Take notice, Daytime Emmys! Annually for the last 10 years, our savvy forum posters have come together to decide the best in daytime television, and for the first time they've picked "General Hospital" as daytime's Best Drama. The long-running ABC soap, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, won six awards total, including Best Writing and Best Ensemble Cast.
"GH" also won three acting prizes: Florencia Lozano won Best Limited/Guest Performance for a brief crossover of her "One Life to Live" character, Tea Delgado. Jason Thompson (pictured above, right), who also contends at the Daytime Emmys, won Best Actor. And Robin Mattson was awarded Best Supporting Actress; she was pre-nominated at the Emmys for her villainous turn as Heather Webber, but didn't make the final cut.
"The Young and the Restless," which leads the Daytime Emmys with 23 nominations, had to settle for two wins from our posters: Best Casting and Best Supporting Actor for Doug Davidson. Davidson also earned a Daytime Emmy bid, but in the lead category.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" also won a pair of awards: Best Directing and Best Actress for Susan Flannery, one of the original cast members of the CBS drama, who left the show in 2012 after 25 years as matriarch Stephanie Forrester. She defeated, among others, her co-star Heather Tom; the two women will face off again at the Daytime Emmys, where Flannery currently gets best odds to win.
"Days of Our Lives," which our forum posters honored as Best Drama in 2009 and 2010, was shut out of this year's event.
Elsewhere, Daytime Emmy frontrunners "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Jeopardy" were named Best Talk Show and Best Game Show, respectively, while Best Daytime Host honors went to Wendy Williams for her self-titled syndicated talk show; to date, she has never been nominated at the Daytime Emmys.
Agree with their choices? Read select comments of our posters below, and to see and discuss all of their results, click here.
gdfl: My two gripes: (1) Susan Flannery's win considering the buzz for all the other noms when their stuff aired, and (2) the lack of love for "Days" because it really was exceptional last year.
Boidiva02: I am stunned ["Days"] won NOTHING and that "GH" won so much, considering how much we like to gripe about that show here.
EmmyLoser: I do think "Days" really deserved the win in a couple of those categories. Maybe next year! Or maybe at the Emmys!
Starting today, the performance reels submitted by actors for Daytime Emmy consideration will be made available on cable network HLN's website for the public to view. This level of access is a first for the Emmys -- Primetime or Daytime -- which are unique among entertainment awards in that they are determined by judges viewing sample episodes of the nominees' work.
At the Daytime Emmys, acting contenders from the eligible shows were winnowed down to 10 pre-nominees in each category. Those pre-nominees were then judged by blue-ribbon panels watching sample episodes of the actors' work. Awards were decided in a single round, so the votes that decided the nominees also decided the winners, which will be presented on Sunday, June 16, live on HLN.
More categories will be made available in the coming days, but for now you can now watch the four nominated performance reels for Best Younger Actor, which include 2012's winner, Chandler Massey ("Days of Our Lives"), in a scene similar to the one that earned him the prize last year: as gay teen Will Horton, he opens up to his grandmother Marlena (Deidre Hall) about his struggles with his sexuality.
His "Days" co-star Freddie Smith, playing Sonny Kiriakis, submitted an episode in which he admits to having romantic feelings for Will.
They compete against two actors from "The Young and the Restless": 2007 winner Bryton James submitted an episode where his character, Devon Winters, is implanted with a device that restores his lost hearing, while Max Ehrich, as Fenmore Baldwin, lashes out at his troubled teen rival.
Watch the episodes below, and then visit our predictions center to make or update your predictions.
Kerry Washington stars on one of the hottest shows on TV. The second season finale of her critically acclaimed ABC political drama "Scandal" topped nine million viewers last week. Yet she sits in the seventh slot on our list of the potential six nominees for Best Drama Actress at the Emmys. If she can reap a bid, she is spoilt for choice when it comes to which single episode to submit to the jury that determines the winner.
So, why is she not a frontrunner? Could it be racial bias?
After all, Washington stars on the highest-rated series among the top tier of women vying for Emmy recognition. "Scandal" is generating lots of buzz, meriting the covers of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. And she got great reviews: Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix) said, "she owns every moment she's on camera, and is completely believable as someone who'd feel comfortable charging into the Oval Office to yell at the Commander-in-Chief" while EW called her "a stunning scene stealer."
The TV academy has a shameful record of recognizing African American women in leading roles on drama series. Only four have even contended in this race -- Debbie Allen (“Fame”; 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985), Alfre Woodard (“St. Elsewhere”; 1986), Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”; 1992, 1993) and Cicely Tyson (“Sweet Justice”; 1995) -- and none won.
Allen lost first to Michael Learned ("Nurse") and then for three years running to Tyne Daly ("Cagney & Lacey"). Woodard was bested by Daly's co-star Sharon Gless. Taylor lost to Dana Delaney ("China Beach") and then Kathy Baker ("Picket Fences") who also defeated Tyson. While these women were worthy enough, where was the outcry over the exclusion of African American actresses from the winners circle?
That no African American woman has even contended for Best Drama Actress since 1995 is shocking. Yes, they are rarely given the opportunity to headline their own shows but when they do, surely they merit Emmy consideration.
Oscar nominee Angela Bassett did some of the best work of her stellar career on the final season of "ER" but was snubbed. While the medical drama "HawthoRNe" had its problems, star Jada Pinkett Smith was outstanding. Likewise, Khandi Alexander in the critical darling "Treme" which has been ignored by the academy much as "The Wire" was.
Seth MacFarlane has made it official that he will not encore as Oscars host. And Tina Fey has taken herself out of the running as his replacement. That has kicked guessing game as to who should emcee these kudos into high gear. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Given the strong musical background of returning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, it would be surprising if their choice didn't raise their voice in song at some point in the kudocast. We offer up six suggestions. If your favorite is not among them, let us know in the comments section below and we may add them to the poll.
Meron and Zadan booked MacFarlane as this year's emcee after seeing him host "Saturday Night Live" where he showed a flair for comedy and singing. Justin Timberlake just joined the ranks of five-time hosts of this late night staple. He won Emmys for his two most recent appearances and is riding high on the success of his chart-topping disc "The 20/20 Experience." And he did a credible job as emcee of the 2008 ESPYs as well.
The pair executive produced 2002 Best Picture champ "Chicago" which earned Queen Latifah a Supporting Actress nomination. She also appeared in their movie version of the musical "Hairspray" and headlined their recent TV remake of the weeper "Steel Magnolias." And she emceed the People's Choice Awards for five years to good reviews.
Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of "Chicago," oversaw the 2008 Oscarcast which was hosted by Hugh Jackman. It was one of the best-reviewed shows of the decade thanks in no small part to Jackman who shared in the Emmy nomination. He had picked up his own Emmy back in 2005 for hosting the Tonys and contended for that prize, which has since been eliminated, again in 2006 for returning to the rialto. Jackman contended for Best Actor at the recent Oscars and was part of the show-stopping performance by the cast of "Les Miserables."
Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith just ratttled off a rap of his Grammy-winning hit "Summertime" on "The Late Show." This charmer has shone in his five appearances as a presenter on the Oscars.
Justin Bieber booed at the Billboard Music Awards as he demands to be taken seriously as an artist: "Justin Bieber would like you to talk about him because you like songs from 'Believe' and not because he has monkey problems, a blog-catnip on-again/off-again relationship with another pop star, and sometimes attacks photographers on the street. He wants to be known as an 'artist,' whatever that means. He is not tabloid fodder nor a meme victim. He should be taken seriously ... But the way to get people to take you seriously isn’t to simply demand that they do or to declare yourself an artist." Entertainment Weekly
In a recent episode of the ABC hit drama “Scandal,” Huck recalled the family he had before he was brainwashed by the government. Was this a forgotten past or just a figment of the character’s imagination. The man who plays Huck, Guillermo Diaz, admits, “I played it as if he did [have a family].”
In a video chat with GoldDerby, he revealed that he did not find out about Huck’s past until he received the script: “It’s television. You don’t find out stuff til you are doing that episode” but “it kind of brings a spontaneity to it and an organic feel to it... Now I’m kind of starting to enjoy that I don’t know everything about my character... It kind of makes it more exciting to play.” On the impact this revelation will have on the future in of the show he says, “It definitely will kind of colour my performance for the other episodes.”
As to whether Huck will ever be reunited with his family, Diaz speculates, “I would love to see that, I honestly don’t know, but I can’t see how Shonda [Rhimes] wouldn’t bring back... his wife and his son. It would make for a really really great episode... So I’m hoping for it.”
Huck’s skills as an interrogator means that Diaz also has to embrace the darkness in his performance. “You see Huck torturing people in that episode [‘752’] but he’s enjoying it... In the present you have seen Huck torture but he is in despair about it and he doesn’t want to be that person anymore. It’s almost torture for him to have to torture someone.”
Diaz says that the show’s casting director described Huck’s presence as “really loud and really quiet at the same time.” In the show’s ensemble Huck “brings realness to the show... there’s always something going on in the back of his head... all the other characters are really talky and flashy... and Huck is just that real, quiet, focused and intense presence.”
Off-Broadway fare accounted for more than half of the nominees (83 of 152) for plays and musicals at the Drama Desk Awards. However, as in years past, they were virtually shut out as just one Off-Broadway show -- "Here Lies Love" -- prevailed winning three of the 25 awards.
Otherwise, only Broadway shows and stars took to the stage of the Town Hall Sunday night to claim their awards. (See full list of winners here.)
"Here Lies Love" is the high profile new musical about Imelda Marcos by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. It won for its music as well as both lighting and production design.
Of the 22 Drama Desk Awards won by big budget productions, five went to "Matilda" including Best Musical while "Pippin" won four including Best Musical Revival and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" claimed three, including Best Play Revival. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" won its only bid, but it was a biggie - Best Play.
Last year, Off-Broadway fare accounted for just over half of the nominees (76 of 150) for plays and musicals at the Drama Desk Awards, but claimed just one of the 25 prizes. "Tribes" won Best Play but that race was skewed as all four of the year's Tony nominees were ineligible at the Drama Desks as they had contended at these kudos for their Off-Broadway runs.
Two years, Off-Broadway productions made up more than 40% of the nominees (64 of 151) but won just two of the 26 prizes. Those wins came in two of the creative categories -- Best Musical Book ("See Rock City and Other Destinations") and Best Play Music ("Peter and the Starcatcher").
Three years ago, there was a similar breakdown between Broadway (54%) and off-Broadway (44%) contenders. Yet only three of the 26 winners came from beyond Broadway. One of those wins was by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb for Best Lyrics to "The Scottsboro Boys" which transferred to Broadway this season. Likewise, the award for Best Musical Book went to "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which also moved uptown. The well-financed Lincoln Center Theater production of "When the Rain Stops Falling" won Best Play Sound Design.
Contrast these kudos with the Lucille Lortel Awards which are devoted exclusively to off-Broadway productions. Their nominees and winners are decided by a panel of 20 experts drawn from both the theatrical community and academia.
Conversely, the Drama Desk nominations are determined by committee chair Barbara Siegel (TalkinBroadway.com, TheaterMania.com) and five others: David Kaufman (author and freelance), Samuel L. Leiter (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center), Martha Wade Steketee (urbanexcavations.com; editor and contributor, Chance Magazine), Adrian Wattenmaker (Theater Faculty, Brooklyn College; Director, School of Creative and Performing Arts) and James Wilson (Professor of Theatre, CUNY; co-editor of Journal of American Drama and Theatre).
This marks the 10th year that Siegel oversaw the nominations. During the first nine years of her tenure, Broadway contenders represented between 47% and 63% of the nominees and went on to win all but 16 of the 229 awards bestowed on plays and musicals.
The 58th annual edition of these kudos took place on May 19 at the Town Hall in Manhattan. Read full report here.
Annie Baker, The Flick
Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Joe Gilford, Finks
Richard Greenberg, The Assembled Parties
Amy Herzog, Belleville
Deanna Jent, Falling
Richard Nelson, Sorry
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Hands on a Hardbody
Here Lies Love
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
The Other Josh Cohen
Best Revival of a Play
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Good Person of Szechwan
The Piano Lesson
The Trip to Bountiful
Best Revival of a Musical or Revue
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
The Golden Land
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Working: A Musical
Best Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, Uncle Vanya
Daniel Everidge, Falling
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Shuler Hensley, The Whale
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, Belleville
Amy Morton, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Julia Murney, Falling
Vanessa Redgrave, The Revisionist
Miriam Silverman, Finks
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Doesn't matter how much film critics and movie-goers adore "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Every Oscarologist knows that the film is doomed as it boldly goes into the next Oscar derby.
Forget the possibility of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" earning anything more than a few stray nominations in the tech categories – and even those are a longshot. Only four of the past 10 "Star Trek" movies nabbed Oscar bids: 12 total and only one paid off with a win (best makeup, "Star Trek" of 2009).
Actually, the previous TV incarnations of the franchise scored poorly too. The original "Star Trek" series never won an Emmy in any category, not even in the tech slots. However, it reaped 13 noms over all, including two for Best Drama Series. It lost in 1967 and 1968 to "Mission: Impossible." Leonard Nimoy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, but he lost to Eli Wallach ("Poppies Are Also Flowers") in 1967 and to Milburn Stone ("Gunsmoke") in 1967.