Daytime Emmys 2018: Peter Bergman (‘Y&R’) is the Meryl Streep of soaps & could extend nominations record to 21

Meryl Streep extended her Oscar nominations record this year with her 21st bid — Best Actress for “The Post” — though she has only won three times. That’s eerily similar to a Daytime Emmys record that could be extended this year as well: “The Young and the Restless” star Peter Bergman could be nominated for Best Actor for the 21st time, but he too only has three trophies to show for it. Could he add to his totals this year?

Even if he stopped at 20 nominations Bergman might never be caught. The closest to his total are “All My Children” actor David Canary and “General Hospital” star Anthony Geary with 16 apiece, but Canary died in 2015 and Geary retired from “GH” that same year. No one else in Daytime Emmy history even has 10 Best Actor nominations; Eric Braeden (“Y&R”) and Larry Bryggman (“As the World Turns”) are next in line with eight apiece.

Bergman earned his first nom in 1983 for his former role as Cliff Warner on “AMC.” Then he assumed the role of Jack Abbott on “Y&R” in 1989 and has played the role ever since, earning other 19 nominations for his performance: 1990-2002, 2007-2008, 2010, 2013-2014 and 2017. He won two back-to-back, in 1991 and 1992, and he won his third a decade later in 2002, so it’s been 16 years since he took home a trophy.

But perhaps his luck will change this year. James Reynolds (“Days of Our Lives“) is currently out front with 23/10 odds based on the combined predictions of hundreds of users who have made their picks thus far in our predictions center, but Bergman ranks second with 14/5 odds. He’ll at least earn a bid according to 23 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations, and 3 of them say he’ll win. He’s also backed for a nomination by 23 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions, 5 of whom think he’ll win.

If Bergman does win his fourth Emmy he would break his tie with “Y&R” co-star Christian LeBlanc for third place among all-time winners. He’d still trail Geary with eight victories and Canary with five. Do you think he’ll return to the winner’s circle?

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