As the popularity of soap operas fell in recent years (shown by decreased ratings and the cancelation of several sudsers, leaving only “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” and “General Hospital” on the air), the Daytime Emmy Awards shifted to keep up: Gone were the beloved clips showcasing the nominated actors’ work and the majority of the show celebrating daytime dramas, in were more moments involving morning, talk, game and cooking shows. And rumor had it that the Emmys would become even less soap-centric as the years went on. But according to the Daytime Emmys’ senior executive director, David Michaels, though this year’s program has not yet been set, he’s sure the ceremony will keep soaps front and center, right where they belong!
“The daytime fan base comes from all genres,” he tells Variety. “We have a Facebook page, and it’s not just the soap fans. The games and the talk shows have some pretty rabid fans, too. But there’s no fans like soap fans.”
With almost 30 years of memories to pull from, “The Young and Restless’” Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore) can’t be forced to name her favorite “Y&R” moment. Because, as she so aptly puts it, “There have been so many!” But as she celebrates being back on contract with the show (something she’s been on again/off again since she started back in 1983), she’s thrilled to be playing out what she thinks is one of Lauren’s greatest story arcs yet.
Looking at how daytime television has become the pre-primtime of the entertainment landscape in more ways than one, Variety.com, now part of Penske Business Media, LLC (owners of Deadline.com and TVLine.com), has highlighted several of daytime’s biggest stars in front of and behind the scenes who help make the daily drama, the fun & games and the topics of discussion millions of viewers tune into each and every weekday. Those featured in the article include Angelica McDaniel (Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime), Frank Valentini (Executive Producer, “General Hospital”) Kelly Ripa (Tak Show Host, “Live with Kelly and Michael”; ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos, “All My Children”), Heather Tom (Katie Spencer, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Katie Couric (Talk Show Host, “Katie”), Judge Judy Sheindlin (Judge, “Judge Judy”), Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly (Co-Hosts, “The Chew”) and many more.
CBS has announced that Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman, “The Young and the Restless”) and a number of your favorite daytime stars will be taking part, for the first time, in #CBSTweetWeek, where fans will have direct access to top talent from their favorite CBS programming (primetime, daytime, sports or otherwise).
As previously reported, cast members from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” appeared on yesterday’s edition of “Marie.” In honor of the soaps 40th anniversary, the Marie Osmond hosted talker paid tribute to the memory of “Y&R” co-creator and head writer, William J. Bell, and highlighted the longest-running feud in daytime soap history – Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton).
As “General Hospital’s” 50th anniversary celebration kicks into high gear this week with a very special episode airing Tuesday, April 2 (episode was originally scheduled to air on Monday, April 1 as the 50th anniversary celebratory episode), fans will have no chance of avoiding the cast of the series as they grace your TV screens in more ways than one.
With just 28 days left before the launch of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on Hulu and Hulu Plus, fans can now get themselves prepared for the iTunes launch of their favorite TOLN soaps. Just a short time ago iTunes released its first teaser of the soaps as the cast responds to their super glamorous photo shoot. Per the description, “the full casts of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ come together for their first photo shoot. Watch interviews with your favorite actors, and meet the electrifying new stars.”
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is heading to the prom on tonight’s 2-hour performance edition of America’s favorite dance competition series. Also expected to attend are Ingo Rademacher‘s “General Hospital” leading ladies Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett) and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks).
CBS announced today that “The Bold and the Beautiful” will be offering fans the first ever synced second-screen experience as they watch the soap on TV and learn more about the soap via their iPad’s via the recently released CBS App from the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad.
“The release of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ synched second screen app is exciting news for CBS Daytime and our audience,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “The app marks a first for any daytime television program on network TV and most importantly enhances our fans’ TV-viewing experience, offering them a deeper connection with the characters and content of each episode.”
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“THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” LAUNCHES “WATCH AND WIN” SWEEPSTAKES OFFERING FANS
CHANCE TO WIN ALL-EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO MONTE CARLO
Attend a Star-Studded Gala Celebrating Show’s 40th Anniversary
And Join Cast Members for a Special Meet-and-Greet
LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2013 – Are you the biggest fan of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS? If so, you could be on your way to Monte Carlo, where you’d mingle with cast members in a special gala celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary.
Daytime’s #1 drama today launches a unique “watch and win” sweepstakes: Viewers simply watch THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, then go to a special 40th anniversary Y&R Monte Carlo website at cbs.com/yrMonteCarlo to answer a trivia question.
If they answer it correctly, fans have a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Monte Carlo, where they could attend a star-studded exclusive Y&R 40th Gala Party and also chat with cast members at a special meet-and-greet event.
The contest is open until April 21 and is the latest in a series of celebrations surrounding the show’s 40th anniversary. One entry per correct answer for a maximum of 15 entries per person.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal U.S. residents at least 18 or age of majority, whichever is older, at time of entry. Contest ends on April 21, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. See full rules at cbs.com/yrMonteCarlo.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 24 consecutive years. The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 26 consecutive years, featuring a lineup that is a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The network’s daytime lineup includes television’s #1 daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE TALK, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.