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Mimi sizes up the Daytime Emmy Nominations

March 24, 2006 |  8:41 am


Never mind all of those divas on TV soap operas. Behind the screen, where real power is wielded, Mimi Torchin reigns as one of the queens of daytime TV journalists. The former editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Weekly is still a columnist for that publication plus, on the web, at What does she think of the Daytime Emmy nominations? We asked her media majesty.

Mimi says, "It's a pretty interesting race in every category, though I thought there were some of the worst nomination oversights in years! How did 'One Life's' John Paul Lavoisier not get nominated (I don't know if he fits agewise into younger actor or supporting)? He stole every scene he was in, plays comedy with equal aplomb as drama (not something most soap actors can do) and, as Randy Jackson would say, just "brought it" every time he was on screen. Also, 'Y&R's' Sharon Case and Josh Morrow broke my heart on a regular basis last year pre, during and post Cassie's (their on-screen daughter) death. But sometimes a snub one year pays off the next, which I think will be the case with lead actress nominee Beth Ehlers. She had the year of her career in the previous Emmy year and didn't get a nod. This year she's the frontrunner because, though voting is supposedly done on only two hours' work, I think the press has made it clear she was robbed last year. Finally (aren't you glad you asked?), I think the supporting actress and younger actor will be the hardest categories to judge. I haven't watched the submissions yet so I don't know what scenes they picked, but I would be hard-pressed off the top of my head to choose between 'Y&R's' Tracey Bregman, who had a specatcular year and 'GL's' Gina Tognoni, who was also just sensational. Dinah is now my favorite character on that show. As for younger actor, though I'd go for 'Y&R's' Michael Grazadei, last year's winner (David Lago) was my last choice and so out of left field that without having yet reviewed the submissions I don't even want to hazard a guess as to who will win. Whoever it is, I wonder if he'll do a Chris Walken imitation in his acceptance speech in lieu of thanking anyone, too!"

The Daytime Emmys will be telecast live by ABC at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on April 28.

Photo: Mimi Torchin is one of daytime TV's top experts who'll pipe soon with her predictions at The Envelope.