Daytime Emmy Nominations 2013

The nominees for this year’s Daytime Emmys — or, as they will likely be remembered, the 40th Annual Marie Osmond and Whoever Else They Dig Up Variety Show — are out, and Days actually scored some respectable nominations!

First up: a nod for Outstanding Drama Series. Granted, all five soaps that aired on network TV were nominated, including One Life to Live even though it only aired for two weeks in 2012, but still. For what it’s worth, Days routinely seems to get screwed out of nominations in this category, I suspect because its quality episodes tend to be more low-key and its “big” episodes don’t have the budget or production value of what the CBS shows or General Hospital seem to be able to pull off. But we did have the night of Stefano’s murder and the Days-aster last year, both of which were pretty impressive.


We also managed four acting nominations. The big headline here is that Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress. The Alzheimer’s arc, and her work in it, was very strong and moving, but I’m not sure that anyone associated with the Emmys understands that ‘old’ does not automatically equate to ‘lead,’ since Caroline is basically the definition of a supporting role. Still, exciting for her and for Days. She was nominated twice in the ’80s, and it’s awesome that Caroline Brady is still getting material worthy of a nomination, even though she’s currently running around stuffing bills into strippers’ booty shorts.

Next up is Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) for Outstanding Supporting Actress. “I’m so shocked!” said no one ever. Nicole is oddly — despite not being a member of a core family or even that involved in story lately — one of the hearts of the show. Her work when Nicole lost her baby was excellent. Salem would be very different without her. Zucker delivers on a constant basis despite material that often ranges from mediocre to appalling, has chemistry with just about everyone they throw her at, and seems like someone I would enjoy hanging out with (which is obviously the most important criterion for an acting award). Fingers crossed for her, even though there are flashier nominees in her category.

In Outstanding Younger Actor, both Chandler Massey (Will Horton — and last year’s winner) and Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) were nominated. Massey had some rich, flashy material in the last year, and they’ve both done great work revolving around Will’s coming-out. I feel like being involved in anything that screams “SOCIAL ISSUE!” really helps with scoring a nomination, because the submissions tend to be so narrow. Bring on that topical Obamacare storyline for Daniel, amirite?!

Days also received nominations in categories such as Makeup, Costume Design (!! — is Stevie Wonder judging?), and Directing, though there was no Outstanding Writing Team nomination. You can check out the full list of nominees here. The 40th Daytime Emmy Awards will be held in my basement at the Beverly Hilton on June 16 and air on HLN (Ed. note: I’m not sure I knew HLN was a thing).

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7 Comments on “Daytime Emmy Nominations 2013”

  1. Alana Says:

    “Costume Design (!! — is Stevie Wonder judging?)”

    LOLZ, so true. I actually did laugh out loud at the outstanding hair nomination. But I guess you can’t judge an entire show on Jennifer’s hair alone.

  2. William Says:

    They also got nominated for Set Design/Dressing? Are they being serious? Days had about eight sets total and they have all been on use for more than a decade. I was shocked by that one.

    • mykleraus Says:

      WHAT. I totally missed that. Look, I’m glad they found a way to do this show on the necessary budget, and I can deal with the existing sets if it means I get to keep my show, but unless the category is Outstanding Achievement in Using the Same Hotel Room 150 Different Ways, no one at DOOL deserves any kind of award for sets.

  3. Joanna Says:

    You are MISSING OUT on the whole HLN thing. Nancy Grace is thebombdotcom and pure comedy gold. Also, I was a bit misty-eyed when I saw Peggy McKay’s name on the noms list. True, she is no longer a leading lady in terms of screen time, but historically she is still a grand-dame of the show. I also enjoy how Caroline’s affair with Victor is still relevant in present-day for both characters. That is the kind of attention to show history that I love about our “story.”

    • mykleraus Says:

      That sounds like a disaster! I do love Nancy Grace’s over-hashtagging.

      And yeah — I get a warm fuzzy feeling about Caroline being nominated after all these years. She’s definitely a tentpole of Salem.

  4. UnderYourWing Says:

    i thought EJ was the “TentPole”…..

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