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Senator, Vietnam War Hero & Presidential Candidate, John McCain Dies; His Daughter, ‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Writes Heartfelt Tribute

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As we write this o Saturday, the media, celebrities,, the public, and politicians are learning of the passing at 4:30PM today Arizona time of Senator John McCain who died at 81 of brain cancer.  He died surrounded by his wife and family.  McCain who was often called “The Maverick” was known for his service to his country both as a Vietnam war hero, and for his years of service to the public in the political arena.

 

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His daughter, Meghan McCain is currently the co-host of ABC’s morning talker, The View.  She took to social media with this heartbreaking and heartfelt tribute to her father on his passing:

In addition, some of your favorite soap stars are posting on social media upon learning the news of McCain’s passing.

Eileen Davidson took to Twitter and expressed: “One of the greats. RIP John McCain thank you for your valiant service. Our world is better because of your example. God bless your family. ❤❤❤ A TRUE LEADER. A TRUE HERO!!!!!”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Senator John McCain, and Meghan’s message in the comment section below.

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John McCain was a perfect example of how to handle political disagreement with class, dignity, and respect for the people he represented. That classic moment in the 2008 campaign when he defended Barack Obama to a misinformed voter was beyond brilliant. It’s sad that we’ve seen so little of that behavior since; I dare say we may never see it again.

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Respect for those he purportedly “represented?” Since when? Given that two of the most desired recent items on the GOP voters’ agenda were to repeal Obamacare and pass immigration measures to stem the overwhelming tide of illegal aliens pouring into our country, I saw absolutely no indication of either acknowledgment for our wishes or willingness to support these measures legislatively by this petty, bitter, vindictive little man who always thought he knew better than the Republicans he claimed to serve. In fact, he was an obstinate, steadfast obstacle to getting this done because he couldn’t abide giving our president a… Read more »

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Beautifully said, Soaphound. I agree. Class, dignity and respect. He will be missed by even those on the opposing side.

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Always fighting the good fight and even when one disagreed with him, one respected him. We don’t see his like again. “Honor and Beauty in the Owner’s Arms, are Weakly Fortress’d in a World of Harms.”

William Shakespeare. The Rape of Lucrece.

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John McCain the politician the Senator, I rarely agreed with his policies. Not a fan.
John McCain the man. I have great respect and honor for the man. I Salute.

May your soul be blessed on its’ journey, John McCain.
be it going to Nirvana? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Reincarnation? Who knows. I Wish a blessed journey.
But, Never RIP- it’s to cease the journey and enter into Eternal Slumber.

John Sidney McCain III, Atma ko Sadgati Prapt ho..

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Beautiful tribute from a daughter to her father. What a life he lived! And through it all, from what I’ve read, witnessed, he always stayed true to his convictions. His vote against that heartless attempted repeal of the healthcare act was one of bravery and conscience. In the midst of his own devastating diagnosis he had the compassion to realize that not all could afford the medical treatment he could; that many would suffer if that bill had passed. Another good person has exited. RIP John McCain. I say that with respect and gratitude for your service both in and… Read more »

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I agree with a lot of what president Trump has done in his nearly two years in office BUT the one black mark I cannot forgive him for is saying that John Mccain was not a hero. MCCain went through hell and back and THEN became a politician and managed to keep a good name on both sides of the political fence. God bless you John and you’re loving family!

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If a funeral can be considered “amazing” then that’s how I’d describe what I watched today. The speeches, the tributes, the music…what a beautiful, spectacular service to a man who gave so much of his time to serving. The evidence of his humanity and ability to see “across the aisle” was evident in the diversity of party, religion and race, and the two presidents who beat him to The House who he considered friends.. Instead of obsessing on who drew a bigger crowd or who won the race, he developed friendships with those he didn’t always see eye to eye… Read more »

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Perry Botkin Jr., Composer of The Young and the Restless’ ‘Nadia’s Theme’, Has Died At 87

When you think of the all-time best theme songs for your favorite television shows and one that stands the test of time, to many, there is none greater than “Nadia’s Theme” which became the theme song for The Young and the Restless.

The beautiful arrangement has become signature to the world of daytime drama and the opening credits of the CBS Daytime drama from its beginning in 1973.

On Saturday, news spread that “Nadia’s Theme” composer, Perry Botkin Jr, had passed away.  Botkin’s friend, TV writer John Scheinfeld, announced his death on Facebook, noting that Botkin died this past Monday at the age of 87,

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Scheinfeld shared: “Perry was a magnificently talented composer, arranger, producer and story-teller, perhaps best known for composing the Grammy-winning Nadia’s Theme for the CBS soap The Young and the Restless.”

Perry was Oscar nominated and a Grammy-winner in his lifetime.  Among the most notable titles featuring Botkin’s work include: Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, Adam’s Rib and The Smothers Brothers Show. However, Botkin is most known for Nadia’s Theme which he composed along with Barry De Vorzon.

After the theme became the beloved opening of Y&R, it gained more fame when it was used in a montage for Romanian gymnast Nadia Comāneci’s routines in the 1976 Olympic games on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  Decades later, Mary J. Blige used the sample of the song and made it relevant again for her hit, “No More Drama”

Another song by Botkin Jr. and DeVorzon, “Bless the Beasts & Children” was Oscar nominated, sung by The Carpenters, and also sung at various times on Y&R.

To honor Perry Botkin Jr., check out this compilation of the opening title sequence from Y&R over the years featuring “Nadia’s Theme” below

Share your thoughts on the passing of Perry Botkin Jr., in the comment section, and if you think Y&R has the greatest soap theme song of all-time, or do you think that honor goes to another theme? 

 

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Soap Alums Tom Pelphrey, Justin Hartley & William Fichtner Receive 26th Annual Critics Choice Award TV Nominations

Nominations were unveiled on Monday for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards in the field of Television.

Netflix Ozark and The Crown scored the most nominations with six each.   The award winners will be revealed along with the film categories (those nominations will be released on February 7th) on March 7th in a ceremony on the CW and will be hosted by Taye Diggs.

Some very familiar faces to daytime fans are in the running in some major categories.   First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, GL, Mick, ATWT) who gave one of the most talked about performances of 2020 in Ozark was nominated along with Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R, Ex-Passions, Ex-Revenge)  for his star-turn in This Is Us, for Best Supporting Actor in a a Drama Series.

Meanwhile on the comedy side, former As the World Turns actor, William Fichtner (Ex-Josh) scored for his work in the CBS’ Mom, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series category.

This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown also received a nomination in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall Pearson, and the series is also in the running for Best Drama Series.

Below are the full nominations in the running with Pelphrey, Hartley and Fichtner.  You can check out the complete nominations in all categories here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
John Lithgow – Perry Mason (HBO)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark (Netflix)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

William Fichtner – Mom (CBS)
Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Alex Newell – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Andrew Rannells – Black Monday (Showtime) 

So will you be rooting for Tom or Justin to take hone the Critics Choice Award in the Supporting Actor Drama category? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley To Star in New Series In The Works; TV Adaptation of ‘The Never Game’

This is Us and former Y&R star, Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson) is making some big next career moves.

Justin, along with This is Us director/executive producer Ken Olin, are teaming up on a new TV project.

The duo have optioned the rights to Jeffrey Deaver’s 2019 thriller novel, The Never Game and are turning into a TV series

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