Soap Stars Party at 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Reception (PHOTOS)

After the Daytime Emmy Awards telecast ended, soap’s biggest names–including Frank Valentini, Erika Slezak and Michelle Stafford (pictured above)–kicked off a night of parties at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16. Check out more photos of your favorite soap stars after the jump!

INTERVIEW: One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith Talks Web Soaps, “Bora” Sex and Loving Her New Matthew


Hillary B. Smith is no stranger to the world of online soap operas. The One Life to Live powerhouse has starred in such digital hits as Venice and Fumbling Thru The Pieces; plus she was a producer on Crystal Chappell's pilot for The Grove. With all that dot com drama experience under her belt, does Llanview's Nora Buchanan have any tips for Prospect Park, as they bring OLTL and All My Children online? She says they have it covered.

Speaking of having things covered, the soap vet gushes about Robert Gorrie, the young man charged with introducing a now adult Matthew Buchanan to the web. How will Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora react to their son's somewhat douchey behavior? Find out below what Smith told me on the red carpet before the premieres of the new OLTL and AMC!

Daytime Confidential: You're an early adapter to the web, having done Venice and Fumbling Thru The Pieces.

Hillary B. Smith: And The Grove!

DC: And The Grove?

HBS: I produced The Grove.

DC: Awesome, I didn't know that! Have you had any advice for the Prospect Park people as they embark on this venture?

HBS: I'm very careful to let them ask questions. If they want to ask me something, I'm happy to share with them my experiences, but they haven't really had to ask. I think they're way ahead of the game, so that's great. They've done their research.


INTERVIEW: Sexy Robert Gorrie Talks Moving Matthew Buchanan Into Manhood on One Life to Live

Let's get one thing clear, hot-bodied, young thespian Robert Gorrie isn't trying to replace Eddie Alderson. The One Life to Live newcomer drove that point home several times while I chatted with him during a recent set visit. What Gorrie is trying to accomplish, is successfully navigating baby daddy/bad boy Matthew Buchanan's twisty journey into adulthood on the TOLN soap.

Will that journey involve controversial, new story arcs for Matthew  and Destiny (Laura Harrier)? What role with Matthew's old flame Dani Delgado-Manning (Kelley Missal) play in his baby mama drama? Don't forget about new hunk in town Jeffrey King (Corbin Bleu). Gorrie reveals how Matt will be interacting with all three, not to mention the extended Buchanan family. To borrow from one CBS soap, OLTL is about to get hella young and very restless! 

Daytime Confidential: What made you sign onto One Life to Live?

Robert Gorrie: I particularly liked the challenge of this new media platform. Internet television is the future and I felt like, to be a part of something that’s just on the cusp of becoming the norm in the industry, and to be on the first soap to do it, I just thought it was a really unique opportunity. I think a lot of eyeballs are going to catch it.

Have Erika Slezak and Bob Woods Signed on For New One Life to Live?

Showbiz 411 is reporting veteran soap stars Erika Slezak (Viki) and Bob Woods (Bo) have signed on for Prospect Park's continuation of One Life to Live. Additionally, Soap Opera Digest is reporting casting calls have gone out for the roles of Matthew Buchanan and Destiny Evans. The Llanview teen parents were portrayed by Eddie Alderson and Shenell Edmonds on the ABC Daytime version of OLTL

Soap Stars Dazzle at 39th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards

James Scott and Lauren Koslow celebrated with the Days of our Lives makeup team at the 39th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on June 17. DAYS took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series.  See more photos from the Creative Arts Daytime Emmy ceremony after the jump!

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Outstanding Younger Actor and Actress Categories CUT From Main Daytime Emmys Celebration!


I'd heard a rumor NATAS was considering this nonsense, and prayed it wouldn't prove true. I guess the Soap Gods were fowarding my calls to voicemail, because Soaps In Depth is reporting the Outstanding Younger Actor and Actress categories have been cut from the main Daytime Emmy program on June 23!

Those awards will be handed out at the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys on June 17. Okay, I've been trying to be all Namaste of late, but this is some flat out b.s!