“Days of Our Lives” pulled off a shocking upset in 2013, winning Best Drama Series for the first time in 35 years. Can it win consecutive prizes for the first time in its history?
That’s not the only drama brewing in this year’s race. Cancelled by the ABC network in 2011, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are back to compete for their 2013 online revivals. If either is nominated for Best Drama Series, it will become the first online program ever nominated in that category, breaking new ground in daytime the way “House of Cards” broke ground at last year’s Primetime Emmys.
But if the acting pre-nominations are any indication, it might be hard to get past “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” which earned 19 citations apiece across six acting categories, followed by “Days of Our Lives” with 14 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with nine.
Compare that to just two apiece for the online soaps.
Most of last year’s Emmy winners are back in the running this year, including lead acting champs Heather Tom (“B&B”) and Doug Davidson (“Y&R”). Meanwhile, several of last year’s supporting contenders earned promotions to the lead race this year, including two-time Supporting Actor winner Billy Miller (“Y&R”).
The pre-nominations were determined by peer judges, who watched sample performances from all entrants in each category before narrowing it down to their 10 favorites. (Because of ties, there are 12 pre-nominees for Lead Actress and 13 for Supporting Actor.) The pre-nominees now advance to the blue-ribbon round, where panels will determine the final nominees, to be announced on May 1.
Who will be nominated at this year’s Daytime Emmys?
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