This year’s Daytime Emmys could be a historic event for many reasons, with some contenders earning long-awaited first nominations, and others hoping for long-awaited wins.
“One Life to Live” was cancelled by ABC after more than 40 years and concluded in January 2012. But despite only airing nine episodes during the eligibility year, it managed a nomination for Best Drama Series. Can the perennial underdog, which has only won the category once before, come out on top for its broadcast TV swan song?
“Days of Our Lives” is one of the last four remaining soaps on broadcast TV — “OLTL” and “All My Children” have since migrated to the internet — but it too is an Emmy underdog: it hasn’t won Best Drama since 1978.
“Judge Judy” has been a staple of daytime television for nearly two decades. For years the show racked up nominations for Best Special Class Series without ever winning, but even in the years since the creation of the Best Legal/Courtroom Program category in 2008, she has continued to be shut out. This year marks the show’s 15th nomination.
Rachael Ray‘s eponymous talk show pulled off two surprise victories for Best Entertainment Talk Show, but its host is not among its producers, so Ray has yet to claim an Emmy for herself. This year she’s nominated for Best Talk Show Host for the sixth time, in addition to which she previously earned two unsuccessful hosting bids for her culinary series “30-Minute Meals.”
Among lesser-known Emmy contenders this year is voice-actor Jim Cummings, nominated for Best Performer in an Animated Program as Hondo Onaka in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” This is only his second Daytime Emmy nomination, which is surprising given his extensive resume, which includes “The Penguins of Madagascar,” “Timon & Pumbaa,” “Pinky & the Brain,” “Animaniacs,” “The Tick,” “Gargoyles,” “Darkwing Duck,” and roles in many other animated films, TV shows, and video games.
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