Fans of “One Life to Live” said goodbye on January 13, 2012 when the 44-year-old soap aired its last episode on ABC. While those who followed life in Llanview are disappointed that the show isn’t in contention for Best Drama Series at this Saturday’s Daytime Emmys, there may be reason to hope. Although it aired only nine episodes in 2012, “OLTL” is eligible to compete at next year’s Emmys.
By the time the nominations are announced in 2013, “OLTL” will have been off the air for almost a year and a half. However, that may not be a severe handicap for the defunct daytime drama. “OLTL” will only have to compete against four other shows for a nomination: CBS’s “Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” and ABC’s “General Hospital.”
Though it will have aired far fewer episodes than its competitors, nominees and winners for Best Drama Series are determined by judges who watch two submitted episodes. That levels the playing field considerably for “OLTL.”
The series may also benefit from its ability to enter its emotional farewell episode for consideration. That tactic earned “All My Children” bids this year for Best Drama Series and Best Writing Team.
And “OLTL” grande dame Erika Slezak (Viki Lord) will also get one more chance at an Emmy. This year, she and “GH” star Anthony Geary are both in contention for their record seventh wins. If Slezak prevails as Best Actress on Saturday, she could be back next year to try for an eighth.
Other contenders could find themselves in competition with themselves. “OLTL” head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini migrated to “GH” upon “OLTL’s” cancellation and could be double-nominees if both shows are recognized.
Also eligible for both shows are actors Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Michael Easton (John McBain), and Roger Howarth (Todd Manning), who were also brought on to “GH” to reprise their “OLTL” roles. Of those, only Howarth was ever recognized by the Daytime Emmys: for “OLTL” he won Best Younger Actor in 1994 and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 (he received Best Actor bids for “As the World Turns” in 2004 and 2005.)
Perhaps two chances will prove to be better than one as the cast has been historically shunned by the Daytime Emmys. As for the show, perhaps “One Life” will have a second life after all.
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