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TUESDAY: Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Post-Show With Guests: Eileen Davidson, Amelia Heinle, Eric Martsolf & Lauren Koslow!

Tomorrow night Soap Nation Live with Michael Fairman returns for it’s monthly broadcast and we have a very special edition for you!

It’s our 41st Annual Daytime Emmys Post-Show featuring our very special guests, the newly crowned Daytime Emmy champs all:  Days of our Lives Outstanding Lead Actress and Supporting Actor winners, Eileen Davidson (Kristen) and Eric Martsolf (Brady), and Outstanding Supporting Actress winner from The Young and the Restless Amelia Heinle (Victoria)!

In addition, our very special Soap Nation Live co-host for the evening will be On-Air On-Soaps resident Emmy fashion expert who had an eye on the red carpet looks on Sunday, fan favorite Lauren Koslow (Kate) of Days of our Lives!  But that’s not all!  We will be dishing and wanting you to chime in on your thoughts on the first ever streamed Daytime Emmys broadcast! What did you think of the red carpet stream and social media lounge, and the hosts that were chosen to handle these chores?  The live show presentation with Kathy Griffin?  It all starts at 7PMPST/10PMEST for this 90 minute special.

To call in and ask a question to our guests, or make a comment, please call our exclusive listener line at 866-246-8923! To log on and hear Soap Nation Live! … you can either listen to us on Blog Talk Radio here, or by coming back to the On-Air On-Soaps homepage ten minutes prior to showtime to listen to the live stream right here on the site!

In addition, we will be giving away during the broadcast two tickets to the screening of General Hospital’s Maurice Benard’s new film, The Ghost and The Whale!  Make sure to listen-in to find out how you can get the tickets. Tip: bone up on your Daytime Emmy Trivia!

If you can’t listen in tomorrow,and have a question or comment you would like to pose to one of our guests, or a comment on the Daytime Emmys, feel free to post in the comments section below, and we just might ask or mention it on tomorrow night’s edition of Soap Nation Live!

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Well, 1st- not recruiting proper reporters / hosts who know about daytime TV but instead they had a casting call for millennial/hosts/reporters.
And that Furlan host saying about Daniel Polo that she didn’t want to go to jail because he was under age and then getting giggly to know he was of age..

then that Harlow woman says to Lawrence Saint-Victor- “What’s it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?” and then called him “a beautiful chocolate man,”

and then to Ryan Paevey making doctor and policeman handcuff jokes, then Furlan said “We’re going to get you away from us before we rape you.”

they knew absolutely noting about the soaps, and made fools of themselves and the actors.. And the lesbian remark and all that cool stuff is barely the tip of the iceberg,,
Not to mention Kathy G’s comments, well outside of all that fun, the awards still stunk..
Many because of;

The Emmy committee being from CBS:
Angelica McDaniel CBS Vice President of daytime programming, Co-Chair
John C. Fisher, Producer The Young and the Restless, Co-Chair
what a load of CBS favoritism..

I guess it all was an experience and a very different type of an Emmy presentation..

That red carpet pre-show was so tasteless, disrespectful, and unfunny. YES, those hosts made FOOLS of themselves. Fire the goof who hired them. What a DISSERVICE to the daytime genre.

Eager to hear the program, Michael.

I did not do well on my predictions but see some fan favorites received trophies, several overdue for such recognition.

Will comment now: Clear the deck with anyone behind that horrid mess of a red carpet program. It was like watching a train wreck. With so many competent entertainment reporters and well-spoken industry insiders, how could we have such a mess of a pre-show program. It only served to strengthen stereotypes that daytime is a lesser daypart and demeaned the talented storytellers and actors who work so hard to give us this special brand of entertainment.

Please CBS, NBC, and ABC, see the value of daytime to your enterprises and give the genre and the awards that recognize its zeniths some respect and love.

CONGRATULATIONS to the (soap) winners! Love y’all & very deserving!
Last year I was disappointed in the poor production that HLN did of the Emmys. Also last year when GMA announced things, they were very disrespectful to our soaps. I can’t say it’s gotten any better. This year it seemed that whomever was in control of the red carpet didn’t care to have our long-time loyal soap reporters whom we all know and love. Instead stocked it with people we don’t know, nor know our (soap) people and shows, and were obviously disrespectful. And also now, regular entertainment TV shows no longer carry the results, they have announcers, not reporters, and they sure do find time to talk about themselves (A LOT).
Missing the old days.

I am just so thrilled that Eileen Davidson won as Best Lead Actress! It was a very well-deserved win! I’ve often wondered why Lauren Koslow has not been nominated. I absolutely love her as Kate Roberts. She is a stunning woman and is very talented.

Why is (E)xiting (D)AYS to be a YawneR?

I was EMBARRASSED watching the pre-show red carpet. Horrible, CLASSLESS “hostesses” . Absolutely wretched. I shut the volume off after hoping it would get better but it did not. Whoever hired those boobs should be FIRED. Disastrous. I was SHOCKED at the lack of professionalism and the distasteful, CLASSLESS display those women (certainly not ladies) put on. That red carpet was so DISRESPECTFUL to the wonderful daytime genre and actors. If they were going for funny they missed the mark by 10,000 miles. Fire the goof who put that s-storm together.

From what ive been reading im glad i didnt watch…its bad enough that some people think the worse of soaps as it is and now this tacky classless hosts made it even worse!

jimh…please don’t let the bad decision of some exec keep you from watching the Daytime Emmy s. Look it up on line and FAST FORWARD thru the terrible red carpet interviews and to the show. It is really nice watching our soap stars receive their awards etc. Honestly, for the first time I felt that the show’s production SUNK to the lower level that some people place it at.

But, I highly recommend you watch it, as a fan, for the value of seeing our favorites win. NEEDS production improvements which won’t come with out the RESPECT they DESERVE!

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

Courtesy/Peacock

As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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