The Daytime Emmys nominations included an all-too familiar line-up of perennial contenders. While several talented thespians reaped their first bids there were also several shocking snubs.
Best Actor bids by Michael Park (“As The World Turns”) and James Scott (“Days Of Our Lives”) and supporting nods for Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and “General Hospital” co-stars Nancy Lee Grahn (a personal favorite) and Jonathan Jackson (photo, right)
Among the first-time nominees are Best Actress contender Laura Wright (“GH”) who has been a daytime drama staple for two decades her co-star Jason Thompson who earned his first Supporting Actor nomination since joining the series in 2005. He edged out sentimental favorites from cancelled series: Jacob Young and Cornelius Smith Jr. (“All My Children”); Trent Dawson and Eric Sheffer Stevens (“ATWT”); and Mark Lawson (“OLTL”).
Two of the three Younger Actress nominees are first timers; Brittany Allen (“AMC”) and Lexie Ainsworth (“GH”) as are their male counterparts Chad Duell (“GH”) and Chandler Massey (“DOOL”)
“The Talk,” which replaced “As The World Turns” on the CBS schedule, was deservedly snubbed. This knock-off of “The View” was shut out while the real thing reaped six bids.
That “General Hospital” leads with 21 nominations is disappointing, for while it has some fine performers it is not even the best daytime drama on ABC; the recently-cancelled “One Life To Live” had to settle for 12 nominations and just two acting bids.
Despite being on a creative upswing, “Days of Our Lives” was shut-out of Best Drama Series and garnered only three acting nominations. Among those overlooked: Kristina Alfonso Molly Burnett and Arianne Zucker.
Best Actress nominee Alicia Minshew (“AMC”) is the odd one out in that race against titans like her co-star Debbi Morgan as well as Susan Flannery (“B&B”) and Michelle Stafford (“Y&R”).
The wrong leading man was nominated from “GH”; rather than Maurice Bernard it should have been Steve Burton.
Bloc voting benefitted the alpahbet net with a leading 56 nominations; 40% of those went to “General Hospital.”
That the critically-panned “The Young & The Restless” earned 20 nominations is perplexing enough but that among these is a third A third Younger Actress bid by Emily O’Brien is a real headscratcher.
Emmy voters did not show much sympathy for the departure of “As The World Turns” (4 noms) or the imminent demise of “All My Children” (13) and “One Life To Live” “(12).
Among those snubbed: “AMC” leading men Michael E. Knight and Darnell Williams; last year’s Best Actress Maura West from “ATWT”; and “OLTL” veteran Robin Strasser who won her only Emmy back in 1982.