The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air live from the Beverly Hilton in L.A. this Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT.
This is good, because it means people in LA for the show (like me) can spend the rest of the night celebrating at the various parties. More on that next week.
In the meantime, let’s pick some winners. This is traditionally very hard for me, because I watch every episode of every soap all year long, and the Emmys are judged on ONE episode (two for B&B since it’s a half-hour show).
No offense, but any actor can have one great hour as long as the show is writing good material for them. The trick is to sustain great work all year long in the face of lesser writing or a tricky storyline, and that’s how I tend to judge. Unfortunately, that’s not how the Emmys are decided.
See? It’s hard. But here goes:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B): At death’s door, Stephanie buries the hatchet with Brooke – for once not in her back – and then dies in Brooke’s arms.
Peggy McCay (Caroline, DAYS): Fearing she has Alzheimer’s, Caroline has a defensive argument with her son Bo.
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R): Phyllis has it out with Christine over Chris suing her (whatever happened to that storyline?) and then begs Nick not to divorce her.
Heather Tom (Katie, B&B): Katie abandons her baby while in the grips of post-partum depression.
Although the judging was done before Stafford announced she was leaving, I still think she’ll nab a farewell trophy. Her reel showed the most range, as well as less coughing and crying than the others.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R): Jack fires Billy and resigns as CEO of Jabot before secretly undergoing back surgery.
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R): Detective Paul Williams turns himself in to police after killing his bad seed son Ricky.
Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R): Adam battles Chelsea over Sharon and then meets up with Sharon, who asks him to leave.
Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH): While mourning Robin before her funeral, Patrick sees her ghost.
This is the hardest to call, but I’ll say Davidson. His tape showed the most range, plus he broke my heart. Thompson did too, but he was a featured player on his own submission reel for Lead (?). Bergman is always a solid pick. Muhney did good work, but he wrote a nasty tweet about Tony Geary (Luke, GH) after Geary won last year and I think the judges could have long memories.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, GH): Lulu has it out with Luke over his failures as a dad.
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R): Chelsea fights with Adam who is covering for Sharon.
Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R): Avery’s dad confesses on his deathbed; Avery asks Phyllis to forgive her.
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B): Stephanie dies in Brooke’s arms (the same scenes Flannery submitted for Lead).
Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS): Naughty Nicole gets caught lying about what caused her miscarriage.
It’s Lang’s year. She’ll never have stronger material or an acting partner with so much shared history.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH): Spinelli gives up on Maxie, then laments his sorry state to her dad Mac.
Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R): Ronan has a disastrous date with Phyllis, then shows up drunk begging for another chance.
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B): Liam asks his bride Hope to forgive him, then gets yelled at by his father Bill.
Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R): Jack fires Billy (same tape Bergman submitted).
If we were judging on the whole year I’d day Miller, but Branson’s tape showed the greatest range, going from awkward and pining to drunk and desperate in 40 minutes.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kristen Alderson (Starr, GH) : Starr mourns the deaths of Cole and Hope, vowing revenge.
Hunter King (Summer, Y&R): Runaway Summer fights with Nick and Phyllis.
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B): Steffy and Liam debate divorce.
Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina, GH): Kristina deals with her kidnappers.
I have no objectivity here, having watched Alderson command scenes as OLTL’s Starr since she was like 13 without ever getting a nomination. That said, her reel also showed the best range so she should win.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R): Fen lashes out.
Bryton James (Devon, Y&R): Devon gets a cochlear implant and can hear again.
Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS): Will confides to Marlena that he’s gay.
Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS): Sonny admits he likes Will.
Massey is the only one with a knock-out reel, showing the pain and struggle of “coming out” to his wise grandmother.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING
OLTL! Again, I have no objectivity. As I stated when the nominations were announced, Head Writer Ron Carlivati’s speech about why people love soap operas on OLTL’s penultimate TV episode will go down in history. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezsp9MbD1kw)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Although GH submitted the heartwarming show where Edward gave up his lifesaving serum to little Emma, how do you beat that killer OLTL TV ending with Viki’s aforementioned speech? You don’t.
Okay, there you have it. View the reels for yourself by clicking on the links directly below each of the categories listed above, compliments of HLNtv.com, then tell me what you think. May the best actors (and pundits!) win on Sunday.