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TV Guide Canada's Soap Opera Spirit Award Nominations announced!

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The fourth annual TV Guide Canada Soap Opera Spirit Award nominations were announced today in 20 categories including Outstanding Soap Opera, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress and Outstanding Performance by a Duo among other key categories.   This year for the first time web soaps have been included and integrated into the categories with the daytime soaps.  Thus, Venice received 15 nods, while the most nods went to General Hospital with 27.

The winners will be revealed by TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco  in major categories for the first time on our second annual SOS Awards Presentation on the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast coming your way on Monday, March 7th.  So stay tuned for special guest co-hosts and extra special podcast surprises.

The eligibility period for consideration for an SOS nomination is for episodes between Jan 1, 2010 through to Dec 31, 2010.  The nominees for Outstanding Soap Opera are, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Steamboat and The Young and the Restless.  Nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress went to: Debbi Morgan, All My Children, Laura Wright, General Hospital, Florencia Lozano, One Life to Live, Crystal Chappell, Venice, Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless and Melody Thomas Scott, The Young and the Restless.

Nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor went to James Scott, Days of our Lives, Maurice Benard, General Hospital, Trevor St. John, One Life to Live, Jerry verDorn, One Life to Live, Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless, and Michael Muhney, The Young and the Restless.

And for Outstanding Performance by a Duo: Elizabeth Hubbard and Larry Bryggman, As the World Turns,  Eric Sheffer-Stevens and Van Hansis, As the World Turns, Susan Flannery and Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful, Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston, Days of our Lives, Steve Burton and Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, General Hospital, Michael O’Leary and Michael Park, Steamboat, Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia, Venice, and Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless.

Make sure to check out all the nominees and see if you agree with TV Guide Canada’s picks or not. And if not, who do you think should have gotten a nod? Let us know!

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SOS
SOS

James Scott nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor? Yes, yes! A thousand times yes!!

Ducourage
Ducourage

Nelson Branco is so biased and too often nominates his favorites even if they don’t have reels to present for their nominations. Van Hansis should have been nominated in the Supporting Actor category, not Jon Hensley, for example: Jon is a talented actor but hadn’t real amazing scenes during 2010. Van Hansis has so many amazing scenes and very gut-wrenching episodes! But Nelson chose Jon because he loves Jon and dislikes Van. That’s a well-known fact actually. Nelson never nominated Van in one of his bast acting ranking lists. This Branco is the worst soap journalist out there.

mmc
mmc

I agree that Van should have been nominated.He is such a wonderful actor and makes every emotion believable .Van should get many awards for his acting in 2010 and he should have years ago.Not only is he a great actor but he’s such a great guy! And it doesn’t hurt that he’s got the best smile and best face anywhere !Do I love him?……You bet !!!!!!

mmc
mmc

When I posted before i hadn’t read the list….i cannot believe Jon Hensley ( who is a fine actor) was nominated for best supporting actor and Van Hansis wasn’t ? What ATWT was Mr. Branco watching…he could not have been watching what we were to omit Van.This was Vans year….he was so wonderful.What is Nelson Brancos problem ? Anybody who watched ATWT in 2010 knows that Vans acting was superb in every way….with or without Eric.Shame on you nelson branco….please never refer to yourself as a journalist .

bottomchef
bottomchef

Really Ducourage? I agree that Branco’s biased w/ Brandon Beemer, Haiduk, Farah Fath, Crystal Chappell, John Paul Lavosier, Muhney, Carlivati, Brad Bell, Nadia Bjorlin, Valentini, B&B, OLTL, etc when I used to read his blogs and I also agree that Branco’s the worst soap reporter. When I used to read his blogs, he’d often write very unflattering things abt Ellen Wheeler, P&G, Christopher Goutman, Barbara Bloom, etc. What made you think that he’s biased against Hansis?

mmc
mmc

bottomchef….did you read the list? To put Jon Hensley from ATWT in the best Supporting actor category and omit Van Hansis is really a slap in the face.While I like Jon this was Vans year and there was no comparison between these two actors.Unfortunately people do have their favorites and sometimes it clouds their judgement as in Mr. Brancos case.I’m a long time viewer of ATWT and I will say again Van was brilliant in 2010…He was a joy to watch and so many people agree….read any of the blogs…..

bottomchef
bottomchef

mmc they’re not actual awards though. Outstanding female actor in a new role or recast is an actual category according to someone that wrote on this message board. Hello, what kind of category is that?! Then practically anyone can get nominated.

mmc
mmc

Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer Stevens for outstanding performance by a duo….absolutely!As a long time soap viewer, i can honestly say there has NEVER been a couple(duo) like them and i don’t think there ever will be again!These are two of the finest actors ever and i wish someone would come along and give each of them a fabulous part.

sara
sara

YES James Scott nominated love it, James Scott is one of the best actors i’ve ever seen because he’s so believable, unpredictable and talented, I just can’t turn it off. He deserves it. I really hope the voters see his work, He was all over the scale in what emotion he had to portray, and he kept nailing it scene after scene. He carries scenes much better than people give him credit.

Susan
Susan

ITA!! James is outstanding, dedicated, believable, true to his craft and an absolute joy to watch. I just wish that the writers would see the treasure that they have not utilized in James and in addition to his chemistry with Alison.

Congrats James you are a brilliant actor and it definitely shows on the screen!

Also as a teacher THANK YOU for supporting Love Bully it means a lot to us educators whom see it daily in our classrooms, thanks!

Kalamaty
Kalamaty

Can I get an “AMEN” for lead actress nominee, “Melody Thomas Scott”!? This is soooooo long overdue! She makes the most of every scene she’s in and delivered a genuine, tour-de-force performance as the ever-struggling, orgasmic vodka swilling, original desperate housewife, Nikki Newman! If there’s any justice, MTS will win this one and win the biggest award at this year’s Emmy telecast. It will be a triumph not seen since La Lucci won her first Emmy. Emmy voters, are you listening?!

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Happy about one nomination and hopefully she’ll win

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A NEW ROLE OR RECAST

Nadia Bjorlin (Lara, Venice)

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bottomchef

Bjorlin most probably would because biased tvgc always pushes for her. Chloe has been a terrible char and Bjorlin has been atrocious as Chloe since she was being called ghoul girl on Days. But as w/ many of Branco’s faves, their acting, despite how terrible, is always praised.

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Crap.Naid always did an amzing job as Chloe,no matter how crapy the writimg was sometimes.And now she is given good material on Venice allowing her to finally have more people seeing how amazingly talented she is.You don’t like her acrting, fine,it doesn’t make her less talebnted.

bottomchef
bottomchef

Venice did not begin 2010. So Bjorlin’s char is not new/recast. Therefore, she should not even be nominated. The argument abt her lack of talent aside, she should not be nominated based on eligibility. Also, there are so many categories: actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, younger actor, younger actress, duo, new/recast actor, new/recast actress. It takes away from a nomination when practically anyone can get a nom bec of all the categories. Majority if not all of the people on goldderby Daytime forums disagree w/ you, dislike Bjorlin’s “acting” on Days and consider her acting/storyline the weakest.

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Sorry.Typing error:I meant Nadia-amazing-acting-talented

Dani Austin
Dani Austin

Well watching Nadia Bjorlin on Days and Venice is like night and day. I do not know if she is just bored with her DOOL character and storyline or what but she is painful to watch and it is not just the character. Yes she has no chemistry with her current on screen love interest, Shawn Christian and Chloe is a moron but you are paid to give 100% to every performance and she just does not do that on DOOL. That is why when I found out she was going to be cast on Venice, I shuddered. She has been a pleasant surprise. Her material is much better on Venice and her performance is much more watchable although she still have room for improvement. As far as the nomination, Nadia was a recast for the role of Lara. The role was originally supposed to be played by Elizabeth Keener. Venice Season 1 began in very late December 2009 but ended in 2010. The eligibility period for these awards are January to December 2010.

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bottomchef

That doesn’t make Bjorlin a recast though. From what you wrote, Keener was originally supposed to be on Venice, but she never did portray that role. Many actors were originally supposed to portray Daytime parts. But if they don’t assume those roles and someone else/a second choice does, that doesn’t make the second choice actor a recast. Therefore, since the role is not a 2010 recast and is also not a 2010 new role, then there should be no nomination.

Ashley
Ashley

Van and Eric all the way.

Love Lure
Love Lure

Hi Michael – I was surprised I haven’t seen anything from you or Nelson on this front. Will they still be announced on a podcast tonight? Or has this quietly disappeared into the cyber-ether?

Thanks,
-LL

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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