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The Bold and the Beautiful Receives GLAAD Media Award Nomination & Win; Only Daily Drama In Category!

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The nominations have been revealed for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and the only daytime drama in the Outstanding Daily Drama category this year is CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.  Far and away, the drama illustrated inclusion of the transgender community in it’s storytelling while telling the emotional and riveting tale of the disclosure of Maya Avant (Karla Mosley), previously born as a man named “Myron”.

The two other daytime dramas that have  gay characters on the canvas, General Hospital with Brad, Felix and Lucas, and Days of our Lives with Sonny, Paul, and Will on the canvas in the 2015 calendar year, were not included in the category for their representation of LGBTQ characters on daytime television.  One can only think that the backlash of the graphic murder of core character Will Horton did not help DAYS’ cause.

The GLAAD Media Awards will be handed out on Saturday April 2nd in Los Angeles, and in a ceremony in New York on May 14th, where winners in the categories of motion pictures, television, and journalism will be announced.

So, what do you think about GLAAD’s recognition of The Bold and the Beautiful? And it being the only soap opera that reflects  an important social issue of our time?  Do you hope within the next few years the daytime dramas will consider and implement further inclusion of LGBTQ characters on the landscape?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mike
Mike

General Hospital doesn’t deserve a nomination because their gay characters are an afterthought, popping up here and there in nothing more than a half-hearted attempt to tell a story that leaves much off screen. They have the characters on there to be able to say they have gay characters, but do nothing to tell a real story with those characters or integrate then into the larger canvas.

And Days. Oh Days. The torch bearer for a good three years, they may not have always succeeded fully, but at least they tried to tell an interesting, grounded story for their gay characters. No question, they did a better job of making those characters important to the canvas and engaging than any soap to date by a WIDE margin. They deserved the awards they received because of it.

But the last six months has pretty much taken back any good will they had on that subject. No recast for Sonny. Brutal murder of Will – which, by the way, has had no long term repercussions (to be fair, most of the families of all the dead people on the show have moved on rather quickly). And Paul appears in about two to three episodes a month as set decoration. Hard to believe that a year ago, all three characters were driving story. It’s been the most blatant move to de-gay a show in record time that I can remember, as well as the most misguided and shameful considering that for a long while, it was one of the few stories that generated any buzz for Days. So, yeah, they don’t deserve a nomination.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I understand changes are part of daytime dramas, but I remain upset over the murder of Will Horton on DAYS, especially after all the energy, talent, and resources spent to make for such and interesting and layered character and engaging stories in recent years. I still wish he and Sonny would have left Salem to come back sometime in the future refreshed for new plots.

I miss strong gay characters on daytime the likes of Bianca (AMC), Luke (ATWT), Oliver & Kyle (OLTL), and Will (DAYS). Is it too much to ask for a little more in our daytime families?

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

Congrats to B&B!

Patrick
Patrick

every chance I get

Ken Corday ! @Days of OUR Lives

where is your mindset ?

is their no room in your vast arena of story; to minimally share with us; Paul Narita !?!?

Alisa
Alisa

GOOD for B&B, they deserve it….and DOOLS deserves to have LOST…..after winning the past couple of years…..it doesn’t surprise me that the GAY storyline was dropped, since dena higley returned as head writer…..i saw the writing on the wall with her return……i was THRILLED when days decided to go with the storyline, but i am DISAPPOINTED that they have DROPPED it.

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Greg Rikaart Gives Coronavirus Health Update; He Is On The Mend

The Young and the Restless, and returning guest star on today’s episode of Days of our Lives, Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R and Leo, DAYS) has posted a new update in his battle with the coronavirus. The good news is Greg is on the mend!

In his message, Rikaart shared: “I’m doing fantastic, easily like 95 percent better than I was the last time I made one of these messages. The only thing is, I still have a little bit of a lingering cough and I guess I have to work on rebuilding my strength and my energy a bit.  But feeling really good, stronger, and better every day, and wanted to let you all know, first and foremost.

And secondly, I wanted to thank you all for the incredibly kind and generous messages of support you sent my way which really lifted my spirits at a time when they needed to be lifted, ‘cause there was a scary couple of days there.”

Michael Fairman TV sends our thoughts and to ‘get well soon’ to Greg and for soap fans make sure to catch him on today’s April Fools episode of DAYS, where there are plenty of “Leo-isms” to go around!

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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