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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #4

Soap expert Michael Fairman, along with his co-host, Daytime Emmy nominee, and star of General Hospital and Cougar Town, Carolyn Hennesy, and special guest co-host Days of our Lives star, Galen Gering, bring you a very special edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast, honoring the nominees for The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

You will hear: exclusive interviews with the nominees, the naming of the power performance of the week, Emmy analysis, and much more – as we discuss what matters to you the soapers most – when we go 360 degrees inside, outside, and around this year’s Daytime Emmy Award nominations!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #4

Welcome to the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soap Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with his co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy, and Galen Gering. This month the threesome welcome special Daytime Emmy nominated guests: Jonathan Jackson and Bradford Anderson, General Hospital, Michael Park, As the World Turns, Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless, Sarah Brown, The Bold and the Beautiful ( a nominee this year for GH), and Ricky Paull Goldin, All My Children for some entertaining and revealing Emmy gossip and interviews.  Plus, TV Guide Canada’s soap critic, Nelson Branco, is on hand to give his thoughts on the high and the lows of this year’s Daytime Drama Emmy categories and the nominees! And, our co- hosts battle it out in our Daytime Emmy trivia game show segment, and find out which daytime star will be named The Power Performance of the Week, and much more.  It’s all in a jam – packed special podcast edition to celebrate this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees.


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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #4 features the following segments:

NOTE: Due to this special edition Daytime Emmy Nominee episode, and its show length to include all of our guests, we have given users and listeners a handy guide with identifying time codes for the beginning of each segment below.  Now you can scroll through the audio player to go straight to the interview of your favorite stars and guests, or you have the option to listen to the podcast in its entirety.

  • Show Open –Michael chats with Carolyn about her Emmy nomination, and Galen about being a judge on the blue ribbon panel for Lead Actress, plus some shocking personal moments are revealed! Starts @ 10:27
  • Bradford Anderson Interview –Daytime Emmy nominee and podcast call-in guest, General Hospital’s, Spinelli, discusses being a nominee for Supporting Actor, what he chose for his reel for competition, and if Diane should be Spinelli’s mother. Starts@19:01
  • Michael Park Interview – Daytime Emmy nominee and podcast call-in guest, As the World Turns, Jack Snyder, chats about his chance to walk home with the gold for Lead Actor, taping the final episodes of ATWT, and much more. Starts@30:43
  • Power Performances of the Week – GH’s Laura Wright (Carly) tops the list, this month, and you will know and hear why! Starts@45:18
  • Doug Davidson Interview– Daytime Emmy nominee and podcast call-in guest, The Young and the Restless, Paul Williams, talks about his Emmy submission, the Stacy Haiduk Emmy snub, and what it’s like to be a nominee for the second time. Starts@51:02
  • Sarah Brown Interview – Direct from the set of The Bold and the Beautiful, Michael caught up with this three-time Daytime Emmy winner to celebrate the big news of her nomination in the Lead Actress category for her performance as Claudia Zacchara on General Hospital. Starts@ 57:54
  • Stump the Soapers – Our special Daytime Emmy trivia edition…can Michael trip up Galen and Carolyn with basic Emmy trivia 101? Play along with us. Starts@ 1:04:16
  • Ricky Paull Goldin Interview – Daytime Emmy nominee for Supporting Actor, All My Children’s, Jake Martin, drops in to chat about his shock and surprise at his nomination, the new writing regime at AMC, and some of his fellow nominees. Starts@1:10:40
  • Jonathan Jackson Interview – We took the podcast to General Hospital when we could not connect with Jonathan during our taping.   So which performance did Port Charles’ Lucky Spencer choose for competition?  Does he think there is a new love or reconciliation with Elizabeth on the horizon?  Find out. Starts@1:20:56
  • Carolyn’s Soap Thought of the Day – In her podcast staple segment Carolyn riffs on her thoughts on being one of the chosen five actresses for a Supporting Actress Emmy! Starts@1:32:00
  • Nelson Branco Interview- TV Guide Canada’s soap critic dishes the Daytime Emmy categories and nominees with Michael on who got snubbed, who deserved a nod, and who was a head-scratcher! Starts@1:33:22

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this is so funny and great! I can’t beleive all the people on it so many stars!!!!

I greatly enjoyed the podcast and all the various comments by the actors. I am especially pleased by Carolyn Hennessey’s nom, but, I’m sad for the deserving actors like Stacy Haiduk, Brandon Barash, Tina Sloan and Laura Wright-among others-who were left out on the nominations this year. I always hope the next year will be better, but I always get let down again.

Sarah Brown is awesome!! Loved her interview, hope she wins.

who doesnt love Carolyn!!!!! she is too funny!!!! i hope she wins the Emmy.

Wow! What fun-filled pod cast, Michael. This was very entertaining. I just think Carolyn Hennesy is witty and smart. She is a program all by herself. THe access you had to all the nominees was fabulous, because to listen to each and every one of them, you get a real sense of their true personalities. Their own reasons for their selections to submit was very interesting,,too. I’m split on some of my favorites nominated in the same category ,like the supporting actors on GH. I am also upset that Stacy Haiduk from Y&r was not nominated for best actress. After all, she had the story and was on camera more than anyone. Well, I’ll just have to wait for the Emmy show……

Loved this podcast. Galen was hysterically funny, as usual. Can’t believe he’s there just a couple days out of surgery. I am not familiar with Carolyn but she was funny as well.

Great job Michael.

Good show. I enjoy Michael’s interviews.


General Hospital

Sonya Eddy’s Family Wants Her Daytime Emmy Received Posthumously; Instead of in Hands of Friend and Producing Partner; NATAS Weighs-In

A situation has been brewing for just who will have possession of the gold statuette won posthumously by General Hospital’s Sonya Eddy. The late actress won for her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performances as Epiphany Johnson at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards back on December 15th, 2023, close to the one-year anniversary of her death.

Sonya died on December 19, 2022 from complications following a non-emergency surgery. Now, Eddy’s family wants possession of the Daytime Emmy that was accepted at the ceremony on Eddy’s behalf by her longtime business partner and friend, Tyler Ford.

According to TMZ, Sonya’s brother, Robbie Eddy shares that there are no plans to take legal action against Ford, but the entire family was working to get the Emmy into their hands.  The article cites that Eddy contacted the “Television Academy”, but the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences administers the Daytime Emmys, and that he wishes they would have informed the family she was going to win the Emmy beforehand, but as fans know, the Daytime Emmy winners are not known to the actors prior to the opening of the envelope on Emmy night.

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Apparently, the family wants Tyler to do the “right thing” and give them Sonya’s Emmy Award. While the outlet reports that Sonya’s 84-year-old mom will have the award, since she she allegedly helped “sponsor Sonya’s Hollywood Career.”

The report shared that their sources say that Sonya was actually “estranged from some family members when she died,” and that she “wasn’t getting along with her brother because they were fighting over who was going to provide and care for their mom, who has Alzheimer’s and dementia.” Sonya’s brother says they were working on repairing their relationship when she died.After the family dispute with Ford came to light, NATAS came forward an issued a statement, according to Soap Opera Network. 

The statement read: “Consistent with the Trademark Policy engraved on the base of each statuette, NATAS has made arrangements with the producers of General Hospital for the Academy’s safekeeping of Ms. Eddy’s statuette in her memory.”

Tyler Ford accepted Sonya’s Emmy at the 50th annual Daytime Emmys telecast and expressed: “Accepting these flowers is bittersweet. I know that Sonya would only relish in the sweet. I want to thank Frank Valentini more than anything for being a faithful friend, and Disney/ABC and the cast and crew of General Hospital for embracing her for 16 years. I want to thank the Academy for acknowledging her contribution and craft. Sonya never aspired to be an actor, and when while her talent was undeniable, I’m sure that she is more overjoyed by being remembered for how she made people feel on-screen and off. Thank you.”

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When Eddy passed away, Ford took to Facebook and shared: “People always leave. Whether by circumstance or cessation, endings are one of the consistent certainties of life. Time and time again I underestimate the gravity of dispossession. The darkest hours however are without question the most illuminating. It has been a year since the passing of my best friend, professional partner and creative soul-mate Sonya Eddy. Aside from my initial public statement to the press and various news outlets I have remained silent. Truth be told, my entire psyche was recalibrated. For the first time, I was adrift at sea without a shore in sight. Uncharacteristically purposeless and apathetic. We were partners, not only on paper but in life. Together, we forged through many fires and her resiliency was nothing short of inspirational. If I had one wish it would be for her to have experienced the impact she made. The adoration. The respect. The love. Silently and without conscious awareness, someday becomes today. And then someday becomes yesterday. And thus unfolds your life. While our unified force will never be replicated, I will do my best to honor your legacy and finish what we started.”

So, what do you think about this war over Sonya’s Eddy? Should it go to where NATAS said it will be stored at GH, with Sonya’s longtime friend and producing partner, Tyler Ford, or should it be given to Sonya’s seemingly estranged family? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Kate Mansi Learns The Ropes Of Directing A Multi-Cam Soap In New DOOL App Series

She has won a Daytime Emmy for her stellar performances as Abigail Deveraux, but now as many know, Kate Mansi has been spreading her wings as a director behind-the-camera.

Mansi follows on the heels of such fan favorite actresses as: Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Cady McClain (Dixie and Rosanna Ex-AMC and ATWT) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH) all who have eventually gone on to direct daytime and primetime episodes  of noted and successful series.

In the new DOOL app four-part series, From On-Stage to Behind-The-Scenes with Kate Mansi, the talented young actress learns the rigors and demands of working behind the camera in the fast world of daytime drama from Days of our Lives‘ director (and another Emmy winner) Sonia Blangiardo,who mentors Kate through the process.

The series talks about the current movement of having more female directors getting opportunities and be recognized for their work in film and TV, and the challenges a soap opera director faces every day: from dry block, where they work with the actors, working through their shot lists, and the ensuing problems that can arise in any production on the day to day.  But in soaps, the pressure is really on, because there is not much time to re-shoot things and to get them right.

It’s a fascinating view of what goes on at as the director bring their vision to life in the world of soap in a realistic way.  Make sure to download the DOOL app to check out Kate’s journey.

Now below, let us know if you saw the first episode of Kate;s directing journey on the DOOL app and what you thought of it? Look for new episodes to be posted every Thursday for the next three weeks.


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‘EastSiders’ Drops Trailer for Fourth and Final Season

While we all wait to find out just how Thom (Van Hansis) and Cal’s (Kit Williamson) tumultuous relationship and journey comes to its conclusion in the series finale, the EastSiders crew released their season four trailer!

As fans of the LGBTQ-focused series (written and created by Williamson) know, this will be the final season, and it looks to be a doozy! Several of RuPaul’s Drag Race stars are also in the mix.

In story, Thom and Cal look to be sleeping with other people, and having their moments of disconnect.  But will it end with them finally just being with each other? Their future is in question.

Those complex relationship woes are intertwined with the wedding planning of their friends; Douglas (William Belli) and Quincy’s (Stephen Guarino) nuptials. Things take a comedic turn when Douglas’ colorful bridal party reveals itself to include: Drag Race’s Manila Luzon (who also appeared on General Hospital) and Katya .  In addition, original Queer Eye culture expert Jai Rodriguez is along for the ride.

But there is more to the story: Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke), who are trying to raise a foster child are also trying to figure out their relationship. while while Ian (John Halbach) and girlfriend Hillary (Ex-GH’s Brianna Brown) deal with the news of Hillary’s bombshell .. she’s pregnant! But, is Ian also seeing someone on the side?

Check out the final season trailer of EastSiders and get ready for its premiere December 1st on Netflix.

So, will you be watching how all these relationships play out on EastSiders season four? Comment below.

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