Did Soapdom's Mark Edward Wilows have a blast at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards? You be the judge!
The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards are history. They may be gone, but definitely not forgotten. It was a magical night, especially for the winners. There were a few surprises, a few mix-ups, a few mispronunciations, and even the wrong reel played during the Outstanding Younger Actor category, so I guess you can say the awards lived up to being "A night of drama."
The event, held at the swanky Beverly Hilton Hotel, started getting under way about two hours before show time with the stars arriving in limos. Fans were lined up behind a roped area to get a view of their favorite daytime performer, and none looked disappointed.
For the stars, it was also a night of fun and excitement. Jen Lilley (Theresa, Days of our Lives), one of a few hundred that walked the red carpet, was thrilled to be there, and I may add one of the best dressed. She was hot! For those commenting how gorgeous she looked, my response is you needed to see her in person.
"I'm here to support my friends that are nominated," Lilley said. "This is a great evening to recognize the great work that was done over the year."
Galen Gering (Rafe, Days of our Lives), always being a jokester said, "Hey I got dressed up. Seriously I'm here to support all these people that work so very hard throughout the year."
Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Young and Restless) looking also stunning, added the show is to bring together a group of talented people for one night. "I love doing this (red carpet). I enjoy supporting my co-workers," Scott said. "I love seeing old friends. I always say...the buildings have changed, we have not."
Scott Clifton (Liam, Bold and Beautiful) and nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor said the Emmys are always a joy to attend. "Oh Hell yeah! Look at this place -- it is hoping," he said. "If I win or not, I'm just thrilled to be here and a part of daytime TV."
As the many stars made their way down the red carpet, in the distance I could see the effervescent Joseph Mascolo (Stefano, Days of our Lives) and his lovely wife Pat. The two looked stunning and Joseph, being totally gracious, unlike his villainous character, was shaking hands and greeting everyone. "I have to tell you, I feel younger. This is great," Mascolo said. "It's so nice to be able to see the people you work with in a different venue."
Chrishell Stause (Jordan, Days of our Lives) and Justin Hartley (ex-Fox, Passions and currently starring in ABC primetime's Misteresses) walked in as a couple and both looked like they were off a magazine cover. "Wow! This is exciting. I can't believe the action, "Stause said. "This is incredible to witness. As an actress I just feel it is my duty to be here to support my co-workers and friends in the industry."
Eileen Davidson (Kristin, Days of our Lives) won for Outstanding Lead Actress said in the press room, "I'm thrilled. I thank everyone. This is truly an honor." Davidson a favorite received loud cheers and screams when her name was called. Anyone that watches her in action as Kristin knows why.
Hunter King (Summer, Young and Restless), and winner in the Outstanding Younger Actress category, said she is floored. "Oh my God! I need time for this to sink in. This is wonderful."
Doug Davidson (Paul, Young and Restless), a nominee in Outstanding Lead Actor, said win or lose I'm here. "You know...it's all about support from people. This is showing how much we believe in what we do."
Darin Brooks (Wyatt, Bold and Beautiful) arrived with fiancée Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac of Young and Restless). The two looked as handsome and gorgeous as ever. Brooks jokingly said, "Why of course, and what better place to show her off then here. But honestly I'm here to stand by my man. (co-worker)"
Cady McClain, arm in arm with husband, Jon Lindstrom were seen stealing smooches at every opportunity. McClain couldn't be more delighted appearing on the Daytime Emmy-winning soap, The Young and the Restless.
Lee Phillip Bell, co-owner of Young and Restless and Emmy winner for the Best Daytime Drama this year, said the Emmy's are always fun. "I like to attend them. They are a place to meet friends, see stars, and beautiful clothes. I always look forward to it, and to homor the genre, which as you know has been my life." And speaking of beautiful clothes.... I may add she looked absolutely amazing.
This year the Daytime Emmys was not televised. In a first for the industry, the entire broadcast streamed online. This year's show was hosted by the vivacious Kathy Griffin, who acted in her usual humorous, charming manner. In the beginning, there were several glitches like a blank screen for a few minutes, and the show did not live up to it's standards of viewers and stars a like. Many whispers could be heard of the so-called "Good Old Days" when the Daytime Emmy's were network prime time.
Outstanding Supporting Actor, and the winner was Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives). Martsolf gave a great Thank You to the people he works with, the fans, and the powers that be, adding that he never takes his work for granted, and is grateful to have his job.
Television history was also made with Chandler Massey (ex-Will, Days of our Lives) winning for the third time in a row for Outstanding Younger Actor. Massey had quite some drama himself during the show. When his category was announced, the wrong clip of his successor, Guy Wilson, was played. Yikes! However, the ever gracious and multi-talented Massey handled the situation taking the high road and in turn made light of the situation with humor "Wow! Did you see my reel? It was awesome." Massey thanked NBC for an amazing ride. "Four years was such an incredible experience, I'm so grateful for the opportunity. Also I'd like to thank my mom and Dad and Mimi and Papa. And Brian, my awesome manager Scotty Beats, uh, Jojo. You know when I moved out here to go to college I never thought... soap opera was like the last thing in my mind, but because of everyone on the show, the cast and the crew, I have no regrets at all, no regrets at all, and I love you guys so much and Thank You."
Massey, who departed Days of our Lives to pursue a college education and search out other opportunities in the entertainment field sat in the back, but trekked his way to the stage for the award. Afterwards, before leaving, he went to Deidre Hall, (Marlena, his TV grandmother) and the two embraced and chatted recreating those magical scenes they shared on screen. Almost brought tears to your eyes. He also shared hugs with co-stars Camilia Banus (ex-Gabi) and Kate Mansi (Abby). One can bet that we have not heard the last of Chandler Massey.
The evening continued on with a dinner and desert and there was much mingling and small talk. For me to cover the 2014 Daytime Emmy's was a pivotal moment. I have been to them, but never worked the red carpet, which is the most exciting invigorating place to be, so for me to judge is hard, but I will tell you that being up close and personal with daytime TV's finest performers, I can truly say, was an honor.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees on an evening highlighting some of television's most outstanding work.
Hotel Accommodations for Soapdom's Mark Edward Wilows provided by the Sheraton Universal Hotel, complete with it's brand new pool! The Sheraton Universal, home to the stars in Universal City, CA.