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March 14, 2007

I Love the Smell of Schadenfreude in the Morning

There's something in the air...can you feel it? It's someone else's misery, which I like quite nearly as much as experiencing glee personally. Especially when the someone in question is Jill Farren Phelps, it's like I am so ecstatic that I can't even help myself.

If Serial Drama had been around last year at the time of the Daytime Emmy Awards, you probably would have read a post saying something like, "In the immortal words of Nancy Kerrigan, Whyyyyyyy?!?!?! did they name General Hospital best show?!" There probably would have been lots of cursing as well and then a lot of gibberish as I banged my head against the keyboard repeatedly.

There's no chance of that happening this year, though. You know why? Because GH didn't even get nominated for Best Daytime Drama! HA! HA HA! It's poetry, you know? I mean, I am still angry about all of the other years that they beat out more deserving shows by being 80% terrible and 20% decent but shiny and filled with special effects, but this is delicious. Suck on that, JFP!

This is not to say that the nominations, as a whole, make any sort of sense, because they never do and this year is no exception.

BEST DAYTIME DRAMA

The Bold and the Beautiful

Guiding Light

One Life To Live
The Young and the Restless

Out of the above shows, I watch one, mock another just for existing (B&B), have never seen 30 seconds of another (GL) and have heard horrible things about the last (OLTL). So I'm not exactly sure what to think about that. I sort of wanted to see Days of Our Lives at least get nominated for those few weeks where it was stellar, but I am sure the voters are justifiably wary of anything that has even the slightest taint of James E. Reilly. And no GH! Thumbs up!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM


The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital
Guiding Light

The Young and the Restless

Effing Guza still has a shot. Make me proud, Emmy voters! Just say no!

BEST ACTRESS


Maura West, As the World Turns

Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light

Kim Zimmer, Guiding Light

Jeanne Cooper, The Young and the Restless

Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless

I'm sorry, but no. Just...no. Look, Jeanne Cooper wins at life just for being Jeanne Cooper, but what the hell did Katherine do all year? I'm pretty sure it included little more than lunching with Jill. I mean, yeah, her lunching skills are totally rocking, but what?! That makes no sense to me. On the rare occasions where Phyllis did anything but laugh and bang Nick, Michelle Stafford was good, so I have no complaints there, but Jeanne Cooper?! My mind is boggled.

Especially when one considers that Nancy Lee Grahn was not nominated. That, to me, is ludicrous. Because she had an insane year that started with a bizarre "I want to find the daughter no one ever knew I had and that I never mentioned" storyline, then moved to the equally bizarre "My daughter and I are enemies and also, she's been shot in the uterus and may have brain damage" storyline before having to be the wronged wife in a story where she loses her husband to her own daughter while simultaneously having a lung cancer storyline and then having to play a ridiculous divorce situation where her character's husband all of a sudden hates her while she's dying of cancer. Written out like that, it makes me laugh, because who on earth could possibly make any of those storylines work, let alone all of them, and then I realize that NLG did make them work and she did it well and I stop laughing and start crying because she deserves an Emmy for spinning this garbage into gold.

BEST ACTOR


Michael Park, As the World Turns

Tony Geary, General Hospital

Ricky Paull Goldin, Guiding Light

Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless

Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless

Christian LeBlanc is always good, but I don't remember him having much to do this year other than hate the Abbotts and support his demented mother. I am not familiar with Michael Park and Ricky Paull Goldin, and Tony Geary is always good and was brilliant when Laura returned, but as far as I am concerned, the entire situation can be summed up thusly:

I LOVE HIM. I mean, what other actor could make you be all, "Remember when Jack tricked his senile father into changing his will to screw over his father's wife? That was so awesome. The disenfranchisement of the elderly is so great. JACK 4EVAH!"?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


Lesli Kay, The Bold and the Beautiful

Genie Francis, General Hospital

Rebecca Herbst, General Hospital

Gina Tognoni, Guiding Light

Renee Elise Goldsberry, One Life to Live
Heather Tom, One Life to Live

Eeeee! Genie! Eeeee! I'm not usually a fan of the "Sorry you didn't win in [Insert Year Here], looking back, you totally should have, so take this now. Better late than never, right" awards, but I will totally be okay with Genie winning. The fact that she doesn't have an Emmy for her work when Lucky "died" is nothing short of appalling. Love her. She needs to be back on the show right this second.

I also love Becky Herbst, and Liz, and I'm really happy that she had such a great year, in terms of screentime and now this. I think Kimberly McCullough is probably a better actress, but this is fine, too.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Trent Dawson, As the World Turns

Rick Hearst, General Hospital

Dan Gauthier, One Life to Live

Greg Rikaart, The Young and the Restless

Kristoff St. John, The Young and the Restless

Greg Rikaart? For what? Annoying the hell out of me for 52 weeks? Whatevah. It's all about Rick Hearst, as far as I am concerned. He's always awesome, and it's almost like he's playing two totally different characters: the loving, concerned father (and husband: remember at the beginning of the year when he promised to do whatever it took to find Alexis's daughter with her?) and the evil, demonic beast who sleeps with stepdaughters and berates cancer patients. I'd like to think I'm above making a Ric Lansing/Dick Lansing joke, but...I'm not.

BEST YOUNGER ACTOR


Van Hansis, As The World Turns

Jesse Soffer, As The World Turns

Tom Pelphrey, Guiding Light

James Stevenson, Passions [?!?!?!--ed.]

Bryton McClure, The Young and the Restless

That's a whole lot of whatever. Yeah, Bryton McClure was good when Devon was deaf for an hour, but I don't know much about anybody else.

BEST YOUNGER ACTRESS


Leven Rambin, All My Children

Jennifer Landon, As The World Turns

Alexandra Chando, As The World Turns

Julie Berman, General Hospital

Stephanie Gatschet, Guiding Light

It's really Julie Berman's award to lose, and deservedly so. She's amazing, and was spectacular during the abortion storyline and Laura's return and her misguided crush on Dillon. Leven Rambin is great, too, but I am vehemently anti-Emmy when it comes to anything related to Jonathan Lavery marrying an autistic girl and the silly Internet predator story. I wish Rachel Melvin had been nominated, because she turned Chelsea on Days around in a huge way. Maybe next year?

The show itself is about a million years away (June 15th! That's far too long a wait) but, rest assured, we will be here for them. We wouldn't miss it for the world.

- Promising Ingénue

Comments

I'm equally horrified that Nancy Lee Grahn was denied a nom, but you have to look on the bright side when it comes to that category --

Laura Wright didn't get a nomination for her imitation of a howler monkey!! Yay!!

As for the rest of it, yeah, what you said.

(I thought I saw that the awards were on June 14.)

I am also mad that Nancy Lee Grahn was denied and Guza was nominated. However, the leftover schadenfreude makes up for it.

All I could think when I heard Laura Wright was denied was, "Why the long face?" Yes, I've punched my ticket to hell.

And Steve Burton getting shut out? Sweet on three fronts. An acting range of blink/nod/look constipated should not be rewarded. Burton's denial was part of a shutout of Frons/Guza's pets. And, if the rumors of Maurice Benard and Steve Burton alternating years for submitting for best actor are true, it kept Benard from getting any sympathy votes for his execrable acting in his precious (and ultimately wretched) bipolar storyline.

I am also mad that Nancy Lee Grahn was denied and Guza was nominated. However, the leftover schadenfreude makes up for it.

All I could think when I heard Laura Wright was denied was, "Why the long face?" Yes, I've punched my ticket to hell.

And Steve Burton getting shut out? Sweet on three fronts. An acting range of blink/nod/look constipated should not be rewarded. Burton's denial was part of a shutout of Frons/Guza's pets. And, if the rumors of Maurice Benard and Steve Burton alternating years for submitting for best actor are true, it kept Benard from getting any sympathy votes for his execrable acting in his precious (and ultimately wretched) bipolar storyline.

Yes, my jaw was on the floor when NLG didn't get nominated - that's just bizarre.

I agree that lead actor should be all about Peter Bergman, though I have no issue with Tony Geary's nomination.

And Julie Berman should be a given, but you never do know with these things.

As for GH not getting a best drama nomination: about bloody time.

In other words, unsurprisingly I agree with your whole post.

I was shocked and ticked that NLG wasn't nominated as well. They put her character through hell and like you said, she did amazing work with what she was given.

I just started watching Y&R a few months back and even I see how awesome Peter B. is. He deserves to win, but I love Tony Geary and I wouldn't be upset if he did either.
I'm thrilled that Becky, Genie, JMB, and Rick Hearst were nominated. I love them all!

Just one more thing. Do the people that decide on the nominations even watch the shows?? I know they are just supposed to look at 2 tapes given to them or whatever, but still. OLTL is sooooo boring and has been for awhile IMO.

While I love Rick Hearst, I am slightly heartbroken over Jason Thompson not being nominated. I thought he had a great year, and I truly believe he had the best year ever of a first year actor.

While I am thrilled that GH didn't get the nomination, I am also sad. I am thinking that they probably put in tapes where the entire cast was around or many of the vets were in attendance. I really feel like JFP is going to blame any and all people not related to the mob for this.

I am heartbroken about Nancy not getting the nom. I honestly don't even know who to root for in that category. I really really thought that Nancy was the one to beat!

I am thrilled that Steve Burton was not nominated - neither was Laura Wright! I know they both have millions of fans or whatnot, but I really can not stand the crazy amount of airtime that they get.

I am really happy for both Becky and Genie for getting the nom. I think Genie should get it, for the payback as well. However, while i do think that Becky had an amazing year (as a whole) - I can't think of two episodes that she could possibly submit. Hmm...

There is no one for Younger Actor. However a Passions cast member got a nomination. Wow. Not going to lie. I am pretty shocked.

Julie is the one to beat for younger actress. If she actually doesn't win (and she needs to go to Tony for episode ranking tips), I could see Jennier Landon - last years winner - walking away with it.

I had to stop reading and say you win my heart for the PB pic. Love the Bergman, miss the Swoosh, love the Bergman!

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