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SAG Awards 2016: Downton Abbey Wins Best Ensemble Drama Series, AMC’s David Canary Remembered During In-Memorium Tribute

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On Saturday night in Los Angeles, the 22nd Annual SAG Awards were handed out for performances in motion pictures and television.

For soap fans, one of the highlights of the night was when the British drama, Downton Abbey picked up its third SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series.  The series previously took the award in 2015, and 2013.  ‘Downton’ bested American drama’s: Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men to take top TV dramatic honors this year.

Lesley Nicol, beloved as the series Mrs. Patmore, accepted the SAG Award on behalf of the collective group from the UK who attended the ceremonies which included cast mates: Allen Leech (Branson), Joanna Froggatt (Anna), and Phyllis Logan (now Mrs. Carson) among others.  Nicole shared on the win: “We’ve been coming here for six years, and we’ve encountered only the most amazing kindness and generosity from American actors. We’re a British show — what are we doing here? We’re up against your TV royalites, so thank you.”

One of the more touching moments of Nicol’s speech was bringing up how close the crew and the cast were, and that when the series shot its final scenes: “Two ‘big, burly’ crew members named Dunan and Bobby, were found in the corner sobbing.” She added “When does that happen?”   To view the entire list of winners click here!

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All My Children’s late David Canary (Ex-Adsm and Stuart) was included and remembered earlier in the broadcast during the In-Memorium segment featuring those SAG members and performers who passed away over the past year.

Watch the cast of  Downton Abbey’s acceptance speech below, and then the SAG Award In-Memorium clip package.  Then let us know, are you glad that the British soap (now airing it’s sixth and final season on PBS Masterpiece in America) was voted Best Ensemble Drama Series?  Were you touched that the producers remembered David Canary’s passing, and included him in the In-Memorium clip package? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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blake
blake

I’m just glad to know that David Canary was remembered. Great news!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Congratulations to the amazing cast and crew of Downton Abbey. I’m sure to be in the same shape as Duncan and Bobby during the final episode.

The in memoriam tribute was beautiful and I’m so glad the wonderful David Canary was acknowledged.

Rodd
Rodd

I was really impressed by that In Memoriam segment. Whoever edit it together did a great job of giving us a sense of the dearly departed’s persona. Bravo!

Rose
Rose

I have some favorites and different genres I like to watch on regular network TV. But PBS is still the best in consistently telling great stories, IMO. Am really going to miss Downton Abbey, not just for the story but their characters and actors who play the.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I vas curious if they would use a Bonanza or AMC scene. Looks like it was Stuart on AMC.

The cast of Downton Abbey is a wonderful ensemble and the actors come across very humble. Congratulations!

SZima
SZima

I only wish they had used a clip of Adam instead of Stuart since he was the main character on AMC. I’m glad he was included, regardless!

Shay
Shay

A toast to Downtown Abbey! So nice to see such a well-deserved winner, although I must add that Dame Maggie Smith was absolutely robbed! As if anyone could ever hope to approach her utter magnificence….that woman never ceases to amaze with her regal aplomb and incredible talent! A “Standing O” for her Dowager Countess, The Lady Violet Crawley……

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

Share your condolences and remember of Christopher via the comment section below.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

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