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Vote now in Soap Central's Dankies All-Soaps Ballot!

Soap Central’s annual Dankies, also known as the Soapcentral.com Awards,  has just announced their All-Soaps ballot so fans who are currently registered or who become registered users of the site can get in on the voting.  Help Soap Central name the best of the best of the soaps from 2010. The winners will be announced after balloting concludes on Sunday, April 25th, 2010. Eligibility period is performances and storylines from January 2009 through December 2009.   The final nominees were selected by site voters in individual show categories and now those top vote getters have moved on to this final ballot.  Here is a sampling of the nominations!

For Outstanding Lead Actor, the nominees are: Grant Aleksander (Phillip, GL), Steve Burton (Jason, GH), David Canary, (Stuart & Adam, AMC), Don Diamont, (Bill, B&B), Billy Miller, (Billy, Y&R), Michael Park (Jack, ATWT), James Scott (EJ, DAYS), and Trevor St. John (Todd, OLTL)

For Oustanding Lead Actress the nominees are: Crystal Chappell ( Olivia, GL), Jeanne Cooper, (Kay, Y&R), Susan Flannery, (Stephanie, B&B), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, AMC), Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Maura West ( Carly, ATWT), Bree Williamson (Jess, OLTL) and Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Vote in the other categories such as: Supporting Actor or Actress, Most Attractive Male and Female Star, Favorite Storyline, Least Favorite Storyline, Favorite Character, Least Favorite Character, Most Memorable Moment, Favorite Duo, Most Missed Performer, Outstanding Guest Star or Recurring Performer and Outstanding Overall Performer.

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Dan J Kroll, the  brain trust  and founder of Soap Central shared with On-Air On-Soaps why the Dankies differ from any other type of online award recognition for the genre: “For more than a decade, soapcentral.com visitors have helped to pick the best of the genre. Sure, daytime has the Emmys, but this is something more special. I think what makes the Dankies so special is that the fans are involved in every stage of the process — from the nominations to the finalists to the winners. There’s no other awards process that allows this much fan involvement. ”

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bottomchef
bottomchef

No Michelle Stafford for lead actress?

What the hell?

Stafford is pretty much excellent in practically all her scenes. Can people accuse her of overacting or scene chewery? Yes. But no one can say she’s boring or phoning in it in any scene.

I like the acting choices she makes when Phyliss stammers or begins to lose it. Everytime Phyliss goes after Sharon, it’s a lot of fun. Stafford can bring drama and comedy and meld them seamlessly in a scene. It was great when Phyliss threatened to tell people Sharon was a kleptomaniac, and then Sharon called her bluff and had security throw Phyliss outta her room. When security dragged Phyliss outta there, her “You’re hurting my arm.” was hilarious!

Stafford should submit Phyliss sneaking into Sharon’s room and trashing it, or Phyliss screaming at Nick to move on from his first love while he dumps her. Stafford’s one of Daytime’s best actresses. She is certainly better than Sweeney, Minshew, Cooper, Wright, West, Williamson and maybe even Chappell since some of the Otalia scenes (like when Olivia tells her she’s in love w/ her before the wedding) was Chappell overacting in a bad way.

C.L.B
C.L.B

I’m really bummed that Scott Evans and the Kish s/l were snubbed from the fans’ final voting ballot=( At least Brett Claywell won for best newcomer for OLTL, but it’s just not the same (no matter what bottomchef says otherwise to the contrary!)

bottomchef
bottomchef

Oh, congrats to brett claywell for winning best newcomer. He’s certainly the newcomer on everyone’s minds, he’s omnipresent! LOL!

But everything is subjective CLB.

There are countless Emmy wins that I agree on: Finnigan’s second Emmy win, Flannery’s first Emmy for B&B, Case’s supporting actress nod, Grimes beating out Frantz for Cassie’s custody arc.

And there are countless Emmy wins that are completely perplexing.

But there are countless Emmy snubs that are even worse. Still no Emmys or even nominations for Melody Thomas Scott, Katherine Kelly Lang, Colleen Zenk Pinter, Bobbie Eakes, Hunter Tylo and Kimberlin Brown!

C.L.B
C.L.B

I wasn’t talking about the daytime emmys bottomchef, I was talking about soapcentral.com’s dankie awards! IDK why you were comparing the dankies to the daytime emmys?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

kelseymashell
kelseymashell

WAHOOO!!!! GO CRYSTAL CHAPPELL! (CARLY ON DOOL!!!)

GAELYN THOMSON
GAELYN THOMSON

as the world turns;luke and reid gets marryed at the end

ANNIE THIEL
ANNIE THIEL

I REALLY LOVE ROBERT S. WOODS, JERRY VER DORN, BREE WILLIAMSON, KASSIE DEPAIVA, FLORENCIA LOZANO, KRISTINE ALDERSON, HILLARY B. SMITH, JOHN PAUL LAVIOSIOR, KELLEY MISSEL. I MISS GINA TOGNONI , TOM DEGAN, ROBIN STASSER AND TUC WALKINS.

ANNIE THIEL
ANNIE THIEL

I ALSO LOVED EDDIE ALDERSON AS MATTHEW. I LOVE NEW ACTOR ROBERT GORRIE. I ALSO LOVED SEAN RINGGOLD AS SEAN TOO. SCOTT EVEAIN I LOVED HIM AS MUCH I LOVE BRETT CLAYWELL. I DON’T CARE FOR MELISSA ARCHER OR FORBES MARCH OR MARK LAWSON SAME WITH MICHALE ESTON. I MISS BRAIN KREWIN AND JOHN BROTHERTON.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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.

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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,

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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”

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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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