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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.”

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

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BBK
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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
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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
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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
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Ada

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

Marianne
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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… Read more »

Haayhowu
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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… Read more »

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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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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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ATWT Favorite, Jon Hensley, Releases New Single ‘I See Heaven’

Former As the World Turns, and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Jon Hensley (Ex-Holden Snyder and Ex-Dr. Meade), has announced not only the launch of his new website, but his new single called “I See Heaven”.

According to Hensley, the new track is a 9/11 20th anniversary song.  Through the holiday season, Jon is noting that you can make donations in lieu of the song and he will take a portion of the proceeds and donate them to various 9/11 charities.

In his welcome note on his site, Jon shares: “Welcome to my site, I am very excited about my new project. Most of you might remember me as Holden, it’s been a long time since the good old days in Oakdale. Who knows maybe they bring them back some day. As the World Re-turns?  After the show did end in 2010, I slowly started getting back into music. I spent some time playing in Las Vegas and decided a year or so ago it was time to release my debut album. Over the last few years, I wrote many songs with my great friend and producer Alan Schwartz. And my 1st single, I See Heaven (911 20th anniversary song) is now available as a download. Sing Out Revolution, my title track which was inspired by the Tennessee Williams quote on my home page, is a revolution on love. I’m planning to release SOR by Xmas 2021. And the full record by early 2022. Join my mailer for updates and thanks for listening!”

So, excited to listen to more of Jon’s music? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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ATWT Legend Eileen Fulton Virtual Interview Slated

The one and only Eileen Fulton (Lisa, As the World Turns) is set for a very special edition of The Locher Room when she appears next week on the Friday November 5th episode.

Fulton’s livestream with host, Alan Locher is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST.

Eileen played the role of Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl Mitchell Grimaldi on the CBS daytime dramas for nearly 50 years.

The character of Lisa joined the cast of ATWT in May 1960 and remained with the show on and off, until the show went off the air on September 17, 2010.

In addition, Eileen starred in her  own prime time soap spin-off of ATWT, Our Private World, and is also known for her work on the stage and for her cabaret and nightclub act which she performed around the country.

So, looking forward to this conversation with Eileen, who was the ultimate first soap ‘vixen’ of soaps and ATWT? Comment below.

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