First, the good news:
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) has finally been nominated for a Daytime Emmy after 26 years on B&B. Kristen Alderson, who started playing Starr as a young child on OLTL, has also finally gotten a nod for Younger Lead Actress after bringing Starr to GH.
OLTL got very well deserved nods for Best Show and Best Writing. There are also many other talented names in the mix, reflecting a great year of hard work and achievement.
That said, I found some of the categories to be backwards. KKL, who drove major story and was on more B&B episodes than any other actor, was nominated in Supporting. Heather Tom (Katie), who was only frontburner for a few months in 2012, got the nod in Lead. Both are very deserving, but they seem to be in the wrong categories.
I asked a B&B spokesperson about that, and here’s her response:
“Each actress and actor was given the opportunity to choose which category they wanted to submit in. Katherine Kelly Lang felt strongly that this year she played a supporting role to Susan Flannery in the ‘Stephanie Says Goodbye’ storyline. It obviously was the right choice for her – we are thrilled she has received her first Emmy nomination!”
It’s interesting that these actresses judged themselves by their storylines, not by their work for the whole year.
And what can we say about the Younger Actor/Actress category? If you’re under 25 on a soap opera, you will be nominated. It doesn’t matter if you only worked five days last year, or got fired. It’s time to jettison this category in favor of something like “Outstanding Limited Run.” That way, the Robin Mattsons of the world would have a proper shot (Heather, GH).
Here’s a list of the major categories, along with a few opinions:
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B)
- Peggy McCay (Caroline, DAYS)
- Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R)
- Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
Peggy McCay is a lovely actress, but she was not a Lead Actress on DAYS in 2012. Supporting? Yes. Glaring omissions: Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) and Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) who wasn’t even pre-nominated.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
- Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R)
- Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R)
- Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH)
Glaring omissions: Don Diamont (Bill, B&B) and Roger Howarth (Todd, GH).
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, GH)
- Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R)
- Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R)
- Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B)
- Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS)
The gaping hole here is Robin Mattson who personifies everything you want in a “supporting” actress – as does Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH) who wasn’t even pre-nominated.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH)
- Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R)
- Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
- Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R)
Glaring omissions: Bryan Datillo (Lucas, DAYS) and John McCook (Eric, B&B) who submitted himself in Lead.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Kristen Alderson (Starr, GH)
- Hunter King (Summer, Y&R)
- Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B)
- Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina, GH)
After 15 years of being ignored, Alderson had better win this or I’m going to storm the stage.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R)
- Bryton James (Devon, Y&R)
- Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS)
- Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS)
Massey is the only one with a knock-out reel, full of beautiful, nuanced work as a young gay man struggling with his orientation.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING
I’m surprised DAYS isn’t there, but thrilled that OLTL is. Head Writer Ron Carlivati’s speech about why people love soap operas on OLTL’s submitted episode will go down in history. (Check it out on youtube with a tissue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezsp9MbD1kw)
The 40th Annual Daytime Emmys will air live from the Beverly Hilton in L.A. on Sunday, June 16.