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By Sara Spruch-Feiner

Why Women Kill streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

The premise of Why Women Kill may be slightly dark—three women living in different time periods must cope with infidelity and betrayal in their marriages—but the characters' wardrobes serve as constant inspiration for dressing with cheerful confidence. Which isn't surprising when you learn that the show's costume designer is Janie Bryant, whose work on Mad Men earned her four Emmy nominations and sparked a renewed infatuation with '60s style. Now Bryant is once again making fashion diehards' hearts race with the dynamic looks she creates on the series.

Janie Bryant in a wardrobe closet for a TV production

Janie Bryant poses for a portrait among fabulous fashions.

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The first season's three leading ladies each reside in a different decade: Beth Ann (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) is living in 1963, Simone (played by Lucy Liu) is living in 1984, and Taylor (played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste) lives in the present day. Which means Bryant, who does extensive research for her characters' wardrobes and is known for her meticulous attention to era-appropriate details, relies on both retro and current pieces to shape their distinct styles. We asked her to share the essence of each character's fashion vibe, then we found the best items to help you channel some of their flair into your own timeless look.

‘60s SWEETHEART

Beth Ann Stanton (played by Ginnifer Goodwin)

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red floral dress

Ginnifer Goodwin as Beth Ann Stanton in Why Women Kill.

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"In the beginning of the series, Beth Ann's color palette was very beige, celery, and gray, which reflected how sad and dead inside she was at the time. But as her story evolved and Beth Ann discovered herself and started living again, now she's in bright colors and patterns. I also changed her silhouette by doubling and tripling the size of the petticoats under her outfits. So her skirts keep getting bigger and the flowers on her silk dresses keep getting bolder, which follow her character's growth into a more lively, engaging personality."

Knotty Crystal Statement Collar Necklace, $58. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker fawn satin high-heel pumps in Candy, $350. Absolutely Audrey Scarlett shoe clips, $18 for set.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Absolutely Audrey.

Style inspirations: "'50s good girls like Doris Day, Donna Reed, and Debbie Reynolds."

You'll never see Beth Ann wearing … "Cigarette pants. She and [her husband] Rob have that early '60s husband-and-wife dynamic where he would probably scold her for wearing pants."

Bryant's drawing of Goodwin's finale dress. Lady Mayra Clothing red poppy dress, $50. Stephen Dweck iolite, garnet, and quartz ring, $895.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Janie Bryant, Lady Mayra Clothing, Neiman Marcus.

Her best look: "I love the beautiful red-and-white floral silk-print dress that she wears in the last scene of the Season 1 finale. I design a lot of Beth Ann's clothes, but this was actually a vintage gown. Red was the breakout element of Beth Ann's color story, and we added three petticoats under that skirt so her dress was extra full. Her shoes were these amazing red patent-leather pumps from the 1950s. I adore that entire costume, especially on Ginny."

’80s GLAMOUR SIREN

Simone Grove (played by Lucy Liu)

Lucy Liu in a gold off the shoulder dress

Lucy Liu as Simone Grove in Why Women Kill.

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"Simone's look mirrors the ostentatiousness of the '80s: It starts out elaborate and vivid, with strong statement jewelry, rings all the time, and big shoulder pads. Throughout the course of the show, her style transitions from over-the-top to more somber. She's still sophisticated, but as her character comes to realize that life is about love and companionship rather than material goods, her manner of dressing becomes more low-key."

A sketch by Bryant of Liu's gold gown. TRE by Natalie Ratabesi bow-embellished one-shoulder plissé-lamé gown, $2,610. Alexis Bittar Sputnik cocktail ring, $245.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Janie Bryant, Net-a-Porter, Neiman Marcus.

Style inspirations: "Joan Collins on Dynasty, Elizabeth Taylor, and Tina Chow."

You'll never see Simone wearing … "Polyester. It's just not chic enough for her."

Ejing Zhang Effie gold-plated and resin cuff, $225. Aquazzura Sundance 140 metallic vegan leather platform sandals, $895.

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Her best look: "I designed the gold-and-black gown that Simone wears when she does the tango dance in the third episode, which is such a fabulous episode. I love the gold fan on the shoulder and the high slit in the skirt, which I made in stretch rayon so that Lucy could really move during the dance scene. Gold is such an opulent color, but it's also sexy."

MODERN SOPHISTICATE

Taylor Harding (played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste)

Kirby Howell-Baptiste in a blue power suit

Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Taylor Harding in Why Women Kill.

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"Taylor has both masculine and feminine traits, so her wardrobe brings together those two worlds. I put her in a lot of leather and animal prints, and harder-edge jewelry mixed with softer pieces like silk blouses and skirts and beautiful stiletto heels. She has those two sides of her personality, so balancing elements of menswear and womenswear in her look is a very important through line of her story."

Christian Louboutin So Kate 120mm pumps, $725. Cynthia Rybakoff Emerald Agate Arrow Pendant, $84.

Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus, Cynthia Rybakoff.

Style inspirations: "The street style of today's high-powered professional women."

You'll never see Taylor wearing … "Ruffles. They're way too girly for her."

Fleur du Mal asymmetrical cowl top, $295. PrettyLittleThing blue fitted button-down crepe blazer, $38. Cynthia Rybakoff '80s bangle stack, $148.

Photo Credit: Fleur Du Mal, PrettyLittleThing, Cynthia Rybakoff.

Her best look: "The bright blue Tahari pantsuit that Taylor wears in Episode 1 makes such a strong statement. It's this very vivid Moroccan blue that's just gorgeous on her and represents her character perfectly, because the power-suit silhouette is masculine, but then the color is all woman."

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Reporting by Marc Berman

Stream Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

If you haven't tuned in to the SHOWTIME original series Black Monday—an outrageous comedy that chronicles the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street—we recommended you start binge-watching, stat! Watch interviewed cast member Casey Wilson and chatted about her crazy character, her hidden talent, and being recognized in public.

Actress Casey Wilson in TV show Black Monday

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character on Black Monday.

I play Tiff Georgina who is the fiancée of Andrew Rannells' character Blair. Tiff is hell on wheels and, frankly, abusive. She is heiress to the Georgina Jeans fortune and never met an '80s clip-on earring she didn't take off dramatically when answering the phone.

Casey Wilson and Andrew Ranells in 80s wedding attire.

Casey Wilson as Tiff Georgina and Andrew Ranells as Blair Pfaff in Black Monday.

Photo Credit: Erin Simkin/SHOWTIME.

Why did you decide to become an actor?

I don't remember deciding. I think when I was about three years old people told me I started talking about storytelling and performing. I always said I was going to write and act.

Most unusual or interesting place you've been recognized?

At a lot of baggage carousels and at piano bars.

The cast of Black Monday walks a red carpet.

Casey Wilson, Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells and Paul Scheer at the SHOWTIME 2019 Emmy FYC Screening of Black Monday at the Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of SHOWTIME.

What's your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is gossip. I'm also writing a book of comedic essays that I'm really excited about.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully I will be spending time with my two wonderful sons and continuing to get the opportunity to act and write.

Casey Wilson and Andrew Ranells wear 80s style clothing in a still image from Black Monday.

Casey Wilson and co-star Andrew Rannells embrace the '80s fashion for Black Monday series set in New York City, circa 1987.

Photo Credit: Erin Simkin/SHOWTIME.

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While LGBTQIA+ representation in TV shows and on the big screen is still limited, The CW is showering fans with diversity and inclusivity. According to GLAAD, The CW recorded the highest percentage of LGBTQIA+ series regulars in 2019, a breakthrough for the community. From inspiring fans to come out to shedding light on taboo topics, queer characters are making a big impact on their audiences.

To celebrate Pride today and every day, we're highlighting some of our favorite LGBTQIA+ characters across The CW.

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy from Katy Keene

(L-R): Lucy Hale as Katy Keene, Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy

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Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom from The CW show Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom

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As the first openly lesbian character in Riverdale, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) made a huge impact on the show's viewers. Though Cheryl had shown interest in male characters, she was never in a relationship until her current girlfriend, Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan), made her debut on the show. Before they dated, Cheryl shared her struggles with Toni, revealing that she had loved a girl named Heather, but her mother called their friendship "deviant" when the two children were caught sleeping (just sleeping) in the same bed. Cheryl has suffered prejudice from her family members and was even sent to conversion therapy in Season 2. Toni, a proud bisexual woman of color, helps Cheryl come to terms with her sexuality as they become Riverdale's first lesbian couple.

Both Petsch and Morgan identify as straight but have done their part to make the characters' relationship as genuine as possible for the fans. "We have a responsibility to our fans to stay true to the authenticity of being in a female-female relationship," Petsch explained in a YouTube video. "We're very aware of that and try our best to stay true to that." Petsch also proudly shares that characters like Cheryl and Toni inspired some LGBTQ+ fans to come out to loved ones after seeing what "Choni" goes through. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that my art could help someone embrace who they truly are. For the show's demographic, it's really important to showcase these diverse relationships," Petsch has said.

Stream full episodes of Riverdale free only on The CW.

Anissa Pierce, Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams as Thunder from The CW show Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams as Thunder in Black Lightning.

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Being a Black woman in the media comes with challenges, but being a Black lesbian woman in the media presents a different set of challenges. So when Nafessa Williams saw the script for The CW's Black Lightning, she said, "Sign me up." Black Lightning's main heroine, Anissa Pierce (a.k.a. Thunder), is television's first Black lesbian superhero, and she is already out and proud with a long-term partner—a huge win for LGBTQIA+ viewers. Anissa's character has been called "refreshing," and the show wins applause for broadening her story beyond her sexuality.

Black queer women had high expectations for the character, and Anissa Pierce did not disappoint. Though Williams does not identify as queer, she leaned on friends and family for research to bring her character to life. She has said that she had very few Black characters to idolize growing up, which inspired her to work in television. She knew there was still work to be done getting representation. "Black Lightning is a part of change. It transcends race and sexuality," she told Out Magazine. We're rooting for you, Anissa Pierce!

Stream full episodes of Black Lightning free only on The CW.

Jorge Lopez, Katy Keene

Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez on The CW show Katy Keene

Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez in Katy Keene.

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When the cast list for Katy Keenea show based on the Archie Comics—went public, some noticed one major casting change involving Ginger Lopez. The new character, Jorge Lopez, is a genderbent take on the Latina-American Archie Comics character Ginger Lopez. Jonny Beauchamp plays Jorge, an aspiring drag performer who works at a local club (Molly's Crisis) with the drag persona "Ginger Lopez," the original character's name. Jorge's character finds relationships in and out of drag.

On one hand, neither his parents nor his love interest Buzz Brown (Eric Freeman) quite understand his art. On the other hand, there's Bernardo (Ryan Faucett), a firefighter who is happy to be with Jorge as well as with Ginger. While his parents aren't comfortable with their son wearing heels and women's clothing, they eventually come around. Through these challenges—including meeting with violence when a group of thugs attack him and Bernardo—Jorge is proud to show the world who he is and refuses to hide to please others.

Beauchamp described Ginger as Jorge's armor, a persona that allows him to be exactly who he wants to be, in an interview with TV Insider. When asked about the hype surrounding drag in the media today, Beauchamp said, "People are a lot more into drag queens now as rock stars, icons, and social media stars. It's no longer super-niche. There's lots of fun, but there's seriousness and aggressiveness as well. It's just like us; we're complicated." With his theatrical background and numerous castings in drag, Beauchamp had no trouble bringing his character to life.

Stream full episodes of Katy Keene free only on The CW.

Nia Nal/Dreamer, Supergirl

Nicole Maines as Nia Nal Dreamer in TV show Supergirl

Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer in Supergirl.

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Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) is breaking new ground as Dreamer, the first transgender superhero, on Supergirl. But even superpowers can't protect her from many of the real-world challenges that trans people face. When her own sister, Maeve Nal (Hannah Jones), is overcome with jealousy about their mom's powers passing to Nia, Maeve's go-to insult is "How did you get the powers?...You're not even a real woman!"

Maines, who is trans herself, takes her responsibility as a representative of an underrepresented demographic in TV and film seriously, and often channels her own struggles into her role. For example, when Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath) breaks up with Nia, her first (unfounded) fear is that it happened because of her trans status. "There is a lot of feeling under the surface that I think trans people experience while dating," Maines told Variety in a YouTube interview. "I was drawing a lot from those experiences of mine. Is it because I'm trans? Of course it isn't. That's not why Brainiac broke up with her."

An activist for trans right since her preteen years, Maines was instrumental in defeating a bill in the state of Maine that would have forced people to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth and has been candid about enduring childhood bullying and wishing there had been a trans superhero when she was little. "(Dreamer) has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred," she told an audience at San Diego's Comic-Con. "She's the superhero we need right now."

Stream full episodes of Supergirl free only on The CW.

Kevin Keller, Riverdale

Casey Cott as Kevin Keller on The CW show Riverdale

Casey Cott as Kevin Keller in Riverdale.

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Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is one of few out gay teens at Riverdale High. Quickly, he is branded as Betty and Veronica's GBF (gay best friend). Kevin has difficulty finding love throughout the series. His first crush, Moose (Cody Kearsley), denies his sexuality at the outset, but then wants their relationship kept secret. Southside Serpents member Joaquin DeSantos (Rob Raco) initially showed interest in Kevin to get information on Jason Blossom's murder case through Kevin's father, Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins), making the relationship feel dishonest. In Season 2, Kevin starts looking for love in dangerous places. He frequents Fox Forest at night to find men to hook up with, worrying Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), who tells Kevin's father about his "cruising."

Costars Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan have been open about their positive experiences playing LGBTQIA+ characters on Riverdale, and Cott feels no different. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Cott discussed his appreciation for fans of the show: "The amount of positive reactions we've gotten about our characters, especially Kevin, has been amazing." Cott also praised Kevin as a well-rounded, three-dimensional character who will continue to evolve as the show progresses.


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Tamia “Coop” Cooper, All American

Bre-Z as Coop on TV show All American

Bre-Z as Coop in All American.

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Though on the surface All American may seem to be a male-focused drama about football, the women are arguably the driving force behind storylines. Tamia "Coop" Cooper (Bre-Z) is Spencer James' (Daniel Ezra) best friend and moral compass. Spencer is Coop's "protector" until she encourages him to go to Beverly High with Coach Baker (Taye Diggs) to advance his football career, and she is forced to navigate their community on her own. Coop is a masculine-presenting proud lesbian, but is not out to her family. Her mother is completely in denial of Coop's lesbian lifestyle and even kicks Coop out of the house for being "confused." Though Coop explores a flirtatious relationship with Patience (Chelsea Tavares), a young churchgoer with a reputation, tensions between them rise because Patience's parents are very accepting of her sexuality, leaving Coop feeling alienated. Coop struggles with acceptance and gang violence throughout the show, making her story unique yet relatable to some fans.

Bre-Z recently spoke out about the importance of LGBTQIA+ characters on screen, why they sometimes miss the mark, and how she wants to change it. "I finally had a chance to make whoever this lesbian is on TV an actual, real person. I got to make her multidimensional, show her softer side, show the femininity in her, show all of her sides," Bre-Z told Refinery29. "I hate the way lesbians and the LGBTQ+ community in general have been depicted in film forever. It's never a normal life and I just so happen to date girls."


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Samuel Josiah “Sammy Jo” Jones, Dynasty

Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo on The CW Show Dynasty

Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo in Dynasty.

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When the reboot of Dynasty premiered in 2017, the crew decided to make a big change to a signature character: Sammy Jo, a female role originally played by a woman, would be written as Samuel, a male role played by a man (Rafael De La Fuente). Executive producer Stephanie Savage spoke on the gender-bending casting choice in a feature with IndieWire, saying, "With Steven Carrington (James Mackay) out and proud, it makes sense for Sammy Jo to be a man."

De La Fuente is no stranger to gay soap characters; he played Michael Sanchez in Empire. But that doesn't mean that being out was always easy for him. "There was a time where I was terrified of being gay," he told Michael Fairman TV. "I thought if I dared to be honest and open about who I was, I'd never be able to work as an actor or have a healthy love and family life." Looking back on his success as an actor who has played multiple gay characters, he wouldn't trade it for the world. His best advice? "Be bold, be proud, be you."


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Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS (Khalil); Howard Wise/JPI Studios (Kaye and Lang); Sonja Flemming/CBS (James).

By Deanna Barnert

With the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards airing on CBS this Friday June 26, Heather Tom, Jason Thompson, Thorsten Kaye, Katherine Kelly Lang, Christel Khalil, Bryton James, and more nominees from The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful share their feeling about the big night!

The COVID-19 pandemic brought Hollywood to a standstill and delayed the 47th Daytime Emmy® Awards show, but The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) found a way to celebrate the 2019 season and honor the year's big winners. In an interesting turn, CBS' 2-hour special also marks the awards show's exciting return to primetime!

With the Daytime Emmys coming home to CBS, the network also just happens to boast the most nominations, with 57 contenders in this year's race. While both CBS soap operas have actors in the running, Y&R is hoping to maintain its winning streak and take home Outstanding Drama, Directing and Writing yet again this year—but B&B will surely have something to say about that!

Watch spoke to the CBS contenders to find out how their preparing for this very unique event. Don't miss the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards this Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Outstanding Lead Actor Nominees

Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), The Young and the Restless

Jason Thompson of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Thanks to Billy's battle with his inner demons, this could just be the year for Jason Thompson. While the soap-hopper earned five nominations during his run as General Hospital's Patrick Drake, this is his first for playing Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless. If he takes home the gold Friday, he will be the third "Billy" to do so, following in the footsteps of portrayers David Tom and Billy Miller.

Jason Thompson in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"This feels really wonderful, because it's my first one playing this character and getting to represent Y&R and the network," Jason Thompson says. "That's exciting in one way, and in another way, there's a lot going on! Learning I was a nominee was a bit of a nice moment in a time that's been very confusing and weird. It was a nice reason to celebrate. It brought a bit of joy into the household. And I was blown away by all the people who reached out to me from our show. You have to put it into perspective with the bigger picture out there, so you come back to reality pretty quick. But all in all, it's another year that I'm excited to be mentioned!"

"I will probably end up watching with family. I'm really glad and excited at CBS stepped up to air the show in primetime. I think they're going to do a great job bridging new territory and figuring out how award shows could potentially work. But I kind of hope this is the last time we do this way, because one of the best things about the ceremonies is seeing old colleagues and old friends and making new ones. That'll be different, but I'm sure CBS will do a great job."

Watch Jason Thompson's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"It's an interesting time for a Daytime, and one of the reasons it's great to be back on primetime is we are part of the network. We're not an orphan child that stays to the side. We're part of the CBS family and it's great that they want to represent soap operas in this way and that we get to show the quality show we put on on a regular basis. This has also been an interesting time for people to check back into Y&R, again. I've had people reach out and say it's also really cool to see old storylines and how they make sense with what's going on now." — Jason Thompson

Thorsten Kaye, (Ridge Forrester), The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Smith. Courtesy of Bell-Phillip TV.

A lot has come between Ridge and Brooke over the decades, but Thorsten Kaye earned attention this year by sinking his teeth into the drama created by a baby swap involving their children. This is the soap hopper's fifth Lead Actor nomination, and his first for playing Ridge Forrester in The Bold and the Beautiful.

"I try not to think too much about the nomination," says Kaye. "I show up every day to stage and do the best work I can. If I manage to entertain one person with my performance, then I'm good. And all the gentlemen in my category are wonderful actors who have been delivering outstanding performances for many years."

Thorsten Kaye in episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"As for the rest of B&B's nominees, I can't say enough about them. All great actresses. Heather is absolutely phenomenal and Katherine, well she hasn't been acknowledged for her work on B&B for 33 years! We were scene partners for most of 2020 and I can't say enough about what a great talent and a lovely person she is. Annika knocked it out of the park this year with her performance as Hope. I wish them all love and Emmy luck!"

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Thaao Penghlis (Tony), Days of Our Lives

Steve Burton (Jason), General Hospital

Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), General Hospital

Watch Thorsten Kaye's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you, to the fans, for your loyalty to B&B. We love bringing this show to you. And, thank you for watching all the soaps. I definitely appreciate our fans!" — Thorsten Kaye


Outstanding Lead Actress Nominees

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), The Bold and the Beautiful

Katherine Kelly Lang of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Katherine Kelly Lang.

After 33 years of fighting for (and with!) Ridge and giving Taylor a piece of her mind, many fans would argue this Daytime vet is way past due to take home the gold—and not just because no one drops a tear like Katherine Kelly Lang can!

Katherine Kelly Lang in episode ofThe Bold and the Beautiful.

Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I am very excited about my nomination this year. We put in a lot of work last year and some very intense scenes for awhile. I am thrilled for my castmates and their nominations too. They are all so deserving! And I admire all the actresses in the best actress category. I have so much respect for people who work in Daytime. We are all very dedicated and hard workers."

"I honestly haven't even thought about what we are doing on awards night. Are we dressing up? I am not sure yet. Since we will be at home, I am sure I will want to be comfortable. Maybe in silk pajamas and eating popcorn!"

Watch Katherine Kelly Lang's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"I just want to thank the fans for their amazing support! It means so much to all of us. Without you, where would we be? We love you all as much as you love us—and maybe even more! Keep on watching! Virtual hugs and kisses!" — Katherine Kelly Lang

Heather Tom (Katie Logan), The Bold and the Beautiful

Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Heather Tom.

In a storyline about love and forgiveness, Katie faced her mortality, made peace with her family. Sudden renal failure and finding a miracle kidney donor helped this CBS vet earn her 19th nomination. If Heather Tom takes home the gold again, this will be her third win in the category—on top of her Supporting Actress win for B&B in 2011and two Younger Actress wins for her run as Y&R's Victoria!

Heather Tom in episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Heather Tom as Katie Logan in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I'm always thrilled to be a part of the conversation," says Tom. "I've known all of these ladies for literally decades and I think they are a group of incredibly talent badass women! This is going to be a lot of fun—maybe it will be a pajama party! I think we'll definitely do some sort of Zoom with castmates and friends."

"It's exciting that it's going to air on CBS this year. It's going to be a fun night. Daytime knows how to throw a party, quarantine or no quarantine!"

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Days of Our Lives

Finola Hughes (Anna), General Hospital

Maura West (Ava), General Hospital

Watch Heather Tom's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thanks to all of our fans for supporting our shows through all of this. We love all of you so much." — Heather Tom


Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominees

Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), The Young and the Restless

Bryton James of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

2019 saw Bryton James honor the loss of onscreen father Kristoff St. John and his beloved character, Neil Winters. Having survived big heartbreak and found new love as Devon Hamilton, this could be the year for this 8-time nominee and 2007 Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

Bryton James in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

"I like getting to see everybody in person and hanging out afterwards," James says of the annual show. "That's part of the whole night—getting to see the whole daytime family. But I'm excited and happy to know that the Emmys are moving forward and we're going to be able to celebrate and get to see them on primetime. It's nice! It's a great little distraction from everything that's going on. All these important and serious things are happening in the world. But it's good to take a second, and to know that my peers think highly of what I do is always a great feeling."

"I'm probably going to have my mom over for the show and I think Brytni Sarpy's (Elena Dawson) mom and grandma are going to be in town. So we'll probably have a little family get-together. Knowing my mom, she'll also come out with something decent and I want to put something nice on and dress up a bit for the show. I can't just stay in my pajamas all day. They should have a digital red carpet!

Watch Bryton James' Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"I'm thankful the fans are sticking with us and enjoying what Y&R has been showing with these classic episodes. We're eager to get back to work—just as much as you're eager to see some new episodes!" — Bryton James

Mark Grossman (Adam Newman), The Young and the Restless

Mark Grossman of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

This recast hit the ground running and road his character's daddy issue right into a nomination. Mark Grossman could just take home the gold for his first year in Daytime playing Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless!

Mark Grossman in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Mark Grossman as Adam Newman in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: JJ Johnson/JPI Studios.

"It's been quite a year," says Grossman. "I'm very thankful I got the opportunity to take on the role, and to get nominated in my first year is such an honor."

"It's great we get to see the awards show in primetime this year. I'll be watching with some friends, most likely. And I'll be pulling for all the nominees at Y&R."

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Wally Kurth (Justin), Days of Our Lives

Chandler Massey (Will), Days of Our Lives

Paul Telfer (Xander), Days of Our Lives

James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), General Hospital

Watch Mark Grossman's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you to all of the fans who have supported and accepted me as Adam. You have been great. One of the actors told me when I first started that our job is the entertain people, and I sure hope I have done that!" — Mark Grossman


Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominees

Annika Noelle (Hope Logan), The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

Thanks to an epic baby switch storyline, this actress had a deliciously devastating 2019. In the end, her character finally learned the baby she'd mourned was alive, but the heartbreaking arc helped Annika Noelle garner her first nomination.

Annika Noelle in episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Annika Noelle as Hope Logan in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"It is truly an honor to be nominated alongside these incredibly talented performers," says Noelle. "I am just grateful to have been recognized by my peers for all the hard work I put into this past year and everything else is just a cherry on top."

"On Emmy night, I think I am going to have a quiet night at home with my loved ones and pets. Maybe order in a nice dinner and have a glass of wine. And pajamas or ball gown? That is the question, isn't it! Ha ha, I guess we'll have to wait and see which option wins."

Watch Annika Noelle's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you for supporting Daytime television! The cast and crew pour their hearts into these productions and we try our best to keep you entertained. We are looking forward to the stories we will bring you in the future. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the show!" — Annika Noelle

Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), The Young and the Restless

Christel Khalil of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Like Bryton James, Christel Khalil put it all out there to honor their onscreen father, Kristoff St. John, and his character. With a 2012 win for Outstanding Younger Actress, this marks her first year as an adult contender.

Christel Khalil in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Christel Khalil as Lily Winters in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

"I kind of feel like my nomination is an ode to Kristoff," says Khalil. "It's honoring him and shows we did right by him. So this nomination definitely has a bittersweet touch to it. And I'm excited! I'd completely forgotten about the nominations with all that was going on—and I haven't had so much good news in such a long time! So it was cool."

"I'm sad that the show won't be in person. The Emmys are the one night a year that all of us from all the shows get together, get to say hi and hang out. Now we don't get to do that, but you gotta roll with the punches. We don't need another excuse to party! And now I can wear my sweatpants! Plus, it is great for fans that it's going to air on TV. And I guess that's all that matters, at the end of it."

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Days of Our Lives

Tamara Braun (Kim), General Hospital

Rebecca Budig (Hayden), General Hospital

Watch Christel Khalil's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"I'm just so happy that people are still watching Y&R, even during this time when we're not able to release new episodes. I just want to say thank you to everybody for all your support during this time." — Christel Khalil


Outstanding Younger Performer Nominees

Sasha Calle (Lola Rosales), The Young and the Restless

Sasha Calle of The Young and the Restless.

Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Last year, an epic love triangle saved her character's life, but then left her heartbroken as she worked to rebuild that life. The romantic fiasco caused enough drama to earn Sasha Calle her first Emmy nomination!

Michael Mealor and Sasha Calle of The Young and the Restless.

Michael Mealor as Kyle Abbott and Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I feel incredibly honored," says Calle. "I can't express the gratitude and light I felt when I got the call about the nomination! The news truly hit my family, friends and team with a bolt of joy. Hearing their happiness over the phone has been the best part about the nomination."

"I'm very excited to root for all the wonderful nominees and truly honored to be beside them. I don't exactly know how I'll be watching! Definitely hope to have some loved ones around me. I thought about buying birthday hats and wearing them… I think it'd be funny. I'll also probably be on a Zoom call with my mum and little brother."

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire), Days of Our Lives

Thia Megia (Haley), Days of Our Lives

Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), General Hospital

Eden McCoy (Josslyn), General Hospital

Watch Sasha Calle's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you to the fans for watching and supporting me along the way. It has meant the world. We walk out winners, regardless of the outcome!" — Sasha Calle

Outstanding Guest Performer Nominees

Elissa Kapneck (Sasha), The Young and the Restless

Portrait of actress Elissa Kapneck

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Elissa Kapneck.

This newcomer proves the Daytime Emmys are about quality, not quantity. Her stint was just a few days, but she's in the running thanks to her performance as mother who almost gave up her baby.

"Honestly, this is a dream come true," says Kapneck. "Since I was 5, my dream has been to work on soaps and be nominated for an Emmy! I grew up watching soaps with my mom and that was always our thing. I have been studying acting and working towards this for my whole life. To see it come to fruition is absolutely everything. It's a good reminder that hard work and dedication pays off and dreams do come true."

Eva LaRue (Celeste Rosales), The Young and the Restless

Portrait of actress Eva LaRue

Photo Credit: Russell Baer.

Daytime vet Eva LaRue made her name as All My Children's Dr. Maria Santos decades ago… but her summer in Genoa City could just earn her very first Daytime Emmy win!

"This nomination has been an amazing bright spot in an extremely difficult year," says LaRue. "I can't help but feel like John Callahan (ex-Edmund, All My Children) has a big hand in it somehow, because I got the nomination only weeks after he passed. I was so green when I started in daytime, I learned to act with John as my partner. This nomination, at this particular time, is a beautiful full circle tribute to him."

Eva LaRue on the set of The Young and the Restless.

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I will watch from home with my daughter Kaya, some family, popcorn, cocktails and a couple of friends via FaceTime. I am so excited for all the fans, me included, to be able to watch the Daytime Emmy's back on Primetime on CBS! It will be a welcome temporary distraction from the tough times in which we are all living."

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Simon Black), The Young and the Restless

Portrait of actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeffrey Vincent Parise.

This soap hopper is known for starting delicious trouble in both Daytime and Primetime. While this may be Jeffrey Vincent Parise's first nomination, it's no surprise to fans that his stint as a charming but dangerous man from Chelsea's past garnered it!

"It was such a welcomed piece of good news in a world where there hadn't been a whole lot of good news to speak of," Parise says of receiving the nomination. "It is a much-needed fun and happy distraction."

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Simon Black in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"The show will be different for sure! I will be camping with friends for a few days leading up to it. We are scheduled to come back on Friday. I was told my category is going to be announced on the web only, so we're going to have a Twitter refresh party when we get home! I will also be popping in via Skype to my parents' Emmy party. They are having a 'black tie' party with some friends—complete with Emmy-related games made up by my mother. She's adorable."

"I'd like to say thank you to Y&R fans for giving me such a warm welcome to the show, even though my character was so unsavory! And thank you to the General Hospital fans for their continued love and support!"

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Chrishell Stause (Jordan Ridgeway), Days of Our Lives

Michael Knight (Martin), General Hospital

Outstanding Drama Writing Team Nominees

Bryton James, Kristoff St. John,  and Christel Khalil of The Young and the Restless.

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton, Kristoff St. John as Neil Winters, and Christel Khalil as Lily Winters in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

The Bold and the Beautiful's Head Writer Bradley P. Bell leads a team that includes Co-Head Writer Michael Minnis; and Writers Patrick Mulcahey, Adam Dusevoir, Shannon Bradley, Michele Val Jean, Rex M. Best and Tracey Ann Kelly.

Josh Griffith is the The Young and the Restless' Head Writer. Other nominees include writers Mal Young, Amanda Beall, James Harmon Brown, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Lynn Martin, Janice Ferri Esser, Sara Endsley, Anne Schoettle, Mellinda Hensley, Michael Conforti, Jeff Beldner, Teresa Zimmerman, Christopher Dunn, Natalie Minardi Slater, Annie Compton and Daran Little.

"We chose to submit episodes related to the passing of Neil Winters, as tribute to our good friend and iconic actor Kristoff St. John," share Griffith. "We miss him dearly."

Outstanding Drama Nominees

The Young and the Restless

The cast of The Young and the Restless.

The cast of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Y&R has taken home Outstanding Drama 10 times, including in 2019. Led by Executive Producer Anthony Morina and Co-Executive Producer Josh Griffith, the sudser has been nominated for a total of 22 awards for the 2019 season.

"The shows we submitted for Outstanding Drama were the episode where everyone finds out about Neil passing, and then the memorial," says Morina. "As powerful as the memorial was, I loved the first one because it kept everybody on edge. It was so close to when we lost Kristoff St. John that it was raw for us. It just dragged you into this emotional upheaval. I also loved that it had such a clear beginning, middle and end.

What was fantastic about that memorial was that everybody involved felt like it was the real memorial for Kristoff. It was gut-wrenching, and we went right to tape. No rehearsals. People were so raw and pure. Christel Khalil's performance was heart-wrenching. They all were! Those actors blew me away."

"These awards shows are always unpredictable. All I can say is, whether we get the Emmy or not, I just feel so positive about these two shows. As long as people saw them, I was happy. Because they were really something for us to be proud of."

The Bold and the Beautiful

The cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.

The cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

B&B has taken home Outstanding Drama 3 times. Led by Executive Producer Bradley P. Bell and Supervising Producers Edward Scott and Casey Kasprzyk, the most watched serial drama in the world is nominated for a total of 13 awards for the 2019 season.

"This should be a very exciting year," says Bell. "We submitted two of our favorite episodes from the 'Baby Beth is Alive!' story. I was very happy with those episodes on every level. I am especially thrilled for our nominated actors. They all delivered some of their finest work in the scenes they submitted. It was a great year for all four soaps, so the competition will be intense.

"I am thrilled the Daytime Emmys are airing in primetime on CBS this year. And they'll be even more wonderful as they are being hosted by the incredible ladies of The Talk. I will be watching with my family and at the same time, in close contact with my cast, crew and staff, ready to celebrate any wins.

"Many thanks to the fans for their loyalty and ongoing enthusiasm. Please cheer us on at home. You are the motivation behind everything we do at The Bold and the Beautiful. Go Team B&B!"

Don't miss the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards this Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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