At the beginning of this month, NATAS produced and held the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys ceremony, which fans of daytime were able to view online in the days following.
During the ceremony, the Daytime Emmys spotlighted in an emotional clip package, on the tremendous achievement of the daytime soaps in taking on and reflecting the social issues of our time. Throughout the genre’s history they have been known to be at the forefront of telling these types of stories and using their characters as the vehicle to move, enlighten, and inform the audience.
On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman was the segment producer of this clip package, and now we are making available exclusively the extended version of the piece here, which includes more scenes and moments than in the shorter version that was played at the ceremony which was cut down for show timing.
From General Hospital’s HIV/AIDS storyline to shedding light on bipolar disorder, to The Bold and the Beautiful’s transgender storyline and the plight of the homeless, to Days of our Lives, same-sex marriage, coming out, and crib death stories, to The Young and the Restless tackling alcoholism, prostate cancer and more, these stories have touched all of us throughout the years. These spotlighted social issues are just a small window into some of the great work the soaps have done over the decades, and while we know there are many social issues from shows that are no longer with us, it should be noted that the package was only to include stories from the four daytime dramas left on the air.
Watch the extended version of the Daytime Emmys social issues on the soaps package after the jump. Then let us know what was the moment, or story highlighted, that touched you the most from it in the comment section below!