Daytime Emmys 2018: Will Michael Easton (‘GH’) finally earn his 1st nomination 17 years after his vampiric breakthrough?

Michael Easton is a Daytime Emmys pre-nominee for Best Actor for his role as Hamilton Finn on the ABC soap “General Hospital.” It’s a relatively new role, introduced in March 2016, but Easton has been a daytime staple for almost two decades. Despite his long soap-opera resume, however, he has yet to be nominated for an Emmy. Will this be his year?

Easton’s first soap opera credit was “Days of Our Lives,” where he played Tanner Scofield from 1990-1992. But he made his biggest impact in 2001 when he joined the cast of “Port Charles.” A spin-off of “GH,” that series was taking a supernatural turn in the early 2000s, so naturally Easton’s character Caleb Morley turned out to be a vampire. But “PC” was cancelled in 2003, so Easton immediately jumped ship to fellow ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” where he played Detective John McBain for almost a decade, until that show got the axe in 2012.

After “OLTL” ended the character of John McBain was imported to “GH.” However, the production company Prospect Park was trying to relaunch “OLTL” as an online streaming series, leading to a legal dispute between them and ABC over the rights to the characters. That led “GH” to write out John McBain, but that didn’t spell the end for Easton. The show brought the actor back just a few months later as a new character, Dr. Silas Clay.

But wait, there’s more. Poor Dr. Clay was killed off of “GH” in 2015, and Easton was re-reintroduced to the show in 2016 as Hamilton Finn. Those are plot twists worthy of any of the four soaps Easton has starred in, but despite 17 years of almost continuous work in daytime TV he’s still awaiting his first recognition from the TV academy.

As of this writing he’s on the bubble in our Best Actor predictions, ranked sixth with odds of 4/1. Those odds are based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. That includes our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations, and our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations predictions. As it stands 10 of our Top 24 and 9 of our All-Stars expect him to be nominated, though none of them are currently predicting him to win.

Among those elite users who think Easton will get his first nom are PATRICK DELPECH and eastwest, who were actually the number-one and number-two top scorers among the hundreds of users who made predictions last year. That’s reason enough to believe we might be underestimating him.

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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