ESPN 'First Take' Discusses The 'General Hospital' Emmy Awards Wins

On Monday's episode of ESPN's First Take, General Hospital fan and occasional guest star Stephen A. Smith and co-host Skip Bayless discussed General Hospital's Daytime Emmys wins. Watch the segment below.

'I'll Be Damned': 'The Young and the Restless' Star Eric Braeden Writing Memoir

A memoir about the life of the one and only Eric Braeden (Victor Newman, The Young and the Restlessis in the works and will be released on February 7, 2017. It will be titled, “I’ll Be Damned.”

Braeden has played the role of Genoa City patriarch Victor Newman for 36 years. In that time, his name, face, and acting prowess have become synonymous with the magic that is daytime drama, even part of what defines it.

No doubt this memoir will include a candid take on the many on and off-screen dramatics of "The Moustache," as his fans nicknamed him for his ever-present yet ever-changing above-the-lip facial hair.

Memorable Y&R storylines involving Victor and that Braeden may give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into are: Victor’s meeting Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) when she was a stripper and falling in love with her, the never-ending struggle between the Newman and Abbot families, a modern-day Montague and Capulet story; and the latest twist in his wild life, going to prison for hiring a look-alike to take over his rival’s life!

Watch the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony

The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday night was not broadcast or streamed live but you can now watch it online.

Click here for a complete list of winners.

43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners: 'General Hospital' Named Outstanding Drama Series

Executive producer Frank Valentini accepted the Outstanding
Drama Series award for General Hospital.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) revealed the winners of the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in a grand gala held Sunday at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in downtown Los Angeles, CA. General Hospital was named Outstanding Drama Series. Tyler Christopher, who plays Nikolas on the ABC soap opera, and Bryan Craig, who plays Morgan, took home the prizes for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Younger Actor respectively. Sean Blakemore, who played Shawn, won for Outstanding Supporting Actor. The show was also honored with the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team.

Mary Beth Evans, Kayla on Days of our Lives, earned the accolade of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and her co-star True O'Brien, who played Paige, won for Outstanding Younger Actress. Former The Young and the Restless cast member Jessica Collins won for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

The Bold and the Beautiful picked up the Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for Obba Babatunde and Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team.

"We are thrilled to be saluting the best and brightest in what has been a fantastic year for Daytime television," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "We are blessed with an embarrassment of outstanding nominees and none could shine brighter than this years Lifetime Achievement honoree, Sonia Manzano. Over the last forty-plus-years, we, and many of our children, have followed her iconic journey as "Maria" on Sesame Street and the National Academy is thrilled to be able to salute her tonight for her extraordinary achievement."

Below is a complete list of winners:

Outstanding Drama Series: General Hospital

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Tyler Christopher, General Hospital

The Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony Is Not Being Televised Live, Will Be Posted Online Monday

We Love Soaps has received a number of inquiries this weekend from soap opera fans who want to know where they can watch tonight's 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony. You might have seen the recent announcement about the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) teaming with the live-streaming channel, Parachute TV, to bring Daytime Emmys red carpet coverage to fans as well as backstage access. That is indeed happening today, with the red carpet scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.   Be sure to follow Parachute TV on Periscope and Twitter. You'll also want to keep tabs on the official Daytime Emmys Facebook page.

Sadly, the actual ceremony will not be broadcast live on TV or the Web.

As a daytime fan who also happens to produce an annual awards show (the Indie Series Awards!), it's difficult to understand why NATAS failed to secure a streaming partnership.   Perhaps they felt there wasn't enough time, resources or money to put on a broadcast quality streaming event to the level they envisioned?   Since I didn't travel from New York to Los Angeles this year, I would have personally appreciated the opportunity to watch "live" even if the stream consisted of a single camera pointed toward the stage.  I'm sure there are many fans who would also be happy to see their favorites possibly win an Emmy.  The flip side of that argument, I suppose, is if NATAS streamed a less than "awards show worthy" telecast, many critics and fans would likely be just as unhappy about the lack of productions values as I would be thrilled to see the ceremony at all.

Having just gone through this process myself with last month's ISAs, I can tell you that it's not that hard to live-stream an event.  Sure, if you are trying to reproduce the Oscars with 20 or more cameras and complicated technical direction it becomes exponentially harder, but a 3 camera setup (with 1 camera used for audience reaction) is pretty simple.  NATAS could have easily found a streaming partner that could have brought the ceremony to a worldwide audience online.  The ISAs partnered with AfterBuzz TV, and they did a great job with our stream.

I guess the question is: Are you like me and would rather see the Daytime Emmys ceremony live, even if means the production is scaled down with less cameras and shots, or would you rather the event not be streamed at all unless it is produced at the highest possible level?

I've heard rumblings today that the ceremony would show up online on Monday, but that is 100% rumor at this point unconfirmed by NATAS.  That would be great news for fans if it actually happens but I'm struggling to think of a good reason the Daytime Emmys can't be streamed if someone is shooting the ceremony.  Obviously there is a lot more that went into the decision than we know.

Having said all that, I want to give kudos to NATAS and Parachute TV for the Periscope broadcasts at Friday night's Creative Arts Emmys.  Being able to actually watch that ceremony and the backstage interviews live was a step up compared to what was available in the past.  Hopefully the backstage Periscope interviews today will add an exciting new dimension to the Daytime Emmys.

After you watch the red carpet on Periscope from 5 to 8 p.m. ET, the best place to get information about what's happening at the ceremony (8 to 10 p.m. ET) and who's winning is probably Twitter. Be sure to follow the #DaytimeEmmys hashtag.

This post will be updated if any new information arises today.

NATAS has confirmed they plan to record the ceremony and post it Monday on its website (

Daytime Ratings: 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Days of our Lives' Hit New Lows in Women 18-49 Demo

The Live + Same Day daytime ratings are in for April 18-22, 2016. According to Nielsen, The Young and the Restless was only watched by 600,000 women 18-49 years old, a new all-time low in that demographic. Days of our Lives also hit a new record low of 384,000.

Below is a breakdown of the daytime Nielsen ratings for the soaps by category:

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 4,703,000 (-242,000/-182,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,751,000 (-200,000/+106,000)
3. General Hospital 2,785,000 (-31,000/-30,000)
4. Days of our Lives 2,248,000 (+10,000/-36,000)