The official Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were announced earlier today, and fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may have noticed something peculiar: Both online versions of the shows were much less represented than their network counterparts.
Despite the National Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences declaring last October that the web sudsers were eligible to compete against “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital,” only four actors are on the list: Oustanding Younger Actress pre-nominees Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning, “OLTL”) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery, “AMC”) and Outstanding Younger Actor pre-nominees Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King, “OLTL”) and Eric Nelson (AJ Chandler, “AMC”).
Fans of “One Life to Live’s” Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) were thrilled when she was cast as Candace Young on OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” but the actress recently revealed on “The Tyler Perry Show” that she almost didn’t accept the role — until Oprah Winfrey herself got on the phone! But how did the conversation go down?
When writer/director/producer Tyler Perry was casting for the series, which explores the complicated relationship between the wealthy Cryer family and their hired help, he immediately had Sumpter in mind. He’d worked with the “OLTL” and “Gossip Girl” actress on his film, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” and asked her if she’s join “The Haves and Have Nots.” Surprisingly, Sumpter didn’t greet the invitation with an immediate yes, and it took two calls from Oprah to convince her to take the role. To find out how that went down, watch the fun clip after the jump!
Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.
All entrants that submitted this year were judged by their peers via an online ballot. Eligible judges viewed clips containing work of each performer and were required to select their top 10 performer choices. In the case of the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, there were ties this year that resulted in more than 10 pre-nominees.
The candidates below will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which will determine both nominees and recipients. The final nominations will be announced May 1.
In response to rampant rumors that she will soon be joining the cast of “General Hospital” in the role of Nina, the comatose wife of Michael Easton‘s Silas Clay, Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless”) has taken to social media to dispel said rumors. The actress tweeted last night, “I want u all to remember as u drift off to sleep…people who start rumors have super little pee pees…,” before wishing her fans and followers a good night’s sleep. Previously, a rep for the ABC Daytime drama series issued a “no comment” to Soap Opera Network when contacted.
Playboy may have found popularity by publishing risqué photos of women, but as the old excuse goes, some people actually read it “for the articles.” And those who picked up the March 2014 issue of the popular mag for reading purposes only were in for a lovely daytime related surprise: The publication stripped down popular primetime series made predominately for a male audience and declares they’re exactly like “The Bold and the Beautiful,” The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” and “Days of our Lives” — with a manly twist.
Former “One Life to Live” actor Roger Hill, who played Alex Lowndes, has died.
According to reports, the 65-year-old actor passed away on Thursday, February 20 in New York City. Having spent most of his career in theater, the Bronx native is also known for his role as gang lord Cyrus in the film “Warriors,” and Chingachgook in the TV mini-series “The Leatherstocking Tales.” Soap opera fans, however, most remember him as Llanview’s Alex, which he played in the early 80s.
Hill is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.
Good news Kirsten Storms fans: The actress will be back filming as “General Hospital’s” Maxie Jones very soon!
Storms, who is currently on maternity leave enjoying the new daughter she shares with husband Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara), took to Twitter to announce that she’ll be back to work next week!
“Just spoke with [executive producer] @valentinifrak,” she wrote. “Very excited to return to work next week. I wonder what Maxie has been up to on her vacation…”
Storms gave birth to baby Harper Rose on January 7 of this year. She is the couple’s first child together.
Former “The Young and the Restless” star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) repeatedly told reporters that she was walking away from her popular daytime role to pursue other projects, and rumors are swirling that her next gig might be over at “General Hospital!”
Rumors have been swirling that “Days of our Lives’” star John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) is ready to retire from the sudser, but it seems fans can rest easy, as the actor himself has addressed whether he’ll stay or whether he’ll go!
When Soap Opera Digest asked whether or not he does intend to leave, the actor answered in his typical joking fashion: “Well, I am lost in the building, so I might as well stay!”
Aniston, who’s the real life father of actress Jennifer Aniston, joined the NBC soap in 1985.
Melody Thomas Scott may be celebrating her 35th anniversary as “The Young and the Restless’” Nikki Newman, but that doesn’t mean her Genoa City alter ego is the only acting challenge on her plate: She’s booked a guest starring role on CBS’s “The Crazy Ones!” And guess what? The Los Angeles native will be playing a boozy librarian — which won’t be a far stretch, considering Nikki is a recovering alcoholic!