Soapside: Advocate 's Guide to Daytime

Y&R 's Chris Engen walks off the set after refusing to kiss his male costar; Daytime Emmy Nods for Braun and Hansis but not Crystal Chappell; Soap Hunks court your vote; and more.

BY Michael Fairman

May 20 2009 11:00 PM ET

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Oh Brother!

Over at All My Kids, the highly touted, over-the-top May sweeps umbrella story that killed off a "legendary character" turned out, as expected, not to be control freakazoid Adam Chandler (David Canary) but his "simpleton" twin, Stuart. The show's much maligned scribe, Chuck Pratt Jr., received pushback from the ABC network on his choice to kill off the beloved character. Quelle surprise! This is the same guy who destroyed the Bianca-Reese pairing.

In Soap Opera Weekly, Pratt defends himself: "I'm willing to take those slings and arrows, as I did on the lesbian story. It's really about telling the story with Adam I wanted to tell."

And what is that? Will Adam's medication make him have an affair with the now slightly "brain-rattled" Tad (Michael E. Knight)?

Daytime Emmy Nods

Speaking of All My Children, in an industry shocker, the sudser picked up the most nominations of any show on daytime -- 19, including Outstanding Drama Series for one of its CGI-filled tornado episodes. In a year when the show was completely uneven, it's hard to fathom the Emmy process of submitting one episode to represent the series and that the powers that be chose one in which all the characters looked like they were cardboard cutouts against the backdrop of a twister! The buzz from industry voters tells me that AMC looks to be the top contender for the prize along with B&B, which submitted its dark and controversial Storm suicide/Katie heart transplant storyline.

In more promising Emmy news: Gay fans will be happy to know that Advocate.com darling Tamara Braun picked up a nod for Supporting Actress for her tour-de-force peformance as whack-job Ava on Days, not for her "Lesbian Gone Wild" Reese on AMC. Tamara, on receiving the nod: "I am absolutely stunned and overjoyed by the nomination. I loved the challenge of Ava and the freedom I was given to play her. I'm so touched and grateful for the nomination, and I'm looking forward to the awards so I can see everyone I have worked with again! Thank you! Thank you!"

On the male side, As the World Turns ' Van Hansis, our gay hero Luke, scored a major victory. His first time submitting himself for the Supporting Actor category, he made it into the big leagues! Van tells Advocate.com, "I made it to the final five. It's just like American Idol. It feels great to be nominated in the Supporting Actor category. I was really shocked, and I honestly was not expecting it. So to be nominated, I was very honored."

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