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Soap Experts Daytime Emmy Smackdown! Who Will Win Outstanding Drama Series?

It’s getting closer and closer to the presentation of this year’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 23rd on HLN live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

And to get you in the mood, Gold Derby, the site that gathers all the experts in various fields of motion picture, television, the stage, and music has pundits give their predictions, weigh-in on nominations, and invites you, the viewers, to put your two cents or more in too!

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman, Soap Opera Uncensored’s Nelson Branco,  and Soap Central’s Dan Kroll were all asked to not only give their predictions on who they think will win in the main categories on Emmy night, but what was their rationale in picking their choices, and were asked to analyze the main Daytime Emmy categories.

First up is the Daytime Emmy Smackdown for the Outstanding Drama Series featuring nominees: General Hospital, All My Children, The Young and the Restless, and Days of our Lives.   Michael, Nelson, and Dan all watched the Daytime Emmy reels and weighed in!  Read their thoughts, and then let us know who you think will take home the top prize in daytime!

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MikeT
MikeT

One Life to Live should win this category unfortunatly,the best soap wasn’t even nominated 🙁

barbara t
barbara t

You’re right about that.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

OLTL screwed again!

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you 100%…………………..

Christy
Christy

yes! that omission makes me ill. And it’s not like they left both cancelled series off the list… just One Life to Live. Why? I can’t predict GH, love it now more than the last several years, but no, not as a winner for last year, that’s for sure! I’m sure All My Children, like One Life to Live, gave greater performances when they found out they were going to cancelled – to give their all to the very end.

It would be nice if there was a very special tribute to both soaps and their decades of “service” to US! Those casts & crews deserve so much more than a pink slip!

barbara t
barbara t

Christy, I watch hln every night, Nancy grace and Jane and for the 2 hours I watch they are advertizing about the soaps being on they do it a lot and they say there will be something special done for One life to live and all my children , Their doing a lot of advertizing so that’s good. We are going to see a special tribute to our beloved soaps. And I agree that one life to live should be in the best drama and best writing series, makes no sense they were left out. In my heart they won in every category.

Torrey
Torrey

I think everyone knows that…..and any show that goes up and accepts the award should have a sense of a hollow victory, since the best show was not nominated. Not only did they rob OLTL of the Outstanding Drama Series nom, but also for the Writing…..and in my opinion too many actors were overlooked too. This Emmy nomination list is a big joke, but aren’t they usually? OLTL is overlooked year after year….but I think this time the sting is even bigger, because it was the last chance for OLTL to get the props that is so rightfully deserves.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I didn’t read above that One Life to Live was in the running for Outstanding Drama Series. So, my vote is for All My Children, which ended wonderfully creative. General Hospital is outstanding these days, but it was been along time coming, and didn’t start really getting good until the end of March. I’m going for All My Children if OneLife isn’t in the running.

IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE SUSAN LUCCI, TAKE HOME HER FINAL ‘Outstanding Lead Actress” for the role. But I don’t even think she was nominated. Oh well, wishful thinking, and nothing wrong with dreaming. I would just love to see All My Children end with that memory of Susan in the final presentation of that catorgory.

Go Genie Francis/ Laura Wright for lead.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Go all the way Erika Slezak for lead actress !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My loyality goes with OLTL !!!!!!!!! My favorite soap of all time.. It rates #1 in my book……….And anyone else that is nominated for OLTL………………………………………………………………

barbara t
barbara t

I hope Erika Slezak wins to, that will be so nice to see her win her 7th for our One life to live.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Erika Slezak is a great person & actress! She’s a team player who never takes all the credit like Susan Lucci always did on AMC!

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you…comment on 5/13 at 9:04am……Susan Lucci is a bit full of herself…Erika is very humble & modest…..She didn’t try to over shadow the other actors on OLTL…..She is very special(E. Slezak)……….Great all around person….Down to earth…That’s my impression of her…….Oh & caring….

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

To TPTB, Dr. David Haywood PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZz !!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

Is he nominated??????? I don’t remember seeing his name…He played a different charcter in this movie I saw it is called Lying Eyes…..He plays a married lawyer who likes to pick up high school senior cheerleaders………….He’s a peace of work in this movie…I think it’a LMN movie.. I bought it years ago…Not bad…….

barbara t
barbara t

Wow, I never saw that, I should look that up, I would love to see him in a movie even if it’s creepy. I don’t think 1loveabcsoaps is calling for Dr’ David Hayward to win, 1loveabcsoaps wants our Doctor to show up in POrt charles, I agree would love for him to be a doctor at general hospital. Yeah, I think he is that good and he was along with Adam/Stuart my favorite on all my children. In my eyes he could do no wrong he was misunderstood.

barbara t
barbara t

I can’t pick just one, before I go on I will say that One life to live would have been my first choice but those idiots who vote for best drama don’t know a good soap when they see it, One life to live, If I was in charge of the emmys you most definitely would be the winner, best actress erika Slezak you win for playing my beloved Vicke for 40 years, you are a great if not the greatest actress. I want All my children or General hospital to win, All my children left us with a bang, but I really wasn’t that impressed with the ending I felt ripped off and the stories have not been that good, because this is all my children’s last stand I want them to win, BUT, there is General hospital the past few months for me have been good and I like most of the stories including the ones I am complaining about the jury is still out for the reality show, I am not sure those new stories even count for this years emmy, There were several good moments in port charles not about the mob, Jakes death, luke being the one who was driving the car that hit jake, there are a few more, so I guess if either soap wins I will be a happy soap opera fan. I hope the abc soaps take in all the awards.

Derrick
Derrick

Anyone but GH!
Would love for Y&R to win but don’t like their submission, the christmas vintage should give them points but I’m gonna go with AMC since they are off the air!

Dianna
Dianna

Young and the Restless by far. The soap consistenly on top of all the others.

cr
cr

Your wrong this time .

Stephanie
Stephanie

As a Days fan I would like to see them win all 15 that they were nominated for, but if history is any indication, they’ll be denied :-(. I just hope that Chandler Massey wins for Younger Actor.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL. That’s too good to be true…. DAYS is red carpetting with their first ever 15 emmy nods! Woo Hoo! only, another tried and true forever fan of days. thru the good and the bad. the thing is… i can actually see them deserving to win this year.
OK… “all my children”… in paying homage to a dearly departed classic. General Hospital…as of late… is back on fire. Y&R? I don’t think so. So… that leaves DAYS. OK… like the rest of the soaps… has it’s patchy bad spots. so, based on what soaps are left. 4. i’ll get flack for this.. but… days has been, IMO, the most consistent. and this is spotty… at best… i’m clearly, with you… if Chandler Massey WINS… and he should… I’ll watch happily.

Bart
Bart

If “Y & R” wins ANY major award, GOD HELP US ALL!!

The show is a complete and utter MESS!! The last thing Maria Arena Bell needs to fill that giant right-wing ego of hers is a frickin’ EMMY AWARD!!

Elhu
Elhu

I loved All MY Children, was very sad when it went off the air, and was a loyal fan for over 35 years, but to be honest, in recent years, the storylines were just not what they used to be, so as much as I would love to see them win, for sentimental reasons, in my opinion, it is not technically deserved. One Life to Live on the other hand, had some of their best storylines in the year prior to cancellation, and I did not fast forward through ANY scenes, but sadly and WRONGLY, they were not even nominated. That being said, my vote goes to General Hospital, while some of their recent storylines were not very popular (i.e. Jake’s death), and sadly lost them many fans (who are now coming back – thank goodness), they were very well written and superbly acted, so my vote is definitely for General Hospital.

Patrick
Patrick

I have to share some sentiments… Tribute and Salute to AMC… Mona Kane Tyler… (Frances Heflin). Erica’s Mother… These two sparkled on screen.

Mona, it would seem… spent most of her time… bringing her daughter back down to earth. beloved… Erica loved and needed her mother… for so many reasons. it was such a treat to see 3 generations of Kane women… in the beginning… Mona/Erica/Bianca…. course… Kendall came on the show later. Then we had Erica/Biance & Kendall/and their kids.

Gosh! what a time when Mona was on….

kudos… to Palmer/Langly/Myrtle/Phoebe…

Patrick
Patrick

I have to mention one more family…. that i just loved…. Ellen Dalton… when she was married to Ross Chandler… and their daughter Julie Chandler…
ie: she was also involved with, for a time… Erica’s brother Mark. Geez! these people could act!

course, we could all go on and on.

barbara t
barbara t

Beautifully said, I do miss All my children and all of our beloved characters.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Erika Slezak (best actress )…………..Robert Woods……All catagories for OLTL to WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OLTL got ripped-off on best daytime drama……And in other catagories also….Who decides who is in or out ??????? getting nominated …….I mean………..They have lousy taste excluding OLTL ot of outstanding drama !!!!!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

I am with you on this award show, Let One life to live win every emmy. They do have lousy taste in outstanding drama and don’t forget they aren’t on the best writing either, SAD.

Susan M.
Susan M.

My heart belongs to OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

That’s where my heart is to.

Christy
Christy

MICHAEL – if One Life to Live had been in the running, would you still have picked GH to win?

barbara t
barbara t

Of all the interviews I have read that Michael has done, Imo, I would say that he would have picked One life to live. I could be wrong but I don’t think so.

kay/kay
kay/kay

I just hope Rebecca Herbst takes it home for Supporting Actress that is the only one I truly care about, OLTL would have had it in the bag but I am told they put the reel in for FRow but I do not know for sure.

Alley
Alley

Unfortuntately, the best soap wasn’t nominated so I don’t have a horse in this race. Since there are so few soaps I think putting them all up for contention for the award would have been an appropriate and an even kind gesture. It’s sad what has happened to our beloved genre.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Days of Our Lives should win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dynamo
Dynamo

OLTL FOREVER!!! Take GH off the air and put OLTL back on!!!!

Anne
Anne

AGREED. OLTL was so superior. How can we even comment on the nominations–as unfair as the cancellations? Go Erika and Robert.

kalamaty
kalamaty

Y&R all the way; it’s the best soap on the air, hands down.

Robert
Robert

AMC best drama, Debbie Morgan Best Actress!

Patrick
Patrick

Debbie Morgan…. Thank you MF… for the excellent interview. Formidable, tough as Nails… stood up for herself. No holds barred… acted your heart out. From the start… you hit home runs… your last year… it was gut-wrenching stuff to watch. I sobbed, when Jessie told you your baby died. You brought Dr. David Hayward, a humanity, we, as fans, ached for…. you and David, were top notch…at your game…

Superlative, best describes your abilities. You deserve to win best actress, this year. i hope yo do. Thank you Erika Slezak… nominated, should be enough… as you’ve won many. This is, Debbie Morgan’s time… her body of work… electrified, and kept AMC in our memories.

it’s amazing to reflect.. as fans… i’ve already stated, i readily admit to watching soaps, for 30 plus years… how much these actors mean, to us… we’ve all grown up together. once, you’ve made your mark on soaps… you’re beloved. Thank you Ms. Morgan.

this is a re-post… as the emmys draw near… i’m celebrating… their body of work… course, i prefer Crystal Chappelle… for DAYS… why they let her go… is staggering.
i’m torn between these two consummate actors.

Patrick
Patrick

Days of our Lives! Toast to the Hour glass! Thank you Alice Horton…. Days “time” square… resonates with your presence, and your husband Tom.

Glen
Glen

OLTL would have been my choice, but, as others have said, it was wrongfully excluded from the category. However, I do think that GH will win for their much-acclaimed intervention episode. The previous regime knew how to do one or two outstanding segments a year (unfortunately, the rest was usually monotonous drivel).

Maya
Maya

Any show but Young and Restless. MAB and her hatchett team have total destroyed this once great show. She needs to be FIRED!!!!!!!!!

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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