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Breaking Down the 39th Daytime Emmy Nominations

'Anderson' joins the race while 'Ellen,' ABC soaps and 'Days' make strong showings

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 9, 2012 2:16PM

The 39th annual Daytime Emmy nominations dropped May 9, reflecting last year's shifting daytime landscape. "General Hospital" once again leads the pack this year, and ABC pulled ahead of PBS. But the nominee list has to have ABC, in particular, reconsidering its daytime re-haul. The canceled soaps made a strong showing, as did NBC's "Days of Our Lives." The CBS sudsers aren't out of the running, however. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" remains the most nominated talker, with "Anderson" the only new talk show that made the grade. "Today" and "GMA" take their ratings war to the ballots.

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Here's a rundown on how the years daytime shakeups affected the Daytime Emmy races.

The Soap Opera Races

ABC leads the charge with 56 Daytime Emmy nominations for the 2011 season, with "General Hospital" responsible for a whopping 23. But the network has to again be questioning its decision to scrap "One Life to Live" and "All My Children."

The canceled soaps nabbed 22 nominations, including Outstanding Show and Writing noms for "All My Children," a Directing nom for "One Life to Live" and a good showing for both in the actor categories. Daytime icons Erika Slezak, Debbie Morgan, Darnell Williams and Robert S. Woods nabbed nominations.


Icons, in general, fared well this year.

All the love for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" didn't earn daytime icon Susan Lucci a final nod, however. The queen of daytime snubs closed out her soap opera tenure with one final snub. She'll be laughing all the way to Marc Cherry's "Devious Maids" set.


Her former show, "All My Children," may take Outstanding Drama Series with the sentimental vote, but it will have to beat out "Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless." It's anyone's game, except for "The Bold and the Beautiful." The soap won't get a chance to parlay its Outstanding Show three-peat into a four-peat.



CBS performed in the soap categories, althought not as well as last year. "Young and the Restless" earned 16 nominations (as compared to last year's 20), while "The Bold and the Beautiful" earned 11 (as compared to 14).

In contrast, NBC's "Days of Our Lives" saw a big upswing in nominations, and the absence of CBS' "As the World Turns" may have played a part. Last year, the NBC soap nabbed a mere five nominations. This year it landed 15, including Outstanding Drama Series, Writing Team and actor noms for Crystal Chappell, Matthew Ashford, Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig and Chandler Massey.


Indie online soap "The Bay" bares mention for sharing the Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime Program nomination with efforts from power players Disney and Nickelodeon. With "General Hospital" alumnus Gregori J. Martin at the helm, "The Bay" cast includes soap faves like Matthew Ashford, Real Andrews, Mary Beth Evans and Charles Shaughnessy, not to mention guest stars like John Reilly and Jacklyn Zeman. That soap opera lineage could bode well for a win.

The Talk Show Races

"Today" and "GMA" will take their ratings battle royale to the Emmys as the only two Outstanding Morning Program nominees. New addition "CBS This Morning" wasn't a contender, since it launched in 2012.


"Anderson," another new daytime addition, bumped "Dr. Phil" out of the running for Informative Talk Show and will go up against "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors."


"The Talk" broke into the Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment category, pushing "The Rachael Ray Show" out of contention. The final season of "Live! With Regis & Kelly" also made the category, along with standards "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The View." 


While Rachael Ray's show may be off the list, she is back in contention for Best Talk Show Host. She just has to beat out Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and all of "The Doctors." Last year, this category was a tie, going to Dr. Oz and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa.


Judge Judy remains queen of daytime and syndicated programming, but her show didn't land a nomination for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. Those went to the less talked about "Last Shot with Judge Gunn," " Judge Joe Brown," "America's Court with Judge Ross" and "We the People with Gloria Allred."

NATAS has the full list of nominees posted here.

The Daytime Emmys will take place Beverly Hilton Saturday, June 23. As of now, there's still no broadcast or online partner announced, so it may turn out to be a private affair, after all.

May 10, 2012 2:51PM
Susan Lucci can't act.
The Talk is better than The View.

May 10, 2012 8:49AM
I was thrilled to see Genie Francis nominated for best supporting actress again. As much as I loved her as Laura on GH ,Genevieve on Y&R is a much better character and has given Genie a chance to show even more of her incredible talent. I'll be pulling for her to win. The lead actor category is a tough one as they are all great actors but I would love to see Darnell Williams win. Those scenes where Jessie finally told Angie the truth about their baby were so heart rendering,I couldn't stop crying. Darnell did some of his best work in those scenes. By the way,I am loving him as Sarge on Y & R.
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