Daytime Emmys: GH and B&B Win Big; Lucci Declares Daytime TV to Be 'Alive and Well'
ABC’s mob-and-medicine sudser bested all comers by amassing eight total statuettes, including six at Saturday’s Creative Arts ceremony, while B&B scored the most big wins (four) during Sunday night’s CBS telecast.
Among the most major categories, B&B was named Outstanding Drama Series, journeyman Michael Park won Lead Actor (for his work as Jack on the now-defunct As The World Turns), and Laura Wright (GH‘s Carly) grabbed Lead Actress gold.
The Sunday presentation was lightning-fast when it came to handing out the actual soap opera accolades, with the guy who rattles off legal disclaimers at the end of radio commercials seemingly reading the nominees. But plenty of time was freed up to pay tribute to host city Las Vegas, former daytime talk queen Oprah Winfrey (who did not bother to appear in person), Las Vegas, Susan Lucci, Las Vegas again, and Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek (who had to share this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award).
Host Wayne Brady got off to a clunky start, dwelling perhaps too much (judging by Lucci’s face) on daytime’s two dying-on-the-vine soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live. In their defense, Lucci later said on stage, “Daytime television is alive and well — look at all the talent in this building tonight!” Similarly, Y&R headwriter Maria Bell, in accepting her Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, called soap operas “one of the most amazing art forms in America. Don’t give up, we’re here to stay.”
Here’s a list of most of the Emmys handed out over the weekend:
Outstanding Drama Series: B&B
Lead Actor: Michael Park, ATWT
Lead Actress: Laura Wright, GH
Supporting Actor: Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, GH), who in the spirit of Father’s Day brought his two eldest kids, Caleb and Adora, on stage
Supporting Actress: Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
Younger Actress: Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa, AMC)
Younger Actor: Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
Directing: B&B and Y&R (TIE)
Lifetime Achievement Award: game show hosts Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek
The Chariman’s Crystal Pillar Award: Oprah Winfrey
Outstanding Game Show: Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (TIE)
Talk Show/Informative: The Dr. Oz Show
Talk Show/Entertainment: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, Cash Cab
Talk Show Host: Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show, and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, Live! (TIE)
Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design: GH
Lighting Direction: GH
Multiple Camera Editing: Y&R
Costume Design: Y&R
Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing: Y&R
Music Direction & Composition: Y&R
Original Song: “Bad for You,” GH
Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control: GH
Stunt Coordination: GH
Special Class/Short Format: VeniceTheSeries.com