— Social media was buzzing following Viola Davis’ win at the primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night as General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn criticized the speech the first black woman to win an Emmy for a Leading Actress in a Drama Series.
Things escalated quickly as Grahn first defended her statements (believing that Davis has never been discriminated against) and then saw her error and apologized but not before becoming a trending topic in the United States and receiving a ton of coverage from mainstream press, like Buzzfeed, Variety and Us Weekly.
It’s a shame that the day what followed a historic win, all the attention was given to Grahn’s tweets.
A lot has been said about this topic. I’ve followed Grahn on Twitter for years and have enjoyed watching her on as Alexis Davis on General Hospital for almost two decades (she was on Santa Barbara prior). I was used to seeing her outspoken tweets about politics and to be honest it never really had any affect on me as a Canadian. So these tweets really came as a surprise to me.
White privilege is failing to understand “opportunity” when there are only two female actresses of colour on a show with over 30 cast members.
— Serial Scoop is reporting that Kassie DePaiva is leaving Days of our Lives in early 2016. The actress assumed the role of Eve Donovan in June 2014 (taking it over from Charlotte Ross, who played it from 1987-1991).
The actress confirmed the news of her departure on her website over the weekend. “As the sand runs out of my hourglass over at Days… I have no regret. I had a truly remarkable experience there.” Click here to see her thank the fans and her cast mates for her time in Salem.
Don’t expect Eve’s exit to be tied to the Necktie Killer storyline. The actress is best known for her role as One Life to Live’s Blair Cramer from 1993-2013. DePaiva also appeared on Guiding Light as Chelsea from 1986-1991 and General Hospital as her OLTL character in 2012.
— Serial Scoop is also reporting that Guy Wilson will also be departing DAYS next month as Will becomes the latest victim of the serial killer. How do you feel? Are you surprised that the soap is killing off Sami Brady’s (Alison Sweeney) first-born son? Look for Freddie Smith to return as Sonny following his husband’s death.
— Next week on Days of our Lives: Eve lashes out at Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and later has a heart-wrenching day as she tries to get through Paige’s (True O’Brien) funeral. Eduardo (A. Martinez) makes a bold move to assist the police in finding Chad (Billy Flynn).
A desperate Chad (Billy Flynn) attempts to secure his alibi and reluctantly turns to Stefano (Joseph Mascolo) for help.
Look for Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Victor (John Aniston) to clash over how to treat Caroline’s (Peggy McKay) condition.
— Be sure to check out TV Insider’s interview with Thaao Penghlis who is set to return as Andre DiMera next month. In the interview, Penghlis reveals what bring Andre back to Salem, how he cheated death (again) and that the writers have retconned Andre into Stefano’s son.
SOAP PLOTLINES — What’s coming up this week:
The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): Zende calls Thomas out on kissing Nicole. Brooke returns to her role as Ridge’s confidant. Pam and Charlie pay Cupid with Zende and Nicole. Brooke pushes Ridge to tell Caroline about his situation. Zen and Nicole make plans for a real date. Caroline and Ridge talk about having a family. Ivy comes up with a plan to get her job back. Wyatt’s sudden change of heart gives Quinn pause.
Coronation Street (CBC): Dev phones for an ambulance. Aidan assures Fiz that her job is safe. Michelle imports Carla to get her life back on track. Robert tells Tracy to come clean to Carla. Roy’s concerned at Carla’s state of mind. Leanne worries about Simon’s whereabouts. Aya asks an Underworld client for advice. Tracy makes a confession. Leanne calls the police. Nick pours out his heart to Robert. Zeehan arrives at Leanne’s flat with a sleeping bag. Zeehan talks to Simon. Anna leaves a message for the Hodges. Eileen, Tony and Todd collect Jason from the hospital. Carla reveals some news to a shocked pub.
Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Steve tells Joey about his and Kayla’s love story. Ben explodes when he finds Abigail and Chad sharing a close moment. Jennifer makes a potentially dangerous slip while speaking with Clyde. The identity of the Necktie Killer is revealed! Adrienne receives startling news about her mother’s health, which may affect her as well. Sal Towers debuts as Lani, a new officer at the Salem PD who has a connection to Abe.
General Hospital (City/ABC): Paul’s in the mob (ugh). Olivia turns to Tracy for help. Elizabeth tries to conceal Sonny’s mistake. Michael vows to defend his family. Michael and Carly encourage Morgan to seek help. Jake and Liz set a wedding date. Julia is thankful for Alexis’ loyalties. Ava asks Scotty for help. Ava faces off with Carly. Sam offers Julian help. Jake reminds Sonny of Jason. Michael and Jake connect. Sam talks to Jason about a memory of Jason. Patrick and Sam’s relationship is discussed. Carly makes a daring move. Ava reveals significant news.
The Young and the Restless (Global/NBC): Stacy Haiduk returns as Patty. Victor forces Marisa to make a decision. Abby and Stitch must decide how to move forward. Nick learns about the Paragon project. Jack asks Phyllis about Fred. Kevin delivers bad news to Adam and Chelsea. Ashley and Jack butt heads. Dylan takes Faith to see Sharon. Victoria defends Billy. Sharon’s secret risks exposure. Devon loses his cool. Lauren and Michael reconnect.