The Daytime Emmys came perilously close to not being aired on television at all this year, which after the last few — seriously, last year’s awards telecast was basically a nightmarish advertisement for Las Vegas tourism — might have been an improvement. But they found a new home on HLN, which I think maybe used to be CNN Headline News and also was not a thing that I knew existed until about three days before the awards. I have no idea why anyone associated with HLN thought this would be a good thing for their network, but as it turned out, this was the least horrifying Daytime Emmy telecast in years. Yes, it was kind of simple and cheap, and they mostly just gave out the awards while forcing various personalities to deliver painful jokes onstage, but at least the irrelevant/insane song-and-dance numbers were kept to a minimum and the producers didn’t “accidentally” cut to commercial every time a daytime drama category came up.
Serial Drama did a hilarious and informative liveblog of the entire Daytime Emmys, and Go Fug Yourself has an extensive Fug or Fab the Daytime Emmys post, so I need not go into the various horrible and ridiculous fashions that were present. As far as Days of Our Lives goes, this little smirk-machine won for Outstanding Younger Actor:
I don’t really know what he’s wearing (that is, like, a novelty Halloween costume bow-tie paired with a hipster’s tuxedo), but he looked generally handsome and gave a nice, sincere acceptance speech, and he’s done some really great work in a storyline that I never thought I’d see on Days, so congrats, Chandler.
The other nominated actors from Days — Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig, Crystal Chappell, and Matthew Ashford — did not win their categories, which is not really a surprise given the completely asinine material the four of them had to submit. However, Days won for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Daytime Drama Series. Think about that: a panel of judges watched some episodes of Days of Our Lives and thought, “Wow, this writing staff has really achieved something special!” I don’t know, maybe they misread the instructions and thought they were supposed to be awarding the most insane location for an underage homosexual beer pong tournament or the most incessant usage of the word “cameo” or something.
(Joking aside, I’m actually thrilled that Days won this, because it’s so rarely recognized by the Daytime Emmys and is, at this point, the remaining soap that seems most interested in being what soaps are really about, even if it’s ridiculous most of the time. There have been some really good episodes and some outright fantastic scenes in the past year, even with all the uneven pacing and dreadful ideas flying around. And I wish they’d won Outstanding Drama Series because General Hospital is such an unpleasant hour of television that basically delights in taking a dump on its viewers on a daily basis.)
In related news, the Daytime Emmys were totally worthwhile because they provided an occasion for this photograph to be snapped:
First of all, what is happening with Susan Lucci’s hair? Is she guarding her Emmy so fiercely that she’s hiding it up in that mess? Secondly, what do you imagine the conversation between them was like? “Me, me, me, me, me.” “Me, me, eye lift, me!”