The Daytime Emmys are now 40 years old, and this year's nominations are out. Five soaps were eligible for the outstanding series category, and all five got the nod: "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless," and (the canceled but now resuscitated online) "One Life to Live," which only aired nine episodes in 2012. We will give "OLTL" their due; those final eps were terrific. However, if there is any justice, "General Hospital" will get the win. It literally came back from the brink of cancelation and truly made viewers "tune in tomorrow" in much larger numbers.
For those who are counting, CBS topped the list with 50 nominations, ABC had 38 and NBC had 25. For the soaps: "Y&R" topped the list with 23 nominations, "GH" got 19, "DOOL" had 17, "B&B" 15 and "OLTL" got three.
The list of major soap nominations and our thoughts follow:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR: Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson and Michael Muhney (Jack, Paul and Adam on "Y&R"), and Jason Thompson (Patrick, "GH"). It is always hard to beat multiple-winner Bergman, who had a stellar year, but so did the other three. All are great choices.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS: Susan Flannery and Heather Tom (Stephanie and Katie, "B&B"), Peggy McKay (Caroline, "DOOL") and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, "Y&R"). McKay is NOT a lead actress. With that said, just give it to Flannery again for her swan-song year. Any scene, any day.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR: Bradford Anderson (Damian, "GH"), Jeff Branson and Billy Miller (Ronan and Billy, "Y&R") and Scott Clifton (Liam, "B&B"). Our money is on Miller, who always makes the hard look easy.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, "GH"), Jessica Collins and Melissa Claire Egan (Avery and Chelsea, "Y&R"), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, "B&B") and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, "DOOL"). Give it to Lang. She has been overlooked for 25 years, never even having been nominated. She did stellar work this year, especially with Flannery, who, we suspect, would prefer that Lang win the statue over getting another one herself.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR: Max Ehrich and Bryton James (Fenmore and Devon, "Y&R"), Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith (Will and Sonny, "DOOL"). Anyone but James -- nothing against the actor, but he has won before for little more than walk-on performances. The others always do solid work.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS: Kristen Alderson and Lindsey Morgan (Starr and Kristina "GH"), Hunter King (Summer, "Y&R") and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, "B&B"). Wood excels in making her unlikeable character somehow sympathetic. Alderson has been playing Starr beautifully since she was a young child, so we would not mind seeing her get the statue either.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING AND DIRECTING: Nods went out to all four existing soaps in both categories. Who wins will depend on what episodes are submitted, but, again, we are rooting for the new, improved "GH."
The Daytime Emmy ceremony will be broadcast live on HLN on June 16 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. For the past few years, the telecast has had trouble finding a home, but HLN was more than satisfied with the ratings last year, and happily re-upped for this year. "GH" is showing new life, "AMC" and "OLTL" are truly back from the dead, and the Emmy telecast is a done deal. The soaps are on a roll.