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Errol Lewis is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Soap Opera Network.
On Tuesday, June 24, Genoa City said hello again to a familiar name with a new face. On that day, daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins took over the role of Billy Abbott on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" from David Tom, who himself succeeded three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actor Billy Miller in the popular role, but how did Jenkins land himself on daytime's most watched drama series? "My management called me and they were talking to me about this role, and when they sent me the breakdown on the character, I just fell in love. I absolutely fell in love with Billy," said Jenkins when Soap Opera Network spoke with the actor in the gifting suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA as part of Daytime Emmy weekend. "There's not a whole lot of characters you see that are so multi-layered and interesting that way. I had a chance to meet with the producers to discuss the character and the show, and it just seemed like a good fit," added Jenkins, who noted that the conversation he had with producers on the character helped give him something to dig into before the cameras began to roll.
After nearly a year in a coma, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" will once again say hello to Phyllis Summers when daytime veteran Gina Tognoni takes over the role beginning Monday, August 11, Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively. In our tribute to the character as she gets ready to wake up for the first time in the coming weeks, we take a look back at what Phyllis has missed while she was sleeping, including what former loves Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow) have been up to since last seeing their favorite feisty redhead.

DAYTIME EMMYS: LIVE Blogging 41st Online Telecast

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Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:07 PM EDT
Kathy Griffin, who is hosting this year's kudocast, opened the show telling everyone to "work bitch" with music set to Britney Spears' song of the same now, proving cursing is okay for an online telecast not needing commercials. She added an "F" bomb soon after that. Kathy also talked about how crappy last year's awards was.
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Michael Baldwin on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for the fifth time, Christian Jules Le Blanc, a native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, goes into tonight's ceremony with a career total of nine nominations under his belt (the aforementioned five for lead actor and four for supporting actor) with three wins in 2005, 2007 and 2009 in the lead category.
On Friday, June 20, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented "The 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards," which honors the behind the scenes creative minds that bring daytime programs to television screens each and every day.David Michaels opened the show and talked about the how the creatives this year had record attendance. June Lockhart helped open the show with a musical montage of daytime programming set to music by Pharrell Williams' Oscar nominated "Happy." A clip of Lockhart from her time on "General Hospital" was also shown. The clip was from the early 90s when she appeared in scenes with Kristina Wagner and Jacklyn Zeman."The Better Show" hosts Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe, "All My Children") and JD Roberto presented three awards: Outstanding Directing in a Children's series, which went to Sesame Street and Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Morning Program, which went to "The Dr....

DAYTIME EMMYS: Telecast Presenters Announced

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Friday, June 20, 2014 4:28 PM EDT
As previously reported, "The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" will air live exclusively on the internet for the first time on Sunday, June 22 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. While you get yourself prepared to watch daytime's biggest night online, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the presenter lineup for the telecast, which includes several of daytime's biggest names from soap operas, talk shows and game shows, among many other genres airing during the daypart.
She's nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Kristen DiMera on NBC's "Days of our Lives," and to celebrate Eileen Davidson will appear on the Thursday, June 19 edition of Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family." During her taped appearance, Davidson talks with hosts Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare about her nomination, her brief return to "DAYS' and recently signing a contract with CBS' "The Young and the Restless," where she's portrayed the popular role of Ashley Abbott off and on since 1982. She also reveals that the length of her contract with "Y&R," which includes the ability to appear on "DAYS" from time to time as well, is for two years. Both soaps are owned and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

DAYTIME EMMYS: Red Carpet/Social Media Hosts Named

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT
As previously reported on Friday, June 6, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences issued a casting call for hosts of its red carpet/social media presentation set to air preceding "The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" on Sunday, June 22. The program will be executive produced by Paul Colichman and Stephen Jarchow of Here Media. Today, NATAS announced that they have hired social media experts Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette.