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Watch 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Supporting Actress Nominated Performances! – Who Should Win?

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As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, HLNTV.com has posted one of the hotly contested contests for this year’s 40th annual Daytime Emmys,  that of the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category!

So many fans are rooting for Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) of The Bold and the Beautiful to take home her first ever Emmy, while others are hoping that Julie Marie Berman wins for her final reel of competition for her time as Lulu Spencer Falconeri on General Hospital.

Still others are hoping that this is finally the year that Arianne Zuker wins for her performance as Nicole on Days of our Lives, and over at The Young and the Restless, first time nominee and soap vet, Jessica Collins (Avery) is nominated alongside now perennial nominee, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).   Egan has been nominated for her work  on both All My Children and Y&R during the last few years of Emmy voting.

Watch the nominated submissions and reels of five fabulous ladies after the jump! Then, let us know who you are picking to win come Daytime Emmy night, which is Sunday, June 16th and live on HLN!

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I am rooting for KKL. I have loved the SL of Stephanie’s cancer, with Brooke, since Mrs. Forrester was diagnosed in 2010.

And KKL deserves an Emmy for her portrayal of Brooke Logan! She is just fabulous and continues to make me root for Brooke, even when the writing is against the character.

I am rooting for KKL too! She deserves to win for her portrayal of Brooke. She is a talented actress and seems to be a genuinely lovely person in real life. Good luck KKL!

KKL for the win!

I am rooting for KKL

JMB is the clear winner by far

KKL should win hands down.

KKL for sure

Glad I am not judging the problem with Julie & Katherine’s reels are you are distracted because TG & SF are such dominating forces. Would not even try to pick glad that is up to somebody else.

KKL absolute a stellar performance! Emotions son intense yet not over done to take away from the SL. you could feel everything, it draws you in. outstanding acting! A well deserved nomination! I hope she wins but I am overjoyed that she was nominated she deserves this recognition!!

KKL deserves it no doubt! She is both B&B! She rocks

I don’t watch B&B but KKL seems like the overall favorite to win. However my second choice would be Melissa Claire Egan. Loved her on AMC and am glad to see she in not the crazy one on Y&R.

KKL. She should have won before now.

My heart says KKL, but my gut and head say Berman going to win

It’s great to watch five incredibly talented ladies perform so well. My two choices are Julie Marie Berman and Katherine Kelly Lang – both such awesome performances that I’d love to see both win for different reasons. I appreciated the quiet, deep emotion of KKL’s portrayal .. and death scenes can be especially compelling. I also admired the range and intensity of emotion in Julie’s reel – anger, fear, frustration, vulnerability and contented strength and calm at the end. And I love how Julie’s reel tells so much of the whole story of Lulu and Luke Spencer. Amazing work ladies!

Well said Caitie.

Ditto!

I agree… well said!

I pick Julie Marie Berman as the winner after watching all the reels!! Katherine Kelly Lang is her competition here and she does amazing in Stephanie’s death bed scenes which are very constricted and all the focus is on her face. There is no movement to the scene as she sits on the bench with Stephanie as she dies. I think Julie’s scene shows a wider range in her performance and she can and does use her whole body. Julie’s scenes have movement and in my opinion better writing which allows Julie to make smart acting choices with a little humor, some tears and anger. Whereas KKL’s reel is just emotion, no movement and really doesn’t allow her any range which it isn’t suppose too but up against Julie’s range of performance it’s gonna be tough for KKL to take that gold. All that being said, I am a fan of both ladies and will be happy as long as one of them wins.

I agree!!! Well said!

KKL for the win. Hands down!

KKL – she absolutely pulled you in to that scene and made you feel as if you were right there with them. Those two, Brooke and Stephanie, ARE the B&B, and as a fan from the beginning, it was so fitting these two were together at Stephanie’s end…This brought their story full circle. Fingers crossed KKL…

For me, Katherine Kelly Lang is the winner! She puts her heart and soul into her work and always, always delivers a winning performance! She is Bold & Beautiful!

Although KKL is the sentimental favorite, I’ll have to agree with Caitie — Julie Marie Berman’s performance is so raw and layered, you don’t even have to be a regular viewer of GH to get LuLu’s complex relationship with Luke. Although all the performances were excellent, the real surprise (for me) was Jessica Collins — wow! You could almost hear Avery’s innocence shatter like glass in that scene. But overall, Berman shines brightest.

Tough choice. I just know who I don’t want: KKL. She does most of her “acting” by squinting (just like Cady McClain). I have to say that on the end of her reel, she did do a great job of crying.

After watching all the clips my first thought was: Everybody cries! LOL.

I know that she has been overlooked for years & years and probably KKL win win. That said, I have always liked Arianne Zucker. She is so good running the gamut of emotions. You just know that underneath the bitchiness, the anger and the crazy Nicole is just pining to be loved … and to have a child. I thought her losing this last child was just cruel. I would like to see her win.

JMB!

KKL deserves the win. And after the horrible temper tantrum of Hunter Tylo, ruining Katherines. Enjoyment of this time, even more so.

Lynn it is the so called fans of these two actresses that start the temper tantrums. Brad Bell is the one who writes poor story for both ladies read Mr. Fairman’s interview with HT in January. The fans are doing a disservice to both Hunter Tylo & Katherine Kelly Lang. I feel very sorry for both ladies. If Hunter Tylo is indeed leaving it has nothing to do with KKL. It is the writing of her character since she came back when it starts becoming a chore and not a pleasure to act it is time to move on.

I vote for Arianne Zuker. I have watched Days in the past and she is the most talented one always giving a great performance.Judging just from these clips .her talent was the most prevalent. If the judges use just these clips she should win. If they are going from this is the first time KKK was nominated, shades of S. Lucci. just because they have been around a long time ,no way. If it was for crying ,they would call it a three way tie. I watch GH and JMB did not do much for me. She is OK but not exceptional. I wish them all luck, and congrats to the winner, whomever she is.

Totally agree. I know it is not popular to be negative about a long time soap star but, frankly, in my opinion there was a reason Susan Lucci was not nominated forever,,,,her acting was just not that great. She never seemed to move beyond the petulant, spoiled teenager that Erica was in 1971. To some degree I feel the same about KKL. I am not a faithful viewer of B&B and wouldn’t even turn it on once it became the Steffy/Liam/Hope show but, KKL has never seemed to mature either. Part of it could be the writers fault…Brooke just repeats her ridiculous behavior again & again & again. But, I don’t find her compelling. Someone like Arianne Zucker I don’t turn away from the screen regardless of who shares her scenes…they are always riveting and must watch.

SL & KKL just didn’t seem to progress in their craft.

Thanks Michael… this is a very interesting excerise!

I started with this one and will do all. It is so different judgeing them all together like this. I saw all of these performances when they aired and you have your favorites and more importantly at the time of watching and with all that was there and before and after you have different feelings about what is happening… for instance with KKL… I remember being angry that she wa with SF when she was dying rather than Eric or Ridge or Pam. Those feelings skewed my impressions about the performance as did events and circumstances with all the others. I actually stopped watching B&B after Stephanie’s death and the mess with the triangle.

I have to say GH is my fave!!! The other things I noticed about this process is clearly the writing is huge and the phenomenal people that each of these actresses played off of is also huge! Then there is the range of emotions and depth that you see in each of these performances and the feelings you feel watching them in this isolated way that all make the excerise very interesting.

I have to say that all were good performances and each of these ladies should be very proud of there work!!! However for me two stand out as being the most powerful! That would be JMB and KKL. It’s tough to pick… I could go for a tie if hey decided that… but for me they were both very powerful and very phenomemnal… and if I look at them on there own and nothing about whether they have won before or not looking at their body and years of work… I have to choose JMB. I loved Susan’s performance so much and it made me love KKL ‘s that much more… but KKL’s doesn’t have the depth and the range in that prformance that JMB’s has in hers… in my opinion. KKL appears to be the favorite so far above. I also have to mention that Tony’s performance was so great… not his best… but very strong! Oh to see… Tony and Susan some day!!! That would be interesting!

Ari would be my third place… and then Jessica and Melissa sort of tied for fourth place!

Again all should be very proud!!! I will be ecstatic if JMB wins and extremely happy if KKL wins… would love a tie for first!

This is a very tough thing to do and I might understand why some performances win when you would not think they should because of this process! Or because they are not your favorites.

I wish all of the ladies the best of luck!!! Can’t wait to see who wins!!!

I’m adding my thanks to Michael as well for providing this forum. Separating these performances from the shows and stories in which they aired and watching them all at one time enables us to be more objective in our choices and more understanding of the overall process. Thank you again, Mr. Fairman!

Wel said Caitie… totally agree! Having now done four… it’s very different and I can see how it would be for people judging who have not watched the shows or the actors/actresses and the stories consistently. It explains why people in the past have won over someone who you thought should have won.

Jessica Colons for the win. She is the surprise of the year and has the best reel in my opinion. I am hoping she wins.

*Jessica Collins *

There is a caliber of writing, directing and portrayal within a specific storyline. The scope an actor/actress delivers depend on these simple factors. In soaps – especially soaps, the “Hook” is “Emotion”. The acting delivered from each Actress was superb – each to his own. However, when a scene becomes chaotic and littered with unnecessary elements it loses depth. One Actress in particular remained true to the “Emotion” roots. Yes, death scenes are very emotional – but, to infuse that emotion in a raw, real life scenario it takes precision. To handle a storyline that is cancer driven means caution, it means you have to stay true to the issue. The Actress portraying the cancer victim along with those who play along side her must reciprocate or feel the depth of the issue themselves in order to execute each and every scene properly. Timing is key, so is the art of being subtle remembering to be careful not to be over the top, holding back a little morsel of feeling – yet maintaining vaunarablity which blooms to fruition. That being said, I found that Katherine Kelly Lang blew a breath of fresh air into what were dismal and bleak scenes (because it dealt with death). The choice of the location added to the fullness or body of the story. I have read many places where viewers were unhappy with the unlikely pairing of “Brooke & Stephaine” for this closing chapter, but it is just that- a closing chapter where two Actresses were raw and open with their acting and most of all with hardly any make up. It came full circle for the characters they play. I tip my hat to all the nominees but my choice is Katherine Kelly Lang for her raw, unparalled and humanistic portrayal. Goodluck to all.

KKL is definitely the sentimental favorite. Strong reels by both Jessica and Melissa as well.

KKL was very strong but most in this section all has strong performances. I got say wouldn’t mind if AZ snuck in a won it!

I was very disappointed in all of the actress catagories because all of the women from GH that were overlooked. I believe Katherine Kelly Lang will win and she should. Not only has she been consistantly a brilliant performer, but her reel was spectacular. Susan Flannery (Stephanie) said she was going to go the Emmys this year just to see KKL win and I believe she will get to see that sight.

Melissa Claire Egan is fantastic, she was overlooked many times for her work on All My Children, but I don’t see much strength in her reel. Julie Marie Berman, breaking out of Younger Actress, is clearly talented and I think the scenes she pick were spot on. If KKL was not included, I would say she would win for sure. Arianne is amazing, but I think there were better scenes she could’ve picked that show her range a bit more. Jessica Collins, I was completely baffled as to why she was even nominated. No offense, but I just don’t think she has the skills, not yet, to compete against these women and there were certainly other actresses more deserving of the nod.

Katherine Kelly Lang’s performance was outstanding,she deserves to win.KKL gave all the emotions,feelings of 25 years of B&B Stephanie and Brooke relationship with PERFECT acting that we could not help crying.Such a talent,such greatest acting.

Julie Marie Berman

AZ-enough said

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian. We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows.  So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.

 

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