In an interview published in the newest issue of Soap Opera Digest, Maria Arena Bell, the former executive producer and head writer of “The Young and the Restless,” shares that the soap submitted episodes #9,999 and #10,000 as part of their Emmy reel in the category of Outstanding Drama Series for the “40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.”
“We felt those episodes, being sequential, were the peak of huge story,” she says. The episodes covered the mock funeral of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and the nonmarriage of Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) and Tucker McCall (Stephen Nichols). The soap submitted episode #9,999 in the category of Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team. In addition to the “Y&R” Emmy nominations, Digest asked Bell what she thought of the “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” reboots.
The peer votes have been cast, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards! Five categories have been announced, including Lead Actress and Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Younger Actress and Younger Actor. Without further adieu, here are the pre-nominees:
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Colin and Jill were determined to have a life together. She helped him pack up his belongings to take back to the Chancellor mansion. Jack showed up and commented on Colin’s getting out of the wine cellar. He then focused on Katherine’s condition. Jill told Jack that she was stable. When Colin left Jack and Jill alone, they both began discussions about Jabot. Jill wanted to make sure she had a position there: Jack said he’d think it over.
Murphy and Brock tried in vain to get Katherine to stay at the hospital, but she was determined to leave. The doctor gave Katherine a list of medications she needed to have. She was glad to head back home. When they got to the house, they were unaware that Jill and Colin were drinking champagne on the couch. When they heard her come in, Colin quickly went into the kitchen. Katherine was greeted by Jill, but soon focused on business. Instructed everyone to leave, Katherine called her attorney. Alone together, Jill told Colin that it might be best if they held off of living together.
Abby continued to berate Tucker for not caring enough to search for Devon. Both Ashley and Tucker grew tired of Abby’s hateful words. Ashley reminded her that Tucker was the one that saved her from a murder charge. Tucker got word about Sofia being at the hospital. He headed out to see how she was doing. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Malcolm wanted Neil there with them for the birth of the baby. Soon, Sofia delivered a baby boy. She named him Moses, after her late father.
Devon wasn’t pleased to see his mother. He assumed she was there now because she was looking for a handout from Tucker. Harmony told Devon that she was doing well but wanted to be there for him. Harmony told Devon about how things came to be between her and Tucker. She told Devon that she was afraid that Tucker would instantly reject him the way she was rejected. Devon no longer wanted his mother there, instructing her to leave. He tried to give her cash but she refused. Abby arrived telling Devon about Tucker’s press conference. As Harmony left, she looked on her cell phone about information on the press conference.
Tucker made his way to the hospital to see Sofia. While there, he peeked in Katherine’s room. He saw that she wasn’t there, but soon learned that she was discharged. He then headed to Sofia’s room, where he showered her with baby gifts. Neil and Malcolm left the two of them alone. Sofia gushed how they both had sons now. After Tucker left, the nurse came in to take a sample for the DNA.
The press conference was underway. With Ashley by his side, Tucker started to share the news about Devon being his biological son. He briefly discussed his encounter with Devon’s mother, and the fact that he and Devon only learned of their relationship the previous day. Tucker swiftly blocked a reporter when he asked if he felt responsible for Katherine’s stroke. He swiftly shared that Katherine was at home taking care of herself. Meanwhile, Jack, who was watching the press conference from his computer was peeved when Tucker mentioned the possibility of accepting offers for Jabot.
Devon watched the press conference with Abby. He scoffed at how Tucker was talking on how great of a man Devon turned out to be. When Abby pointed out that Tucker was his father, devon told Abby that the only man that is his father is Neil. The telephone rang and Devon answered it to receive supportive words from Roxy. When Abby noticed the paparazzi outside, she helped him slip by through the back door.
When the press conference wrapped up, Ashley expressed how proud she was of Tucker. Jack arrived, and cornered Ashley. He wanted her to make sure that Tucker didn’t go back on the deal they made. Ashley reassured her brother. Meanwhile, as Tucker and Ashley departed, he passed by right by Harmony, not even realizing who she was.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — How one November day turned “Days of our Lives” into a place for the sinking job market.
After NBC made it clear to Executive Producer Ken Corday, and his Corday Productions banner along with Sony Pictures Television, that they would only renew “Days of our Lives” beyond its March 2009 contract expiration if the show found ways to cut costs. It did, and now some of daytime’s biggest stars are now without jobs and the faces of daytime continue to get unfamiliar.
Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans) and Drake Hogestyn (ex-John Black) were the first “DAYS” stars to receive their walking papers just weeks after NBC made their demands. They last aired on January 23.
Recently, it was announced that Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans and Thaao Penghlis were each given their walking papers as well. Nichols and Evans, who portrayed super-couple Patch and Kayla on the drama series, last aired on Tuesday, February 17.
“They’re not leaving Salem. They’re not dying. They’re just not going to be on the air. You might see one or both of them pop up on other episodes, but it’s not going to be a significant exit,” said Corday.
A last airdate for Penghlis and his Tony DiMera character was not made available at press time, but he last tapes on Wednesday, March 4, according to the February 24 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
“I’ve spent over 20 years on that show, and a producer from ‘Passions’ came in with a vision, and all I can say is I’m in good company,” he says.
While she wasn’t fired, actress Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady) has opted to not renew her contract with the soap, which was set to expire this Spring.
“I have been with ‘Days of our Lives’ for the past four years of my life. I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity Ken Corday has given me, and for the growth and education I have obtained from such a hard working group of people,” said Melvin in a statement via her online blog. “At this juncture in my life however, I feel I’ve accomplished and learned all I could have from ‘DAYS,’ and it’s just time to experience new things.”
A last airdate for the actress has not been announced.
Can we expect more cast cuts and changes for “Days of our Lives?” According to Corday, “We’re done.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Get ready “Days of our Lives” fans, the NBC soap opera is gearing up for the networks coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and they don’t want you to miss out on all the action, intrigue and romance that daytime’s sexiest soap has to offer.
Beginning the week of August 11, “DAYS” will change gears and center itself on two simultaneous storylines for two weeks that are expected to be shear fun for the everyday soap fan.
“There will be a very exciting film noir piece. It’s Nicole’s drunken fantasy, and the hospital stuff will be enticing as well,” says a “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman.
From what we know, after witnessing a shocking event in the hospital, a drunken Nicole (Arianne Zucker) goes into a fantasy world where the people in her life are transformed into 1940′s characters. Included in this storyline are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), James Scott (EJ), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Kristen Renton (Morgan). Soap Opera Network has also learned that Dattilo’s role will be as Lucas Horton, Private Investigator.
In addition to Zucker, the hospital storyline which kicks everything off includes the likes of Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), Drake Hogestyn (John), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), and Leann Hunley (Anna).
According to Soap Opera Digest, after all the fun is over “Days of our Lives” will kick off a set of new and bigger ongoing storylines as the soap gets ready for the fall season.
In case anyone misses out on the fun and the excitement, NBC.com will feature daily episode recaps on its website.