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So what goes into naming a soap character? OLTL's writer, Altman POV in WGA Blog!

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Shelly Altman a member of Ron Carlivati’s writing team at One Life to Live, last week blogged as a special guest blogger for the Writers Guild of America’s website in their new column cleverly called, Write On. The scribe’s latest post entitled, What’s In a Name? Take a look at those interesting choices writers make for their newly found characters!

Here is an excerpt:  “Eden.  Jax.  Greenlee.  Markko.  Soap opera names; exotic, outrageous, sometimes unforgettable enough to find their way into mainstream American life.  How many 28 year-old Lukes and Lauras do you think there are today?  If you search the internet for baby names, you’ll find tons of websites devoted to soap opera names.

Choosing the right name for a character on a TV show is critical.  It helps define the character’s personality.  The name Slade suggests danger whereas Joey sounds like your good buddy.  Mary’s probably a sweet girl, but Jezebel’s trouble.  When you add someone new to a forty-year old soap opera with a history of roughly 1,000 characters over the years, coming up with an original name can be a challenge.  Over the years, I’ve found my own ways to meet it.  Sometimes I name characters to honor people in my own life.  On One Life to Live, lawyers Alex Cody and Morgan Guthrie were named for my sons.  Their high school directory has provided names like Margay and Grayson and Asher.  For their school’s charity fundraiser, I used to auction off the right to have a one-shot under-five character named for the highest bidder.  When the last winner gave me a really hard time because she didn’t like her namesake’s characterization (even the audience has divas), I abandoned the practice.”

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48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Presenters, Special Appearances and On-Air Categories

Presenters, special appearances and on-air categories have been announced for the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast Friday night on June 25 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBD, and available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

The broadcast will feature talent appearing from the Emmy stage in Los Angeles, individual show studios and homes to accept their awards.

Kathy Lee Gifford, Ken Jeong, Martha Stewart and Robin Roberts will make special appearances and pay tribute to legends Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and Larry King.  The Bold and the Beautiful’s Diamond White (Paris) is scoring and performing the song for the touching “In Memoriam” segment.

Presenters scheduled to appear include:
• Al Roker (“Today Show”)
• Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes & Dr. Jennifer Ashton (“GMA3: What You Need to Know)
• Bryton James and Brytni Sarpi (The Young and the Restless)
• Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives)
• Donnell Turner and Cynthia Watros (General Hospital)
• Drew Barrymore (The Drew Barrymore Show)
• Giada De Laurentiis (Giada at Home 2.0)
• Gloria Estefan (Red Table Talk: The Estefans)
• Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
• Jackée Harry and Robert Scott Wilson (Days of our Lives)
• Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Tanner Novlan (The Bold and the Beautiful )
• Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest (Live with Kelly & Ryan)
• Kelly Thiebaud (General Hospital)
• Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight)
• Mario Lopez (Access Hollywood)
• Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless )
• Nate Burleson (CBS Sports and Extra)
• Rachel Lindsay (Extra)
• Sean Kanan (Studio City)
• Tamron Hall (Tamron Hall)

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Categories scheduled to be presented during the CBS broadcast include:
• Outstanding Drama Series
• Outstanding Limited Drama Series
• Outstanding Game Show
• Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
• Outstanding Morning Show
• Outstanding Informative Talk Show
• Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
• Outstanding Entertainment News Program
• Outstanding Daytime Special Event
• Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction
• Outstanding Special Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Special Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Younger Performer in A Drama Series
• Outstanding Guest Performer in A Drama Series
• Outstanding Culinary Host
• Outstanding Game Show Host
• Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
• Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
• Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

So what do you think about the presenters for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Sean Carrigan Returns to The Young and the Restless

A ‘stitch’ in time saves nine … isn’t that how the saying goes? Coming up on The Young and the Restless, Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn is returning to Genoa City when actor Sean Carrigan reprises his role … and will he be there to immediately help sort out the issues in ex-wife, Abby’s life (Melissa Ordway)?

According to TV Insider, Carrigan will be back on-screen on the CBS daytime drama series beginning with the Friday, June 25th episode.

“Stitch” left town back in 2017 to move to Iowa to practice medicine and help care for his son Max who was put in a long-term care facility following brain surgery.

Meanwhile in story now, Abby is awaiting the birth of her first child thanks to her surrogate, Mariah and sperm donor, Devon.

But what will happen when Stitch returns to town and learns Abby is married (although Chance is on a mission and away from Genoa City) and expecting her first child via surrogacy?  Might their romance ignite once again? Stay tuned.

So, glad to hear Sean Carrigan is returning to Y&R? How will this story with Abby play out? Comment below.

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Ted King and Naomi Matsuda Join The Bold and the Beautiful

Soap fans are very familiar with the work of Ted King (Ex-General Hospital, The City, Loving, Another World and One Life to Live) as well as Naomi Matsuda (Ex-Tori, Days of our Lives).

Now the talented actors will pair up as they come to The Bold and the Beautiful to play Finn (Tanner Novlan) parents, and they arrive just in time set to be grandparents to Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn’s upcoming new addition, their baby.

According to EW.com that broke the casting news, that when Jack (King) and Li (Matsuda) come to town,’viewers will soon learn about Finn’s very dramatic backstory’

Ted and Naomi began taping on June 9th and will first air as follows: King arrives on July 30th, while Naomi’s first B&B airdate will be on August 2nd.

Now the question becomes, just what is Finn’s familial back-story? Stay tuned.

So, happy to know that you will see Ted King and Naomi Matsuda back on your screens again? Comment below.

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