Starting today, the performance reels submitted by actors for Daytime Emmy consideration will be made available on cable network HLN‘s website for the public to view. This level of access is a first for the Emmys — Primetime or Daytime — which are unique among entertainment awards in that they are determined by judges viewing sample episodes of the nominees’ work.
At the Daytime Emmys, acting contenders from the eligible shows were winnowed down to 10 pre-nominees in each category. Those pre-nominees were then judged by blue-ribbon panels watching sample episodes of the actors’ work. Awards were decided in a single round, so the votes that decided the nominees also decided the winners, which will be presented on Sunday, June 16, live on HLN.
More categories will be made available in the coming days, but for now you can watch the four nominated performance reels for Best Younger Actor, which include 2012’s winner, Chandler Massey (“Days of Our Lives“), in a scene similar to the one that earned him the prize last year: as gay teen Will Horton, he opens up to his grandmother Marlena (Deidre Hall) about his struggles with his sexuality.
His “Days” co-star Freddie Smith, playing Sonny Kiriakis, submitted an episode in which he admits to having romantic feelings for Will.
They compete against two actors from “The Young and the Restless“: 2007 winner Bryton James submitted an episode where his character, Devon Winters, is implanted with a device that restores his lost hearing, while Max Ehrich, as Fenmore Baldwin, lashes out at his troubled teen rival.
Watch the episodes below, and then visit our predictions center to make or update your predictions.