Fans of "One Life to Live" said goodbye on January 13, 2012 when the 44-year-old soap aired its last episode on ABC. While those who followed life in Llanview are disappointed that the show isn't in contention for Best Drama Series at this Saturday's Daytime Emmys, there may be reason to hope. Although it aired only nine episodes in 2012, "OLTL" is eligible to compete at next year's Emmys.
By the time the nominations are announced in 2013, "OLTL" will have been off the air for almost a year and a half. However, that may not be a severe handicap for the defunct daytime drama. "OLTL" will only have to compete against four other shows for a nomination: CBS's "Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," NBC's "Days of Our Lives," and ABC's "General Hospital."
Though it will have aired far fewer episodes than its competitors, nominees and winners for Best Drama Series are determined by judges who watch two submitted episodes. That levels the playing field considerably for "OLTL."
The series may also benefit from its ability to enter its emotional farewell episode for consideration. That tactic earned "All My Children" bids this year for Best Drama Series and Best Writing Team.
And "OLTL" grande dame Erika Slezak (Viki Lord) will also get one more chance at an Emmy. This year, she and "GH" star Anthony Geary are both in contention for their record seventh wins. If Slezak prevails as Best Actress on Saturday, she could be back next year to try for an eighth.
Other contenders could find themselves in competition with themselves. "OLTL" head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini migrated to "GH" upon "OLTL's" cancellation and could be double-nominees if both shows are recognized.
For every Oscar winner who receives a standing ovation, there is another who leaves people puzzled as to how they prevailed. Our forum posters have already dished the most head-scratching Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor winners. Now they turn their attention to the worst of the Best Actress champs.
Below, just a sample of their thoughts. Join in with your opinion as to which winner was the biggest loser.
Helen Hunt by a mile. Worst Best Actress win of all time bar Bette Davis in "Dangerous" who is so bad it's laughable.
Kate Winslet in "The Reader" should give her Oscar to Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road."
I ended up voting for Grace Kelly based more on the fact that her work is decent and that compared to Judy Garland in "A Star is Born," she was a mouse standing next to a lion. However, I was thisclose to voting for Reese Witherspoon as I found her to be the most forgettable of the lineup and she beat out a very strong contender (Felicity Huffman) but she did have some nice moments .... eh maybe I should have pondered this more and voted for Witherspoon, whose spark from movies like "Freeway", "Election", and "Legally Blonde" seemed to vanish.
Reese Witherspoon (the "Singing Nag") should give her Oscar to anybody else (Felicity Huffman? Keira Knightley?).
Leading the way is "General Hospital." It's the last remaining soap opera on the ABC network after the recent cancellations of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children." "GH" leads with 23 nominations at this 39th annual edition of these kudos, including a bid for Best Drama Series. If it wins that category, as Gold Derby is predicting, it will be the 11th time it has taken the top prize extending its lead over "Young and the Restless," which has won seven.
According to our prediction center, "GH" will win five other awards on Saturday night, which in addition to its four Creative Arts victories last weekend would bring its total to 10. No drama has ever won that many awards in a single year at the Daytime Emmys.
"GH" star Anthony Geary is also poised to extend his record awards haul as he's predicted to win Best Actor for a record seventh time. And he may well have company as the most-recognized performer at the Daytime Emmys.
Six-time champ Erika Slezak ("OLTL") is in a close race this year for Best Actress. Though this is only her fifth nomination in the last 20 years, she won all of those last four bids. Indeed, this veteran actress has only lost twice in her career. (Our Daytime Emmy expert Michael Fairman explains why he thinks she'll win here.)
The Best Actress race is full of other possible milestones. "The Bold and the Beautiful" star Heather Tom has been nominated 14 times in her career, but this is her first bid in the lead race. Having previously prevailed in the Younger (1993, 1999) and Supporting (2011) categories, she only needs to win the Best Actress prize this year to become the first actor in the award's history to win at all three levels.
Those double-decker busses plastered with NBC promos that pull up next to Hollywood execs at red lights on Sunset Blvd. reveal big news has arrived in Emmy Town: that daredevil campaigner Rich Licata is at it again.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Licata emerged as one of the earliest pioneers of Emmy tub-thumping as we know it today – first at HBO, then at Fox and Rogers & Cowan -- shipping VHS tapes and glossy brochures to TV academy members, blitzing the trade papers with ads and Hollywood with FYC billboards.
When he moved to Showtime in 2004, cynics thought his Emmy heyday was kaput because the pay channel's shows about sexy serial killers and pot-pushing soccer moms weren't exactly TV academy-friendly. However, in 2008, "Dexter" joined "Damages" and "Mad Men" as the first non-HBO cable show to be nominated for best drama or comedy series. One year later, "Weeds" smoked the top comedy race by nabbing a nom. Shrieks from many Emmywatchers erupted in 2010 when Licata made the shrewd but dubious decision to enter "Nurse Jackie" in the comedy races, but it paid off with a bid for best series and a win for lead actress Edie Falco.
Licata is notorious for jumping ahead of his rivals by launching his Emmy campaigns early – usually in February or March, compared to April and May for other networks – but he's proven that the strategy works. Hell, back in 2005, did anybody even know that "Huff" was on the tube? Licata blanketed Hollywood with tapes and DVDs in January -- yes, January, six months before Emmy voting – resulting in the show nabbing seven nominations and two wins (main title design and guest actress Blythe Danner).
MuchMusic Video Awards honor Katy Perry, LMFAO: "As Canada's version of the VMAs, not much separates the ceremony aesthetically or programmatically from its American counterpart, save the fact that it's held in the MuchMusic parking lot in downtown Toronto, lacked Lady Gaga in drag, and honored a handful of performers many Americans couldn't pick out of a lineup. The big winners would be familiar to viewers watching from Mars, however, including Justin Bieber's protegee Carly Rae Jepsen, whose 'Call Me Maybe' helped her pick up three trophies, the most of the night (Bieber was right behind with two wins). Katy Perry won International Video of the Year for 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)' and LMFAO picked up the group award for 'Sexy and I Know It.' Marianas Trench scored Pop Video of the Year and the Sheepdogs earned Rock Video of the Year." SPIN
The Worst Domain Name Awards will recognize the worst on the web: "Domain name registrar Names.co.uk has announced a nationwide search. It hopes to uncover the Worst Domain Names registered on the web by businesses and it has already discovered a handful that you'll find below. Downtime, back when we were innocent, fell for this trick once at school. We saw no problem when being told by friends to visit a website called 'Pen Island.' It was only when you see the full URL that you realise what you've just typed ... www.penisland.net. Amazingly a company specialising in personalised pens has snapped this domain name up." COMPUTER WEEKLY
"General Hospital" prospers after its close brush with cancellation: "The show has been renewed for at least one more year and has a new executive producer and head writer at the helm. The Daytime Emmys will air at 8 p.m. Saturday on HLN (formerly known as the Headline News channel). 'Nominations or not, the Daytime Emmys is a great night to come together with peers and celebrate that we're still around,' says Bradford Anderson, the 'General Hospital' star who nabbed a Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of lovelorn cybergeek Damian Spinelli. 'I think morale (on "GH") is pretty high right now. Our numbers are going up.' There's every reason to see why morale has been down. Even the Daytime Emmys ceremony was struggling to find a broadcaster to air it. In recent years, the show's numbers have been waning since daytime TV's ratings are decaying." TIMES HERALD-RECORD
Why did the revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" fail on Broadway? "They don’t know how to love him. The sad news from New York City Tuesday was that the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' would end its run there on July 1, far shorter than anyone had expected. It means that a show that played to record-breaking houses in Canada is going to close on Broadway after only 116 performances, many of which had attendance close to only 50 per cent. How could the belle of the Canadian ball become a wallflower once they started playing that Broadway melody? It’s unfortunately very easy." TORONTO.COM
George Clooney will produce film version of "August: Osage County": "George Clooney is co-producing the film version of “August: Osage County,” the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play about family dysfunction. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are set to star in the movie as mother and daughter. John Wells plans to direct, with Tracy Letts writing the script based on his own play. The Weinstein Co. will release the film and says shooting is scheduled to begin in the fall. 'August: Osage County' is the darkly funny story of a family of estranged women forced to come together in their Midwestern home when a crisis occurs. It won five Tony Awards in 2008, including best play. Clooney will work with his usual producing partner, Grant Heslov." WASHINGTON POST
"Porgy and Bess" helmer prepares "Pippin" for Broadway: "The next major theater project by Diane Paulus, the director of the Tony Award-winning musical 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,' is already attracting Broadway attention. Barry and Fran Weissler, veteran Broadway producers, are considering signing on as backers of Ms. Paulus’s revival of the 1972 musical 'Pippin' that is scheduled to run this winter at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., a spokesman for Mr. Weissler confirmed on Tuesday. While the spokesman, Clint Bond Jr., said any talk of a Broadway move for 'Pippin' was premature, such a transfer would become a possibility if the Weisslers, who have produced musical revivals like the long-running 'Chicago,' come on board and the show draws strong reviews in Cambridge, where it is scheduled to run Dec. 5-Jan. 20, 2013." NEW YORK TIMES
"American Horror Story" has been a huge hit for FX and won Jessica Lange both Golden Globe and SAG awards. But how will it fare with the Emmys? Though popular with viewers, TV academy voters, who tend to be older and more conservative, have not embraced the horror genre.
While "Dexter" and "True Blood" did reap Emmy bids for Best Drama Series, they both lost. "Dexter" guest villain John Lithgow did win in 2010 as did helmer Steve Shill in 2006. However, other hit shows such as "The Walking Dead," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" have been snubbed by the Emmys.
"American Horror Story" is bypassing the crowded drama categories to try its luck as a miniseries. This shift was permitted because creator Ryan Murphy plans on new storyline and characters each season. Many pundits expect "AHS" to be nominated for Best TV Movie/Miniseries and for Lange to contend as well. Leads Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton plus supporting players Denis O'Hare, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, and Lily Rabe are also in the mix.
Before the proliferation of cable networks such as FX that were willing to be more experimental, there weren't that many true horror series on TV. Stephen King novels were the basis for two Emmy-nominated miniseries: "The Stand" (1994); "The Shining" (1997). Beyond this, broadcast networks occasionally allowed horror themes to be introduced into science fiction series, most notably on "The X Files," "The Twilight Zone," "Alfred Hitchock Presents," "Amazing Stories," "Tales from the Crypt" and "The Outer Limits." VIEW GALLERY
OTHER AWARDS NEWS:
Asked in a video chat with Gold Derby about having so much success at such a young age, Shipka replied, “Besides being so incredible, it’s surreal. I mean I can’t believe it. It’s kind of amazing, it’s really awesome. I mean, I consider myself really lucky to be on a show like 'Mad Men.'"
She plays Sally Draper, daughter of the show’s leading man Don Draper (Jon Hamm). As she noted: "It has been half my life playing Sally. I’ve gotten to watch her transformation. I’ve gone through all the ups and downs with her and it’s been quite a ride ... Over the years I’ve gotten to know Sally a lot better ... obviously there’s some challenging scenes but those are the ones that are most rewarding to me.”
The actress revealed that she particularly loves “whenever Sally gets to go to the office. I’m always really excited because I never really get to work with those amazing actors. Even when I got to work with Elisabeth Moss, It was just one or two lines but that was really fun as well.”
For Shipka, the most recent season "was all about Sally growing up and kind of I feel Sally was a little bit smarter this season. She played people a little bit and she kind of found her way .... this season she was definitely smarter and growing up and coping as well with everything around her.”
It was also the first season of “Mad Men” that wasn’t shot in the summer. That meant for the first time Shipka had to juggle her prominent role on the show with school-work. “Obviously I love 'Mad Men' and want to act as much as possible on the show, but we definitely worked with school and it was good.”
OTHER AWARDS NEWS:
"General Hospital" is forecast to win: Drama Series, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Directing Team, Writing Team;
"All My Children" is forecast to win: Actress;
"Days of Our Lives" is forecast to win: Younger Actor;
"Young and the Restless" is forecast to win: Younger Actress;
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is forecast to win Talk Show (Entertainment);
"The Dr. Oz Show" is forecast to win Talk Show (Informative);
"Live with Regis and Kelly" isforecast to win Talk Show Host;
"Cash Cab" is forecast to win Game Show, Game Show Host;
"Judge Joe Brown" is forecast to win Legal/Courtroom Show;
"Giada at Home" is forecast to win Culinary Show, Culinary Show Host;
"Today" is forecast to win Morning Program.
Click on each category below to be taken to an overview of that race.
Spoiler: "All My Children"
Anthony Geary, "General Hospital"
Spoiler: Darnell Williams, "All My Children"
Debbi Morgan, "All My Children"
Spoiler: Erika Slezak, "One Life to Live"
Last year, ABC's 44-year-old daytime drama "One Life to Live" and its 41-year-old sister show "All My Children" were simultaneously canceled by the network. While "All My Children" has received a farewell nomination for Best Drama Series at this year's Daytime Emmys, "OLTL" did not.
This slight is all the more significant as only six soaps were eligible for nominations and four were nominated. The two shows left out in the cold: "OLTL" and, surprisingly, three-time defending champ "The Bold and the Beautiful."
But this snub of "One Life to Live" did not come as a great surprise to anyone who has watched the Daytime Emmys closely for the last several years. It and fellow ABC dramas "General Hospital" and "All My Children" have all been on the air for longer than there have been Daytime Emmys to honor them. Since the Daytime Emmys began in 1974, "One Life to Live" has won Best Drama Series only once -- in 2002, on the third of its fifth nominations. Compare that to three wins (out of 30 nominations) for "All My Children" and a record 10 victories (from 22 bids) for "General Hospital."
The disparity is just as pronounced in the acting categories, where "One Life to Live" has won 16 awards, compared to 27 for "All My Children" and 34 for "General Hospital." In the last fifteen years its track record has been the worst. Since 1997, "One Life" has only been honored twice for acting, while "All My Children" has won eight and "General Hospital" has claimed a remarkable 24.
CBS's "The Young and the Restless" is also far ahead, with seven Best Drama Series wins and 27 total acting victories (19 in the last fifteen years). Even "Y&R" spinoff "The Bold and the Beautiful," which has only been on the air since 1987 and thus has had far fewer years in Emmy contention, has begun to lap "One Life," winning three Best Drama Series prizes (2009-2011) and claiming a dozen acting trophies since 1997.
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