Joseph Campanella Dies: TV & Film Actor With 200 Credits Over Six Decades Was 92

Joseph Campanella, a prolific character actor whose career on the big and small screens spanned more than a half-century, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was 92.

Among his nearly 200 credits were a regular in the role in first season of…

Joseph Campanella, a prolific character actor whose career on the big and small screens spanned more than a half-century, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was 92. Among his nearly 200 credits were a regular in the role in first season of the 1967-75 CBS cop drama Mannix, for which he earned an Emmy nom, and a Daytime Emmy-nominated late-’80s/early-’90s role as Harper Deveraux in the long-running NBC soap Days of Our Lives (right). He also appeared as…

Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: ‘Bold And The Beautiful’, ‘Sesame Street’ Top Winners

CBS’ The Bold and The Beautiful and HBO’s Sesame Street had seven wins apiece tonight to lead the way at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The show, which honor daytime television programming crafts and are put on by the National Acade…

CBS’ The Bold and The Beautiful and HBO’s Sesame Street had seven wins apiece tonight to lead the way at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The show, which honor daytime television programming crafts and are put on by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The news comes ahead of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, with Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood as hosts of the digital telecast. ABC’s General…

Jacob Young Talks ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Status, Plans for New Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Bold and the Beautiful” star Jacob Young has moved from contract status at the CBS soap to a recurring role. “I had been talking with my management and my team about this for awhile, and it’s almost as if I kind of manifest…

“The Bold and the Beautiful” star Jacob Young has moved from contract status at the CBS soap to a recurring role. “I had been talking with my management and my team about this for awhile, and it’s almost as if I kind of manifested it maybe because it felt like it was running its course,” […]

Daytime Emmy Nominations: ‘General Hospital’ Leads Programs & CBS Tops Networks

A familiar parade of soap operas populates the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, announced this morning. General Hospital leads all programs with 26, barely topping The Young and the Restless and the recently renewed Days of Our Lives with 25 apiece. All three again will vie for Outstanding Drama Series along with The Bold and the Beautiful, which snagged 18 noms.
Meanwhile, CBS again leads all networks with 66 nomination, but this year it was tied by the…

A familiar parade of soap operas populates the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, announced this morning. General Hospital leads all programs with 26, barely topping The Young and the Restless and the recently renewed Days of Our Lives with 25 apiece. All three again will vie for Outstanding Drama Series along with The Bold and the Beautiful, which snagged 18 noms. Meanwhile, CBS again leads all networks with 66 nomination, but this year it was tied by the…

Soap Opera Writers Fear WGA Strike Will ‘Do a Lot of Harm’

The soap opera world is shuddering at the prospect the Writers Guild of America will go on strike next week because the 100-day walkout in 2007-08 proved devastating to so many careers — and shows in a genre that been steadily waning in popularity.

“I did vote yes for this strike at the end of the day, because I believe in what they’re doing,” one veteran daytime drama writer told TheWrap. “But you have to go into it know that this is going to do a lot of harm. A lot of harm.”

Other current soap writers are “petrified” of the outcome. “The last one caused a lot of friendships to end and business relationships to end and it hurt,” one writer said. “A few writers that were fired never worked again. Talented writers. I was out of work for a year and was told, basically, that I would never work in daytime again because I was too vocal during the strike. I got lucky and eventually did.”

Also Read: NBCU Boss Steve Burke Appeals to Hollywood: ‘Strikes Aren’t Good for Anybody’

In addition, the genre itself suffered a major blow in the years just after the strike with multiple long-time shows getting canceled. While there were eight soaps on the broadcast networks in 2008, only four remain today: NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Several current soap writers fear similarly dire results should the WGA go on the picket line next week. “There’s a lot of good that the union provides… but it will hurt immensely if the strike happens,” the writer said. “It trickles down. Even cameramen didn’t work.”

The strike of ’88 was the longest in the history of WGA and, according to AFP, cost the American entertainment industry an estimated $500 million, with a National Public Radio (NPR) report filed shortly after the strike’s end estimating a $1.5 billion loss to the economy of Los Angeles, where most production took place.

Also Read: Producers Warn Against Strike: ‘The 2007 Writers Strike Hurt Everyone’

Although many soap fans continued to watch their shows during the last strike, the result wasn’t always good — particularly since many series relied on inexperienced or nonprofessional writers to get by.

“About half the soaps on the air during the strike were doing well, and the other half were floundering,” a second writer told TheWrap.

“They brought writers in that just did not know the characters,” the writer said. “One show in particular was a train wreck, and their ratings steadily declined every season over the years that followed, from 7.1 share until it hit an all-time low of 1.8.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

NBCU Boss Steve Burke Appeals to Hollywood: ‘Strikes Aren’t Good for Anybody’

What ‘SNL’ Will Do If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week

WGA Resumes Talks With AMPTP After Strike Authorization Vote

Producers Warn Against Strike: ‘The 2007 Writers Strike Hurt Everyone’

WGA Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike

The soap opera world is shuddering at the prospect the Writers Guild of America will go on strike next week because the 100-day walkout in 2007-08 proved devastating to so many careers — and shows in a genre that been steadily waning in popularity.

“I did vote yes for this strike at the end of the day, because I believe in what they’re doing,” one veteran daytime drama writer told TheWrap. “But you have to go into it know that this is going to do a lot of harm. A lot of harm.”

Other current soap writers are “petrified” of the outcome. “The last one caused a lot of friendships to end and business relationships to end and it hurt,” one writer said. “A few writers that were fired never worked again. Talented writers. I was out of work for a year and was told, basically, that I would never work in daytime again because I was too vocal during the strike. I got lucky and eventually did.”

In addition, the genre itself suffered a major blow in the years just after the strike with multiple long-time shows getting canceled. While there were eight soaps on the broadcast networks in 2008, only four remain today: NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Several current soap writers fear similarly dire results should the WGA go on the picket line next week. “There’s a lot of good that the union provides… but it will hurt immensely if the strike happens,” the writer said. “It trickles down. Even cameramen didn’t work.”

The strike of ’88 was the longest in the history of WGA and, according to AFP, cost the American entertainment industry an estimated $500 million, with a National Public Radio (NPR) report filed shortly after the strike’s end estimating a $1.5 billion loss to the economy of Los Angeles, where most production took place.

Although many soap fans continued to watch their shows during the last strike, the result wasn’t always good — particularly since many series relied on inexperienced or nonprofessional writers to get by.

“About half the soaps on the air during the strike were doing well, and the other half were floundering,” a second writer told TheWrap.

“They brought writers in that just did not know the characters,” the writer said. “One show in particular was a train wreck, and their ratings steadily declined every season over the years that followed, from 7.1 share until it hit an all-time low of 1.8.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

NBCU Boss Steve Burke Appeals to Hollywood: 'Strikes Aren't Good for Anybody'

What 'SNL' Will Do If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week

WGA Resumes Talks With AMPTP After Strike Authorization Vote

Producers Warn Against Strike: 'The 2007 Writers Strike Hurt Everyone'

WGA Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike

2017 Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced: ‘Access Hollywood’ Up For Entertainment News Award

The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital are in the running for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
NBC’s Access Hollywood, the entertainment news program that made headlines itself last year with those nasty hot mic tapes of former host Billy Bush and future president Donald Trump, is nominated for an Emmy in its category. In the talk show categories, The View and The Talk are among the…

The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital are in the running for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. NBC’s Access Hollywood, the entertainment news program that made headlines itself last year with those nasty hot mic tapes of former host Billy Bush and future president Donald Trump, is nominated for an Emmy in its category. In the talk show categories, The View and The Talk are among the…