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Happy Birthday to Eric Sheffer Stevens!

The Daytime Emmy Awards take place today in Las Vegas. I must say, the awards lost a lot of credibility with me this year because this gifted actor, Eric Sheffer Stevens, was not nominated for his work as Dr. Reid Oliver on As the World Turns.

I was quite certain that he would be the front-runner to WIN so for him to not even make the final five, it just seemed like a farce.

An Emmy would have been such a perfect birthday gift for the actor who turns 39 today.

Greg In Hollywood awarded Eric with its Soap Star of the Year prize last December and at the time I explained why: Stevens brought something very unique to a daytime soap and the soap’s writers knew they had struck gold with the actor and his snarky character. He could be so funny, he could be  such a jerk, he could be very sexy and in the end, he could break our hearts.

The seasoned actor was new to soaps and his chemistry with Van Hansis (Luke) was so crackling that many fans welcomed the split of longtime lovers Luke and Noah (Jake Silbermann) so Luke could be with Reid.

Eric also gave many thoughtful interviews throughout his glorious nine-month run about the show’s gay storyline.

Okay, so General Hospital’s Jonathan Jackson won the Emmy that Eric should have received but he has been plenty busy since the demise of ATWT including guest spots on TV’s Body of Proof, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Big C. This fall, he is one of the stars of the FOX sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

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  1. Beautifully said! Eric and Reid Oliver were the only reason I came back to ATWT. But hey – he has his own series starting in the fall; that’s probably better than a daytime Emmy that’s awarded based on grade-school playground politics.

  2. Reid/Eric and the great Reid/Luke tragic lovestory was the only reason I was watching what turned out to be a mess of a show in its’ last 9 months; very sad indeed for what was once one of the best soaps on TV. Were it not for Eric, I never would have returned since the Noah/Luke story was a boring non-story. I never saw the chemistry with those two at all, but as soon as Reid/Luke appeared onscreen together they were magic. Too bad at the crappy ending, but Eric made everything gold. He was definitely robbed of an award but soaps will always hand out those statues to the over the top style of soap acting unfortuntely.

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