Category Archives: Soap Opera Events

Ken Corday’s NetSoap/NetNovellas website is up and running

pril 11, 2014
Last week Ken Corday(Corday Productions)and Greg Meng made the announcement they would be revolutionizing the soap genre with their new vision. An interactive online soap website, Net Soaps/Net Novellas.

Today the website Net Soaps/The Interactive Soap Opera go to www.netsoapstv.com.

You can check out the new features and this wonderful new concept which is Soap Operas … Reimagined! Net Soaps are , “We are developing the next generation of online, interactive, multi-lingual Soap Operas and Novelas. Together with our brand sponsor partners, we’ll build global audience communities and truly engage them with actor casting contests, location and show selection participation, viewer contests and more. In our world, the audience fully participates – and helps craft – the shows they want to watch.

Here you will be able to see an actor/actress online contest: “Soon we’ll be launching a site where aspiring actors and actresses can select a scene written by our creative team, videotape an audition and upload it to us. They’ll be incented to have their social networks vote for their auditions. Our celebrity judges and audience will also be polled and winners will be cast into roles on our shows. ”

A writer/producer online contest: “We’ll also encourage producers and writers to submit reels and show concepts to us. If we like a show concept, we might fund it and test it on our sites.”

Viewer Interactions and contests: “We’ll be building viewer communities around our shows and allow our viewers to suggest show locations, casting, storyline directions and more. And our brand sponsors will also hold regular contests providing viewers with the chance to win products, services and even walk on roles in our shows.”

This is an amazing concept so be sure to visit and check out the site. The Soap genre lives on and on!

Soap Opera’s blamed for Daytime Emmys declining audience

According to Variety.com the reason for the low ratings for the Daytime Emmys is that it centers around soap opera’s. Because so little focus is given to talk shows and game shows and children;s programming.

“According to Gabriel Gornell, who exec produced the past two telecasts, audience apathy may be due to the ceremony’s strong focus on one genre: soap operas. “There’s a long history in building this special around daytime dramas,” says Gornell.”

“Daytime Emmys switched networks almost annually for four decades and has been beset by a 20-year ratings slide. Case in point: In 1993, the broadcast garnered 22 million viewers. Last year, viewers of the HLN telecast numbered 913,000.

They certainly do not see the real picture. If they go back to the older telecasts tey will see that the Daytime Emmys were so popular because they were about daytime dramas , the soap opera’s.

The beautiful women and gorgeous hunky men of soaps hosted the show, gave out the awards and entertained as well. Soap viewers were there in full force and the ratings were high.

The new telecasts have people outside of soap’s with TV newscasters handing them out and singing(?). So of course they have lost viewers the shows have become boring because of all of the lack of soap actors. Though we only had five soaps last year and now only four, the fans of the four soaps have moved mountains to keep their soaps and will show up for the show if and only if it is centered around the daytime dramas with soap actors honoring the talk shows and the game shows and the few children shows.

Make it a soap extravaganza people and you will see the fans come roaring back instead of losing interest and watching Prime Time soaps like Dallas, Devious Maids or Revenge instead.

Read the Variety.com here.

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Soap fans join True Blue Soap Monday for AMC OLTL GH

Nanci Hughes
NY Soap Opera Examiner
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Here is something fans of All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital may want to be a part of.

On April 14 fans are asked “To Show their True Colors ”

Fans of All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will unite nationwide to show their continued loyalty on April 14, 2014, the 3rd anniversary of the ABC cancellations. Fans will wear the color blue to show they are “true blue” fans on True Blue Soap Monday! Fans will post selfies on the Event Facebook Page and on twitter using the hashtags #AMC #OLTL #GH and #truebluesoapmonday. Event organizers are also planning Special Event Day activities for several U.S. cities.

The idea for the event was developed by the administrators of the Facebook Soap Group, ABC Bring Back “Love in the Afternoon”. Susan English, creator of the group, said “We wanted to show ABC and the actors of the two cancelled iconic soaps that there is still a tremendous fan base out there wanting these show to return to the network lineup. Fans want to restore “Love in the Afternoon” on ABC. What better way to prove this than by showing our “true blue colors”.

“Our fan base is truly diverse” continues English. ” The idea for commemorating the cancellation anniversary came from a devoted viewer from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The idea for the “true blue” aspect of the event was suggested by a lesbian soap and music enthusiast from Seattle.” As for English herself, she started watching the soaps as a teen and then, followed them through college and her career thru newspaper synopses and later, Soapnet. “The importance of these shows hit home for me in the spring of 2008 when I was told I needed a life saving liver transplant,” said English. “My stories gave me a brief daily respite from dealing with the deterioration of my health.”

Of course, everyone knows what happened that dark day in April 2011 when All My Children and One Life to Live were cancelled by ABC. It was followed by the protests of many soap fans on Facebook and Twitter and eventually led to the attempt by Prospect Park to briefly bring the soaps to the Internet. However, since Prospect Park has shelved those plans and recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, fans’ focus returns to ABC. “The majority of the replacement programming ABC has implemented has dismally failed,” said English. “General Hospital, to the contrary, has experienced an amazing resurgence due to soap fans. We hope to demonstrate to Bob Iger, Anne Sweeney, Ben Sherwood and Vicki Dummer of Disney/ABC that there is a renewed demand for AMC, OLTL and GH on ABC Daytime! They can restore the network’s luster by bringing back “Love in the Afternoon”.

English says her Facebook group members are hopeful that ABC will see the error of its ways. True Blue Soap Monday is designed to do just that. English, herself, is optimistic. “A year ago, I was in a hospital struggling to recover from a ruptured spleen and then six months later, I received the gift of life-a liver transplant. If I could survive the odds, I think AMC, OLTL, and GH can too.”

This is a very positive idea without threats or dismal circumstances just fans showing their love for there soaps in a heartwarming way.

So join the true blue fan group and be there April 14th. Thanks Ms English!

A good friend of the soaps and the fight to save them, Sue Okonis, has a wonderful idea to show the actors of Guiding Light, Another World and As The World Turns how much they are appreciated and missed everyday. Sue would like to organize a celebration of the lost soaps and their actors. A big party where fans and actors would attend to celebrate each other.

In her own words Sue Okonis asks for help. “This is not going to happen without help from other people. One person can’t do this alone. Please join the group if interested. This can be a lot of fun and you can make many lifelong friends. We devoted many hours watching these wonderful shows. Now is the time to give some time to get together with fans and hopefully stars of these shows to remember the many hours of joy they gave us”.

She has almost 70 people already signed up to attend and would like to know what the group is interested in helping with. :People are needed to help find an affordable venue. We need people to publicize the reunion”, which I am happy to start, but anyone can pass the word along to their friends and groups. “People are needed to write a letter to the stars agents or to them directly. We also need people to be willing to post about the group to other groups. The more help we get the easier this should be. Remember you don’t have to attend the reunion to help.”

She has also asked about making this a charity event. What a great idea. What do you think? Let Sue know.

Sue also asks that we please do not send the stars personal information as a post. Please message her. “We need to respect the stars privacy.” She appreciates the information and will note it.

Sue is a true fan and a giver always helping in anyway she can. She has fought for her soaps, and now wants to let the stars know we will never forget them and the hours and hours of happiness they all brought us.

This will be the first of many updates and we hope you will go to the Facebook page and join us so this celebration can become a reality.

Here is the link to give out to the group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420251461560546/

Daytime Emmy Pre-Nominations 2014

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), announced today the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. The Nominations will be announced in May.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

MAURICE BENARD, as Sonny Corinthos, Jr.

General Hospital, ABC

PETER BERGMAN, as Jack Abbott

The Young and the Restless, CBS

DOUG DAVIDSON, as Paul Williams

The Young and the Restless, CBS

ROGER HOWARTH, as Franco

General Hospital, ABC

CHRISTIAN LEBLANC, as Michael Baldwin

The Young and the Restless, CBS

JOHN MCCOOK, as Eric Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

JASON THOMPSON, as Patrick Drake

General Hospital, ABC

BILLY MILLER, as Billy Abbott

The Young and the Restless, CBS

JAMES SCOTT, as EJ DiMera

Days of Our Lives, NBC

SHAWN PATRICK CHRISTIAN, as Daniel Jonas

Days of Our Lives, NBC

*Michael Muhney (Ex-Adam, Y&R) decided to remove himself from the competition in the Lead Actor category, thus he was not on the initial ballot.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

SHARON CASE, as Sharon Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

JESSICA COLLINS, as Avery Bailey Clark

The Young and the Restless, CBS

EILEEN DAVIDSON, as Kristen DiMera

Days of Our Lives, NBC

FINOLA HUGHES, as Anna Devane

General Hospital, ABC

KATHERINE KELLY LANG, as Brooke Logan

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

KELLY MONACO, as Sam McCall

General Hospital, ABC

ALISON SWEENEY, as Sami Brady

Days of Our Lives, NBC

HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

JESS WALTON, as Jill Abbott Fenmore

The Young and the Restless, CBS

MAURA WEST, as Ava Jerome

General Hospital, ABC

LAURA WRIGHT, as Carly Corinthos

General Hospital, ABC

ARIANNE ZUCKER, as Nicole Walker

Days of Our Lives, NBC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

TRACEY E. BREGMAN, as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin

The Young and the Restless, CBS

MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, as Chelsea Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

JANE ELLIOT, as Tracy Quartermaine

General Hospital, ABC

NANCY LEE GRAHN, as Alexis Davis

General Hospital, ABC

AMELIA HEINLE, as Victoria Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON, as Chloe Fisher

The Young and the Restless, CBS

LISA LOCICERO, as Olivia Falconeri

General Hospital, ABC

KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH, as Robin Scorpio Drake

General Hospital, ABC

KELLY SULLIVAN, as Connie Falconeri

General Hospital, ABC

CYNTHIA WATROS, as Kelly Andrews

The Young and the Restless, CBS

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

ROBERT ADAMSON, as Noah Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

BRADFORD ANDERSON, as Damien Spinelli

General Hospital, ABC

BLAKE BERRIS, as Nick Fallon

Days of Our Lives, NBC

SEAN BLAKEMORE, as Shawn Butler

General Hospital, ABC

DARIN BROOKS, as Wyatt Fuller Spencer

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

STEVE BURTON, as Dylan McAvoy

The Young and the Restless, CBS

SCOTT CLIFTON, as Liam Spencer

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

WILLIAM DEVRY. As Julian Jerome

General Hospital, ABC

WALLY KURTH, as Justin Kiriakis

Days of Our Lives, NBC

ERIC MARTSOLF, as Brady Black

Days of Our Lives, NBC

GREG RIKAART, as Kevin Fisher

The Young and the Restless, CBS

GREG VAUGHAN, as Eric Brady

Days of Our Lives, NBC

DOMINIC ZAMPROGNA, as Dante Falconeri

General Hospital, ABC

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

KRISTEN ALDERSON, as Kiki Jerome

General Hospital, ABC

CAMILA BANUS, as Gabi Hernandez

Days of Our Lives, NBC

LINSEY GODFREY, as Caroline Spencer

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

CHRISTEL KHALIL, as Lily Winters Ashby

The Young and the Restless, CBS

HUNTER KING, as Summer Newman

The Young and the Restless, CBS

KATE MANSI, as Abby Horton Deveraux

Days of Our Lives, NBC

KIM MATULA, as Hope Logan

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

KELLEY MISSAL, as Danielle Manning

One Life to Live, TOLN.com

ASHLYN PEARCE, as Aly Forrester,

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

DENYSE TONTZ, as Miranda Montgomery

All My Children, TOLN.com

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

CORBIN BLEU, as Jeffery King

One Life To Live, TOLN.com

BRYAN CRAIG, as Morgan Corinthos

General Hospital, ABC

CHAD DUELL, as Michael Corinthos

General Hospital, ABC

MAX EHRICH, as Fenmore Baldwin

The Young and the Restless, CBS

ADAM GREGORY, as Thomas Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

CHANDLER MASSEY, as Will Horton

Days of Our Lives, NBC

CASEY MOSS, as JJ Devereaux

Days of Our Lives, NBC

ERIC NELSEN, as AJ Chandler

All My Children, TOLN.com

DANIEL POLO, as Jamie Vernon

The Young and the Restless, CBS

FREDDIE SMITH, as Sonny Kiriakis

Days of Our Lives, NBC

*For the first time, four actors from web series made into the pre-nomination round. Corbin Bleu and Eric Nelsen and Denyse Tontz and Kelley Missal, representing the online versions of All My Children and One Life to Live.