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The sweet and bittersweet Daytime Emmys

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 31st 2009 9:29AM
Ridge_Brooke_the_bold_and_the_beautifulHistory was made at the Daytime Emmys last night... twice. The Bold and the Beautiful won as the top Daytime Drama and the hosts of The View finally were winners. Good for B&B, the last of the half-hour soaps, coming off a terrific year. And it was great for the ladies of The View, who were probably starting to feel like getting the gold was an impossible dream. Unfortunately, they weren't there -- not one of them -- to accept.

However, amid the joyful wins and a jolly 40th anniversary salute to Sesame Street, there was a sad quality to the Daytime Emmys. Perhaps it was the over-arching reality that daytime TV is struggling, a point made clear when Betty White hosted a farewell to Guiding Light. No offense to the delightful Ms. White, but the salute was lackluster and hardly worthy of a show that has been broadcasting for 72 years! The cast appeared to receive a final ovation, but nobody spoke for the show.

Ugly Betty's Vanessa Williams hosted the show. She's a terrific singer and actress, but what the show needed was a clever emcee. Vanessa just tried too hard, and she wasn't helped by the feeling of forced frivolity, like when the costumes from the soaps were on display from each nominated show as two actors tried to dance in said frocks. I felt for those stars.

Overall, the winners were interesting, especially some new faces like Julie Berman from General Hospital and Darin Brooks from Days of Our Lives. One Life to Live's Susan Haskell was a good choice as Lead Actress. The tie in Supporting Actor was a stunner. While Jeff Branson from Guiding Light was the inside favorite, it was refreshing that he tied with All My Children's Vincent Irizarry, who has never won despite great work over the years on four soaps. Days Of Our Lives' Tamara Braun winning as Supporting Actress was a surprise, too, if only because she never managed to win when she was a lead and a regular on GH (she was Carly, remember?). Y&R's Christian Le Blanc was a repeat victor as Lead Actor, deservedly so.

Another high point of the show was the Feed the Children portion of the broadcast, which included GH's Anthony Geary, Kelly Monaco and AMC's Susan Lucci emotionally talking about the Daytime Gives Back program which dealt with starvation in Africa. It was very moving and the tears shed by the stars were the real thing.

As for the non-soap stuff, The Rachael Ray Show topping The Ellen DeGeneres Show was a jolt, and if you ask me, a joke. I loved that Cash Cab won for Best Game Show. Have you seen it? It's a hoot. And Bravo to Ina Garten for winning an Emmy for Barefoot Contessa, one of the best Food Network shows.

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They blew it, as they almost always do with the Daytime Emmys.

Forget the lame singing and dancing (!) and show WHY those actors and those particular shows deserved an Emmy - clips, clips, clips please! All the show producers talk about wanting to grow their audiences - then when they have a perfect opportunity to showcase their product, we get D-list celebs singing instead.

And jeez, would somebody please find a way to split up the "dramas" awards and the "other stuff" awards? Soap operas, game shows and Big Bird make one very odd combination!

September 01 2009 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should have taken more time to honor a show that started the tv soap opera genre. All the others are mere copies of that wonderful show. Everything that happens on the other shows already happened years and years ago on Guiding Light. I used to watch it when I was really young, and it was on in black and white. I really wish that they would have shown more clips of the original people like Bertha Bauer, Bill Bauer, Pappa Bauer, Mattea. It is really sad!

August 31 2009 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love that Cash Cab won. I always watch it. The most upsetting was when B&B won and then got no time to react. Something is terribly wrong with that. But liked it anyway. At least they showed up to receive theirs. I think maybe it would be good to say: must be present to win. LOL

August 31 2009 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Wilkins

As a daytime fan, it was better than nothing. That said, we could have done without the singing and dancing. Clips for the nominees were shown in the beginning but as the broadcast grew, clips were not shown for others. Then B&B's most deserved win was not even allowed to be shown with their acceptance speech. What the frak? The Guiding Light tribute left much to be desired. And the red carpet hour was painful to watch.

August 31 2009 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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