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

barbara t
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barbara t

You’re right about that.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

OLTL screwed again!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with you 100%…………………..

Christy
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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… Read more »

barbara t
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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… Read more »

Torrey
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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.

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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.… Read more »

Susan M.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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1loveabcsoaps

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

Susan M.
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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
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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
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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,… Read more »

Derrick
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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
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Dianna

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

cr
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cr

Your wrong this time .

Stephanie
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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
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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… Read more »

Bart
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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
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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.… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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
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barbara t

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

Susan M.
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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
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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.
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Susan M.

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

barbara t
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barbara t

That’s where my heart is to.

Christy
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Christy

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

barbara t
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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
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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
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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
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Dmitri

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

Dynamo
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Dynamo

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

Anne
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Anne

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

kalamaty
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kalamaty

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

Robert
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Robert

AMC best drama, Debbie Morgan Best Actress!

Patrick
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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,… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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
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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 Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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