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TV Squad Soap Report: You judge the Emmy submissions

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 5th 2008 11:02AM
TV Squad logoThe Daytime Emmys are coming. The nominations have been announced and ABC plans to broadcast the award presentation on June 20 at 8 p.m. (EST) with Sherri Shephard and Cameron Mathison sharing the hosting duties. One of the things that invariably drives soap fans nuts is not being able to see the Emmy submissions; that is, the actual shows that the Blue Ribbon Panels are seeing when they choose the Emmy winner from the set of nominees.

Well, in a landmark move -- one more reason to love the web -- the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has teamed with YouTube to create venue to see most of the nominating clips and judge for yourself. That's what I've done and I've decided to handicap the big Daytime Emmys contests. Tell me what you think, if you judge these clips the way I have.

Outstanding Drama Series
Four very worthy nominees: Guiding Light, General Hospital, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless. When I originally saw the list, my gut reaction was that One Life to Live could be the winner, but now that I've seen the clips, I don't think so. The one show that has the most dynamic, out of the box and arresting episode is General Hospital. It's the Metro Court hostage crisis, their version of 24. I can see GH winning big for this, especially since the drama is very contained to this event. One other thought, the Guiding Light submission is pre-February 29. That means it's better than what they're airing now. Watching the clips, I still miss the old GL.

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
What a strange batch of clips to go with these five nominees: Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless; David Canary, All My Children; Anthony Geary, General Hospital; Christian Le Blanc, Y&R; Thaao Penghlis, Days of Our Lives. Geary chose a comedy episode (Luke's version of Hell, which is domestic life); Thaao is in a full-out clown get up as Andre DiMera menacing Sami; Le Blanc's Michael is shown caring for stroke victim William who is unable to talk so Christian's doing one-sided dialogue. Bergman's clips were very talky, and David Canary chose not to play up his dual role as Adam and Stuart. It was all Adam. Just going by the clips, Canary's submission is the best bet. He's strong and direct. He could be bringing home a sixth Emmy.

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Really interesting batch: Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light; Nicole Forester, Guiding Light; Jeanne Cooper, The Young and the Restless; Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless; Maura West, As the World Turns. Michelle Stafford has the inside track because her clips are very showy, presenting her doing Sheila and Phyllis. Jeanne and Maura's clips are poignant, but rather understated. Nicole's clips were not the best from the Tammy dying storyline. If they don't pick Michelle, Crystal will win. Her clips were very intense.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
When I watched the clips of Daniel Cosgrove, Guiding Light; Trent Dawson, As the World Turns; Brian Kerwin, One Life to Live; Greg Rikaart, The Young and the Restless; Kristoff St. John, The Young and the Restless, my gut reaction is to give it to Trent. His comic performance won me over. I thought Rikaart's performance was also interesting and different. But Cosgrove, Kerwin and St. John's material seemed less impressive. They should have culled more compelling clips.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Tracey Bregman, The Young and the Restless; Judi Evans, Days of Our Lives; Kelly Menighan Hensley, As the World Turns; Gina Tognoni, Guiding Light; Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful. There are two really dynamic performances in this group: Bregman and Tognoni. I'm thinking Gina will pick up her second Emmy as Dinah tries to come to grips with her brain injuries.

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Just pointing out- under: Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series You have "Michelle Stafford has the inside track because her clips are very showy, presenting her doing Sheila and Sharon." She was playing Sheila and Phyllis not Sharon. But I bet Stafford could probably do it. :)

I hope she wins, she really is a talented actress.

June 05 2008 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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