The Daytime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Wednesday. The kudos are returning to CBS for the second year in a row. Last year, Regis Philbin emceed these awards when they relocated to Las Vegas and with the veteran talk show host soon retiring, will the Daytime Emmys give him the gig again as a parting gift?
While that is a worthwhile gesture, they may wish to follow the lead of the Academy Awards and hire younger hosts. Back in 2006, “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco co-hosted with Tom Bergeron following her winning turn on his primetime show “Dancing With the Stars.” This time around, the two-time Emmy contender could be paired with Shemar Moore, the 2000 Supporting Actor winner for “The Young & the Restless” who stars on CBS’s primetime hit “Criminal Minds.”
And If CBS prefer to keep it all in the family, they need look no further than two current “Y&R” cast members: the charming Billy J. Miller who is a likely nominee, and Eden Riegel, who proved her comic chops on the internet soap “Imaginary Bitches”, which was nominated in the “New Approaches Daytime” category in 2009.
CBS just launched its own version of “The View” and the five women from “The Talk” might make for lively co-hosts. They are: news anchor Julie Chen, who is married to CBS exec Leslie Moonves; Sara Gilbert, the creator of the series, who earned two primetime Emmy nods (1993, 1994) for her role as Darlene Conner on “Roseanne”; talent show judge Sharon Osborune; Leah Remini, star of the long-running CBS sitcom “The King Of Queens”; and TV staple Hollie Robinson Peete.
The two men who emcee the CBS daytime game shows could do likewise for the Daytime Emmys: Drew Carey took over from Emmy champ Bob Barker on “The Price Is Right” in 2007 while Wayne Brady is in his second season of hosting “Let’s Make A Deal.” Brady won two Emmys for his talker “The Wayne Brady Show” (2003, 2004) while the show itself tied “The View” for “Best Talk Show” in 2003.
TV talk show host Wendy Williams would be a wonderful choice. Her wit and charm coupled with an ability to connect with the TV audience could be just the combo needed for hosting the Daytime Emmys. And when you add in her trademark off-the-cuff commentary, you have must-see-TV. A more low-key choice would be Nate Berkus who also hosts a talk show.