Will ‘Young and Restless’ leading men continue Daytime Emmys dominance?

With the number of soap operas dwindling in recent years, it’s inevitable that the remaining shows will be better represented in the nominations, but even with that in mind, “The Young and the Restless‘s” recent stranglehold on the Best Actor race at the Daytime Emmys has been remarkable.

Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: ‘Young and Restless’ leads with 22

There have been nine Best Actor nominees in the last two years, and seven of them were from “Y&R.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, “Y&R” also won both years: Doug Davidson in 2013 and Billy Miller in 2014. The only other nominee in both contests was Jason Thompson from “General Hospital.”

Those two victories put “Y&R” on top as the most awarded program in the category with nine, and if this year’s pre-nominations are any indication, “Y&R” may sweep again. It has six out of the 11 actors on the longlist, including all the men who have ever won the category for the CBS soap.

Davidson and Miller are back in the running. So are Peter Bergman and Christian LeBlanc, who have won three Best Actor Emmys apiece. Bergman holds the record for the most nominations in the category, with 19, but he hasn’t won since 2002.

Eric Braeden has been nominated eight times for “Y&R,” but his only victory was in 1998. The series’s only rookie contender is Justin Hartley, who joined the cast as Adam Newman in 2014; the previous actor to play that role, Michael Muhney, was nominated in this race in 2013.

If any show ends “Y&R’s” reign, it could be “GH,” which has three pre-nominations, including Thompson. Tyler Christopher is hoping for his first lead-acting bid for the series following two nominations for Supporting Actor (2005, 2006) and one for Younger Actor (1998).

But “GH’s” greatest hope may be Anthony Geary, who has played the iconic role of Luke Spencer since 1978 and won Best Actor seven times, which makes him the most awarded soap actor in Daytime Emmys history. His most recent victory was in 2012.

Days of Our Lives” has only one pre-nominee: Daniel Cosgrove, who joined the cast in 2014. He previously earned consecutive Emmy nominations for “Guiding Light,” one as a supporting actor (2008) and one as a lead (2009). He has yet to win.

The Bold and the Beautiful” also has a sole actor on the longlist: John McCook, who only has two past Emmy nominations despite playing patriarch Eric Forrester since “B&B’s” debut in 1987.

Who do you think will win? Will Geary extend his record as daytime’s most awarded actor, or will “Y&R” three-peat? Use our drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions. Click here to enter your picks in eight other drama categories.

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