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VARIETY Takes A Look at HLN's Last Minute Save Of Emmy Telecast & If There Is A Future For The Award Show Broadcast!

In an interesting piece out on the eve of the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys broadcast from Variety, the publication and its online platform considers the question, “Are the Daytime Emmys going the way of the soaps they honor?”

In the feature entitled Show bubbly or washout?, Variety speaks to several daytime journalists including On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman, We Love Soaps, Roger Newcomb and Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens, plus Days of our Lives executive, Greg Meng to try to get the answers and the sentiments going into to tomorrow’s first-ever broadcast by cable network HLN, which at the last minute was able to save the show and bring it to its loyal fan base and hopes to expand it.

Michael Fairman commented, “I’m hoping against hope that HLN will pull it out.  With the show literally being put together in three weeks, maybe they’ll just get out the awards with less fluff, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s better that watching singing and dancing numbers in the middle of the show that have no relevance to what the show is about.”    Of course, Fairman was reflecting on last year’s Daytime Emmy telecast live from Las Vegas which left a bad taste in the industry’s mouth.  And now,  so many are looking forward to hopefully seeing the telecast honoring the talented performers and creatives in daytime sprinkled in with the glitz and glamor of Beverly Hills, and with the attention focused on giving out the awards.

Do you think tomorrow night’s Emmys will be a victory for HLN and NATAS? Or, do you think this could be the final broadcast of the Daytime Emmy ceremonies?  Let us know your thoughts!

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barbara t
barbara t

I don’t really know until I see it, I know that I watch hln a lot at night and they are doing everything to get people to watch tomorrow night they have been advertizing for a few weeks now so I think their hearts are in it ,as long as they don’t come close to that 3 ring circus in las vegas we should be ok I like that they are going to do the soap awards first, Because I could care less who wins best talk show, Game shows are fine. It will be very interesting to see how they do. I know I will be watching.

Jewell
Jewell

Well by the way HLN has been getting the fans involved on Twitter and Facebook, I think they will pull of a good show. Wish they would buy AMC & OLTL..

Blake
Blake

I hope it gets great ratings, especially for the AMC and OLTL memorials. If we all watch it that will help. Guess we’ll see how the ratings tomorrow night are, that will tell it all.

Wonder if it’s available to watch online

Torrey
Torrey

I think that they are in trouble….and it’s all because of the lack of consideration that the awards seem to put forth when selecting their nominees. I know I am not the only person that believes that OLTL was more than robbed when not chosen for the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series category….it makes no sense. Not only being left out of the Drama Series category, but there was a long list of actors that were ignored as well. And this has happen year after year….which I think has poisoned the waters for many of the soap watching community. I know I have felt more times than not, “Why watch the show, when I know the shows and characters that I watch every day are constantly overlooked?” If they take the shows back to the days where they used to be, they could have a chance of making a triumphant return….but being now there are only four shows to choose from, it’s kind of hard to get excited about the award ceremony….just my opinion.

david
david

It’s not just your opinion–others feel similarly. Selecting Days over OLTL, ignoring St John, Lozano, DePaiva, and others year after year kind of undermines the credibility and purpose of awarding awards. It became too predictable who would be nominated and who would be ignored, regardless of achievement.

Without soaps and their stars who cares about Daytime Emmys for talk or reality? No one, except the potential nominees and winners who might add it to their résumé. The networks have ruined the Daytime Emmys like they have destroyed daytime because no one cares about talk or reality garbage.

Annick
Annick

David, I salute your assessment because this is how I feel.

barbara t
barbara t

Your right david, what I would like to know is why, One life to live should be up for best drama series and best writing even tv guide called it to win, something had to happen that all my children was picked, it doesn’t make sense that this happens year after year I just don’t get it. One life to live was the best soap opera no other soap will even come close to being as good as it was.

kay/kay
kay/kay

I know I am going to catch heck for this but I am worn out every year Tony Geary is nominated and I know he is going to win tonight and I am sorry but I am worn out I guess I would like for them to go the sentimental vote and go withi Woods & Williams for a tie.

Elhu
Elhu

I am certanly looking forward to watching it, and by all accounts, between HLN’s promoting of it, as well as the tidbits they have already told us about, it seems as though it will be focused on “daytime television” (meaning the soaps/shows and the people who work so hard day after day, all year long, in front of and behind the cameras), to bring these programs we love to life. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be much better than last year’s debacle, and could very well, bring more viewers to our soaps. I hope they do have a much deserved tribute to both AMC and OLTL. Much good luck to HLN with the broadcast, and good luck and good times to those attending and up for the awards.

david
david

Unfortunately, it could be both–a victory for HLN and NATAS and the final broadcast, if executives continue to ignore viewer preference for entertainment over reality. Talk is cheap and reality is ugly, and most people want neither in the afternoons.

barbara t
barbara t

I know I won’t watch if the soaps are gone, who will? The daytime Emmys were for the soaps, Its to bad that no one understands that and they continue to slowly take away great television viewing. I know once the soaps are gone I will never tune into abc, cbs, or nbc. There is no reason to. Who really cares what talk show will win? Are we now going to have a emmy for the show that puts out the best recipe? How tacky is that? there’s not one of them that I watch its all boring same material over and over again. I still would like to know who watches that stuff?

kalamaty
kalamaty

HLN kicks ass!! They are amazing for being the one network with the foresight to televise this great event. I’m thinking that they could all gather around a big table full of sack lunches and a boombox and it would STILL be better than watching a return to Las Vegas!! THANK YOU, HLN!! Bar’s pretty low, folks; only place to go is up! 🙂

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

I’m at the point, especially after last nights show, I don’t care anymore! The show was Ridiculous, horrible..and IMO a SHAM. OLTL, was CUT out of everything. BEST SHOW EVER WRITTEN, ACTED, EVER. TREVOR ST JOHN, Ericka Slezak, Bob woods, Micael Easton Roger Howarth, Kassie, TUC WATKINS THE BEST! What about Robin Strasser,?? It’s all Bulls**T. Period. it’s all a bunch of controlled , predictable, nonsense. What was done to OLTL was crimminal…what about Illene Kristen ?? “Roxy”..are they kidding?? this was some of the most funniest and best Drama Ever written for ANY TV program…and those who were not lucky enough to get to know OLTL..you missed out..IT WAS GREAT.
I hope Brian Frons, Disney crumble to the ground ..I truly hate them.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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