Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Daytime Emmy Nominations Sure to Spark Controversy: Does CBS continue to be recognized disproportionately at the expense of NBC?

Nominees for the 34th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences live on CBS's The Early Show at the stages of GUIDING LIGHT, television’s longest running daytime drama.

Peter Price, President of the National Television Academy, was joined by Barbara Bloom, Sr. VP, CBS Daytime Programs, Early Show anchor Julie Chen, and actors Mandy Bruno and Bradley Cole ("Marina Cooper" and "Jeffrey O'Neill") of GL; Terri Colombino and Austin Peck ("Katie Peretti Kasnoff" and "Brad Snyder") of AS THE WORLD TURNS; Brandon Beemer ("Shawn Brady") of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Cathy Jeneen Doe, ("Simone Russell"), PASSIONS, Bree Williamson ("Jessica and 'Tess' Buchanan") of ONE LIFE TO LIVE and Jacob Young of ALL MY CHILDREN.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
  • THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

  • Maura West, as "Carly Snyder," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Crystal Chappell, as "Olivia Spencer," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • Kim Zimmer, as "Reva Shayne Lewis," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • Jeanne Cooper, as "Katherine Chancellor," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
  • Michelle Stafford, as "Phyllis Summers Newman," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
  • Michael Park, as "Jack Snyder," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Anthony Geary, as "Luke Spencer," GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • Ricky Paull Goldin, as "Gus Aitoro," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS"
  • Peter Bergman, as "Jack Abbott," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
  • Christian LeBlanc, as "Michael Baldwin," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
  • Lesli Kay, as "Felicia Forrester," THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • Genie Francis, as "Laura Spencer," GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • Rebecca Herbst, as "Elizabeth Spencer," GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • Gina Tognoni, as "Dinah Marler," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry, as "Evangeline Williamson," ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
  • Heather Tom, as "Kelly Kramer," ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
  • Trent Dawson, as "Henry Coleman," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Rick Hearst, as "Ric Lansing," GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • Dan Gauthier, as "Kevin Buchanan," ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
  • Greg Rikaart, as "Kevin Fisher," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
  • Kristoff St. John, as "Neil Winters," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS

Outstanding Younger Actress In A Drama Series

  • Leven Ramblin as "Lily Montgomery," ALL MY CHILDREN, ABC
  • Jennifer Landon, as "Gwen Munson," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Alexandra Chando, as "Maddie Coleman," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Julie Berman, as "Lulu Spencer," GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • Stephanie Gaschet, as "Tammy Winslow," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
Outstanding Younger Actor In A Drama Series
  • Van Hansis, as "Luke Snyder," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Jesse Soffer, as "Will Munson," AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Tom Pelphrey, as "Jonathan Randall," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • James Stevenson,as "Jared Casey," PASSIONS, NBC
  • Bryton McClure, as "Devon Hamilton," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct To Tape Sound Mixing For A Drama Series
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC
  • GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control For A Drama Series
  • ALL MY CHILDREN, ABC
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series
  • ALL MY CHILDREN, ABC
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC

Outstanding Achievement for a Casting Director For A Drama Series

  • Mary Clay Boland, Casting Director, AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • Christy Dooley, Casting Driector, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • Mark Teschner, Casting Director, GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • Rob Decina, Casting Director, GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design For A Drama Series
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • PASSIONS, NBC
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing For A Drama Series
  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC

Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling For A Drama Series

  • ALL MY CHILDREN, ABC
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC
  • PASSIONS, NBC

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction For A Drama Series

  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
Outstanding Achievement in Makeup For A Drama Series
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS, CBS
  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, CBS
  • GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC
  • PASSIONS, NBC

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction And Composition For A Drama Series

  • DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC
  • GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ABC
  • THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Outstanding Original Song
  • "Can You Love Me (With The Lights On)," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • "In A Moment," GUIDING LIGHT, CBS
  • "Love is Ecstasy," PASSIONS, NBC
  • "It's A New Day, Today," Today Show, NBC
  • "Carry On," THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, CBS
Two now-defunct soap-related programs were recognized as well. SoapNet's talker, SOAP TALK, earned Emmy nods in two categories, for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s), Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway, and for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. NBC "reality soap" STARTING OVER, garnered two noms.

Nomination counts broke out as follows:

Networks -

  1. CBS, 57
  2. ABC, 36
  3. NBC, 15

Shows -

  1. GL, 17
  2. ATWT, 16
  3. Y&R, 12
  4. GH, 10; OLTL, 10
  5. B&B, 7
  6. AMC, 5; DAYS, 5; PASSIONS, 5

The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Friday, June 15, 2007 (9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT), on CBS.

Television pioneer Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator, along with her late husband, William J. Bell, of Y&R and B&B, was previously announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A complete list of nominees
can be found here.

15 comments:

carley ubenish said...

I don't begrudge Guiding Light it's Emmys last year or it's nominations this year, as it really is a pretty consistent, quality product every day, particularly in the classic daytime drama fashion. But it's last in the ratings (not including the already canceled Passions), which makes me wonder if shows like Days of Our Lives (which decimates the competition at fan-driven awards like People's Choice and the Soap Opera Digest Awards) are penalized by a soap opera community that resents popular appeal and buzz, and the risks that show has taken over the years? Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

The Emmy Awards vis-a-vis soaps are a joke. Period. Starting with the pre-nomination process whic has bred more dissension on set than cohesiveness, through the composition of the voters eligible to screen and vote for nominees, to various nuances of the prescreening process, resulting in one of the most slanted slates of nominations in years. The sad thing is that it is still the premiere award in our industry, which means as much as we'd like to say it doesn't matter, it does, to all of us.

PercieM said...

CBS Daytime is consistent, and it is quality, but to have nearly 3x the nominations of NBC? And ABC having more than 2x as many as NBC? There's something seriously wrong here.

Minny said...

Honestly, a lot people are worked up about the nominations, but when the process for pre-nominations and the pre-nomination list were so deeply flawed, why is anyone surprised at the crappy final list that resulted.

Minny said...

One more thing: This is not to slam individual nominees, the vast majority of whom are talented, and should not be held individually responsible for a lack fo diversity in any specific category.

Anonymous said...

I agree with "minny." The simple fact is that with such a ridiculously flawed pre-nomination process (the "fix" that fixed some problems, left most on the table, and even created a few more), you cannot take the final nomination list seriously. Good luck to those who are nominated, and congratulations, but good riddance to another toxic nominating season!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand. DAYS goes off the beaten path a little, sure, but it still should be considered part of the "club," not be continually made to be on the outside looking in. This is a show that has been on since the 1960's, rejeuvenated the supercouple concept/device, and has fantastic name recognition among the American people. It seems that ever since they decided to step out of the box with more "out-there" storylines in the early 1990's, the industry has wanted to punish it for not conforming. I mean, I would put up Kristain Alfonso's work this year (in the wake of her character losing her toddler son to a negligent driver, a very traditional storyline) against anyone else this year...not saying she's the best, but saying the only explanation for her losing out on a nomination is an ingrained bias against the show, which seems to only get it's due in hair and make-up, never in acting, regardless of whether the acting is good or not in any given year. This is a pattern: Alison Sweeney is perhaps one of the most popular stars on daytime and has played some heavy, melodramatic, churning story, but is never recognized, Kyle Brandt played a character who LOST HIS LEG in Iraq and had to adjust back to his life, but went unrecognized, DAYS, in fact, has had many, many talented young stars who are constantly not-nominated, while small children and actors with very little screentime have squeaked through year after year. I just don't undersand this overwhelming anti-DAYS (anti-NBC? anti-Jim Reilly?) bias?

Anonymous said...

It is worth noting, for what it is worth, that with 4 soaps on the air, CBS daytime has twice as many eligible contenders in every category (including acting, where the pre-nom process means every show submits the same number, regardless of how big their casts are) than NBC.

k/lennox said...

The anonymous post re: CBS having 2x as many soaps on the air is worth noting, but CBS received 3x as many nominations! That begs the question of whether a quality gap exists that is so great, that 2x the number of shows receive 3x the nominations. I don't believe there is. I just think that CBS represents the classic soap opera format and NBC represents something newer, and fresher (not better, just different), and that the Academy responds to the comfortable and resists the new, penalizing NBC in the process. It is not lost on me that Y&R is number one in overall ratings, but fares much more poorly in the 18-35 demo. PASSIONS, on the other hand, is last in the overall ratings, but does VERY well in the demo. Does anyone remember the Grammys controversy in the pre-Lauryn Hill days, when so much pop, dance, and especially hip-hop/rap was ignored every year in favor of awarding Tony Bennett another "Album of the Year" -- the Grammys became a pop-cultural joke and were forced to change. They did (and Lauryn Hill won the first Album of the Year given to a Hip-Hop album) and things have been much more balanced since. It's a shame that shows such as DAYS, PASSIONS, and (until it was on the ropes and threw 100% of ABC's clout behind a push for legitimacy--unsuccessfully, it turns out) PORT CHARLES are cheated out of all the the publicity and benefits that come with winning the Emmy.

Anonymous said...

I think it's worth pointing out that many in the academy penalize CBS's BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL the same way they penalize DAYS and PASSIONS. They view it as pop-culture "fluff" for the masses, and no matter how much popular endorsement it gets (internationally, even), it is often denied awards and industry legitimacy here in the U.S. particularly in lead acting categories. Granted, I will say that over the lifetime of B&B, it has not been as screwed as DAYS has, or as marginalized as PASSSIONS (it helps that it's a Bell show, Y&R sister-show, and on the beloved CBS), but it's not the darling Y&R, ATWT, and GL are, for sure.

BuckyParton2 said...

DAYS used to be very competitive, particularly when it played the game with social-issue, addiction storylines, etc. (see: the 70's). It's really been since Jim Reilly took over, and DAYS soared to pop-culture phenomena status (Carly being buried alive, Marlena's possesssion, etc.) that the industry started looking down on DAYS. Even as ratings cooled, DAYS never recovered. PASSIONS, an avant-garde Reilly product that had the unfortunate reality of being the show
NBC pushed industry mainstay ANOTHER WORLD out for, has never had a chance to be seen as legitimate.

Anonymous said...

pre-noms are a joke, the final nom list is uninspiring. none of the actors with "heat" ever make it into contention, regardless of whether they are the talented or not, and their fans blow off the ceremony. why do the brass think the ratings for the show are so abysmal. people tune in for competitions, not coronations, and with the limited list of completly predictable actors who make it in each year, there's moer of the latter than the former, for sure.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone who has written that NBC shows are unfairly discriminated against. I now wonder if Ben Masters, Alison Sweeney, Kristian Alfonso, or [insert name here] could get nominated even if they walked on water as part of their performance. And, forgive me if I cannot muster similar sympathy or outrage on B&B's behalf. The show, which is often highlighted by CBS and fans as a battered engine-that-could, particularly in the respect department, just got nominated for BEST SHOW, and has a string of acting Emmys in nearly every category, including Lead Actress. The only repeated snub I see is that of Katherine Kelly Lang in the best actress category. I doubt, however, that with the repeated wins by so many other co-stars, that reflects an anti-B&B bias. Maybe an anti-KKL bias, but not bias against the show or the network, which is what is evident year after year with the Emmys and NBC.

Anonymous said...

If NBC wanted to earn nominations, it never should have canceled Santa Barbara.

Bullprint said...

LOL, anon. SANTA BARBARA was a powerhouse of quality for NBC, as was, for the most part ANOTHER WORLD. NBC really bought into the glamour-thing that marks DAYS and B&B , and really tried to push out under that mantle with SUNSET BEACH and PASSIONS, shows that were often more style than substance. I just read an interview with Charles Divins from PASSIONS talking about his closeted (and married) character's "down-low" story, and how difficult it is to tell the story seriously on a show like PASSIONS. Meanwhile AMC is forging ahead with a transgender story and while it may rub some the wrong way, it doesn't seem grossly out of place. Perhaps NBC has reaped what it sowed...glamourous television is subject to passing fads and whims, but substance will carry you through the more fickle times. NBC loved to penalize it's soaps for not being top performers, and promoted the hell out of the superficial. Now it has to live with the reputation that resulted, even if it's not a completely fair reputation to be carrying.



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