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Indie Series Awards and Daytime Emmys for indie soaps

On March 31, the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced nominees for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. (Get your exclusive cheat sheet to who will win in the soap-opera categories here.)

A day later, on Wednesday, April 1, the 6th Annual Indie Series Awards handed out its trophies for the best in independently produced, scripted entertainment created for the web.

Held at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, the sold-out show was hosted by Daytime Emmy winner Eric Marsolf (Brady, Days of Our Lives). Presenters included Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, General Hospital), Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DOOL), and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DOOL).

Familiar soap faces were well represented in the winners’ circle as well. Three-time Daytime Emmy winner Sarah Brown (ex-Carly and ex-Claudia, GH; ex-Julia, As the World Turns; ex-Aggie, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Madison, DOOL) was named Best Lead Actress—Drama for Beacon Hill. Andrea Evans (ex-Tina, One Life to Live; ex-Tawny, B&B; ex-Rebecca, Passions) won Best Guest Actress—Drama for DeVanity. Even Richard Hatch, primarily known for his work on the original Battlestar Galactica, and an Indie winner for Best Guest Actor—Drama (Pairings), got his start on All My Children.

Gregori J. Martin, multi-Indie-winning director, writer, and producer of The Bay, praised the awards: “I think the ISAs are a wonderful up-and-coming awards ceremony, and a great outlet for independently produced web shows to get some sort of recognition for all the hard work and effort we put into producing our shows. They are certainly growing!”

Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara, ATWT), host of the 2013 awards and a 2015 nominee for Best Lead Actress—Drama for Thurston, added, “I came on board as the MC/host for the Indie Series Awards in 2013, not knowing anything about this new world. I had a sharp learning curve and was completely smitten and wanted to be a part of it, in any way. Here is why: Not all of the shows are network quality, but the support and love of the people in the indie community is unlike anything in network television. To see this kind of joy for the competition is rare. Everybody watches everyone else’s shows, and the love in the room is palpable. Unlike the political—and sometimes bitchy—feelings that were always at the Emmys.”

But could those feelings be on their way?

Last year, NATAS added a new category, Outstanding New Approaches—Drama Series, to honor any daytime drama that aired fewer than 35 original episodes during the 2013 calendar year. The winner was Venice (it had also won an Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime), produced and starring Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia, Guiding Light; ex-Carly, DOOL; ex-Maggie, OLTL).

This year, the nominees include The Bay, Beacon Hill, East Los High, and Anacostia.

The latter is co-executive produced by Martha Byrne, one of the few actresses to win a Daytime Emmy both for Outstanding Younger Actress and Outstanding Lead Actress, playing Lily and Rose on ATWT.

Byrne explained, “The marriage between web-series and daytime actors has been evolving over the years. I think daytime actors are drawn to the creators of these shows because of their mutual love of the genre of serial television. When Anthony Anderson asked me to be a part of Anacostia, I immediately said yes, even before I read a script, because of our mutual respect for strong storytelling. And the fact that I just adore him as a human being sealed the deal. To be nominated in two categories for Anacostia* on a show where I volunteered my time should give anyone the drive to keep going. It was my pleasure to give back with the decades of experience I have under my belt. That’s what you’re supposed to do.”

*[Note: Byrne is also nominated for Outstanding Performer in an Outstanding New Approach to Drama, alongside the Indie-winning Brown and Evans, as well as AMC alums Alicia Minshew, Vanessa Vasquez, and Danielle Vega.]

Martin summarized, “Our team is very excited to be nominated for our second Emmy. As much as we’d love to take home the golden angel, this nomination is already a win not just for The Bay, but for all indie dramas online.”

To learn more about independent soaps on the web, click here. And to find out who’ll win a Daytime Emmy, tune in to Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

In the meantime, if you’ve got predictions, we want to hear them! Tell us who you think will win!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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