Deep Soap: 2012 Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced

by | May 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM | Deep Soap

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The nominations for the 39th Annuals Daytime Emmy Awards were announced today. “General Hospital” was the most nominated Daytime Show, scoring 23 nominations, followed by “Sesame Street” and “The Young & the Restless” with 16.

The nominations for Outstanding Drama Series are “All My Children“, “Days of Our Lives“, “General Hospital” and “The Young & the Restless.”  The Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment nominees are “The Ellen DeGeneres Show“, “Live With Regis and Kelly“, “The Talk” and “The View.”  “Anderson“, “The Dr. Oz Show” , and “The Doctors” were nominated for Outstanding Talk Show Informative.

The acting nominations are as follows:

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

CRYSTAL CHAPPELL, as Dr. Carly Manning – Days of our Lives

DEBBI MORGAN, as Angie Hubbard All My Children

ERIKA SLEZAK, as Viki Lord One Life to Live

HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan Spencer The Bold and the Beautiful

LAURA WRIGHT, as Carly Corinthos Jax General Hospital

 OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

MAURICE BENARD, as Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. General Hospital

ANTHONY GEARY, as Luke Spencer General Hospital

JOHN MCCOOK, as Eric Forrester The Bold and the Beautiful

DARNELL WILLIAMS, as Jesse Hubbard All My Children

ROBERT S. WOODS, as Bo Buchanan One Life to Live

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, as Annie Chandler All My Children, ABC

GENIE FRANCIS, as Genevieve Atkinson The Young and the Restless, CBS

NANCY LEE GRAHN, as Alexis Davis General Hospital

ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON, as Chloe Mitchell The Young and the Restless

REBECCA HERBST, as Elizabeth Webber General Hospital

 OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

BRADFORD ANDERSON, as Damien Spinelli General Hospital

MATTHEW ASHFORD, as Jack Deveraux Days of our Lives

SEAN BLAKEMORE, as Shawn Butler General Hospital

JONATHAN JACKSON, as Lucky Spencer General Hospital

JASON THOMPSON, as Patrick Drake General Hospital

 OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

MOLLY BURNETT, as Melanie Layton Days of our Lives

SHELLEY HENNIG, as Stephanie Johnson Days of our Lives

CHRISTEL KHALIL, as Lily Winters The Young and the Restless

JACQUELINE WOOD, as Steffy Forrester The Bold and the Beautiful

 OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

EDDIE ALDERSON, as Matthew Buchanan One Life To Live, ABC

CHAD DUELL, as Michael Corinthos General Hospital, ABC

CHANDLER MASSEY, as Will Horton Days of our Lives, NBC

NATHAN PARSONS, as Ethan Lovett General Hospital, ABC

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM

 

The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital

One Life To Live
                                                                  
The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM

 

All My Children

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital                                                                  

The Young and the Restless

Notable snubs include “The Bold & the Beautiful” for Best Drama Series after winning for the past three years and “One Life to Live“, which most critics agree was the best soap opera of 2011. OLTL also received fewer acting nominations than expected. It is surprising that AMC’s best known actress Susan Lucci was not recognized for her work in the show’s final year.

Interestingly, all three of the acting nominees from AMC, which is certainly the sentimental favorite this year, currently appear on Y&R.Traditional awards powerhouse Y&R had a poor showing in the acting categories, with frequent past winners and nominees Peter Bergman, Eric Braede, Christian LeBlanc, Michele Stafford and Billy Miller overlooked. Ironically, it was another Y&R actor, Michael Muhney, who lobbied for changes to the nomination process.

There were also some surprise nominees.  Genie Francis‘s performance on Y&R had been heavily criticized. Her name recognition, and the Academy’s desire to make up for many years of snubs for her role as “General Hospital’s” iconic Laura Spencer. Sean Blakemore, a newcomer without a major storyline, was another unexpected choice.

Several nominated actors have left their shows. DOOL’s Crystal Chappell was written off last summer. Another DOOL nominee, Shelly Henning opted to leave in spring of 2011 and currently stars in “The Secret Circle.”  The departure of a third, Matthew Ashford, was recently announced. GH’s Jonathan Jackson, who has won multiple Daytime Emmys, left the show and is currently starring in ABC’s primetime pilot “Nashville.” Nathan Parsons, who played his character’s brother, was written off.

GH’s domination of the Supporting Actor category is a reflection of new voting rules which no longer limit how many actors from  a single show can be recognized in each category.

The award ceremony will take place June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Though there are rumors that HLN will broadcast the show, the Academy did not announce whether the show will be telecast.

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