Daytime Emmy Nominations are in!

Congratulations to all nominees for the 2009 Daytime Emmys.  Here’s a list for the major categories so far.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
ALL MY CHILDREN
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
ALL MY CHILDREN
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
ONE LIFE TO LIVE

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM
ALL MY CHILDREN
GENERAL HOSPITAL
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) – ABC
Maura West (Carly, ATWT) – CBS
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B) – CBS
Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL) – ABC
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R) – CBS

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC) – ABC
Peter Reckell (Bo, DAYS) – NBC
Anthony Geary (Luke, GH) – ABC
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, GL) – CBS
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) – CBS

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC) – ABC
Alicia Mishew (Kendall, AMC) – ABC
Julie Pinson (Janet, ATWT) – CBS
Tamara Braun (Ava, DAYS) – NBC
Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL) – ABC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Vincent Irrizary (David, AMC) – ABC
Jacob Young (JR, AMC)- ABC
Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT) – CBS
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) – ABC
Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL) – CBS

FINALLY Alicia Minshew gets an Emmy nod! After being pre-nominated year after year, it’s about time she gets the recognition she deserves! Darnell Williams deserved a nod for Best Actor, though.  His talents and Debbi Morgan’s talents go hand in hand.

Liz Hendrickson – Lessons Learned

Last month, the first annual Rock the Soap Cruise set sail on its maiden voyage. Aboard this event were a plethora of soap stars, a majority from ABC and CBS, such as Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT), Melissa Clare Egan (Annie, AMC), Aiden Turner (Aidan, AMC) and many more.

Damon L. Jacobs from Marlena De Lacroix.com had the opportunity to interview one of the stars aboard, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R). Elizabeth shared her experiences and the lessons she has learned from her time on AMC as Frankie and Maggie, and as well as what she has learned and is continuing to learn about herself as Chloe on Y&R.

Soap Shrink at Sea: On Deck with Elizabeth Hendrickson

What’s Wrong and Right with Soap Operas… Guiding Light

What’s wrong with Guiding Light is that the venerable 72-year old soap, which got its beginnings in radio before making the move to television in 1952, was recently canceled by CBS. Despite this sad and discouraging news, this show is currently what is right about the state of soap operas today. Incredibly well-written and amazingly well-acted, this is what soaps should strive to be, slices of daily life with fascinating, angsty, interesting, slightly out-there twists and turns thrown in for fun. It recently won Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Best Show in 2007, despite low ratings. You don’t see a different character dying every other day, flying off cliffs on motorcycles or being shot in the head in order to harvest organs for comatose spouses, young children aren’t needlessly put into dangerous situations, hospitalized with life-threatening viruses or kidnapped by crazed parents before being locked in a burning building and people don’t wear Armani and Prada to sit around the house. Tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and hurricanes don’t descend on the town on a daily basis so that supposedly tormented soulmates can have sex in a shed as the storm rages around them, and the fictional town of Springfield doesn’t lie conveniently equidistant to the beach, the mountains, New York City, Darfur and some island where everyone goes for a quickie divorce (and by quickie, I mean 2 hours from departure to return).

And despite having a time when GL attempted to keep up with the GH’s and AMC’s with some outlandish storylines (Reva’s cloning, anyone?) and ever declining ratings, the current regime has refocused the direction of the show with emphasis placed on the return of Phillip Spaulding (the fantastic Grant Aleksander) and the slowly burgeoning romance between Olivia Spencer (daytime powerhouse Crystal Chappell) and Natalia Rivera (daytime newcomer Jessica Leccia), affectionately nicknamed Otalia by their massive legion of fans. Unfortunately, like so many things that finally find their feet and begin to rebound time just ran out on the show. CBS had hinted to both viewers and Procter & Gamble Productions, which owns and produces the show along with As The World Turns, that GL would escape cancellation then inexplicably turned around and gave it the axe. Apparently there’s another talk show out there that just MUST see the light of day…

Luckily PGP is not ready to put GL to rest just yet and is looking into its options to keep this slice of television history on the air, whether taking the DirectTV route that Passions followed a few years ago, or making the jump to other mediums, like the Internet.

Whatever the outcome, I urge anyone who is a soap opera fan to search out this hidden gem and give it a try. It’s what soap operas were originally intended to be.

If you’re already a fan of Guiding Light, please let TPTB know how you feel about the cancellation. It’s never too late to save this show. Here’s a list of addresses:

Brian T. Cahill, Sr. V.P., Managing Director for TeleVest Daytime Programs
Procter & Gamble Productions c/o Televest
World Wide Plaza
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Greg Ross
Vice President, Media and Programming
Procter & Gamble
One Procter & Gamble Plaza
PO Box 599
Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-0599

Barbara Bloom, Sr. Vice President
CBS Daytime
7800 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Richard Mensing, Jr., Vice President
CBS Daytime
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Nancy Tellem, President
CBS Entertainment
7800 beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Leslie Moonves, President
CBS TV
7800 beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Executive Producer
Ellen Wheeler
C/O Guiding Light
CBS-TV
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Headwriters
Jill Lorie Hurst
C/O Guiding Light
CBS-TV
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Alan Lafley
CEO, Proctor and Gamble
1 P&G Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45201

The Press:
Soap Opera Digest

Carolyn Hinsey
Columnist, Soap Opera Digest
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Lynn Leahey
Editorial Director, Soap Opera Digest
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Stephanie Sloane
Editor, Soap Opera Digest
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Danielle McClure
GL Editor, Soap Opera Digest
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Soap Opera Weekly:

Lynn Leahey
Editorial Director, Soap Opera Weekly
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Mara Levinsky
Editor, Soap Opera Weekly
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Meredith Miller
GL Editor, Soap Opera Weekly
261 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

EMAIL

The Press

* Michael Logan at TV Guide
in care of Rich Sands… Rich.Sands@tvguide.com

* SOD Sound Off:
sodsound@sourceinterlink.com

sodopinion@aol.com

* SOW Public Opinion:
spwpubop@sourceinterlink.com

tellus@primedia.com

* SID
cbsmail@soapsindepth.com

Miscellaneous

Sarah Lee at Suite101.com
sarahlee22@juno.com

Sheri O’Shea on the New VR
latherup@thenewvr.com

Cast email addresses per GL Fan Club:

Cast emails

The phone numbers are:

Guiding Light- 866 – 695 – 1859

CBS in New york: (212) 975-4321
CBS NY–FAX: 212-975-4516
CBS in LA (Les Moonves): 213-852-2345

CBS Audience Services: 212-975-3247

E- Mail: audsvcs@cbs.com

Letter Rip: gl@cbs.com

Imaginary Bitches on the Silver Screen?

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Could it happen? Yes, it could! Andrew Miller revealed to Nelson Branco on the first annual Rock the Soaps Cruise that IB is getting the big screen treatment!

Miller told TVGuide.ca exclusively that his sensational web show, which recently won two Soap Opera Spirit Awards, will soon be hitting the big screen! “TeleFilm Canada is sponsoring and investing in the film version. We hope to shoot in Toronto,” he muses. While Imaginary shoots in Los Angeles, the proud Canadian says he’s always imagined the show’s location was Toronto.

I know I speak for many IB fans when I say Season 2 can’t come soon enough and we would love to see this in a theater near us… Just think of the IB peeps on the Red Carpet for the World Premiere, Fans of Bitches! Just. Think. About. It!

Until Season 2’s debut, remember you can catch Eden back on All My Children as Bianca Montgomery for at least a couple episodes coming up in late April. For more info, check 2 blogs down.

Thanks to Nelson Branco for breaking the news in his article on TVGuide.ca.

The 2009 Daytime Emmys will be broadcast on…

The CW Network – according to Daytime Confidential

Well, it’s no rumor that there have been talks of ABC and CBS not wanting to host the awards show. But the CW? Well, guess there were no other options left. NBC took themselves out of the running a few years ago.

Now, when will they be aired? August 31st, 2009. Yes, August 31st, when pre-nominations were just recently announced, the voting process for nominations has started and the list of nominees will be announced in May. Yet, the Daytime Emmys will be at the end of August. Couldn’t the CW find a slot for sometime in June? It’s not like they have that great quality programming going on anyway.

Ah well… looks to be another year where the ratings for the awards show itself will drop. Makes you wonder if Soapnet will still do their Red-Carpet show.

Eden Riegel Returns to All My Children on April 24

Several sites and publications are now reporting that Eden Riegel will be making the scheduled short-term return as Bianca Montgomery to All My Children beginning on April 24th. It’s been said that the appearance will last only 2 episodes (whew!) and that Bianca will be leaving the show with Tamara Braun’s Reese Williams. Eden stated in an earlier interview with Soap Opera Digest that “It’s going to end well for Reese and Bianca. Their love is real. I have hope.”

Um… okay… (I think Eden is one of a very few who feel that way…)

More recently, Tamara Braun stated in an Advocate.com interview that she “…was told* it would be a happy ending.”

I’ll be interested to see exactly what Charles Pratt and Brian Frons mean by “happy ending”. It’s already been apparent that re-writes have taken place with viewer uproar over the destruction of more than one character in this storyline, from Bianca and Reese to Kendall and Zach, including removing a second kiss between Reese and Zach, but pressing forward with the idiocy of having Kendall sleep with Ryan. And I’m not really clear on how a 2-episode appearance by Bianca can result in blissful happy ever after with a woman she hasn’t seen in a couple of months, who’s been supposedly “fighting for her” by living in ANOTHER COUNTRY. But we’ve all been witness to Charles Pratt’s sloppy, slapdash writing style with story conclusions occuring mere minutes after first appearing, so who’s to say what will happen? (I mean, I have my dreams for the ending of this storyline, but that’s another blog all together…)

I’ll be even more interested to be able to watch All My Children again, once this once-promising storyline is over and the principals have headed back to France.  Pratt had the chance to tell an incredible story here about same sex marriage and family. Instead, he chose to bugger it up by inserting a man into Bianca and Reese’s orbit, not only as the absurdly written “father” of their child, but as a ROMANTIC DISTRACTION for Reese, the newly minted lesbian. It became less about same-sex relationships and more about Pratt and Frons getting their jollies by watching two women making out before teasing at the possibility of some hetero action next.

I look forward to seeing Eden Riegel on my television again. There is that, at least.

-I make no apologies for my statements, but just to make clear, I am an Eden Riegel fan. I feel Eden was taken advantage of by TIIC at AMC because of her loyalty to the character of Bianca Montgomery and to her fans. This should have been Bianca’s story with Eden as it’s centerpiece, not the morass of ridiculous that it became… but that’s simply my opinion-

*emphasis added by me.

The Wedding of the Century…

(disclaimer – the contents of this particular blog are the opinions of the writer only. The views expressed in this blog are in NO WAY a reflection of the opinions of anyone else who writes articles on Soap Suds and Duds)

So, Bianca and Reese marry. They barely know each other, have a child together, Reese is in lust with Bianca’s brother-in-law, they’ve betrayed Bianca’s much-loved sister, and still, they marry…

They have the maturity level of two horny teenagers riding a hormonal wave of lust rather than two adult women making a loving and happy home for their children. You know, their newborn child and older daughter Miranda. Especially Miranda. Remember her? Bianca doesn’t. She’s become remarkably, incredibly selfish. They’re both self-centered, whiny brats, concerned about no one but themselves and their groundbreaking wedding. Not to mention that Bianca’s first born tends to be forgotten. A lot. Like, never mentioned when talking about their other child. As if she never existed…

Miranda’s been hanging out in the Martin attic, apparently…

And still they marry…

Is it just me or does anyone else find it incredibly ironic that the wedding takes place on Friday the 13th?

Anyway, following the wedding, things quickly fall apart for the happy couple. Or should I say things quickly fall apart for the moderately-okay-with-themselves-where-they-currently-are-in-their-lives couple. Ryan lets out a secret that sends Bianca into hiding at her mother’s with the kids in tow, then she just plain splits town on February 24th after apparently serving Reese with annulment papers, or after Reese gets annulment papers, or possibly before. Just know that Bianca heads back to Paris and Reese gets annulment papers but possibly not exactly in that order. Okay?

So, the first same-sex marriage in the history of daytime television quickly becomes the shortest same-sex marriage in the history of daytime television…

Well done, All My Children and Mr. Charles Pratt. Well done, indeed.

With Bianca’s departure comes the exit of Eden Riegel, the Daytime Emmy-award winning actor. Rumor has it she returns a couple months down the road to bring the storyline to a conclusion, with all parties saying that things work out well for Bianca and Reese.

Oh, rly?

If Bianca returns to Pine Valley and takes Reese back after Reese threatens to ruin the lives of both Kendall and Ryan, continues to sniff after Zach, conspires with Adam Chandler and basically makes herself a menace, then Bianca is the stupidest waste of oxygen on this big blue marble that’s hurtling through space.

But then again, this is the woman who forgave Babe for stealing her child for the better part of a year…

Wedding of the century, indeed…

Good thing it’s very early in the century, huh?

P.S. Thanks to my pals Phyl and Donna for their help and contributions to this therapeutic little piece…