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The Brad Bell & Katherine Kelly Lang – The Bold and the Beautiful – Emmy Victory Interviews

bradbellemmy.jpgA BOLD WIN!

After Sunday night’s exciting Daytime Emmy victory for The Bold and the Beautiful (with its first time win as Outstanding Daytime Drama Series), the CBS soap invited me to attend their special cake cutting ceremonies on Tuesday morning. The staff, cast and crew celebrated the shows first win in 22 years as the top drama in all of soapdom.

I caught up with “B&B’s” executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, to ask him his feelings on the win, and the now infamous moment when the Emmys went off the air. Yes, in case you missed it, the credits rolled before Brad was able to have his on-stage moment in the sun. I also spoke with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) on how special the victory was, and Heather Tom (Katie) whose storyline gave the show the basis for the material it submitted to walk away with the gold. Many also know Katherine delivered the performance of her career in the Emmy-winning episodes, and we touched on that. I also met Katherine’s delightful Fan Club President, Amy, who was also at the celebration and she added her excitement to the mix.

To start the festivities, here’s my chat with Emmy winner, Brad Bell!

MICHAEL:

I saw how they cut you off before you got to say your long- awaited acceptance speech. The CW had a hard out at 10PM, thus the apparent reason for the short-change. You must have been upset!

BRAD:

It was upsetting, but that is show biz. It just landed on my lap this time. It was great to share this with the cast and crew up on the stage. I wanted to acknowledge my father which was the most important thing to me, but I did in my own way, so it’s cool.

MICHAEL:

But you don’t like giving speeches, right?

BRAD:

They are not my favorite thing to do. I don’t have much practice doing them. Maybe I will grow into it.

castcake1.jpgMICHAEL:

Where is the Emmy going to reside?

BRAD:

Today the Emmy stays on-stage. I don’t know yet. Right now it’s been in the middle of the office and will stay there for a couple days.

MICHAEL:

What was the most touching moment of the victory dance?

BRAD:

I think it was having my mother there, and the moment with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) with the two of us kissing. In the Variety Magazine shot that was taken, it looked like we had been kissing for a couple of hours, but that was very special.

MICHAEL:

Katherine’s performance in the Storm suicide/Katie heart transplant story was exceptional. So much so, that many thought she should have been nominated and won this year for that.

BRAD:

She has been a stalwart for us and she aced these shows. Had she not acted her heart out and given us the performance of her lifetime, which she did, we would not be here. It is such collaboration, but she came through for us like never before. Everyone was stellar, the writing was stellar, but Katherine shined like the sun. Having that moment with her was so terrific. We are always working so hard. She works on the first floor here and I work on the third, and we don’t have many moments together, and that one was just very special to share with her.

MICHAEL:

I know Susan Flannery (Stephanie) said something to you in the press room, and she was so happy for you as well.

BBcake1.jpgBRAD:

She was beaming with pride, and we all knew it is an award for all of our accomplishments. We share this with those who are not here…Darlene Conley, Michael Fox. Darlene lives on, and Will deVry (Storm) was wonderful and had a hand at making this award happen.

MICHAEL:

You have one of the best production crews in daytime. Did you hand pick the team and assemble them?

BRAD:

I did, but they found me by proving that they loved the show. Producer, Casey Kasprzyk worked in the office for a year and half and I did not even know his name. (He laughs) I thought, “Who is this tall guy?” Then he started doing things and impressing me, and now he is one of the producers, and one of the youngest producers we have had. He is just amazing. I can go to him. When I needed footage to recreate the Logan girls youth with Storm, he said, “I will do it.” He allows me to think things and helps me figure out how to do it. Every member of the team firing on all cylinders is important to make this show happen.

MICHAEL:
Now that you have won an Emmy, are you gearing up to try to pick up another one next year?

BRAD:

I don’t know. The stars were aligned on this one. “Y&R” is a force. “GH” is a force. None of them were nominated for Best Show this year, and it was just we had the best shows and the stars were aligned. I hope it happens again.

heathertom.jpgHEATHER TOM

MICHAEL:

Heather you were instrumental to the storyline as Katie that brought home the Emmy, even though you were being operated on for most of the episode! What was your initial thought when it came to the announcement of Drama Series?

HEATHER:

I was so nervous, because I really felt it was our year. I felt like, in my opinion, on the shows that they submitted, that they were some of the best shows that I have seen on daytime. I would have been really disappointed if we did not win. I am really glad that it worked out in our favor.

KATHERINE KELLY LANG

MICHAEL:

Katherine, Brad said he enjoyed sharing his victory the most with you!

KATHERINE:

It means so much to me that he would say that, you make me want to cry.

MICHAEL:

He just beamed over the long time collaboration of working with you!

lang.jpgKATHERINE:

I feel the same way with him. I feel blessed to be a part of the show with him. The way he interacts with us, and he treats us with respect and kudos… he has no ego. Brad is a great guy. He collaborates with us and I love him death.

MICHAEL:

What happened when you were in the audience and you heard “B&B” called as Drama Series winner?

KATHERINE:

I could not believe it! I could not get up! (She laughs) I just sat there for a moment and looked at Lesli Kay (Felicia) and went, “Huh?” She kept saying, “We are going to win.” I kept saying, “Don’t say that,” because you never know. Yes, the reel was great, but you just never know. So when our name was called I just did not expect to hear it. It was great to go on stage and give Brad a kiss.

MICHAEL:

Who called you first and congratulated you, and the show, on its win?

KATHERINE:

I was texting my husband Alex, because he manages Jacob Young of All My Children, too. Jacob had lost in the Supporting Category earlier and he wanted to know the outcome. My husband calls me “James Bond Girl” and wished me good luck, and texted me that, which is cute. Then, I texted him later. I told him we won. He said, “Yay! You won because you are the best!” It was cute and fun!

MICHAEL:

I see you have a guest here today!

KATHERINE:

Amy Farina runs my fan club. I have known her for 22 years. She also texted me after the show.

MICHAEL:

So what did you do when “B&B” won?

AMY:

katherinewemmy.jpgI jumped up and down and fell off the couch. I think in the scenes that they submitted, basically Katherine stole the show. I told her to submit those scenes for her Emmy reel.

KATHERINE:

I know, I know, my Emmy reel, we won’t go there. Best show is good enough.

AMY:

There is always next year. She is my best friend and best person to have in your life. I can blubber on and on and on.

MICHAEL:

How do we join the fan club?

AMY:

Go to Aimstar@aol.com and you can join on either mine or Katherine’s Facebook page.

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The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy Nominees Talk Reactions, Reels, and Their Co-Stars

All of the nominated performers from the cast of The Young and the Restless, who just recently received Daytime Emmy nominations for the upcoming 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, chatted with Michael Fairman collectively in an exclusive on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel. 

Y&R received the most nominations of any daytime program in this year’s race leading the pack with 18.

Sharing their reactions to being Emmy-nominated, plus what scenes they submitted on their reels; that landed them in the position to be going for gold were: Outstanding Lead Actor nominees, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) and Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair), Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominees, Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) and Jordi Vilasuso (Ex-Rey Rosales), Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee, Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman), Outstanding Younger Performer nominee, Alyvia Alyn Lind (Ex-Faith Newman) and Outstanding Guest Performer Nominee, Ptosha Storey (Naya Benedict).

Throughout the virtual roundtable interview, several of the actors who have won previously including: three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bergman and two-time winner, Bryon James as well as past winners, Jason Thompson and Jordi Vilasuso gave words to the wise if they should win a gold statuette. In addition, the Y&R Emmy nominee ensemble shared the secret to their collaborative process when working with one another in the fast pace of daytime dramas, and much more.

You can catch the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 24th on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ to see if these Y&R nominees names will be called when the envelopes are opened.  In the meantime, you can watch our candid, informative, and heartfelt conversation below.

Now let us know, what did you think of the scenes the Y&R Emmy-nominated performers shared that they submitted? Happy to see them in the race this year? What was your favorite moment from the virtual roundtable? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

Photo: JPI

During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

Photo: ABC

In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

Photo: JPI

Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Daytime Emmy Nominees: Arianne Zucker, James Reynolds, Stacy Haiduk & Lindsay Arnold Chat On Their Reels, Reactions, and Co-Stars

Days of our Lives nominated performers, Arianne Zucker (Nicole), James Reynolds (Abe), Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Lindsay Arnold (Allie) chatted with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel’s continuing coverage of the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Each actor revealed which scenes they submitted that put them into position to potentially win the gold statuette when the Daytime Emmys are announced during ceremonies on June 24th on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Arianne Zucker, shared that her scenes contained moments between Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan), while Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, James Reynolds (Abe), went with Abe being shot and the standalone episode which followed in honor of Reynolds 40th anniversary with the show. Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) went full Kristen (with no Susan Banks), in key scenes opposite Eric Martsolf (Brady) where Kristen and Brady have an emotional break-up, while Outstanding Younger Performer nominee, Lindsay Arnold (Allie), mentioned scenes where Allie recalls and deals with being the victim of sexual assault, and more.

In addition to their reels, the actors share their reaction to learning they were in the running for an Emmy, plus working with many of their co-stars at DAYS ,and the collaboration it takes to often get the performances viewers see on-air.

Photo: JPI

Later, as DAYS heats up during May Sweeps, the actors preview their current storyline and characters’s state of mind.  Lindsay teases what could be next for the possessed AllDevil in Salem who looks to become more unhinged.  James weighs-in on Abe’s plight after being clubbed over the head by TR,  Arianne gives us a glimpse of what could be on the horizon for Nicole, and Stacy tells us what she thinks Kristen is up to, and how Susan Banks, is always on point when the devil is in Salem perpetrating dirty deeds unsuspecting Salemites.

Photo: JPI

You can watch the full conversation below.

Keep checking back to The Michael Fairman Channel for more interviews and conversations with this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees, and make sure to ‘subscribe’.

Let us know in the comment section if you are happy to see Arianne, James, Stacy and Lindsay going for gold and being recognized by their peers.  

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