The 2013 Daytime Emmy pre-nominations for acting are out. We have to wonder if the time for pre-nominations has passed. We only have four soaps left. This year's list included "One Life to Live," even though it went off the air last year, but none of the actors from "OLTL" garnered pre-nominations. However, two of those actors who crossed over to "General Hospital" in the same roles got nods: Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson (Todd and Starr). The other eligible shows were "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," and "The Young and the Restless."
The original purpose of these pre-nominations was to keep actors from one or two shows from dominating the awards as they had prior to the pre-nominations being created in 2003. But, as the number of daytime dramas dwindles, this process seems to have outlived its usefulness. Originally, the number of nominees from each show per category was limited to two. Now there can be more than two, so it all seems a moot point.
The list of entrants who submitted their work was mighty slim indeed. Those who wanted to be considered submitted a single scene for this round. Indeed in the younger actress and actor categories, for soap thespians 25 and under, there were not enough entrants to require the field to be limited. There were only nine entrants apiece in each of those categories, and they automatically became the pre-nominees. Due to a tie, the lead actress category ended up with 11 pre-nominees.
And the pre-nominees are:
LEAD ACTRESS -- "B&B": Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and Heather Tom (Katie); "DOOL": Peggy McCay (Caroline); "GH": Finola Hughes (Anna), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie), and Laura Wright (Carly); "Y&R": Sharon Case (Sharon), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).
LEAD ACTOR -- "B&B": Don Diamont (Bill) and John McCook (Eric); "GH": Maurice Benard (Sonny), Roger Howarth (Todd) and Jason Thompson (Patrick); "Y&R": Peter Bergman (Jack), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Michael Muhney (Adam), Doug Davidson (Paul) and Stephen Nichols (Tucker).
SUPPORTING ACTRESS -- "B&B": Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke); "DOOL": Arianne Zucker (Nicole); "GH": Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Robin Mattson (Heather); "Y&R": Jessica Collins (Avery), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe).
SUPPORTING ACTOR -- "B&B": Scott Clifton (Liam); "DOOL": Shawn Christian (Daniel), Bryan Datillo (Lucas), James Reynolds (Abe) and Greg Vaughan (Eric); "GH": Bradford Anderson (Spinelli); "Y&R": Jeff Branson (Ronan), Billy Miller (Billy), Peter Porte (Ricky) and Greg Rikaart (Kevin).
YOUNGER ACTRESS -- "B&B": Linsey Godfrey (Caroline), Kim Matula (Hope) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy); "DOOL": Camila Banus (Gabi) and Kate Mansi (Abigail); "GH": Kristen Alderson (Starr), Lindsey Morgan (Kristina) and Haley Pullos (Molly); "Y&R": Hunter King (Summer).
YOUNGER ACTOR – "B&B": Adam Gregory (Thomas); "DOOL": Casey Deidrick (Chad), Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny); "GH": Chad Duell (Michael) and Tequan Richmond (T.J.); "Y&R": Max Ehrich (Fenmore), Bryton James (Devon) and Daniel Polo (Jamie).
Stay tuned for the official nominees and eventual winners.