[WATCH] Daytime Emmys slugfest: Why ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ is Best Drama Series frontrunner

Tony Ruiz and I have discussed the episode submissions entered by the nominees in the seven drama acting categories at the Daytime Emmys (watch our slugfests discussing the lead actors, supporting actors, and younger and guest actors), but who will win the top prize: Best Drama Series? Last year the award went to both “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” in a rare tie, but Ruiz and I think “The Bold and the Beautiful” is the show to beat this time around.

“B&B” submitted episodes surrounding its landmark storyline involving model Maya Avant (Karla Mosley), a transgender woman fighting for acceptance from her family and her fiancee Rick (Best Supporting Actor nominee Jacob Young). “It’s very socially relevant right now,” Ruiz explains. “And it’s not played for tabloid value, it’s played very sensitively and there’s a lot of real emotion that’s reflected in society about transgender issues.”

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And we already know this storyline resonated with voters because it earned acting nominations for Young, Reign Edwards (Best Younger Actress) and Obba Babatunde and Anna Maria Horsford (Best Guest Performer). It would be the fourth Best Drama victory for “B&B” following its three straight wins from 2009-2011.

“B&B’s” strongest challenger appears to be “General Hospital,” which submitted the same episode Anthony Geary entered for Best Actor, in which his character, Luke Spencer, recovers lost memories about how he accidentally killed his mother and then deliberately killed his abusive father. “It’s a very heavy submission,” says Ruiz. “It lacks some of the fireworks – literally – that ‘GH’ has won with before. There’s no big hostage crisis, there’s no shootings, there’s no [train wrecks]. It’s just good old-fashioned family drama. That could certainly make it competitive.” Its second episode is the Nutcracker Gala, which includes a number of major plot developments that are unrelated to Luke’s storyline in the first half.

A win for “GH” would extend its record to 12 Drama Series victories. It last prevailed in 2012.

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“The Young and the Restless,” which has won Best Drama Series nine times, submitted a pair of episodes following the revelation that Adam Newman (Best Actor nominee Justin Hartley) is alive after being presumed dead. “I think the problem here is that it seems like a typical soap opera reveal,” says Ruiz. “It doesn’t have the impact that ‘GH’s’ first reel has or any of ‘Bold and the Beautiful’s’ submissions have.”

Rounding out the category is three-time past champ “Days of Our Lives,” which entered the climax of its Neck Tie Killer storyline along with the Salem bicentennial celebration that was partly featured in Peggy McCay‘s submission for Best Supporting Actress. Ruiz doesn’t “see them winning … I think this is just a ‘GH’ vs. ‘B&B’ race.”

But “who knows, maybe we’ll get some inexplicable winners. Three-way ties are always good,” Ruiz later adds, referring to last year’s curious Best Guest Performer contest, in which three of the six nominees ended up prevailing. At the Daytime Emmys, sometimes you really never know.

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