Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital to Compete For 2014 WGA Award


The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has unveiled their nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards and three of the four remaining daytime soaps received nods! The writing teams from General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives were all nominated. According to the WGA, online serials All My Children and One Life to Live were eligible. Here's a notation concerning soaps created for new media:
All daytime serials will compete in the Daytime Drama category, which has also been broadened to include made-for new media programming.

In addition to the two daily online soaps which aired this past television season, CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful didn't receive a nomination this year.  For a complete list of nominees, keep reading after the jump!


PC #64: Scandalous Anatomy in Dallas


On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr and Regan Cellura dish the latest pop culture, movie, music, TV headlines and storylines, including:

Donald Trump and Bill Maher face off, again, over birth certificates. Los Angeles' D.A. wants to revoke Chris Brown’s probation.

Beyonce rocks the Super Bowl halftime show and reunites with bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

30 Rock ends its run on NBC, as The Office prepares to say goodbye too. Smash returns for its second season after cleaning house. The Earl of Grantham and Countess of Grantham’s marriage continues to crumble beneath the death of their daughter Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey

With Larry Hagman’s death causing Dallas to write off J.R., does TNT’s drama need to bring Victoria Principal back as Pamela Barnes Ewing? Spencer finds out Toby is an A on Pretty Little Liars. Jamey is still in love with NBC’s Deception. Which “on the bubble” shows could be cancelled soon? Secrets shake Scandal on ABC. Regan isn’t happy with Grey’s Anatomy, but Luke and Jamey are loving it.

Tim McGraw releases a new album and Warm Bodies tops the Box Office.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast! 











 

Daytime Soap Opera Alums Clean Up at SAG Awards!

 


For a medium that Hollywood loves to poke fun at, daytime soap operas certainly manage to produce a lot of award-winning actors! Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were dominated by the wins of former daytime stars.

Tommy Lee Jones, who spent most of the 1970's playing Dr. Mark Toland on ABC Daytime's One Life to Live, took home the Actor for his work in Lincoln. Jones played diehard abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens in the film.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston won the Actor for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series. Cranston was an original cast member on Agnes Nixon and the late Douglas Marland's 30-minute, daily college soap Loving back in 1983, portraying Doug Donovan. 

RELATED: Bryan Cranston Recalls Being Fired From Loving on Chelsea Lately

American Horror Story and Mad Men Lead 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations!




The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and FX’s American Horror Story and AMC’s Mad Men each racked up a leading 17 nominations. The British import Downton Abbey moved from the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category last year to Outstanding Drama Series this year, picking up 16 nominations.  A&E’s Hatfields & McCoys also earned 16 nominations, while picking up a nomination in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category.

Downton Abbey was joined by Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Homeland and Breaking Bad in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, 30 Rock and Veep all received Outstanding Comedy Series nominations. See the full list after the jump!


Sherri Shepherd is a “Octuple Threat” on Tonight’s 30 Rock!


The View co-host and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Sherri Shepherd returns to NBC’s 30 Rock tonight, reprising her guest role as Tracy's (Tracy Morgan) wife  Angie Jordan. Apparently, Angie wants to work out a deal to cross promote her products on the show. Angie hilariously tells the camera she’s an “octuple threat.” Watch the laugh-out-loud clip after the jump!



Alec Baldwin BLASTS NBC’s Today For “Stalking”; Says He’s Leaving The Network!


The Today Show may be celebrating fending off former anchor Katie Couric in the Nielsens, during Couric's recent stint on ABC's Good Morning America, but now the morning show has a new foe — fellow NBC'er Alec Baldwin! In a series of tweets, the 30 Rock star accused Today of "stalking" him in wake of his latest scandal, involving Genevieve Sabourin, a woman Baldwin has also accused of stalking him!

This past Monday, Sabourin, a Canadian actress, was arrested on suspicion of stalking. This was after Sabourin had reportedly shown up at Baldwin's apartment in New York City. Prior to that, the woman had allegedly appeared at Baldwin's holiday retreat in the Hamptons.

Baldwin, who recently became engaged to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, admitted to knowing Sabourin, having met her on a movie set some 10 years earlier and having reportedly dined with her. Today's camera crew was reportedly outside Baldwin's apartment to cover the growing story. Check out Baldwin's tweets—including one where he says he's leaving NBC—after the jump!


The View Tackles Tracy Morgan Homophobia Drama


The women of The View discussed comedian Tracy Morgan's vile, homophobic rant at a comedy club in Nashville recently, as part of their Hot Topics segment on Monday. Per usual, Whoopi Goldberg was the Defender in Chief, saying "but for the grace of God there go all of us." Okay, so Whoopi is saying everyone is just five seconds away from choosing to say the most heinous things imaginable about a group of people, all for the sakes of shiz and giggles?

Sherri Shepherd, who plays Morgan's wife on Tina Fey's sitcom 30 Rock, made the point that because of Morgan's antics his costars and bosses were negatively impacted. Fellow comedian Joy Behar called his statements on homosexuality being a.) a choice and b.) taught by the media, "ignorant". Barbara Walters was visibly disgusted by Morgan's remarks and said cloaking bigotry under the guise of "comedy" wasn't always acceptable. Haven't wanted to say this in a long time but, go Babs! Watch the clip below.