Photo: “One Life to Live’s” popular ‘Kish’ storyline earns the soap a GLADD Media Award nomination, pitting it against three other daytime drama series.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS soaps compete for top honors.

“The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the organization’s website.  “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

 The nominees for outstanding achievement in a daily drama series are as follows:

  • All My Children, ABC
  • As the World Turns, CBS
  • Guiding Light, CBS
  • One Life to Live, ABC

The 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be handed out in New York City on March 13th, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 17th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza; and in San Francisco on June 5th at The Westin St. Francis. For the complete list of nominees visit http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/21/nominees.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com.  “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS.  Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.



The 41st NAACP Image Award Nominations

Photo: CBS Daytime leads the way with 6 NAACP Image Award nominations, compared with only 4 for ABC.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — African-American actors from the ABC and CBS serials compete for top honors.

“Established in 1967, at the height of the civil rights movement, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors,”  according to a press release. 

The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature, and motion pictures. The nominees for outstanding achievement in acting peformances in the daytime drama series categories are as follows:

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

  • Bryton James – Devon Hamilton on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
  • Cassius Willis – Gil Wallace on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
  • Cornelius Smith, Jr. – Frankie Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
  • Terrell Tilford – Greg Evans on “One Life To Live” (ABC)
  • Texas Battle – Marcus Walton on “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

  • Daphnee Duplaix – Rachel Gannon on “One Life to Live” (ABC)
  • Debbi Morgan – Angie Hubbard on “All My Children” (ABC)
  • Eva Marcille – Tyra Hamilton on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
  • Tatyana Ali – Roxanne on “The Young and The Restless” (CBS)
  • Tonya Lee Williams – Olivia Winters on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

 

In addition, several soap veterans were also earned nods in various categories.  Morgan Freeman(ex-Roy Bingham, “Another World”) was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the film “Invictus.” Lamman Rucker (ex-T. Marshall Travers, “As the World Turns;” ex-Garret Williams,  “All My Children”) is competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.”  Tichina Arnold (ex-Zena Brown, “Ryan’s Hope;” ex-Sharla Valentine, “All My Children”) is up for the award in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role on the  “Everybody Hates Chris.” And musician Mary J. Blige (who made appearances on “One Life to Live” in 2006 & 2008) is up for Outstanding Female Recording Artist.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “AMC,” “OLTL,” and “Y&R” also air Weeknights on SOAPnet. And “AMC” and “OLTL” are available for viewing anytime at ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.



The 62nd Annual DGA Award Nominees

Photo: CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” picks up two Director Guild of America Award nominations.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS serials compete for top directing honors.

In releasing the 62nd Annual Director Guild of America nominations, DGA President Taylor Hackford best described the director contribution to the production process, “directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television.” In 1991, the DGA began awarding directors of Daytime Serials. Michael Stich, a director for CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful,” earned the first win in the category. “One Life to Live” director Larry Carpenter earned last years win in the category. “The Young and the Restless” received two of the six nomination awarded this year. The nominees for outstanding achievement in direction of a Daytime Serial at the 62nd Annual DGA’s are as follows:

  • Casey Childs is nominated for the “All My Children” (ABC) episode titled “Bianca and Reese Get Married.” Childs team included Barbara M. Simmons, Anthony Pascarelli, Penny Bergman, Rusty Swope, Fritz Brekeller, Jennifer Minda, Marika Brancato. This is Childs’ fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for “AMC” “Episode #9669″ in 2007, “Episode #9297″ in 2006 and “Episode #7919″ in 2000.
  • Christopher Goutman is nominated for the “As the World Turns” (CBS) episode titled “Once Upon a Time.” Goutman’s team included Michael Kerner, Carol Sedwick, Nancy Barron, Jennifer Blood, Brett Hellman, Alexandra Verner Roalsvig and Jared Lynch. This is Mr. Goutman’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for “ATWT” “Episode #12971″ in 2007 “Episode #12,166″ in 2004, and “Episode #10,446″ in 1997.
  • Dean Lamont is nominated for “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) episode titled “Billy’s New Year’s Eve Revelation.” Lamont’s team included Marc Beruti, Christopher S. Mullen, Robbin Phillips, Thomas J. McDermott, Herbert A. Weaver Jr., Vanessa Androus and Erica Meyer. This is Lamont’s first DGA Award nomination.
  • William Ludel is nominated for the “General Hospital” (ABC) episode titled “Macho Men.” Ludel’s team included Christine Magarian-Ucar, Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Pete Fillmore, Dave Macleod, RC Cates, Craig McManus, Crystal Craft, Lisa Kaseff and Christine Cooper.This is Ludel’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He won DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for “GH” “Episode #9801″ in 2001 and “Episode #8248″ in 1995; Ludel’s last nomination was for “GH’s” “Luke in Purgatory” episode in 2008.
  • Sally McDonald is nominated for “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) episode titled “Six Minutes and Counting.” McDonald’s team included Marc Beruti, Christopher S. Mullen, Robbin Phillips, Herbert A. Weaver Jr., Thomas J. McDermott, Vanessa Androus, Erica Meyer and Nancy Ortenberg. This is McDonald’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category for “Y&R” “Episode # 7784″ in 2003 and “Episode # 6437″ in 1998.
  • Cynthia J. Popp is nominated for “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS) episode titled “Fashion Challenge Sabotage.” Popp’s team included Steven A. Wacker, Clyde A. Kaplan, Jennifer L. Howard, Catherine A. Sedwick, Laura L. Yale, Douglas J. Hayden, Lisa M. Winthur-Huston, and Barbara Roche. This is Popp’s first DGA Award nomination.

The 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner will be handed out on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. For the complete list of DGA nominees visit http://www.dga.org.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. “As the World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “AMC,” “GH” and “Y&R” also air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



The 2010 WGA Award Nominees

Photo: CBS’s “As The World Turns” was the 2009 Writers Guild of America Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Serial.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC and CBS serials compete for top writing honors.

Every year since 1949, The Writers Guild of America has awarded the best in scripted media. In 2010, writers will be rewarded for their work in movies (screenplays), television (primetime and daytime), radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation. For most of these categories, the WGA committee will just look at raw scripts in both choosing the nominees and picking the winners. Over the past several years, CBS’s “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless” have alternated WGA wins for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Serial  and are among the 2010 WGA nominees in the category. The 2010 WGA nominees for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Serial, which awards scripts that aired between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009, are as follows:

  • All My Children (ABC) Written by Jeff Beldner, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, Michelle Patrick, Charles Pratt, Jr., Rebecca Taylor, Tracey Thomson and Addie Walsh.
  • As the World Turns (CBS) Written by Peter Brash, Lisa Connor, Susan Dansby, Cheryl L. Davis, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield and Courtney Simon.
  • One Life to Live (ABC) Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Janet Iacobuzio, Frederick Johnson, Sharon Lennon, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles and Chris Van Etten.
  • The Young and the Restless (CBS) Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber, James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub and Teresa Zimmerman.

The actual episodes that were submitted for consideration for the four soaps are not known at the moment. Once we get those details, we’ll update the readers of Soap Opera Network.

The 2010 Writers Guild Awards will take place in Los Angeles and New York on February 20, 2010. For a complete list of the 2010 WGA Award nominees visit http://www.wga.org.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. “AMC,” “OLTL” and “Y&R” also air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Photo: ABC

Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest news on “All My Children’s” writing team scramble.

On Wednesday, January 20, ABC confirmed the news Soap Opera Network administrator Xavier Toups broke on Wednesday, January 13, David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are “All My Children’s” new Head Writing Team. This left a lot of fans a little bit concerned … and wondering what the news meant for esteemed, long-time “AMC” writer and current interim Associate Head Writer Lorraine Broderick.

Sources close to daytime serial website Daytime Confidential  have indicated that Broderick has indicated that her stay at “AMC” would not be a long-term situation. “AMC” star Susan Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since the show’s debut in 1970, seems to be indicating that may not be the case. MSN.com blogger and former Soap Opera Weekly reporter, Deanna Barnert, attended AFTRA and The Paley Center for Media’s welcome to Los Angeles soiree for “AMC” on Thursday, January 21, and reports that while praising the incoming Head Writing team, Lucci added that she was also “so thrilled [that] Lorraine Broderick and Kate Hall [would] remain with “AMC” in the writing group.”

As previously reported, Lorraine Broderick was a member of the “AMC” writing team from 1979 to 1991; she served as Associate Head Writer of the show from 1981 to 1991. In October 1995, Broderick returned to the ABC soap in the position of Head Writer. Despite three consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Series, Broderick was fired in December of 1997 due to falling ratings. The popular writer quietly returned to handle the ship in the wake of Charles Pratt, Jr.’s firing in November 2009.

ABC has been very quiet on the Lorraine Broderick front. SON will keep its readers up to date as this story continues to develop.

As for Kreizman and Swajeski, top honchos at “AMC,” as well as its star Lucci, tout Donna Swajeski’s discreet stint as an ABC Daytime Executive (Director of Daytime) as giving her a familiarity with Agnes Nixon, the serials creator, as well as with the classic formula of “AMC.” Swajeski clearly has an affinity for Nixon, the writer notes occasionally sitting in “AMC” story meetings “and marveling at how [Nixon] always went right to the heart of scenes. How [Nixon] brilliantly crafted the dreamers, the strivers, the connivers, the heroes — so that we loved everyone of them.” ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, meanwhile, dusted off his usual release for new Head Writers, noting that “David and Donna are the perfect team to bring new ideas to “AMC” while remaining true to its core by telling stories with a focus on the integrity of the show’s history, its characters and families on the canvas.”

Kreizman, who is barely off the Head Writer seat at CBS’s “As the World Turns,” and Swajeski may begin getting to work on “AMC” some time in February (with their first scripts airing some time this spring). SON will keep its readers up to date as more information becomes available.

For more on Kreizman and Swajeski’s credits, and a clue as to why fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the news of the hiring, follow this link: BREAKING NEWS: ‘AMC’ Hires Kreizman and Swajeski

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.


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  • Susan Lucci
  • AMC
  • David Kreizman
  • Donna Swajeski
  • Lorraine Broderick

    Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Photo: IMDb

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is going down, albeit not for long (we all know that!).

    “Generall Hospital” has cast the recurring role of Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh with actress Dahlia Salem, who begins taping on Thursday, January 28. According to sources, Walsh will represent the United States v. Sonny Corinthos, who is being prosecuted for the murder of Claudia Zacchara.

    Salem’s first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.

    You may have seen Salem in such primetime dramas as “CSI: MIami” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “ER” or even more recently in the ABC series “the forgotton,” but it was NBC’s defunct soap “Another World” where the actress got her start. From 1995-1998, she portrayed the role of Sofia Carlino.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


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    • CSI: Miami
    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • ER
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    • Mauurice Benard
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      Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:20 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Photo: Ron Tom/ABC

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) is having a little nightmare next month on “General Hospital” thanks to his mobster daddy, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), who shoots his son during the all important February Sweeps period.

      On Tuesday, February 2, fans will get a glimpse into a comatose Dante’s childhood when the character has a nightmare. Youngster Matthew Johnson will play the “Kid,” who plays with a young Dante in the episode. It is unclear at this time who will be playing young Dante, however.

      Child star Adam Wylie (now 25) will play “Officer Church” on Wednesday, February 3. Sam (Kelly Monaco) tries to distract Church in order to get back incriminating evidence on Sonny. Wylie is best known for his appearances in such series as “Picket Fences,” “American Dragon: Jake Long” and “Legion of Super Heroes.”

      Claire Mills appears on the Friday, February 5 episode as “Gloria,” who brings her son “Jimmy” (Declan Beaty) to General Hospital due to minor burns.

      “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

        Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

        In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

        The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

        Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

        From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”


        Photo: Aaron Montgomery/JPI

        Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:15 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It now appears that Barbara Garrick is back as Llanview’s favorite wackjob Allison Perkins.

        SON first told you last week that Garrick, who portrayed Perkins from from 1986-87 (and again from 2001-03, as well as in 2008), was photographed hanging around with the”One Life to Live” cast outside the soap’s studios by shutterbug Steven Bergman.

        Now, The Suds Report confirms that the actress will first air sometime “at the end of February….[and] will continue to air long after Roscoe Born’s Mitch leaves the canvas.”  Born is rumored to be departing from “OLTL” sometime after the upcoming February sweeps.

        When viewers last saw Allison, she lapsed into a coma following a serious fall from a high-rise balcony, all-the-while insisting she knew a shocking secret about Jessica Brennan. 

        SON will continue to follow this story.

        In other news…

        The Suds Report also states that, according to Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian Cramer Lord) hotline, the scribes at “OLTL” are currently working on a juicy long-term storyline for David Vickers, since portrayer Tuc Watkins is currently on hiatus from his prime-time gig “Desperate Housewives.”  Watkins has portrayed the comedic conman off and on since 1994. 

        Alfred Cerullo will portray a pilot on February 26th.

        And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the soap will “Definitely have a few cool montages coming up hitting on big story. Working on Snoop Dogg today..his scenes and performance total blast!”

        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com. Check local listings.


        ‘AMC’ Loses Another Legend

        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:05 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Accomplished actor and dancer, James Mitchell has died at the age of 89.

        “All My Children” star James Mitchell passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010. According to Soap Opera Digest complications from pneumonia aggravated a pre-existing condition (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and proved to be too much for the elderly actor to fight.

        Mitchell was born in Sacramento, California on February 29, 1920. Prior to joining the ABC soap, Mitchell was best known for his work in musical theatre. The accomplished dancer appeared in Broadway productions of “Billion Dollar Baby,” “Bloomer Girl,” “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and “Carnival!” to name a few and worked closely with theatre and dance legend Agnes de Mille. Mitchell’s career as a film star never really took off, but he did notably appear as Dream Curly in de Mille’s 1955 film-musical “Oklahoma!” His last appearance on the big-screen was in 1977′s “The Turning Point.” Mitchell’s career in television proved to be more fruitful, the actor burst into the television scene in 1964 as Captain Lloyd Griffin on the CBS daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” In 1969, the actor moved on to the CBS soap opera “Where the Heart Is” where he played the lead character, Julian Hathaway, for the sudsers entire run.

        The role that most daytime fans will remember Mitchell for is that of the villainous Palmer Cortlandt on “AMC,” a role that the actor played from 1979 to 2010. Mitchell earned seven Daytime Emmy nominations for the popular role. The popular actor also earned legions of fans as Adam Chandler’s match and daughter Nina and niece Dixie’s overbearing father/uncle (therefore Cliff Warner and Tad Martin’s worst nightmare). The filthy rich character, owner of Cortlandt Electronics, had a memorable romance with the lovely Daisy Murdoch, Nina’s mother, and then later with partner in crime, Opal Cortlandt, that produced son Peter Cortlandt. When not being manipulated by the likes of his last nutty wife, Vanessa, a softer Palmer came to the surface in the last decade – spending much of his time trying to reel in his bratty son Pete, straighten up his reckless grandson Bobby, and being a surrogate father and grandfather of sorts to the troubled Kane women. Mitchell’s schedule at “AMC” decreased in the last several years due to health issues and he officially retired from “AMC” in 2008. The show and Mitchell, who had relocated to the warmer climate of California, worked together to tape an appearance for the soaps 40th Anniversary episode (“AMC” was still being produced in New York at the time). That episode, which aired on January 5, 2010, marks the actor’s last appearance on the soap he spent more than 30 years on. There is no word out on how “AMC” will address the loss, but it’s a good bet that the show will honor James Mitchell and Palmer Cortlandt on-screen sometime in the spring.

        Soap Opera Network sends our condolences to Mitchell’s family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace, James Mitchell (and Palmer Cortlandt).

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.


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