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May 12, 2010

And Daytime Emmy Season Kicks Off!

It's here! The time of year we've all* been waiting for**: Daytime Emmy nomination day!

*By "we" I mean "soap bloggers"

*By "waiting for", I mean "thinking about warily, if we think about it at all, because it's hard to get genuinely excited about a show televised on the CW [Edit--actually on CBS! Thanks for the correction, Jennifer!] with a budget of $64 that rarely, if ever, awards the gold statuette to the most deserving nominee. And also, what is the deal with the musical numbers?"

I watched Bree Williamson and that doctor from The Doctors announce a few of the nominees on The Early Show this morning, because...well, because I was up and bored, and it's already rainy and dreary, so what could make the morning worse? The answer to that question is Bobby Flay, folks. Bobby Flay and his smug face make things worse. Luckily, I didn't have to see him speak, but he smiled obnoxiously about, like, goat milk, and now I am even crabbier than I was when I woke up! Um, back to the nominees, though:

Outstanding Daytime Drama

All My Children

The Bold & The Beautiful

General Hospital

The Young & The Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress

Sarah Brown, General Hospital

Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light

Bobbie Eakes, All My Children

Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless

Maura West, As The World Turns

Outstanding Lead Actor

Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless

Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless

Jon Lindstrom, As the World Turns

Michael Park, As The World Turns

James Scott, Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Beth Chamberlin, Guiding Light

Julie Pinson, As the World Turns

Carolyn Hennesy, General Hospital

Arianne Zucker, Days of Our Lives

Bree Williamson, One Life to Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless

Bradford Anderson, General Hospital

Jonathan Jackson, General Hospital

Ricky Paull Goldin, All My Children

Brian Kerwin, One Life to Live

Outstanding Younger Actress

Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless

Marnie Schulenburg, As the World Turns

Molly Burnett, Days of Our Lives

Shelley Hennig, Days of Our Lives

Julie Berman, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Actor

Drew Tyler Bell, The Bold and the Beautiful

Drew Garrett, General Hospital

Dylan Patton, Days of Our Lives

Scott Clifton, One Life to Live

Zack Conroy, Guiding Light

That's...a lot to take in.

For starters, let's look at the slow motion trainwreck that is the Outstanding Daytime Dramacategory: AMC, GH AND Y&R? I know that soaps as a whole are in a bad place right now, a bad place marked by awful writing, illogical plots and offensiveness, but way to pick what I have to assume are the three least deserving soaps, because 2009 on Y&R had such horrifying things as Victor continuing to do no wrong, and the death of Colleen Carlton and far too much Jana/Kevin/Daniel/Amber for anyone's liking, including those of the actors who play Jana, Kevin, Daniel and Amber.

Last year on AMC was the year of Bianca and Reese, and Erica and Ryan, and Stuart's murder by Adam, and trying to make Randi happen, and we're going to reward them with the chance to be called the best in daytime? And GH's 2009 brought us Rebecca, the world's worst PPD story, Sonny and Claudia and their unholy union of glurg, and the murder mystery of the Player Mayor's mistress that I literally forgot about until this very second, and Ethan, and Franco's story, which was awesome in all the wrong ways and, oh, right a teenager killing someone and the point that I'm trying to make is that there were, at most, five genuinely entertaining moments on GH this year amidst the metric ton of crap, and I can only hope that they are nominated just to cruelly make Jill Farren Phelps think that she won and, as she goes on-stage to accept her award, one of those musical numbers begins with a chorus line descending on stage, singing a song about something along the lines of "As if! Get your grubby, hack hands off of the award that we're going to give to The Bold and the Beautiful for the second year in a row, which is a scary sentence to sing, but it's slim pickings here".

There is a name conspicuously missing from the Outstanding Lead Actor nominees, isn't there? Where on earth is David Canary?!?! His work after Stuart's murder was legen--wait for it--dary. I kept thinking that the indignity of having one of his beloved characters killed off because Charles Pratt was bored and then having it turn out that his other beloved character did the killing would at least lead to another Emmy win, but NO! I think that this calls for a melodramatic clutching of peals and a slow-motion scream of "Whyyyyyyyyy?" For tips and tricks on how to play such an over-the-top expression of horror, we can all learn from nominee Doug Davidson! I hope against hope that he submitted his breakdown over the truth about Mary Jane/Patty, because it continues to make me happy, months later. If he wins, do you think his index finger will get a special mention in his speech?!  Peter Bergman being nominated always makes me happy, especially because it means we will see him looking dreamy in a tux this summer. James Scott was the biggest surprise for me, and his was one of the categories announced on The Early Show and when they said his name, I flailed a little bit, and could almost hear Becca's giddy shriek. Sooo not expecting that!

Over in Outstanding Lead Actress, you have the women who are guaranteed a nomination every year (Michelle Stafford and Maura West), an actress who is reliably awesome on any soap (Crystal Chappell), an actress who got saddled with a poorly written mess of a character that I can only describe as WTFWTFWTFFFFFF(Sarah Brown) and an actress who plays a character that manages to be both useless and offensive on every level (Bobbie Eakes). Interesting.

Since I don't watch most of the soaps the Outstanding Supporting Actress nominees come from, I can only say that I am...surprised by Carolyn Hennesy's nomination. It's not that I don't enjoy Diane. I do, in small doses! And luckily, that's all we get of her, because she is a very, very supporting character. I wish that Rebecca Herbst had gotten the nod. I am happy about Arianne Zucker, though--she's more than a little awesome.

My fourteen-year-old self is squealing over Outstanding Supporting Actor and Jonathan Jackson's nomination in particular. I have been completely upfront about finding him to be the bee's knees, so this nomination would have delighted me even if he didn't give a series of amazing performances following his return to the show. Luckily, he did, though, so the nomination is both awesome AND deserved. Bradford Anderson is a good actor under the layers of annoyingness and Spinelli speak, so I am not going to quibble with his nomination (unless he wins, and then we should all be prepared for an anti-Spinelli rant) and I adore Billy Miller. And then there is Ricky Paull Goldin, and I can only say...buh? Buh and can you believe he and Bobbie Eakes are nominated from AMC and David Canary is NOT? What is HAPPENING to the world?

Outstanding Younger Actress is almost nearly perfect: I'm not at all surprised that Lily's cancer storyline garnered Christel Khalil a nod, and I love Julie Berman and Shelley Hennig. Molly Burnett, though, is...um...well, in the interest of full disclosure, I fast-forward and/or mute all of the scenes in which she appears, so maybe I missed her award-worthy acting.

Does anyone else really want Drew Garrett to win Outstanding Younger Actor, not just because he is hugely deserving of it (seriously, he made me like Michael Corinthos, who is horrible on every level. He's that talented!) but also because it would be interesting to see how GH and ABC Daytime deal with that awkward situation. I mean, I already know that they would deal with it poorly and obnoxiously, because that's what they do, but I'd like to see just how bad they'd be.

What say you, Serial Drama readers?


I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy Drew got his nomination.He played all those layers to the fulles! I miss him soo much I really hope to see him on stage with his baby blues getting his much deserved award.Especially after the way GH/ABC has treated him and his fans. Not bad only 11 months on his first soap and most likely a shoe in for the win!I hate that GH has treated Drew like he was never even on the show and keep tryen to find ways to make us DG fans like CD. ITA bout JJ,AT,Guza. I love JJ too but didn't get why he was nominated this yr.I wish LW would have gotten it with SB.LW had alot of good material this yr especially when Claudia was killed and the aftermath of the coma.

Mallory, did you block the fact that Chuck Pratt got a nom for Best Writing from your mind? Because I was expecting an epic string of invective, and am terribly disappointed.

At least Guza didn't get nominated, though Ron Carlivati didn't, either. Really, that and the fact that OLTL didn't get a Best Drama nom is astounding. It's gone off a cliff of late, but for most of 2009 it totally deserved at least a nomination in both categories. I'm sad the Kish guys didn't get anything, but not terribly surprised.

Hmmm...I'd be interested enough to know what makes one "deserving" of an Emmy nod. I'd say if you bring it in the scene, if you're believable and moving, if you make the audience forget you're acting a part, you have DESERVED your nom!!

In that vein, I cannot tell you how many times I have watched TG and JJ in a scene and forgotten that they are NOT really father and son because TG and JJ bring it!

So, I certainly believe Jonathan's nominatiion was completely deserved and I congratulate him for a job well done! I'm beyond THRILLED that he was recognized!

I am so filled with glee that Tony Geary didn't get nominated for his" Ethan lovefest" that I can't contain my smile!

JJ did absolutely nothing in 2009 to get an Emmy nom....nothing!

OLTL needs to hire someone to help them during Emmy pre-nom time, because they always end up the losers when the show was off the hook in 2009!

Why is Julie Berman still considered a younger actress? She's 27 or something, isn't she? What's the cutoff there? If JMB is still a younger actress, shouldn't JJ still be considered a younger actor?
... Eh, I'm not in the mood to quibble. GH is my soap and I approve of everyone who got nominated from there. Carolyn Hennesy is so under-utilized by the GH writers. And I don't care if JJ was only on for two months - in those two months, he managed to completely breath new life into the character of Lucky (no, it was NOT just better writing) and in my eyes that makes him deserving.

"Does anyone else really want Drew Garrett to win Outstanding Younger Actor, not just because he is hugely deserving of it (seriously, he made me like Michael Corinthos, who is horrible on every level. He's that talented!) but also because it would be interesting to see how GH and ABC Daytime deal with that awkward situation."


Also, Maura...well-deserved, imo. Damn shame about David Canary (WTFiggityF?), making me believe ATWT may have Leading Actor in the bag. Especially with no TG (which thrills me to no end).

Glad as I am that DG got nominated, it doesn't make up for my extreme disappointment that David Canary didn't. What could the other nominees have submitted that was better than anything Canary has done this year? Or did he throw his scenes just to stick it to ABC (I suspect they put a lot of stock in awards) or maybe protest what Pratt wrote as "Emmy reel scripts".

I'd love to see Scott Clifton win if DG doesn't.

What in the hell is this Bree Williamson crap? Mellisa Archer effing carried One Life To Live on her BACK this year and, along with Mark Lawson and Kassie DePavia, the ONLY reason to watch the train wreck that is the show now, what were they THINKING?
Oh, I forgot the EMMYS, both daytime and prime time are a joke.
As Emily Leticia would say, 'Never mind!'

Luanna, I agree with every word you said, especially the part about JJ breathing new life into Lucky. He all but resurrected the character so, in my eyes, he MORE than deserved his Emmy nom!

It's not like he's a slack ass who rests on his laurels. He brings it in every scene he's in, big or small, so much that his co-stars KNOW to step up their A-game in scenes with him and that is straight from their own mouths!! He's proven that he is an amazing actor and a dedicated professional who knows his character like the back of his frickin hand!

Nom deserved. Period.

Hoping Drew wins so he can stand up on stage and make Guza and company look like idiots for firing him.

I like JJ but nothing he did last year screams emmy to me. So happy TG wasn't nominated. Let someone who actually deserves it win.

"In that vein, I cannot tell you how many times I have watched TG and JJ in a scene and forgotten that they are NOT really father and son because TG and JJ bring it!"

It's not hard for me to remember they aren't father and son, because Geary had barely concealed loathing for Lucky whenever Jackson wasn't around. So I never see a father and son with Luke and Lucky, I just see that Tony Geary only cares about working on a scene if Jonathan Jackson is involved.

All of Lucky's 2009 material I can remember involved crying and talking about how awesome Jason is. If that gets an Emmy, then I guess it's about as meanginful as anything else on GH these days.

what the heck???? where"s aly sweeney nod for the double slap heard round the world? ari zucker gets nominated but sweeney doesn't? i call horse hooey!!

The most glaring omission has to be DC, but also poor Thorsten Kaye, who it seems, is never taken seriously. I don't understand how he is always overlooked, but in my opinion is always so deserving.
ITA with your take on BE/RPG- I mean, did I watch the same soap? However, it is all a moot point for me because I no longer watch AMC & now without the two above named
omissions, I will not be watching the Emmys either. Sad commentary.

"All of Lucky's 2009 material I can remember involved crying and talking about how awesome Jason is. If that gets an Emmy, then I guess it's about as meanginful as anything else on GH these days."

Carl, it seems like your general bitterness over something is getting in the way of your objectivity. FYI, actors are SUPPOSED to emote.

Sorry you have a problem with TG. Sorry you have a problem with JJ. He still got nominated though. Oh well. Can't please them all. I'm sure when you break into television, movies or whatever part of the entertainment business you plan to set ablaze, you'll do much, much better!:)

For Days i am really happy for James Scott; hey he is the most younger performer to get nominated in this category. He totally inhabits the character of Ej Dimera (which is not easy with all the writing changes..lol) and despite all the dumbing-down of his character all last year he managed to give powerful performances during the storyline climax or fallout so kudos James !
I am also happy for Ari Zucker; they give her good material with this baby-switch storyline and she rocked it..she could win without Betty White as competitor..
BUT...WHERE IS ALI SWEENEY ???!!! Seriously she deserved this nom far far far more than Bobby Eakes ! Sweeney is a hit or a miss but when she is a hit she totally rocks ! The Grace death scenes were amazing..i am not a happy camper about this bad move from the dumbass academy..she will never get nominated whereas she can really act when she wants : UNFAIR ! After 17 years she is still not nominated (shameful..i know she is not alone..Katherine Kelli Lang, Laura Wright ect..but still..angry..grrr..).
The young categories are a big joke : except for Julie-Marie Berman and Drew Garrett and they will certainly win !

I am just in a state of shock that Thorsten Kaye was not nominated. One of the best actors I've ever come across. Yes, David Canary is also worthy, but TK?? He is just a stand out in my book.

AMC's noms are ridiculous. David Canary, Thorsten Kaye and Alisha Minshew are passed over for Bobby Eakes and James Scott? And the man who single-handedly destroyed Binx, Zen, and murdered Stuart got a writer nom? CHARLES PRATT who hates women, probably gays and any character beloved by the audience got a nomination? PLEASE!! He deserves a poop bouquet!
AMC is in the toilet. I love SL, MEK, DW, and DM. But even they can't make me watch the misery that AMC has become. The show doesn't deserve anything but a decent burial. And it makes me sad to say that.

@Beth--"Doug Davidson and his finger FTW!!!!"
LMOA!! That scene was so deliciously over-the-top. LOVED IT!!

Drew Garrett should and better win. He was awesome on every level.

And what is JJ doing there? Next year? YES! This year? NO!

GH submitted the Carnival scenes for their reel. So, I can see why they got a nod. Ti was executed very well. They have a strong chance of a win.

I'd like to know Bob Woods and Hillary Smith were not nominated for their work on OLTL this past year. They both had outstanding performances that deserved recognition.

No David Canary - which also shocked me. The writing for the story was poor from start to finish, but there were moments that were outstanding.

I watched AMC last year....there is no way that was best soap material. No way, no how.

I don't watch AMC at all, but when did Susan Lucci stop being nominated? After she won?

And we all know JJ submitted his scene where he tore into Liz and Nikolas. Come on, that was Emmy-worthy!!

I am puzzled: Katherine Kelly Lang doesn't get nominated again, but Drew Tyler Bell does? WTF?
Was he even ON the show this year???

Michellle- while I have no doubt that will be his Emmy reel for next year...as that confrontation took place in January...it was ineligible for this year's voting. He could only chose scenes from January 2009 to Decemeber 2009.

You know, not all Emmy-worthy scenes involve characters flipping out or having an emotional breakdown because somebody died, tried to kill them or broke their hearts. One of the scenes JJ was nom'd for in the past, and WON for I believe, was simply of him and TG, sitting in the lobby of GH with Lucky talking about his feelings for Nikolas after Nikolas got shot in the throat. Not the actual scene when Nikolas was shot, but the aftermath...the quiet aftermath of a confused teenage boy talking with his father.

That was Emmy worthy. JJ has turned in similar performances since his return to GH, so again, not getting this "undeserved" thing at all. He's given several Emmy worthy performances, one of which being the week BEFORE he laid down the Niz smack, though that moment continues to be his crowning glory.:)

Mallory and Becca, your site always make me either smile, laugh so hard I want to cry, or stare into space blankly when I try to figure out exactly how this show could be nominated for anything when they've been recycling story lines since 2006, if not longer.

I was really surprised the Triad of Repeated Dialogue wasn't nominated since they should just change the title of the show to the Carly, Sonny, and Jason hour.

Personally, I think (and this is in response to a later post) that Carly "sarcastically" blamed Elizabeth because of Guza's frustration that, yes, Rebecca Herbst does have a happy life outside of GH and that she had the gall to have another baby around the same time he was trying to create "the couple of all time" with Nikolas and Elizabeth.

And before you say it, I can barely tolerate Elizabeth of late; I just wish Carly would--just once--admit that maybe stealing Michael from his real father--another character sacrificed to make Jason look like the good hit man--and giving him to a mobster might not have been the best decision WITHOUT ten seconds later deciding that having sex with him is the answer to all questions. That kind of logic makes me want to become a day drinker.

As for JJ, back when he was here the first time, his name was always synonymous with Lucky Spencer. I ignored the JY years out of pure self-preservation. Then GV took over the role and for the first time we got to see Lucky as a grown-up dealing with real problems. I just wish his becoming a cop hadn't been the result of constant badgering by his con artist father and Bob Guza.

This is not to say that the first go-around JJ wasn't excellent (the rape storyline, the Valentine's Day vows...or that I didn't love the confrontation scene in 2010). However, it's easy to get an Emmy nomination when the writing for your character suddenly improves; and who really thought he wouldn't get a shout out when the fans have been waiting for him to return since the day he left?

That said, I don't expect everyone to agree with me and I'm not looking down my nose at anyone who ultimately won't. Just my opinion.

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