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Daytime Emmys in Las Vegas: 'Shameful' or 'an improvement'?

June 28, 2010 | 11:03 am

Maura West Michael Parks Daytime Emmy Awards Emmys We won't know the ratings for Sunday's CBS airing of the Daytime Emmys till Monday afternoon. However, many of our forum posters watched, and their comments on the kudocast number almost 600 so far. Many of these were slams against the show for being a two-hour plug for Las Vegas rather than a celebration of the best of daytime TV. 

While they thought the tribute to TV legend Dick Clark was heartfelt, many of our posters found it out of place at these kudos. Including this musical serenade as well as several Vegas stage acts left little time in the telecast for a salute to daytime drama "As the World Turns," which is leaving the airwaves after 53 years.

" 'The Lion King' performance was longer than 'ATWT's' tribute," fumed our poster BamaEd. "Plus the cast didn't get to go on stage? SHAMEFUL!"

Our forum posters follow the Daytime Emmy Awards with devotion. Many of them took part in our viewing panels, which watched the same episodes submitted by the nominees to the Emmy judges. Each had their individual favorites, but as a group they were dismayed with Drew Tyler Bell taking younger actor for his work on "The Bold & the Beautiful." A sampling of their comments is below, with many more to found in this thread devoted to the show. Click on the page numbers at top right and bottom to read the full discussion.

YoungRestlessOne: Horrible opening. They could've cut the 10 minutes we had to endure that boob Philbin blathering on like a nincompoop and showed us actual clips for the nominees!!! When will these people learn? My bad. They won't. This is why daytime TV is going down the crapper fast.

DS0816: Is this about Las Vegas … or the Daytime Emmys?

George Balanchine: They're doing the American Bandstand tribute. Hope it's over quick. The has been OFF the air for how many years??????

MarkPGH: Here's my philosophy on why this show is turning into a mini-concert. I guess the producers feel this is the only way to get people to watch.

742: The producers of shows like these never understand how easily their viewers can smell desperation. The philosophy of an award show should be, "If you build it, they will come." Maybe [make] the Daytime Emmy Awards about the Daytime Emmys, and the people who care about the Daytime Emmys will show up. If you fill it with all this irrelevant crap, you'll lose the Daytime Emmy fans without gaining anybody new. But I'll admit it was very moving to see them cut to Dick Clark crying at the end of his tribute.

RB: I am speechless over tonight's show. In a bad way. The telecast has almost completely disregarded the daytime drama industry and we are already in 40 minutes. Does anyone remember the thread back in the spring where we talked about what we wanted in the Daytime Emmy Awards? Well, this is the antithesis of that. This is completely disrespectful to the daytime actors and staff who have worked so hard during the past year. This telecast is targeted at people who do not watch daytime, and are not watching this show anyway. No clips for the nominated actors = shameful. I usually don't get worked up over things like this, but I used to really enjoy this as an annual event. This is just depressing.

DLD: I hate the zero clips its insulting to their slight moment in the sun. give me a break a 30 sec clip per nominee adds less then 10 min to show total.

Davidfur: And the way to honor the industry is to SHOW CLIPS of the performers and the shows!

BTN: finally bb wins writing!!!

Alamkay: Wow. They did even less for ATWT than they did for GL. Didn't think that was possible. What a slap in the face to the show and the fans. Shameful.

east/west: A horrible show. Three words sums it up fine.

boidiva02: Well i think there were a few flaws in tonight's show i think it's still a big improvement over last years horror show. Yes, i agree clips needed to be shown but if they weren't shown i was okay with them using the vegas talent to introduce the nominees. That felt organic to me and it worked.

Photo: Maura West and Michael Parks at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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