Daytime Emmy darling Wayne Brady’s stint on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ could get him his first win for drama

Wayne Brady has been an Emmy darling for the better part of two decades, but drama is uncharted territory for him at these awards. That could change this year: he’s a Daytime Emmys pre-nominee for Best Guest Performer for his role on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Will he make the cut?

Brady’s first Emmy nominations were in primetime. where he earned three straight nominations in the now-defunct Best Individual Variety Performance category for the improv series “Whose Line is It Anyway?” (2001-2003). He won that prize on his third try.

2003 was also the year Brady made his first impact at the Daytime Emmys. His self-titled daytime talk show aired from 2002 until its cancellation in 2004, but in that time he won two straight prizes for Best Talk Show Host (2003-2004).

Then he brought back the classic series “Let’s Make a Deal” to TV in 2009 and has been a perennial nominee for Best Game Show Host in most years ever since. He won Best Original Song in 2014 for writing “30,000 Reasons to Love Me” for the show, and he finally won for hosting it in 2018.

That’s five Emmys for Brady thus far in his career. Can he make it six — or more, since he’s eligible for both “B&B” and “Let’s Make a Deal” this year? Brady joined “B&B” in November 2018 as Dr. Reese Buckingham, who became romantically involved with Taylor Hayes (fellow Best Guest Performer pre-nominee Hunter Tylo) and then ended up selling Taylor’s daughter another woman’s baby to pay off his debts — though that baby switch didn’t happen until 2019, so that storyline isn’t being considered for these awards.

Nevertheless, we think Brady is a strong Emmy contender. According to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, Brady ranks second with odds of 4/1. He’s behind only Kate Mansi (“Days of Our Lives”), who is the front-runner to win with 71/20 odds. But Brady is backed by 5 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Emmy nominees, as well as 6 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions. Do you think the well-known comedian will win for showing off his dramatic chops?

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