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


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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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.

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.

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

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!!!! : )

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…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.

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….. ; )

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… 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.

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….

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.

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!!!!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Most definitely, well-deserved if they win!

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!

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.

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

Sharon Case and Peter Bergman I think are top this year

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’.

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

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Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!


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Grammy Winner Jody Watley Recalls Dancing On ‘Soul Train’ with All My Children’s Darnell Williams: “Like Every Other Soap Fan I Loved His Legendary Character ‘Jesse'”

Look who’s paying an homage to one of the all time daytime greats, Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, All My Children), none other than recording artist and Grammy-winner, Jody Watley.

While in promotion of her new single, Everlasting, Watley has been sharing photos and memories of moments from her career that are everlasting.

Taking to her Instagram, Watley shared a photo of herself with a young Darnell Williams, where we learned not only is she a huge fan of the iconic Jesse from Pine Valley, but she danced with Darnell when they both appeared on Soul Train! Darnell was regular on the show from 1974-1975.  Watley began her professional career on Soul Train, then became part of the musical group, Shalamar, before beginning her own solo career which has now spanned decades.

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Watley expressed on Willi: “EVERLASTING Indeed! 😁😁✨ “Always believe in you..” #flashbackfriday #70s 😘 this photo was shared with me from a ST fan page on FB .. I’d never seen it before 😯😍 – two teens with big dreams — Darnell Williams such a nice guy and so handsome we danced together a few times – a snapshot – … later like every other soap fan I loved his legendary character “Jesse” back in the golden era of daytime TV “All My Children” ❤️❤️❤️❤️ terrific actor— and I was in awe like “I knew him on ST” 😁 – before coming into my own trajectory as an artist.”

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams appeared on All My Children during several stints from 1991 to 1998, then again from 2008-2011, before reprising the role in 2013 in Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

Watley’s biggest hits include Real Love, Looking for a New Love, Everything, Some Kind of Lover and more.

So, what do you think of the Darnell and Jody connection, and her remembrances of his time as Jesse on AMC? share your thoughts in the comment section, and also check out the radio edit version of Jody’s new single below.


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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Most-Watched Week of Syndicated Talk Shows in 2 Years; Delivers Strongest Week in Nearly 3 Years

In another case of soap alums doing great things, come news that former All My Children stars and real-life marrieds Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are having a great ride together as on-screen co-hosts of the syndicated morning series, Live with Kelly and Mark.

New numbers were just released by ABC that share that during the week of January 15-19 2024: Live with Kelly and Mark hit series highs in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). Interestingly enough, former GH star, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake) appeared on the show that week performing with friend and musician, Richard Marx.)

But there is more good news: Live with Kelly and Mark delivered the franchise’s strongest week in nearly 3 years in both Households and Total Viewers, as well as double-digit week-to-week increases in key demos over the last three weeks.

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With 2.673 million Total Viewers, ‘Live’ delivered the most-watched week of any syndicated talk show in 2 years ( since Dr. Phil second week of January in 2022).

In even more solid gains for this ratings report: the talker stood as the week’s top  daytime talk show in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). ‘Live’ also ranked as the No. 1 entertainment talk show of the week across all key Nielsen measures, topping all daytime and late-night entertainment talk shows.

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Overall the Live with Kelly and Mark is up 4%  from the the previous year averaging roughly 2.4M viewers across all of its episodes. ‘Live’ also stands as the season’s No. 1 entertainment talk show across all key Nielsen measures.

Consuleos arrived officially on the season on April 17th 2022 taking over for the departing Ryan Seacrest to co-host the show with Ripa. While many voiced concerns that the on-screen and off-screen coupling might make for lower ratings if they were not entertaining, just the opposite has happened, the series seems in a very healthy place; given the constant downturn in linear ratings and viewership in daytime TV.

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