The Friday, June 20 telecast of the “35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on ABC was the least watched in the ceremonies history and the network placed third overall against repeats on the other networks.
Just 5.4 million viewers tuned into the two-hour telecast to watch ABC’s “General Hospital” take home its 10th Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. The series has won the Emmy in this category more than any other series in Emmy history.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A wife left in the dark; a proposal out of left field; and brothers once again caught in the middle…
THIS WEEK ON:AS THE WORLDS TURNS
Alison’s case against Chris begins and both families take their respective sides. Emily and Chris get in a heated lip lock and are nearly caught by Susan. The judge hears Brenda’s side of the case; her decision to cut Alison from the program was all her own, not Chris’. Chris backs up Brenda’s testimony which gives the judge the decison to side in the favor of Chris. Noah gets devestating news frm the police that they are declaring Col Mayer officially dead. Luke, still feeling Noah blames him, tells Noah that no matter what he will never stop loving him and if he needs space, he will give it to him.
WANTING WHAT YOU CAN’T HAVE
Brad pays Jack a visit at the farmhouse and immediately grills him about his time with Janet. Jack senses that Brad isn’t interested in Janet but rather wants to make sure he isn’t either. Janet shows up to visit Jack and to spurn Brad, invites her to see one of Parker’s games. Going home, Brad quickly gets Katie to go to the match with him as well. Afterwards, Jack, alone with Janet, tells her that he’s aware that she’s trying to use him to get Brad jealous. When Janet denies it, he tells her to call him when she’s sure what it is she wants.
After being released from the hospital, Paul and Meg take Barbara home. Meg informs Paul that she is sure that Sophie was the one that tampered with Barbara’s medication. Paul shows up at the Lakeview and tells Lisa of what Sophie did. Lisa, awaiting Sophie’s arrival, informs her she no longer can stay there. To make sure Meg knows his love is real, Paul proposes to her and Meg willingly accepts. Mid celebration, Paul receives a phone call from Sophie asking him to meet her. When he goes to see her, she gleefully tells him that she’s going to have his baby. Paul doesn’t believe her until she shows him a positive test. Sophie soon begins to talk about how now that she’s with his child he will be a part of her life from now on. Disgusted, Paul tells her that he’s marrying Meg. Meanwhile Meg tells Holden the news and is suprised when he gives her his blessing. When Paul returns to tell Meg about Sophie he is unable to when Meg tells him about her family’s acceptance of him.
Unable to stop thinking about Holden, Carly presses him to take Lily on the trip he promised her. Lily, wanting to spice the trip up, decides to go lingerie shopping, but ropes in Carly to help her. After shopping, Carly brings up the trip and Lily wonders why she’s so curious. When Lily gets home, she’s happy when Holden tells her that they will be going on the trip. Holden then tells her that he needs to take care of one matter regarding the horses. Back at home, Carly breaks down in tears. JJ soon comes home and asks if he can go to camp. Finding it as a good get-away, Carly agrees to take him.
THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
Jason remains grouchy around Claudia while they are quarantined with Spinelli in the penthouse. Anthony challenges Claudia by testing her loyalty to the family – “kill Jason or you will live to regret your decisions.” Jax begins to think that Carly could be pregnant. Robin admits to Patrick that she doesn’t want him involved in their child’s life because she fears getting emotionally invested. Robin can’t trust the possibility of Patrick abandoning her and the baby. Logan and Scott lie by telling the cops that Johnny started a brawl with Logan. Anthony fires Johnny for sticking to his story. Lulu witnesses the bond that Johnny and Claudia share. Dr. Matt Hunter joins the staff of General Hospital and immediately fights a battle with Maxie Jones. Claudia and Ric discuss Anthony’s fondness for Johnny.
The Inside Story: Alexis Sexing Jerry
District Attorney Alexis Davis-Lansing takes the bull by the horns and announces to everyone present at the PCPD that, yes, she is having sex with Jerry Jacks! When Anthony Zacchara makes another threat against Kristina’s life, Alexis turns to Jerry for support. Not realizing what she has done, Alexis fears she has unleashed Mr. Craig once again. Jerry pays the Zacchara’s a visit and the results could be deadly.
A Closer Look: Sonny & Kate Getting Married
Sonny and Kate continue to discuss marriage plans, but Kate’s revelation that they should look into Diane drawing up a pre-nup for them worries Sonny. Kate tries to explain herself and the two eventually make love. When Sonny learns of how big Kate’s plans for their wedding are he starts to think more closely about their future. Kate reassures Sonny that he deserves to be happy too and they’ll be happy together. Jax informs Sonny that Carly might be pregnant, just as Carly learns Sonny and Kate are getting married. Diane informs Carly that Sonny would have all parental rights to any child he should father with her. Kate basks in the glory of getting married to the man she loves, while Jax’s hopes for finally becoming a father grow.
What to Watch
SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 30, 2008
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and “One Life to Live.”
Greetings soap opera connoisseurs. Once more procrastination has become my Kryptonite. It’s so hard to set down and write a column this time of year because there is so much to do outside. But then again, it is hot, and typing is a painless activity while cooling off under the air conditioner. So sorry this column is a little behind schedule, but you know what they say…..better late than never.
Ha ha. Anyway, on to the Llanview lowdown…
Last Friday night, the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in their typical lackluster fashion. Hosts Cameron Mathison and Sheri Shepherd made for a grueling two-hour snooze fest block of time that we will never get back.
Two thoughts first came to mind as I turned on ABC to watch the debacle. First, Sheri Shepherd seems really annoying and overanxious, and second, is there any program that ABC won’t use as an opportunity to pimp Cameron Mathison?
But beyond the oblivious, there were a few other things about this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards that really grinds my gears.
First is the severe lack of any “One Life to Live” recognition in all but one of the acting categories. In fact the only “OLTL” actor even nominated for anything was Brian Kerwin (Charlie Banks), and he lost. I don’t get it. “One Life to Live” has the best cast on daytime, yet they are routinely shut out year after year after year. Granted other soaps have some terrific actors as well, but “OLTL” appears to have cornered the market in that regard. So how is it that they get shut out of the Emmys when “General Hospital” gets nominated for nearly everything?
Remember last year when Genie Francis won an Emmy for only a month’s worth of episodes? Or this year when Anthony Geary won an award for a sub par six-month performance?
And the kicker of it all was when “GH” won the Daytime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama,’ and hearing Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps rudely proclaim while prancing on stage to accept her undeserved statue that “This was expected.” That one left me scratching my head and repeating “REALLY?!?” I kept watching the clock and waiting and hoping for the network to cut off her acceptance speech like they did in 2005. I have nothing but contempt for this woman and this soap. Although my mother watched “GH” while I was growing up, and that I was named after two characters on the soap, I have slowly manifested a hatred of all things “General Hospital.” I suppose it is due in part to the royal treatment it receives in comparison to “All My Children,” and especially to “One Life to Live.” It boggles my mind how “General Hospital” can receive a Daytime Emmy for crap on a stick, when there were three other, much more deserving, nominees. There was “The Young and the Restless,” who has long been daytime’s number one sudser, next there was “Guiding Light,” the longest running soap who celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, and then there was “One Life to Live,” who has increased substantially since the dismissal of Head Writer Dena Higley (and the promotion of Ron Carlivati to that position). But once again, “GH” wins an award they do not deserve. But what else is new? The Daytime Emmy Awards have been a joke for years now. It’s no wonder the over-the-top broadcast losses viewers and interest with each consecutive year. And, as if Phelp’s snarky comment was not a big enough slap in the face to the other three nominees (especially “OLTL”), then seeing ABC Daytime President Brian Frons setting
in his usual spot at the “GH” table certainly took the icing on the cake. Hey Mr. B.S. Frons (and yes, those are his actual initials), “GH” wasn’t the only ABC soap nominated for the top honor you know. But seriously, he is slowly sucking the life out of ABC’s Daytime schedule. And what does his terrible job performance earn him from his bosses? One promotion after another. Imagine that. And the most frightening part in all this is that, except for our last names and one letter in our first names, both Frons and I have the same name. His first and middle names are Brian Scott, whereas mine are Bryan Scott…. that’s some freaky stuff if you ask me. And I just think God that Jill Farren Phelps got out of Llanview when she did. Just imagine what “OLTL” would be like today had she still been in charge. Yikes. But anyway, I digress…
Since Daytime Emmy Awards were first handed out in 1972, the majority of past and present soap operas have won the category of ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama’ at least once. “General Hospital” tops the list with 10 wins in the category (1981, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, and 2008). Next up on the list is “The Young and the Restless” with 7 wins (1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2004, and 2007 [tied with "Guiding Light"]). Third is “As the World Turns” with 4 wins (1987, 1991, 2001, and 2003). In a three-way tie for fourth place on the list are “All My Children” (1992, 1994, and 1998), “Guiding Light” (1980, 1982, and 2007 [tied with "Y&R"]), and “Santa Barbara” (1988, 1989, and 1990). In fifth place is “Ryan’s Hope,” with wins in 1977 and 1979, and “The Doctors,” with wins in 1972 and 1974. The sixth place spot is a four-way tie between “Another World” (1976), “Days of Our Lives” (1978), “The Edge of Night” (1973), and “One Life to Live” (2002), each with one win. And seventh place consists of “Passions,” “Loving,” “The City,” “Port Charles,” and all other since cancelled soaps who never won a Daytime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama.’ On a related note, also fitting into that last category is “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which holds the distinction of being the only one of the eight current daytime dramas to have never won the category.
I believe that “OLTL” would have had a decent shot at winning the category this year had they submitted two good episodes from the past year, instead of just one. They made a good decision to submit the episode featuring the death of Asa Buchanan. But their kiss of death was with their second submission, one of the craptastic “Prom Night: the Musical” episodes. For those of you who have valiantly attempted to erase that vomit-inducing memory from your craniums, I’m going to rub a little salt in the wound. “Prom Night: the Musical” was a week’s worth of episodes centering around Starr and Cole’s high school prom. And yes, for any who may have missed it, it was as good as it sounds. It was like nails on a chalkboard. And not even the wonderful performances of Kathy Brier, Jason Tam, and Brittany Underwood could save the sinking ship. I think that, by submitting that episode as their second choice, “OLTL” sealed their fate in losing the ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama’ category at last week’s Daytime Emmy Awards. After doing a little research, I discovered that 2008 marked “OLTL’s” sixth nomination for ‘Outstanding Daytime Drama’ in the Daytime Emmy’s 35-year history; it also marked their fourth loss in the category. “OLTL’s” other nominations occurred in 1973, 1983, 2000, 2002 (in which it won), and 2007). And, while “OLTL” has lost more times than it has one, it is interesting to note that four out of its six nominations in the category have occurred within the past eight years.
On the plus side, “OLTL” was nominated in several technical categories, winning six of them. Nominations included the categories of “Outstanding Achievement for Casting for a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Achievement for Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition in a Drama Series,” and “Outstanding Original Song.”
Wins for “OLTL” came in the technical categories of “Outstanding Achievement for Costume Design for a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Achievement for Lighting Direction for a Drama Series,” and “Original Song” (two “OLTL” songs won in this category, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Little Starr’). Also, “OLTL” was nominated fro and won in the “Best Directing” and “Best Writing” categories. It feels so good to be able to say Award Winning Head Writer Ron Carlivati. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? I think it does. Congratulations to everyone at “OLTL” who won Daytime Emmys this year, especially the directing and writing staffs. It was well deserved and long overdue. Keep up the good work! I am so proud of “OLTL” right now, and cannot wait for the 40th anniversary celebration next month.
With the 40th anniversary of “OLTL” coming up on July 15th, please share your thoughts and memories of the soap’s long history. I just may use some of your comments in a special edition of the column on July 15th.
Well, that’s all for this edition of the column. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the column. Thanks for reading and patiently enduring my twice a month ramblings. Take care and see you next time.
And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live” …..
THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN
Tad manages to cheer up a withdrawn Kathy while trying to convince Jake to stay in town. Colby benefits when Adam tries to secure her votes at Chandler Enterprises with some expensive early birthday gifts. JR and Babe continue to grow closer. Tad knows that Kathy is missing Julia.
In the Name of Love
Frankie refuses to believe Randi is a prostitute. Angie and Jesse take notice as their son refuses to leave his new friend’s side. Angie observes as Jesse tries to get answers about Randi’s beating. The cops end up giving Jesse a lead after initially brushing him off. Randi comes clean with Frankie; meanwhile, Jesse sets a trap for Randi’s pimp. Realizing it’s the only way he’ll truly be happy, Angie tells Jesse to go ahead and take the Chief of Police job. Frankie’s involvement with Randi concerns Angie.
Annie is sure a missing Greenlee is with Ryan and ends up getting into it with Kendall over her business partner. Meanwhile, at the marina Greenlee surprises Ryan with a boat ride and the two friends confide in each other. Greenlee insists to Aidan that she just wants to be friends but is flustered by his flirting and makes a hasty retreat. Wanting to prove to herself that she can be friends with a man, Greenlee tries to convince Jake to move in with her. Jake is resistant to Greenlee’s offer but has a change of heart after learning that Richie is walking around a free man. Aidan admits to Jake that he wants Greenlee back and asks his friend to keep a close eye on his ex.
Zach roughs up Richie but gets little satisfaction in doing so. Myrtle tries to talk sense into Zach, pointing out he would never be at peace with himself if he takes further action against Richie. Annie, Ryan, Zach, Kendall, Babe and JR gather in the courtroom for Richie’s arraignment. Richie destroys Annie’s credibility on the stand when he forces her to admit that she gave false testimony against him when he was sent to jail several years earlier. Richie is released on bail but is ordered to wear a monitoring device. Annie feigns shock at the turn of events. Zach decides to bring Ryan in on his plan to make Richie disappear once and for all. Annie reminds Richie to make good on their deal before he skips town. Richie heads to Fusion where a tentative Kendall, Babe, Greenlee and Amanda are pulling an all night brainstorming session. Zach and Ryan find an unconscious Annie in Richie’s motel room. Zach grows suspicious of Annie. A lethal Richie prepares to make his move.
In & Out of Lockdown
Jack informs Erica that the judge won’t allow Carmen to be released to work for either one of them. A determined Erica later blackmails Adam into employing Carmen at his mansion and giving her room and board. Carmen and Erica share an emotional goodbye. Erica’s new cellmate could spell trouble. Samuel visits Erica to take a look at the conditions in solitary confinement in an attempt to bring reform. Samuel and Erica end up locked in the cell together when the prison suddenly goes into lockdown.
SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 30, 2008
Monday: Things don’t look good for Babe. Krystal pushes Adam away. Erica and Sam find a way to pass the time while in solitary.
Tuesday: Babe plays along with a delusional Richie. Zach, JR and Aidan are hot on Babe’s trail. Angie makes Randi face some cold hard truths about herself.
Wednesday: Richie is no match for Kendall, Greenlee and Babe. Erica and Samuel continue their flirtation. Krystal feels guilty after sharing a kiss with Adam.
Thursday: Annie tries to cover her tracks. Too much liquor really loosens Colby’s lips. Kendall, Greenlee and Babe’s joy is short lived.
Friday: Encore Presentation of February 18, 2008 Episode.