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‘Days Of Our Lives’ And ‘The Young & The Restless’ To Recruit Alums From Canceled ABC Soaps ‘AMC’ And ‘OLTL’

By | Wednesday April 27, 2011 @ 10:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Some of the cast members of ABC’s recently canceled daytime dramas All My Children and One Life To Live may get new soap gigs courtesy of Sony TV. I hear the studio is planning to bring in a number of actors from AMC and OLTL to join its two daytime dramas, NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’ The Young & the Restless. Names I’ve heard mentioned are Debbi Morgan and Jacob Young from All My Children and Gina Tognoni and Josh Kelly from One Life to Live.

I hear Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko is behind the plan. When the AMC and OLTL‘s cancellations were made official earlier this month, he sprung into action, starting consultations with his top daytime executive Steve Kent and Days co-creator/exec producer Ken Corday and Y&R co-creator/exec producer Bill Bell about which actors from the departing ABC shows would strengthen the talent roster on the two soaps. (Y&R recently recruited another former star of an ABC soap, General Hospital’s Genie Francis, who starts as a new regular at the end of May.)

While daytime dramas’ fortunes have been falling over the past several years as five soaps have bit the dust, Sony TV’s Days and Y&R have been going strong, with Y&R ranking as the top-rated daytime drama for the past two decades. Read More »

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UPDATE: Eric Braeden Fires Back At Neil Patrick Harris Over ‘D-Bag’ Comment

UPDATE PM: Eric Braeden is firing back at Neil Patrick Harris for calling him a “D-Bag” on Twitter for bailing on a How I Met Your Mother guest stint at the 11th hour. In a statement to Deadline, the Young and the Restless actor said, “I have been in this business for 50 years, have seen so many actors come and go — most of them never to be seen or heard from again. I suggest whoever this young fellow is that he enjoy his success and count his blessings and save his money. My first time on [HIMYM] I enjoyed working with the writers, directors, and crew enormously. However, I did not have the pleasure of meeting most of the cast, including this fellow who put his foot in his mouth by saying what he did. It’s Christmastime and I forgive him for his transgression.” Braeden says he pulled out of the HIMYM appearance partly due to exhaustion. “I have been overworked at Y&R. I have been doing 40 and 50 pages a day. I was [also] not aware of what they wanted me to do until the day before.” Harris, meanwhile, seems to be regretting his choice of words. Three hours after his initial tirade, he returned to Twitter to say, “Now I feel … Read More »

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2010 Daytime Emmy Winners: ‘As The World Turns’, ‘Bold & Beautiful’, ‘Young & Restless’, ‘General Hospital’, ‘Cash Cab’, ‘Ellen’, ‘Dr Oz’, And ‘The Doctors’

emmy atasThe National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards presented at the Las Vegas Hilton tonight. CBS was dominant in the soap opera category, in part because of the performances on the cancelled As The World Turns. The telecast included a special tribute to Dick Clark which was hosted by Ryan Seacrest that included Marie Osmond, Tony Orlando, Chubby Checker, the Spinners and vintage clips of the classic American Bandstand television show. Agnes Nixon was honored with the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her over 45 years in Daytime Serial Drama creating ABC Television Network’s One Life to Live, All My Children and Loving:

Drama series
The Bold & The Beautiful (CBS)
BRADLEY P. BELL, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER; RHONDA FRIEDMAN, SUPERVISING PRODUCER; RON WEAVER, SENIOR PRODUCER; ADAM DUSEVOIR, COORDINATING PRODUCER; CYNTHIA J. POPP, PRODUCER.

Lead actress in a drama series
Maura West, As the World Turns (CBS)

Lead actor in a drama series
Michael Park, As the World Turns (CBS)

Supporting actress in a drama series
Julie Pinson, As the World Turns (CBS)

Supporting actor in a drama series
Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Game show
Cash Cab (Discovery)
ANTONY TACKABERRY, ALLISON CORN, TOM COHEN, MARY DONAHUE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER; BEN BAILEY, CONSULTING PRODUCER; STAN HSUE, NICK O’GORMAN, SUPERVISING PRODUCER; JESSE GREEN, JONATHAN GROCE, SARAH KANTER, ADAM MARKOWITZ, ANDREW MCINTYRE, TALIA PARKINSON, MARY STEPHENS, PRODUCER; REBECCA BREGMAN, RUTH JOHNSTON, LINE PRODUCER; CHRIS SGUEGLIA, DIRECTOR; ART CHUNG, BRIAN HENDERSON, JOSIAH MADIGAN, BROCK MAHAN, ADAM TOBIN, GREG … Read More »

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