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WATCH: ‘Venice the Series’ Gregory Zarian Talk Daytime Emmy Pre-Nom, Bullying & Staying Safe During COVID-19

Sometimes when competing in the Daytime Emmys crowded field of performers vying for a nomination, they say less is more.  And in the case of former DAYS and GH actor, Gregory Zarian, he may have the perfect combination of getting to the core of his character within a short time for voters to get it, and be impressed by it.

Pre-Nominated for his work as Nate in season 6 of Venice the Series, Zarian is competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama category and hopes to be in the final field when the names are announced for the 47th annual Daytime Emmy nominations later this month.

Michael Fairman and Zarian practiced social distancing and wore their masks during the coronavirus pandemic for a special conversation on the Michael Fairman Channel.  

Gregory talks about his nominated scene opposite former Guiding Light star, Orlagh Cassidy (Ex-Doris), being directed by Venice the Series creator and star, Crystal Chappell, the issue of bullying in its many forms and gives a nod to his sister-in-law for her designer mask iniatitive during the coronavirus pandemic which you can learn more about by visiting Masks for a Cause.

Watch the interview with Michael and Gregory below and then check out Zarian’s nominated work for Venice the Series.

So, what did you think of Zarian’s performance? Issues discussed in our conversation?  Let us know via the comment section

Gregory Zarian from Gregory Zarian on Vimeo.

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Crystal Chappell & Hillary B. Smith To Talk Soap Careers, Venice the Series, and More In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Look for former Guiding Light, Days of our Lives and One Life to Live star, Crystal Chappell (Ex-Olivia, Carly, Maggie)  along with former As the World Turns and One Life to Live mainstay, Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Margo, Nora), who are both good friends and business partners on several projects, to make an appearance next week on The Locher Room with host and former soap publicist, Alan Locher.

As daytime and digital drama fans know, both women have won Daytime Emmys, and both are in Venice the Series, Beacon Hill and more.

Chappell was at the forefront of the web series and digital drama boom, while later both Smith and Chappell produced and directed these series and more.

Circle next week on Wednesday, September 23rd for the virtual conversation.  You can watch the livestream here. 

It all begins at 3 p,m. EST/Noon PST.  So have your questions ready for these gals!

Now, let us know below, which of Chappell’s and Smith’s daytime soap  or digital roles rate among your favorites? Comment below.

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And The Nominees Are … Who’s in the Running For Sunday’s Digital Drama Daytime Emmys

Tonight on Sunday July 19th, seven categories will be presented during the livestream of the Digital Drama Daytime Emmy Awards as presented by NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) while the nominations for the genre were released back on May 21st, Michael Fairman TV offers up this short refresher course and look at the categories on tap for this evening.

The Digital Drama Daytime Emmys will begin at 9 p.m EST/6 p.m, PST and are live, and hosted by former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star, Jai Rodriguez. You can watch the awards via several platforms including heading over to Emmys.TV, the new The Emmys app available for download, or you can watch via watch.theEmmys.TV

Unlike the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards which was pre-recorded on June 28th, (although the winners were revealed that night for the first time), tonight’s Digital Drama Daytime Emmys are live.  In a statement to Variety, NATAS President and CEO shared: “The nominees are all going to be connected live, and all live from their homes or wherever they’re isolating, and our accountants are sending the sealed envelopes directly to the homes of our live presenters. So, it certainly adds a little bit more to the heart palpitations,  Being a streaming show there’s certainly a little bit more forgiveness than if you go to dead air on primetime CBS.”

Of the nominated Digital Dramas both Studio City and EastSiders tied with the most nods with eight.  The award for Outstanding Digital Drama Series was previously given out on the CBS ceremony and that went to The Bay as well as any behind the scenes awards they have been nominated for, with the exception of Writer and Director categories which will be given out Sunday.

Tonight, many notables from the world of daytime soaps are competing in the major acting categories including: Mary Beth Evans, Jade Harlow, Tristan Rogers, Sean Kanan, Patrika Darbo, Carolyn Hennesy, Scott Turner Schofield and more.

Take a look at the nomination in the seven categories for tonight below.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rowin Amone as Ester Issa Rae Presents King Ester YouTube.com

Mary Beth Evans as Sara Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Jade Harlow as Lianna Ramos The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Cady Huffman as Lisa After Forever Amazon Prime Video

Shanti Lowry as Yolanda Rodriguez Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video

Alex Hurt as Adam The Rehearsal rehearsalseries.com

Brad James as Cameran Jr. A House Divided UMC / Amazon Prime Video

Sean Kanan as Sam Stevens Studio City Amazon Prime Video

Brian White as Jimmy Blue Bronx SIU UMC / Amazon Prime Video

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

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

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DIGITAL DRAMA SERIES

Rene Heger as Zach 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 Leland DARK/WEB Amazon Prime Video

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 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

So, who are you rooting for to take home the gold in the acting and writing and directing categories listed above? Share your picks via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light ‘Otalia’ and Friends Online Reunion Set

The duo that was all the rage in Springfield and Guiding Light, in its last few years on the air, plus some other fan favorites, will be part of another upcoming Guiding Light reunion announced by former show publicist and host of the reunion series, Alan Locher,

Now on tap for the Wednesday, April 29th livestream are: Crystal Chappell (Ex-Olivia) and Jessica Leccia (Ex-Natalia) who became soap-famous with their on-screen love story, and they will be joined by Michelle Ray Smith (Ex-Ava) Frank Dicopoulos (Ex-Frank) and E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe).

As daytime fans know, the Otalia love story and its popularity was the inspiration for Crystal Chappell’s groundbreaking web series, Venice, which also captivated audiences for years following the cancellation of the beloved CBS daytime drama series.

To watch the reunion, make sure to click here.  The live conversation will begin at 3 p. m. EST.

So, excited for another one of these great reunions featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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