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State Of The Daytime Emmys 2014 Chat! Michael Fairman, Nelson Branco & Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil Weigh-In!

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The 41st annual Daytime Emmys are shortly upon us! The nominations will be announced on May 1st with the ceremony projected to be sometime in June!

This year, the acting competition in the major daytime drama categories is some of the toughest ever in a year filled with great performances.  And the question remains as it does every year, will the most deserving performances rise to the top and end up scoring a nomination?

But what about the telecast itself?  Once again heading into mid-April NATAS has yet to secure a television or online home in which to broadcast the ceremonies.  After the last few years on HLN, does it look like the Daytime Emmys will ever be back on network television?  Or, even be aired as they were in the past during the afternoon?

Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil presided over a state of the Daytime Emmys 2014 video hangout chat where he invited Soap Opera Uncensored’s Nelson Branco, and On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman for some insight and Intel into the current voting process, the nominees, and just why has it become so increasingly difficult for the academy to land a home for the telecast in recent years, and much more.

Below watch the video from the chat featuring Fairman, Branco, and O’Neil and then let us know your thoughts on the topics presented during their conversation.  You can also listen to the audio version as a podcast by clicking here.

And be on the lookout for On-Air On-Soaps exclusive interview with NATAS Senior Executive Director Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels in the days ahead for more on this year’s Daytime Emmys.

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Monica
Monica

The star power is gone from the Daytime Emmys. I mean you have the talk show hosts and game show hosts, but who honestly cares about them? Who cares about Giada DeLaurentis and what she’s wearing on the red carpet? I was appalled that HLN blatantly omitted soap actors from their red carpet coverage. Soap actors are the star power, just as prime-time actors.

FAS
FAS

So true. The only reason Giada has ascended to this acclaimed level of wealth and popularity is because of her very famous grandparents. …..Dino De Laurentis and Silvana Mangano, equal to Ava Gardner to the Italians. As my nonna says, this was one of Italy’s power couple, back in the day.
It is a shame that soap stars do not receive the same respect and “reverence”. It seems the the soap actor is the unsung hero…sad.

Kay
Kay

Sharon Case BEST ACTRESS Totally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

Shay
Shay

So true….Giada’s only real claim to fame that she has achieved on her own is from the constant display of her ample cleavage!!!! There are many other more talented and creative Italian chefs out there. That being said, I love when you share your “Nonna’s” observations with us….”Buona Pasqua” to her and you, as well as the rest of your family!!!! : )

FAS
FAS

Thank you, Shay…Easter Sunday is always a big deal in our family. My Zie and Zii (aunts and uncles) , and cousins came from Toronto this year to Connecticut to spend Easter with us. …the more the merrier…it helps to live in a big house.
You are right about Giada’s cleavage. My nonna has a few choice words for her also…but I won’t say…lol. I have the coolest grandmother ever, and I am very lucky that she is still young enough to go shopping etc. with me without tiring…mostly, she’s very generous..lol…I love her to death…
Hope your Easter was just as eventful. ….I wish for Dr. O to win THE Emmy, but, it won’t happen. On that note, I certainly hope Sharon Case does not win…she is not good enough, in my opinion.

Shay
Shay

Nonna knows!!!! Another celebrity chef that has lowered cooking shows to the level of suggestive “food porn” is Nigella Lawson! (Just cover yourself up and give us “delizioso” recipes, that all I ask! LOL…) As for your Easter holiday, it sounded wonderful….I love everything Italian—-the culture, language, fashion and of course, the cuisine!!!! (AND “Don Matteo!” Do you ever watch that show? It is excellent…subtitles and all…..) But I digress….your gran must be one great lady, you are so lucky to have her, not to mention relatives in Toronto and a place in Connecticut! Two fabulous locales!!!!! Love the East Coast….. ; )

FAS
FAS

Yes, I don’t know how these people make it on cooking shows, Shay. My nonna appreciates your respect for everything Italian. Believe me, she is not your typical grandmother. At 67 she still rocks and turns heads…a younger version of Bardot.
I am very familiar with Don Matteo, Terence Hill…née Girotti. Although I only caught a few episodes, my relatives in Toronto and New York are avid fans of the priest/detective. You must visit Italy …the Umbrian countryside is gorgeous. And, the Calabrian coast…let’s not forget that !!
Back to the Daytime Emmys….I really do not like some of the characters, but I must admit, many of them deserve an Emmy. There’s Luke who plays the lascivious, obscene, feely-touchy , dirty old man with great flair…lol…..as if he were born for the part . And, I am very well aware how you feel about Ava. I share those feelings. But, she can act. We must separate the person from the persona. I also think that Dool’s Sweeney and Scott are doing a phenomenal job all around…even creepy, and obnoxious Nick Fallon. ….hope the best woman/man/it wins……”In bocca al lupo”…. A very popular Italian adage which is the quasi equivalent of “break a leg”, not literally translated as such, but having the same connotation…am I blabbering? Mr. Fairman, will you post this?…..I won’t be around for much longer…I love what you do, sir. Ciao.

Shay
Shay

Nor do I, FAS….although it seems that the more outre’ cooking stars are on the cable networks…that’s where everything is based upon the old adage that “sex sells”…just look at those disgusting reality shows! At least on the PBS programs the food is the focus, like with Lidia Bastianich, Mary Ann Esposito, Nick Stellino, et al….that’s where I park my chef’s hat and spatula! LOL… Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you safe travels and wonderful adventures during your educational journey. It has been a true pleasure and privilege to converse with you here, and I so appreciate your kind words and sentiments. I’m only sorry our time to relate our respective views has been so brief….you (as well as your wise and witty observations….) will be missed! I know you will be preoccupied with your studies and new surroundings, but I hope you will occasionally check into the website to let us know how you are doing, not to mention to see what is transpiring on GH while you are away from the continent. (I suppose you can always download the odd episode from ABC even in Europe, time permitting????) At any rate, it has been a sheer delight to share our thoughts and hear about your remarkable “Nonna.” She is an inspiration for women of all ages! I send my best thoughts for the future to both of you. By the way, if you make it to Gubbio, please tell “Don Matteo” (aka, “Mario!”) I said “Ciao!” and take a ride on the funicular for me!!!!! (Looks awesome!) Addio, Amica!!!!! P.S. I agree that those who portray Luke and Ava are multi-talented….I simply have found the overwhelming darkness that they bring to their show to be too too much….I prefer my soaps to be a bit more of a morality play where good triumphs over evil and those who do bad things reap like consequences, yet thus far that has not been the case. Then again, that sadly seems to be the way of the world these days….

FAS
FAS

Grazie molte, Shay. I am both anxious and excited while my mother is tearing her hair out…as the rest of the family. I, too, have enjoyed our brief internet acquaintance ….I will try to keep in touch. I hope GH survives for many years to come. Many thanks to all the posters and especially Mr. Fairman who gives us this opportunity. Tante belle cose. A.

Shay
Shay

Aww…prego, FAS! I am sure you will do just fine….you have an awesome personality that even online has revealed itself to be most infectious and inviting. They will love you in Milan! Once again, best wishes to you and yours….and please do encourage “Nonna” to join the party here in your absence….you know we will welcome her thoughts and any news she has of your Italian exploits! Che dio vi benedica!!!!

Tommy
Tommy

Last year was such a mess that I hope this year its not all over the place. On that note, I am hoping Sharon Case wins from Y&R lead female actress. Her talent is epic

KIM HUCK
KIM HUCK

Why is the daytime Emmy’s such a hot mess. Last year had to be the worst. What happened to the normal CBS ABS and NBC like the old days

ALLY
ALLY

Michael, SHARON CASE Best lead actress. She deserves this after the stories they gave her the past three years

Gloria
Gloria

Christen LeBlanc and Sharon Case best lead actors this is there year

dmr
dmr

I haven’t been able to watch since the Daytime Emmys were switched from ABC and CBS. It’s too bad; I used to enjoy watching the event.

Ray
Ray

I hope to see Eileen Davidson and James Scott walk to the podium.

dmr
dmr

Most definitely, well-deserved if they win!

Jules
Jules

Great webcast!

Not a fan of Nelson personally or his obvious bias towards certain actors, but I do enjoy his thoughts on the genre and the Emmys. Thought Michael added a lot too. Good conversation and enjoyed the insights both brought to the table.

To the point though that all the same actors are nominated repeatedly, I just think if they deserve it, they’ve earned their spot. A Peter Bergman may have umpteen noms and wins under his belt, but fine work is fine work. It wouldn’t be fair to exclude them just because they’ve been around the block a few time, any more than saying this person should be nominated simply because they’re never nominated.

Look forward to part 2!

Natalie
Natalie

Nelson bias is so transparent and after seeing some of the negative and nasty stuff he’s said over the years I would never take his opinion on who should win seriously. For me having watched the performances the best actress nod should go to Eileen Davidson or Heather Tom – both consistently brilliant actresses. Especially Heather Tom who has absolute garbage written for her thanks to Brad Bells’ favoritsm for KKL, but always manages to make that garbage into pure gold magic. The guys? I really think it should be Jason Thompson but that category has always been a joke. Who deserves it never happens.

John
John

I agree. He is so obvious who he wants to win. Sorry Micheal Muhney was much better years ago. This year he was depressing

John
John

Sharon Case and Peter Bergman I think are top this year

FAS
FAS

No one from Y&R Deserves an Emmy…with the exception of Stafford, Muhney, and Miller. Sadly they are GONE. On the other hand, there are plenty of the best fruit on GH waiting to be plucked. Kathleen Gati, for instance. Just sayin’.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I lost interest in the daytime emmys years ago when they became predictable and boring…good or not, mostly the same actors get nominated every year…Peter B. or Tony G. for example…they are terrific actors and perhaps daytimes greatest but its like why they are repeating last years show…there is nothing new about the daytime emmys and thats why(plus there is only 4 soaps now anyway) not many tune in to watch anymore…jmho!!!

Chaz
Chaz

Interesting comments & observations, Michael & Nelson.

Agree that it is probably tough to choose a Best Show from a limited clip but, overall I think Days out-shined General Hospital. GH is all over the place and just based upon consistency Days had it pulled together more. Not that every story line was stellar or all characters are interesting (Jennifer/Daniel or this whole Jordan “who is she …blah, blah mess).

I dvr both shows and 9 out of 10 times I end up hitting fast forward through most of GH. The biggest problem for me with GH is lack of consistency. Not everything is going to be great but they (FV & RC) seem to have wonderful strengths or dismal failures…no happy medium.

On the other hand, Days usually has decent stories across the board, IMO. Yes, as mentioned there are clunkers but they seem less in number than with GH. I also think because they tape so far ahead that in some cases it is more difficult to pull the plug or change direction than with GH.

I stopped watching Y&R because the writing was just terrible and the focus had shifted to JFP’s pets. Sorry, but I don’t find Dylan and intriguing character regardless of whom he is paired with or his sudden relatives are said to be. And, the character of Victor has become so vile that I cannot stomach him. It is fine to have villains – GL had Roger or Alan who were not always the nicest guys but most of the time they were not consistently evil to the point of wanting to turn the show off. Maybe because they were written with some humor attached. Victor is just plain miserable. On Days, Kate is not always doing “nice” things but there is more dimension to her and she is still palatable.

I don’t watch B&B although I do read the synopsis in SOD and it seems it is always Liam, Hope, Wyatt….over & over again. They have some good characters & actors that deserve more story. I think Donna could be used more. When I did watch the show I enjoyed her pairing with Eric.

dmr
dmr

I agree with you, Chaz about General Hospital. Characters and storylines appear lost in the shuffle because there are too many recurring characters on the show. We lose interest, not seeing some of our favorites for a week plus. Then, the storyline is wrapped up too quickly with no real closure. A lot seems to happen off-air, in which we are only updated by other characters during a conversation. Days of Our Lives has improved a lot. I absolutely cannot wait until Eileen Davidson returns as Kristen!

Sharonda
Sharonda

I think it shouldn’t be televised. People are missing noms-Michael Muhney and Debbie Morgan-yes Debbie may have omitted herself, but I just think the fans should be able to vote their favs in to these kind of Emmys. The acting is not as good as it once was, neither are the storylines. The serials are dying out -and I blame the directors, execs, writers and marketing/PR teams for that for lack of creativity and for the merry go around of recycled storylines….at least give it a decade or 2 before starting over with the same script, hire better stunt crew, get better lighting, angle movements and transitions.

k/kay
k/kay

Enjoyed the podcast thought NB’s comment about the Usual Suspects was so true. I am biased I hope SC gets a nomination I am tired of MW & HT and Jess Walton should have been in Supporting. Also agreed with the comments about people seem to think if you are not screaming and crying you are not acting. Heather Tom does too much of that for my taste. As far as best actor if I was judging probably PB & JT would be the two to beat!

Mary SF
Mary SF

These awards were originally designed to recognize outstanding work determined by one peers, but televising them has turned all award shows into a competition and a popularity contest, where the real winners are those who make money of airing them.
Perhaps if they went back to a private affair where participants could enjoy a nice meal and a lay back show without trying to be the Oscars in style ie– the red carpet, maybe it would find it is roots and be about the work and not the personalities or network hype.

Also could someone explain to me how they determine what is a lead and what is a supporting performance in a soap opera? Is the number of shows you appear in one year? Your billing in the cast? The role you played in a specific story line? How long you’ve been on the show? Thanks.

Rachel
Rachel

Michael muhney is no longer on the Young and the Restless but he was the best actor on the Young and the Restless ever had. Even though Eric Bearden thinks he’s the best thing that ever happened to soaps. I would like to see Michael Muhney nominated for best actor! I believe there are many Y&R in-game that feel the same way.

daring sally
daring sally

Michael Muhney was a better actor than Billy Miller and every other male on the show. He brought the show back alive. He nailed the character of Adam and no one else will ever be able to take his place as Adam. He should not have a problem getting a nighttime gig or even big screen. I am so tired of brothers sleeping behind eachother on the show. Meaning Jack and Billy. First Billy lays with Kelley and now Jack. Please make it stop! Please!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

E!I!L!E!E!N!!!!!! D!A!V!I!D!S!O!N!!!!!!!!!!!

fginaspy
fginaspy

I enjoyed the conversation with NB ,MF and TO, and look forward to the follow-up after May 1st.

I, too, am tired of the usual suspects being nominated and love it when new blood get their due. The Daytime Emmys have always gotten a bad wrap and the producers or TPTB do nothing to educate possible recruits in their production each year. The clips chosen for best performances are generally out of context and cringe worthy. That for myself, as a soap viewer, I embarrassed to watch. No wonder no one tunes in.

The politics of the daytime Emmys still needs to be continually addressed. I enjoyed this conversation for that reason. I for one tune in to watch the actors from daytime NOT to watch Vanessa Williams sing and plug her latest project. I still can’t believe she got more air time than GL’s swan song.

If putting the telecast back on during daytime hours get the much needed viewership I am all for it. I liked it when ABC, CBS and NBC rotated airing the Emmys. Last year I was not able to watch it at all on HLN because my Cable carrier no longer provided the channel. The sane will happen if the predicted TVGN takes the reigns this year.

Soaps Operas are a story telling medium and everyone loves a good story. Thus there will always be soap operas. I do believe we will be watching more online in the future. The efforts to bring AMC and OLTL back online was commendable. Too bad Prospect Park didn’t have the bank roll to continue these beloved shows.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

The Emmys are NOT a fanbased votimg and should not be. Their work should be judged by their peers,

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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