Dan is the founder and editor of Soap Opera Central. His "must see" soap is All My Children, but Dan does get a chance to watch all of the soaps on a regular basis. Dan started Soap Opera Central as part of his personal home page in 1995. Dan lives in Philadelphia and does somehow find time to do things other than Soap Opera Central, including sports, music, and enjoying the great Pennsylvania countryside.
Previous Predictions 2000: 4 for 8
2001: 2 for 8
2002: 1 for 8
2003: 0 for 8
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
These nominations puzzle me. For the second straight year -- and only the second time in its history -- All My Children wasn't nominated. All four CBS soaps earned nods. I think that As the World Turns will win again. The show is good just about every day of the week -- all year long. The Young and the Restless could, however, pick up the trophy. Running third is General Hospital. I can't see Guiding Light or The Bold and the Beautiful winning.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Grant Aleksander had an incredible year. Since the Emmy reels were not viewable by the media this year, I don't know which clips he submitted. I'm going to pick him anyway. Howarth is a favorite of voters and could easily win. It would be nice to see Thorsten Kaye win just to give Port Charles a final romp. Geary is said to have submitted clips from a special Christmas episode -- so that might be enough to give him an extra nudge.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
I adore Maura West -- even if she doesn't seem to want to chat with us along the red carpet. Maybe this year she will. Anyway, West deserves some sort of award every year because she infuses humor and drama in her work. I picked her to win in a Supporting category a few years ago. Michelle Stafford may win simply because some of her clips were omitted by accident last year. Maybe she'll get the nod to make up for the mistake. Nancy Lee Grahn has a lot of folks pulling for her... Gosh, it's so hard. I'll go with Maura West.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Rapists seem to win a lot of Emmys. I'm not sure why... it's kinda scary. William deVry has a good chance of winning. Christian LeBlanc, however, also puts in wonderful work day after day. Again, since we don't know which clips were submitted by the performers, it's hard to tell... I am going to go with LeBlanc.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
This is a very hard category. I love Kathy Brier -- she's so cute. Ilene Kristen is just a hoot as OLTL's Roxy. Cady McClain is another actress who should be given an award every year. Sharon Case has done incredible work over the last year... so it's a coin toss. Okay, I don't have a four-sided coin. Hmm... Ilene Kristen.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
I believe that Scott Clifton will win. Clifton has won over the media and fans. He is a first-time nominee, so I am not sure if that could work against him. David Lago has been nominated year after year and never won. Again, Brian Presley should win just to give some pomp and circumstance to Port Charles.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
Eden Riegel. I've picked Eden twice before -- and she's lost both times. However, I think this time the Emmy voters will see things my way and give Eden her very first Emmy. Her work over the past year was exceptional, even for her. Jennifer Finnigan, who has won twice before, didn't have a strong year, so her nomination is kind of puzzling. But don't count her out.
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES
This will go to All My Children. There were some powerfully written stories -- a same-sex kiss, a murder mystery, a horrific sexual assault... I think AMC's win will make up for it being overlooked in the Drama Series field.