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Former "Peyton Place" and "Capitol" star Ed Nelson has passed away.

Soap stars react to the death of Robin Williams

The classic soap "The Doctors" is going to be shown on Retro TV.

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by Kathy Griffin were streamed live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Winners are in bold below.

You can also view the Daytime Emmys here.

Outstanding Drama Series: B&B, Days, OLTL, & Y&R
Lead Actress: Eileen Davidson (Kristen, Days), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), & Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days)
Lead Actor: Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R), & Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH)
Supporting Actress: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH), Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R), & Kelly Sullivan (Connie, GH)
Supporting Actor: Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH), Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B), Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days), & Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH)
Younger Actress: Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Hunter King (Summer, Y&R), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B), & Kelley Missal (Danielle, OLTL)
Younger Actor: Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R), Chandler Massey (Will, Days), & Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R)
Writing Team: B&B, Days, & Y&R
Directing Team: B&B, Days, OLTL, & Y&R
Outstanding Special Class Special: Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Tribute

On Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were presented. Winners are below in bold.

Casting Director: B&B, Days, GH [Mark Teschner], & Y&R
Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design: [Tie] AMC, B&B, GH, & OLTL
Lighting Direction: B&B, GH, & Y&R
Technical Team: B&B, Days, GH, & Y&R
Multiple Camera Editing: B&B, Days, GH, OLTL, & Y&R
Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing: AMC, B&B, GH, OLTL, & Y&R
Music Direction & Composition: AMC, B&B, Days, & Y&R
Original Song: "Parachute" by Denyse Tontz (Miranda, AMC), "A Love That Never Ends" (Days), "Make Me Remember" (Y&R), & "While We Can" (Y&R)
Costume Design: [Tie] B&B, Days, GH, & Y&R
Hairstyling: B&B, Days, OLTL, & Y&R
Makeup: [Tie] B&B, Days, GH, & Y&R

On March 10, 2014, Prospect Park Networks filed for bankruptcy protection, because they owe money to 20 individuals or companies, including $1.7 million to ABC, $750,000 to the law firm representing it in its lawsuit against ABC, $86,000 to the Screen Actors Guild, $50,000 to the Directors Guild, $345,000 to the Connecticut Film Center (where AMC and OLTL taped), $565,000 to NEP Broadcasting (a company that provides teleproduction services), $205,000 to OLTL actress Erika Slezak (Viki), and $60,000 to her co-star Tuc Watkins (David).

On March 7, ABC filed a cross-complaint over Prospect Park's failure to pay the licensing fees it owes to ABC for the rights to AMC and OLTL. Read more here!

"Soap Life," a documentary about the evolving face of daytime, was released on March 11, 2014 and is now available on iTunes for $12.99. Also, buy or rent at Amazon. For more info. and to view the trailer, visit https://www.facebook.com/soaplifedoc.

Y&R & B&B are returning for the 2014-2015 season on CBS. B&B will be celebrating its 27th anniversary in March, and averages nearly four million viewers. Y&R averages over five million viewers and received a multi-year pickup that will keep it on the air through the 2017 season!

The TVGN documentary "Who Shot the Daytime Soap?" aired on December 16, 2013.  It looks at the startling power and resiliency of daytime drama and how it all went haywire.

The 2014 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards were presented on Saturday, February 1, 2014, when the writing team for "Days of Our Lives" won.
The nominees in Daytime Drama which aired between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 were:
NBC's Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, & Christopher J. Whitesell.
ABC's General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, & Chris Van Etten.
Y&R's The Young and the Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey Thomson; Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman.
CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to enter a submission this year.

On December 3, 2013, Prospect Park’s co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz filed a complaint against the company and its investors to see if he can get out of his exclusive 5-year contract, because he disagrees with the cancellation of AMC & OLTL.

In an interview with Carolyn Hinsey on 11/15/13, Sonia Blangiardo, AMC Supervising Producer, cites the IATSE union dispute over pay rates for the crew as the reason for both the online OLTL & AMC's halt of production on June 5, 2013. The ABC lawsuit, low ratings, and eventually actors getting other jobs or being pregnant (Eden Riegel, Bianca & Paula Garces, Lea) when their characters were not, contributed to Prospect Park's problems. Even though the union dispute was resolved on June 20, production did not resume in August as planned, because all of the above obstacles "discouraged potential investors." Carolyn states that half of OLTL was unrecognizable to her, but Sonia thinks their biggest flaw was concentrating too much on the “Wow Factor” for events. Sometimes, they lost track of why the event was happening in first place. To read more, click here.

Prospect Park, which licensed "All My Children" & "One Life to Live" from ABC to relaunch them as web-only series, sued in April 2013 in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that the network sabotaged the relaunch by, among other things, killing off key characters. On November 13, the plaintiff filed a new amended complaint with more details of ABC's alleged fraud and a demand for more than $95 million in damages. For all the details, click here.

After 14 years on the air, SOAPnet went dark on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 when Walt Disney Co. decided to no longer provide programming for the channel in favor of Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers. Click here for the full story.

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will include a new category "Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series" for online shows. Also, daytime dramas that have produced 35 episodes in the calendar year of 2013 are available for entry in Outstanding Drama Series, which means the rebooted AMC and OLTL will be eligible to compete against the broadcast network soaps.

In April, 2013, Prospect Park filed a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, claiming that the network has violated the licensing agreement it forged with PP two years ago and has been sabotaging the company's attempt to relaunch AMC and OLTL online. PP claims that ABC has actively caused problems, including refusing to transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on storylines. Read the full complaint here. ABC has responded that it remains very supportive of the online launch of both OLTL and AMC. "With respect to Prospect Park’s lawsuit, we believe the claims are baseless, and we will defend them vigorously in court and not the press.”

The Smithsonian Institute has partnered with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to bring some of the most iconic daytime television memorabilia to the national museum, such as costumes, props, scripts, awards, and much more!

Hulu has exclusively launched the longest-running British soap opera "Coronation Street"!
Americans can now join the ranks of "Corrie" superfans like Snoop Dogg, Link  Piers Morgan, Cheryl Cole and Sir Anthony Hopkins, who are openly obsessed with the 53 year-old daily drama that has given viewers stunning bombshells, breakups, 39 births, 120 deaths and 88 weddings.
Hulu and Hulu Plus subscribers will have immediate access to eleven episodes from the current season plus two “Christmas Special” bonus episodes – packed full of weddings, birthdays, affairs, and betrayals.
Fans won’t be left in suspense as the drama unfolds--new episodes post daily, two weeks after they debut in the U.K.! Will an affair keep Tyrone and Kirsty from tying the knot? Will Roy accept help from Mary after an accident leaves him injured? U.S. “Corrie” fans will surely find out!
Here's the URL for more info: Link 
As Sir Anthony Hopkins said “Life isn’t worth living if I miss an episode of Coronation Street.” We hope you readers will have the same enthusiasm for the show.
*About Coronation Street: *
Britain's favorite drama series Coronation Street is loved by millions of fans worldwide. For five decades viewers have been gripped by the domestic dramas of these ordinary people on the fictional cobbled street in Manchester. The roll call of iconic characters over the years is endless, with approximately 5,000 characters. The street has seen it all, from affairs of the heart to domestic disasters. With over 7,500 episodes there have been 39 births, 120 deaths and 88 weddings. IMDb: Link

A UK professor of natural languages is using our soap transcripts for her research!


After 22 years, "Soap Opera Weekly" ceased publication with its April 10, 2012 issue.

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