LIVE BLOG: 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Daytime Confidential's Official Live Blog for The 40th Annual Daytime Emmys! We'll get started in a bit, but drop me a line in the comments on what you expect for the evening!

The show is officially underway y'all! I caught some of the red carpet show, but I didn't see many soap stars. I don't know what that's about, but I digress.

We open with hosts Robin Meade, Sam Champion and AJ Hammer. I like Robin's dress. They're rambling about the Daytime Emmys turning 40 this year. Oh great, they're going to sing. Now, Robin is singing. I don't understand what's happening here.

Okay. Sam is doing a Daytme Emmy Doppler radar. I still have yet to see something that features a soap star. They just showed George Lucas who looks like he'd rather have a V8 than be in the audience. I'm kind of feeling your pain George.

So Sheryl Underwood is going to interview all the stars as they win their awards on stage. She's going to fan girl ALL OVER the place, as she's a long time soap fan.

The nominees for Outstanding Younger Actor all come out on stage. They're presenting:


And The Emmy Goes To...


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All My Children: Is it Crazy to Ask??

Is it crazy to ask ABC for what we actually want to see in a Soap? Things like good writing, less new characters, more veterans, and actual fluidity and believability? That being said, here is this weeks rant, or Blog as it may be.......
So, Dixie is back. Either in ghost or Angel form, or as a figment of Adam’s imagination. Either way, this is not as fitting or appropriate as I thought it would be. As a matter of fact, all the cackling she is doing is aggravating the hell out of me. Or, is that aggravating the heaven out of me? Honestly, it is hard for me to tell. I do not approve of the way they have brought this once-loved character back. Honestly, if I were Cady McClain, I’d be downright pissed at the scriptwriting. I do like the way she seems to be taunting him into a padded cell, that part is appropriate, as a matter of fact, I would LOVE to see Adam Chandler actually face his “ghosts” in a looney bin. Tit for tat, ya know? However, I hardly think Tad would be there this time to break him out, like he tried to do for Dixie all those many years ago. Also, I think the whole “cinder and ashes” crap that Adam is seeing is a bit much. We all know where Adam is going, why think he can ever redeem himself?
I also want to talk about Cassie’s toy elephant, the one that Rob keeps trying to get his hands on. Ok, hear me out here. This is a 20 year old toy. It is supposedly important to her, and seeing how she carries it around, her favorite. So, I ask you, when has a childs favorite toy ever look like it was brand-new? Ok, Let me tell you a little secret here, I have kids. They have webkinz. I have washed their favorite ones at least a dozen times, and they NEVER come out looking like new. I do not care how well a child takes care of a toy, after 20 years it looks like it has been through he ringer. Heck, after 20 DAYS, if your kid is anything like mine, the toy is pretty much used and abused. Ya think someone might have found the diamond in that thing yet? C’mon people, wake up!!
Babe is growing a brain here, folks, she put 2 and 2 together and figured out that Richie set JR up to find the hooker in his bed. How long do you think it will take her to figure out he also stole JR’s bone marrow? Or that JR got Hepatitis A from the procedure? HMMM…. Maybe with Jr’s new haircut, Babe may find him more attractive, god knows I sure do!
Aidan was sent to Darfur this week to save Dr. Jake Martin, now being played by Ricky Paull Goldin. What surprised me more was at one moment, they are looking at the explosion that was created at the jail, and the next moment, he is standing in Zach’s office at Cambias Industries. Are you kidding me? The entire arc of Aidan going to Darfur, until the time he “arrived” back in Pine Valley took less time altogether than the flights both ways would have taken. Is there any reality in soap timing? Any at all? How did Jake get to the area where he was found and taken to the hospital? And how the hell did Aidan get back so damn fast? Wait, the Pine Valley Rapid Transit System is in operation. This amazing system can transport you from anywhere in the world to Pine Valley in as much time as it takes a commercial break to air. Amazing, isn’t it?
OY VEY! I need some Tylenol!
From the Medicated Mind of an AMC Girl

All My Children – Is it just a “Phase”??

Has anyone noticed the trend lately (or maybe not so lately) on All My Children? It appears that instead of writing exit stories for actors that were cut, they just sort of phase them completely out, and never mention them again. It seems to be a growing trend. In my opinion, some of these characters deserved to be written off with their stories closed out.
Take for instance, Reggie Montgomery. Michael B. Jordan, who was an incredibly talented young actor, just sort of faded out of the picture, later having it explained that he went off to college. He just sort of went. Now he is never even mentioned. Even with all that has been going on between Jack and Erica, not one mention. It is sad really, and an insult to talent.
Also missing from the Montgomery clan, is Sean Montgomery, and he was just cut with little or no fanfare, just poof and one day he was gone, only to be mentioned once or twice, in passing, and with no mention of where he went, or where he was going. Just going, going, gone.
Next, we have Brooke English. The way she was written out without so much as a bit of fanfare was incredibly insulting to an actress that defined Pine Valley, and angered many a fan when in late 2006, the news got out that Julia Barr had been let go. Her work on All My Children garnered Julia eight Emmy Award nominations (1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001), and she won the trophy both in 1990 and 1998 for “Outstanding Supporting Actress.” In 1990, she also took home a Soap Opera Digest Award for “Best Supporting Actress,” and she received another nomination from the magazine in 2002. Again, a very useful and talented actor, fading into the background, and eventually forgotten about, and never mentioned. I think the outrage over her leaving, caused many fans to turn the channel on the sets, and never look back. This, I am sure has helped All My Children in their further declining ratings.
While “phasing out” of characters lately seems to be the normal, All My Children has also been showing vintage clips of past characters. Seeing the clip of Jenny Gardner in a Foxy’s costume, or sitting out on the fire escape with Jesse on a hot summer day made me wax nostalgic for the days of old, where having good people to play good parts that were well written for was as important as anything else. It was not about the budget, contracts, or backstage squabbling. Although I thoroughly enjoyed all these clips, it made me sad that the writers cannot seem to capture that magic All My Children once had.
I have actually been on vacation, and when I returned home, there were 5 episodes on my TIVO. Did I rush to watch them? No, not really. If I knew the vintage clips were there,, I most definitely would have, and reveled in the fact that what is old can be made new again, for people who are not old enough to remember Jenny & Gregg, and their saga of Rich Boy/Poor Girl/True Love. Throw in a snobbish and bigoted mother for the rich boy, and you got Greg Nelson, and his meddlesome and unapproving mother, Enid Nelson, doing her best To do whatever is necessary to keep her son away from Jenny Gardner, Daughter of Opal & Ray Gardner, and sister to Thaddeus (Tad) Martin. There was also a very young Liza Colby, whom Enid enlisted to keep the two lovebirds apart. Liza was very good at deceit, and wanted Greg for her own. The fact that Greg only had eyes for Jenny, only led her to want him even more. Love eventually won out, and Greg and Jenny were married, much to Enid’s chagrin. Happiness was short lived though, when Jenny met her untimely death on a rigged Jet-Ski that was meant for Greg instead of her.
Does all this give me hope that good times are coming back to All My Children? I sure hope so. We could use some good times. Do I think the current writers need to take a page out of the books from the 1970’s? I sure do. Is it better, or yet again is this just a phase?
I will however leave you this to ponder…. Do you think had the internet been around in the 1970’s, that viewers would have had the same issues with the show that we are seeing today?
Pass the meds, it is almost time to watch All My Children again…………
From the Medicated Mind of an AMC Girl
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What Was Worse on Guiding Light in 2007?

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DC #183: Best and Worst of 2007

It's here folks! The 2nd Annual Daytime Confidential Best & Worst of 2007.

This is the show where Lisa and Luke make their picks of the Best & Worst in daytime from categories such as; Guy whose chestnuts we want roasted over an open fire, Glittery Hoo Hoo of the Year, Biggest ho ho ho, Most Improved, Biggest Waste of Talent (male), Biggest Waste of Talent (female), Dreams Really Do Come True, Be Careful What You Wish For, You Go Girl, Best Stunt-Casting, Worst Stunt-Casting, Best Couple, Worst Couple, Best Triangle or Quad, Worst Triangle or Quad, Best Storyline, Worst Storyline, Best Britney Impression (worst parent), Most in Need for a Roll in the Hay, MP of the Year, Hall of Shame and many more great categories.

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