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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."

General Hospital Bold and the Beautiful Daytime Emmy predictions

(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 Emmys will go on' … and with a new voting system

March 18, 2010 |  1:06 pm

"Daytime Emmys will go on, but on which network remains a question," says Variety. "The New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is in negotiations with at least two networks, according to sources. What is likely is that the ceremony will air June 27 (a Sunday) in the West, likely at the Las Vegas Hilton."

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That's good news because some cynics claimed that the award show might not find any telecaster after its precipitous Nielsen fall in recent years. Back in 2000, the awardscast drew 13 million viewers on ABC. In 2008, it drew just 5.4 million on the same TV network. When it moved to cable last year, landing on the CW, it was seen by merely 2.7 million.

"The program didn't even manage a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49, squeaking out an anemic 0.6/2. Among adults 25-54, the show did just a bit better at a 0.8/2," adds Variety.

Variety also reports that the Daytime Emmys have changed the voting system used to determine who prevails in the acting races.

"The previous procedure included a pre-nomination process in which each soap opera selected two (occasionally three) actors for each performing category," notes the trade paper. "Then, those performers would submit a reel of their work to determine who the final nominees (and winners) would be.

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Daytime Emmy predix: 'One Life to Live' or 'All My Children' to win best directing?

August 29, 2009 |  6:42 pm

Our posters Daniel "742" Montgomery and Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier completely — as in totally, utterly — disagree when handicapping the Daytime Emmy race for best soap directing. They give the three contenders opposite ranking.

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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(Listed by likelihood of winning)
1. "One Life to Live"
2. "Days of Our Lives"
3. "All My Children"

742'S COMMENTARY: Herein lies a battle for the soul of daytime drama ... OK, maybe not, but this race does present an interesting microcosm of daytime's best and worst impulses. It's obvious to me which show should win, but less obvious which will.

"All My Children" delivers a stunt: A tornado is a-comin' to Pine Valley, and its citizens are scattered about town in various forms of distress. The direction emphasizes the production values, and that's unfortunate. The episode is a showcase for lousy CGI, unconvincing green-screen backgrounds, and people and objects falling down in slo-mo. The performances were clearly an afterthought. Even consummate pros like David Canary and Darnell Williams seem like they can scarcely remember their lines. "AMC" was surely inspired by "General Hospital," which has had much success at the Emmys by submitting episodes of hotel fires and train crashes, and Emmy voters liked this mishmash enough to nominate it, so it might win just on the basis of being the most directed.

"One Life to Live" submitted a gimmick. As Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) is treated for a gunshot wound, he dreams that he is a contestant on a game show to prove he is a worthy father (the dream scenes were filmed on the set of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"). There are moments of visual wit (Rex's life-support monitors transition into game-show monitors) and emotional impact (an overhead shot of a prayer circle), but overall I wasn't impressed. It feels like little more than an excursion to a neighboring set ("OLTL" and "Millionaire" both film in Manhattan), making what should be a life-or-death struggle more an exercise in quirkiness. But perhaps I'm missing something. This episode won the Directors' Guild of America Award.

"Days of Our Lives" submitted good storytelling. Period. To compare it to "AMC" and "OLTL's" submissions is an object lesson in how to do more with less. "Days" also submitted a catastrophic event: an impending plane crash. But unlike "AMC," "Days" keeps it simple. I counted only two sets: the interior of the plane and an office on the ground where family and friends wait for news. Intense turbulence is suggested by effective rattling noises from the fuselage. The emotional urgency is sold by the actors, shown frequently in tight, evocative close-ups. There are no ostentatious effects, no sparks flying, no pyrotechnics, no exterior shots of a CGI plane plummeting. You don't need them. You could have filmed these scenes in a cardboard box and the cast and crew could have sold it.

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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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(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.

(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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Daytime Emmys pre-noms lists leaked: Who's in, who got skunked

January 19, 2009 |  8:45 am


Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada confessed he had a "nervous breakdown" after getting his "dirty hands" on the Daytime Emmy pre-nom lists of "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless."

The lists contain the names of stars who the TV series recommend for nominations. Each cast endorses two thesps per category. In the lead diva clawfest, "The Young and the Restless" advanced last year's champ Jeanne Cooper plus Judith Chapman. "One Life to Live" opted for Kassie DePaiva and Susan Haskell. In the lead-actor slugfest, "The Young and the Restless" chose Peter Bergman and Christian LeBlanc, "One Life to Live" picked for Bob Woods and Michael Easton.

Poor Nelson is outraged over the "One Life to Live" snubs: Trevor St. John (Todd), Erika Slezak (Viki), and Melissa Fumero (ex-Adriana). His Suds Report column fumes that the "Young and Restless" oversights are "even worse": Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Eric Braeden (Victor) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) failed to make the list.

"The Suds Report is trying to learn if the aforementioned actors submitted their names for Emmy contention," Nelson adds. "Make sure you’re sitting down when you see who Y&R pre-nominated for outstanding supporting actress!"

Photo: CBS

Our gurus split over 'Guiding Light,' 'General Hospital' and 'The Young and the Restless' to win the Daytime Emmy for best drama series

June 17, 2008 |  9:04 am


Yikes! Looks like the battle to win best drama series at Friday's Daytime Emmys is a true drama — even a classic cliffhanger in the grand tradition of soaps.

When I asked four of our forums experts to rank the four nominees, three placed different shows in their No. 1 slot! However, two of those posters — east/west and Syrus80 —  agreed that "Guiding Light" is out front. The other two — Awards_Madness and Boidiva2 (our forums moderator Matthew Cormier) — ranked "Guiding Light" in second place behind their faves: "General Hospital" (Awards_Madness) and "The Young and the Restless" (Boidiva2).

Boidiva2 and east/west gave me text explanations to back up their views about this top Daytime Emmys smackdown. Text is supplied below. Note that some of our posters have seen the actual sample episodes submitted by nominees to Emmy judges. thanks the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for furnishing us with copies of those DVDs. To see our in-depth discussion of all episode entries, CLICK HERE.


MATTHEW ("BOIDIVA2") CORMIER ON RACE FOR BEST DRAMA SERIES: Having not seen the tapes for this race changes my vote I'm sure, but based on past years I'd say the results should look something like as follows . . .

Last year "The Young and the Restless" and "Guiding Light" tied in this race, but since "The Young and the Restless" leads all shows in nominations this year, it is a surefire bet to win. The fact that Lynn Marie Latham is very popular in the industry (despite terrible reviews this last season and massive viewer erosion) should help the show to win. "Guiding Light" also remains popular with viewers despite negative fan response.


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