The Daytime Emmy nominations will be announced March 24, and winners will be revealed on Sunday, May 1. A number of records and milestones are up for grabs in this year’s contest. Here are 10 landmark moments to watch for.
1. “General Hospital” could win Best Drama for a record 12th time
With 11, ‘GH’ already holds the record for the most Best Drama Series victories, and it could extend that record to 12 this year. But it hasn’t won since 2012. Will it make a comeback?
2. “The Young and the Restless” hits double digits with 10th Drama Series win
“Y&R” trails “GH” as the second most honored drama at the Daytime Emmys, but it could close in on the record with a 10th Best Drama Series win this year. It has won for the last two years in a row, by itself in 2014 and tying “Days of Our Lives” in 2015.
3. Anthony Geary (“GH”) could tie Cloris Leachman‘s Emmy record with nine acting wins
As I wrote recently, Anthony Geary has won eight Daytime Emmys for Best Actor, making him the most awarded soap star in history, but if he wins again this year, he’ll match the nine overall Emmys won by Cloris Leachman (eight in Primetime, one in Daytime).
4. Billy Flynn (“Days”) could be the youngest Best Actor winner in 30 years
The youngest Best Actor winner in Daytime Emmy history was Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard on “All My Children”; he was 30 when he prevailed in 1985. Interestingly enough, an actor born in 1985 could do the same this year: 30-year-old Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera on “Days.”
5. Tyler Christopher (“GH”), Kristoff St. John (“Y&R”) and Tracey E. Bregman (“Y&R”) could join exclusive club: nominated for Younger, Supporting and Lead
Lead-acting pre-nominees Christopher, St. John and Bregman have all earned Emmy nominations in the younger and supporting acting categories. If they earn bids in the lead race they’d join an exclusive club of just seven performers who have ever achieved that feat: Sarah Brown (“GH”), Steve Burton (“GH” and “Y&R”), Beth Ehlers (“Guiding Light”), Vincent Irizarry (“GL” and “All My Children”), Michael E. Knight (“AMC”), Debbi Morgan (“AMC”) and Heather Tom (“Y&R,” “One Life to Live” and “The Bold and the Beautiful“).
Tom is the only actor ever to win at all three levels; since St. John has already won the younger and supporting contests, he could become the first man to win the trifecta.
6. Kassie DePaiva (“Days”) finally wins after 30 years in daytime
Actress Kassie DePaiva made her daytime debut on “GL,” where she played Chelsea Reardon from 1986 to 1991, but her most famous role started in 1993, when she assumed the role of Blair Kramer on “OLTL.” She remained in that role for 20 years, until the show’s ultimate cancellation in 2013. But in all that time, she has only earned a single Emmy nomination, for Best Actress in 2005. However, we’re predicting she has a strong chance to win this year for her most recent role, as Eve Donovan on “Days.”
7. Wally Kurth (“Days”) and Lauralee Bell (“Y&R”) finally nominated
Wally Kurth has been a soap star since 1987, playing roles on “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “As the World Turns” throughout his career, but he has never been nominated for an Emmy for acting. Neither has Lauralee Bell, who has played Christine Williams on “Y&R” since 1985. They’re pre-nominated for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively, so they could both finally break through.
Ironically, though, both are Daytime Emmy winners, but in other fields. Kurth won Best Original Song for “Barefoot Ballet” from “General Hospital” in 2002, and Bell won Best Special Class Short Format Program as a producer of “mI promise” in 2014.
8. Christopher Sean (“Days”) could be the first to win Best Supporting Actor for a gay role
Daytime soaps were slow to embrace LGBT characters, but now there have been three actors to win for gay roles: Eden Riegel (“AMC”), Chandler Massey (“Days”) and Freddie Smith (“Days”). All those winners were in the younger acting categories. Christopher Sean, who plays gay former athlete Paul Narita on “Days,” would be the first to prevail in the Supporting Actor race.
9. Peggy McCay (“Days”) finally wins for daytime TV
Peggy McCay was a Primetime Emmy winner in 1991 for her guest turn in “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” but despite 33 years playing Caroline Brady on “Days,” she has never won for the role. To date she’s been nominated four times, once as a supporting actress (1987) and three times as a lead (1986, 2013, 2015). This year she’s back in the supporting contest. Will she finally win this time?
10. Hunter King (“Y&R”) could win three in a row
Hunter King has won two straight Emmys for Best Younger Actress (2014-2015) as Summer Newman on “Y&R,” but winning three consecutively would be an uncommon feat. Only three other actors have ever done it before: Jennifer Finnigan (Younger Actress for “B&B,” 2002-2004), Jennifer Landon (Younger Actress for “ATWT,” 2006-2008) and Chandler Massey (Younger Actor for “Days,” 2012-2014).
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Photo credits: Kristoff St. John by CBS; Anthony Geary by ABC; Kassie DePaiva and Christopher Sean by NBC