It's The Start of Emmy Season!
Yes, my darling readers, Emmy nominations are here, meaning that it's the official start of Emmy season, meaning that on a random Sunday night in August, Becca and I will be watching the CW (!) and doing our third annual Serial Drama Live Blogging Extravaganza, excitedly discussing our favorites winning awards that, over the course of the years, have lost most, if not all of their credibility and/or angrily denouncing the Emmy voters who stubbornly refuse to award our favorites or, worse, award General Hospital instead. Yes, excitedly discussing elusive good things and angrily denouncing the rest of soaps is what we do on the regular, but during the Emmys, the stars are wearing pretty and/or crazy gowns(and, in Ronn Moss's case, formal scarves!), which makes it totally different. And awesome. If this isn't the most wonderful time of the year, I don't know what is!
Those lucky ("lucky"?) enough to be nominated for the big awards at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards already are listed below:
OUSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
All My Children
Days of Our Lives
The Bold and the Beautiful
OUSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
Debbi Morgan - All My Children
Maura West - As the World Turns
Susan Flannery - The Bold and the Beautiful
Susan Haskell - One Life to Live
Jeanne Cooper - The Young and the Restless
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Thorsten Kaye - All My Children
Peter Reckell - Days of Our Lives
Anthony Geary - General Hospital
Daniel Cosgrove - Guiding Light
Christian LeBlanc - The Young and the Restless
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Claire Egan - All My Children
Alicia Mishew - All My Children
Julie Pinson - As the World Turns
Tamara Braun - Days of Our Lives
Bree Williamson - One Life to Live
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Vincent Irrizary - All My Children
Jacob Young - All My Children
Van Hansis - As the World Turns
Bradford Anderson - General Hospital
Jeff Branson - Guiding Light
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
Meredith Hagner - As the World Turns
Rachel Melvin - Days of Our Lives
Kirsten Storms - General Hospital
Julie Berman - General Hospital
Emily O'Brien - The Young and the Restless
OUSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
Cornelius Smith Jr. - All My Children
Darin Brookes - Days of Our Lives
Blake Berris - Days of Our Lives
EJ Bonilla - Guiding Light
Bryton McClure - The Young and the Restless
Naturally, there are many thoughts to be had. Many thoughts, including "Double you tee eff?" and "HAHA, GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS IGNORED, HAHA" after the jump...
(Reminder: although we know a bit more about the rest of the soap world followingthe great soap experiment of 2009, we are obviously more familiar with AMC, Days, GH, Y&R and their casts. For all of you readers who watch ATWT, B&B, GL and OLTL, please share your thoughts on their Emmy noms, or lack thereof in the comments!)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
I had four immediate reactions to this category: "HAHA, GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS IGNORED, HAHA!", "All My Children...was outstanding in the good way?...really?" and "Did they just say Days of Our Lives?!" "Uh...where's The Young and the Restless?" All of those thoughts were verbalized out loud, which made me feel more than a little crazy, but such is life.
I've grown sadly accustomed to General Hospital being rewarded for taking offensiveness and stupidity to a new level, so I anticipated having to write a long rant about how I hate the world and how could any sane, rational Emmy voter give GH a chance to be called the best soap on the air. I had even started to think of hilarious quips insulting the intelligence and integrity of said Emmy voters. But I didn't have to do that! Because the Emmy voters were rightly like, "Are you fuckers for real? You lecture your viewers on violence, you put a child in a coma to punish him, you realized that you never figured out who brutally killed Georgie and Emily, so you brought Diego back from the dead and tried to pretend he was the culprit all along, you tried to pass off a character having sex WITH A GHOST as the greatest love of all, you turned daytime's first HIV+ pregnancy into a joke about blog wars and visitation rights to a uterus, you nauseated viewers with Sonny and Carly's limo sex, you made us all hate Lulu/Johnny/people on the run, you killed off Logan and then brought him back as a hilarious ghost which was entertaining for all the wrong reasons, you ruined the character of Scott some more, again, you have Sonny ANOTHER KID, you made Sonny EVEN MORE ANNOYING, you shot Kate twice and then pretty much dumped her for her lame cousin and Claudia, Nadine existed and you blinded the audience MULTIPLE TIMES with the ugliest coat of all time, and those complaints are just off the top of our heads. You suck at life and we'd rather gouge our eyes out with a spork than give you any chance in hell of stealing the Emmy from a more deserving show."
This AND American Idol voters finally kicking Danny Gokey to the curb? The universe has given me the best early birthday presents ever!
However, the Emmy voters basically canceled out their moment of awesomeness with the other choices they made.
All My Children was outstanding this year exactly two times: Angie and Jesse's wedding, and the tribute to Myrtle. And also when Ryan maybe wore a thong and when Babe died, but those were outstanding completely by accident. The rest of the year was a terrible mix of Ryan worship, character assassination both figurative (Kendall, Zach, Bianca) and literal (Julia, Richie). Plus, they unleashed Reese upon an an innocent, unsuspecting audience and had the...thing with Zach and Bianca. And they are being referred to as "Outstanding"? WHAT? How can you say "No way in hell am I giving GH a chance to win this thing, but you know what really deserves it? All My Children!" They are both awful and, with Pratt at the helm, AMC is becoming more GH-y as the days go by, what with the violence and the hatred of the audience and the inability to write a story that makes one freaking iota of sense. It is TERRIBLE. Half of my AMC entries are written in a rage-filled hysteria and now it has a shot to win an admittedly worthless award? I CALL SHENANIGANS. Now Charles Pratt and Julie Hanan Carruthers can go about hating and mocking their audience because they have been rewarded for churning out five hours of DRECK on a weekly basis. I am terrified about what is going to happen now.
It's nice to see Days of Our Livesget recognition after being ignored by the Emmys for pretty much decades, but...maybe I am not the best person to comment on this since I have been literally bored to tears by this show to the point where I often choose watching Law & Order episodes from, like, 1996 that I have seen a dozen times already rather than Days. Booooooring. And now I am afraid that other soaps will see this and say, "This show got recognized by the Emmys after they fired almost all of their veteran characters! Ca-ching!" Chilling, isn't it?
And where the hell is The Young and the Restless?! Much of its brilliance didn't kick in until late last year, and I admit that the beginning of the year was iffy in terms of quality, what with the taint of Lynn Marie Latham, and I even kind of understand not wanting to award them anything for a year that gave us Victor and Sabrina's romance. But...snubbing Y&R, which has been soapy, entertaining and actually good, to the point where I name it in my top five favorite TV shows alongside The Office and 30 Rock, and giving a nod to AMC? WHAT? What is happening to the world?!
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
The only complaints I have about this category are (1) really, how did Melody Thomas Scott not even get a pre-nom? Why is there no justice in the world? and (2) I wish Laura Wright had gotten a nod. She was fantastic all year, especially in the Michael story and being charming and sweet with Ingo Rademacher, even if the Carly/Jax pairing hurts my head. She has managed to do the unthinkable, and make me love Carly again, for the first time since, like, 1998. If that's not Emmy-worthy, I don't know what is.
However, the rest of the nominees are great. Well, I am not familiar with Maura West or Susan Haskell's work, but from what I have heard, they are both great actresses (is this true, ATWT and OLTL watchers?). Jeanne Cooper is endlessly amazing and had a ton of great material to work with last year, and Susan Flannery, from what I saw during my time watching B&B, is completely awesome (and probably the best actor in that cast). And Debbi Morgan has been one of AMC's lone bright spots all year. You all know how I feel about the Hubbards, so I am completely thrilled with her nomination.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Is it just me, or is a certain dreamy powerhouse actor missing from this list?! Come ON, Emmy voters! How can you ignore Peter Bergman and nominate Christian LeBlanc who, yes, is awesome but had literally one big episode last year (the It's a Wonderful Life homage) and has pretty much turned into a supporting character? HOW?! Now instead of spending the Emmy aftermath bitter that he lost, I will be spending the entire ceremony upset that he wasn't even given a chance to lose! Expect many bitter comments during the telecast about the Emmys' blatant hatred of dreaminess!
Do you think they even watch Tony Geary's Emmy reel, or do they just nominate him automatically for working, like, nine weeks out of the year? It's the latter, isn't it?
I'm really happy for Peter Reckell, Thorsten Kaye and Daniel Cosgrove, though. I really liked Billy during my time watching Guiding Light, and I LOVED him on Dirty Sexy Money. Peter Reckell's nod is surprising, but not as WTF-y as Thao Penghlis's last year. And Thorsten Kaye deserves SOMETHING for acting out Zach's horrific character arc without projectile vomiting all over the AMC set.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
I think that my adoration of Alicia Minshew is blatantly obvious to anyone with a passing familiarity of Serial Drama, buuuuut....supporting actress? The woman is the most over-worked person in all of soapdom! How is Kendall a supporting role? Any recognition for her is richly deserved, I think, but this is probably not the right category for her. THRILLED about Melissa Claire Egan, who went from bland and boring to absolutely amazing this year. Annie has been so much fun to watch, and MCE has been stellar.
Julie Pinson is always fantastic and, although I know nothing of her role on ATWT, I am excited for her that she got nominated after being wasted at Daysfor so many years. Although my myriad screeds about Reese may lead you to believe otherwise, I do actually like Tamara Braun a lot, so I'm glad that she got nominated for her other, non-heinous soap role of last year. I feel like this category is seriously lacking Crystal Chappell who is amazing as Olivia on Guiding Light.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
I am terrified that Bradford Anderson's nomination will be positive reinforcement for Spinelli speak. I will say that when he's given the opportunity to act like a human being, Bradford Anderson always does well. It's just the other 95% of the time that I can't stand him, and I am worried that GH will see this Emmy nom and go crazy with it. "Less believable emotion and more insane babble, Bradford! Come on!"
Vincent Irizarry's nom is a bit confusing, but that may be my David irritation talking. I have no complaints about Jacob Young or Jeff Branson's nominations. Jeff Branson, from what I saw on GL, totally deserves it. He really seems to thrive in a role that the writers actually write well for. Imagine that!
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
Finally, order is restored to the universe after the WTF? On Paradethat was this category last year. I am a hypocrite, because I am fine with Kirsten Storms and Julie Marie Berman being given makeup nominations this year, when Maxie and Lulu were both, um, kind of (I'm trying to be polite) annoying. They were both robbed of nominations last year in an epic way, so I am okay with this. I know that is wrong, but since I admit that it is wrong, does it make it a little less wrong? Maybe? Rachel Melvin and Emily O'Brien are also seriously talented and fun to watch. Way to rebound, Outstanding Younger Actress Category!
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
Is it just that there are no younger actors? Is that why this category is always so strange? Jesus, Bryton McClure will just get nominated for showing up to work, won't he? Cornelius Smith Jr. has a hilarious name and is not bad on AMC, just...boring. Blake Berris was fantastic on Days, so I'm glad to see him get nominated.
SO. What say you, Serial Drama readers? Are you revelling in GH's snub? Are you afraid of what will happen if AMC is named Outstanding Daytime Drama? Was your favorite nominated or, like me, are you teary about their snub and angrily pretending to threaten an Emmy boycott? Comment away!