“The Young and the Restless” led the Daytime Emmy pre-nominations with 23 acting citations, so it’s no surprise they also lead the official nominations, earning 27 bids overall, including a whopping 11 across seven acting categories. But that top rated CBS soap is closely followed by “General Hospital” with 24, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 23. “Days of Our Lives” trails with 16 nominations. (Click here for the complete list of nominations.)
All four soaps are nominated for Best Drama Series and Best Directing Team, but only three were cited for Best Writing Team; the only show left out of that contest was “Days,” which we were predicting would win that award. Does that hurt its chances for the top prize? It won Best Drama last year in a tie with “Y&R,” but now it may be at a disadvantage.
“Days” wasn’t the only frontrunner to be snubbed by the TV academy. We also ranked Kelly Sullivan (Supporting Actress, “Y&R”) and Camila Banus (Younger Actress, “Days”) as the favorites in their respective categories, but they were left out entirely.
However, our other four acting frontrunners made the cut: Anthony Geary (“GH”) aims for his ninth Best Actor title against past Emmy champs Christian LeBlanc (“Y&R”) and Kristoff St. John (“Y&R”) as well as first-time Best Actor contenders Tyler Christopher (“GH”) and Justin Hartley (“Y&R”).
Kassie DePaiva (“Days”) earns only her second career nomination after 30 years in daytime. She’s looking for her first victory against a field of past Emmy champs: Tracey E. Bregman (“Y&R”), Mary Beth Evans (“Days”), Finola Hughes (“GH”) and Maura West (“GH”).
Jacob Young (“B&B”), a past Younger Actor-winner, hopes to win for the first time as a supporting actor against past Emmy champs Steve Burton (“Y&R”) and Bryton James (“Y&R”), as well as past nominees Sean Blakemore (“GH”) and Dominic Zamprogna (“GH”).
Bryan Craig (“GH”) hopes his third straight nomination will be the charm in the Youner Actor field. He’s up against past nominees Max Ehrich (“Y&R”) and Tequan Richmond (“GH”), as well as first-timers Nicolas Bechtel (“GH”) and Pierson Fode (“B&B”).
Sullivan was left out of Supporting Actress in favor of past Emmy champs Peggy McCay (“Days”) and Lauralee Bell (“Y&R”), as well as past nominees Jessica Collins (“Y&R”), Linsey Godfrey (“B&B”) and Melissa Reeves (“Days”).
Banus was snubbed from Younger Actress, leaving the field to be filled by two-time defending champ Hunter King (“Y&R”) and a quartet of first-time contenders: Reign Edwards (“B&B”), True O’Brien (“Days”), Ashlyn Pearce (“B&B”) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (“GH”).
Outside of soap opera categories, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” cleaned up with 10 nominations, as did children’s series “Sesame Street.” The last show to score in the double-digits was Amazon’s children’s series “Annedroids,” also with 10.