The soap genre continues to field positive press from mainstream outlets. Legendary industry trade publication Variety has named daytime heavy hitters Angelica McDaniel, Heather Tom and Frank Valentini among their list of Daytime TV Impact Honorees.
McDaniel, promoted to Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime in 2012, was commended for her work in promoting synergy within the daytime lineup. “With a deft ability to balance daytime’s big three genres — game, talk and drama — McDaniel has effectively injected a dose of synergy across CBS’ slate,” wrote Variety’s Josh Chetwynd.
Bold and the Beautiful star Heather Tom (Katie) was touted not only for her longevity in the soap business, but also for her historic Daytime Emmy feat. With Tom’s win for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2012, she became the first actress to win for all three major categories — two for younger actress and single wins in supporting and lead.
General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini was heralded for saving General Hospital from certain cancellation. Michelle Salemi wrote the soap owes its life to Valentini who, “…came in last year after the cancellation of “One Life to Live” and resuscitated General with explosions, baby-switching and returns of beloved characters. As General moves toward its 50th anniversary this month, Valentini has been able to find that tricky balance of keeping fans happy and moving the show along.”
For more honorees, including former All My Children star and current Live with Kelly & Michael co-host Kelly Ripa and Price is Right host Drew Carey, visit Variety.com.