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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 .

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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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Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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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.” 

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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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Now the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with her real-life hubby, and Riverdale star are swinging into action to help those in need affected by COVID-19.

According to PEOPLE: “The couple have donated $1 million to aid in relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Kelly and Mark’s contribution will be allocated in part to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City.

New York has been one of the U.S. states hardest hit by Coronavirus, which as of Thursday had reported 4,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths.

Many celebrities and pro athletes are jumping into action, making donations and helping others including” Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Ciara and Russell Wilson, JJ Watt, Kristen Bell and this weekend Rosie O’Donnell with her live-stream talk show for the Actors Fund.

What do you think of the good will shown by Kelly and Mark? Comment below.

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