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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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  1. Patrick

    June 21, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    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

    Another World

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REPORT: Days of our Lives Targets September Production Restart

Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

So, excited to hear that their may be plans ahead come fall for DAYS to come to back and tape new episodes? Comment below.


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B&B’s Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk Shares: “Just Finished Viewing Our First Produced Episode Since Starting Production Back Up!”

In a tweet late on Thursday, the supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, Casey Kasprzyk, shared his enthusiasm at completing the first major hurdle for the soap going back into production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Showing a viewing copy on disc of the first new episode produced for B&B in months, Casey said: “Just finished viewing our first produced episode since starting production back up! So proud of Team Bold & Beautiful. Great shows airing soon”

The disc had airshow number #8321 on it, and a question mark as to when it will make it to air.

The fact that The Bold and the Beautiful is the first daytime drama to get one new episode completed is a step forward amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California.

Now soap fans will have to wait and see if General Hospital and The Young and the Restless begin their productions in the middle of July; as last projected by both series, or if there will be further delays due to the ongoing crisis for the safety of everyone involved at the shows.

So, excited to learn Casey’s news that there is a new episode of B&B on the horizon for viewers to see? Comment below.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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