We’re predicting 21 categories at the 2017 Daytime Emmys, whose awards are handed out this weekend during a pair of ceremonies: the Creative Arts Awards tonight, April 28, and the main ceremony that will be held on Sunday, April 30. And according to our racetrack odds, the television academy will spread the wealth.
“The Young and the Restless” enters the awards with 25 nominations, more than any other program. We’re predicting 10 soap opera categories, in which “Y&R” has 13 bids, and out of those we’re forecasting it to win three: Best Actor (three-time past winner Peter Bergman), Best Guest Performer (Nichelle Nichols) and the big one — Best Drama Series. That would be the 10th Drama Series title for the CBS soap, but it would still trail “General Hospital,” which holds the record with 12 victories in the top category.
“GH” will also win three of the categories we’re betting on: Best Supporting Actress (Finola Hughes, previously a Best Actress champ in 1991), Best Younger Actor (Bryan Craig for the second year in a row) and Best Younger Actress (second-time nominee Lexi Ainsworth).
That leaves two awards apiece for “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Days of Our Lives.” “B&B” is expected to win Best Actress for Heather Tom, who would tie Erika Slezak‘s record as the most honored actress in daytime with six career victories. The CBS fashion industry serial is also expected to take Best Directing Team.
“Days” will also win an acting prize: Best Supporting Actor for long-overdue veteran actor John Aniston. Remarkably, the 83-year-old actor has been working in daytime soaps for longer than there have even been Daytime Emmys, but he’s only now celebrating his first nomination. His first soap role was as Eric Richards on “Days” in 1969, five years before the first Daytime Emmys were handed out in 1974.
Other major Emmy champs we’re expecting include “Celebrity Name Game” for Best Game Show and Best Game Show Host (Craig Ferguson), “The Chew” for Best Informational Talk Show and Best Informational Talk Show Host (Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon) and “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics” for Best Culinary Show and Best Culinary Host (Ina Garten).
See the rest of our predictions by program below. Do you agree with our picks? If not you can still enter our predictions contest before awards are handed out on Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Burbank, California.
“GENERAL HOSPITAL” — 3 Wins
Best Supporting Actress — Finola Hughes
Best Younger Actor — Bryan Craig
Best Younger Actress — Lexi Ainsworth
“THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” — 3 Wins
Best Drama Series
Best Actor — Peter Bergman
Best Guest Performer — Nichelle Nichols
“BAREFOOT CONTESSA: BACK TO BASICS”
Best Culinary Show
Best Culinary Host — Ina Garten
“THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL” — 2 Wins
Best Actress — Heather Tom
Best Directing Team
“CELEBRITY NAME GAME” — 2 Wins
Best Game Show
Best Game Show Host — Craig Ferguson
“THE CHEW” — 2 Wins
Best Informative Talk Show
Best Informative Talk Show Host — Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon
“DAYS OF OUR LIVES” — 2 Wins
Best Supporting Actor — John Aniston
Best Writing Team
“CBS SUNDAY MORNING” — 1 Win
Best Morning Show
“THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW” — 1 Win
Best Entertainment Talk Show
“FLEA MARKET FLIP” — 1 Win
Best Lifestyle Show
“JUDGE JUDY” — 1 Win
Best Legal/Courtroom Show
“LIVE WITH KELLY” — 1 Win
Best Entertainment Talk Show Host — Kelly Ripa
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