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April 30, 2008

And Emmy Season Officially Begins!

There are few things in life that Becca and I enjoy more than the Daytime Emmys, as readers may remember from our 2007 Serial Drama Daytime Emmys Live Blogging Extravaganza. It's a win-win situation for us, you know? If our favorites are nominated, we get to feel the exciting validation of "Yes! A strange body of voters who are prone to terrible mistakes agree that our favorite person to be named in the prehistoric prenom process should have a one in five chance of being called the year's best! Wooo!" and if they get snubbed, we can get our moral outrage on, all "How dare they not recognize the brilliance of [Insert Snubbed Actor Here]?! As God is my witness, I will never care about shoddily produced awards shows again!"

So between the potential for celebration AND criticism, we're on cloud nine and then if you throw in glorious or fugly fashion AND supermodels being upstaged by Muppets, it's pretty clear that this is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Um...to sum these nominations up, I only have this to say: ...???...?!?!...???...

(and also: SUCK IT, BRIAN FRONS!)

(But mostly ...???...?!?!...???...)

Outstanding Younger Actor

Van Hansis (Luke, As the World Turns)
Jesse Lee Soffer (ex-Will, As The World Turns)
Darin Brooks (Max, Days of Our Lives)
Tom Pelphrey (ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light)
Bryton McClure (Devon, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Younger Actress

Jennifer Landon (ex-Gwen, As The World Turns)
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea, Days of Our Lives)
Vail Bloom (Heather, The Young and the Restless)
Emily O'Brien (Jana, The Young and the Restless)
Tammin Sursok (Colleen, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Trent Dawson (Henry, As the World Turns)
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, Guiding Light)
Brian Kerwin (Charlie, One Life to Live)
Kristoff St. John (Neil, The Young and the Restless)
Greg Rikaart (Kevin, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Kelley Hensley (Emily, As The World Turns)
Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Judi Evens (ex-Adrienne, Days of Our Lives)
Gina Tognoni (Dinah, Guiding Light)
Tracey Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Lead Actor

David Canary (Adam/Stuart, All My Children)
Thaao Penghlis (Tony/ex-Andre, Days of Our Lives)
Anthony Geary (Luke, General Hospital)
Peter Bergman (Jack, The Young and the Restless)
Christian Leblanc  (Michael, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Lead Actress

Maura West (Carly, As The World Turns)
Crystal Chappell (Olivia, Guiding Light)
Nicole Forester (Cassie, Guiding Light)
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless)
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, The Young and the Restless)

Outstanding Daytime Drama

General Hospital
Guiding Light
One Life to Live
The Young and the Restless

Thoughts about the nominees, after the jump! And remember--we don't watch some of the soaps nominated, so I'll only comment on the ones I know. Please feel free to share your thoughts about the nominations for As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Guiding Light, One Life to Live and Passions in the comments.

Outstanding Younger Actor

I actually like Darin Brooks as Max. He's charming enough to make a good portion of the audience ignore the family ties between Max and Stephanie and, to be honest, it's nice just to see Days get some love from the people doling out nominations. I'm still a little bitter that Kristian Alfonso didn't get nominated last year. Not that I hold a grudge or anything...

But Bryton McClure? When was the last time Devon had a real storyline? As it stands now, he pops by every once in a while to recap the action going on in Lily's life. And he seems bored as hell when he's doing that, although I might just be projecting because I am bored as hell watching it.

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Outstanding Younger Actress

That category is...just...it's like a bunch of random letters thrown together and, coincidentally, they just happen to form the names of women eligible for nominations in this category. Because, sorry, but no. Kirsten Storms (and Julie Marie Berman, but mostly Kirsten Storms, because what they've done to Lulu's character has had a big impact on Julie Marie Berman's performance) gets snubbed in favor of ADA Barbie? And Tammin "Suresucks" Sursok? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD?

Seriously, though, I don't get it. I actually don't have a problem with Emily O'Brien's nomination, because I think she's funny and manages to make an utterly horrible character and storyline seem sort of okay, but the other two are mind boggling. Vail Bloom is suuuuper pretty, but I could never buy her as the ADA and her facial expressions never changed, no matter what the situation. And with Tammin in the role, Colleen became an eighth grader looking whiner with NO storyline who SOUNDED Australian, despite living in Wisconsin and being brought up in New York City. Double you tee eff?

(And ouch, how much does it suck to be Christel Khalil right now, by the way? Three of her castmates, two of them massively untalented, get nominated and she gets...nothing.)

I'm glad for Rachel Melvin, because I feel like she's become a really great actress since she was once one of our most loathed characters, but I wish Kirsten Storms had gotten a nomination alongside her. Maxie's pretty much the best character on GH right now and the fact that she went from being so awful to so awesome has a lot to do with Kirsten Storms. She's so charming! And funny! And heartbreaking! Damn the man.

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Outstanding Supporting Actor

It seems like Kristoff St. John and Greg Rikaart will get nominated for just showing up to work. I can sort of see why Greg Rikaart got nominated, but Kristoff St. John? Really? I'll quote myself regarding Neil: When you can barely muster something other than a monotone when you ask about your wife's death and when your most memorable piece of dialogue is about coffee pot etiquete, there is a problem.

But I guess that coffee pot story really hit a nerve with the Emmy voters...

NOTE: I know nothing about the role Daniel Cosgrove plays on Guding Light, or how he plays it, but I am rooting for him to win because of how awesome he was on Dirty Sexy Money. So, so awesome.

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Outstanding Supporting Actress

I found this category to be almost as shocking as Younger Actress. I love Tracey E. Bregman, and I'm always happy to see her get nominated, but I am flabbergasted that Judith Chapman didn't get nominated. I mean, I hate Gloria and the way that Judith Chapman plays the role, but I was convinced that she'd get a nomination. I actually figured that she was going to win, because that's how anything Gloria related rolls. I don't know why, I just assumed that the Emmy voters would be part of Y&R's "LOVE HER! LOVE HER, DAMN IT" train. This is why it's good to be pessimistic, because when things occasionally don't suck, you wind up even happier than you would be if you were a normal person.

Judi Evans getting nominated is slightly surreal. I mean...really? Is she even the best supporting actress on Days? Better than Mary Beth Evans? O...kay. Not that she's not good, and I totally enjoyed her scenes with Stephen Nichols, but it's just...weird.

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Outstanding Lead Actor

I have almost no issues at all with this category, actually. David Canary rules at life, Anthony Geary will get an Emmy nomination for anything he does, Christian LeBlanc is reliably great and Peter Bergman is amazing in every single way. I am most excited about Thaao Penghlis because he was responsible for the GREATEST MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF DAYTIME TELEVISION, AND PERHAPS ALL VISUAL MEDIA and an Emmy nomination is the least the world could give him. I was holding out for a Nobel prize, but beggars can't be choosers.

I do, and please don't, like, stone me for this or anything, kind of wish that Thorsten Kaye had gotten nominated instead of Tony Geary. Not that Tony Geary isn't great, and not that Luke isn't an important part of GH, but...did he really do anything this year? Besides have a very, very hammy heart attack? I know Thaao Penghlis can bring the cheese like no other, but Luke's heart attack was so very cheesy. Although it's entirely possible that Thorsten Kaye didn't get nominated because of his part in the tragedies known as "The Satin Stalker" and "Greenlee and Zach Trapped Underground". He's always good, but maybe he was tainted by the awfulness of the stories he was in? 

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Outstanding Lead Actress

I am a sucker for Michelle Stafford, even when Phyllis is annoying the hell out of me (which is often). And I think Jeanne Cooper just gets nominated because she's Jeanne Cooper, which is fine with me (note: I am not just saying that because the woman could beat me up), but it's kind of bullshit that Melody Thomas Scott didn't get nominated. She was the only person who, like, acted during the Nikki/Victor breakup, she was part of what made the Senate race bearable and she was phenomenal during Victoria's coma. I'm so disappointed on her behalf!

I'm also mildly surprised that Laura Wright didn't get a nomination (and the woman who replaced her on Guiding Light did!), but I'm not, like, outraged about it. I am contemplating going on a hunger strike to protest MTS's snub, though. Does getting Starbucks violate the terms of a hunger strike? Perhaps I'll strike in another way...like refusing to see the new Ashton Kutcher/Cameron Diaz movie. How will that stick it to the haters? I don't know, but it will, damn it. I need to take a stand somehow.

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Outstanding Daytime Drama

According to Mirriam-Webster, synonyms for "outstanding" include exceptional, magnificent, extraordinary and remarkable.

When I think of those words, I do not think of a show so boring and repetitive that it made me fall asleep on multiple occasions, whose boringness was only broken up by terrible stories about porn, an ill-advised recast, a long and mostly pointless prison storyline, a long and mostly pointless political storyline, a poorly written device to write off a core character, appalling hairstyles, a cheesy story about psychopaths with plastic surgery, bad photoshop, a disaster story so wretched that even Bob Guza laughed at it and the continued employment of daytime's only robot cast member.

But that show seems downright brilliant compared to General Hospital, which I have come to conclude is not meant to be entertainment but, rather, serves merely as a vehicle for the powers-that-be to give the finger to their actors, their audience, people who have heard of General Hospital, people who work at hospitals and the person who invented the television. Because the fact that this EFFING SHOW was rewarded with a chance to be called Outstanding Daytime Drama in a year that brought us the firing of Stuart Damon and his subsequent humiliation via tracksuits, the intelligence insulting reveal that James Craig is Jerry Jacks, two ridiculous trials that showed us exactly how little the writers care about logic or the real world, ongoing blatant disrespect of Genie Francis, the rape of a character being played as him breaking his marriage vows in a hilarious way, the out of nowhere obsession Robin had with having a child, the violent murder of Emily Quartermaine, Emily's happy ghost, obvious rewrites of stories that weren't good to start with, the violent murder of Georgie Jones, a shitty spinoff and Steve Burton's hair, amongst other atrocities, is so unspeakably wrong that I don't even know how to process it.

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How do you feel about the nominations? Did your favorite get a nod, or were they in the snub pile? What do you think about ABC's near shut out in the acting categories?

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Yes, Kade, nuCassie got a nomination. Now we'll NEVER be rid of that bitch, and even worse, Ellen Wheeler will think we all want to see more of Josh and Cassie. I, myself, would rather crawl through fire in a gasoline soaked G-string.

I know she may have eleventy Emmys, but I was surprised Slezak was overlooked, too.

I disagree with many previous posters: This is NOT what GH deserved. The acting on that show is just about the only thing keeping me around. GH totally deserved to be shut out of writing and outstanding daytime drama categories. Guza, Frons, and that woman who's name I can't remember deserve to be shunned, they are the people who eff up my show. But they ARE the people being nominated. I'm giving that a giant WTF???

Anyway, I would have liked to see KS and some people other than Charlie (really, of the whole OLTL cast, Charlie?) nominated.

At the very least, I think anyone who reads that list knows there's something very smelly about it, so it's not like these nominations mean anything.

PS Was Judi Evans nominated over, say, Mary Beth Evans because MBE is a lead actress?

Yea, you gotta love that the big three (SonnyCarlyJason) weren't nominated.

I think if the daytime community wanted to punish ABC Daytime, they should have gone after their shows and not their actors. Hell, GH's actors are usually the only thing keeping that show from falling into the great big pile of sucktitude it belongs in.

Tyler Christopher should have gotten a nomination, period. His work during Emily's death scenes were exemplary, and he earned it all over Tony Geary. I agree with Tania, what did TG actually do this year besides channel Redd Foxx during his heart attack nonsense? And don't get me wrong, I flove Peter Bergman and Christian LeBlanc, but it seems they'd get a nomination even if all they did was come on every couple of months and order coffee.

Kirsten Storms was totally robbed. When I heard the name Vail Bloom this morning, I honestly had no idea who she was. Then I put face to name a second ago, and...what, what, what????? I've seen day-old chicken show more emotion.

GH got a nomination for writing??? I...uhm...you...they...what...effin'...

I got nothing.

I think Becky H from GH was robbed - she should have won last year when they gave it to G.F. for her few weeks of showing up. She should have been nominated this year. Becky brings it every week...that is what the supporting actresses do.

Also..think Ric H. should have been nominated as well. He is a solid perfomer.

Go OLTL! They deserve outstanding drama!

I was disappointed that OLTL didn't get more acting noms, but to be honest it's a collaborative effort. There's a lot of balance and I think the show's success truly is a team effort. That being said, Robin Strasser should get a lead actress nod just for being awesome and glamorous everyday.

Seriously, just cancel soaps now. Because it obvious that no one in the industry cares anymore. Writing and Best Show nods for GH? Have they WATCHED the show at all?

I can't agree with the posters above (Beth and Anon) about ABC. I say they deserve what they get. If ABC is not interested in playing the game to get noms the way CBS does tells me they don't care enough. In fact rumor is half their actors did not even vote because they think the whole process on their shows for prenoms are too political. So if the actors should not be punished why are their collegues not taking the time to vote for them. Maybe because Frons only wants his people nomd and they are all sick of it. Or maybe they are voicing their protest to the crappiness of the show this way. I hope this is the wakeup call ABC needs to finally get rid of the morons.

CBS on the other hand with PB and CC are awesome and their shows go up and down but always stay true to form and characters. I commend them for caring enough to get their actors rallied to do what they do. I think they have a lot of pride and caring in their daytime lineup and it shows.

"But that show seems downright brilliant compared to General Hospital, which I have come to conclude is not meant to be entertainment but, rather, serves merely as a vehicle for the powers-that-be to give the finger to their actors, their audience, people who have heard of General Hospital, people who work at hospitals and the person who invented the television."

That just makes me laugh so much and expresses my thoughts exactly.

I am an ATWT fan. I pretty much watch all the rest, but I was a tad bit upset that my show didn't at least get a nom for Show or Writing. Granted, it hasn't been the best.. but dang.

GH? Why????? Shouldn't they have been nominated in some new category that is titled Best Show To Kill Off It's Cast? Ugh.

Congrats to Thaao Penghlis! If anyone doesn't think Thaao can act, go watch Andre the Clown on youtube then watch him today as Tony. Two totally different characters played very well. BTW, I did hear that he wanted to submit Clowndre.

I love Judi, but yeah she didn't deserve a nom this year.

Rachel does good work. Good for her.

Darin, wtf? What the hell did he do last year? He's the most worthless character on the show.

Katherine Kelly Lang got robbed. I hate Brooke mostly because she's deciding which man is her twu wuv. When they give her serious stuff, she hits it out of the park like the Storm suicide scenes from this week.

Just to clear things up. Maurice Benard didn't even submit his name for the pre-noms.
TG should just submit a ham sandwich with extra cheese for his reel next year.

I am glad LW wasn't nominated along with Burton.

The fact that Kirsten Storms, catlin Van Zandt, Alex Chando, Michael Park, and Tyler C were snubbed is... .... .... umm... there are no words!

Howeever, Go Tracey E. Bregman!

I think the Emmy people have it totally backwards. GH is a train wreck of a show with horrific writing, but it has great actors. I think the GH acting snub has a lot to do with the horrible storylines and writing. And probably the only reason the show was nominated was because it was being judged solely on the MC hostage crisis, which was pretty much the only thing all year worth watching.

Emily I think you are right.....I'm pretty positive GH would have submitted the Metro Court stuff for the show, writing, editing and directing categories....it fits with the types of shows they normally submit for those (ie....PC Hotel fire, Train wreck) Big sweeps stunts. However when you have to submit reels of the actors' best work..well I was long trying to figure out how Steve and Becky were going to find two episodes where they weren't having the same freaking conversation in both of them.

You forgot one MORE thing that GH fucked up. They made you, a mere 7 months after his impassioned, UNDENIABLY HOTLY, "Take me instead! Take me instead!" and "Please, God, let her live!" lines re: Robin outside the MC, revoke Patrick Drake's, and therefore Jason Thompson's, "hotly", b/c of his unforgivable douchitude (FAVE NEW WORD!!) towards the same woman who's life he was begging for. That takes some tremendous powers of suck to pull that off. Oh, and I agree that Kirsten Storms got robbed. As did Kimberly McCullough, Sebastian Roche (hate his character-love him-starting to be a trend on this effin' show), Becky Herbst (who, actually, is getting back to her talent level at the time of Liz's rape-too bad it had to happen while she was worshipping at the altar of the hit man's dick, Tyler Christopher (I know he's a ham alot of the time, but he even made my cold-hearted ass cry during Emily's death scene), and Nancy Lee Grahn. Cheated out of pre-noms? Greg Vaughn and Jason Thompson. This year's noms are BULLSHIT. And I love TG-but this was NOT his year. Just. Not.

Aren't the Younger Actor/Actress categories kind of a joke, anyway? I don't follow the Daytime Emmys very closely, but I figure the categories that made Emmy winners out of Jacob Young (back when he sucked as Lucky Spencer, not now that he's decent-to-good as JR Chandler) and Natalia Livingston lost all credibility a while ago.

I'm bummed about Thorsten Kaye, Alicia Minshew, and Kirsten Storms. Heaven knows those three are the only reasons I occasionally check in on the shitty shows they're a part of.

That's quite a stretch having GH nominated as best drama. Ugggghhhh! And the lack of acting nominees only serves to emphasize that the usually great actors on this show have NOTHING to work with! Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call that GH needs an overhaul! (ie: RIP Guza)

Since this isn't based on a years body of work (unfortuntely) GH did deserve the Drama series nod because they submitted the hostage crisis episodes that were very good. The show was great during the first 2 months of last year then went to hell in a hand basket shortely after. Now if they based it on a whole years body of work then NO most defintely not but then no one would honestly.

Alicia Minshew didn't submit herself in the right category. She was not supporting last year and should not of ever put herself there. Someone a couple comments up said something about the Younger Categories and Natalia Livingston, she won Supporting Actress not younger actress.

Kirsten Storm got robbed BIG TIME! I mean to say these nominations are a joke is an understatement.
I love TG but really he didnt act much this year so WTF is that?
GH.. I love my GH but the show has SUCKED this year.. up until this Michael story.. so why are the writers up for a nomination but the actors who had to play their cr*ppy stories get nothing? I'm not even watching the emmys.. really who will care unless u watch CBS..

My head hurts with the nominations. I seems that no matter what the fans think - as long as dumbass, I mean Guza, gets the nods, GH is going to continue down the spiral staircase to hell.

Please pass the aspirin and the whiskey.

The Daytime Emmys lost much of their credibility with me back in 2005 when this happened:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series-
Crystal Chappell
Robin Christopher
Jeanne Cooper
Ilene Kristen
Natalia Livingston
Heather Tom

All those actresses except one are truly excellent and deserving of an Emmy. All but one of them were veteran soap actresses. And who was the winner? Natalia Livington. Dear gods. Since then I consider the Emmys to be about as valid an award as the Soap Opera Awards back when they still aired on television. Hell, the SOD awards made more sense most of the time anyway.

OT: You should watch and review OLTL, the first soap I ever watched. And apparently my last soap, as well. While it's fun reading reviews about shows I only keep up with through..., well, through your reviews, it would be more fun to read your thoughts on the show I actually still watch. I'm selfish like that. And don't you want to see what will happen when soap legend Andrea Evans returns to the role that made her famous? Will OLTL screw it up as badly as GH ruins the returns of its famous and beloved characters? It's hard to imagine that they could, but with Frons still in charge of ABC daytime, anything could happen.

What the hell does Darin Brooks have on Corday--and apparently all those in charge of Emmy nominations--that he gets so much screen time and now a damn Emmy nod? He's a competent actor and and I guess he's attractive enough if you like the type, but the more I see him the more I just don't get it. But I guess it's better than Dee Hall getting nominated.

I'm thrilled that Rachel got nominated...she's the best young actress this show has had in...maybe ever.

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