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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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Global Showbiz Briefs: Breakthrough Entertainment Acquires Joker Films; ‘The Young And The Restless’, ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed In Canada

Breakthrough Entertainment Acquires Joker Films
Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment has acquired sales, packaging, and production company Joker Breakthrough-Entertainment__140508045342-275x183Films. Joker’s lineup of family films, thrillers, comedies and docus will be folded into Breakthrough’s catalog including Kristen Bell starrer The Lifeguard; That Burning Feeling, starring John Cho and Paulo Costanzo; Daydream Nation, starring Josh Lucas and Andie MacDowell; and Step Dogs. As part of the deal, Joker founder Tim J. Brown will join Breakthrough as EVP Feature Films, overseeing film acquisition, sales and marketing, and development and production. He’ll report to Breakthrough President of Distribution Nat Abraham and work out of the company’s Vancouver office. Before founding Joker Films in 2009, Brown was President of Distribution at Insight Releasing and VP Worldwide Sales at Keystone Distribution.

‘The Young And The Restless’, ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed In Canada
Days-of-our-Lives-cropThe_Young_and_the_Restless_logo_on_CBS_(1973)Sony Pictures Television and Shaw Media have inked a deal to extend the Canadian run of veteran daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives on Shaw-owned Global Television through the 2015-16 TV season. Now in its 41st year on air, The Young And The Restless has amassed 123 Daytime Emmy Awards and leads this year nominees with 26. It is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Days of our Lives, in its 49th year, has garnered 36 Daytime Emmy Awards … Read More »

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‘General Hospital’ Overtakes ‘The Young And The Restless’ For First Time In More Than Six Years

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 2:44pm PST

As the citizens of Port Charles reel from learning Robin is alive, and AJ’s murder trial general_hospital_20x3continues, ABC’s General Hospital overtook CBS’ The Young And The Restless for the first time in more than six years to rank No. 1 in Daytime among women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating) the week of December 2. General Hospital also ranked No. 1 in Women 18-34 (289,000/0.9 rating) and Women 18-49 (880,000/1.4 rating), marking the series’ first sweep across the key female demos in more than six years.

General Hospital averaged 3.31 million viewers overall – its most watched week in nearly six years. The daytime drama is pacing to nab its most watched season in the-young-and-the-restless-logo_1745__130403191752seven years. Turns out, returning legacy characters and sensational storylines brings back lost viewers.

“Whatevs,” CBS responded – or words to that effect, noting Y&R is No. 1 ranked this season among women 25-54 and 18-49. Y&R has been No. 1 in that 25-54 bracket for 354 of the past 356 weeks, and No. 1 in that 18-49 bracket for 349 of the past 352 weeks, CBS noted. And, Y&R is celebrating its 1,300th consecutive week — or 25 years —  as the No. 1 daytime drama in overall audience, with the release of the Nielsen ratings for the week ending December 2.  Y&R is averaging 5.1 million viewers – its largest audience to start a season since 2011-12.

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TVGN Gets Into Bed With Wendy Williams For New Lineup

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 11:23am PDT

TVGN, the CBS and Lionsgate co-owned cable network formerly known as TV Guide Network, today announced two new unscripted series and two celebrity-driven shows which it will add to its lineup in the fall. The network recently began telecasting the soap The Young And The Restless weeknights at 7 PM and Big Brother After Dark at midnight. The new programs include a reality series about a mother/daughter Staten Island-based talent agency for toddlers, another about an affluent Hispanic family living in Southern California, a behind-the-scenes look at Wendy Williams preparing to play prison matron Mama Morton in the Broadway production of Chicago, and a talk show starring country singer/Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich. Here are the network’s descriptions of the new projects: Read More »

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CBS’ ‘The Young And The Restless’ To Celebrate Jeanne Cooper With Tribute Show

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 1:19pm PDT

Jeanne Cooper Tribute Young And the RestlessCBS said today that The Young And The Restless will air a tribute to the top-rated soap‘s longtime star Jeanne Cooper, who died this week at 84. Family, friends and castmates will gather on the Y&R set to film a celebration of the Emmy-winning actress who played Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades. The hour will feature people on-set and personal memories of Cooper — the mother of actor Corbin Bernsen — along with Y&R clips and interviews from the series’ recent 40th anniversary special. The tribute airs May 28 at 12:30 PM ET/11 AM PT.

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CBS, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Top Daytime Emmy Nominations

Nellie Andreeva

CBS was the most nominated network at the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards announced this morning with 50 nominations, almost half of them for soap The Young And The Restless, which was the most nominated program with 23. All surviving soaps on the broadcast networks received a best drama series nomination, plus One Life To Live for its final episodes on ABC. (The Daytime Emmy Awards cover the previous calendar year. OLTL and All My Children‘s reboots by Prospect Park will be eligible next year.) Among talk shows, stalwart The Ellen DeGeneres Show again leads the way with 10 noms and will square off for best talk show with Live!, The View and The Talk. Katie Couric’s freshman syndicated talk show was the only newcomer in the top talk show categories, nominated for best talk show/informative alongside The Doctors and Dr. Oz. However, fellow rookie talk show host Steve Harvey snagged a nomination for his game show host duties on Family Feud.

The National Academy Of TV Arts & Sciences kept with tradition in the morning show category, nominating the three broadcast network morning programs including the embattled Today. Speaking of embattled, Kevin Clash, subject of multiple sexual abuse lawsuits, landed his last nomination as Elmo puppeteer. This year’s Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to game show veterans Monty Hall and Bob Stewart. The 40th Daytime Emmys will he held June 16 at the Beverly Hilton and air on HLN. Here is a full list of the nominees and tallies by network and by program: Read More »

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TVGN Acquires Basic Cable Rights To CBS/Sony TV’s ‘The Young And The Restless’

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 12:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In TV Guide Network‘s first programming announcement since CBS Corp acquired 50% of the cable network to partner with Lionsgate, TVGN has acquired exclusive basic cable rights to CBS soap The Young And The Restless. The deal, brokered by Sony TV, which produces the popular daytime drama, will start in the summer when Y&R will move from SoapNet, where it has done well in the ratings, to TVGN, keeping its 7 PM time slot. Y&R will continue to air day-and-date with its broadcast on CBS. Y&R is the first daytime drama to lock in a new cable home as SoapNet continues its transformation into Disney Jr. One of the most popular franchises in daytime television history, Y&R recently celebrated 40 years on the air on CBS. It has been the top-rated daytime drama for more than 24 years and continues to be the No. 1 network TV soap among total viewers and key demos, including women 18-49 and 25-54. Y&R has also been SoapNet’s No. 1 series for five consecutive years, delivering a significant audience share among women 18-49 and 25-54 — two key demos for TVGN. Y&R, which is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Co. in association with Sony TV, has received 119 Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other daytime drama, and 412 Emmy nominations.

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‘The Young And The Restless’ Logs 24 Years As Top Daytime Drama

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 9:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

This week CBSThe Young And The Restless marks 24 years (1,248 consecutive weeks) as the top daytime drama in households. The soap, now in its 39th season, began its winning streak the week of December 26, 1988. That was a time before Nielsen people meters when household ratings were the main ratings currency. In women 25-54, Y&R has been No. 1 for 302 of the past 303 weeks, and in women 18-49 for 297 of the last 298 weeks.

Besides a winner, Y&R is also a survivor as the broadcast daytime landscape has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The week Y&R kicked off its streak, there were 13 daytime soaps on the air. Today, there are only four. CBS, which has the most — two — has ranked as No. 1 in daytime for the past 26 years.

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PBS, ‘General Hospital’ Top Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

Nellie Andreeva

Nominations for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. PBS and ABC led the field with 57 nominations and 56 nominations, respectively. Among programs, ABC’s General Hospital landed 21 noms. followed by CBS’ The Young and the Restless (20) and PBS’ Sesame Street (16). Recently canceled ABC soaps All My Children and One Life to Live scored 13 and 12 nominations, respectively. Among the talk shows, The Ellen DeGeneres Show was once again the leader with 12 mentions. Comedy Central’s The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear got four. Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, while the host of another daytime game show, Wayne Brady, will be host the ceremony on June 19, which will be broadcast by CBS. Here are the nominees in the main categories: Read More »

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CBS’s Daytime Drama ‘The Young And The Restless’ Gets 3-Year Renewal

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless will be restless for at least three more years with a new renewal that will keep the top-rated soap on the network through the 2013-14 season. The pickup comes on the heels of NBC giving a two-season renewal to Days of Our Lives. That makes it 2-for-2 for Sony Pictures Television, which produces both series, at a time when many daytime dramas are struggling. The soap world has been contracting over the past couples of years with the cancellations of CBS’ The Guiding Light and As the World Turns and NBC’s Passions. The Young and the Restless was never considered in jeopardy as it ranks as the top-rated daytime drama for a 22th consecutive year. Still, a long-term renewal so early into the series’ current season is a vote of confidence to the show. I hear the pickup is a straightforward one. The previous two-year renewal in August 2009 included a license fee reduction that resulted in budget cuts, including trimming the cast’s salaries that led to a brief standoff between star Eric Braeden and Sony. Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless debuted on March 26, 1973 as a half-hour and was expanded to an hour in 1980. The soap recently featured the return of one-time star David Hasselhoff.

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