The past few years have not been the best of years for Guiding Light in terms of Emmy nominations. In the past two years, Guiding Light has received only 5 Emmy nominations, with none of them coming in the acting categories.
In fact, you have to go back to the 1999 Emmy ceremony to find the show's last acting nominations. That year, Kim Zimmer (Reva), Beth Ehlers (Harley) and Jerry ver Dorn (Ross) received nods. In spite of those three nominations, Guiding Light still had a very bad Emmy year that year as well. Guiding Light's last Emmy wins in an acting categories came in 1997 and 1998. In 1998, the last win by a GL actress, Cynthia Watros (Annie) was crowned Lead Actress. In 1997 when Justin Deas (Buzz) won the Lead Actor category. That same year, Kevin Mambo (ex-Marcus) was crowned in the Younger Actor category.
Justifiably, Guiding Light fans have been disappointed by what they see as a constantly overlooking of their show by the Emmy panel. These same fans might have been frustrated even more by As The World Turns
' 25 Emmy nominations this year. Like GL, As The World Turns is produced by Procter and Gamble
The news was not all bad, however. Guiding Light did win one Emmy this year with a win in the Outstanding Original Song category. The team of Brian D. Siewert, Trey Bruce, and John Bettis won the Emmy for their work "Where There is Hope."
BEHIND THE SCENES
Behind-the-scenes there were very few Guiding Light sightings. In fact, the only current member of the GL family to make their way to the media area was executive producer Paul Rauch. Rauch was on hand to accept an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Special. Rauch served as executive producer for the Showtime special Run the Wild Fields. One reporter asked Rauch to comment on the recent removal of Claire Labine as head writer of Guiding Light. Rauch reprimanded the reporter, saying "Ask me at another time. This isn't the right place to answer that."
The media, however, felt the time was right to discuss Labine's ouster. During chatter before this year's Emmys, many reporters expressed surprise that Labine had been written out, so to speak, of the show. The general consensus was that it takes a writing team time to build their stories. Labine, an Emmy winning writer for her work on General Hospital, has proven herself elsewhere... so there's questions as to why she was dumped.
Outside the ceremony, soap
did manage to find some Guiding Lights stars on their walk down the red carpet. Victoria Platt (Vicky), Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle) and Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) were all on hand. The latter three stars actually hit the stage at this year's awards and presented an award. Also among the crowd were former GL stars Rebecca Budig
(ex-Michelle, now All My Children
's Greenlee), Hunt Block
(ex-Ben, now As The World Turns' Craig) and Marj Dusay
(ex-Alexandra, now AMC's Vanessa).
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