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Sean Kanan, A Martinez, Patrika Darbo & Carolyn Hennesy Win Big During 11th Annual Indie Series Awards

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Last night, for the first time ever, the Indie Series Awards were presented virtually.  The 11th annual event honoring the best in independent web and digital series were hosted by Studio City’s Sean Kanan (Ex-GH, B&B, and Y&R) with Paul Nygro serving as the announcer for the evening.

And it turned out to be a great night for Kanan and Company, for his also Daytime-Emmy nominated series, scored wins for him as Lead Actor in a Drama, while Patrika Darbo (Ex-DAYS) and Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital) tied in the first-time ever in ISA history in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

In Studio City, Darbo plays Kanan’s mom, and Hennesy plays Kanan’s soap opera executive producer.   In addition, Kanan’s wife, Michele Kanan along with Lauren de Normandie took home the Writing in a Drama Series for the series.  In the Outstanding Drama Series category, the winner was the Kevin Spirtas(Ex-Craig, DAYS) starring, After Forever.

Another very familiar face to daytime soap fans also scored a victory when, none other than Daytime Emmy-winner and former Santa Barbara star, A Martinez was awarded in the Guest Actor in a Drama category for his performance on The Bay.

Former The Bold and the Beautiful cast member, Alex Wyse (Ex-Saul) took home Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy series for his series, Indoor Boys.

The awards were presented virtually via Zoom, and featured nominees and presenters from the world of Indie series.

Check out the complete 11th annual ISA winners list here

So, excited to hear longtime soap notables,  Kanan, Darbo, Hennesy and Martinez were given some major kudos last night at the ISA’s? Comment below.

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shouldn’t it make you think… “this” is where, the good stuff, is

I am SO glad, the actors have this entity… that’s thriving… to add to

God, such good actors we’ve had the pleasure of … from my first; “All My Children” to “As the World Turns”… to my @DAYS of OUR Live

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Tyra Banks Exiting ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Yesterday, Tyra Banks dropped a bombshell when speaking with a reporter from TMZ, while out for a stroll.

Banks shared that she’s not going to be returning as host of Dancing with the Stars, and has decided to focus on the business and entrepreneurial side of her career, plus producing behind the scenes entertainment projects.

This morning on Friday, Banks confirmed the news to Deadline.

Tyra had joined DTWTS in season 29 when she replaced longtime host, Tom Bergeron. She also became an executive producer of the reality-ballroom dance competition.

Last season, DWTS streamed exclusively on Disney Plus, and was taken off the ABC network.  During the last season, Tyra co-hosted the show with Alfonso Ribeiro, although she still presided over the ballroom competition.

Thus far, there has been no news of the next season of the series, although it’s expected to return.  In addition to Banks, dancer Mark Ballas along with the previously announced departure of dancer Cheryl Burke, leave the show with some shoes to fill.

Check out Tyra’s chat with TMZ below.

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Days of our Lives Renewed for Two More Seasons on Peacock

Days of our Lives, which transitioned last fall from NBC to the streamer, Peacock has received a two-season renewal pick-up.  That will bring DAYS through its 60th anniversary season.

Already hitting several milestones within its run including; it’s 14,000th episode back in 2020, and being the longest-running series in NBC history to move to Peacock, the lives, romance, intrigue, and drama will continue for the residents of Salem for at least two more years.

According to Peacock PR, DAYS has consistently been a top 10 title since its exclusive move to the platform last year. 

Throughout its enduring run, the show has garnered 61 Emmy Awards, including 2022’s Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama, and 392 nominations, as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards. 

The beloved series is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as current head writer. 

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‘Rachael Ray’ Daytime Cooking Talk Show to End After 17 Seasons

It’s time to put one less meal together on the stove!  Rachael Ray, who has been the star of her own daytime talk show/cooking series, is calling it quits after 17 years.

Making a decision to end The Rachael Ray Show was not an easy decision for the Daytime Emmy-winner, but she revealed to, it was time for her to move on.  The show will finish up its 17th season, then stop production.

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Ray shared: “In my more than 20 plus years in television, I have had 17 wonderful seasons working in daytime television with Rachael, however, I’ve made the decision that it’s time for me to move on to the next exciting chapter in my broadcast career.  My passions have evolved from the talk show format production and syndication model to a platform unencumbered by the traditional rules of distribution. I am truly excited to be able to introduce and develop new and upcoming epicurean talent on all platforms. That is why I am looking forward to putting all my energies into my recently announced production arm, Free Food Studios.  Thank you to all of our Rachael daytime show partners, crew, and affiliates, and the wonderful years we all worked together.”

In a statement, Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Media Ventures, expressed: “When Rachael debuted her show 17 years ago, she was a game-changer in the daytime space. She made cooking accessible to the masses, taught viewers simple solutions on how to improve their lives and coaxed great stories out of celebrity guests with her relatable down-to-earth demeanor. We’re proud to have produced such a successful show with Rachael and her team for so many years. We’ll miss Rachael on the air every day, but we’ll always be family.”

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