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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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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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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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