April 17, 2014 at 2:37 am #426119
I watched this and found it a bit chaotic – wish they had spent more time ont he pre-nominees lists instead of all their bitching. Hoping the panels can be a bit more knowledgable and their predictions are inaccurate.
My big worry is that Days will get less than it’s fair share of nominations (yet again) and that Y&R, which had a poor year, will get the most nominations. I’m worried that Y&R will dominate Lead Actor and Supporting Actress, which will make me very unhappy. I would actually be quite pleased if all the Supporting Actress nominees were from GH – I just want Jane Elliot to win so much! They never did get around to the supporting categories in this slugfest.
I would be very upset if Eileen wasn’t nominated – I get that she might come across as over the top (I think this is why Ali has never been nominated; the panels don’t watch every day and don’t understand the character of Sami Brady, imo), but I sure hope she makes the finalist list. I really hope B&B is shunned this year. I guess I just don’t get the love for it.
One of the things they missed was that Darnell Wiliams and Debbi Morgan didn’t submit for the online AMC, whdicich definitely affected that show’s chances. They both would have likely made it to the final ballot with their human trafficking sotryline, esp. DM. It looks like Jerry verDorn did submit but the idiots didn’t pre-nominate him? He certainly was more deserving than John McCook, Shwan Christian, Maurice Benard (don’t get me started on how much I dislike MB), Doug Davidson (who belonged in the supporting category for 2013), and Roger Howarth’s Franco (his Todd Manning would be a different story).
My gut feeling is that I am going to be very disappointed on May 1st when some of my favorites (Jane Elliot, Greg vaughan, Eileen Davidson, Ali Sweeney, Ari Zucker, Freddie Smith) are left off their respective lists; or they do something totally idiotic and don’t nominate Days for Best Series ): Time will tell…April 17, 2014 at 8:42 am #426120
I saw the podcast, but I haven’t had time to listen to it. Did they talk at all about what was submitted? Or was it mostly speculation based on the year as a whole, previous patterns, and/or likely submissions? I feel pretty confident in things like DAYS getting a drama series nod and Eileen Davidson making the nomination list, but I think some other things like Y&R not dominating the nominations and some people like Jane Elliot and Greg Vaughan making the list are a lot less certain.April 17, 2014 at 9:44 am #426121
They did mention that Finola Hughes submitted “the two Annas” episode – not certain that epi will make sense to casual viewers?
they did make some noise that Eileen Davidson may be too “Joan Crawfordish” (???).
They mostly bitched about NATAS, and lamented the shabby treatment that soaps get in favor of game shows and talk shows on Emmy telecasts, and speculated about where it would be shown (if at all) this year.
They did mention that Ali Sweeney has never been nominated and is leaving her show. They seem to think Ari Zucker is a “dark horse” (I disagree: her reel is phenomenal).
They didn’t mention any of the supporting category nominees. Nor younger acting nominees. Just Series, Actor and Actress (Lead).
They talked about Jerry verDorn and speculated as to why on earth he wasn’t nominated.
They mentioned that Jill Farren Phelps knows how to deliver strong epis for Emmy consideration, and Frank Valentini does not know how to do it.
Branco contradicted himself, choosing GH, but saying Days was the best, or some such thing…
They both mentioned Maura West as a nominee.
They talked about Michael Muhney NOT submitting, and James Scott allowing the show to submit him.
I really hope Y&R only gets a few nominations and Days dominates, and if not Days, then GH… (but please, Days deserves the most recognition for a phenomenal 2013! And I’m not a huge Days fan historically, I’ve always preferred east coast soaps – of course, there are no more east coast soaps ): )April 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm #426122
I think that assessment of Ari Zucker as a dark horse is actually not so inaccurate, considering this is her first year attempting to break into the lead actress field after previous success at landing noms solely in supporting. I admire her jump to lead, which was quite a daring risk to take, since it’s pretty much a consensus in these parts that she was more a supporting than a lead player last year. But she’s got the reels to back it up and there’s no doubt in my mind that she could make an impact with a good majority of voters. Honestly, though, I’d be very surprised if, amongst Eileen Davidson, Zucker and Ali Sweeney, we’ll be seeing as many as two DAYS lead actress nominees in a category that is already stacked with so many deserving candidates as it is. Davidson would make for the strongest competitor out of the three, but it would of course be amazing if we did see two nominees making it in.
I’m glad that from the video chat, we at least now know of some of the other names like Jerry verDorn who chose to throw their hat into the ring during the pre-nom round.April 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm #426123
I believe that Ari Zucker completely belongs in the Lead Actress category – remember, there were 3 nominees from Y&R in the Lead Actor category last year (and it has happened twice in Lead Actress: 78 & 79, 3 actresses from Another World, with the least likely nominee winning: Laurie Heinemann for her six weeks worth of work as Sharlene, and Irene Dailey, for her supporting performance as aunt Liz). Also, AMC got 3 Lead Actor nominees in 1985: David Canary, James Mitchell, and the winner, Darnell Williams. Probably a few other times, too? So, Eileen, Alison and Ari can happen & I sure hope it does happen!!!! I also believe that Ari actually has a better reel than Eileen, so who knows what will happen? (by better, I only mean one that would appeal to panelists more. Eileen deserves the award because she helped to create the best year in Days history through her brilliant acting choices during 2013).April 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm #426124
Well, I admire your optimism, Freeman. Eileen, Ari and Ali would all make for very strong competitors, but if Eileen did choose to submit the end of May episode, dare I say that would make her a shoo-in for a nom. In any case, I have my fingers crossed for all three of these amazingly talented ladies for whom a nom would be highly deserving.April 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm #426125
Was my reaction hearing this. The only thing I got out of it was the behind the scenes of how the Daytime Emmys were/are (the broadcast, the voting, etc).April 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm #426127
Loved the podcast and can’t wait to hear the reactions to the actual nominations.
If Berris, Elliot, Bregman, West, Davidson, Scott, Cash, Erich and Moss aren’t nominated, I’ll be major league upset.
Days was the best soap, IMHO, and deserves to win back-to-back titles, but we all know it only takes one (or two) eps to win. Will be interesting to see what Cartini submits this time around.April 28, 2014 at 8:16 am #426128
^^I’d be more concerned about Y&R, overall quality notwithstanding. Cartini has a really iffy record with submissions, and I think JFP knows how to play the Emmy game better than any other EP out there.
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