Weirdness in the Daytime Emmys nominations
by Allison Waldman, posted May 15th 2009 10:32AM
They have feuds. They have babies (at least one of them). They have daily debates. But the ladies of The View have no sway with the Daytime Emmys. Well, that's not entirely correct. The ladies themselves, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Talk Show host(s), but their show was snubbed.
Whether it's deemed a Talk Show/Entertainment or Talk Show/Information, it's not deemed worthy. But The View's missing nomination is merely one of the many oddities of the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy nominations. Something is really bizarre in the batch of noms.
Maybe the weirdness started when the Academy couldn't find a network to broadcast the awards. Remember that? Despite the lion's share of shows in daytime, ABC, NBC and CBS all took a pass on giving the Daytime Emmys a primetime slot for the award presentation. Not even a Saturday night. So after wandering around for a while, the Daytime Emmys landed on the CW with Ugly Betty's Vanessa Williams hosting the live show from the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 30.
For many of the categories this year, there are only three nominations. That's two less than usual. I'm sure there's some statistical/mathematical reason for this, based on percentages or algorithms or something else I can't fathom, but even if I could, how do you figure Days of Our Lives, The Bold & the Beautiful and All My Children as the three top choices in the category of Outstanding Drama Series? Last year's winner, General Hospital, was not included, nor was the consistently top-rated (20 years running) and excellent The Young & the Restless. As the World Turns and One Life to Live were also left out, and both were superior to two of the three shows nominated.
All My Children has been a mess all year long, undergoing volcanic changes under Chuck Pratt Jr.'s new leadership. Days of Our Lives hasn't been a relevant soap since the 1980's and this was the year they dumped Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans, among other well-loved vets. Only The Bold & the Beautiful has earned the nomination, and even it has had a herky-jerky year with as many clunky stories (Storm's underwater demon) as winners (Stephanie's firing from Forrester).
Will I watch the Daytime Emmy Awards to see who shows up and how it all turns out? I don't know. Right now, I'm so gobsmacked by the oddball nominations that I'm wondering how relevant these awards have become. If the industry can't bother to nominate the right shows, should I bother to watch the results?