Last year, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” won Best Drama Series at the Daytime Emmys for the first time in 35 years, but it won’t have to wait that long for another win according to our racetrack odds. It will take the top prize again when awards are handed out during a webcast ceremony on Sunday, June 22. (Creative Arts winners will be announced on Friday, June 20.)
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“Days,” which has 14 nominations overall including Creative Arts races, will 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.
With 26 bids, “The Young and the Restless” is the year’s most nominated program, and our predictors are betting on it to win two of its 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 win 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” will 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 win 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 win 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 win 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 predictors favor it to win Best Legal/Courtroom Program again this year.
Last year’s winner of Best Morning Show, “CBS Sunday Morning,” will repeat in that category.
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