Daytime Emmys duel: ‘General Hospital’ vs. ‘All My Children’

Reigning three-time champ “The Bold and the Beautiful” was snubbed in the Best Drama Series race this year.

Five of our Experts are backing the bid by “General Hospital. It has already racked up a record 10 wins as Best Drama Series — 1981, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008 — from 22 nominations. It has odds of 8 to 11 to extend its record. 

The pundits predicting victory for this last remaining ABC daytime drama which first aired in 1963 are: Nelson Branco (Soap Opera Uncensored), Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps), Dan J. Kroll (Soap Central), Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby).  

Two of them — Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential) and Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) — foresee victory for sentimental favorite “All My Children.” This recently-cancelled show, which debuted on ABC in 1970, has three wins (1992, 1994, 1998) from 30 nominations. It has odds of 9 to 4 to win one last time. 

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Young and the Restless” has seven wins (1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2004, 2007) from a record 31 nominations. This top-rated CBS daytime drama premiered in 1973 and has odds of 14 to 1 to prevail this year.  

This is the first bid since 2009 for “Days of Our Lives.” This sudser, which began on NBC in 1965, has only one win (1978) from 15 nominations. Prior to that 2009 nod, it had been a decade since this show contended. Compare that to a run of six straight bids starting with the first Daytime Emmys in 1974. It is the longshot with odds of 25 to 1. 

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