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


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!


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

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

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Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!


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Grammy Winner Jody Watley Recalls Dancing On ‘Soul Train’ with All My Children’s Darnell Williams: “Like Every Other Soap Fan I Loved His Legendary Character ‘Jesse'”

Look who’s paying an homage to one of the all time daytime greats, Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, All My Children), none other than recording artist and Grammy-winner, Jody Watley.

While in promotion of her new single, Everlasting, Watley has been sharing photos and memories of moments from her career that are everlasting.

Taking to her Instagram, Watley shared a photo of herself with a young Darnell Williams, where we learned not only is she a huge fan of the iconic Jesse from Pine Valley, but she danced with Darnell when they both appeared on Soul Train! Darnell was regular on the show from 1974-1975.  Watley began her professional career on Soul Train, then became part of the musical group, Shalamar, before beginning her own solo career which has now spanned decades.

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Watley expressed on Willi: “EVERLASTING Indeed! 😁😁✨ “Always believe in you..” #flashbackfriday #70s 😘 this photo was shared with me from a ST fan page on FB .. I’d never seen it before 😯😍 – two teens with big dreams — Darnell Williams such a nice guy and so handsome we danced together a few times – a snapshot – … later like every other soap fan I loved his legendary character “Jesse” back in the golden era of daytime TV “All My Children” ❤️❤️❤️❤️ terrific actor— and I was in awe like “I knew him on ST” 😁 – before coming into my own trajectory as an artist.”

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams appeared on All My Children during several stints from 1991 to 1998, then again from 2008-2011, before reprising the role in 2013 in Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

Watley’s biggest hits include Real Love, Looking for a New Love, Everything, Some Kind of Lover and more.

So, what do you think of the Darnell and Jody connection, and her remembrances of his time as Jesse on AMC? share your thoughts in the comment section, and also check out the radio edit version of Jody’s new single below.


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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Most-Watched Week of Syndicated Talk Shows in 2 Years; Delivers Strongest Week in Nearly 3 Years

In another case of soap alums doing great things, come news that former All My Children stars and real-life marrieds Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are having a great ride together as on-screen co-hosts of the syndicated morning series, Live with Kelly and Mark.

New numbers were just released by ABC that share that during the week of January 15-19 2024: Live with Kelly and Mark hit series highs in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). Interestingly enough, former GH star, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake) appeared on the show that week performing with friend and musician, Richard Marx.)

But there is more good news: Live with Kelly and Mark delivered the franchise’s strongest week in nearly 3 years in both Households and Total Viewers, as well as double-digit week-to-week increases in key demos over the last three weeks.

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With 2.673 million Total Viewers, ‘Live’ delivered the most-watched week of any syndicated talk show in 2 years ( since Dr. Phil second week of January in 2022).

In even more solid gains for this ratings report: the talker stood as the week’s top  daytime talk show in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). ‘Live’ also ranked as the No. 1 entertainment talk show of the week across all key Nielsen measures, topping all daytime and late-night entertainment talk shows.

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Overall the Live with Kelly and Mark is up 4%  from the the previous year averaging roughly 2.4M viewers across all of its episodes. ‘Live’ also stands as the season’s No. 1 entertainment talk show across all key Nielsen measures.

Consuleos arrived officially on the season on April 17th 2022 taking over for the departing Ryan Seacrest to co-host the show with Ripa. While many voiced concerns that the on-screen and off-screen coupling might make for lower ratings if they were not entertaining, just the opposite has happened, the series seems in a very healthy place; given the constant downturn in linear ratings and viewership in daytime TV.

Are you enjoying Kelly and Mark as co-hosts compared to Kelly’s other co-hosts through the years? Comment below.

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