April 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm #428811
The past few years of the Daytime Emmys have given us some nominees that were extremely overdue for either nominations and/or wins. There are many many favorites of mine that have never won (poor Robin Mattson), but at least they have a nomination to their name. That softens the blow.
Last year, Amelia Heinle was added to the list (and even won!). The year before that, it was both Katherine Kelly Lang and winner of Younger Actress, Kristen Alderson (hard to think that a winner in Younger Actress would get the title of “soap vet,” but if anyone ever in that category was deserving of the honor, it’s Alderson, who won for a role that she started playing in 1998, never once leaving the show).
As of this year, after 22 years of work, Alison Sweeney has been added to the list. Now that she is in the club of stars with a nomination, who does that leave?
Try to stick with actors and actresses that are still working on one of the four soaps. A thread devoted to all-time would be huge (and for me, topped with Phil Carey and Catherine Hickland). Just remember, even James Mitchell, Beverly McKinsey, Deidre Hall, Kristian Alfonso, Jacklyn Zeman, Robin Mattson, Joshua Morrow, James McCook, Katherine Kelly Lang and – yep, it actually happened one time – Melody Thomas Scott, may not have an Emmy on their mantle, but they have all been nominated at least once in their daytime careers.April 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm #428813
It seems now that we are down to four shows, each cast list is packed with nominated actors. Aside from newer/younger actors, the casts consist mainly of actors who haved earned at least one nomination.April 3, 2015 at 8:36 pm #428814
Shawn Christian for Days? Wally Kurth won an Emmy for Song, but he’s never been nominated for his acting. Don Diamont for B&B (was also on Y&R for a while before then).April 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm #428815
John Aniston for Days Of Our Lives – he deserves a nomination for his work in 2015. His Emmy reel submission would be the episode where he realizes that Sonny was stabbed in retaliation for things he had done. He actually has several superb episodes this year.
Bryan Datillo is doing terrific work this year with the Lucas and Adrienne storyline. I expect more great stuff from him later in the year too.
Those are the only two that are coming to mind who are currently on soaps right now….April 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm #428816
Lauralee Bell has been terrific as Christine on The Young and the Restless! She has been connected with that CBS soap for a good 30 years. (I started watching Y&R in 1984. It was around that period that Bell had joined the series.)
Some other names which spring to mind are ones no longer active; and that’s because, for the most part, they came from serials no longer on television.April 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm #428817
^I agree – Lauralee Bell has been great in the losing her baby storyline, Emmy-caliber work! (:
Lauren Koslow – however, she would need better material than she has been getting lately. She definitely should have been nominated the year Kate had cancer, not sure what year that was?
Don Diamont would need better material, a stronger storyline for a nomination.
Sean Kanan (I don’t think he’s ever been nominated? Would have to look at the Younger Actor list but I’m pretty sure he has never been nominated) has been doing excellent work as Deacon on B&B. I thought he was fantastic last year as A.J.April 4, 2015 at 10:18 am #428818
John J. York and Kristina Wagner are both non-nominees.April 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm #428819
Mary Beth Evans has turned in steller performances on DAYS, GH, and even ATWT and has never recieved an Emmy nomination. I think she has been one of the most consistant actors in daytime and has never phoned in a performance. I would love for DAYS to give her a juicy storyline to be a part of for her to really sink her teeth into and maybe score a supporting nomination.
Also Melissa Archer has worked in daytime since 2001 and has never recieved recognition from the academy. I thought over her years on OLTL that she should have atleast been nominated in the Younger Actress category from her early work on OLTL.April 4, 2015 at 5:13 pm #428820
Frank Parker up until when he had retired in 2009 fom days of our lives, was without a nomination.April 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm #428821
Some very interesting names here. John Aniston was my pick for Supporting Actor of the Year for 2014 and continues to do amazing work this year. Agree that if he submits that episode on Sonny’s attack he could snag a long-deserved nomination.
Lauren Koslow is a fantastic actress but I think she is rarely given “Emmy scenes.” She is your quintessential “supporting actress” and has a great blend of sarcasm and humanity. I really like her.
Sean Kanan deserved a nomination as Deacon during the year of Brooke-Bridget. Shocked that he has never been nominated.
Pretty surprising also that Lauralee Bell, Mary Beth Evans and Kristina Wagner have never been nominated. I’m not sure I buy the way Christine is being written by this new regime, but she has been turning in incredible performances.
I would like to add to the list Stephen Nichols, whose finest work in my opinion was his early years as Stefan on General Hospital — it really merited a nomination. The subtlety, the complexity, the longing for Laura. Wow that was a great year. Too bad they ruined the character afterwards.
Can someone start a poll on which of all these performers we would prefer to get a nom? (Not sure if/how we can start polls)April 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm #428822
Great topic thread!
This is a difficult one to think about, especially since a lot of people come to mind, but then I remember they have a nomination or two but just have never won… (Jackie Zeman, Melody Thomas Scott, Tyler Christoper, Robin Mattson, etc.)
Joseph Mascolo and Don Diamont and Drake Hogestyn, Josh Taylor instantly come to mind!
Both Mascolo and Diamont have been in the business for multiple decades. Don had the high-profile role of Brad on Y&R for a clean 22 years and failed to ever secure a real nomination. Surprisingly, I dont believe Mascolo has ever scored an official nod as Stefano. Many Days icons are like this; Deidre Hall, Joseph Mascolo, Drake Hogestyn, Mary Beth Evans, Josh Taylor, Stephen Nichols—some of them maybe have a nomination or two, but none of them with a win. And they’re some of the most prolific in daytime history.April 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm #428823
YES! Joseph Mascolo! Though I think he deserved a nomination for his work as Massimo on B&B rather than as Stefano. He and Susan Flannery had incredible chemistry. I loved those B&B years.
As Stefano, would there have been any year that some of you guys think he should’ve been nominated?April 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm #428824
There’s a reason why some of these actors have never been nominated.April 6, 2015 at 6:46 am #428825
There’s a reason why some of these actors have never been nominated.
You’re welcome to share your theory.
There was a trend which developed around the late-1990s, right around the turn of the century: actors finally having garnered their first-ever nominations after, roughly, 20 years.
Genie Francis seemed to be the one to kick off this trend. She started playing Laura Spencer on General Hospital, at age 14, in 1976—and it took 21 years for her first-ever nomination, for lead actress, in 1997.…
Add Melody Thomas Scott. She joined The Young and the Restless in 1979. It took her 20 years for her 1999 lead-actress nomination.…
In 2001, John McCook—14 years after the premiere of The Bold and the Beautiful—was finally in the race after also having played Lance Prentiss from 1976 to 1980 on Y&R.…
In 2002, Robert Newman, who first started playing Josh Lewis on Guiding Light in 1980, finally received his first nomination.…
In 2003, Doug Davidson—marking his 25th anniversary of playing Paul Williams on Y&R—finally landed a slot.…
In 2005, Kassie DePaiva, who debuted in 1986 as Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light, was nominated for playing Blair Cramer on One Life to Live.…
In 2006, Jordan Clarke, who debuted on Guiding Light in 1974 before his he returned to play Billy Lewis beginning in 1982, was nominated and won in supporting actor.…
In 2008, Thaao Penghlis was nominated for playing Tony DiMera on Days of Our Lives—for the first time (he first played that role in 1981).…
In 2009, Peter Reckell—who debuted back in 1983 as Bo Brady on Days of Our Lives—was nominated for lead actor.…
In 2010, Beth Chamberlin—who debuted in the then-reactivated role of Beth Raines in 1989—was nominated for the final season of Guiding Light.…
In 2011, Laura Wright—20 years after hitting dayime (from 1991 to 1997 she played Ally Rescott on both Loving and The City; from 1997-2005, she was Cassie Layne Winslow on Guiding Light)—was finally nominated, and won, in lead actress for playing Carly Corinthos (since 2005) on General Hospital…
And in 2013, Katherine Kelly Lang—now the only original female cast member with The Bold and the Beautiful (which debuted in 1987)—was nominated for supporting actress and, in case that categorical level wasn’t deemed good enough, landed a lead-actress nod in 2014.
(By the way: Colleen Zenk was in the same situation as Lang in 2001 and 2002. It took her 23 years, after her 1978 debut, to get into the race for playing Barbara Ryan on As the World Turns. Her series’ iconic cast mate, Eileen Fulton, was in the 1988 supporting-actress race—a mere 28 years after her Lisa [ManyLastNames] hit Oakdale. And I suppose I could add Michael Zaslow. The 1994 Emmy winner took 21 years to finally get nominated, in 1992, for playing Roger Thorpe on Guiding Light. In between that first run, 1971-1980, he played David Renaldi on One Life to Live before returning to GL in 1989. The 20-year crowd got kicking near the end of the 1990s/beginning 2000s, yes, and it’s quite a list; one that is not quite complete.…)
The most recent addition to this club is in the form of the 2015 nomination in lead actress for Alison Sweeney. She played Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives, starting at age 16, from 1993 to 2014.
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