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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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Y&R Alum Max Ehrich and Pop Star Demi Lovato Call It Quits

The engagement is off! After a very short time together, and two months after he proposed, The Young and the Restless former Fenmore Baldwin, Max Ehrich, and pop singing sensation, Demi Lovato, have called it quits.

According to PEOPLE’s sources: “It was a tough decision, but Demi and Max have decided to go their separate ways to focus on their respective careers.  They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish the time they spent together.”

The duo began dating in March and got engaged in Malibu in July.  Max gave Demi an engagement ring worth one million dollars reportedly.

The talented pair seemed very much in love from their myriad of social media posts over the last several months.

However, E Online is reporting that one of their sources shared that Lovato’s inner circle had doubts about Ehrich’s true intentions citing they were worried and hesitant for her to be involved with Max..

Ehrich has recently been filming is new movie Southern Gospel.

So what do you think of the Max and Demi breakup? Comment below.

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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Address Toxic Workplace Issues & How She is a ‘Work in Progress’ in Talk Show Season Opener

Today marks the return of daytime’s Ellen DeGeneres Show for its 18th season in syndication.  Ahead of its airing, the show dropped the video of Ellen’s opening monologue where she addresses to the audience at home the allegations that came to light over the summer regarding her, and the toxic work environment behind the scenes of her popular series.

Those allegations prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, which led to the dismissal of several key producers at the talk show.

Previously, Ellen shared that she would address what had happened during the new season, but she did so at the top of its first episode back, and repeated some of the same sentiments she also shared in a letter to her crew and staffers.

DeGeneres expressed  “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres.”  She was quick to point out that she is turning the page and that “today, we are starting a new chapter.”

Addressing what has been her off-screen behavior vs. her on-air persona, Ellen said: “The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things.  Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress… I don’t think I’m that good of an actress that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that.”  Within the monologue she shares how she became known as the “Be Kind Lady” a moniker that also came back to bite her during the summer.

So, what do you think about what Ellen has to say at the top of the new season of her show? Do you think this is enough of an explanation to the public? Are you ready to watch her new season? Comment below.

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72nd Primetime Emmys: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Sweeps Comedy, ‘Succession’ Takes Drama, Zendaya Becomes Youngest Lead Actress Drama Winner

The first ever virtual Primetime Emmys were held last night amid the coronavirus pandemic with host Jimmy Kimmel presiding over the proceedings in an empty Staple Center in Los Angeles and nominees streamed in from locations in the United States and around the globe.

After the dust settled, Canada was having quite the night with the clean sweep by Schitt’s Creek in the comedy categories.  The series, which ended after its sixth season, saw all of its nominated stars win in all the comedy performer categories: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’ Hara and Annie Murphy.  Dan continued to be on a hot streak also taking the Writing and Directing categories..  The show then won the Comedy Series award.  The impressive night for Schitt’s Creek make it a record-breaker with seven trophies in a row.  That, coupled with their two wins during the Creative Arts Emmys, set the new record for most Emmy wins.

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In the drama categories it was Succession which racked up four major awards including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong, and in the writing and directing categories.

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Zendaya bested some heavyweights in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Euphoria making her the youngest winner in this category in TV Academy history at 24.

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The complete list of winner’s from Sunday night are listed below.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
CATHERINE O’HARA as Moira Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
EUGENE LEVY as Johnny Rose   Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY, Written by Schitt’s Creek –  Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
ANDREW CIVIDINO, DANIEL LEVY, Directors  – Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY as David Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
ANNIE MURPHY as Alexis Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
SCHITT’S CREEK

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
REGINA KING as Angela Abar / Sister Night Watchmen

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
MARK RUFFALO as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey  I Know This Much Is True

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Watchmen

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Unorthodox

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan  Watchmen

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
UZO ADUBA as Shirley Chisholm  Mrs. America

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
WATCHMEN

OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
JEREMY STRONG as Kendall Roy Succession

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
ZENDAYA as Rue Euphoria

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – This Is Not For Tears

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – Hunting

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BILLY CRUDUP as Cory Ellison  The Morning Show

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIA GARNER as Ruth Langmore Ozark

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
SUCCESSION

So, what did you think of the winners at the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys?  What did you think of the virtual ceremony … thumbs up or thumbs down? Comment below.

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