TV Insider reports that “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson will be visiting a different hospital soon. On August 6 she taped a guest appearance on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.” Could she potentially win an Emmy in daytime after it eluded her in primetime? The Emmys honor guest stars now, so there could be a chance.
Wilson previously guested on “GH” in 2014 as Tina Estrada, a patient of psychiatrist Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom). But this time she’ll play a brand new role: Dr. Linda Massey, who will counsel Stella (Vernee Watson), Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) and Curtis (Donnell Turner). Counseling will be a change of pace from her “Grey’s” role as Seattle Grace Hospital chief of surgery Miranda Bailey, whom the actress has played since that show premiered in 2005.
Wilson earned four straight Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actress for her role on “Grey’s” (2006-2009), and she also earned one bid for Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Accidental Friendship” (2009), but she never won. The show is still on the air, so she’s still eligible to return, but “Grey’s” has long since fallen off the TV academy’s radar. It hasn’t been nominated in any category since 2012.
So perhaps Wilson could finally get her just desserts in daytime. When the Best Guest Performer award was reintroduced to the Daytime Emmys in 2015 the rules stipulated that a “performer’s character must have premiered in the current eligibility (calendar) year and have made a limited number of appearances in a significant role.” This will be a brand new character for Wilson, so she checks that box.
As for playing a significant role, that depends on how big a guest appearance this turns out to be. But “Parks and Recreation” alum Jim O’Heir won this award in 2017 for appearing in four episodes of “The Bold and the Beautiful.” That year Nichelle Nichols was also nominated for two episodes of “The Young and the Restless.” And this year John Enos earned a bid for two episodes of work on “Days of Our Lives.”
And maybe Wilson’s scene partner Watson will be good luck: she won this year’s Daytime Emmy for Best Guest Performer. So maybe she should be counseling Wilson instead of the other way around.