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TVGuide.ca Soap Opera Spirit Award nominees announced!

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Photo: Robert Milazzo

It’s that time of year again, for the third consecutive year TVGuide.ca has announced their third annual TV Guide Canada Soap Opera Spirit Awards nominations.  Nelson Branco revealed the list to online fans and the soap industry. The performances and programs nominated must have made the eligibility period which was  between Jan. 01, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009. However, eligibility for web-soap categories ended last week in February 2010.

Winners and honorees will be announced right here on our brand new On-Air On-Soaps Podcast on Tuesday night, March 9th 7PMPST/10EST.  The next day a full list of winnners will appear at TVGuide.ca.

In total, there are 130 nominations in 24 categories. In addition, there are three special editor awards, including the first annual Vanguard Award, along with our yearly Douglas Marland Memorial Award, and Irna Phillips Soap Opera Spirit Award.  In the soaps, One Life to Live was the big winner with 26 nominations, followed by General Hospital with 18 and The Young and the Restless with 17.

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In the category of Outstanding Lead Actress the nominees are Maura West (Carly Snyder, World Turns)Arianne Zucker (Nicole DiMera, DAYS) Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia Spencer, GL) Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado, One Life) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman, Y&R), and in the category of Oustanding Lead Actor, the nominees are Michael Park (Jack Snyder, World Turns) James Scott (EJ DiMera, DAYS) Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Trevor St. John (Todd Manning, One Life) and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman, Y&R).  For Oustanding Drama Series, the nods went to Days of our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and The Young and the Restless.

Paul Rauch co-executive producer of The Young and the Restless will receive the Irna Phillips Spirit Award for Oustanding Contribution To The Serial Art Form, and On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman received a nod in the Outstanding Web Series or Special category for his un-aired 4 minute Daytime Emmy tribute to Guiding Light, which was brought to the web.

For the complete list, click here!

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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