Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Daytime Emmy Nominations: 'Days of our Lives' Leads Daytime Dramas, 'Giants' Tops Digital


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 3, 2019. The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations were revealed today on the Emmy Award-winning show The Talk on CBS.

“We are very excited today to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” said, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). “We look forward to a grand celebration honoring the best of Daytime television both in front of the camera and behind as we return for the third year in a row to the classic Pasadena Civic Auditorium.”

“The incredible level of talent and craft reflected in our nominees continues to show the growing impact of Daytime television and the incredible diversity of programming the viewing audience has to choose from,” said, Executive Director, Daytime, Brent Stanton. “With the help of some outstanding new additions to our staff, Rachel Schwartz and Lisa Armstrong, and the continued support of Luke Smith and Christine Chin, we have handled another record-breaking number of entries this year. Many thanks to our hundreds of great judges, who through their hard work and dedication, have come up with a stellar list of nominees that exemplify the best in Daytime!”

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2018 calendar year.

The 46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Gala honors the more than 70 craft & program categories behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre.

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Both of this year’s shows will be led by Executive Producer, David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS) and Executive Producer, David Parks, Ignition Entertainment.

Check out the complete list of nominees below.

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful CBS
Days of Our Lives NBC
General Hospital ABC
The Young and the Restless CBS

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series
After Forever Amazon Prime Video
The Bay The Series Amazon Prime Video
Giants YouTube.com
The New 30 YouTube.com
Youth & Consequences YouTube Premium

Today in Soap Opera History (March 20)

1953: Love of Life's Vaness waited for news about Beanie.
1987: ATWT's John pulled Lucinda into a hot tub, then married her.
1987: CBS aired the final episode of Capitol.
1990: General Hospital's Lucy resigned from the hospital.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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.

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1942: NBC's Blue Network aired the final episode of radio soap opera John's Other Wife, after a five and a half year run.

1953: On Love of Life, with Beaning (Dennis Parnell) missing, a tense Meg Harper (Jean McBride) complained that her sister, Vanessa Dale (Peggy McCay), was snapping at her "like a snotty little puppy."

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sneak Peak of New Jamey Giddens Soap 'Ambitions'


"Lovers, competitors, enemies, friends, scandal, and that's just for starters," teases Robin Givens in a new first look video for Ambitions, the upcoming primetime soap opera created by Indie Series Award nominated writer Jamey Giddens. Givens stars as Stephanie Lancaster in the OWN series, which premieres in June. Check out the preview below.

Kristoff St. John Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Heart Disease


Kristoff St. John died from heart disease, and accidental alcohol overdose, according to a report from the L.A. coroner's office.

The Young and the Restless star's official cause of death is listed as hypertrophic heart disease and is categorized as accidental, according to the report obtained by TMZ. The disease makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and often goes undiagnosed.

The 52-year-old actor was found dead last month at his home in the San Fernando Valley. Law enforcement sources say one of the actor's friends went to check on him and found his body. Police and paramedics responded, and we're told Kristoff was pronounced dead on the scene.

A source close to St. John tells TMZ the actor checked himself into UCLA Medical Center in January for depression issues, and he had just been released a few days before his death. His depression was partially linked to his son, Julian's suicide in 2014. It also seems to be the likely trigger for St. John's heavy drinking at the time of his death.

Around the 3-year anniversary of Julian's suicide in 2017, St. John allegedly threatened to take his own life with a gun, and cops placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

Victoria Rowell, Shemar Moore & Mishael Morgan Returning to 'Young and the Restless' for Kristoff St. John Tribute


Three former cast members will return to The Young and the Restless to help say goodbye to longtime star Kristoff St. John, who died on February 4 at the age of 52.

Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) and Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis Winters) will participate in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama to pay final respects to St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991. According to EW, Moore will reprise his role as Neil’s brother for two episodes airing April 25-26, while Rowell and Morgan will appear as themselves in a special tribute episode on April 29. The latter will include former and current cast members sharing memories of St. John and will also feature clips of St. John's most memorable moments.

Moore made his last appearance on Y&R as Neil's brother in September 2014. Rowell's Drucilla was a fan favorite from 1990-2007. Morgan played Hilary Curtis from 2013-18.

The Y&R plot line will address St. John’s passing beginning April 23. Genoa City learns of the unexpected death of Neil, so family and friends gather to remember their beloved father, colleague, brother, and friend. The story will continue through the remainder of the week.

“We all miss Kristoff immensely and are understandably still in a bit of shock,” says executive producer Anthony Morina to EW. “Our hope is that this storyline and tribute episode airing in April will honor the legendary character Kristoff helped create, and provide our audience with the opportunity to say a meaningful goodbye to Neil Winters.”

Today in Soap Opera History (March 19)

1979: Another World's Alice wasn't sure she should marry Dan.
1979: Guiding Light's newly arrived Ross rook Roger's case.
1990: General Hospital's "Duke" died in Anna's arms.
2004: All My Children's Bianca gave birth to Miranda.
"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."
― Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) was shot in the shoulder after a struggling over a gun with her prison guard (Howard Honig). Peter Bradford (Roger Davis) and Victoria attempted to leave the jail.