Cable network HLN, which is broadcasting the Daytime Emmys for the second year in a row, is gradually unveiling the nominated performance reels that were voted on by Emmy judges to decide the winners, which will be announced live on Sunday, June 16, at the Beverly Hilton. Today, you can watch the nominees for Best Actor.
Jason Thompson is the sole nominee for “General Hospital” competing against a trio of actors from “The Young and the Restless.” This is his first nomination as a lead actor following two supporting bids for playing Dr. Patrick Drake, who in his submission reel — the shortest of the group at five minutes — wakes up on the morning of his wife’s funeral only to see visions of her everywhere he goes.
Though he has played Paul Williams on “Y&R” for 35 years, this is only Doug Davidson‘s fourth Emmy nomination, his third as a lead actor. In his episode, Paul turns himself in to police after fatally shooting his son Ricky, a murderer who had been threatening a woman with a knife, but Paul’s confession is complicated by the lack of evidence of Ricky’s guilt.
Davidson’s “Y&R” co-star Peter Bergman is the only previous winner in this category. He has now been nominated 17 times in this race for playing businessman Jack Abbott, and earned one nomination before that for “All My Children.” He has won three times: 1991, 1992, and 2002. In his episode submission, Jack angrily fires his brother (Best Supporting Actor nominee Billy Miller, who submitted the same episode) and temporarily steps down as CEO before entering the hospital for major surgery.
“Y&R’s” Michael Muhney is nominated for the first time for his role as Adam Newman. In his episode, he fights with his wife, Chelsea (Best Supporting Actress nominee Melissa Claire Egan), who is angry that he is still entangled with his ex-wife, Sharon (Sharon Case). He later meets with Sharon, who asks him to stay away for the sake of his marriage.
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