However, four of our experts — Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps), Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) and Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan — are predicting it to prevail this year with its seventh bid.
One of our experts — Dan Kroll (Soap Central) — is backing reigning champ “General Hospital.” It has already racked up a record 11 wins as Best Drama Series — 1981, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 — from 23 nominations.
Another expert — Nelson Branco (Soap Opera Uncensored) — forecasts victory for “One Life to Live” — axed by ABC last year but back online now — to win a bookend to its 2002 prize. It has only been nominated five times in 40 years.
None of our experts expect “The Young and the Restless” — which has seven wins (1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2004, 2007) from a record 32 nominations — to take the top award.
Nor do they foresee a win for NBC’s lone daytime drama — “Days of Our Lives.” That sudser, which began in 1965, has only one win (1978) from 16 nominations. It was a suprise nominee last year. Prior to that it last contended in 2009 and before that it had been a decade since this show was nominated. Compare that to a run of six straight bids starting with the first Daytime Emmys in 1974.
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