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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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Jacob Young Joins Cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ For Its Final Season

Daytime alum, Jacob Young (Ex-All My Children, The Bold and The Beautiful and General Hospital) has landed a role on the upcoming final season of the hit series, The Walking Dead.

According to Deadline: Young will play the role of Deaver.  However, details on who Deaver is, or may be related to, are being kept under wraps.

The upcoming AMC series final season will include a 24-episode order and it is set to premiere on August 22.

Jacob took to Twitter once the casting announcement was made and shared: “Beyond excited to be apart of such amazing and long running franchise!”

Young has won a Daytime Emmy for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and has also recently been hosting and producing his own podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young.  You can listen to the episodes here.

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‘Hollyoaks’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Casualty’ Receive BAFTA TV Award Nominations in Soap and Continuing Drama Category

The nominations have been announced for Britain’s the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards, and while dramas, Small Axe and The Crown, nabbed the most nominations with 15 and 10 each respectively, there was also a soap opera and continuing drama category which saw many beloved favorites from across the pond scoring a nomination.

The BAFTA TV awards ceremony are set to take place June 6 on BBCOne and BBC One HD, while the craft awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on May 24.


In the Soap and Continuing Drama category the nominees are:

CASUALTY Simon Harper, Loretta Preece, Sarah Beeson, Jenny Thompson – BBC Studios/BBC One
CORONATION STREET Production Team – ITV Studios/ITV
EASTENDERS Jon Sen, Kate Oates, Sharon Batten, Liza Mellody – BBC Studios/BBC One
HOLLYOAKS Bryan Kirkwood, Hannah Sowden, Josie Day, Gary Sewell, Colette Chard – Lime Pictures/Channel 4

View the entire list of nominations here.

Now let us know, which soap are you rooting for to take home this year’s BAFTA TV Award? Comment below.

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Carrie Ann Inaba Takes Leave of Absence from ‘The Talk’

In a surprising announcement on Monday, Carrie Ann Inaba has revealed that she will be stepping away from her co-hosting duties on The Talk for now by taking a leave of absence to concentrate on her health and well-being.

This was also echoed by The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood who let viewers know of the change and Inaba’s exit for now with the series.

In a post on her Instagram, Inaba shared: “I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well being. I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!”  Then in a follow-up post, Carrie Ann added: “I appreciate your support. I appreciate the love and support for The Talk family and I hope to be back soon. Take care and I’ll keep you updated.”

Underwood expressed: “We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being. She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at ‘The Talk.’ We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Inaba’s departure for the moment comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne departing the series for good, following the controversy that arose with remarks Osbourne made to Underwood on the March 10th episode of the afternoon series.

No word yet on who will replace Inaba temporarily.

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann’s decision to take a leave of absence? Comment below.

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