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Y&R's Christian LeBlanc Adds Film & TV Producer To His Credits With GRAVE SECRETS and DEADTIME STORIES!

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Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) of The Young and the Restless is always one busy bee, but now the talented guy has added “film and television producer” to his laundry list of credits after getting involved in a project very close to his heart.

LeBlanc, who always has done children’s illustration and art, and was a former Kindergarten teacher at one point in his life,  got the opportunity to become a producer on a project for Nickelodeon called Deadtime Stories which is based off a series of books written and published years ago that plays to children seven-years- old and up and their families!

But there’s more!  This TV project originated out of a  full-length feature film titled Grave Secrets which is playing this afternoon at 2PM in San Diego California, and the San Diego Film Festival.  LeBlanc tweeted today “Join me at the @sdfilmfestival at the screening of “GRAVE SECRETS” in Lajolla at the ArcLight Today, Sunday at 2pm with @Diane_Ladd @comeagainjen @AshleyAJones and the ghosts…let’s not forget the ghosts!!! @deadtimestories”  So, if you are in the San Diego area today, go check it out and meet Christian and Ashley!

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When On-Air On-Soaps spoke to Christian on the movie and the television series, he related how it all came together:  “I got Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B) on board to act, and Diane Ladd stars in it.  So they put together and shot the movie called, Grave Secrets which is now one of the stories in the Deadtime Stories TV series.  The movie Grave Secrets in which I am in, I was  cut out of for the television episode version of it (laughs) that will air on Deadtime Stories on Halloween night on Nickelodeon! I decided to play a very small part in the movie, as it gave me the chance to work with Ashley Jones.  We play a married couple, the parents.  The stars are the kids and Diane Ladd and Jennifer Stone is the through0line in the series and the film, and she is a babysitter that reads these books.”

For those who don’t know Jennifer Stone, she was on the hit Disney series,  Wizards of Waverly Place, and according to LeBlanc,  “She brings the Disney audience with her which is wonderful for the project”

Deadtime Stories premiered this past Thursday night, October 3rd at 8pm on Nickelodeon.  The series will run every Thursday night in October from 8pm to 9pm with two new episodes back to back, culminating with Grave Secrets on Halloween – the last Thursday of the month, and that is the episode LeBlanc was the producer on!  For more on the series visit its website here!

So will you be checking out Grave Secrets on Halloween night on Nickelodeon with your kids while handing out candy to those who knock at your door?  Let us know!

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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Falcon Crest’s Abby Dalton Dead at 88

Actress Abby Dalton best known to soap fans as Julia Cumson on the 80’s primetime soap opera, Falcon Crest passed away following a battle with a long illness.  She was 88-years-old.

According to the Hollywood Reporter,  Dalton died last week on November 23rd in Los Angeles,

On Falcon Crest, Dalton played the daughter to Jane Wyman’s Angela Channing and was the on-screen mother to another name familiar to soap audiences, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance, Falcon Crest, and Ex-Hector, The Bold and the Beautiful).

 

From 1981-1986, soap fans will recall that Julia turned out to be quite the murderer on Falcon Crest after being emotionally-damaged by her mother.  She was sent to prison, was institutionalized in a mental hospital, presumed dead, and eventually would up in a convent!

In addition, Dalton made an appearance on The Young and the Restless in 1995 as Phyllis’ (Michelle Stafford) mother, Lydia.

Dalton was also known for being a mainstay on several game shows from: The $25,000 PyramidPasswordMatch Game and Body Language.  She was also notable as a regular on the 60’s sitcoms,The Joey Bishop Show, and for her role as Calamity Jane in Hennesey.

Abby is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jack D. Smith; her daughter, Kathleen Kinmont, sons Matthew and John; grandchildren Mac, Jack and Ayden Grace; and great-grandson Mathias.

So, share your remembrances and condolences on the death of Abby Dalton via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes featuring Jane Wyman and Dalton from Falcon Crest.

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AW Alum Anne Heche Lands Recurring Role on ‘All Rise’

While we last saw Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley) kicking up her heels on this season’s Dancing with the Stars, now the talented actress is set to return to primetime television in a new dramatic role.

Look for Heche to recur on the second season of the CBS legal drama All Rise

According to Deadline, Heche will play Corrine Cuthbert, an infamous trial attorney who often is called upon by police unions to defend officers accused of violent crime. She is wicked smart, using humor as a distraction while she verbally destroys anyone who gets in her way.

The series also stars Ryan’s Hope alum Marg Helgenberger, former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel, aloing with Jessica Camacho, Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles.

Prior to DWTS, Anne was last seen in roles on NBC’s Chicago P.D and The Brave.

So will you be checking out Anne in her new role on All Rise?  Let us know via the comment section below, but first watch our recent interview with her  from the Michael Fairman channel, where she discussed her time on Another World, her past relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, and much more.

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