know via the comment section below.  And to see the complete nominations in all categories check out Emmys.com

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