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What to Watch for at the Daytime Emmys

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 24th 2010 6:00PM
Emmy AwardThe emphasis will be on "entertainment" during the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, set for Sun., June 27 at 9PM ET on CBS.

Regis Philbin, a nominee for hosting 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' is the kudofest's emcee. Producers for the awards gala are hoping to draw big numbers with a host of musical acts and star appeal with appearances by Simon Cowell, Susan Lucci and Cirque du Soleil.

Here are 10 highlights to watch for during the live broadcast ...

Vanessa Marcil1. Vanessa Marcil of 'General Hospital.' Oh, Brenda, we've missed you. Back in 1993, ABC, during the Daytime Emmys, announced the upcoming return of legendary duo Anthony Geary and Genie Francis to their roles as Luke and Laura. This year, Marcil's presence as a presenter will remind ABC fans that she, too, is coming back to Port Charles (in August.) Marcil, a 2003 Outstanding Supporting Actress winner for her GH role, is no stranger to Sin City. She was a series regular on the NBC night time show 'Las Vegas.'

Lion King2. A performance from 'The Lion King.' The Las Vegas company of Disney's musical 'The Lion King' will perform during the show in yet another plug for ABC/Disney. Who says the Emmys don't spread the promotional love around?

Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark3. A tribute to Dick Clark. The long-running TV host/producer is a familiar face to daytime fans. He hosted 'The $25,000 Pyramid' and has produced many Daytime Emmy broadcasts. In fact, back in 1981, Clark literally dragged up on stage Gloria Monty, who won as producer of 'General Hospital,' which took the Outstanding Drama Series honor. (The show was running long and Dick wanted her to hurry. So she did.) Ryan Seacrest will introduce the star-studded tribute to Clark, which also includes appearances by Donny Osmond, Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando and The Jersey Boys.

Agnes Nixon4. A tribute to Agnes Nixon. The socially-conscious creator of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' will get the Lifetime Achievement Award. It's way overdue because Nixon's been writing serials since the 1950's. Daytime Emmy winner Susan Lucci will present the statuette to Erica Kane's creator. Nixon could go home with bookends; she's also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series Writing.

Regis Philbin5. The talk show host category. Alas, the ladies of 'The View,' the category's defending champs, aren't attending the awards. But host Regis Philbin is a nominee. He's won as a solo artist, but his co-star Kelly Ripa is long overdue for some Emmy love. Ellen DeGeneres ('Ellen') is also nominated. No matter who wins count on this category being discussed on Monday's editions of 'Hot Topics.'

Crystal Chappell6. Some 'Guiding Light' wins? It's possible. The longest running drama in TV history went off the airwaves last September, but it falls in the eligibility period for this year. Three deserving performers from the beloved soap made the final ballot so there could be honors for 'GL' if Crystal Chappell (left, ex-Olivia; Carly, 'Days of our Lives'), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth) and Zach Conroy (ex-James; Oliver, 'The Bold and the Beautiful') win their categories.

Julianne Moore7.'As the World Turns' tribute. The CBS sudser, which is going off the air in September, will receive a bittersweet tribute. There's buzz that two video versions (a long and a short one) honoring the show have been prepared. Here's hoping that the show doesn't run long so 'ATWT' can receive its proper due (unlike last year's show, which showed an edited tribute to 'GL.') The Irna Phillips-created serial launched the careers of Julianne Moore (left), Parker Posey and Kerr Smith among others.

Joshua Morrow, Sharon Case8. Y&R's Nick and Sharon -- together again. Well, sort of. The long-running, star-crossed duo split up a while ago on 'The Young and the Restless' after Nick fell for sexpot Phyllis. At the Daytime Emmys, Nick and Sharon's portrayers, Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case, will reunite as presenters. It won't be a triangle either because they're not presenting Outstanding Lead Actress, the category in which fan favorite co-star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) is nominated.

Bobbie Eakes9. Outstanding Lead Actress. Speaking of top actress, this is the most competitive that the category has been in years. Top-notch performances were turned in by Stafford, Chappell, Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, 'GH'; now Agnes on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'), Bobbie Eakes (left, Krystal, 'AMC') and Maura West (Carly, 'ATWT'). While this year's Best Actress at the Oscars was pretty much a lock for Sandra Bullock, this honor could go to anyone.

Emmy10. A fast-moving show. Given the number of awards, musical acts and tributes the show has planned, viewers can count on a quickly-paced broadcast. Winners will likely have to sprint to the stage. The two-hour extravaganza might seem to fly by. Will the nominees get enough time to thank their second-grade teacher? Will the musical acts bring in high ratings so that the awards show can survive yet another year? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

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"Will the musical acts bring in high ratings so that the awards show can survive yet another year?"

I gotta say, I think the musical acts, and various skits & "witty repartee" by the presenters is more of a hindrance than a help; at least to the soap opera contingent. (And I think the viewers for this are mostly soap fans; I've never met anyone so into a game show or a talk show that they would give a crap if it won an award) And speaking as a soap fan - what we love to see is clips from the nominated episodes and scenes. If you're gonna give someone the Emmy, let me see what they won that Emmy FOR.

They've cut that part out more and more over the years, and it seems such a shame. They've got all the soap fans from every channel gathered in the same place at the same time, watching the same screen. Golden opportunity to show us what you've got guys! But they usually waste 20 minutes on some nothing-whatsoever-to-do-with-daytime-television variety act instead. Wish they'd cut that out!

June 25 2010 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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