For the last several years the Daytime Emmys have bounced from network to network — the CW (2009), CBS (2010-2011), HLN (2012-2013) and POP (2015), with one live webcast in 2014. This year the awards had neither a network partner nor a live webcast, but viewers now have the opportunity to watch the whole thing online (watch it above).
The TV academy has uploaded the two-hour event to its YouTube channel, where fan can watch a number of landmark wins: “General Hospital’s” record 12th victory for Best Drama Series, as well as “The Talk’s” first ever win for Best Entertainment Talk Show, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for “Sesame Street” mainstay Sonia Manzano. All seven of the acting winners were first timers, except for Best Actress champ Mary Beth Evans (“Days of Our Lives”), but her three previous Emmy victories were all at Creative Arts ceremonies (two of those other winners for this year), so this was her first time accepting kudos at the main event.
Three winning actors are no longer on their shows — Sean Blakemore (Best Supporting Actor, “GH”), Jessica Collins (Best Supporting Actress, “The Young and the Restless”) and True O’Brien (Best Younger Actress, “Days”) — which means this was their only moment in the Emmy spotlight, unless they’re picked up by another soap of course; swapping actors is increasingly common in a daytime landscape with only four soaps left. (Blakemore was the only acting champ not in attendance, so he might especially want another opportunity to go for the gold.)
Mario Lopez hosted the event and then accepted an Emmy of his own: Best Entertainment News Program for “Extra.”
What did you think of the ceremony? Web programming seems to be the future of all television, so should the Daytime Emmys continue to embrace this format going forward? Discuss in the comments below and in our message boards.