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Inside track: Daytime Emmy race for best drama series

June 22, 2010 | 10:19 am

In anticipation of the Daytime Emmys this weekend, our forum posters have carefully evaluated the sample episodes submitted by nominees to the judges. We created a whole new message board just for that analysis. Below: discussion from that forum over what show will win best drama series. Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier predicts "The Bold and the Beautiful" will prevail. Our poster known as BC picks "General Hospital."

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BEST DRAMA SERIES: MATTHEW "BOIDIVA02" CORMIER'S PREDIX
(Ranked by likelihood to win)
1. "The Bold and the Beautiful"
2. "The Young and the Restless"
3. "General Hospital"
4. "All My Children"

In most years, this is a race between two series: "General Hospital" (ABC) — which usually wows viewers with a specially produced stunt-laden, special-effects-driven episode — and CBS' "The Young and the Restless," which usually produces some big, heartfelt family drama featuring death and heartbreak to balance each other. This year is not like that at all. The two front-runners this year don't even include ABC's highest-rated soap opera. Instead, the nominees are CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," and ABC's recently transported-to-Los Angeles "All My Children," which scored a pretty surprising nomination over fellow ABC soap "One Life to Live." ("One Life to Live" had been critically acclaimed all year long.) Also nominated is the previously mentioned "General Hospital," which is not a factor in the race at all this year.

If I were a betting man, my money this year would be on "The Bold and the Beautiful," which last year made history by becoming a victor for the first time. It also become the first half-hour soap opera to win this award since "Ryan's Hope" won in 1979.

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Daytime Emmy nominations snub Anthony Geary and (oh, no!) poor Betty White

May 12, 2010 |  9:48 am

The soap operas leading the Daytime Emmy nominations are "General Hospital" (18) and "The Young and the Restless" (16). Also up for best drama series: "All My Children" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." "Glaring omissions," according to Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada: "One Life to Live" and "Days of Our Lives."

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Major snubs are the big story. Among stars who failed to reap bids are some past Daytime Emmy super-champs like Anthony Geary of "General Hospital," who holds the record for most victories among lead actors (six), five-time winner David Canary of "All My Children" and four-time victor Susan Flannery of "The Bold and the Beautiful." Four-time winner Ellen DeGeneres isn't nominated for best TV talk-show host, but that's because the four-time past champ withdrew her name from competition this year. DeGeneres' self-titled talk show was entered in the program race and did receive a bid.

Oh, yeah, and Susan Lucci ("All My Children") wasn't nominated either, but that's become routine in recent years. Three-time champ Christian LeBlanc ("The Young and the Restless") didn't make the cut either, but he didn't submit his name for competition.

It's shocking that Betty White wasn't nominated for one of the most prominent story lines in soaps over the last year. She portrayed the nasty mother of Stephanie (Susan Flannery) on "The Bold and the Beautiful," who ultimately died in her daughter's arms. Given her recent success hosting "Saturday Night Live," there's been a strong push for White to emcee the Daytime Emmy ceremony to be aired on June 27 by CBS. Now that seems unlikely.

However, the current crop of Daytime Emmy nominations does welcome lots of newcomers, including "The Dr. Oz Show" (best talk show) and Bonnie Hunt (talk show host).

See a full list of nominees here. Below are some sample views of our forum posters. See more here.

BC: No East Coast soaps (although "AMC" is nominated for last year, which was produced in NYC). For the first time in seven years, we'll have a new winner for lead actor … "GH" will win Series for sure.

Addie Love: Lead actress: Love all the nominations. Glad to see Cooper and Flannery left. I think Maura West will take it.

jurisdoctor07: These Emmys are random. "Wheel of Fortune" gets shut out year after year, and now it suddenly has four nominations?

Allan: Biggest disappointment: "Days of Our Lives" should be best show in a landslide and its failure to garner a series nod is disgraceful.

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'Bold and the Beautiful' cliffhanger at Daytime Emmys: What did Brad Bell say?

September 4, 2009 |  2:47 pm

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A real tragedy occurred at the end of the Daytime Emmys ceremony when finally – after 22 years on the air – "The Bold and the Beautiful" won best drama series for the first time ever and the awardcast ended before producer/writer Brad Bell could give his acceptance speech. It's especially sad since Bell is long overdue for Emmy glory, having lived a long time in the shadow of his famous father, Bill Bell, who created both "Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless." Now that Brad proved he's a worthy heir to his father's daunting legacy, he didn't get his moment in the spotlight.

But he did get to give an acceptance speech, even if it wasn't viewed nationwide on the tube. What did he say? Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada found out. Bell told him: "I thanked the cast and crew and everyone involved in the show, CBS, Barbara Bloom, Margot Wain, the writers and directors. The two leading ladies in my life: my mother and co-creator of the show Lee Phillip Bell, and my wife, Colleen. When I was thanking the writing team, I said, ‘And the writer who is with us in every scene that we write and who is with us tonight in spirit, my father Bill Bell.'"

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Bold wins at Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Bold and the Beautiful,' 'The View'

August 30, 2009 |  7:56 pm

After 22 years on the air, "The Bold and the Beautiful" finally won its first victory as best drama series when the Daytime Emmy Awards were bestowed at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. It had been nominated for the top Emmy several times, but many award gurus believed it might never win, being a half-hour program competing against one-hour rivals.

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See a list of Daytime Emmy winners here. Also check out the list of winners at the Creative Arts ceremony. Read the transcript of our live chat session here.

Another big shock at the Daytime Emmys was the victory by "The View" for best talk-show host, a category that has never been won by a multiple-host program over more than 35 years. Historically, there's a strong bias in favor of single-host programs winning in the separate category as best talk-show too, but "The View" did manage to break that jinx once — in 2003 when it tied with "The Wayne Brady Show." This year Emmy watchers were outraged that "The View" wasn't nominated for best talk show, only reaping a bid in the host race. Its stars, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters didn't bother to travel from New York to Los Angeles for the ceremony. "We're accepting it on their behalf," presenter Jennie Garth said when no one appeared at the podium to claim the statuette for best hosting. However, co-presenter and "90210" costar Lori Loughlin warned, "We're not giving it back!"

There were lots of first-time winners at the Daytime Emmys, including Tamara Braun ("Days of Our Lives") as best supporting actress and "Days" co-star Darin Brooks as best younger actor. Accepting his trophy, Brooks got bleeped by TV censors, then gushed, "Ooo, did I swear? I knew that was going to happen!" That "Days" reaped two acting honors surprised many Emmy watchers. The program is often shrugged off by the conservative TV industry at awards time because it skews to a young, hipster demographic.

First-time champ Vincent Irizarry ("All My Children") shared the laurels for best supporting actor with another rookie victor, Jeff Branson ("Guiding Light"), who acknowledged cancellation of his program, gasping, "72 years! I give this to all of us."

Another first-time champ was Julie Berman ("General Hospital"), who exclaimed as she claimed the younger-actress trophy, "Oh, my God! Oh, my God! This is so scary. I haven't shaken this much since I auditioned for this part!"

Among repeat winners was Christian LeBlanc ("Young and the Restless") as best actor. Susan Haskell ("One Life to Live") won best actress for the first time, but previously triumphed in the supporting-actress race back in 1994.

"Rachael Ray" proved that its upset victory over "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last year as best talk show (entertainment) was no fluke. After Ellen's program won the talk-show category four years in a row, Rachael's yakfest took its second consecutive victory.

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Transcript: Our chat during the Daytime Emmy Awards

August 29, 2009 |  9:42 pm

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More than 600 people joined the chat session we conducted live during the Daytime Emmy telecast on Sunday night. Check out the transcript below.

Here is our exclusive report on who won and what occurred during the ceremony. If you're curious to know who we expected to win in advance of the show, snoop through our posters' predix in these categories: best drama series, lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, younger actor, younger actress, talk show (entertainment). talk show (informative), talk show host, game show, drama writing, drama directing

See more about the Daytime Emmy in our forums, which are always buzzing with chat about all showbiz awards.

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Daytime Emmy predix: 'Bold and the Beautiful' will win best writing

August 29, 2009 |  5:02 pm

Just as our pundits pick "The Bold and the Beautiful" to win best drama series at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday night (CW network, 8 p.m. EDT/ PDT), Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier and Chris "Vivaforever" Benjamin believe it will claim the scribes' race too.

Also check out our posters' predix in these races: best drama series, lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, younger actor, younger actress, talk show (entertainment). talk show (informative), talk show host, game show, drama writing. See more Daytime Emmy predix in our forums.

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BEST DRAMA SERIES WRITING: VIVAFOREVER'S PREDIX
(Listed by likelihood of winning)
1. "The Bold and the Beautiful"
2. "General Hospital"
3. "All My Children"
4. "One Life to Live"

VIVAFOREVER'S COMMENTARY: "The Bold and the Beautiful" is the clear front-runner mainly because it's the only great submission in the bunch. The two episodes join together as a nice stand-alone event. It's pure soap opera at its heart, which makes it work. They avoided the unnatural expositional dialogue we generally get by weaving in quick flashbacks to give us an idea of what happened. The writers really covered all angles when dealing with such a personal family tragedy. This felt believable as a family that receives a devastating call and makes their way to the hospital. There were miscommunications, raw emotions and the writers showcased this by taking a "less is more" approach to the writing. There were many quiet moments without dialogue where the characters reflected in their own way. The emotional montage of Storm remembering growing up with his sisters was one of the finest uses of that device I've ever seen.

"General Hospital" is next for an episode that is enhanced by the other two nominees. Its producers chose an episode that showcased the ensemble cast and the strengths of the writing team as a whole. This episode presents a situation that will affect so many of the characters on a personal level for months, even years to come. That's what soap writing is about and why this episode worked. It's not over the top. You have a child that's hot and a mother notifying the family and getting them to the hospital. Unlike the "B&B" submission (which felt like more of a complete story), this episode left many different questions in the air. The weakest parts of this episode were the romantic scenes between Liz and Jason. They don't connect with the main story and seem tacked on for no apparent reason. Other scenes, like the romantic bantering between Alexis and Jerry Jacks, were a nice contrast to the heavy drama. Despite my enjoyment of this episode, I do wonder how it would've held up in a stronger pool of episodes.

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Poll: Who'll win the Daytime Emmy for best actress?

August 26, 2009 |  4:51 pm

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The winner this Sunday will be Susan Haskell ("One Life to Live"), according to our forum posters Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier and Michael "Emmyloser" Jenkins. Read their expanded views here. Agreeing with them is Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada, who crows, "Haskell's visceral, jaw-dropping performance is the kind of acting the Academy typically prefers to honor."

But beware: Upsets happen all the time in this race and, as Branco points out, four-time past champ Susan Flannery ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is a formidable dark horse. However, Branco insists that Jeanne Cooper ("Young and the Restless") is really the most deserving nominee. "Cooper was truly the best actress of 2008. Period," he says. "Thanks to her dual role as Kay and Marge, 20-year-old flashbacks and a date with a bottle of whiskey, La Cooper should be taking home her third Emmy Award. (She won last year and she also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.)"

Also nominated are Debbie Morgan ("All My Children") and Maura West ("As the World Turns"). West pulled off an upset victory just two years ago. What do you think of their chances now?

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Daytime Emmy predix: 'One Life to Live' star Susan Haskell will win best actress

August 26, 2009 |  1:36 pm

Most of our gurus disagree over who'll win this Sunday night at the Daytime Emmys, but Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier and Michael "Emmyloser" Jenkins concur on who'll prevail in the top diva smackdown: Susan Haskell ("One Life to Live").

Also check out our posters' predix in these races: best drama series, lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, younger actor, younger actress, talk show (entertainment). talk show (informative), talk show host, game show, drama writing, drama directing. See more Daytime Emmy predix in our forums.

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BEST ACTRESS: EMMYLOSER'S PREDIX
(Ranked by likelihood of winning)
1. Susan Haskell, "One Life to Live"
2. Debbie Morgan, "All My Children"
3. Maura West, "As the World Turns"
4. Jeanne Cooper, "The Young and the Restless"
5. Susan Flannery, "The Bold and the Beautiful"

EMMYLOSER'S COMMENTARY: Unlike last year, where the nominees largely underwhelmed with their submissions, these ladies greatly impressed in half as many episodes. This is a great race with five strong submissions, and against weaker competition I can see myself voting for any of them. This is the kind of competition the Daytime Emmys should be about in every category.

To pick a winner, though, I have to go with Susan Haskell. While I had a hard time wrestling her name away from Debbie Morgan's and Maura West's, there's an undeniable gravity to her reel, a power in her performance I can't not root for. Haskell meets the material head on, as Marty discovers the man she's fallen in love with has held her captive, kept her from her son, and orchestrated and participated in her rape years earlier. It's a horrifying realization, and Haskell, rather than deliver mere highly emotional reactions, draws out the horror and the madness of everything that's happened to her. The reel is not only riveting, it's easy to follow, and makes you long to see what comes next. The heft of this material and the strength of the performance may make this reel unstoppable.

Debbie Morgan seems likely to benefit more from the intangibles of Emmy voting than any of the other ladies, and that's why I give her the number two slot. She had year-long buzz for Angie and Jesse's reunion early last year. Her win would be most historic, as she'd be the first African American winner in this category. And while all of the ladies here have Emmys already, it's been the longest since she won hers. Of course, I don't mean to ignore her performance, which is wonderful. Most of the punch comes at the beginning and end of the reel, but the middle doesn't fall flat. After a year of buzz, though, it may leave some voters a little disappointed.

Maura West is largely underestimated in this race, maybe because she won this award two years ago with a much more in-your-face version of the scenario she submits here, Carly and Jack admitting the reasons they can't be with each other. It may be because her show's writers gave her mostly recycled story lines in 2008. West has a great charm on screen, no matter what she or her character is doing, which for the first half of the reel I thought was the saving grace. But once Carly and Jack actually start to discuss their failed and unsustainable relationship, West is fantastically moving. She makes Carly every bit the manipulator she's accused of being, but she makes you feel for her anyway. She is, as Jack says during one scene, a force of nature. If voters compare this reel to the one she submitted two years ago, she won't stand a chance against Haskell or even Morgan. Taken on its own, however, it has a real shot.

Jeanne Cooper and Susan Flannery are a couple of steps behind the others. Both give excellent performances, but neither has enough in her reel to put her in the top tier. Jeanne Cooper does a great job of giving two distinct characters in ritzy Katherine and country gal Marge, but there's nothing else in her reel that sizzles. Typically, a double role is a huge advantage, but the dual role is all that puts Cooper in the race. If these characters were being played by different actress, this reel would not be up for Emmy consideration for anyone. It's also less advantageous than it could be because Marge and Katherine are really only dealing with each other. Cooper interacts mostly with herself.

Susan Flannery, likewise, does a great job as Stephanie has to accept that the love of her life is dying. It's a nice change of pace for Flannery, who more often than not is bullying and bulldozing her way through Emmy reels. But there is just not enough of a spark here to make her a real threat to the top three.

BEST ACTRESS: BOIDIVA02'S PREDIX
(Ranked by likelihood of winning)
1. Susan Haskell, "One Life to Live"
2. Susan Flannery, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
3. Jeanne Cooper, "The Young and the Restless"
4. Debbie Morgan, "All My Children"
5. Maura West, "As the World Turns"

BOIDIVA02'S COMMENTARY: It's the battle of the Susans in this race. You have clear-cut front-runner Susan Haskell submitting a powerhouse tape in which Marty, after months of laying in bed with amnesia, finally remembers some of the truths about her life, including the fact that her former rapist is the man that has nursed her back to health and made her fall in love with him. Marty discovers Todd's many lies, including the fact that she has a son Todd never told her about. She goes through many expressions and emotions that are evident on her face and body but not overly done. Haskell's expertise as an actress is clear as she successfully moves from one emotion to the next.

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Truly bold Daytime Emmy predix: 'Bold and the Beautiful' will win best drama for the first time ever

August 11, 2009 | 11:14 am

If our pundits are correct, a breakthrough will occur at the Daytime Emmys on Aug. 30. After airing 22 years on CBS, "The Bold and the Beautiful" will finally claim its first victory as best soap. "The Bold and the Beautiful" has only been nominated for the top Daytime Emmy several times and it's never been given much hope to win in the past because of its screen-time disadvantage. It's a half-hour series competing against one-hour rivals.

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However, two gurus from our forums believe it will prevail: our moderator Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier and poster Edward "Bamaed" Applegate. They arrived at this decision based upon careful scrutiny of the same sample episodes submitted by nominees to Emmy judges. Below, their analysis, starting first with Boidiva02. Read more noodling on this race and others in our forums.

BEST DRAMA SERIES: BOIDIVA02'S PREDIX
(Ranked in likelihood of winning)
1.) "The Bold and the Beautiful" 
2.) "Days of Our Lives"
3.) "All My Children"

BOIDIVA02'S COMMENTARY: After viewing the tapes for this category, I believe that the only show worthy of a win is "The Bold and the Beautiful," which submitted two excellent episodes about the suicide of Storm Logan.

In the episodes, Katie Logan (Heather Tom) is in the hospital after being shot by her brother Storm (by accident) and needs a new heart to survive. After all possibilities have been exhausted and Katie is still without a heart, a guilt-ridden Storm takes a gun to his head and kills himself, after leaving a note expressing he wants his heart to be transplanted into his sister.  Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan is the centerpiece of these episodes. She is the one who finds Storm (her brother) following his death and is the last one to have seen him alive -- when she became angry with him, thinking he had purposely shot Katie.

The episodes use some very effective acting to make the characters come to life. A flashback sequence, which utilizes childhood home videos of him and his sisters, effectively captures Storm's anguish in making his decision to kill himself for his sister's sake. The last few moments of Storm's heart being transplanted into Katie and then finally beating are a fitting end to  an emotional hour. This is the only Emmy submission that resonates after you've watched the tapes.

"All My Children" submitted an episode in which a tornado hits Pine Valley. Although it's a good example of special effects and is done well in that regard, the overall result is boring, with too many characters  shown on screen without any powerful moments or any big effect. It could have been a masterful submission but, with special effects at center stage, no character interaction is strong enough to capture viewers' attention. The most affecting moment comes near the end of the tape, when, after the storm has passed, J.R. Chandler's wife, Babe, and son, little Adam, are trapped underneath some rubble. The only way to save little Adam is to move a piece of rubble that has trapped Babe. However, removing it would kill her. In this moment, Amanda Baker as Babe and Jacob Young as J.R. do a good job of showing an emotional current that lingers. But this lackluster tape doesn’t have any true emotional arch and fails to make a lasting impact in the way that "B&B's" tape did.

"Days of Our Lives" did a wonderful job of matching "B&B's" tape, with an episode that very well could have been produced as a prime-time drama episode. In the show, various citizens of Salem are trapped inside a plane that has been rigged with a bomb. They are losing oxygen and have almost no fuel left. They're about to crash.  During the chaos, Kayla's father, Shawn, decides to take off his oxygen mask to save it for other people, and he ends up dying because of it. This is one of a handful of affecting moments that take place on this plane. The timing is right on, and it has all the makings of a great episode, but ultimately the character interactions are just too few and far between. It's a solid effort, but I don’t think it will match "B&B's" bold choices.

Both "Days" and "Bold" make strong episode selections, and it will come down to viewer preference. Some will prefer the more heartfelt writing of "Bold" and others the more action-packed writing of "Days." In the end, I think CBS will win.   If "AMC" wins, it is not based on watching these tapes at all.

BEST DRAMA SERIES: BAMAED'S PREDIX
1.) "The Bold & the Beautiful"
2.) "Days of Our Lives"
3.) "All My Children"

BAMAED'S COMMENTARY: To me, this should be clear cut. All three shows sent in a spectacle but done in three completely different ways. "B&B" should win by a mile. Despite the fact that it starts off with Ronn Moss trying to emote (painful), then William deVry comes on screen and grounds everything in realism. This is true soap opera. It involves family, drama, tragedy, history and repercussions. The acting, writing and direction were spot-on perfect. The shock of Storm's suicide wasn't over the top. It was touching and sad. But to use that as a springboard to save Katie was brilliant. Katherine Kelly Long played comfortably numb to perfection. A mix of stunt with family drama, which was done well. It should win.

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Daytime Emmy nominations — the final verdict

May 4, 2008 |  3:07 pm

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What to think of the Daytime Emmy nominations? Now that CBS airs half of the remaining eight soap operas on TV, its dominion over the genre was obvious when the noms were announced last week. Its soaps nabbed 51 bids compared to 27 for ABC shows and 10 for NBC series. Also striking was how old TV stalwarts like Martha Stewart's show have been upstaged by spicy new fare in the non-soap categories. Read my overview take on all of the noms, CLICK HERE .


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