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Patsy Pease Confirms Return To Days of our Lives!

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Now that it has been revealed that Jen Lilley’s character of Theresa is really Jeannie Theresa Donovan, that means she is playing the daughter of long time Days of our Lives and Salem favorites, Shane and Kimberly!

And hot on the heels of Jen’s emergence on the Salem canvas, it has now been confirmed after much speculation that Patsy Pease is returning to the NBC soap as Kimberly to play her on-screen mom!

Patsy related on her facebook page today, “Well, that was a long ‘nap!’ Hello Everybody! I’m back with GOOD news! I start shooting July17th, 18th and 19th. Thrilled to be back on ‘Days’ and I am so excited about working with the lovely and VERY talented Jen Lilley! Stay tuned !”

So what do you think about a return by Patsy Pease to DAYS? Do you hope she sticks around longer? Are you intrigued about the back-story between mother/daughter Donovan?  Weigh-in!

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KatieK
KatieK

Id rather see Shane return.

Phil
Phil

This show gets better and better!

gloria
gloria

YES, YES, YES it does! I record every soap on the air & it’s funny-how I decide which to watch first, the one that has the most going on & let me tell you, I am watching DAYS first every day!

lorenzo
lorenzo

i love this woman. its about time patsy pease has come back to days of our lives. days producers listen to me and the fans. sign her to a contract. a few days is not good enough. she is a wonderful actress. she is classy sassy and a sweetheart.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

She only said she STARTS shooting those 3 days

Janet Kiley
Janet Kiley

very happy and so excited of the return of patsy pease who plays kimberly brady Donovan to come home to salem its been along time coming now i will be watching once again .

Rod
Rod

Not intrigued at all!!! Love Patsy can’t wait to see her. Might be hard watching scenes with her and that daughter so that might just get the big FF!! Can Shane come back too!!!

Ces
Ces

DITTO!!! So not interested in any storyline with Jeanne & that annoying actor who plays JJ. FFwd.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well that means she will show up just around November sweeps since they shoot so far ahead, but it should be worth the wait. I hope she sticks around longer than some other former characters that pop in and pop out just as quickly.

shawn
shawn

YESSSSSSSSSS

Tsuds
Tsuds

Hmmmm Def would be good for Theresa/Jeannie to have some mental disorders like her mama Kim had back in the day.. Sounds like she may have some already due to her call herself a new name.. multiple personalities… It runs in the family… who knows.. may she is related to that crazy Kristen.. who is also have some major mental illnesses..

Iakovos
Iakovos

Never was a DAYS guy until I lost OLTL and AMC. Now I am connected to new friends in Salem. Although the histories remain a challenge for me, I enjoy the family feel this soap gives me. It resembles in spirit those P&G soaps now gone and missed. There was much buzz about a reboot and it seems we have made that journey successfully. Give me more family drama and real-stuff. I can do without the over-the-top but I know DAYS is DAYS so… I like the troublemaking Theresa and am sure the actress Patsy Pease’s return will add to this new story. I hope DAYS does not go off on a crazy course and really keeps on keeping on.

Nicole
Nicole

Excited Kimberly coming back to Days!!!…Now all i need is Bo back too! :))

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JEM
JEM

I love that Days regularly brings back characters like this. They may not be on a lot, but having them around, popping in and out, makes the show feel like home. Like Adrienne, Justin, Kayla, Kimberly, etc. Sometimes they are only on once or twice a month, but it does help root and ground the show with sentimental favourites. I still wish the show would forge ahead with a Kayla/Abe romance. The show has had wonderful success with other mature couples like Maggie and Victor. Kayla and Abe would be a tentpole couple. As for Kimberly, I hope her reunion in 2010 with Shane stuck and they are not broken up.

just a girl
just a girl

SO excited!! I really hope this is a contract role for both Patsy and Charlie. Sounds like Jeannie/Theresa has abandonment issues…only way to fix that is to have mommy and daddy around for a LONG time! :).

shari barnes
shari barnes

please bring back shane

Christine eldridge
Christine eldridge

Great to have patsy back but I hope shane will be back as well to make a good story line for all their fans

Ashlee
Ashlee

I like her!

blake
blake

Oh wow I didn’t expect this! That’s really cool that they are bringing her back. I remember when she had that multiple personality storyline and when she played the crazy person getting the attention (now it’s Kristen). I hope Kimberly is on all the time too.

It would be great to see Kimberly on even if it’s just like Justin, Adrienne, and Kayla. They may not be on all the time but at least they show up every so often and it’s great!

4everdays
4everdays

The best and brightest is coming home !!! I’m crazy for Kimberly.
I started watching DOOL in 1984. Patsy’s DAYS started shortly after.
This is HUGE news to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

ditto.

i’m beaming with excitement.

jerry
jerry

I started watching Days in 1987 and along with Victor, Marlena and Stefano, Kim was my favorite character. Shane and Kim were always my favorite couple too. I really hope she will be back and STAY back. I really hope it’s for more than just three episodes. Would be cool to have Shane return as well!

debbie
debbie

couldnt be happier to have the very talented Patsy Pease return to dool. Now the question is > How to keep her there.

Patrick
Patrick

SIDEBAR – EJ’s corporate takeover… and DiMera Empire… will the Phoenix Rise.

I too feel for Stefano… because… I can’t imagine that Stefano would be that distracted by Kate’s “infidelity”. He would never have allowed this to happen, to his family empire.

I can only hope…

1. that Kristen’s telling EJ that she’s not aligning herself with either/or… and that she’ll support both.. and or wait the fallout of the fight between father and son.

2. could this be the catalyst for Chad’s eventual exit.

I say this because… one… wouldn’t it seem that Stefano… would have ensured.. that his holdings of the DiMera Empire.. should anything happen… ie: that Kristen and Chad would have had shares… voting rights… that they would have and should have known… ?

that Stefano… will fight EJ with Kristen and Chad’s support… holdings… stock… etc…?

I don’t know… Stefano… since his return.. has, it would seem, supporting… and MIA… could this be the start of Stefano’s machinations… and his return full time with big story? I hope so.

I say this cause… it would give Kristen more story.. ie: like she did on Y&R.. voting stock… with controlling interests… and same with Chad… and his alliance with either/or… will be his downfall and make way for his exit…

Stefano.. to be ousted so quickly… he had to have had some alliances.. who would have alerted him to the corporate takeover.

having said all this… if this brings back the fire in his character.. of both EJ and Stefano… then so be it.

it would seem this way… as … EJ expected that said persons in his camp aren’t going along with him.

long winded…

having Justin in the mix… is what i’m excited about… although.. as of late.. Adrienne… needs to take a chill pill… Justin telling her… i’m outa here… like he was done with her and listening to her hysterical imbalance… motherload angst is one thing…

if this gives us more screen time with Justin and Adrienne… which is what i’ve been vocal about… i’ll take them.

i anticipate that this is the start of the DiMera’s unfolding intrigue.. only they can deliver.

Patrick
Patrick

I would love to be Kate right now.. she doesn’t need any one person to help her in the mix. she’s good at it all…. she’s in love with Rafe. and I believe her in it. she doesnt have any deep entanglements… why not ply her trade… her wares…. she camps and should tramp her load. she’s in the know of the mix… grandma… mother… ex… new lover with surprise mix… physical and wonderment… he’s good looking. she understands the get with Rafe…. I would too. yet she’s showing feelings… w/Kate… it’s on, and when she’s fun, she pulsates and takes in with

i’d like to be her… she got money… single… and thinking before Stefano sets in

which … as you see… all the kids are wary… thank you Stefano.

4everdays
4everdays

What’s your take on the return of Patsy/Kimberly?

Patrick
Patrick

I like thinking about these siblings…. cause i loved them.

Roman (Wayne Northrop), Kimberly, Kayla, Bo….

Roman was on full-time days…. 1981-84, 1991-94.
Patsy Pease full-time days…. 1984-1990.
Mary beth Evans… 1986-1992, 2006-9.
Peter Reckell… 1983-2012…. with a few leave of absence.

thank god for you-tube – that we can go back and watch wonderful scenes of the old shows…. when wayne northrop was roman… he was such a wonderful brother…. and son.

Kimberly… had to be the one i was most happy for… dang! wasn’t she the sensitive – heart on her sleave… emotional one… till she one day got all her ducks in a row and met SHANE. dang! talk about the one SUPERCOUPLE you were most happy about. she is such a good actor to portray Kimberly the way she did… tortured… Roman, her father shaun would do anthing to make his younger sister, and his eldest daugher happy… she came on like gangbusters after Shane.. course their was always drama… but… Kim, when she had Shane on her side… was the cats meow. You loved her.

Kayla just lights up my screen… she’s radiant… lovely.. and she beacons for the bradys.

w/KIM coming home… I can’t wait… I love her… when ever we can get her back.

Jenn Lilly… as Kimberly’ daughter… is intrigueing to watch… there’s a lot going on in her.

I liked the scene… when she was about to leave the pub… and turned back and said to gramma caroline… “I don’t know what i’d do if i didn’t have you to talk to…” you know.. that tugs at your heartstrings… this is kimberly’s daughter.. and thats exciting… so… with kimberly coming back… and if she can take the place of missing Bo. i’m all for it.

Patrick
Patrick

i should further add…. it wasn’t until… really… Kayla/Patch… Bo/Hope… the
mis’adventures… really started taking off… sure… you had Kim and Shane.. also..

but kimberly was the feminine – rescue her – mental illness…. the prostitute…in the good ole days… and Patsy Pease – was a revelation. so.. it’s with a sigh of relief that Kimberly is safe. whew!

Derrick
Derrick

Sweet!

Mo
Mo

Looking forward to mother and daughter scenes. Now where’s dad? I’m sure he could whip Theresa into shape!

Christine
Christine

I would like to see both Shane and Kimberly come back. Also having their son Andrew would be a great addition. I have a idea lets bring Philip Kiriaks back and have him date and fall in love with Jeanie. Remember the Kimberly Shane and Victor story line in the 1980s. I think this would be a interesting twist

laura-lynne
laura-lynne

I do hope that they do bring back Shane now that Kim is back with there daughter Jeannie . I do love the character of Shane . He was my favorite of them all.

Traci Nelson
Traci Nelson

I can’t wait to see Patsy return, I grew up watching Shane and Kimberly, I miss all the old characters, they were the heart and soul of the show, Kayla and Patch, Hope and Bo, Marlena, Caroline and Shawn, I realize the show has to keep up with the times, but it needs to remember the “staples” of the show as well

David
David

I don’t care why she is back. just glad she is.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced: GH Scores Most Nods, DAYS Follows

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today the nominees for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be presented in a two-hour special on Friday, June 26 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

The awards are presented to individuals and programs broadcast between 2:00 am and 6:00 pm, as well as certain categories of digital and syndicated programming of similar content and that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019.

Show to show, and leading all daytime programming: General Hospital received the most nominations overall with 23, followed by Days of our Lives with 22.  The Young and the Restless was next with 21, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful with 13.  They were followed by the digital drama series, EastSiders and Studio City who scored 8 nominations, along with The View, Ghostwriter and Sesame Street.

Now below are the nominees in all the daytime and digital drama categories and congratulation to all of the nominees.  Here we go, and the nominees are ….

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

Photo: ABC

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Finola Hughes as Anna Devane General Hospital ABC

Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Heather Tom as Katie Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Maura West as Ava Jerome General Hospital ABC

Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rowin Amone as Ester Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Mary Beth Evans as Sara Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Jade Harlow as Lianna Ramos The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Cady Huffman as Lisa After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Shanti Lowry as Yolanda Rodriguez Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Burton as Jason Morgan General Hospital ABC

Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Jon Lindstrom as Kevin Collins/Ryan Chamberlain General Hospital ABC

Thaao Penghlis as Tony DiMera Days of Our Lives NBC

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Alex Hurt as Adam The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Brad James as Cameran Jr. A House Divided UMC / Amazon Prime Video

Sean Kanan as Sam Stevens Studio City Amazon Prime Video

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Brian White as Jimmy Blue Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Tamara Braun as Dr Kim Nero General Hospital ABC

Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes General Hospital ABC

Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams Days of Our Lives NBC

Christel Khalil as Lily Winters The Young and the Restless CBS

Annika Noelle as Hope Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Tina Benko as Helen The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Veanne Cox as Lenora Indoor Boys vimeo.com

Patrika Darbo as Violet Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Carolyn Hennesy as Gloria Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Janet Hubert as Mignon Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mark Grossman as Adam Newman The Young and the Restless CBS

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton The Young and the Restless CBS

Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

Chandler Massey as Will Horton Days of Our Lives NBC

James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine General Hospital ABC

Paul Telfer as Xander Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Willam Belli as Douglas / Gomorrah Ray Eastsiders Netflix

Leith M. Burke as Derrick Eastsiders Netflix

Tristan Rogers as Doc Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lenny Wolpe as Carl After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Gregory Zarian as Nate Venice the Series vimeo.com

Photo: ABC

OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire Brady Days of Our Lives NBC

Katelyn MacMullen as Willow Tait General Hospital ABC

Eden McCoy as Josslyn Jacks General Hospital ABC

Thia Megia as Haley Chen Days of Our Lives NBC

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Elissa Kapneck as Sasha The Young and the Restless CBS

Michael Knight as Martin Grey General Hospital ABC

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Simon Black The Young and the Restless CBS

Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway Days of Our Lives NBC

Photo: JPI

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rene Heger as Zack Sullivan DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Mary Beth Peil as Helen After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Scott Turner Schofield as Max Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lin Shaye as Diane Eastsiders Netflix

Graham Sibley as Zack DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

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General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

Pillow Talk YouTube.com

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING MULTIPLE CAMERA EDITING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING LIVE AND DIRECT TO TAPE SOUND MIXING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ARTDIRECTION/SETDECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“The Bad Guys?” Brainwashed By Toons funnyordie.com

“Everything Changed” The Feels YouTube.com

“North Star” General Hospital ABC

“A Holiday Carol – The Holidays Are Here”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

“Hooray Hooray, We’re On Our Way”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

Photo: ABC

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day NBC

Hate Among Us Popstar TV

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration HBO

This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special PBS

The Young and the Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute CBS

 

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT –TOPICAL

Days of Our Lives “Flash Forward” NBC

Dr. Phil “Rodney Reed” SYNDICATED Jeopardy!

“Jeopardy! All Star Games” SYNDICATED

Nick Jr Paw Patrol Ready, Race, Rescue: Trailer Nickelodeon
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas

“Launch” Netflix The Star Wars Show

“Stars Wars Animals: The Trench Run” YouTube.com

The full list of nominees in all categories is available at https://theemmys.tv/daytime 

So, who are you thrilled to see nominated from your favorite daytime and digital dramas? Who do you think is MIA? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Broadcast On CBS; Nominations To Be Announced Tomorrow On ‘The Talk’

Breaking news on Wednesday, the Daytime Emmys are back on and in a major way returning to broadcast television and CBS on Friday night, June 26h beginning at 8 p,m, ET/PT in a two-hour special.

The announcement was made by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and this marks the 14th time CBS had aired the Daytime Emmys throughout its history.

Photo: NATAS

The June 26 telecast will be produced by the National Academy and Associated Television International (ATI), which previously produced the Daytime Emmys Awards on The CW in 2009 and CBS’ most recent broadcasts in 2010 and 2011.

In addition, nominations in major categories will be revealed for the first time tomorrow May 21st on the CBS Daytime afternoon series, The Talk as well as ETOnline.com’ there are 100 categories in all that comprise the Daytime Emmys this year.  This year’s awards honor content from more than 2,700 submissions that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019, judged by a pool of 1,000 peer professionals from across the television industry

“The Daytime Emmys are coming home,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO of NATAS. “For generations, daytime television has been a source of comfort and continuity that’s never been more important. We’re delighted to join with CBS in celebrating the programs and professionals who never cease to brighten our days.”

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“As a leader in Daytime, we are thrilled to welcome back the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS. “Daytime television has been keeping viewers engaged and entertained for many years, so it is with great pride that we look forward to celebrating the best of the genre here on CBS.”

“In these challenging times, daytime has been a primary influence in staying connected with its audience, entertaining them, and keeping them informed,” said 47th Annual Daytime Emmys® executive producer and director David McKenzie of Associated Television International. “We are honored to be a part of it. We are also excited for the challenge of introducing a new format that will celebrate the contributions of daytime television.”

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys returning to primetime and CBS? Who do you think will score a nomination tomorrow? Comment below, but first check out The Talk’s Daytime Emmy announcement below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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