Live Blog: The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

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PS: “B&B” has now won three in a row tying the record of “Santa Barbara” (1988-90) and “General Hospital (1995-97).

Best Drama Series
“All My Children,” ABC
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS
“General Hospital,” ABC
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

PS: This was the first Emmy nomination for Wright who has been a daytime staple for more than two decades.

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Alicia Minshew, “All My Children,” ABC
Debbi Morgan, “All My Children,” ABC
Colleen Zenk, “As the World Turns,” CBS
Susan Flannery, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS
Laura Wright, “General Hospital,” ABC
Michelle Stafford, “The Young and the Restless,” CBS

PS: Park, who won this award last year,  is appearing on Broadway in the smash hit “How to Succeed” starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Ricky Paull Goldin, “All My Children,” ABC
Michael Park, “As the World Turns,” CBS
James Scott, “Days of Our Lives,” NBC
Maurice Benard, “General Hospital,” ABC
Christian LeBlanc, “The Young and the Restless”

PS: Nice synchronicity having Shemar Moore pay special tribute to daytime diva Susan Lucci (“All My Children”). Back in 1999, his enthusiastic announcement that the streak was over signalled her triumph for Best Lead Actress after 18 losses.

DM: Scott Clifton, like Supporting Actress winner Heather Tom, is one of those rare few daytime drama performers to have been nominated for three different roles. He earned three nods for “GH,” and a nod last year for “One Life to Live,” but he has yet to win. His sample episode, edited down to just his scenes, was about four times the length of either of his competitors.

Best Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Scott Clifton, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives, CBS
Chad Duell, “General Hospital,” ABC

Best Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Brittany Allen, “All My Children,” ABC
Lexi Ainsworth, “General Hospital,” ABC
Emily O’Brien, “The Young and the Restless,” CBS

MC: While both, Sajak and Trebek are worthy of Lifetime Achievement Awards, why not give one Lifetime Achievement award to a soap star? It’s been ages since a soap opera actor got an individual Life Achievement Award, In 2008, ten daytime legends were given the award, but they never even got to give a speech; they simply got to wave for a moment.   Among those ten legends are: Rachel Ames (General Hospital), John Clarke (Days Of Our Lives), Jeanne Cooper (Young & Restless), Eileen Fulton (As The World Turns), Don Hasting (As The World Turns), Anna Lee (General Hospital), Ray Mac Donnell (All My Children), Frances Reid (Days Of Our Lives), Helen Wagner (As The World Turns) and Ruth Warrick (All My Children).  Lee died a week before the telecast and the award was presented to her son, Jeffery Byron on her behalf.

DM: Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak’s tribute got a mere seven minutes, and neither Gladys Knight nor Celine Dion serenaded them

PS: The helmers of “B&B” finally prevailed with bid number six which was for an on-location shoot on L.A.’s infamous Skid Row. “Y&R” is now batting .500 with 11 wins for 22 nominations.

Best Directing Team
“The Bold and the Beautiful”
“General Hospital”
“One Life to Live”
“The Young and the Restless”

DM: I wonder if Sajak and Trebek will feel shortchanged; their shout-outs have to follow a 20-minute tribute to Winfrey.

PS: At least we know Trebek and Sajak are there in person to pick up their special awards. Winfrey taped her acceptance speech weeks ago on the set of her now-wrapped talker.

MC: Okay, I love Oprah and all but this tribute is out of hand. Too long. Let’s wrap it up, let Oprah give a speech if she is there, and move on to present some awards.

DM: “Ellen” prevented a Harpo sweep. Oprah’s production company produces “Dr. Oz,” which won Informative Talk Show and Talk Show Host, as well as “Rachael Ray,” which was up for Entertainment Talk Show.

PS: Winfrey has not contended at these kudos for more than a decade. Her show won those nine Daytime Emmys between 1987 and 1997, losing only twice (to “Sally Jesse Raphael” in 1990 and “Good Morning America” in 1993). And Winfrey won six hosting prizes (1987, 1991-1995). Then, in 1998, Rosie O’Donnell beat Oprah for Best Talk Show and they tied for the hosting trophy. She dropped out of the host race in 1999 and the show race the following year.

DM: As Barbara Walters mentioned, Oprah Winfrey has already been feted for her lifetime achievement by the Daytime Emmys, so they had to make up a new award to mark the end of her talker.

TO: Oh, lordy, this show is so boring I can’t believe I’m saying this: Bring back the dancing Elvis impersonators!

TO: “Ellen” won top talker for a sixth time, tying it with “Donahue” and “The Merv Griffin Show” as the second biggest winner after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (nine wins).

DM: “Ellen” won this prize for its first four years on the air. Then, in 2008 “Rachael Ray” surged ahead and won the first of two consecutive Emmys in this category. “Ellen” won again in 2010, and this year prevailed with an hour featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden.

Best Talk Show (Entertainment)
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated

“Live with Regis and Kelly,” Syndicated
“Rachael Ray,” Syndicated
“The View,” ABC

MC: Finally an ad for “Y&R”, sadly though, Darius McCary is no Shemar Moore. The character Malcolm used to be a hunk.

PS: So, no ads for the CBS soaps but plenty of airtime given over to Jabot Cosmetics, inspired by “Y&R.”

PS: Oz won this award last year while this is the first win for the team of Philbin and Ripa. Philbin’s only win in this category came a decade ago when he soloed on his long-running morning talker after Kathie Lee Gifford left and before Ripa began her run.

Best Talk Show Host
Travis Stork, Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears, Lisa Masterson, “The Doctors,” Syndicated
Mehmet Oz, “The Dr. Oz Show,” Syndicated
Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, “Live with Regis and Kelly,” Syndicated
Rachael Ray, “Rachael Ray,” Syndicated
Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, “The View,” ABC

DM: Though his show has claimed three consecutive Emmys for Best Game Show, Bailey won his first hosting award only last year. The charismatic star navigates New York City traffic while administering trivia questions. He was in the bathroom when they announced his category; same thing happened to Christine Lahti at the Golden Globes in 1998.

Best Game Show Host
Ben Bailey, “Cash Cab,” Discovery
Todd Newton, “Family Game Night,” The Hub
Wayne Brady, “Let’s Make a Deal,” CBS
Meredith Vieira, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Syndicated

DM: Uh oh, “B&B” just lost the writing award. It submitted the same sample episode for Best Drama, so this might be a bad omen.

MC:  “Y&R” wins this category for the fifth time; the awards are being spread out evenly between ABC and CBS.

Best Writing Team
“As the World Turns”: Jean Passanante
“The Bold and the Beautiful”: Bradley Bell
“Days of our Lives”: Dena Higley
“The Young and the Restless”: Maria Arena Bell

MC: Why is CBS not promoting “Y&R” or “B&B” in the commercial breaks?

PS: Mehmet Oz won Best Talk Show Host last year for the inaugural season of his gabfest.

Best Talk Show (Informative)
“The Doctors,” Syndicated
“The Dr. Oz Show,” Syndicated
“Dr. “Phil,” Syndicated

MC: Where do they get these backstage presenters? They are always so vapid and lifeless. They didn’t even have a televised red carpet event this year which was a shame.

DM: A couple of years back, no network wanted to air the Daytime Emmys. I’m guessing the gratuitous Vegas tourism content is the cost of keeping the awards on television.

MC: Oh no, not the Laura McKenzie feature again! Last year it was my least favorite part of the show. They should be using this airtime to present another award or give a tribute to the canceled soaps.

DM: I wouldn’t have believed that was the first time “Wheel of Fortune” had ever won Best Game Show if I hadn’t just looked it up. Is this the first time a producer has won two Emmys in the same category?

TO: Oh, gawd hep us all. Again they’re turning the Daytime Emmy ceremony into a tawdry, rambling commercial for Las Vegas. Hmmm. What Daytime Emmy Award is Elvis up for this year?

PS: Lucky 13 for “Jeopardy” which has contended 28 times (and is already a frontrunner for this award next year for the computer vs. man week of episodes) while “Wheel” is only one for 18. The hosts of both shows — Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak — are being feted for their lifetime achievements tonight.

Best Game Show
“Cash Cab,” Discovery
“Jeopardy!,” Syndicated
“The Price is Right,” CBS
“Wheel of Fortune,” Syndicated

DM: This year’s Supporting acting winners were also the Younger acting winners back in 1999.

DM: They rushed through the names of the supporting nominees in favor of presenter patter. I miss the days of showing clips of the nominated performances.

MC: Tom has now won Emmys for two of her three daytime roles and contended for all three; she won twice for “Y&R” and was nominated twice for “One Life to Live.” This was her second bd for “B&B” following a 2008 nomination.

DM: Tom is a two-time Younger Actress winner (1993, 1999). At only 35, she has been nominated twelve times.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Melissa Claire Egan, “All My Children,” ABC
Julie Pinson, “As the World Turns,” CBS
Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS
Nancy Lee Grahn, “General Hospital,” ABC
Bree Williamson, “One Life to Live,” ABC
Tricia Cast, “The Young and the Restless,” CBS

DM: Jackson won three Younger Actor awards for this same role in the ’90s.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Jackson, “General Hospital,” ABC
Jason Thompson, “General Hospital,” ABC
Brian Kerwin, “One Life to Live,” ABC
Doug Davidson, “The Young and the Restless,” CBS
Billy Miller, “The Young and the Restless,” CBS

MC: Not a big fan of Wayne Brady as host; he seems out of place desperate to appear hip. What does this have to do with daytime TV? I prefer the skit Sherri Shepherd did a few years ago when she hosted and she interacted with soap stars and other daytime TV folk. Brady called this a banner year for daytime! Two of the soaps got canned, but at least he acknowledged that and made reference to the booing that followed by saying “I don’t write this crap.”

PS: By the way, the 60th annual Miss USA beauty pageant is also live tonight from Las Vegas, airing on NBC.

PS: JabbaWockeeZ won the first season of the reality dance competition “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008.

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Wayne Brady, who picked up a bid for hosting the game show “Let’s Make A Deal,” will emcee the the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS live from Las Vegas beginning at 8 pm ET.

General Hospital,” which leads all shows at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards with 21 nods, and second place “The Young and the Restless” (20) contend for Best Drama Series against reigning two-time champ “The Bold and the Beautiful” (14) and the recently-cancelled “All My Children” (13). “AMC” won the last of its 3 races in this category back in 1998, “B&B” had never prevailed before 2009, “GH” claimed the most recent of its record 10 prizes in 2008 and “Y&R” took the last of its seven awards in 2007 when it tied with “Guiding Light.”

General Hospital” won six of its 13 races at the Creative Arts Awards Friday night. The ABC drama claimed Art Direction, Casting, Lighting Direction, Original Song, Technical Direction, and Stunt Coordination. (That tally increases to seven if you count the New Approaches award ABC picked up for a special “What If” web series that featured iconic characters from “GH,” “All My Children,” and “One Life to Live.”) Of the other three Best Drama Series nominees, “The Young and the Restless” picked up three prizes, “The Bold and the Beautiful” won two, and “AMC” earned just one.

The Daytime Emmy Awards are unique among the major kudos in that they have a preliminary round of voting in which performers must first be selected by their peers to represent their chosen series. This “pre-nominations” list contained a double digit number of entries in each of the six categories which were pared down to the finalists.

Of the 28 acting nominations in all, “General Hospital” has a leading seven bids with contenders in each race while “The Young and the Restless” has six. Among the other five series, “All My Children” boasts five nominees while “As the World Turns” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” each have three and both “Days of Our Lives” and the recently-axed “One Life to Live” have just two apiece. “OLTL” contends in a dozen races across the board.

Last year’s top entertainment talker “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” faces off against “Live With Regis and Kelly,” “Rachel Ray” and “The View” while informative talker “The Doctors” defends its title against “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Doctor Phil.” Last year, Dr. Oz won the hosting award for his self-titled talker and returns to the race this year against Rachel Ray, Regis Philbin and Kelly Philibin, the four experts on “The Doctors” and the ladies of “The View.” Four-time champ DeGeneres bowed out of this race last year after losing to “The View” crew in 2009.

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