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The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 21st 2008 11:46AM
EmmyFor the first time in a long time, something was different about the Daytime Emmys. No, it's not that they're on in primetime; that happened years ago. What was different was the 35th Daytime Emmys opted to forgo the theater setting and seat the stars at round tables. As co-host (with All My Children's Cameron Mathison) Sherri Shepherd told the AP days before the AP, "Usually everyone is sitting in a row. This year, it'll be like a wedding. We're also going to do something so that fans will be able to get a view of what's going on at the different tables." That would be web video created by the actors at every table - table cam. Perfect for hams. The vids are at SOAPnet. For details about the show from the winners backstage, check out AOL.

So did the seating arrangements make a difference? Well, it depends. Those who were there probably had a better time because there was an open bar, just like the Golden Globes. For viewers, it still looked like the Daytime Emmys, including many familiar faces winning. After a strained attempt at comedy for the opening -- blending All My Children fictional characters with The View's real hosts -- the show commenced.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anthony Geary, Sarah Brown and Laura Wright presented -- no small talk. Probably better that way. The noms were Kelly Menighan Hensley, As the World Turns; Heather Tom, The Bold & the Beautiful; Judi Evans, Days of Our Lives; Gina Tognoni, Guiding Light; Tracey Bregman, The Young & the Restless.

Okay, I'm one for one. I predicted that Gina Tognoni would win for the brain damaged Dinah on GL. She had a sincere shout out to the crew who put the show together, and acknowledged Guiding Light's 71st year on the air, then added, "I'm proud of daytime and I pray it goes on for a million more years." Nice, Gina. Backstage in the K-Mart Lounge (yeah, everything was sponsored!), Gina remembered that she failed to mention her fiancee. Oops.

Outstanding Talk Show Informative

Two GL stars presented: Daniel Cosgrove and Marcie Ryland, lovers on screen. Doing their best not to look dumb at the Emmys. The noms were A Place of Our Own; Dr. Phil; Tyra Banks.

Hey, I'm two for two. Tyra thanked Oprah for being an inspiration, then her mother. Then she encouraged everyone to feel empowered enough to tell the naysayers to kiss your ass. Al-righty! She also reminded everyone that she's going into her fourth year on the air.

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama

Three Y&R stars, Melody Thomas Scott, Don Diamont and Doug Davidson presented. The nominees were Van Hansis and Jesse Lee Soffer, ATWT; Darin Brooks, DOOL; Tom Pelphrey, GL; Bryton McClure, Y&R.

Another win for GL's Tom Pelphrey. As I said, he was barely on the show this past season, but I guess his submission was still enough to blow away the panel. It's his second Emmy in four tries. IMHO, Van Hansis should've won.

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama

OLTL stars Susan Haskell, Kassie De Paiva, Michael Easton presented. The nominees were Jennifer Landon, ATWT; Rachel Melvin, DOOL; and Y&R's Vail Bloom, Emily O'Brien, and Tammin Sursok.

I hate to say it, but I'm right again. I'm not boasting, this is just how predictable the winners are in some cases. Jennifer Landon, congratulations. You've just won your third Emmy, even though you've left the show. Still, Michael Landon is smiling somewhere at your success.

Outstanding Talk Show Host

The two most topical actors from ATWT, Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann, who play an openly gay couple, present. The nominees were Ellen DeGeneres, Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa, and The Ladies from The View.

What did I tell you? It's Ellen's Emmy. She owns it until she decides not to submit anymore. She says, "I don't take this for granted." You know, I believe her. They actually tried to rush her during her speech -- are they crazy? This is Ellen, daytime's queen. This was her sixth win (overall). I love when she said, "It's the longest day of the year, so I can go on."

Outstanding Judge

A new category. B&B's Heather Tom and Jack Wagner presented. The nominees were: Cristina's Court, Judge David Young, Judge Hatchett, Judge Judy, The People's Court.

Cristina's Court -- really? I've never seen it. I think this qualifies as a major shock. Nobody could find the stage they were sitting so far back. Cristina Perez is crying and before anyone else can speak, the music starts and they cut to a commercial.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Three Days gals presented, Alison Sweeney, Nadia Bjorlin, Adrienne Zucker. The nominees were: Trent Dawson, ATWT; Daniel Cosgrove, GL; Brian Kerwin, OLTL; Kristoff St. John and Greg Rikaart, Y&R.

Shock! Kristoff St. John. He won once before, but a long time ago. He thanked Rick Hearst (Ric on GH) for not being nominated this year. He also thanked the ousted head writer, Lynn Marie Latham.

Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment

This is different from the previous Talk category that Tyra won. The noms were Ellen DeGeneres Show; Rachael Ray; The View.

Okay, shock #2. Rachael Ray beat Ellen and The View. Barbara Walters must be having a fit. Rachael looked kind of stunned, perhaps astonished, perhaps floored. Yeah, all that. She did remember to thank Oprah who plucked her out of the Food Network and gave her a talk show. It's all Oprah's fault. Kidding, just kidding. I guess The View will have something to talk about Monday.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jimmy Kimmel presented Regis Philbin with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

This just wreaks of all ABC. Is Jimmy Kimmel really the best they could do for Regis? What about David Letterman? Don Rickles said it best, you know how important to award is if Jimmy is presenting it. Jimmy was pretty funny. Did you know Regis has been on TV over 16,000 hours? I liked the montage. Really noticeable in her absence was Kathie Lee Gifford. What was that all about? Not even in the montage? Hmm...
Regis went on a bit, explaining how he came to win this award. He certainly had his story down, no stammering or stuttering. He was really sharp. He thanked everyone, especially the fans. When I remember Al Pacino at the Golden Globes and Warren Beatty at the Oscars, great actors who went on and on and on, I appreciate Regis being prepared. Still can't figure out where Kathie Lee was...

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Tyra Banks presented. The noms were Maura West, ATWT; Crystal Chappell and Nicole Forester, GL; Y&R's Michelle Stafford and Jeanne Cooper.

Okay, this is a major event. Jeanne Cooper. Corbin Bernsen was there for his mom. Instant standing ovation. She's been nominated nine times, this is her first win! "I bet you thought I had died!" was her opening line. She's already a Lifetime Achievement award winner. I guessed this one right, too (although I hedged my bet a bit because of Michelle Stafford's great material). After laughingly calling every department at Y&R the lousiest (in jest), she gloated, "We're still number one." It's true, too.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

One-time Emmy winner Susan Lucci presented. Did she really say it was just an honor to be nominated? Okay, it was on the teleprompter, but still. The nominees were David Canary, AMC; Thaao Penghlis, DOOL; Anthony Geary, GH; Peter Bergman and Christian LeBlanc, Y&R.

He did it again. Emmy #6 for Tony Geary. Told ya so. He was great to acknowledge Jane Elliot, his leading lady. Also great character star Peter Lorre (The Maltese Falcon, M) ! Listen, as long as GH keeps writing these special shows for Geary -- showcase episodes -- he's going to keep on winning. I'd be bitching if he wasn't good, but he is. So, if he never does anything anywhere else, in daytime, Tony Geary is something special.

Outstanding Daytime Drama

Barbara Walters -- who received three plugs for her memoir Audition over the course of the broadcast -- presented. The nominees were: General Hospital; Guiding Light; One Life to Live; and The Young & the Restless.

The 10th win for GH. It didn't have a great year, but it had a great Emmy submission. Remember, I told you all about it. OLTL, my choice, won for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing, but not Outstanding Show. Doesn't really add up, but that's the Daytime Emmys. In a very classy move, GH Exec Producer Jill Farren Phelps, remembered those who are going through hards times, whether it's the people in Iowa and Missouri fighting the floods, those struggling financially, or those who have medical problems, and encouraged them to have faith.

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mj green

Ray beat Ellen? That loud mouthed creature beat ELLEN??? I can't believe it. And I'm sorry, Passions should have been nominated for SOMETHING.

June 21 2008 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's very strange that The View never wins. First they blamed it on Star Jones, then they blamed it on Rosie. Now they have Whoopie and they COULD have won. When will they figure out that maybe people don't like
Elisabeth Hasselbeck??

June 21 2008 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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They don't win now because of Elisabeth Hasselbeck who noone likes and she was voted "The Worst Interviewer" in an AOL poll. Also, Sherri Shepherd has now joined and "The View" will never win as long as those two are on.

Sherri is dumb, tacky and has no manners or class. If anything, she belongs on Jerry Springer. She needs to get off the air and stay home with her awful child, "Jeffrey."

June 21 2008 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jimmy Kimmel is actually pretty good friends with Regis, but Dave had to be th one giving out that award. Probably dave counldnt go. He doesnt do award shows at all the last time he went to one was the Emmy after Carson died where he did the tribute.

June 21 2008 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Unfortunately OLTL was robbed this year. Love GH, but they submit 1 specific "emmy" ep and pull off the win....OLTL has been consistantly doing fine work day in and day out this year. The OLTL cast was incredibly robbed of MANY nominations and wins they should have had.

Oh well, the Emmy voting system is completely skewed anyway.....some way should be devised to consider the year of work and not just 1 or 2 episodes both acting and show categories

June 21 2008 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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