Teddi Giggy is a soapcentral.com Two Scoops columnist for The Young and the Restless and a former One Life to Live recapper. She has been a soap fan since the early 70s and is currently a devoted fan of the four remaining network soaps, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. She appreciates all of the different writing styles for each soap and enjoys having her favorite -- and not-so-favorite -- characters on each show. This is her fifth time predicting Daytime Emmy winners.
For me, it was pretty easy to select the best daytime drama last year due to Delia's sad hit-and-run tragedy on The Young and the Restless, which also had brought out the acting gold. However, this year is proving to be a little tougher. While The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful offered remarkable stories again this year, I am torn between the writing for General Hospital and the drama delivered by Days of our Lives.
General Hospital offered suspense, angst, and love in a variety of situations and Anthony Geary led the way with outstanding acting of the entire cast that truly enhanced the stories. However, my pick for Daytime Drama Series this year is for Days of our Lives. The love and loss between E.J. and Sami raised the show to an extremely high level, and I am so sad they are both gone from Salem now. It has been their tale of a hot, fiery romance mixed with passion, anger, and hope that kept this soap going for many years, and it was a proper tribute when they left us with the love and passion they had felt for each other.
Who will win: Days of our Lives
Can we please, please, please have a tie in this category? Billy Miller was awesome last year in Delia's hit-and-run storyline for which he deservedly won the Lead Actor award, and he was spectacular again in January when Billy Abbott confronted the driver, Adam Newman, at the site of Delia's death. Mr. Miller displayed a deep, burning rage against the man who had taken his beloved daughter away, and yet, at the same time, the fans could still see the sorrow he was trying to hide from Adam that lay just under the surface. Billy Miller was truly phenomenal as Billy Abbott on Y&R, and I still miss him. However, how can you beat the remarkable and amazing Anthony Geary when, at the same time and in the same scene, he played Luke Spencer locked up in an insane asylum with the man we had thought to be Fluke, also portrayed by Mr. Geary? Tony Geary proved once again why he has won so many times in the pas,t and he just seems to be so hard to beat this time too. I will be happy if either Anthony Geary or Billy Miller win for Lead Actor because I love and admire them both.
Who will win: Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, General Hospital)
My full support goes to Alison Sweeney on Days this year as the fiery, passionate Samantha Brady. Sami showed every range of emotion that could possibly be felt during that one episode where the events had never really happened but had the fans almost wishing they had. Sami was madly in love with E.J. one minute and desiring to kill him in the next. She ranted and raved at him after supposedly learning of his affair with young Abigail and then cried over his betrayal of her and their life and future together. At one point, they even fell together in exhaustion on the floor. Ms. Sweeney truly deserves the win this year, and I really hope she finally gets it.
Who will win: Alison Sweeney (Samantha Brady, Days of our Lives)
Strangely, my pick is for another actor who was also in scenes complemented with flashbacks, but in this case, I felt the flashbacks enhanced his performance rather than took away from it. Jacob Young displayed a variety of emotions -- anger, hurt, pain, and betrayal -- against his wife for the two kisses she had shared with his brother, Ridge, and also his father for selecting Ridge to run the family company. Mr. Young's range of acting was a beauty to behold on a soap noted for its glamour.
Who will win: Jacob Young (Rick Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
This was an extremely difficult category for me, second in difficulty to Lead Actor. Delia's tragic storyline brought out the best acting last year on Y&R, and some of that carried over into this past year. Amelia Heinle again had me all choked up when she read a saying written by darling Delia before her death. Yet, I had to go with one of the most memorable scenes to me of all last year, one I simply cracked up laughing out loud over the first time I saw it. That would be Olivia Falconeri's drunk dialing the animal shelter in an attempt to adopt all of the poor neglected pooches in the land on GH. That scene was hysterical, especially when Olivia declared that at least the doggies hadn't slept with Ava Jerome. Funny!
Who will win: Lisa Locicero (Olivia Falconeri, General Hospital)
On Y&R, upon a return home, Fenmore Baldwin was happily welcomed back by his mother and father. After first being deceived and then learning the truth about Michael's cancer, Max Ehrich's Fen threw himself into his father's arms. Fen showed his love and concern for his dad's welfare as tears streaked down his face. It was this loving concern that swayed me in Mr. Ehrich's direction.
Who will win: Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin, The Young and the Restless)
My pick for Young Actress this year goes to Haley Pullos as Molly Lansing Davis on GH. After Molly realized her father, Ric, was dead, she pleaded with her mother to let her say one last goodbye to him. Haley had me teary-eyed when she cried out for her daddy. Ms. Pullos poured all her heart and emotion into that scene, which is what led to my selection.
Who will win: Haley Pullos (Molly Lansing Davis, General Hospital)
However, I am looking at the winner to be from The Young and the Restless. Ray Wise brought his own special brand of villainy to Ian Ward when he sneered and laughed as he threatened Nikki. But when I watched Meredith Baxter's Maureen describe to Victoria the night of the fire that had killed her husband, I could almost picture her actually being there because of the way she replayed all the tragic circumstances of that fateful night. Maureen was truly a desperate woman as she threw a very pregnant Victoria in the janitorial closet and locked the door.
Who will win: Meredith Baxter as Maureen (The Young and the Restless)