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The Young and the Restless Wins WGA Award For A Daytime Drama

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In ceremonies concurrently going on right now on Saturday night, February 1st in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is handing out their prestigious awards for accomplishments in writing for motion pictures and television.

The WGA West is handing out awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, while the WGA East is holding its ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

And in the Daytime Drama category, The Young and the Restless took the top honors besting the writing teams from Days of our Lives and General Hospital.

The Y&R writing team that won the category consisted of: Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, and Teresa Zimmerman.

For the list of winners being updated live check here.

So, what do you think of Y&R’s victory for writing in a Drama Series over Days and GH? Comment below.

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Kay
Kay

Wow! Gmm

Kay
Kay

Hmm

Soaphound
Soaphound

Do they specify which stories are award caliber? Other than a few of the Adam/Victor confrontations, I’m hard pressed to find a great writing achievement this past year. The Theo fiasco was/is laughable, Chelsea’s return was overused, Mia & Arturo are already history, and the promising returns of Fen, Kevin, and Chloe seem back-burnered. Am I missing something?

Damien
Damien

Y n r won a ‘ best writing ‘ award?
..in the category for Insomniacs

Soaphound
Soaphound

It’s so funny you say that, Damien, because in the past few months, I’ve been nodding off regularly! Usually when Tessa, Theo, this new, dull-as-dishwater Chance, or the latest installment of the Chelsea Show featuring Conner the Unhinged is on. Where are Jill, Nina, the Baldwin/Fisher clan including Gloria and hottie Fenmore, Paul…anything but the Lola/Kyle/Theo triangle. So I don’t know what great writing they’re referring to here either.

Moonbeam2
Moonbeam2

Writing for Kyle Abbott as he poured out his heart to Lola, her brother. His father, his aunts was moving and emotionally authentic. It was moving fans to believe and trust his integrity. Time will tell if this offering will be respectfully treated or casually trashed.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Moonbeam2, yes, Michael Mealor is a wonderful actor and a perfect Kyle. To me, Jack has been very insensitive to his son on behalf of this interloper with weird hair and no substance. As you can see, I’m not a Theo fan!

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I agree with you Soaphound. I am so sick of listening to Chelsea whining to anyone who will listen. And you know it is just a matter of time and Lola and Theo (the man who gives me the creeps and makes my skin crawl) start rolling around in bed together. God I hope not. It would be nice to see Esther fussing over a pregnant Chole. They should the Fenmores in one episode for 5 minutes last week at Society. Ten was telling his parents he was moving to Nashville and renting a house with sober friends. So much for your hottie Fenmore. Am I the only one who is tired of Billy listening to his voices in his head. They are wasting the use of a perfectly good actor with this ridiculous (I know I spelled it wrong) story. Maybe things will perk up soon. Thanks for listening and Happy viewing everybody

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m with you on “BillyBoy”, soapqueenforever. At first, I didn’t know if he was channeling Humphrey Bogart in THE CAINE MUTINY (with chewing gum substituting for marbles) or Sally Field in SYBIL. Why put him and Vic back together for such a short duration? At least Nikki and Victor make it work for a year or two!

Louie
Louie

Congratulations Y&R!!! Well deserved, stay true to your roots…

Joel
Joel

It’s an award for best writing, not worst.

Colin
Colin

There is absolutely no comparison in writing. Y and R wins by doing what it always has. It offers a layered, nuanced, subtle writing style. It’s not all plot velocity all the time. There are no back from the dead serums. No memories on flash drives. People forget……Y and R was often mind-numbingly boring when Bill Bell wrote it. Nothing would happen for months! Stories would start, and were abruptly dropped. I like watching a show that isn’t all guns and violence and explosions and evil psychos running around town. Y and R is far from perfect, but even on its worst day, it is better than any day of Days of Our Lives. That show has bottomed out completely in every way.

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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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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Ceremonies Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Daytime Emmy Awards executive director Brent Stanton, who is involved in the judging of the competition that was well-under way before the cancellation, shared “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

So, what do you think of the cancellation of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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