Didn't have time to watch the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live? Check out the acceptance speeches for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress, Outstanding Younger Actress, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, Outstanding Directing Team and the salute to Guiding Light after the jump.
Of course the most sought after clip will be of Brad Bell's unaired acceptance speech, cut off by The CW unceremoniously in interest of time. READ MORE
One Life to Live's Susan Haskell won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy on Sunday, in what could be one of the most competitive categories of the year. READ MORE
One Life to Live's Susan Haskell talks with The Sudbury Star about her Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.
"I've gotta say, it's nice," she allows of being a nominee again. "I am not going to be shy about that. The character has always been fantastic, and when they give you a story where you get to do something that's really interesting, it's a nice treat.
"The whole thing of finding out you have a son, while not really having your memory, that's pretty crazy," Haskell says of the "One Life to Live" plot that brought her a current nomination for outstanding lead actress. "I enjoy that kind of work, when it's that meaty. It's not that you can't separate what's real from what isn't, but you go home a little more tired than usual, that's for sure."
Haskell is nominated opposite All My Children's Debbi Morgan, As the World Turns' Maura West, The Bold and the Beautiful's Susan Flannery and The Young and the Restless' Jeanne Cooper in the Outstanding Lead Actress category.
The best argument the soap opera genre can make in favor of its own survival airs at 2pm EST on ABC/ 9pm EST on SOAPnet. Its name is One Life to Live.
OLTL's fictional town of Llanview, PA. is a town rich in history, overflowing with talent, boisterous in personality and uninhibited by an addiction to one or two characters.
Monday’s nod to Grey Gardens–acted out by the fantastic foursome of Robin Strasser, Kassie DePaiva, Trevor St. John and Florencia Lozano–and the seamlessness with which it was woven into the double wedding ceremony of Viki to Charlie and Nora to Clint is one of many examples of why OLTL has surpassed The Young and the Restless as the genre’s most well-written soap opera. READ MORE
My absence from Daytime Confidential lately has not been due to the usual business of family and work taking up a lot of my time, but rather a certain lack energy to post about practically any of the daytime serials that clog up my DVR from day to day. This is neither a positive nor a negative thing because there are frequent periods throughout the year when shows kind of coast along and do their their thing, usually between sweeps.
At these times, there is little for the viewer — if that viewer is me — to get all worked up about this plot twist, that character's action, some couple or another or even a whole show's direction. Normally, this state of affairs hits one or two shows at a time. Every once in a while like the last couple of weeks, the stars align and all the serials get caught in the same momentum of drift. All that is required of us is to watch and see where it all goes.
In that spirit, my brain plays a little game of soap opera hopscotch, taking in odds and ends big and small. There is no great elaboration on anything here, just a quick rundown of things I like and not like so much. Your mileage may vary... READ MORE
AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: The title of this blog entry is solely a reference to the writing styles of the shows mentioned and nothing more.
"The effect of drinking a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick." — The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
That description of what is known as the best fictional alcoholic drink in the known universe is exactly how I feel watching a few of my favorite daytime dramas these days. Unlike that improbable drinky drink, this is hardly a compliment. There is something really odd going on all over the soap dial with the ham fisted lack of subtlety and general narrative blundering going on.
In a couple of recent entries, I pointed out how All My Children's "Who Killed Stuart (Not Adam) Chandler?" murder mystery has been marred by a lack of, well, mystery. As I said, what had the potential to be a great whodunit has been turned into the soap opera equivalent of Clue, one which is losing my interest very rapidly, especially when compared to increasingly delicious and twisted "Who Killed Edmund Winslow?" whodunit concurrently airing on Guiding Light. The latter show is peeling back layers and layers of motive and opportunity, while the former is peeling like an onion: it is making me cry. As it happens, AMC isn't the only egregious offender of hitting us over the head with the narrative equivalent of a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick these days: the other two are As the World Turns and, shockingly and in some circles blasphemously, One Life to Live. READ MORE