“General Hospital” is one step closer to Daytime Emmys redemption. It picked up 28 nominations this year, more than any other program, including Best Drama Series.
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“GH” suffered some of last year’s biggest snubs, failing to earn nominations for writing, directing, or Drama Series, and winning just two awards, fewer than any other soap. But it’s represented in all three top dramatic races this time around. It also picked up 13 acting nominations, including two (Donna Mills and Linda Elena Tovar) in the new Special Guest Performer category.
Following with 25 nominations is “The Young and the Restless,” which won a whopping nine awards last year, including Best Drama. It had led this year’s acting pre-nominations with 22, and 11 of its actors made the final cut, including three (Meredith Baxter, Sally Kellerman and Ray Wise) in the Special Guest Performer race.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” was next with 19 bids, but that includes only four acting nominations, and none for five-time Emmy winner Heather Tom, who had contended for the last four years for the CBS soap. But Fred Willard did make the cut for Special Guest Performer for his role as John Forrester.
“Days of Our Lives” earned the fewest nominations among soap operas with 16, but that includes Best Actress for Alison Sweeney, her first nomination after 21 years on the series.
However, all four remaining soap operas were nominated for Drama Series, Writing Team, and Directing Team, so there wasn’t a single snub in those races.
Following the four soaps, “Sesame Street” led all children’s programs with 13 bids, while “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is the top talk show with 10 bids and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is the most nominated animated program with seven.
The nominations were announced on CBS’s “The Talk,” which picked up seven nominations of its own, including Best Entertainment Talk Show and Best Entertainment Talk Show Host.
ABC’s once formidable talker “The View” only picked up two nominations this year, for Best Hairstyling and Best Multiple Camera Editing.
There were a few major snubs in the drama acting categories. Best Supporting Actor frontrunner Blake Berris (“Days”) was left out entirely, as was his co-star, last year’s winner Eric Martsolf. Younger Actress favorite Camryn Grimes (“Y&R”) was also overlooked. Peter Bergman (“Y&R”) wasn’t able to extend his record for the most Best Actor nominations: this would have been his 20th career bid.