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Should there be less acting noms at Emmys, if there are less Soaps?

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In an interesting commentary and revealing piece today from veteran soap journalist, Michael Maloney for Variety, he takes a look at if the Daytime Emmys should consider limiting the number of acting nominees in the acting categories, with only six soaps on the air.  And,  if NATAS should do away with the Younger Actor and Actress categories, as well as if the Guest-Star category should return. Maloney spoke to a number of soap vets for their thoughts as well.  Here are what a few had to say:

Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) ” They do need to change. You can’t have five (nominees) with only six shows. If you do, you may as well throw one from every show in.” Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) “I don’t think there should be younger actor or actress categories. If you’re that good, then you can be up there with (older actors), the way Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) have been at the Oscars.”  Ken Corday (DAYS, EP) argued the other side of the coin, that NATAS and the Emmys should keep the younger set categories because, “there will be more awards to give out.”

What do you think? Should we honor less actors, in a genre which gets very little recognition anyway? Or, are they right, since there is less of a talent pool with the dwindling number of shows?  Let us know your thoughts.

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kay killgore
kay killgore

Well, could we have an emmy for the actors and actresses who throw their names in for not even having a lead story! Mr. LeBlanc and Mr. Bergman neither one of these guys have had a LEAD Story this last year! Campaigning is a turn off!

sara
sara

Exactly!!!

Kate
Kate

The genre unfortunately gets very little recognition, but that’s at no fault to the actors. Daytime actors are unquestionably some of the hardest working actors: memorization of lengthy script dialogue on a very regular basis, working through long production hours on a weekly basis, minimal rehersal time, and decreasing job stability all contribute to what makes these actors strong, and worthy of formal recognition just as actors who work in other mediums. Further, there may be less of a talent pool in terms of numbers, but it’s certainly stronger now with less shows on the air and more vets and previously established actors finding work on currently existing shows. In some ways, there is arguably now more competition for the gold, but now there’s arguably an easier chance to win as a result of the smaller talent pool. I think reducing the number of nominees is a good option to alleviate the concern of too many actors earning nominations over the six remaining serials. Perhaps cap the nomination numbers at 3 or 4 nods per category. The Daytime Emmys seems to increasinly become a popularity contest, and reduced nominations may help with this. I also think the younger actor/actress categories can be eliminated, and worthy opponents can contend in the Supporting category. In my opinion, most of the younger nominees are not Emmy-worthy performers; they just qualify for placement in the category, so they end up with a nomination despite lack of a justifiably solid, nomination-worthy performance. Obviously this can’t be said for all Younger actor noms / winners like Jennifer Finnigan, Eden Riegel, and Jennifer Landon, who deserved their Emmy wins, and Scott Clifton, who is LONG overdue for an Emmy. However, with the dwindling number of younger actors in daytime it just seems like anyone who’s under 26 will get a nod. In a nutshell, the Daytime Emmys are necessary as actors in this medium deserve formal recognition. However, reduced numbers of nominees and the elimination of the Younger Actor / Actress categories may balance things out. Thanks!

Toscanti
Toscanti

I feel they neeed to more fairly evaluate the actors rather than the popularity contest it has become. It shouldn’t be the actors themselves deciding who gets the nomination. Every year there are great individuals left out that in my opinion could have gone home with the gold. I appreciate both actors quoted here, however they are 2 that always get a nod. It is a popularity contest amongst themselves.

Tanya
Tanya

I say let it stay the way it is and give us “the best guest appearance role awards again”. The way I see it is it wouldn’t be fair to cut down the awards because I remember when one year where GH had many nominees in each Categories while there were other Actors who should have been nominated and were over looked and we see where Actors who were great last year (2010) were shot out again as well and have to wait for a time to be nom. again. There are some People who should have won an Emmy in the past who hasn’t yet which is beyond me like Melody Thomas Scott. The younger Actors & Actresses awards shows off how talented our younger Actors are and who can keep up with the likes of Anthony Geary, Michael E. Night, Susan Flannery, Eric Breaden and our many great Vets who shows that just because they are Soap Actors they shouldn’t be underestimated that they can far act anyone who dears to be in a Scene with them. Not to mention sometimes these young Actors have there own Stories being told separately which test talent and further more they are the new generation of the genre, plus it shows which Soap has the best young talent right, sounds awful I know but a good point. This might not make any sense but why not make it 6 noms each from each Category since there are only 6 Soaps any way, then picking who should represent each Soap would be easier and more divided cause the decision is made from one episode Reel anyways right. As for best Drama there should just be 4 noms. Now I don’t know how this whole award thing works so is it about money or should it be about who should really get the award at the end of the Day or just simply who should really be nominated. Like I said before though some Actors are over due for an award, that’s my opinion. Besides when it comes down to it isn’t it about the love for the genre it self, if it were me though I would just be grateful I have a Job.

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Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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DYNASTY Ups Four To Series Regulars As Season Three Kicks-Off

Just in time for the start of the new season of CWs deliciously wicked soap reboot of Dynasty! News on Friday has that four members of the cast have been upped to series regular, meaning they will be pivotal in story and see a lot more screen time.

According to Deadline:  the third actress to play Cristal Jennings, Daniella Alonso, who debuts tonight in the season three opener has been made series regular. Along with the previously recurring: Michael Michele (Dominique Devereaux), Sam Underwood (Adam Carrington) and Adam Huber (Liam), who have now been upped to major cast status.

Additionally, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) seemed to have taken over the the role of Alexis from Nicollette Sheridan.  Is this going to be a doppelgänger story, or not? Time will tell.

The new season gets underway with new showrunner Josh Reims, and Sallie Patrick staying on as an executive producer.

CW’s Dynasty is a modernized reboot of the 1980s primetime soap of the same name, the series follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.

Glad to hear Sam, Adam, Michael and Daniella are series regulars for season three? Watch what happens tonight beginning at 9PMEST on the CW.

 

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CBS Television Distribution is getting more into the daytime talk show arena, with their first series of that kind in quite some time, after confirming that Drew Barrymore will indeed have a daytime talk show that now will premiere in the fall of 2020.

The new syndicated talk show has already had CBS Television Stations signing on as the first station group around the country to carry the show. New York and Los Angeles are on-board as two key heavyweight markets.

According to Deadline: the pickup for Barrymore’s talker came rather quickly just two months after she shot the pilot for it in the Big Apple.

The decision to move forward with Drew’s new show comes on the heels of a strong showing by NBC Universal’s new daytime talker, The Kelly Clarkson Show and the good start for Disney’s Tamron Hall Show.

As to where in the day-part the syndicated series hosted by Barrymore might fall in your daily viewing schedule is yet to be determined.

With solid ratings for Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall, and a new Barrymore talk series on the way; do you think it signifies more trouble ahead for your daytime soap operas in the long-run, or will everyone be able to have their slots and retain their audience and co-exist happily ever-after? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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