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Venice Season Three Kick-off Party – Photo Gallery!

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Photo Credit: MFSOAPS, inc.

On-Air On-Soaps was invited and attended a very special Venice season three kick-off party with many of the stars and behind-the-scenes folks who make Venice the incredible Daytime Award winning web drama that is it.  And none more so than the show’s fearless leader, Crystal Chappell, who gathered the troupes for some tequila tasting from one of the season’s new sponsors.

While cavorting and having a good time, the cast got down to some business for you, the fans of Venice! With pens in one hand, and some of the cutest little shot glasses in soapdom in their other hand, Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, Shawn Christian, Peter Reckell, Molly Burnett, Harrison White and Michelle N. Carter autographed special Venice Logo T-shirts in charcoal and in white! The items that will be available for the first time starting tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at 1PM PST only at the Venice the Series website V-Shop! We can also tell you that besides the new Venice shot glasses, there are new autographed mouse pads as well.  So be on the lookout.

Now, view our fun photo gallery from the evening and get a preview of the new Venice swag, and make sure to come back to On-Air On-Soaps later this week for a very special interview with Crystal with a preview of season three of Venice and other exciting news!

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Chrissie
Chrissie

I’m not sure how I feel about Molly possibly joining Venice. I like her, but if she will play Gina’s secret child w/Richard as has been rumored, that is just a big turn-off to me. I wish Jessica and the other East Coasters had been able to sign stuff, too, before it all went up on the site. Venice is beginning to feel more and more like DOOL.

Dani
Dani

Cool and thanks for the pics Michael. CC is business savvy and smart and I am sure will have an East Coast signing. Not sure what the few ppl whining expect? Should she fly the East Coasters in for this? Besides that can be taken care of when they are filming in September. DOOL sucks but Venice has brought out the best in GG and NB. I look forward to Molly joining no matter what the character.

Pepper
Pepper

Saying that you wish something is whining? Wow, then I’ve been whining every year on my birthday, when I blow out the candles.

CC didn’t have to fly out the east coasters, just drop a box of t-shirts off at FedEx addressed to JL or HBS. They could have gotten the east coasters together for an hour, signed the stuff and sent it back in time for the Vshop relaunch. To her credit, CC obviously realized that, since she said in her last blog that she was sending stuff for the east coast cast to sign. Better late than never, eh?

We’ll have to agree to disagree about Venice bringing out the best in the Days actors, since that’s all subjective. I’m glad that you’re looking forward to Molly, even if she’s playing a lovechild, but let me assure you that others are not and it’s more than just a few. Some clarification would go a long way right now, just sayin’.

VAl
VAl

#FreeAni

Annihilator
Annihilator

I don’t watch Days of our Lives. I have never been interested in that soap. So I don’t really have much interest in the Days of our Lives actors on Venice. I’m very excited about season 3 of Venice only because of Jessica Leccia. I love Jessica’s portrayal of Ani Martin. I hope Jessica Leccia will be more involved in the promotions of season 3 of Venice as I think she’s Venice’s biggest asset (and MVP). I will wait to buy signed merchandise when items from Jessica Leccia and the East coast actors become available.

Ellen
Ellen

I agree. I am sure Molly is lovely but if she is the love child, it is the end of Venice for me (and by reading comments elsewhere) many, many others. Hopefully CC truly understands who her base is for Venice. No offense to anyone but the majority of those watching are from the Otalia base and not the Carbo base.

aa
aa

I also dread the love child. I miss the eas coasters. This gift to Otalia fans is starting to feel more like a second DOOL for carbo fans.

Sunshine
Sunshine

Don’t have a problem with Molly B. joining but like Chrissie hoping its not to play Gina and Richards love child.She’s whiny because she wants east coast cast members to be included more than last year….yeah sorry…CC had to know peeps would want JL,HBS.GT,TS and LK sign merch. as well.

tigger_too
tigger_too

I’m looking forward to Gina and Ani’s journey….the Colonel…Guya and Katie…also hope we get more Michelle and Jamie scenes. Team JL/Giani

Dani
Dani

Guess we will have to wait to see what Molly’s role is then those who be “finished with Venice” can make their decision then. CC was not just one half of the popular Otalia but one half of the super couple that was Bo and Carly. That was a very vocal fan base that supported her DOOL stint. Before Otalia aka the sexless love story there was Bo and Carly.

Pepper
Pepper

And I’m sure they will.

It was a vocal fanbase, but not a large one and also, Otalia fans supported her Days stint, as well.

I don’t know what exactly your point is with your last line and honestly I don’t know what it has to do with Venice the Series. You know the series that was created for Otalia fans who had to endure the ‘sexless love story’ and was supported in every way by Otalia fans. If CC wants to do the same for her Carbo supporters, I say go for it. She’s a very generous person in that respect, but trying to please both fan bases in one series is just not a good idea. That’s all that’s being said.

Sheri greenblatt
Sheri greenblatt

i am just looking forward to galen gering anything he will do is fine with me

venicefan
venicefan

I see the lynch mob is already starting to form for crystal,and she hasn’t even filmed an episode,lol.And the leccia fanatics are getting lined up to join the mob if leccia isn’t made the star of venice,lol.Poor crystal everyone loves her as long as she does everything they demand,don’t do something the mob wants just once and the mob wants to lynch her. her.Must feel like season one all over again for crystal lol.

Pepper
Pepper

Hey olddoolfan/gldoolfan/realitycheck/JimJames. Still blaming those ‘leccia fanatics’ for everything I see,lol. I bet they’re the reason for all those crazy storms that have been happening across the US,lol. I bet Jessica’s fans feel like it’s youtube all over again. #Loveislouder

tigger_too
tigger_too

If wanting JL autograph merch makes someone a Leccia fanatic…then i’m a fanactic and proud of it.JL fanbase is no different than any of the other cast members fanbase who want to see they’re favorite with a big storyline or some autograph V gear.So when Carbo or any other fanbase voice they’re opinion they’re being vocal but when Otalia/JL fans do their being fanactics….we’re just being vocal.As far as a sexless couple as someone said (and only proves Carbo fans got more closure than otaliafans)Otalia was a very powerful storyline that formed a family,fanfic and boards and after two years is still going strong.Have no problem with dool cast have a problem when we voice our opinions we are automatically labeled…This isn’t kindergarten peeps are allowed to have opinions.

fan2
fan2

I hardly believe there is a lynch mob forming nor do I believe it is about making Jessica a star.

I realize it is hard to keep the fans completely happy given cast are on opposite coasts of the U.S. and since Crystal is on the West coast of course it is easier to have gatherings with and merchandise autographed by those out West. There is a fanbase for those actors on the East coast and those fans can be quite vocal. There is nothing wrong with that and I am quite sure Crystal has developed a thick skin by now or she would not be in the business and giving hers fans Venice or any othe web series she may develop.

Can’t we all get along? You like it you watch and support. You don’t like it, life goes on.

Karen
Karen

I personally think we are very lucky to be able to buy anything signed at all. How many shows do this? Not many if any i know of so i think we should all feel very lucky that Crystal is giving the personal touch to the merchandise and people have to understand that it isn’t always possible to have everyone in the same place at the same time. Again remember these actors are not being paid alot for this show so it is a labour of love and we need to appreciate what they are giving us out of the goodness of their hearts. Another thing in respect to it becoming more like DOOLs than Otalia… it may have a fair few DOOL cast however they are not playing DOOLs charactors and also it is with a superior story to the crap DOOLs gives them. I personally love to see these actors being challenged and don’t at all look at it like it’s an extension of DOOL. I for one say well done Crystal and all the rest of the cast and crew and i will support you always because of the love and committment you have given to us.
Regards
@venicepolice

crystalmollypeterfan
crystalmollypeterfan

I can’t wait to see what crystal has in store for us in v 3.Personally i love everyone acting in venice.They have great chemistry and it comes out in the show.I reallly hope their is a secret child story with crystal ,peter and molly.Crystal will do it right im sure.This will be a real treat for all the fans of carly mel and bo.I like the way crystal is drawing in other fan bases,its good for venice.

Pepper
Pepper

It is good to draw in other fan bases, no doubt, but not at the expense of a fan base you already have. What’s the point of drawing in new viewers, if you lose just as many or even more? Of course, all of this is speculation and has not been confirmed or denied, which is what I think most people, with concerns, would like to find out. A simple yes or no would end everything right here, so I hope Mr. Fairman will be able to shed some light in his new interview with CC. As Otalia fans know, CC is able to spoil us, without giving everything away.

Annihilator
Annihilator

Of course it would be hard to get the east coast and west coast actors together at the same time. However there were numerous ways that Crystal and her team could have gotten signed merchandise from Jessica Leccia and the other east coast actors before the re-opening of the VShop. Crystal and her team could have easily sent Venice merchandise to NYC and had the actors sign it weeks or months ago. I’m sure Crystal and her team know that Jessica as well as the other east coast actors are also very popular with the Venice audience. A lot of fans have been requesting Crystal and her team that they would also like some merchandise with both Jessica and Crystal’s signatures which is reasonable. So it only makes business sense to have the most sought after merchandise available at the earliest to get more money in the coffers as quickly as possible to help fund Venice.

Venice is not some gift to the fans or some labor of love. It’s a business that Crystal hopes will continue to expand monetarily and continue to help her branch out with other projects since the web is the future. Its also a business that is being funded by the audience (consumers). The audience is being asked to part with their hard earned money in order to purchase subscriptions and merchandise to keep Venice financially afloat which is completely above board. But when someone runs a business and is selling products to the public then there is going to be positive and negative feedback. This is normal and should be expected because its the only way that Crystal and her team will know what the majority of the audience likes or wants or expects. In fact Crystal and her team have asked for feedback for this very reason. I really can’t wait to indeed purchase Venice merchandise but I will wait until signed items from Jessica Leccia and the East coast actors become available which I hope is very soon. I’m just giving my honest feedback and opinion. And as a consumer and supporter of Venice I have the right to do so.

Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie

I do believe Crystal Chappell intends to get some merchandise signed by her East Coast castmates at some point in the future…All I know is that I am looking forward to Season 3 and finding out where they story is going to go

CCfan
CCfan

My issue with the whole Molly “may” be playing a long lost child, is just that I feel CC has been swayed from her vision for Venice and what we Otalia fans were originally promised. CC did say that Gina had ALWAYS known she was gay and was very vocal in the show being different. I have absolutely no problem with CC creating a webseries for the Carbo fans but I do find it ridiculous that she would even attempt to please both fanbases, it just can’t be done. If the rumor is true, I will be disappointed. I doubt that I will be able to watch cause like others have said, I don’t want to watch DOOL. I want Venice. And even putting aside the whole Carbo thing, I really don’t want to have a former relationship with a man brought once again into a Lesbian storyline. It’s been done before and I truly believed Venice would be different.

Paula
Paula

I’m a huge fan of Otalia and Gina & Ani & CC & JL individually. I love how Galen & Nadia plays their part. They are more relax in Venice then they are on DOOL. I’m sure Molly will be too. CC is a great writer and she proved it by winning. I know CC will not disappoint ANY of her fans. She DOES listen to her fans. I’m so looking forward to V3 and hope we see more of Gina & Ani together. BTW – great items in VShop!

jtliteshines
jtliteshines

Great pics, thanks Michael! I also will be waiting to buy any autographed stuff until the east coast crew gets their signatures on the items. For me it is the fact that I was a 20 yr viewer of GL and that was my show. I want Jordan, Jess, Gina, Tina, Liz, and Hilary’s autographs. They are the main reason I watch along with CC of course. I have watched Days off and on over the years and for the last two years now but I don’t have the connection to DOOL or its actors like I did with GL. So I understand everyone’s view here who wants to wait.

mine
mine

I’m not a Carbo fan, nor do I see Venice as Otalia .2 I watched GL for many years and Olivia Spencer was my fav. When the Otalia story first started I didn’t think it would work. But then it was told so well at first, I found myself planning my day around watching it. I trust Crystal enough that I feel V3 will be great. I also can’t wait to see what happens with Van and Owen. To me this show is about more then just Gina and Ani. I wouldn’t mind seeing a love child, or whatever happens in this show. I just want it told well and I truly think V3 will be.

ProudJLFan
ProudJLFan

It is fascinating the extremes some people jump to. I’m not sure how waiting for merchandise to be signed by JL and/or other east coast cast members equals “whining” or “getting lined up for a lynch mob”. Not everyone has deep pockets. Not everyone can afford to buy 2 of every item. Some folks may need to wait until they can get everything they want in the item before purchasing so that they get the most out of their money. Aren’t a lot of purchases made that way? When you buy a computer, don’t you try to get everything you want in it? It sure seems like the smart thing to do, especially if you are on a budget. CC has said that she is going to have the east coast cast sign items too. What is so wrong with folks waiting for those items to be posted for sale? It doesn’t mean they hate CC. It doesn’t mean they don’t support Venice or OBP. I don’t have a problem saying that I am waiting for JL signed merchandise. CC still gets my support. I’m waiting, not boycotting. It is not a dis against CC or Venice.

As far as MB joining Venice, for the most part, it doesn’t bother me. My only concern is having too many characters given the short format. Honestly, I am not an overall soap fan. I watched Days back in the early 80’s and into the 90’s but after that I didn’t watch a soap again until Otalia. The only reason I tuned in was because I recognized CC. As I watched, I became a JL fan too. CC fans follow her to whatever show she is making, JL fans should have the same right. Are all the fans who are writing to DOOL “whining” and “getting lined up for a lynch mob” because they are expressing their opinion about wanting her character to continue on the show and have a front burner storyline? Should they stop writing into the other soaps trying to get her on those shows? No. Why are the JL fans considered fanatics over expressing their desire to see JL in a front burner storyline but the CC fans aren’t? Being pro-JL doesn’t mean folks are anti-CC.

No matter what, I’ll be getting my subscription and tuning in when the time comes. Will I be hoping for a lot of JL? Absolutely. 🙂

JCF
JCF

Geez, there’s a distressing amount of hostility and suspicion on this thread. 🙁

I *love* CC, JL, and the GiAni love story on Venice. I’ve grown to respect MollyB as an actor, and am looking forward to her contribution on Venice—no matter WHO she plays. If PeterR’s presence gets more people to tune into Venice, then I say the more the merrier (he’s obviously NOT the focus of the story, however. I don’t know why anyone would either expect/fear he would be).

I’m mainly just excited for Venice Season 3! If there’s an upgrade on S3, the way there was from S1 to S2, I think we’re in for a real treat! 😀

Ruby
Ruby

I’m not a fan of DOOL’s Melanie Layton “BUT” if Crystal brings out great performances from Molly like the ones from Nadia, I’m ok with Molly joining the cast.

Shodanfan
Shodanfan

I am an Otalia fan who is looking forward to season three of Venice. I also don’t see what the big deal is if Gina had a secret love child from years back. Not everyone is a “gold star lesbian”. I know plenty of women who knew they were gay but still had relationships with men for various different reasons before they finally came out. Even though it’s still hard coming out, it’s a lot easier than it was even twenty years ago. I look forward to seeing how this story is going to be played out. I’m sure it will be good and soapy.

Kalface
Kalface

Wow, chill people. Not one episode has even been FILMED yet and people are already threatening to not watch. This is what annoys me about the human race…if I don’t get what I want, I’m done with it. Priorities. And to seriously worry enough about a Web show to get upset over it is kinda ridiculous. If that’s the worst thing that happens in your world is a character on a show has a child from when she was with men, then you have a pretty good god damn life. I lost my mother to cancer just recently….now that’s something to bitch about. And the fact is, I am a lesbian, and have SEVERAL friends who have children from previous relationships. NOT EVERYONE IS THE SAME – so why is it okay if you say it’s over done (really – cuz in my 47 years of life watching tv, I haven’t seen much representation of lesbians with or without children / males) , but for me , it’s reality, every day life!?! Only straight up lesbians who have never had sex with men are allowed? Okay, go create your own show then. I for one applaud the fact that we have a beautiful woman creating something for a broad group of people portrayed by several beautiful women. I absolutely adore Jessica Leccia, make no mistake about that and will attend every / any event she has anything to do with, but it’s not all about her folks. Thank you Crystal for everything you do, I for one, appreciate what you have done and will leave it up to you to create YOUR show the way YOU see fit.
I thought Love was Louder —- not bitchiness? Only Love can safe the world — hmm or so it seemed.
And can’t we just all appreciate the effort for Natalia’s God’s sake??

Chrissie
Chrissie

It’s not all about Jessica, but when Venice has been promoting Gina/Ani as a couple as the ‘super couple’, then Crystal needs to include her in the signings, etc. Things that showcase both of them (like the mousepad) should have both of their signatures or not any of them. I am not saying I will not buy any of the merchandise ever (as I just bought 4 things from the store including the mousepad mind you), I am just saying I want things with the whole cast.

And, regards to the whole lesbian thing. Yes, it’s common to have lesbians who have slept with men before or even have children with them. But, why do so many shows have to show a man being tied to a lesbian couple forever? Why must the said child be a secret? I wouldn’t be upset if it was known since the beginning that Gina had a child, but the fact that it remained a secret on-screen implies shame/guilt, etc. whereas a child should be a happy thing. I’m tired of this overused storyline. There are plenty of other ways Gina could have had drama. How about Logan the ex that was talked about in Season 1? How about conflict with Gina and Owen? What about more about her mother’s death is brought to the surface. I thought Venice was different.

Kalface
Kalface

My point being, it hasn’t even been FILMED yet – do we know this as a fact? Second point – I’m just glad there’s a show about lesbians …period… thank god for that. I choose to be grateful and not hateful.

sunshine
sunshine

May I ask how is Chrissie being hateful by expressing her feelings on a storyline that may or may not happen? She’s giving her opinion.Although I don’t agree with not subscribing it’s her choice.If CC does decide to go with Gina/Richard love child will I not subsribe…No because like you i’m thankful for a lesbian storyline.Will I voice my dislike of the storyline…yes. I agree with Chrissie there is so many other ways they could have created drama for Gina.

Kalface
Kalface

The grateful and not hateful wasn’t necessarily for Chrissie, she just happened to reply to my post.
Again, I am just grateful that any any any portrayal of lesbians is being created and produced and starring people I WANT TO SEE – regardless of how it goes. Jessica and Crystal being the main ones I wish to see — and I don’t necessarily have to have them together to appreciate a show about lesbians.
I do believe that there is some hatefulness posted here regarding the MB character . Don’t subscribe for whatever reason you want, but to threaten to do so just because of a character WHO HASN”T EVEN BEEN NAMED YET is narrow minded and childish and negative IN MY OPNION. Remember, just MY OPINION. Remember, every one is allowed to have an opinion and is allowed to disagree.

I’m so glad I don’t live with threats if I don’t get what I want… I’m a much happier person for it. And complaining is a waste of energy. Life’s too short to worry about trivial things.

Everytime someone says they won’t subscribe, I buy another – so love really does win over in the end. :>)

aa
aa

You buy multiple ones? Why? That’s not love, that’s obsession.

You aren’t into Venice, you’re personally invested in CC’s success and that reflects in your answers that cannot tolerate criticism and call it childish and narrow-minded.

Dani A.
Dani A.

LOL, these fangirl posts are so unintentionally funny. As far as the merchandise, JL fangirls will never be satisfied. There are never enough pictures, mentions or scenes. As far as the plot rumors, if they are true then simply do not subscribe to the next season. Simple enough, if you do not like something, do not subscribe.

tigger_too
tigger_too

Again how are the JL “girls” any different then any other fanbase that tweet write campaign to have more scenes,mentions or pictures.I know cause its not your favorite there’s no difference and no matter how you label us fangirl or fanatic we’re still going to be here to support JL.Just like the CC,SC,NB,PR,MC,HW,TS,GG,GT and HBS fans.I don’t have a problem with dool cast being a part of Venice everyone has a reason they tune into Venice JL happens to be mine.

Pepper
Pepper

So you’re telling people not to subscribe? Do I have that right? You’re telling people not to subscribe to this series that CC has put so much time and effort into and that is financially dependent on it’s subscribers. You do realize, by telling people not to subscribe, you’re hurting Venice and CC, right? Essentially you’re killing the series. If that’s what you want, then job well done.

Dani A.
Dani A.

Huh???? Wow, that’s some leap you made there. My statement said if you do not like something than do not watch or purchase it and that is directed at those people who are already freaking out over a possible storyline twist. Save yourself from the aggravation and the rest of us from your whining posts. Wow, so many in the Venice fanbase are some of the whiniest ever. See I did not single out any fangirls there. Geez.

Pepper
Pepper

So you’re only telling the ‘whiners’ to not subscribe. Okay, but that doesn’t make a difference, you’re still telling potentially paying customers not to subscribe. You’re still driving away business that CC needs to keep her project going.

I’m happy to take one for the fangirls, though I still don’t see where giving feedback, that has been asked for by CC on many occasions, including her last blog post, equates to whinning. Everyone who has voiced their concerns, has done so in a polite manner. The only ones being rude or name calling, are the people, who appear to be CC’s fans.

JL/CC fan
JL/CC fan

I wonder these people who like to label the JL fans do they go after the CC,NB,SC and PR fans as well when their tweeting and posting on message boards to see these actor/actresses have more scenes are a better storyline on DOOL guess everybody has a little fangirl/fanatic in them.JL and CC are the reason I watch Venice if I don’t like something i’ll simply fast forward through it.Not subsribing as your advising people not to do would only hurt the future of Venice.

iheartleos
iheartleos

I say it’s time for everyone to purchase a bottle of Tequila Revolucion and then we should toast to a successful Venice Season 3!

PJ
PJ

I’m with you. Here’s to a successful Season 3 of Venice !

Amazon
Amazon

Well said, indeed, cheers!!!

cindy
cindy

If Molly is playing Gina and Richard love child i’m done and not very happy about this so called Carbo crap going on either Venice is about Gina and Ani who we havent even seen together yet carbo had their time

aa
aa

True enough, Carbo has had their time as a couple twice, sex scenes galore.

Otalia never did, Venice was created in large part to rectify that. It was the hook, see kissing in the first minute! But 2 seasons in and not much beyond one kiss has been shown. And now we have a love child and carbo scenes that certainly weren’t the promise of Venice. It concerns me. I want the promotion of the show to involve the east coast crew in particular the defacto co-star. What do we get? DOOL, why would people pay for DOOL when they can watch it for free and have been doing so for years.

kelltwomyn
kelltwomyn

Wow, I was happy to read the article and see the pics (thank you, Michael!) and then I read the comments..good lord. Are some of these comments from grown wo/men? I’m just happy we have the series and I am really looking forward to season 3. Crystal knows how to bring it and JL and the rest of the cast light up the screen. Season 3 will be great! I’m ready to pay for my subscription.

Valerie
Valerie

I can totally understand if people want to wait to buy after the others have had a chance to sign , but to make it sound like CC is playing favorites seems strange. They will be getting together soon why bother with shipping a bunch of stuff across the country and then back, they would have to send alot to make it worth while. This way it gives them a head start on sales for season 3. About Molly glad she’s on board i don’t waste my time worrying about who she will play. I am a Gina / Ani shipper but truthfully enjoyed the story between Ani/Lara. So far Venice has put a different spin on everthing in Venice so whatever happens i’m am sure it will never be considered a take off from Dool.

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Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

The awards are presented to individuals and programs broadcast between 2:00 am and 6:00 pm, as well as certain categories of digital and syndicated programming of similar content and that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019.

Show to show, and leading all daytime programming: General Hospital received the most nominations overall with 23, followed by Days of our Lives with 22.  The Young and the Restless was next with 21, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful with 13.  They were followed by the digital drama series, EastSiders and Studio City who scored 8 nominations, along with The View, Ghostwriter and Sesame Street.

Now below are the nominees in all the daytime and digital drama categories and congratulation to all of the nominees.  Here we go, and the nominees are ….

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Tamara Braun as Dr Kim Nero General Hospital ABC

Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes General Hospital ABC

Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams Days of Our Lives NBC

Christel Khalil as Lily Winters The Young and the Restless CBS

Annika Noelle as Hope Logan The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Tina Benko as Helen The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Veanne Cox as Lenora Indoor Boys vimeo.com

Patrika Darbo as Violet Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Carolyn Hennesy as Gloria Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Janet Hubert as Mignon Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mark Grossman as Adam Newman The Young and the Restless CBS

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton The Young and the Restless CBS

Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

Chandler Massey as Will Horton Days of Our Lives NBC

James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine General Hospital ABC

Paul Telfer as Xander Kiriakis Days of Our Lives NBC

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Willam Belli as Douglas / Gomorrah Ray Eastsiders Netflix

Leith M. Burke as Derrick Eastsiders Netflix

Tristan Rogers as Doc Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lenny Wolpe as Carl After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Gregory Zarian as Nate Venice the Series vimeo.com

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OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire Brady Days of Our Lives NBC

Katelyn MacMullen as Willow Tait General Hospital ABC

Eden McCoy as Josslyn Jacks General Hospital ABC

Thia Megia as Haley Chen Days of Our Lives NBC

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Elissa Kapneck as Sasha The Young and the Restless CBS

Michael Knight as Martin Grey General Hospital ABC

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales The Young and the Restless CBS

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Simon Black The Young and the Restless CBS

Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway Days of Our Lives NBC

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rene Heger as Zack Sullivan DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Mary Beth Peil as Helen After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Scott Turner Schofield as Max Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Lin Shaye as Diane Eastsiders Netflix

Graham Sibley as Zack DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Eastsiders Netflix

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Studio City Amazon Prime Video

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

Pillow Talk YouTube.com

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING MULTIPLE CAMERA EDITING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING LIVE AND DIRECT TO TAPE SOUND MIXING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ARTDIRECTION/SETDECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

Days of Our Lives NBC

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

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OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA OR DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

Eastsiders Netflix

General Hospital ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“The Bad Guys?” Brainwashed By Toons funnyordie.com

“Everything Changed” The Feels YouTube.com

“North Star” General Hospital ABC

“A Holiday Carol – The Holidays Are Here”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

“Hooray Hooray, We’re On Our Way”

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

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OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS SPECIAL

93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day NBC

Hate Among Us Popstar TV

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration HBO

This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special PBS

The Young and the Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute CBS

 

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT –TOPICAL

Days of Our Lives “Flash Forward” NBC

Dr. Phil “Rodney Reed” SYNDICATED Jeopardy!

“Jeopardy! All Star Games” SYNDICATED

Nick Jr Paw Patrol Ready, Race, Rescue: Trailer Nickelodeon
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas

“Launch” Netflix The Star Wars Show

“Stars Wars Animals: The Trench Run” YouTube.com

The full list of nominees in all categories is available at https://theemmys.tv/daytime 

So, who are you thrilled to see nominated from your favorite daytime and digital dramas? Who do you think is MIA? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Broadcast On CBS; Nominations To Be Announced Tomorrow On ‘The Talk’

Breaking news on Wednesday, the Daytime Emmys are back on and in a major way returning to broadcast television and CBS on Friday night, June 26h beginning at 8 p,m, ET/PT in a two-hour special.

The announcement was made by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and this marks the 14th time CBS had aired the Daytime Emmys throughout its history.

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The June 26 telecast will be produced by the National Academy and Associated Television International (ATI), which previously produced the Daytime Emmys Awards on The CW in 2009 and CBS’ most recent broadcasts in 2010 and 2011.

In addition, nominations in major categories will be revealed for the first time tomorrow May 21st on the CBS Daytime afternoon series, The Talk as well as ETOnline.com’ there are 100 categories in all that comprise the Daytime Emmys this year.  This year’s awards honor content from more than 2,700 submissions that originally premiered in calendar-year 2019, judged by a pool of 1,000 peer professionals from across the television industry

“The Daytime Emmys are coming home,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO of NATAS. “For generations, daytime television has been a source of comfort and continuity that’s never been more important. We’re delighted to join with CBS in celebrating the programs and professionals who never cease to brighten our days.”

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“As a leader in Daytime, we are thrilled to welcome back the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS. “Daytime television has been keeping viewers engaged and entertained for many years, so it is with great pride that we look forward to celebrating the best of the genre here on CBS.”

“In these challenging times, daytime has been a primary influence in staying connected with its audience, entertaining them, and keeping them informed,” said 47th Annual Daytime Emmys® executive producer and director David McKenzie of Associated Television International. “We are honored to be a part of it. We are also excited for the challenge of introducing a new format that will celebrate the contributions of daytime television.”

Awards will be presented in leading categories during the telecast, with recipients and other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys), and others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys returning to primetime and CBS? Who do you think will score a nomination tomorrow? Comment below, but first check out The Talk’s Daytime Emmy announcement below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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