Daytime Emmys 2018: Chad Duell may help ‘General Hospital’ extend its record for the most Best Supporting Actor wins

When it comes to Best Supporting Actor at the Daytime Emmys, it usually pays to bet on “General Hospital.” The ABC soap opera has won the category 11 times, far more than any other series, and this year “GH” could have an overwhelming impact on the category as it accounts for 5 of the 10 pre-nominees in the race. The favorite to win with 12/5 odds is one of “GH’s” past winners, Chad Duell. Do you agree with our predictions that he’s the front-runner?

Duell has played mob scion Michael Corinthos for eight years, since he assumed the role in 2010. Before him the role had been played by child actor Dylan Cash (2002-2008) and then as a young adult by Drew Garrett (2009-2010). Duell was also fairly young when he stepped into the role, so he earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for Best Younger Actor (2011-2012, 2014) before aging out of that category. He never won that award, but graduating to Best Supporting Actor in 2015 worked out in his favor — he won that prize on his first try, and then earned another bid in 2017. To date he has earned five nominations, and he’s still only 30-years-old.

Duell’s 2015 victory was the 10th of the 11 total Best Supporting Actor prizes for “GH” over the years. The show also won for Peter Hansen (1979), David Lewis (1982), Gerald Anthony (1993), Steve Burton (1998), Stuart Damon (1999), Rick Hearst (2004, 2007), Jonathan Jackson (2011-2012) and Sean Blakemore (2016). If Duell wins again as we’re currently forecasting that would bring the show’s total to 12. But there’s a good chance he’ll have some company from at least one other “GH” actor.

According to the hundreds of users currently making their predictions at Gold Derby, his biggest threat among his co-stars is Burton, who ranks third with 3/1 odds. In addition to his 1998 victory for “GH,” Burton won Best Supporting Actor again last year for his stint on “The Young and the Restless.” He returned to “GH” in 2017, and now he’s hoping to defend his Emmy title in this category.

None of the other three “GH” pre-nominees ranks among our likely nominees, perhaps because none of them have earned acting nominations for “GH” in the past. Anthony Montgomery ranks sixth with 4/1 odds; he joined the cast as Dr. Andre Maddox in 2015 and has never been nominated in any category. In seventh place with 9/2 odds is another recent “GH” addition, James Patrick Stuart, who has played Valentin Cassadine since 2016 but earned a Best Younger Actor nom back in 1992 for “All My Children.” In ninth place, also with 9/2 odds, is “GH” veteran Wally Kurth, who has played Ned Quartermaine off an on since 1991 but has never earned an acting nomination, though he did win a songwriting Emmy for “GH” for the composition “Barefoot Ballet” in 2002.

Do you think the “GH” men will dominate the Supporting Actor race this year? If so, do you agree with our consensus that Duell is the likeliest to prevail?

Be sure to make your Daytime Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on March 21. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Daytime Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our daytime TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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