Will Kelley Missal make history for ‘One Life to Live’ and online soaps at Daytime Emmys?

The race for Best Younger Actress at the Daytime Emmys could be historic thanks to the nomination for Kelley Missal. She is the only acting nominee for “One Life to Live,” which makes her the first actor ever nominated for an online soap. And were she to win, she’d also be the first “OLTL” star to win that category.

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I’ve written before about “OLTL’s” misfortunes at the Daytime Emmys. It has won Best Drama Series only once in its history (2002) and been almost completely shut out of acting races, winning a paltry two performance awards since 1996: Best Actress for Erika Slezak (2005) and Susan Haskell (2009). But before its long drought began almost two decades ago, it performed well, winning at least once in five out of the six acting categories – all except Younger Actress.

Missal is only the third nominee ever for “OLTL” in the category, following Andrea Evans (1988) and Erin Torpey (2000). The series has been so unloved that one of its most popular young stars, Kristen Alderson, spent 14 years on the show without a single Younger Actress nomination, but as soon as her character was transferred to sister soap “General Hospital” in 2012, she won!

A win for Missal would finally give “OLTL” a clean sweep of the Daytime Emmys telecast categories – that also includes Writing Team, which it won three times, and Directing Team, which it won five times. It would be a bittersweet farewell for a show that spent an embattled year online mired in a legal dispute between its new production company, Prospect Park, and its former network, ABC. The lawsuits persist even after the show has ended.

It would also be the first acting win for an online soap. Missal was one of four online actors to be pre-nominated this year – along with “OLTL” co-star Corbin Bleu and “All My Children” actors Eric Nelsen and Denyse Tontz – but she was the only one to make it through to the final round, though Tontz did earn a separate nomination for songwriting.

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Missal currently leads on our racetrack with 8/13 odds, followed by defending champ Alderson (11/2 odds), Kim Matula (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” 6/1 odds), Hunter King (“The Young and the Restless,” 12/1 odds), and Linsey Godfrey (“B&B,” 50/1 odds).

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