The 41st annual edition of the Daytime Emmy Awards take place tonight (Sunday, June 22) at 5 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET. Emmy and Grammy champ Kathy Griffin is set to preside over the festivities at the Beverly Hilton, with the kudocast streaming live on the web.
Our predictions for the winners in all the key Daytime Emmy Awards races are based upon a combination of four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, Editors, our Top 24 Users who had the highest scores last year, and All Users.
We are predicting that “Days of Our Lives” will repeat as Best Drama Series and also claim Best Actress (Eileen Davidson) for the first time in 39 years, Best Younger Actor (Chandler Massey) for the third year in a row, and Best Writing Team, which it last won in 2012.
“The Young and the Restless” is predicted to take two top categories: Best Actor (Billy Miller, who faces three of his “Y&R” co-stars) and Best Directing Team, which the CBS soap has won more times than any other series (11).
“General Hospital,” despite surprise snubs for Drama Series, Writing Team, and Directing Team, is favored to claim a pair of acting awards: Best Supporting Actor (Bradford Anderson) and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Elliot). It would be Anderson’s first win in five nominations, and the second win for Elliot, who last prevailed in 1981.
Despite a tumultuous transition to the world wide web, “One Life to Live” is expected to make history by winning Best Younger Actress (Kelley Missal) for the first time in its history, and marking the first ever acting win for an online program in the Daytime Emmys’ drama categories.
“The Dr. Oz Show” has won Best Informative Talk Show for the last three years in a row, and it’s predicted to take a fourth. Likewise, its host, Mehmet Oz, gets best odds to win Best Talk Show Host for the third time, following wins in 2010 and 2011.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will likely be named Best Entertainment Talk Show for the fourth time. It won another four Talk Show prizes (2004-2007) before the category was split into Entertainment and Informative in 2008.
Game show categories will be split, with “Jeopardy” extending its record for most victories for Best Game Show (it has 13 to date), while Wayne Brady will be honored as the Best Game Show Host for “Let’s Make A Deal.” It would be Brady’s first win in the category after five straight nominations, though he did previously take home Daytime Emmys for hosting his self-titled talk show in 2003 and 2004.
After 15 nominations between Legal/Courtroom and Special Class categories, “Judge Judy” finally won for the first time last year, and our odds favor it to win Best Legal/Courtroom Program again this year.
Best Lifestyle Show is expected to go to the long-running “This Old House” while culinary honors will go to “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction” (Best Culinary Show, which it previously won in 2012) and Giada De Laurentiis for “Giada at Home” (Best Culinary Host).
And last year’s winner of Best Morning Show, “CBS Sunday Morning,” will repeat in that category.