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TV Guide's HOT LIST: GH's Ava and Morgan HOT BED & The Stafford Project HOT MESS!

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TV Guide Magazine unveiled their annual Hot List issue Monday night at an exclusive  party at The Emerson Theater in Los Angeles.

And today, the issue hit the newsstands which contains the editors picks in an issue that celebrates the year’s hottest television shows, stars and trends with their special mentions and categories in TVG’s list!

So who’s  smoking hot?  For starters, Michelle Stafford’s The Stafford Project  is hot!  It was the only web series picked on TVG’s list of lists! The Stafford Project gets the honor of Hot Mess!  TVG’s Michael Logan points out that Stafford, “Plays Michelle, soap star, loser in love, who inadvertently dates an assassin, gets upstaged on the job, and fends off her horny gynecologist!”

And leave it to General Hospital’s mob moll Ava Jerome, and her inability to resist the much younger Morgan Corinthos, who happens to be the son of her family’s arch enemy Sonny Corinthos, to make the hot list.  The  sizzling chemistry between Daytime Emmy winner, Maura West and GH newcomer Bryan Craig made TVG’s list under Hot Bed!  TVG’s Michael Logan relates on the choice  on Bryan Craig and Ava and Morgan’s trysts:  “He is a marvelous muddle of puppy awkwardness and testy testosterone.  It’s the scandal of Port Charles, but this was no one-night mistake.”

So do you agree with TV Guide’s choices of Ava and Michael as Hot Bed, and The Stafford Project as Hot Mess for inclusion on their 2013 Hot List?  Let us know!

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su0000

I love Ava and Morgan!!!
They are very interesting and intriguing!!

I give praise to any woman that has the confidence to be a cougar!!

Hey.. I would cougar all over Morgan!!!

(men can be with women 20 years below their age and get patted on the back from their buddies for their catch!!
I am totally 100% for ‘equal opportunity’!!!! 😉

GO AVA !!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ava and Morgan have great chemistry…they should remain together!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

I completely agree with you. They are HOT!

dmr
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dmr

I love Maura West as Ava Jerome! Ms. West has chemistry with every female and male actor on the show! Such a great addition to the cast!

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

I totally agree…love the dynamic with the men a woman…her and Carlye are so explosive…it should be an exciting ride….so love GH!

Mollie
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Mollie

Maura West was fantastic as Carly on As the World Turns. I may tune into GH soon (haven’t seen it in years) just because of her…and Roger Howarth who was also on ATWT. MISS THAT SHOW !

JLH
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JLH

I LOVE Morgan/Ava scenes–and people’s reactions to them, too, such as Diane’s “Oh, Morgan, I see you still haven’t found your shirt.”

jake r
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jake r

Is it me or has Carol Hennessy aka “Diane Miller” gotten better? The lines are obviously the writers, but her delivery gets better and better. That line about the shirt got me too, as did when she first saw Morgan and said “It seems like just yesterday you were a little boy, practicing your karate whips!”

Patrick
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Patrick

i know, right?

when she saw Franco shirtless….

“I didn’t know you were “SO” healthy…” as she sauntered and sashayed her full figured cum hither

———–

kudos to carol Hennessy – ala the current day, ex Marion Colby, AMC
or… Gloria (Glo herself) Judith Chapman – Y&R

Manon
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Manon

My favorite couple right now! they sizzle together and the storyline opportunities are endless with these two – I’m seeing them developing feelings for each other already. Team Morgan/Ava all the way!

Howard
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Howard

They have amazing chemistry together, its a very daring storyline. I worry though about characters destructing. Morgan will spirrel if rejected by his own Father as well the Jeromes, if her turns on them. Ava will spirrel if she is caught in the crossfire of being revealed as a killer which is already happening, I want Ava good—not bad!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Anything involving Maura West (Ava, GH; ex-Carly, ATWT) is destined to be great, hot and steamy! The girl can act her ass off! So I’m not surprised she made the list!

LucyT
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LucyT

Go Maura !She is magnificent any time she is on screen.Ava and Morgan,how could that not be HOT!?

H Parson
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H Parson

I totally agree with Michelle Stafford’s – The Stafford Project – being a HOT MESS !!!

If MS thinks this venture will get her a Prime Time gig, she needs to think again.

lauraK
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lauraK

Looks like her hot mess of a show got her into a mainstream magazine so she is doing something right. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but the series seems to be catching the attention of some people that matter. Good for her! At least she is trying to step out of the box,

H Parson
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H Parson

When Michelle Stafford reads the “mainstream magazine” says her project is a HOT MESS, I doubt she’ll be jumping for joy.

lauraK
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lauraK

From what I have seen on Twitter, FB and Instagram, she is THRILLED. She had photos from the TV Guide party that she and producers went to on twitter and Instagram. She also shared screen shots from the photo spread in TV Guide.

davleestev
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davleestev

Ummm what you two don’t understand is that you have to be a bit more savvy in reading the Article before posting your comments. It’s a Hot show with a Hot Mess character. Because so much happens to her. Ya see how that works???

H Parson
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H Parson

You’re right, davleestev .. 🙂

I misread the article .. 🙁

That said – The Stafford Project – is not my cup of tea .. so, I still think it’s a hot mess.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love the Ava/Morgan affair. I’m a fan. And yes, they are totally hot!

Congrats to Michelle Stafford. Loved her as Phyllis and miss her on Y&R. Haven’t caught her web series and probably won’t. But happy for her success.

H Parson
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H Parson

I miss Michelle Stafford too.

“Phyllis” was one of my favourite characters.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…It’s the scandal of Port Charles, but this was no one-night mistake.”

Ava and Morgan!

hip hip hooray. why not… it’s unmistakable – no denying… feast for the fodder… stimuli
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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

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The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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