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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
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blake

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

Llanviewer717
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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