Stars Come Out to Support the Behind the Scenes Technicians
With stars and show technicians all decked out in their tuxes and gowns, the Creative Craft Achievement Awards for the Daytime industry were presented simultaneously on both coasts on Saturday, May 12, 2001. (For the winners, see Top of the Week, May 14, 2001).
On the West Coast, the event was hosted at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, CA. The stars arrived and were greeted with the requisite line of paparazzi snapping away. "Entertainment Tonight," and a few other broadcast outlets were present with camera crews, snagging soundbites from the assorted stars.
The ceremony began with an amazing montage of some of the fantastic moments in Daytime from the past year. Carly Schroeder (Serena, PC) and Bryant Jones (Nate, Y&R) presented the first award, and were on hand distribute the statues to all the winners. Peter Bergman and Michelle Stafford (Jack and Phyllis, Y&R), the next set of presenters, were a striking pair onstage. Constance Towers and John Ingle (Helena and Edward, GH) were adorable as presenters, Towers commenting on how they are the two meanest people in Port Charles and here they are on stage together. "True," said Ingle. "But I am more ruthless." "I am more RICH!" was Towers immediate retort!
Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo (Craig and Nancy, DOOL) gave a touching tribute to the work and research that has gone into finding a cure for AIDS. "Wear your red ribbons on the air next week (at the 28th Annual Daytime Emmys broadcast)," Spirtas asked the stars in the audience. In the meantime, Darbo could not hold back tears after telling a story of young girl who would not still be alive today if it weren't for the progress in AIDS research and a particular broadcast.
Jon Lindsrom and Kelly Monaco (Kevin and Livvie, PC) presented three awards. As the flip of the coin would have it, all of the winners for these categories were New York-based shows. "The same thing happened to me last time I presented," Lindstrom said with a laugh.
But the highlight of the awards ceremony had to be the presenting team of John McCook and Darlene Conley (Eric and Sally, B&B). It's no secret that Conley languishes in her flamboyance. McCook did not let this go unnoticed. "When I get to the set," he shared, "I get into wardrobe. SHE gets into COSTUME!" Huge laughter from the audience, as Conley played the moment perfectly, as only she could. They presented an award that went to New York-based "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and again Conley stole the show with her comment: "More food for us!"
Turtle Run took the opportunity to catch up with a few stars. Arianne Zuckor (Nicole, DOOL) shared a scoop. She will be participating at the Days Fan Weekend, "Cabaret with the Wesley's" on Friday night, June 1st. (See Seeing Stars below.) "I will be attempting to sing again this year," she said. Julianne Morris (Greta, DOOL) also had a scoop regarding "Cabaret with the Wesleys." "I will be there to support (the show)," she said, "but I am sparing the audience a great, horrible tragedy by sitting in my seat and NOT performing!"
Emmy nominee, David Tom (Billy, Y&R) let us in on the fact that his storyline will really be heating up the summer. "There are a couple of things I am very excited about," he said. "And unfortunately, I am not really quite sure how to say them without giving them away!" But he did say that there were a lot of interesting things that would be revealed this summer. According to Tom, not only is it going to be a very hot summer in Genoa City, "it's going to be a very hot next few weeks!" So, stay tuned!
Passions' Ben Masters (Julian) looked absoposilutely dashing in his tux! He couldn't wait to share with Turtle Run what's in store for the ever-devious Julian Crane this summer. "He does some of the most hideous things," said Masters. "I don't know if he will ever be redeemable after what he does this summer." What hideous things lie in story for Harmony at Julian's hand? Masters could not share the specifics, but if he hasn't sparked your interest, what would? Masters also confided that he tries to make Julian "loveable" on a day-to-day basis, and from where TRO sits, he's doing a darn good job!
John McCook (Eric, B&B) and I reminisced about his one-episode stint on the primetime show, "Moonlighting," the one that made a household name out of then newcomer, Bruce Willis (David Addison), and totally revived Cybill Sheppard's (Maddie Hayes) acting career. "You remember me on 'Moonlighting,' McCook said with a hearty laugh. "(In the scene) I was talking with Maddie Hayes at a bar. I never even met Bruce Willis. He didn't work that day. But finally, at the end of the day, he came over and I did get to meet him. I had great fun working on that show!"
Emmy nominee Peter Bergman and Michelle Stafford (Jack and Phyllis, Y&R) are members of a mutual admiration society. Both could not have said more flattering things about working with each other. "Michelle is a doll!" said Bergman of his co-star. "She is clever, creative, and comes in (to work) well-prepared. I couldn't ask for anything more than that." Stafford shared similar sentiments about Bergman. "He's prepared. He's a stand-up guy. He's good. He's normal, as far as normal goes," she said with a laugh. "He is professional, and that is really great!" Speaking of Bergman, he couldn't be happier with his current storyline. "Things are going awfully well right now," he said. "They've got Jack involved with Phyllis, and up to his ears in corporate troubles with too many people in the Jabot boardroom." As compared to -- too many cooks in the kitchen? "Yes!" he bellowed. "It's been great fun to play, and work with actors that I really like. So this is nice." Be sure to catch Bergman and Stafford in action this summer on Y&R.
Juliet Mills (Tabitha, PAS) couldn't be more delighted to be in her current storyline. The summer is going to prove to be quite interesting for Tabitha. "There is a big production," Mills revealed. "A big disaster, if Tabitha's got anything to do with it," she said with a laugh. Mills also revealed a scoop. There are rumors that Tabitha will be losing something very important! "Heads up" to that (hint, hint!). Tune into Passions this summer to see if Tabitha loses her head over something and just what that might be!
After the awards presentation, the festivities adjourned to an outdoor buffet where stars and show technicians mingled with the press and the Emmy Committee over a delicious catered dinner. Linda Marshall-Smith, LA
While simultaneously on the East Coast...
...the media blitz and pageantry of the "Twenty-Eighth Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" would be reserved for the televised "main event" on Friday, May 18, 2001, but the heart and soul of what keeps Daytime TV on the air was on display the Saturday before NBC's live broadcast. The Creative CraftAwards for the East Coast were presented at a banquet ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Daytime turned out to honor the technical side of the industry, and show their gratitude for the hard-working people behind the scenes of the Talk Shows, Game Shows, Service Shows, Children's Programming, and Daytime Dramas.
The first presenter, Emeril Lagasse ("The Essence of Emeril"), opened up the event with a quip about accepting any "last minute offers" to auction the coveted statuette to the highest bidder. "I'm always really excited about coming to these events because if I really can't kick it up a notch and do it for all of you sitting down, on the way out I can always apply for the waiter or banquet captain's job, the way I'm dressed. It's an easy fit for me."
The Broadway Ballroom was filled with a sumptuous buffet dinner and poshly decorated for the Emmy nominees and presenters. The pressroom served sodas and coffee and an occasional finger sandwich. As the winners were announced, they made their way back to the pressroom to take their "official" Academy sanctioned photos.
"Bob" McGrath from "Sesame Street," which took home three awards, teased, "Big Bird was supposed to be here, but the costume was hijacked. So, if you should catch him looking over his shoulder or reciting the alphabet wrong, it's [actually] Paulie from 'The Sopranos.' He's hiding out from the Russians for the next week or two." The Emmy winning writing team from "Sesame Street" made sure to thank... "the letters B, C, D, and Z..."
Tom Eplin (Jake, ATWT) didn't stay long, but managed to briefly attend the ceremony in support of ATWT. With ATWT winning a total of 4 awards, many prophesized that it was a good indication of what would happen during Friday's televised awards. And rightly so, as things turned out!
Lisa Peluso (Gina, OLTL) and Mark Derwin (Ben, OLTL) made sure to add their voices to the raucous cheers when OLTL won for Technical Direction, later joining the winners in a group photo. "We're so grateful to be here tonight. They work so hard," Lisa added.
"I'm very thrilled to be here. I've never been to the technical awards before," confessed Marj Dusay (Vanessa, AMC) to all the nominees. "I want to tell you that you are all my heroes and have been for years. I think it's apropos that on the eve of Mothers' Day, and, I hate to be 'puniful' here but we're all your children as actors, and you are all -- and don't take this the wrong way -- mothers, to us. So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Emmy winners were warned that when a group wins, only one person may do the speaking. When someone said two words beyond what the "one" official acceptor said, they were reprimanded and sound was cut -- in the Press Room! The sound remained off for twenty minutes as the press was left in the dark and constantly questioning, "Who won?"
"Next week is my eleventh anniversary in daytime TV," proclaimed AMC's J. Eddie Peck. (Jake) "I don't walk off the stage one day early when I don't look back at the crew, feel guilty at all the people who are putting in such long, hard dedicated hours to really make us look good, and I just want you all to know that we recognize it, we appreciate it, and we thank you all for all your hard work and dedication."
Stalling for time as the winners of the Outstanding Writing for a Children's Special, RATZ!, were making their way to the stage, Martha Byrne (Lily, ATWT) remarked, "Ratz! Very fitting for New York, by the way. Come out to Brooklyn and see a couple of rats right at the parking garage. We like it out there, one and a half hours from home. The rats greet you in the morning and they give you bagels and coffee and they clean tires, apparently." For those who may not know, ATWT tapes at a studio facility in Brooklyn, NY!
It was plenty evident that the presenters were plenty proud of their backstage support. Jennifer Bassey (Marian, AMC) even joined in jumping up and down in the press room with the award winning AMC hairdressing team, thereby showing the much touted "family feeling" amongst the cast and crew in daytime.
And as usual, Turtle Run caught up with a few of the stars. Laura Allen (Laura, AMC) couldn't be happier working with Emmy nominee, Julia Barr. "I love working with Julia," said Allen. "She's so easy to work with. It's like coasting." Allen also shared a scoop about what's in store for Laura on AMC. "As far as I know, I'm in the hospital and it's getting very serious. I've been diagnosed with pneumonia, at this time. I'm just trying to capture as many 'moments' as I can with my friends and family."
AMC's Eden Riegel shared a little insight into the relationship of Bianca and Laura. " Bianca is totally devoted to Laura," she said. "I mean, really. She loves her on so many different levels. I think she will definitely stand by her and support her even though she knows that Laura cannot feel the same way."
J. Eddie Peck, AMC's new Jake, is loving the scenes he gets to do with Rebecca Buddig (Greenlee.) "I don't know for sure [whether or not Jake will end up making a play for Greenlee], but Jake has taken on this nurturing attraction for Greenlee," admitted Peck. And working with Buddig is almost a dream come true for the actor. "When I first started working on the show they asked me 'Who'd you like to work with?' I didn't even know Rebecca, and I'm like, 'I like her. I like that spunkiness in her. She's got a great thing going on and I think it's a great energy for J. Eddie.' So, I hope I get to do more with her." We'll all just have to tune in and see if Peck gets his wish! C.G., NY
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