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May 11, 2011

Emmy Season Is Here!

In just a little over a month, we will be (possibly) cheering the Emmy voters for bestowing awards on worthy winners, (probably) cursing the same Emmy voters for their steadfast disinterest in, you know, acting, (definitely) angrily sitting through upwards of ten musical numbers and (certainly) marveling at Ronn Moss's formal scarf.

Yes, the Daytime Emmys and the accompanying Serial Drama Live Blogging Extravaganza are just around the corner!  The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (I accidentally typed "and Scientific", I think because I have Jesse St. James on the brain. Why is Jonathan Groff not on television every week?) got the party started by announcing the nominees which were, as ever, a mixed bag.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

ALL MY CHILDREN
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
GENERAL HOSPITAL
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS

Alicia Minshew, ALL MY CHILDREN
Debbi Morgan, ALL MY CHILDREN
Colleen Zenk, AS THE WORLD TURNS
Susan Flannery, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Laura Wright, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Michelle Stafford, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR

Ricky Paull Goldin, ALL MY CHILDREN
Michael Park, AS THE WORLD TURNS
James Scott, DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Maurice Benard, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Christian LeBlanc, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Melissa Claire Egan, ALL MY CHILDREN
Julie Pinson, AS THE WORLD TURNS
Heather Tom, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Nancy Lee Grahn, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Bree Williamson, ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Tricia Cast, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jonathan Jackson, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Jason Thompson, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Brian Kerwin, ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Doug Davidson, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Billy Miller, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS

Brittany Allen, ALL MY CHILDREN
Lexi Ainsworth, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Emily O'Brien, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR

Scott Clifton, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Chandler Massey, DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Chad Duell, GENERAL HOSPITAL

Um.

  • What can you say about the cluster that is the race for Outstanding Daytime Drama, besides "May the Emmy votes be with you, The Bold and the Beautiful" and also "What the FUCK?"? I was going to just copy and paste rants I've ranted in previous years about the wholly undeserved use of the word Outstanding in conjunction with All My Children and General Hospital (the year may be different, but most of my complaints are still the same, because change has not visited Port Charles and Pine Valley in years, unless we're talking change in quality, which has happened. In a downward matter) but then I realized that would STILL be exerting more effort than the Emmy voters put into this exercise.
  • In an utterly shocking move, my pick for Best Actress of 2010 actually got a nomination! That never happens! My fingers are so, so crossed for the lovely Alicia Minshew, who just owned every scene she was in.
  • Also, three cheers for Laura Wright, Nancy Lee Grahn, Jason Thompson (although I wish Kimberly McCullough had been nominated, too, because they both did such stellar work during the Lisa fallout), Chad Duell, Lexi Ainsworth, James Scott, Melissa Claire Egan, Doug Davidson, Billy Miller and Tricia Cast. When it's typed out like that, I have to admit that the majority of the nominees are totally deserving.
  • Uh, then there are the question marks. Like...now, it will be "Emmy-nominated actress Brittany Allen". What and how and also why?   
  • If you were nominated in the same category as Jonathan Jackson and knew that 1.) he is a complete and utter lock for Supporting Actor and 2.) you'd have to sit through a half dozen Wayne Brady songs and a heartfelt tribute to Alex Trebek, would you bother showing up?

What do you think, Serial Drama readers? I know there were some big snubs and head-scratchers; I'm still peeved at the Drama Series nominations and when I'm less doped up on allergy medication, I will be able to discuss it more eloquently (does it count as eloquent if there are expletives in every sentence?)Rant in the comments!

Comments

All I have to say is PREACH about Jonathan Groff. Damn boy is fine.

agreed about Jonathan Groff !! His rendition of rolling in the deep, someone please pick me off the floor!

I feel pissed off that OLTL was basically shut out. What. The. FUCK? is that bullshit all about? Why is my show the red-headed stepchild of soap operas when it just happens to be one of the best??? How in the HELL did Jerry verDorn AND Robert S. Woods get snubbed? Why, Daytime Emmys? WHY!!!

I don't watch awards shows, because I'm still haunted by Gwyneth Paltrow winning the Best Actress Oscar over Cate Blanchett (Shakespeare in Love vs. Elizabeth? STILL can't get over how a hack who shook her head like a Parkinson's patient because she didn't know how to ACT beat out an incredible talent who gave a consummate performance.), but this just chaps my ass.

Doped up on allergy medicine here too! Still present of mind to know that I agreed with many of the nominations, actually more so than last year's (didn't even bother to watch the show.) I am so happy to see Laura Wright got her first Emmy nomination. She has consistently given exemplary performances in her 20-year daytime career. Unfortunately, I do not think last year was strong enough and I think the race is between Debbi Morgan and Susan Flannery. I am really rooting for DM as she was powerhouse last year.

My head just shakes at the omissions of Robin Strasser, Jerry Ver Dorn, Finn Wittrock and Kim Matula. Even further disappointed at the actors who did not even get pre-noms, like, Michael Muhney, Melody Scott Thomas, Eric Braeden, Florencia Lozano and Kimberly McCullough. WTF?

Not sure what Ricky Paull Goldin, Doug Davidson, Michelle Stafford, Cristian LeBlanc, Brittany Allen or Brian Kerwin did to deserve nominations. MS, CLB and BK really just fill spaces based on name recognition.

Here's the rest of my rant:

Last year was my least favorite year featuring Bree Williamson since she joined OLTL. The "Jessica is a Teen" s/l was beyond bad. Speaking of OLTL, I am not mad at the fact that the show received so few noms. The show is good now but was awful last year. Besides the Jessica s/l, the Dani/Starr stuff was horrible, Eli Clarke s/l still makes no sense to me. Expansion and focus on the Ford/Salinger clan. AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL.

I read that OLTL submitted the Prom musical episodes for Best Show consideration. If so, I understand its omission.

I agree that AMC has no place on the ballot as Best Show or Best Writing. It was so awful last year.

GH, on the other hand, was pretty spectacular last year with Sonny shooting Dante and Michael's prison sentencing. Those were great episodes and both give Maurice Benard a real shot for winning the Lead Actor Emmy (IMO, it's between him and Michael Park.)

I hate that OLTL was snubbed. IMO, it was consistently the best ABC soap and yet it was the only one to not get a nomination for outstanding drama series? And it didn't get a writing nomination either? Also I think Kassie de Paiva and Jerry Van Dorn were snubbed.

I thought GH had a strong first half of 2010 with Sonny shooting Dante and Kristina's abuse story, but it really went downhill after that and I can't believe the show got a nomination out of one of those god-awful Franco episodes.

I'm thrilled that Tricia Cast and Nancy Lee Grahn got nominations. I'm also happy for Jason Thompson but it makes it all the more puzzling that Kimberly McCullough didn't even get a pre-nom for the same material and I think she did just as good work (if not a little better). It would have made more sense for her to get the other GH pre-nom in her category that Julie Berman who is a good actress but barely had any material last year.

I am hoping beyond hope that Chad Duell does not win. If he does, I fear he'll get even more airtime than he does now and not only is Michael a terrible character in an even worse pairing, but Chad's acting is going downhill fast.

If Alicia Minshew loses, I will lose my crap and go all stabby on some inanimate object. Do you hear me Emmy voters? I will go STABBY.

Go Lish!

The category I still do not understand is the 'younger' category. I think Bree Williamson and Jonathan Jackson were nominated in that category last year and are about the same age as some of the others nominated, but they now are nominated in the 'not young' category of Supporting Actor (and based on this year, JJ will be pre-nom'd to lead actor next year). Does that mean you are no longer young and can't go back. I always thought it was a chance to spotlight young talent (ie teens, early twenties) - but it seems to be a catch all for the actors that can't compete against the 'legends' in the other categories. People like Eddie Alderson on OLTL are who I think of as young actors, not these late twenties/early thirties actors....

And i'm bummed about OLTL, but not surprised. Some good work, but some god-awful storytelling this year. If there was a category that rewarded shoving unliked/un-needed characters down your throats, OLTL would win in a landslide with the Ford family...

Im with those who are PO'd about the complete and utter LACK OF NOMINATIONS FOR OLTL :/ What the what!? I regretfully admit i have been a sporadic viewer the past year b/c of work and commitments after work but i still catch my beloved soap as much as possible...and continuity and storytelling overall, it is one of the best soaps...I'm not necessarily PO'ed b/c it was snubbed this year...I'm PO'ed b/c it gets snubbed just about every year i can remember! And this is pretty much the last year (or will they include it in next years emmy?) they even have a shot b/c the jack...in the boxes over at ABC have decided to kill one of the greatest longest running soaps! OK I'm done now someone get me a valium lol

Not surprised that OLTL didn't get as many nom's as it should have. Why would they want to award a show that dares to use more than just the same 3 people in every storyline?

Anyway, are the Daytime Emmy's going to be televised this year? After watching last years Las Vegas commercial, I almost hope they are not!

Seriously, how in the name of all that is good did Ricky Paull Goldin get a nom for Lead Actor?!?! How can I go about getting an award for a half-assed job performance while clearly showing a complete lack of interest in said job? Oh, and if Bree Williamson wins I will stab my f****** eyes out.

Here's hoping the deserving (such as Nancy Lee Grahn, Alisha Minshew, Brian Kerwin, Colleen Zenk, Melissa Claire Egan to name a few) finally get some love from the Emmys.

(And how were Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser and Jerry verDorn not nominated? Does not compute!)

I'm baffled about James Scott getting nominated. If the category was for Overused Actor it would be him since he's on way too much and his eye blinking drives me insane. He's just terrible and I can't stand the character. I think he hypnotized whoever nominated him with his ever blinking eyes. Galen Gering should have been the one nominated instead of this guy. Maybe they just like the British accent.

I am glad that Melissa got nominated since I loved Annie. I just wish she hadn't left.I'm also glad that Alicia got nominated too.

I'm not even sure if I want to watch. I would usually record it and fast forward through all the parts I didn't want to see which means it was about five minutes or less to watch.

I don't even know why they bothered to put any other man in the supporting actor catergory. They are giving it to JJ. That much I am certain.

Maurice Benard????? Really?!?!

Apparently Robin Strasser's name was on the first press release as a nominee. Later, her name mysteriously vanished. That's a pretty rude mistake to make in regard to someone of her caliber and experience.

I've always been confused by how a show not (thankfully) nominated for writing gets a nod for best show. Then, I read soapbaby's post about Sonny shooting Dante, so if that was submitted, I can see how they got a nod for that.

Thank God for small favors, though. I did not want to get all ragey at the thought of GH winning for writing.

As for Brittany Allen, I wonder if she submitted the courtroom epi where Marissa blasts David for faking his death, b/c other than that, I didn't even know she was there.

It could've been worse, though. Yvonne Zima could've been nominated based on account that she likes to POP!

Kimberly McCullough should have be nominated. That is all.

I'm so happy for Colleen Zenk. I don't recall his name but the actor who played Reid Oliver was slighted.

Dr. Reid Oliver was played by Eric Sheffer Stevens and he was amazing and deserved a nomination. I wish Van Hansis would have submitted himself for pre-nom consideration because he really deserves an Emmy as Luke on ATWT. I was late to the party of "Lure" but I caught up on YouTube and it was pretty amazing and clearly the best thing on ATWT and perhaps daytime in a long time.

I am happy for Colleen Zenk's nomination but I don't think she will win given the work of other nominated actresses.

realbrenda4evr: So on point about Yvonne Zima! if she had been nominated I would have smashed my computer to pieces!

Brabara: James Scott is a fine actor and had a few really good scenes last year. It would be nice if Galen Gering got a nom next year. He made a terrible storyline nearly watchable.

Yay for Jason Thompson, but boo for Kimberly McCullough's absence.

So, All My Children is considered for Outstanding Drama Series, but is cancelled? Right?

Congrats to Brian Kerwin. Before I quit OLTL, he was one of the actors I truly enjoyed watching.

I'm shocked ... and thrilled that Jason Thompson FINALLY gets some recognition. It's about damn time.

Then I see that he's in the same category as Jonathan Jackson. And even though I love JJ, I actually think Jason Thompson did some pretty amazing work as well. But in my mind the voters will always choose JJ over another GH actor. I keep thinking that JJ should be in the lead category and then I remember that only Maurice, Steve or Tony get that category. And so it is Maurice's year. But I'm sorry, I can NEVER NEVER NEVER accept that he is nominated for Outstanding anything, unless it is Outstanding at forgetting your lines, or stumbling over simple words or failure as an actor - those I would happily nominated him for every year. I lost my faith in all Hollywood-type awards years ago. That is why Kimberly's lack of nomination does not surprise me, even though she deserves it.

But, whatever. Congratulations to Jason Thompson! and Jonathan Jackson! and Nancy Lee Grahn! and Laura Wright! and Lexi Ainsworth! and Chad Duell! So much talent in the cast with a few exceptions. So little talent in writing and production.

I'm just impressed Days received any acting nominations. I'm also impressed Days was mentioned here, albeit in an indirect fashion. :) I do wish someone still covered Days on here... I loved it when it was.

With regards to DAYS, I wish Molly Burnett (Melanie), Shelley Hening (Stephanie), John Aniston (Victor) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) would have gotten much-deserved Emmy nominations.

Is Bob Guza scratching his head over Steve Burton not getting a nod? He's saying to himself, "Man, I put him in EVERY damn scene and when he's not in a scene, someone is inevitably talking about him!!"

Isn't Julie Marie Berman usually nominated?

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