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Sarah Brown, Crystal Chappell, Lilly Melgar, Colleen Zenk, Jen Lilley Score 6th Annual Indie Series Award Nominations!

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The nominations were revealed yesterday for the 6th Annual Indie Series Award, which according to the award show creator, Roger Newcomb had  a record number of entrants with60 series competing in the categories.

The ISA’s honor the best on the web creatively in front of the camera and behind the scenes.  This year the ceremonies will be hosted by Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) of Days of our Lives on April 1st a the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California beginning at 8PMPST.

Some of your daytime favorites received nominations in key categories, including in the hotly contested Best Lead Actress – Drama and they are:  Sarah Brown Beacon Hill,  Jen Lilley Youthful Daze, Lilly Melgar The Bay, and Colleen Zenk  Thurston. These ladies are joined in the category by Kate Conway Out With Dad, and Ashli Dowling We Are Angels.

In addition, Crystal Chappell received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress Drama for her role in Beacon Hill.   And more names familiar to audiences were announced in the Guest Star in a Drama and Comedy categories with Tuc Watkins receiving a nomination for Where The Bears Are, as did Carolyn Hennesy for Acting Dead, Patrika Darbo for The Bay, Martha Byrne for Anacostia, and Andrea Evans for DeVanity, to name just a few.

Who would you like to see win the ISA for the Best Actress in a Drama?  Let us know! And to see the complete nominations click here!

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While I’d like to congratulate all who received a nom, I’m a bit surprised by the glaring omissions. I really enjoy Thurston and glad to see them recognized, but to see the likes of The Bay not included in best series leaves me scratching my head and wondering about the method behind the nominations. It’s great to have so many entries, but to be taken seriously and considered a reputable recognition ceremony, they’ll need to start concentrating more on the overall quality of the shows instead of coming off like a popularity contest.

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Love beacon Hill and so happy to see Sarah Brown and Crystal Chappell nominated!!! Terrific actresses, excellent web series would love to see them win!

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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