This year’s Daytime Emmy nominations marked the end of two prolonged losing streaks. Katherine Kelly Lang was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Kristen Alderson earned a bid for Best Younger Actress for “General Hospital.” After a combined 40 years in daytime television, it’s the first nomination for each.
We previously noted Lang’s notorious snubs. She was one of the founding stars of “B&B” when it debuted in 1987 and she has played man-eating vixen Brooke Logan ever since, but despite frequent Emmy honors for her co-stars – including multiple winners Susan Flannery and Heather Tom, both of whom are nominated for Best Actress again this year – Lang had never made the cut until now.
After years competing as a lead actress, Lang dropped down to the supporting race this year, which may have been the key to her success. But for “GH’s” Alderson, the solution was probably a change of address.
Alderson joined “GH” in 2012 as young troublemaker-turned-heroine Starr Manning, but before that she played the role on “One Life to Live” for 14 years, starting in 1998 when she was seven-years-old. After “OLTL” was cancelled by ABC – and before plans solidified for its online revival – the network transferred the defunct drama’s executive producer, head writer, and three of its popular stars, including Alderson, to the network’s last remaining soap opera, “GH.”
Despite the success of fellow ABC shows “GH” and “All My Children,” “OLTL” typically got the cold shoulder from Emmy voters. The series has only won Best Drama once – compared to three wins for “AMC” and 11 for “GH” – and its nomination this year for its final episodes on network TV is only its sixth bid in the 40-year history of the awards.
“OLTL’s” actors haven’t fared much better. The show has won 16 Emmys for acting overall – six of those for Erika Slezak – but in the last 15 years it won only twice, compared to eight wins for “AMC” and a whopping 27 for “GH.”
It’s no surprise then that Alderson, playing the same character with the same writer and the same producer, managed her first-ever nomination simply by moving a few towns over from “OLTL’s” Llanview to “GH’s” Port Charles, where Emmys are nearly as plentiful as mob-related shootings.