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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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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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