On January 25 the national television academy announced the pre-nominations for the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards. Those 57 actors and actresses now advance to the Blue Ribbon Round, where voters will watch sample episodes and decide the nominees and winners. “General Hospital” trails in third place with 14 acting citations (behind “The Young and the Restless” with 19 and “Days of Our Lives” with 15), but “GH” trailed in the pre-noms last year too and still ended up with 10 acting nominations and nine total wins including Best Drama Series. Can it repeat?
Decide for yourself. You can now predict nine drama categories: Best Drama Series, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Younger Actor, Best Younger Actress, Best Writing Team and Best Directing Team. Nominations will be announced on March 22 on CBS’s “The Talk,” the reigning Emmy champ for Best Entertainment Talk Show.
“GH” has won Best Drama Series 12 times, more than any other soap in history, and now it’s aiming for lucky 13. The next most awarded soap is “Y&R” with nine Drama Series titles, most recently in 2015 when it tied with “Days.” No other soap even comes close. The now defunct “As the World Turns” prevailed four times, while “Days” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” the last two surviving daytime serials, have three apiece.
In the acting races, only three of last year’s winners are pre-nominated again in 2017: reigning Best Actress champ Mary Beth Evans (“Days”), Best Younger Actor victor Bryan Craig (“GH”) and Best Special Guest Performer Obba Babatunde (“B&B”), who this year has been promoted to the supporting category. Are they guaranteed to return? Maybe, but maybe not — because nominees are determined by panels reviewing episode submissions, it’s not uncommon for reigning champs to fall by the wayside or for longtime also-rans to finally rise up and prevail.
Make your Daytime Emmy picks and tell industry insiders which shows and performers you have out front for nominations on March 22. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before the announcement. Be sure to make your predictions right here. You’ll compete for a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s nominees). Read our contest rules.