However, four of our experts -- Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps), Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) and Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil and Paul Sheehan -- are predicting it to prevail this year with its seventh bid.
One of our experts -- Dan Kroll (Soap Central) -- is backing reigning champ "General Hospital." It has already racked up a record 11 wins as Best Drama Series -- 1981, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 -- from 23 nominations.
Another expert -- Nelson Branco (Soap Opera Uncensored) -- forecasts victory for "One Life to Live" -- axed by ABC last year but back online now -- to win a bookend to its 2002 prize. It has only been nominated five times in 40 years.
None of our experts expect "The Young and the Restless" -- which has seven wins (1975, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2004, 2007) from a record 32 nominations -- to take the top award.
Nor do they foresee a win for NBC's lone daytime drama -- "Days of Our Lives." That sudser, which began in 1965, has only one win (1978) from 16 nominations. It was a suprise nominee last year. Prior to that it last contended in 2009 and before that it had been a decade since this show was nominated. Compare that to a run of six straight bids starting with the first Daytime Emmys in 1974.
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Sure it took Susan Lucci ("All My Children") and Jeanne Cooper ("The Young and the Restless") multiple nominations over decades before they won a Daytime Emmy. But their dreams were eventually realized.
Consider those stalwarts of daytime drama who toil for decades without ever taking home a trophy from the TV academy. Some of them were never even nominated for this top honor.
Susan Seaforth made her debut on "Days of Our Lives" 45 years ago. She took over the role of Julie Olson after three others had played the part for a short time since being introduced in 1965. Seaforth went on to fall in love with her leading man Bill Hayes who joined the show in 1970 to play Doug Williams.
The pair married on both the show and in real-life in 1974 and were the first supercouple on daytime TV, even landing on the cover of Time. And they found themselves in the Emmys spotlight as well -- she contended unsuccessfully for Best Actress four times (1975, 1976, 1978, 1979) while he had two losing bids for Best Actor in 1975 and 1976.
They are only recurring characters on the show these days but each of their appearances is a highlight. That they never took home Daytime Emmys is a shame but they have won over legions of fans.
To see profiles of16 other daytime stars who went without Daytime Emmys despite at least thirty years of service, click the arrow to the right of the photo below.
Text – Charles Bright
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