Our forums poster FishBiscuit screened the sample episodes submitted to voters by the four nominess for Best Drama Series at tonight’s Daytime Emmys. He thinks “The Bold and the Beautiful” will win yet again after victories in 2009 and 2010. That would equal the record of both “Santa Barbara” (1988-90) and “General Hospital (1995-97).
“B&B,” the only half-hour soap currently on the air, was allowed to submit two sample episodes instead of just one to match the length of the other entries. It picked consecutive shows in which family matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) confronts a homeless woman who has stolen her scarf only to discover how the other half lives.
FisBiscuit is critical of the reel, arguing that it “plays like a PSA … However, voters should eat [it] up making ‘B&B’ the lead horse in this race.” Emmy voters have a history of honoring special, self-contained episodes that break from format and show off high production values, and these B&B episodes fit the bill: they were shot on location and narrow their focus to only two core characters, Stephanie and her long-time rival Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang). The same episodes earned the show nominations for Best Writing, Best Directing, and Best Actress (Flannery).
“General Hospital” is usually the series that gives voters extravagant stunt episodes, and the strategy has paid off: “GH” has won Best Drama Series ten times, more than any other soap, for storylines that include a massive hotel fire and a train crash. This year, FishBiscuit gives the ABC sudser best odds to upset for an episode that “has it all,” but “seems a little indulgent.” It features Oscar-nominee James Franco as a deranged serial killer as well as a shootout in Port Charles.
“The Young and the Restless” submitted an episode in which Sharon (Sharon Case) runs away to New Orleans while the men in her life try to find her. FishBiscuit likes the “gorgeous” locale and location shooting, but “for all the pomp and circumstance the reel comes off as fair to middling.” ABC’s recently cancelled “All My Children” brings up the rear with an episode where a man comes back from the dead just as his wife is convicted of his murder. “That’s a recipe for high drama but when the writing, acting, and directing are nothing special this overused plot falls flat.” He wishes the show had submitted another episode instead: “the James Mitchell tribute episode would have put ‘All My Children’ in the front-runner position.” Mitchell played Palmer Cortlandt from 1979 until his death in 2010.
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