“There were a lot of shockers for me” at the Daytime Emmys, says Gold Derby guru Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential) in our podcast chat, but the victory of “Days of Our Lives” as Best Drama Series was “the shocker of the year.”
In the nearly 50-year history of the Daytime Emmys, “Days of Our Lives” had merely won the top prize once before (1978) and it only managed to claim one additional trophy (Chandler Massey as Best Younger Actor) Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Throughout the night, it looked like “The Bold and the Beautiful” might claim the crown after sweeping the early races for best writing, directing and two acting slots (Heather Tom as Best Actress, Scott Clifton as Best Supporting Actor). So how did “Days of Our Lives” pull off the surprise victory?
“They did a lot with the explosion story line … the old-school spectacle,” he adds, referring to the reels submitted to the Emmy jury. “I think it kind of goes back to the days when ‘General Hospital’ was winning all those times in a row with those big disaster stories. This voting body loves that kind of stuff.”
Giddens and I also chat about the acting winners plus such behind-the-scenes, real-life disasters as what happened to many journalists – including us — when getting press credentials (or not getting credentials) to cover this kudofest. Yikes. A classic soal opera cliffhangers! Listen below — pick one of two player options.