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Emmy Nominations

Posted in News with tags on May 14, 2009 by Jeff

emmyThe initial major nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning on the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.  Jessica Shaw, Entertainment Weekly‘s senior writer, announced the nominees.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series: All My Children (ABC); The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS); Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Actress: Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless, CBS);  Susan Flannery (The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS); Susan Haskell (One Life to Live, ABC); Debbi Morgan (All My Children, ABC); Maura West (As the World Turns, CBS)

Outstanding Actor: Daniel Cosgrove (Guiding Light, CBS); Anthony Geary (General Hospital, ABC); Thorsten Kaye (All My Children, ABC); Christian J. LeBlanc (The Young and the Restless, CBS); Peter Reckell (Days of Our Lives, NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Tamara Braun (Days of Our Lives, NBC); Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children, ABC); Alicia Mishew (All My Children, ABC); Julie Pinson (As the World Turns, CBS); Bree Williamson (One Life to Live, ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Bradford Anderson (General Hospital, ABC); Jeff Branson (Guiding Light, CBS); Van Hansis (As the World Turns, CBS); Vincent Irrizary (All My Children, ABC); Jacob Young (All My Children, ABC)

Outstanding Writing Team: All My Children (ABC); The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS); General Hospital (ABC);  One Life to Live (ABC)

Outstanding Directing Team: All My Children (ABC); Days of Our Lives (NBC); One Life to Live (ABC)

THE GOOD: It’s nice to see Peter Reckell recognized after so many years in daytime.  Julie Pinson and Melissa Claire Egan were both stand-outs this year, and it’s refreshing to see them on the list.

THE BAD: No Judith Chapman? No Gina Tognoni? No Kim Zimmer? No Crystal Chappel? No Ted Shackelford?

THE UGLY: I don’t mean to put a damper on many of the well-deserved nominations, however, it must be asked:

Is the Academy so angry with CBS for deciding not to air the awards that they snubbed The Young and the Restless? Y&R, clearly the best drama on daytime television, wasn’t nominated for best series, best writing, or best directing and only has a handful of acting nominees. This is simply bizarre. And that, my friends, is just another example of why the Emmys lose respect, ratings, and prestige year after year.

Maybe next year the show won’t be aired at all. Maybe next year some of the daytime bloggers will unite and create a fair and unbiased new award to honor the best in daytime.

We can only hope.

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Remembering Santa Barbara (Premiere Episode Included)

Posted in Gone Too Soon on May 12, 2009 by Jeff

santa_barbara_aAfter cancelling both Texas and The Doctors at the end of 1982, NBC decided to start another soap.  The network turned to Bridget and Jerome Dobson, who had done great work on both Guiding Light and As the World Turns.  The Dobsons created a soap that both sweeping and satirical, and managed to effortlessly balance romance and humor.  Santa Barbara started off with a five year old murder mystery (which took several more years to solve) and starred a young Robin Wright.  

It was, however, the pairing of Marcy Walker (Eden) and A Martinez (Cruz) that made Santa Barbara soar in popularity.  For most of the show’s run, the love story of Cruz and Eden played out on the front burner.  Other fan favorites included Nancy Lee Grahn and Lane Davies as Julia and Mason; Nicolas Coster and Louise Sorel as Lionel and Augusta Lockridge; and Robin Mattson and Justin Deas as the villainous  Gina and Keith.  The show won cartloads of Emmys and was a ratings sensation in Europe, but never earned decent ratings in the United States.  

In the late 1980’s, the Dobsons were notoriously locked out of their offices and replaced by head writer Ann Howard Bailey and executive procuder Jill Farren Phelps.  After many changes in writers and producers, the show started to balance out again with headwriter Pam Long and executive producer Paul Rauch.  Unfortunately, NBC pulled the plug on the show and Santa Barbara last aired on January 15, 1993.

In honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the show’s debut, here is the premiere episode of Santa Barbara:

 

Texas: How it Ended

Posted in Gone Too Soon with tags on May 1, 2009 by Jeff

December 31, 1982