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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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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

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