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Viva Las Daytime! The 2010 Daytime Emmys Ceremony Entertains

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 28th 2010 10:40AM
Emmy AwardThere were two big winners at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy awards on Sunday night. CBS' 'The Bold and the Beautiful' repeated as Outstanding Drama Series. The other victor was the awards show itself.

Viewers were skeptical going into the program. How was it going to be both a promotional vehicle for Las Vegas and also an awards show that honored the best and brightest of daytime TV? It succeeded in both quite nicely by staying fast-paced, entertaining and organized.

The tributes to Dick Clark and soap opera creator/writer Agnes Nixon, the Lifetime Achievement award recipient, were well-researched and first rate. A-listers Ryan Seacrest ('American Idol') and Susan Lucci ('All My Children') were on hand to present the honors. Also, winners went from their seats to the podium quickly, something that helps make any awards show a success.

Billy Miller (Billy, 'The Young and the Restless') and Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, 'General Hospital') were favored by many to win, respectively, the awards for Supporting Actor and Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series. But throughout the evening there were many surprise winners -- 'As the World Turns'' Michael Park (Jack) and Maura West (Carly) won for Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. The pair's victory, along with Julie Pinson's win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for playing 'ATWT's' Janet, is helping to send the 54-year old soap out in style (alas, 'ATWT,' which recently wrapped production, is set to go off the airwaves in September).

The reaction on presenter Kelly Monaco's (Sam, 'GH') face had some thinking her current co-star Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) was taking home the gold for Supporting Actress, but Monaco and winner Pinson had worked together on the defunct 'Port Charles,' the 'GH' spin-off that ran from 1997 to 2003.

Magician David Copperfield kicked off the evening by not only making host Regis Philbin appear, but by also speaking reverently of Daytime TV. During Philbin's entertaining monologue the show's director cut to several soap stars in the audience. Fans at home knew that their favorites from Pine Valley, Genoa City and Port Charles weren't going to be ignored during the broadcast.

Philbin, predictably, but still with great humor, milked not winning the Emmy for Talk Show Host quite a few times. (The statuette went to freshman nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz aka 'Dr. Oz.')

Kudos to Sharon Case (Sharon, 'Y&R') for helping the show finish on time. The actress subtly opened the envelope while the noms were being read in the category that she presented (Talk Show Entertainment). That enabled her and co-star/co-presenter Joshua Morrow (Nick, 'Y&R') to read the winner ('Ellen') more quickly.

One awkward moment of the evening was when a performance from 'Cirque Du Soleil' acted as co-presenter with Wayne Brady, who was so distracted by the performance that he almost forgot to read the Directing in a Drama Series nominees. The monitors showed the nominated show's logos (and possibly clips of the nominees' work?) but the screens remained just out of the line of vision so viewers could sample 'Cirque Du Soleil' instead.

Also, sadly, there was no 'In Memoriam' segment this year again. It's always an emotional stand-out at the Oscars but soap fans were not given final salutes to late actors Frances Reid of 'Days of our LIves,' James Mitchell of 'All My Children' or Helen Wagner of 'ATWT,' though the latter did appear in the 'ATWT' tribute. The segment featuring the Las Vegas Hilton hotel, where the awards were held, could have been edited down or dumped altogether in favor of a tribute to the daytime stars we've lost over the last year.

Speaking of the 'ATWT' tribute, real-life married duo Jon Hensley (Holden) and Kelley Menighan-Hensley (Emily) were a fine choice to introduce the segment; they've been in Oakdale, respectively, since the mid-80s and early 90s. But a more fitting choice would have been the veteran trio of Don Hastings (Bob), Kathryn Hays (Kim) and Eileen Fulton (Lisa).

On the plus side, the producers allotted time to show clips from the Outstanding Drama Series nominees -- 'B&B,' 'Y&R,' 'GH' and 'AMC.' Three of the candidates mostly went for what's become the traditional music montages, but 'B&B' opted to include some dramatic dialogue from its storyline that featured Ann Douglas (Betty White) wanting to die with dignity. Those episodes scored two wins for Bradley Bell, 'B&B' head writer and executive producer, for Drama Series and also Drama Series Writing. It's rare that the Daytime Emmys honor a show for both in the same year.

The kudofest that honors Daytime TV was in danger of not being broadcast on network television the last few years, but thanks to Associated Television International, the show's producers, and CBS the program has been kept alive and well. Like 'B&B,' the Daytime Emmy awards is a winner.

Or as Philbin said in the show's open, "Viva Las Daytime!"

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AMinaL

I agree -- I missed the usual "In Memoriam" tribute and I thought the tribute to ATWT was too short. (I was also surprised -- I hadn't heard it was going off the air until they announced an upcoming tribute. Sad -- it's my only soap!) And, yes, "Reeg" is unbelievably annoying and smarmy.

But -- is it just me, or did the broadcast(at least the West Coast, time-delayed one) SKIP the Best (Lead) Actress category? When they got to the Best Drama Series award and said it was the last of the evening, I thought, "Huh? Wait a minute. What about best actress?" I stopped by DVR and went back through the whole thing, and that award just was not there. Maura West is awesome, and I was sorry to miss it.

June 30 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patti

Well, I think they should have skipped a lot of that crap they showed, to allow for an In memoriam segment, and a longer tribute to ATWT than what they had. I don't see the relevance of Cirque de Soleil or Blue Man Group to daytime television. I would have rather seen Sesame Street on Ice or something like that. And Regis Philbin is a painstakingly awful host of ANY show, Ryan Seacrest would have been a better choice. I do have to say, however, it was one of the best daytime emmy shows I have seen in a long time, mainly because my favorite show took the triple crown this year. Congrats to Micheal Park, Maura West, and Julie Pinson for their well deserved Emmy statues!

June 30 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jgreenefields

Uh it was okay, waited for the tribute also, felt a couple of people were robbed and I say this because watching the shows involved,lesser performers and
performances were winners.

June 28 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bryan

how about the creative and kids shows award winners of the daytime emmys.

June 28 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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