Daytime Emmys Will Air on Pop TV on Sunday, April 26

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and Pop, a newly rebranded television network seen in more than 80 million homes (formerly TV Guide Network), today announced that the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be nationally broadcast live on Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on Pop. In addition, NATAS announced that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

Televised from the legendary Warner Bros. Studios lot on Stage 16 – the location of countless iconic Hollywood films such as Casablanca, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters – the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show will be executive produced by Michael Levitt, one of the industry’s most acclaimed producers of live events and awards shows.

Today in Soap Opera History (March 2)

1968: Dark Shadows' Joe & Guthrie tried to break into Laura's tomb.
1984: Guiding Light's Mindy considered an abortion.
1990: General Hospital's Julian pulled a gun on Paget ("Duke").
1992: Days of our Lives' Vivian arrived in Salem.
"Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature."
― David Hume

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to Scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1952: Radio serial Whispering Sheets premiered. The show was a "serial with a twist." Each new episode presented the story from one character's perspective, and the character that was being focused on changed each day. The fictional narrator--and principal expositor--for the program was "Hope Winslow," a former newspaper correspondent that covered adventure the world over. She retired and became an author of Romance and Adventure novels--drawing on her worldwide experiences as a journalist. It's the fictional Ms. Winslow who provides the exposition that threads and interweaves the daily segments of each week's drama into each other.

1967: On Another World, Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) was dejected over not being able to see Missy Palmer.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Joe (Joel Crothers) and Guthrie (John Lasell) use all their might to open Laura Murdoch Stockbridge's tomb, but are interrupted opening the coffin by the Caretaker (Daniel Keyes), who yelled, "No! In the name of the dead--no, no, no!"

NEWS: Eric Braeden, Katherine Kelly Lang, Freddie Smith, Eddie Redmayne, 'Downton Abbey' Finale, 'EastEnders' Transgender Character

Eric Braeden
'The Young and the Restless' Star Eric Braeden on Victor's Villainy
"Storyline aside, the audience would never have forgiven Victor if he hadn't saved Jack, though, as you will recall, there was a scene years ago when Jack saw Victor collapse in his office during an angry outburst and he left him there to die—and stepped on his hand as he walked out the door! My God Almighty! Can you believe that? The animosity will continue. Just because Victor saved Jack's life doesn't mean anything. Victor thinks Jack is a dick and a son of a bitch and he always will. They don't ever change."

Julian Fellowes on Twists in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Season Finale
[Spoiler Alert!] In one fell swoop, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) abandoned any thought of rekindling a past infatuation with the Russian Prince Kuragin, and Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) closed the door on her engagement to Lord Merton. Love bloomed in the servants’ quarters, where the stately Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) at long last proposed to the kindly Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan).

"A soap opera has many, many incidents," explained Fellowes. "People are being shot and stabbed and knifed. They’re dying in childbirth, having abortions, having their houses broken into, being attacked by vandals. We do, on Downton, have extreme cases, but not very many of them. And we have a lot of reaction to them, because that seems to me truer to life. That’s what I would like to tell myself, anyway."

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Star Katherine Kelly Lang on Brooke's Battle With the Bottle
[Spoiler Alert!] "I have no idea how far [exec producer-head writer] Brad Bell will take this but Brooke needs to hit bottom, and she will. There's an episode [airing March 10] where she is rejected by Deacon again and she's drinking so much she falls and hits her head. It's her idea to seek help. Whether it works or not, I can't say. But it'll definitely be tough for her. She's traded one addiction for another."

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Returns to the U.K. Via YouTube Channel
The new online initiative launches March 2, and will begin with Episode 6720, which sees Thorsten Kaye take over the role of Ridge Forrester.

Guest Stars Update: 'Nashville' Actress Laura Benanti Returns to 'The Good Wife' Tonight

We Love Soaps is tracking where daytime, primetime and web stars are appearing outside of their regular series. Below are some of the upcoming guest appearances in various television and web shows and movies.

MARCH
1 The Simpsons - Yaya DaCosta (ex-Cassandra, All My Children)
1 Madam Secretary - Kevin Rahm (ex-Lee, Desperate Housewives)
1 The Good Wife - Laura Benanti (Sadie, Nashville)
Dylan Baker and Benanti reprise their roles of husband and wife, Colin Sweeney and Renata Ellard-Sweeney.

Today in Soap Opera History (March 1)

1954: A daytime TV version of One Man's Family premiered.
1984: Knots Landing's Cathy screamed as Gary was "murdered".
1988: John Ingle played GH's State Commissioner of Police.
1996: Another World used its popular "You Take Me
Away To (Another World)" theme song for the last time.
"Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature."
― David Hume

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to Scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1954: Daytime soap opera One Man's Family premiered on NBC-TV. The series began as a popular radio serial in 1932, created by Carlton E. Morse. The first TV version (November 4, 1949 - June 21, 1952) aired in primetime once a week for a half-hour, using the original 1932 storylines. The Daytime TV version of One Man's Family ran until April 1, 1955. The series continued on the radio until April 24, 1959.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, Roger (Ron Hale) insisted that Ed (Frank Latimore) call the police, believing Seneca (John Gabriel) was guilty of homicide in Nell's death.

'Battle Creek' Premieres March 1, Stars Josh Duhamel & Dean Winters

The cast of Battle Creek. Photo Credit: CBS
Jaded Det. Russ Agnew reluctantly partners with charming FBI Agent Milt Chamberlain to solve a drug-related double homicide, but while Milt investigates with the high-tech resources of the FBI, Russ prefers old-school police work and instinct, on the series premiere of Battle Creek, Sunday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Battle Creek stars Josh Duhamel (All My Children) and Dean Winters in a drama about two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Det. Russ Agnew, a good but gruff, hard-boiled detective, has his world upended when strikingly handsome, charismatic Special Agent Milton Chamberlain opens an FBI field office at the police station and chooses Russ to be his partner. Milt's polished sophistication and access to unlimited state-of-the-art equipment is impressive to his new co-workers in the absurdly underfunded department. As Russ and Milt work long hours together in the economically distressed city of Battle Creek, the question is: will it be Milt's charm and endless supply of high-end resources or Russ's old-fashioned cynicism, guile and deception that prove to be the keys to catching the bad guys in his beloved hometown? Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Edward Fordham, Jr. and Aubrey Dollar (Guiding Light) also star.

Watch a sneak peek of the premiere ("The Battle Creek Way") below: