We judge Daytime Emmy races: Drama Series Directing

Our forum posters are dedicated to the Daytime Emmy Awards. To predict the winners, they do just like the judges and watch all the episode submissions. Then they rank them. 

They agree with the Experts that the team from “General Hospital” will win Best Drama Series Directing. This would be the seventh win for this ABC staple. That is well behind the record 13 awards won by rival nominee “Young and the Restless.” However, it is ahead of the recently-cancelled “One Life to Live” (5) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” which won for the first time last year. 

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This race will boil down to what the voters preferred because the work submitted here is fantastic.

The Bold and the Beautiful
It submitted two episodes from the foster care storyline and could easily repeat. The interview setup, shooting on location, the use of natural lighting, and the subtle cinematography makes it a feast for the eyes. It’s a well-made PSA and I say that as a compliment.

General Hospital
It submitted Luke’s intervention. I think that will be the one that prevails. The episode is a fine example of directors and actors collaborating to create riveting television. I give it the edge for a variety of reasons. Its stage play approach makes it stands out from the overt displays of directing in the field (though I can totally see that being a disadvantage too). And for a show known for its bells and whistles doing such as episode (and submitting it for Emmy consideration when they had said bells and whistles to submit) on such a low scale and still getting maximum impact from the action going on is impressive. The episode won the DGA and I wouldn’t count out that kind of cachet.

One Life to Live
It submitted Erika Slezak‘s 40th anniversary episode. The show was known for making a lot out of nothing and that is on display here. It has the look and feel of a classic soap opera. That kind of novelty could either be seen as a advantage or a detriment in a field with different stylistic choices. The scenes taking place in Viki’s psyche were the highlights, because the scope that was captured by the variety camera angles were inspired.

“Young and the Restless”
It submitted the kickoff to the “Who Killed Diane Jenkins” storyline. Issues with that storyline set aside, I do think that this is a gorgeous episode. It blended different styles, crime drama and artistry, that created this moody tone that worked perfect for the story being told and made for striking contrasts throughout. My favorite shot was the closing one featuring the cast in that room. The lighting and panning were stunning.

Analysis: I am predicting “General Hospital” but stress that this is one of the races to look out for because it’s any of the shows to lose. 


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