Kelly Sullivan

The nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced today, and all I can say is… WOW.

TD star Alicia Minshew and Emmy-nominated EP Sonia Blangiardo with Carolyn

TD star Alicia Minshew and Emmy-nominated EP Sonia Blangiardo with Carolyn

First of all, a sincere congratulations to ALL the nominees. No one works harder than the people in Daytime; honestly everyone is deserving. That said, it makes no sense that GH was left out of the Best Show, Writing and Directing categories – and I would say the exact same thing if DAYS, Y&R or B&B had been shut out.

What happened? Let’s get the scoop from David Michaels, Senior Executive Director of NATAS and Co-Executive Producer of “The Daytime Emmy Awards.”

 

Carolyn: Can you explain the Outstanding Drama Series category to me?

David: Clearly what happened was that One Life To Live pushed out one of the other nominees. We look at the percentage of votes, and there was a sharp cut-off after the fourth nominee. I don’t know who was 5th or who was 6th.

Carolyn: The soaps submit two episodes for Outstanding Drama Series, right?

David: Yes. But only one episode for Directing, Writing and Acting.

Carolyn: What’s your reaction to GH being shut out of the big categories?

David: I’ve got to admit I was shocked. It’s so difficult to watch so many great GH episodes throughout the year, and then have them not nominated. But I am very happy for the Prospect Park group. All My Children was very good, as well. I don’t know why they weren’t nominated, either.

Carolyn: GH submitted the Nurses’ Ball, and I know I’m not supposed to repeat this but some judges told me it was too campy. One even said, “Richard Simmons lost them the nomination.” Can you comment on that?

David: I shouldn’t [laughs]! All I can say is that a lot of the people who voted in that category don’t watch soaps – and the ones that do don’t watch all the episodes. Any entertainment professional can vote in the lead program categories. If they follow the rules, they are supposed to judge purely by the episode(s) submitted – not by the shows they may have watched all year. I realize that’s a little bit like the jury being told to “disregard that statement” but those are the instructions.

Carolyn: What advice would you give on how to select a winning Emmy tape?

David: Wow… I would say go for emotion and drama. If you get the luxury of submitting two episodes [like for Best Show], make them different. For example, DAYS did something brilliant: They submitted Kristen’s two separate failed weddings.

Carolyn: There is only one round of voting, right?

David: Yes, this is it. The winners are determined already. No one knows but the accountants.

Carolyn: Why are there only four Lead Actresses, but five actors in the other categories?

David: We look at how many entrees there were to start with, then the percentage of how the votes broke down. Usually, we don’t know who we are making the decisions about. We’re doing it blindly, like “Entrant 1,” “Entrant 2,” “Entrant 3.” Only after its decided do they reveal who was nominated. The cut-off just fell differently with Best Actress.

Carolyn: Does that seem fair?

David: If it was up to me, there would be nine nominees in every category. I like to be inclusive. Nobody has seen these tapes more than me at this point, and I’ve got to say that everyone who made it through the prenoms deserved to win the Emmy.

Carolyn: We were pretty excited at Tainted Dreams to have been nominated. So, thanks!

David: I know – congratulations! Sonia Blangiardo, Crystal Chappell, Greg Meng and others are doing great work “outside the box.” The category of “Outstanding New Approaches – Drama Series” is going to really expand; there are going to be so many more shows next year. I’m very proud that we added the category this year. It was the exact right time.

Carolyn: What can you tell me about the broadcast on June 22 from The Beverly Hilton in LA?

David: I can’t say much because we’re in negotiations.

Carolyn: Is it true that TVGN offered you $1 million to broadcast the Emmys and you turned them down?

David: Absolutely not. I can tell you we are talking to them for next year, 2015. I think that’s a perfect match. The Emmys are very CBS oriented, and who has more to gain from that than TVGN?

Carolyn: Um, CBS [laughs]? Thanks for talking to me.

David: Anytime.

 

Here’s a list of the major soap categories:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

One Life To Live

The Young and the Restless

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS

Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS)

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B)

Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)

Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS)

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR

Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)

Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R)

Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R)

Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R)

Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH)

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R)

Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH)

Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R)

Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R)

Kelly Sullivan (Connie, GH)

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH)

Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R)

Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS)

Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH)

 

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS

Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH)

Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B)

Hunter King (Summer, Y&R)

Kim Matula (Hope, B&B)

Kelley Missal (Danielle, OLTL)

 

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR

Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH)

Chad Duell (Michael, GH)

Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R)

Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS)

Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R)

 

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES – DRAMA SERIES

DeVanity

Tainted Dreams

The Power Inside

Venice The Series

 

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

The Young and the Restless

 

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM

The Bold and the Beautiful

One Life To Live

The Young and the Restless

 

OUTSTANDING CASTING DIRECTOR FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Christy Dooley, B&B

Marnie Saitta, DAYS

Mark Teschner, GH

Judy Blye Wilson, Y&R