Ron Tom/ABC Family

Ron Tom/ABC Family

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

To coincide with the season five premiere of “Pretty Little Liars,” which aired on Tuesday, June 10, ABC Family’s Tom Ascheim, president, ABC Family, and Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, announced earlier this week that the network has picked up the widely popular series for a sixth and seventh season. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television.

“’Pretty Little Liars’ has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” said Ascheim. “I am glad to bring another two seasons to our audience because ‘A’ has a lot in store for our Liars.”

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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

Although CBS is not broadcasting the awards itself this year, the network announced today that it’ll celebrate “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” with six days of Twitter chats with several of its stars, producers and executives from CBS Daytime’s “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Talk,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right.” The chats will take place every weekday beginning Friday, June 13 and running through Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.

While he isn’t nominated for an Emmy this year, “B&B’s” Sean Kanan kicks things off beginning tomorrow, June 13, which also happens to coincide with his return to the world’s most watched daytime soap opera when his character Deacon Sharpe reunites with his daughter, Hope Logan (Kim Matula). Also taking part in Twitter chats are “Y&R’s” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) and Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), “B&B’s” Heather Tom (Katie Logan) and Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), “Deal” model Tiffany Coyne, “Price” executive producer Mike Richards and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President, Angelica McDaniel. “Talk” hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood will jump-start Daytime Emmy Week with a live group chat on Monday, June 16.

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Chris Barnes/OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

On On Sunday, June 15, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network presents an all-new episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” featuring several former daytime and primetime soap stars, along with Candy Spelling, the family matriarch famous for her 38-year marriage to legendary mega-producer Aaron Spelling, and who recently made headlines for her public feuds with daughter Tori. Spelling will be joined by “Knots Landing” veterans Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills and former “General Hospital” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” hunk Antonio Sabato Jr.

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Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

Denis Guignebourg/JPI Studios

As expected, on Wednesday, June 11, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” took home its ninth consecutive Golden Nymph at the International TV Audience Awards during the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monte Carlo. The soap won in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category.

“B&B” executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell and cast members Kim Matula (Hope Logan), Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester) accepted the award on stage at the Closing Awards Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo.

The International TV Audience Awards are determined by the sum of ratings across five continents and 66 countries as measured by Médiamétrie and Eurodata TV Worldwide. The win signifies that “B&B” delivered higher ratings worldwide in 2013 than any other telenovela or daily drama series. Created by Médiamétrie, Eurodata TV Worldwide distributes programming and audience information, based on its partnership with the national institutes operating people meter systems throughout the world.

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Alexx Henry Studios; LLC/Jeremy Lee

On the Wednesday, June 11 edition of the Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare hosted “Home & Family,” “The Young and the Restless’” Jessica Collins (Avery Bailey Clark) stopped by to share her personal touch on how easy it is to make a Blueberry Cobbler, while also revealing details of a recent scary fan encounter. Per Collins, a fan of “Y&R” loose on the actress while she was sharing personal time with her real-life mother, Ilene, about every little thing that her character on the CBS soap had done. Collins also revealed that she has a love scene ritual, which is to always shake hands with her scene partner “when we’re done with our hot steamy love scenes.”

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

After announcing plans to stream “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” for the first time online on Sunday, June 22, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has updated daytimeemmys.net for a user friendly experience.

The update follows several iterations of the webpage going from a stage of “coming soon,” to requiring user authentication (via username/password), and finally a 403 Forbidden page. This of course was clearly due to the site currently being constructed in preparation for daytime’s biggest night. In a banner posted on the current design of the page (shown above), however, two things stand out.

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 James DePietro Photography

James DePietro Photography

Actor Robert Gant (“Queer as Folk”) is set to reprise the role of David Sherman, the son of longtime Chancellor lawyer Mitchell Sherman (William Wintersole), for mutliple episodes on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” beginning next month, reports Soap Opera Digest.

Per the publication, Gant, who first appeared last fall following the reading of Katherine Chancellor’s will, finds his character returning to Genoa City in a major storyline involving the Newman clan.

Look for Gant on “Y&R” beginning Friday, July 11.


Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel

On today’s edition of Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family,” hosted by Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare, “Days of our Lives’” Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) stopped by to discuss her new book, “Scared Scriptless,” and her decision to depart the daytime drama series after more than 21 years.

“I’ve been working with the crew and cast of ‘Days of our Lives’ since I was 16 years old. It was really hard to decide to move on, and then it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to tell people about it,” said Sweeney about her decision to leave the soap. “I had prepared for myself to be emotional, because I know I feel that way about everybody, I didn’t realize that everyone else would have the same level of emotion.”

ALSO READ: Alison Sweeney Talks About Her New Book and ‘DAYS’ Exit

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David Michaels

Courtesy of David Michaels

On Thursday, June 5, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), which oversees the Daytime Emmy® Awards, announced that on Sunday, June 22, its presentation of “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” will mark the first time the organization will have presented the awards show exclusively online as a live stream. This follows NATAS being unable to secure a television deal for daytime’s biggest night.

In an interview with Soaps In Depth, David Michaels, Senior Executive Director and Co-Executive Producer of the awards, answered several of the most burning questions fans and many in the industry wanted answered, including how streaming online will allow the awards show to air for a full two hour period, sans commercial interruption, rumors of the Daytime Emmys airing on TVGN, and the return of show clips.

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A hero will fall.

His life on the line and his attacker goes on the run…

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CBS

CBS

CBS

On today’s episode of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell) admitted to friend Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) that she’s looking forward to a bright future ahead for her and her husband, Paul Williams (Doug Davidson), which includes the possibility of her having a baby with Genoa City’s top cop. “It used to be all about my career, getting ahead and proving myself, but once I married Paul, things changed. I want us to create something together. A testament to our love… I just hope it’s not too late!”

Fans of daytime drama won’t be surprised to learn that Christine’s comments may be foreshadowing of what’s about to go down very soon across town.

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