Carolyn holds Ron Carlivati's trophy at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Carolyn holds Ron Carlivati’s trophy at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

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:



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.

The Daytime Emmy Nominee Files: Lead Actress



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.

The Daytime Emmy Nominee Files: Lead Actor 



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.

The Daytime Emmy Nominee Files: Supporting Actress



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.

The Daytime Emmy Nominee Files: Supporting Actor 



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.

The Daytime Emmy Nominee Files: Younger Actress



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.

The Daytime Emmy Nominee Files: Younger Actor







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. (








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, then tell me what you think. May the best actors (and pundits!) win on Sunday.








7 Responses to TAINTED DREAMS: Handicapping the Emmys

  • Tom says:

    OLTL all the way!!!

  • Mark says:

    What a great write-up, C! I wish the Emmy voting process was as easy and fluid as your way of thinking. But alas…

    Anyway, I am hopeful for a Lang and Alderson first time nom/first time win outcome. I am a sucker for history-making things like that. Plus, they deserve it! I hated to vote for OLTL over my beloved Y&R but its my opinion that while the acting was better on Y&R, it just couldn’t hold a candle to the overall effect OLTL gave us on a daily basis.

    The soap community seems close-knit and fun so no matter what the outcomes, I feel everyone will have a blast and enjoy themselves. And there’s always the fun factor of reading “i’ll never subject myself to this farce again!” day-after tweets from shunned, cocky actors! Let the games begin!

  • Liz Arnold says:

    I sure hope that #OLTL wins. The last 2 weeks of the show was the best soap ever! It would also be very embarrassing for ABC and just reinforce what a horrible mistake they made. I think it really sucks that ABC only timed the last 2 episodes and wouldn’t pay for the actors’ submissions. Foxy Roxy should have been nominated. She did a great job representing the fans.

  • Richard Hammer says:

    That speech that Ron Carlivati wrote about why we love our soaps was absolutely brilliant. It gives me goose bumps every time i watch it. I am praying for an OLTL win for writing..and for best drama. An OLTL win will be the ultimate kick in the face to ABC…and they well deserve it.

  • sallah says:

    there should be 5 nominees in each category, even it out. anyway voted for Jason Thompson as lead actor this ear b/c he delivered amazing work on GH during and after Robin’s death.

  • marcia says:

    I voted for who I think WILL win best show, not who I want to win or who I think should win. So my vote for GH is rather tainted. 😉 I just think OLTL will have a hard time overcoming the fact that they aren’t on television any more, but I hope I’m wrong this time. I agree with you on everything but supporting actress, and also I love Billy Miller but have not forgotten about old Ronan. I want to see a 3-way tie for best actor with Davidson, Bergman, and Muhney, but I didn’t know about the nasty tweet (I don’t twitter). But I can read. Now I have to find HLN TV and set my DVR. Thanks for the channel information.

  • Jewell says:

    I agree with you about Doug Davidson, he should win, He did just cry right away, he showed a wide range of emotion before he cried.. He just celebrated 35 years, so it would be awesome if he won, and he is such a sweetheart. I want OLTL to win, just so we can stick it to ABC to show they were wrong..

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