Last year’s Daytime Emmys ended in a surprise: “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” shared the award for Best Drama Series in what was only the second tie in that category’s history. The first tie also involved “Y&R”: in 2007 it shared top honors with “Guiding Light.”
Last year’s Drama Series victory for “Days” was only its third, but it was the ninth for “Y&R” which put it one step closer to the record held by “General Hospital.” “GH” has won Best Drama Series 11 times, more than any other show; it last won in 2012, but since then “Days” and “Y&R” have racked up two wins apiece. Can “GH” make a comeback this year?
“GH” may be at a disadvantage. It has just 13 pre-nominations across the six acting categories, compared to a whopping 23 for “Y&R” and 20 for “Days.” Only “The Bold and the Beautiful” has fewer (nine). That may indicate limited overall support. However, “GH” also had a shortfall last year (14 pre-nominations, compared to 22 for “Y&R”) but still managed to win the most acting awards, grabbing both lead-acting prizes (for Anthony Geary and Maura West) as well as Best Supporting Actor (Chad Duell).
Geary’s Best Actor win was his eighth, which is more than any other soap actor. He left “GH” in 2015 after having played the iconic role of Luke Spencer on-and-off since 1978, but he’s pre-nominated again this year. If he gets a farewell hug from the TV academy, he won’t just set a new record for soap actors, he’ll tie Cloris Leachman as the most awarded performer in Emmy history, Daytime or Primetime (Leachman has eight Primetime wins and one Daytime win).
The acting pre-nominations were determined by eligible peer judges who were sent an online ballot containing all entrants in the lead and supporting performer categories. Those judges were required to view and evaluate clips containing each performer’s work before selecting their top 10 performer choices.
Those that made the cut, including Geary, now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which begins February 22. That round of voting will determine the final nominees in each category, and also the winners. All nominations will be announced on Thursday, March 24 with the winners unveiled on Sunday, May 1.
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