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41st Daytime Emmy Awards Final: Big Night For ‘Young and Restless’ With Best Drama, Much More

41st Daytime Emmy Awards Final: Big Night For ‘Young and Restless’ With Best Drama, Much MoreSixth Update: 6:45 pm: It’s done, with The Young and the Restless the night’s big winner, scooping up the big one, for outstanding drama series, along with five others, for “Special-Class Special” (an hour-long tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who appeared on the show for four decades); lead actor in a drama (Billy Miller); younger actress in a drama (Hunter King); supporting actress in a drama (Amelia Henle); and writing team, drama. Separately, Venice the Series, won for best drama – new approaches, while Days of Our Lives picked up for supporting actor (Eric Martsolf); younger actror (Chandler Massey) ; and lead actress (Eileen Davidson).

Daytime Emmy Awards 2014Notable win in the daytime drama categories went to One Life to Live, which ended up online after its long run on broadcast TV ended. The show won for directing team, drama, one of six Emmys that One Life and All My Children, another broadcast veteran that ended up online, won this weekend (the creative categories, mostly for technical-side achievements, were handed out Friday).

It was also a very good night for Steve Harvey, who won for best game show host for Family Feud, and his Steve Harvey syndicated show for best talk show, informative. On top of that, Harvey was vacationing in Bali, rather than sitting in a hotel ballroom in a tuxedo on a beautiful summer day.

Three Spanish-language categories were included for the first time, including winners for Morning Program (Un Nuevo Dia); Entertainment Program (Clix) and Daytime Talent (Rodner Figueroa, one of four nominated from El Gordo Y La Flaca). Here’s the full list in order:

Eric Martsolf, Days of Our Lives

Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless

The Mind of a Chef

Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

The People’s Court

Steve Harvey, Family Feud

TIE: Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show and Katie Couric, Katie

The Young and the Restless

One Life to Live

Hunter King Daytime EmmyYOUNGER ACTRESS, DRAMA
Hunter King, The Young and the Restless

Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives

Steve Harvey

Rodner Figueroa, El Gordo Y La Flaca

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Good Morning America

Un Nuevo Dia


The Young and the Restless: The Jeanne Cooper Tribute


TIE: Entertainment Tonight and Extra

The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmys 2LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless

Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives

Venice The Series

The Young and the Restless

Linda Bell Blue Daytime EmmysFifth Update: 6:30 pm: Phew, that was exhausting. Linda Bell Blue, the 19-year executive producer of Entertainment Tonight, brought along a multi-page thank-you speech, a young assistant to help wrangle her speech and, well, let’s just call it a profligate sense of the audience’s patience. And that was for ET’s tie, the second such of the night, with Extra for outstanding entertainment news program. Blue decided to make up for too many past shrugs by the Academy, but thanked, among others, “the 36 bosses I’ve had over the past 19 years,” and CBS chief Les Moonves, the show’s original star, Mary Hart, and her successor Nancy O’Dell. By contrast, Extra’s Mario Lopez took longer to walk up to the stage than to give his thanks. The audience seemed thankful for that small blessing. And given the X-rated advice that Sharon Osbourne launched into after the ET/Extra win as she prepared to present the next awards, it’s safe to say the show is painting the town Blue, not Red.

Meanwhile, the big acting categories in daytime drama, best actor and actress, went to Billy Miller of The Young and The Restless (another win for the show, the night’s biggest hardware haul so far) and Eileen Davidson of Days of Our Lives. 

Fourth Update: 6:02 PM: A good night so far for Steve Harvey. He grabs Emmys for outstanding game show host, his Steve Harvey wins for outstanding talk show – informative, and he’s hanging out in Bali on vacation instead of in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Win-win-win, as they like to say. The Ellen Degeneres Show picked up the win for Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment.

Third Update: 5:50 PM: “We’re making history! Oh god — shit! Guys, I’m sorry if my nipples fall out.”

Kathy Griffin Daytime Emmy hostAnd so, the Daytime Emmy Awards tonight boldly stepped into the new era of web-only livestreaming, from the Beverly Hilton hotel.

The historic opener was delivered as the handoff to host Kathy Griffin, by one of the webcast’s Red-Carpet Who Are You Wearing Vocal Fryers. Some awkward minutes of delay and lack of mic-ing later, during which Griffin could be heard faintly in the distance saying something like, “Welcome to the shit show…this is your night…” Griffin began her monologue “for real” – as in, we could see and hear her.

“Some guy named Maliki was doing an interview, and said, ‘Kathy Griffin would be my dream host.’ And I said, ‘For no money – I’m there!’” Griffin said, on the news, if not within the universe of the daytime soap crowd.

Griffin called the show the Hidden Gem of the Emmys – her one feint at middle-of-the-road respectability. She spent the balance of her opening schtick talking about her experience at last year’s HLN telecast Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony during which she was seated at a table with Bethenny Frankel, who desperately wanted to leave, Dr. Drew (“So, no black tar heroine for me!”) and Kris Jenner – “I been calling her daughters whores in my act for years!” Jenner, Griffin claimed, had left the bedside of her daughter, who had just given birth to North West, “to come to the freakin’ Daytime Emmys” and kept posing for photographers with vodka shots. “I didn’t know there were side deals you could make with booze companies,” Griffin said, sadly.

By Griffin’s account, the highlight of last year’s ceremony happened when Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz were recruited to help some “soap starlet that had lost Hottest Star of Tomorrow” who got so wasted in the public stalls she could not get up. “I still don’t know who that was,” she insisted. “My only hope is tonight will equal that!”

Second Update 5:40 PM: Mario Lopez had the slightly challenging position of introducing both best game show host and best talk show host, which ended in a tie, and had none of the three in the room to accept the award. On the game show side, a long-time associate of winner Steve Harvey who accepted the award on his behalf said in a gracious speech that Harvey was vacationing in Bali because he didn’t believe he would win. On the talk show side, Katie Couric (Katietied with Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz). 

First Update 5:32 PM: The night’s first winners include Bobby Flay for Best Culinary Chef, and The Mind of a Chef for Best Culinary Program. Amelia Heinle  of The Young and The Restless scooped up best supporting actress in a drama, and Eric Martsolf of Days of Our Lives have won for best supporting actor in a drama. Acceptance speeches are longer, and Kathy Griffin gets to go a little bluer, but with no ads, this show moves along (puff, puff).

The fate of the Daytime Emmy Awards rests on Kathy Griffin‘s (no doubt surgically enhanced) shoulders tonight. In this age of rush and hurry, it is possible some few of you out there are unaware of the plight of the once mighty Daytime Emmy Awards: A trophy show that once averaged 20-some million viewers –  back in its Will Susan Lucci Ever Win One era –  has since fallen on hard ratings times and, after years of clinching last-minute broadcast deals with the CW, CBS and HLN,  failed to secure a telecast home for the first time in many years. On June 5, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the ceremony would be live-streamed, followed by an announcement Griffin had been signed to host Sunday’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, at the Beverly Hilton ballroom. Deadline will have the live-stream and keep an eye out for key winners (see the video at the link on the full story. It plays automatically).

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Obama Set For ‘Steve Harvey’ Debut

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 1:41pm PST

President Obama Steve Harvey Interview Syndicated talk show Steve Harvey today received at least one early Christmas present this year courtesy of the White House. “Yes ! Dreams do come True! Don’t ever give up !,” tweeted Harvey about his taped interview with President Obama earlier today. The show is scheduled to air December 20. “Sitting down with the President is something I’ve always dreamt of doing, and I am honored to have the opportunity,” said Harvey in a statement. “I’m grateful to President Obama for welcoming me and I’m thrilled to share this experience with all my viewers.” The one-on-one with Obama promises to cover “family, fatherhood and his plans for the holidays,” says the show. Revving up the usual year-end interview rounds for the Commander-in-Chief in softball city, this is the first time Obama has appeared on the NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution talk show. Steve Harvey is now in its second season. Earlier this year, the Endemol USA-produced series, which has been up over Season 1 and averaging 2.5 million viewers this cycle, was reupped until 2016. No word yet if the President will be appearing on the other Harvey-hosted show anytime soon – Family Feud doesn’t seem the Obamas’ style.

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NBC Stations Renew ‘Steve Harvey’ Through 2016

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 7:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution’s Steve Harvey has solidified its status as the breakout new syndicated talk show of 2012-13. On the heels of the Endemol USA-produced talker getting an early renewal for next season by stations — including the core NBC Stations group, in January –  the show now has been picked up for two additional seasons, through 2016, in more than 65% of the U.S. “Steve Harvey’s engaging, funny and warm style has been a hit with our audiences,” said Valari Staab, President, NBC Owned TV Stations. “The show has strengthened our daytime lineups and proven to be a strong lead-in to Ellen and, in turn, our local newscasts.” Steve Harvey got off to a solid start last fall and by the May sweep, it was the #1 new first-run show with women 18-49 and women 25-54 nationally, topping fellow rookie Katie, and was the only new show to build over its lead-in and improve the year-ago time period. Read More »

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NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution’s ‘Steve Harvey’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 7:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Steve HarveyNBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution’s Steve Harvey, the sleeper hit among this season’s crop of new syndicated talk shows, has been renewed for a second season. It joins ABC’s Katie Couric‘s Katie, which had a two-year deal from the get-go, as the two freshman syndicated talkers to be locked in for next fall. The odds for the rest are slim at best. Endemol-produced Steve Harvey has delivered strong demo ratings, improving dramatically its time periods and providing great lead-in for Ellen on the NBC stations, boosting the ratings for Ellen DeGeneres’ veteran talk show. Read More »

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‘Ellen’ Tops All Syndicated Talk Shows Last Week, ‘Katie’ Leads Newcomers

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 1:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show won bragging rights for the official fall syndication premiere week. Ellen averaged a 2.9 household rating/8 share and a 1.8/11 in women 25-54 in the metered markets, improving on its September 2011 average by a big 45% in households and 64% in women 25-54, in part thanks to a stronger lead-in on the NBC stations from newbie Steve Harvey. Ellen also was pretty steady through the week, starting with a 3.1 HH rating for its 10th-season premiere and finishing with a 2.9 on Friday. Read More »

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‘Katie’ Drops Again, ‘Steve Harvey’ Top New Syndicated Talker In Women 25-54 Thursday

By | Friday September 14, 2012 @ 2:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Uh-oh. In its fourth airing on Thursday, Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show dropped 26% in households to a 1.7/5 in the metered markets and 38% to a 0.8/5 in the key Women 25-54 demographic. In households, Katie still finished first among the freshman daytime talk shows but by a smaller margin. In W25-54, it was edged by Steve Harvey (0.9/6 in W 25-54, 1.3/4 in HH), which finished as No.1 for the first time since the launch of Katie.

In four days, Katie has shed 39% in households and 50% in W 25-54 from its big premiere numbers. What is more alarming is that the show has fallen below the time period average last season (2.3/7 HH, 1.4/8 in W25-54), when a large number of stations carried General Hospital. In comparison, Steve Harvey is up from a 1.0/3 HH and 0.5/3 W 25-54 rating in the time period last year. Steve Harvey also has shown consistency, posting a 1.5/4 in HH for its series premiere last week and again this Monday, 1.4/4 on Tuesday and Wednesday and a 1.3/4 on Thursday, ranking No. 2 behind Katie among the newcomers. But his strength has really been in the women demos, posting a 0.9 W 25-54 rating three time this week and a 1.0 on Wednesday. Steve Harvey also has helped a its lead-out, Ellen, which is posting … Read More »

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‘Katie’ Down In Day 2, Still Leads Newbies; ‘Probst’ Dives, ‘Dr. Phil’ Bow Way Down

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In its second outing, Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show drew a 2.3 household rating/7 share in the metered markets, down 18% from its big series premiere. In women 25-54, Katie posted a 1 rating, down 38%. Even with the declines, it still led all freshman talkers and was outrated only by veterans Ellen (2.9/8 in HH, down a tenth from Monday’s premiere), Live! With Kelly & Michael (2.9/10, even) and Dr. Phil (2.4/7). Katie edged Dr. Oz (2.2/6), after tying the show on Monday, and was way ahead of Anderson Live! (1.1/4). Read More »

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‘Live! With Kelly And Michael’ Scores In Opener, ‘Steve Harvey’ Solid In Series Debut

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The premiere of the newly-rechristened Live! With Kelly And Michael yesterday scored an impressive 3.9 household rating/13 share in the metered markets. The show, which introduced former NFL star Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s new permanent co-host, was up 24% from last season’s season premiere. Live! equaled its second-highest rating since Regis Philbin’s departure, which scored a 7.3 household rating in November. It was the show’s highest rating in 9 years on the first Tuesday after Labor Day.

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The only new syndicated talk show to premiere yesterday was NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey. Going early worked, as the show posted a solid 1.5/4 in the metered market households. That was a 50% improvement of the time period vs last September and up 25% from its lead-in. Among women 18-49, Steve Harvey (0.9/5) was up 80% from last year. For comparison, the highest-profile new talk show last fall, Anderson, debuted with a 1.1 household rating and a 0.6 in Women 25-54 and proceeded to get a renewal. The other high-profile talk show newcomers this year, Katie, Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake, premiere next Monday.

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Steve Harvey’s New Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Hires Executive Producer

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 8:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Alex Duda has been named executive producer for Steve Harvey, the comedian’s nationally syndicated daytime show that launches in the fall. Steve Harvey, on which Harvey will give comedic spin on such topics as marriage, dating, parenting, the workplace and friendship, is being produced by Endemol USA and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. It will be taped at the WMAQ/NBC 5 studios in Chicago. Duda, who served as executive producer for The Tyra Banks Show, currently executive produces Style Network’s rating hit Jerseylicious and its spinoff Glam Fairy.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Think Like A Man’

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 12:17pm PST

Screen Gems has released a trailer for Think Like A Man, the ensemble comedy based on the Steve Harvey book. It stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Taraji Henson, Romany Malco, Gary Owen and Gabrielle Union. Tim Story is directing a script by Keith Merryman & David A. Newman. It’s due out March 9, 2012.

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‘Family Feud’ Renewed Through 2015 In 75% Of U.S., Goes HD

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 11:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Distributor Debmar-Mercury has renewed Family Feud through 2015 in more than 75% of the U.S. on stations that belong to Fox, Sinclair, CBS, Tribune, Cox, Capital, NBC, Sunbeam, Newport and Belo broadcast groups. The show, hosted by Steve Harvey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, has posted a ratings gains of 35% in households and 40% in women 25-54 vs. 2010, when Harvey joined as host and stations in more than half of the country upgraded the show to a 5-8 PM slot. “Stations have wasted no time in securing this franchise well into the future with these long-term renewals, extending Family Feud through 2015 and making it a viable alternative to off-network sitcoms for many stations seeking strong early fringe and access programming,” Debmar-Mercury co-president Ira Bernstein said. Starting next season, new episodes of Family Feud will be shot in HD.

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Screen Gems Casts ‘Think Like A Man’

Mike Fleming

Screen Gems has set the cast to surround Kevin Hart in Think Like A Man, the comedy based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book. Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Taraji Henson, Romany Malco, Gary Owen and Gabrielle Union have joined the cast. Tim Story is directing a script by Keith Merryman & David A. Newman. Will Packer is producing through his Rainforest Films banner. Harvey is exec producer alongside Rushion McDonald and Rob Hardy. Production will start this summer. Hart plays a relationship expert who is quick to give advice even as his marriage is crashing.

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Tim Story Set To Direct Screen Gems Comedy ‘Think Like A Man’

By | Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 1:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Sony has given the film a wide-release date: April 6, 2012.
PREVIOUS, EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has set Tim Story to direct Think Like A Man, the ensemble comedy based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling 2009 book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. Story, who directed the two Fantastic Four films and Barbershop, will start production in July. Kevin Hart stars as a self-professed relationship expert who is quick to give advice to his crew of friends, even as his own marriage heads toward divorce. The comedy’s scripted by Keith Merryman & David A. Newman. Will Packer’s producing through his Rainforest Films banner and Harvey is exec producing with Rushion McDonald and Rob Hardy. The book has sold more than 2 million copies. UTA reps Story.

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Screen Gems Sets Kevin Hart To Star In Steve Harvey Pic ‘Think Like A Man’

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 5:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

Kevin Hart will star in Think Like A Man, the Screen Gems comedy based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling 2009 book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. The book is a male-perspective self-help manual for relationships, with topics that included everything from why men cheat, to why men are in the fixing business and not in the talking business, to how to get the wedding ring and why independent women should reconnect with their girlish side to make their men feel necessary. Like I said, it’s from a male perspective. In the film, Hart will play a self-professed relationship expert who is quick to give advice to his crew of friends, even as he watched his own marriage crater and head toward divorce. The comedy’s scripted by Keith Merryman & David A. Newman, and Screen Gems’ Clint Culpepper is out to directors for a July production start. Will Packer’s producing through his Rainforest Films banner and Harvey is exec producing with Rushion McDonald and Rob Hardy. Read More »

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