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Now it's time to take a look at the nominees for Outstanding Daytime Drama, a category as notable for its omissions (no Y&R? Boo! No GH? Ha!) as its nominees.
Soap Central has a look at the episodes submitted by All My Children, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days Of Our Lives that stood out to voters as the year's best:
All My Children
A series of tornadoes steamrolls through Pine Valley, leaving devastation and death in their wake. The storm collapses Zach and Kendall's beach house, leaving Kendall missing among the rubble and a pregnant Bianca fighting for her and her baby's lives. Elsewhere, Babe and her son, Little A, are trapped under a beam and Babe must make a life-and-death decision.
The Bold and the Beautiful
Due to the fact that it is a 30-minute show, The Bold and the Beautiful submits two episodes. These episodes revolve around Storm's decision to take his own life so that his heart may be donated to his sister, Katie. The reel is topped off with a dramatic flashback of black-and-white home movie-style memories of the Logan kids. In another room Brooke, Donna and others hear the sound of a gunshot. When they rush to see what happened, they learn that Storm has taken his own life
Days Of Our Lives
A plane carrying several Salem residents loses fuel and plummets towards the ground. Steven Johnson and John Black struggle to find a way to regain control of the plane. In the rear of the plan, Shawn Brady refuses oxygen so that the others will be spared. The plane eventually crashes and loved ones await word on the fate of those aboard the plane.
We don't watch B&B, and AMC is horrendous, so by default and with much regret given its overall boringness, we're both all about Days Of Our Lives this year. What say you, Serial Drama readers?
The Emmy ceremony is tomorrow night and our coverage will be a bit different this year. Becca is currently visiting family on the West Coast (CONVENIENT, isn't it, that she is in California at the precise time that Jason Thompson and James Scott will be in formalwear in a known location?). For some reason, the Daytime Emmys aren't considered important enough to air live on both coasts, (it's like they don't consider a ceremony that has called General Hospital Outstanding Daytime Drama in the past and often has the production values of a third grade play relevant or something!), so we won't be able to do our traditional tag-team liveblog. We'll allow you a moment to mourn.
We WILL however, have a Emmy roundup post after the show has aired in both time zones bringing you the handful of highlights and myriad lowlights that the show is sure to provide us. To satisfy your real time snarking needs, we will be having two open threads, for both the Emmy red carpet pre-show, which starts at 7, and the show itself, at 8, so you can all discuss the show to your heart's content, and we will both be joining as well. Three cheers for maddening, cheesy awards shows!
We finish our look at the acting awards with the insanely talented women nominated in the Lead Actress category. This year, the category is filled with powerhouse actresses and can be renamed "Awesome Women Doing Awesome Stuff, Awesomely" and we don't envy voters the task of choosing between them.
(Coverage of the other categories can be found here, here, here, here and here in case you missed the clips earlier!)
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, The Young and the Restless)
Our Take: The Emmy voters love themselves some dual roles (and we love ourselves some soapy flashbacks) and Jeanne Cooper, in her infinite wisdom and fierceness, knows this all too well, choosing to submit Katherine and Marge. In a word we've already overused in this post: awesome. Cooper won her first ever Emmy last year and has a really good chance of following that win up with another Emmy. If she does win, we hope she gives us another kickass acceptance speech in a less garishly colored caftan than she did last year...
It's time to look at the Outstanding Lead Actor category, which has the highest potential to be the most controversial of the night*. We are (okay, it would probably be more honest to say "Mallory is") still smarting over this category's complete lack of Peter Bergman and Darnell Williams, so we'll probably be unhappy with the results no matter who wins.
*By "most controversial" we mean "most likely to have us screaming obscenities at another hammy, over-the-top clip earning an award"
Daniel Cosgrove (Billy, Guiding Light)
After the jump, the rest of these accomplished actors and their submitted scenes, and the big vote.
It's time to look at the Supporting Actresses, a category filled with four actresses we know and love (no disrespect to Bree Williamson; we just don't know her, but we're sure the OLTL viewers will have lots to say).
Tamara Braun (ex-Ava, Days Of Our Lives)
Our Take: Back before she headed to Pine Valley and assaulted AMC viewers with the character of Reese, Tamara Braun was pretty much note perfect as the crazy Ava on Days of Our Lives. Her psychotic breakdown, and moments of genuine pain and heartbreak, make this a pretty fabulous, entertaining reel. Plus, the gallery of "What fresh hell?" facial expressions on Bo, Hope, Steve and Kayla is enlessly enjoyable.
You know the drill: after the jump, watch the other actresses, vote, and then immediately change your mind because you can't choose which deserving actress deserves it most.
"Let's pretend to be Emmy voters for the week" continues, this time with a look at the gentlemen up for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, General Hospital)
Our Take: Well...this at least is a light and humorous clip that the Emmy voters might enjoy after sifting through the more dramatic reels. It's just...okay, we can't even pretend that we'd give this a second thought, because it highlights exactly what we can't stand about Spinelli--the babbling, the nicknames and the inability to read social cues. For all of our bitching about Spinelli, we readily admit that Bradford Anderson is a very talented actor. It's just a shame that he didn't choose to showcase that fact for the Emmy voters.
The other four actors, and your chance to vote, after the jump!
Today, we take a look at the lovely ladies nominated in the Outstanding Younger Actress category, a category that has rebounded quite nicely from last year's "OMGWTF?" group of nominees.
Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, General Hospital)
Our Take: The "Lulu kills Logan and then goes on the run" story was terrible, yes, but JMB did get the chance to play devastated, hysterical and scared and she hit all of the right notes. Her scenes with "Laura" in Shadybrooke were fantastic and truth be told, we're still disappointed that she didn't win in 2007, so we wouldn't be opposed to giving her a makeup Emmy (although her submission more than stands on its own).
After the jump, the rest of the reels and a chance to vote for the most deserving, and the most likely to win the big prize.
To kick off our look at this year's Emmy nominees, we're starting with the Outstanding Younger Actor category, a category that, every year, causes us consternation because we can never get a real handle on the age restriction (it's supposed to be 25, right? But Cornelius Smith Jr. was born in 1982, which means he was 26 last year. Or can you submit scenes from just before your 26th birthday? Why is this so confusing?).
After the jump are scenes from each actor's submitted episode for you to watch (or, if you're going to realistically play the role of an Emmy voter, blatantly ignore) and then a chance to vote for who you think deserves to win, and who you think will win.
*Special thanks go out to the good folks at Soap Opera Network who have painstakingly compiled descriptions of the submitted episodes and YouTube links to the clips.
Blake Berris (ex-Nick, Days Of Our Lives)
Our Take: We really miss Blake Berris and having Nick on the Days canvas. While this reel featured a whole lot of Molly Burnett, which is never a good thing for us, it also featured a ton of different emotions that Berris nailed handily.
The Daytime Emmy Awards are finally just around the corner! Thanks to a prolonged game of "Not it!" played by the major networks when it came time to decide who would air the show, the show wasn't broadcast in its normal May/June slot, and has instead found itself on the CW, in August, on a Sunday. Next Sunday, August 30th, at 8 PM to be precise! Check back here for more details about our coverage of the show.
We are, as always, excited. "Why," you may ask, "Do you so look forward to an awards show with terrible production values and whose decisions are almost always maddening?" For many reasons, dear readers, for many reasons:
If your favorite actor wins an Emmy, you can smugly pat yourself on the back and say that you knew he/she was the best in daytime.
If your favorite actor loses an Emmy, you can rant and rave, and discuss the intelligence of the Emmy voters with disdain.
Forced banter between the presenters!
Hot people in formal wear.
The possibility--nay, probability--that at least five people will wear something so ugly that it will either burn your corneas or amuse you for days.
The Daytime Emmys have it all!
To celebrate, we will once again be posting supplemental Emmys content this week, including Emmy reels, predictions, and polls, leading up to the big show, hosted by Vanessa Williams (!!!) and featuring the following presenters (list courtesy of Beth R.):
Kristin Alderson (One Life to Live) * Bradford Anderson (General Hospital) * Tyra Banks (The Tyra Banks Show) * Brandon Buddy (One Life to Live) * Patrick Duffy (The Bold and the Beautiful) * Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children) * Colin Eggelsfield (Melrose Place) * Jennie Garth (90210) * Anthony Geary (General Hospital) * Van Hansis (As the World Turns) * Elizabeth Hendrickson (The Young and the Restless) * Bindi Irwin (Bindi the Jungle Girl ) * Jay Kenneth Johnson (Days of Our Lives) * Katherine Kelly Lang (The Bold and the Beautiful) * Lori Loughlin (90210) * Susan Lucci (All My Children) * Gilles Marini (Dancing with the Stars, Brothers & Sisters) * Kyle Massey (That's So Raven) * Chris Massey (Zoey 101) * Cameron Mathison (All My Children) * Daytime Emmy Nominee Dr. Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) * Robin McGraw * Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless) * Ronn Moss (The Bold & the Beautiful) *Robert Newman (Guiding Light) * Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) * Rachael Ray (The Rachael Ray Show) * James Scott (Days of Our Lives) * Jake Silbermann (As The World Turns) * Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Dr. Travis Stork (The Doctors) * Alex Trebek (Jeopardy) *Montel Williams * Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light)
Oh yeah, and also, BETTY MOTHEREFFING WHITE!!! How can you not be excited about that?!?!
One of my dog’s favorite toys is a cow, which instead of the traditional squeaker has a little box that makes a loud “moooo!” when you squeeze it. He has had this toy for years, yet every time it makes that noise, he does the classic head-half-turn, doggie “WTF?” expression that every dog lover knows. Then he gets super excited and does the dog equivalent of laughing – thumps his front paws up and down until I throw the toy for him. I love it. I routinely squeeze that toy just to see that reaction. And it never fails! Year after year, the moo cow puzzles and delights. "Moooo!" ::doggie confusion then glee::
I think, as is always the case when I wander like this, it’s obvious where I’m going: The Daytime Emmys are my moo cow toy. No matter how many times I experience them, the bizarreness is new and exciting. And ultimately they bring me much joy (usually from making fun of what people wear on the red carpet).
But then, I remembered that Best Drama Series is based on only one or two episodes submitted and is frequently actually “Drama Series That Does Not Suck as Much Either as it Used to or as the Other Shows Do,” I have decided I am fine with this nomination. Particularly if the submitted episodes were the ones surrounding Grandpa Brady's death. Does anyone know if they were? And regardless, what are your thoughts about this presumably-unexpected-by-everyone-who-actually-watches-this-show nomination?