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TV Guide Magazine makes their Daytime Emmy Picks!

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And so it begins…coming up all the major soap pundits, and your favorite journalists will be taking a stab at predicting who will be taking home the gold for the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night June 27th from Las Vegas on CBS.    TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan was the first to post his predictions and thoughts on this years nominees in the major categories. 

Here is what Logan had to say about his prediction of  Y&R’s Michelle Stafford over Ex-GL’s Crystal Chappell in the Lead Actress category, and Stafford’s cast mate, Peter Bergman as tops in the Lead Actor category!

“The Young and the Restless‘ Peter Bergman (Jack) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). Each submitted episodes where their characters dealt with the fallout from Sharon’s torrid sex spree, and each faces seismic Emmy opponents. He’s up against As the World Turns‘ Michael Park (Jack), while she has big competition from ATWT”s Maura West (Carly) and GH‘s Sarah Brown Claudia). Yep, I’m leaving out Crystal Chappell though she arguably gave the performance of the year as Guiding Light’s Olivia. Her chosen material — Olivia’s declaration of love to Natalia — oddly seemed pale compared to the work of the others and executive producer Ellen Wheeler’s cheap, ghastly production values didn’t help. But let’s get back to Bergman and Stafford. Prior to re-viewing their reels, I wouldn’t have thought either had much chance to win, since both their characters were trashed by the current producing/writing regime. But, when it comes to nabbing an Emmy, it only takes one hotter-than-hell episode. And this duo delivered! There is a heft and a magnificence to their performances that leaves you breathless.”

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So what do you think of his assessments?  Let us know!

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BBK
BBK

What do production values have to do with an actress’ performance?? Crystal gave a brilliant mind blowing performance and she deserves the Emmy for not only the graveyard scene but for the whole year. She gave her all to Olivia’s transformation and anyone who doesn’t see that scene as the amazing work of art it is is not thinking clearly..Good luck Crystal! will be rooting for you!

P.J
P.J

My sentiments exactly. What is he talking about? Production values shouldn’t play a part in judging an actor’s performance. If they did, then Crystal should win hands down for giving us that mind blowing performance under such trying circumstances. The graveside confession was anything but pale and in this instance the GL production model contributed to the brilliance of those scenes.

We’ll be watching on the 27th and cheering you on Crystal. Good Luck!

Rob
Rob

I agree, Chappell hands down gave the best performance of the year.

If she doesnt win, Id like to see Maura West take it home one last time as Carly.

Ada
Ada

How does James Scott top win Leading Actor! James is just too amazing of an actor not to win!

Marianne
Marianne

If they were giving these awards based on Best actors instead of Best reels. I think James and Crystal would win hands down. There is a reason that James is on this nomination list and it’s not because he is a suck up or PC, or that he plays the politics, or that he has been around for ages, – it’s because he is Damm GOOD! James could have submitted a number of scenes – his best scene IMO was when he discovered that Nicole had lied about giving birth. That scene was amazing – James hit every beat to perfection. The scene that he submitted was great as well and even with that submission (GT actually picked this scene) James should win this without a doubt against all the great actors in this category. Will he win probably not because he doesn’t play that games necessary to win and he is from NBC so the voting blocks are not with him. Plus James is one of the youngest nominees this category has seen and many may think that James will be up for future nominations so why not give it to the old guys! If the voters in this category voted strictly on performance James would be the winner!

Haayhowu
Haayhowu

While I believe, Crystal Chappell & James Scott should be the hands-down winners based on their yearly performances, I don’t feel that the reels they submitted were their best. Seeing the performances in the context of the full story-line made them stand out to regular viewers. The voters can only judge on the submitted reels. (How sad!) Crystal Chappell in performances with Ricky P. Goldin, Robert Newman or the confrontation with parents from Emma’s school showed an Olivia at her best….full of vinegar, sarcasm, sexuality, & heart. Other scenes with Jessica Leccia were amazing.

An actor has little control over the production values but, if that is a factor between winning or losing then, Crystal Chappell should win hands down for giving a performance of a lifetime under terrible conditions. We, the viewers, were treated to a real love story that seemed raw and very real as compared to much of what is on TV in Daytime or Primetime. GL & ATWT told good old soapy love stories, and now they are gone and going.

James Scott, learning that Sydney was not his child was heartbreaking & did a lot to keep viewers tuned in to DOOL.

No matter who wins, these two actors can know in their hearts that they brought it home to their audience. Congrats on a job well done!

kelltwomyn
kelltwomyn

I agree with the above statements..production over performance? Actually, the production of GL only enhanced the performance of Crystal Chappell. The bleakness of the graveyard complemented Olivia’s feelings when faced with losing Natalia. And the gazebo in the snow? I have never seen a more beautiful scene. I miss seeing Crystal in the natural sunlight..those spotlights on the Days set don’t do her justice.

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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Michael Swan and Margaret Reed Set For ATWT Reunion

More As the World Turns former cast members come forth during the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in Alan Locher;’s weekly ‘Locher Room’ virtual chats.

Newly announced on Thursday are former on-screen lovebirds, Michael Swan (Ex-Duncan) and Margaret Reed (Ex-Shannon).

Look for the twosome to appear on the upcoming Thursday June 4th edition of the reunion series, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a. m. PT.

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Remember Duncan and Shannon’s ATWT love story? Looking forward to seeing Michael and Margaret? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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