Nominations for the 35th Annual Daytime Emmys were announced live on Wednesday, April 30th from the set of ABC's The View. This year's announcement came more than a month later than normal. The delay was caused by changes to the voting procedure and the new June broadcast date for Emmy ceremony.
For a third consecutive year, CBS programming dominated the nominations for the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. In the acting categories, CBS commanded all but seven of the 30 total nominations. Leading the way this year was perennial powerhouse The Young and the Restless with eleven acting nominations and a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
At the top of the ballot, General Hospital returned to the Outstanding Drama Series field. The ABC soap has nine wins in the "best soap" category, the most of any show. GH didn't make the ballot last year and some voters hinted that the show's Emmy reel focused too much on glitzy special effects and less on storytelling. This year's nomination marks GH's 21st nomination in the category.
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Among the men's field are four previous Emmy winners - David Canary (Adam and Stuart Chandler, All My Children), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, General Hospita), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, Y&R). Combined, the four performers have won an amazing 14 Daytime Emmys. LeBlanc was the winner in this category last year.
For the leading ladies, three of the five nominees are previous winners. Maura West (Carly Tenney, As the World Turns), last year's winner, is joined by Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer, Guiding Light), Nicole Forester (Cassie Layne, GL), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, Y&R) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, Y&R). Chappell is a previous Emmy winner, taking home the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2002. Stafford is a two-time winner. She was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1997 and Outstanding Lead Actress in 2004. Cooper, a seven-time Daytime Emmy nominee, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Supporting Actor and Actress
For the women, Kelly Menighan Hensley (Emily Stewart, As the World Turns) earned her first nomination since 2002. Judi Evans, a previous Daytime Emmy winner in the Supporting Actress category, scored Days of our Live's first Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination in eight years. In 2000, Patrika Darbo (Nancy Wesley) was nominated for her work. Evans won for her work as Beth Raines on Guiding Light in 1984. This time around, Evans is nominted for the role of Adrienne Kiriakis on DAYS. In a strange twist, oddly appropriate for a soap opera, Evans is also nominated for her work as Bonnie Lockhart - also on DAYS. Several months after being let go as the show's Bonnie, Evans was re-hired as Adrienne, a role she'd played previously from 1987 to 1993.
Absent from the ballot are last year's winners, both stars of General Hospital. Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) was left out of this year's nominations and Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) was ineligible because she did not appear on the show last year.
Younger Actor and Actress
All three of The Young and the Restless' pre-nominees in the Outstanding Younger Actress category found their way to the final ballot - and all three are first-time nominees. Vail Bloom (Heather Stevens), Emily O'Brien (Jana Hawkes) and Tammin Sursok (Colleen Carlton) are joined by another first-timer, Days of our Lives' Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Benson). Jennifer Landon (Gwen Norbeck, As the World Turns) rounds out the ballot. Landon has won in this category in the past two years.
For the young men, only one of the five nominees is new to the ballot. Darin Brooks (Max Brady) earns his first nomination for his work on Days of our Lives. Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, As the World Turns), Jesse Lee Soffer (Will Munson, ATWT), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall, Guiding Light) and last year's winner Bryton McClure (Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless) were also nominated.
On the technical side of the Emmys, the Creative Arts portion of the ballot, One Life to Live led the pack with nine nominations. Three of those nominations came in the Outstanding Original Song category. Followed slowly behind, with six nominations each, were All My Children, As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful and Guiding Light. Each of the nine shows eligible for Emmys received at least two nominations in the Creative Arts areas.
You'd have to go all the way back to 1989 to find the last time that Days of our Lives received four acting nominations. While the show's eight total nominations isn't the most it has ever had - the show scored 9 nominations in 1998 - it is DAYS best showing in some time. In fact, it was the perpetual shunning of its soaps that prompted NBC to drop out of telecasting the Emmy ceremony. The Emmy ceremony is typically a spot for the host network to promote it stars and programming and with its Emmy nominations few and far between NBC decided not to use its network as a forum to promote the rival networks.
Passions may be gone from network television, but the show did pick up four Emmy nominations -- all in technical categories.
In that vein, it must have been difficult for host network ABC to broadcast this year's Emmy nominations. Midway through the announcement it became painfully obvious that the networks stars were being passed over. By the end of the big reveal, just three ABC stars - one from each of its shows - were nominated for Emmys.
Two years ago, ABC Daytime president Brian Frons revolutionized the way that the Daytime Emmys were broadcast. The show moved from its home in New York City to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The move was seen as a way to show that daytime stars were just a big as any other performers. The blockbuster telecast featured live musical performances, a special fan viewing area and a three-hour broadcast.
This year's Daytime Entertainment Emmys will again be held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The ceremony will air live on Friday, June 20th on ABC at 800pm. The Creative Arts awards will be handed out the week before in a single ceremony on Friday, June 13th at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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