Archive for the ‘Awards’ category

Daytime Emmy Nominations 2013

May 2, 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.

Peggy-McCay

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).

Best & Worst of 2010

January 1, 2011

Something weird happened when I sat down to write this post. I started writing down categories, and when I looked at my list, I realized that I had a ton of Bests and almost no Worsts. That isn’t to say there weren’t things that were downright awful on Days this year, because, come on, it’s Days. But 2010 was, by and large, a very enjoyable year.

There have been plenty of years where I’d have been all, “The best thing about this character was that she died” or “The best part about this story was that it let me catch up on my naps.” But in 2010, there was some genuinely good stuff to choose from! Luckily, there was also a great deal to mock or at which I could make the following face: o_O

So here goes.

BEST COUPLE: Kate & Stefano

I am still in disbelief at how well this worked. I think the only people more surprised were the writers, who set up this marriage as an alternative to prison for Kate and then, suddenly, transitioned it into a real, loving relationship. Giving Stefano a wife not only made the DiMeras feel like a full family, but it added a much-needed dimension to Stefano’s character after years of being a total cartoon. I’m a little concerned that, now that he’s thrown her out, they’re going to abandon a pairing that could be a goldmine for years.

BEST NON-COUPLE: Maggie & Victor

We all thought that, if the show were ever to pair cranky Victor with one of the nice older women of Salem, it would be Caroline Brady, the mother of his son. And making a widow of Maggie by killing off Mickey was mostly a concession to the viewers’ sanity, since it was becoming increasingly difficult to believe that Mickey was “in the kitchen” for, like, the entirety of the family Christmas celebration or a loved one’s wedding. But as soon as they put Maggie and Victor in scenes together, it was evident that they had something worthwhile on their hands. Never did I think I’d see Maggie Horton in an engaging, frontburner love story again (especially after that hideous triangle in which she, Mickey, and Bonnie accidentally had a fourgy with a dog), but there you have it. I can’t wait to see how this develops in 2011.

WORST COUPLE: Phillip & Melanie

Let’s say you’re a 30ish scion of an ethically challenged business dynasty, and your father has recently put you in charge of the family’s legitimate business. You’ve already been divorced, as your wife was in love with another man and passed his kid off as yours for a while. Then you found out you had another kid, and you made a play for custody but ultimately gave him up for adoption. Would your most appealing mate be a college-aged nursing student who’s clearly in love with someone else?

I get that this relationship works for the story, but not for a second do I buy Phillip and Melanie as being in love. I’m actually pretty grossed out by the sight of them together. I hope that, now that the truth about him fathering Chloe’s baby is out, we can move on from this ill-advised marriage.

MOST ANNOYING WORD: “Sydney”

In a year in which half the cast spent three months saying “sarcophagus” in every scene, it’s quite a feat that I’m more annoyed by the mere utterance of a child’s name. But they did it. Sami and Rafe and EJ and Nicole did nothing but talk about Sydney all damn year. I can’t anymore. I just can’t.

In the words of Taylor from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: “ENOUGH!”

BEST CHARACTER: Nicole

I should probably hate a character who stole the lead heroine’s baby and passed it off as her own, framed an innocent woman for a violent crime spree, ruined her best friend’s baby shower, and generally makes some of the stupidest decisions on the planet. And yet, I spent all year rooting for Nicole to pull it together. I give equal credit to the writers and to Arianne Zuker for managing to make this character endearing while not shying away from the fact that she’s a rude, drunken idiot and her own worst enemy.

WORST CHARACTER: Dr. Ty Treadway—er, Ben Walters

Wasn’t it strange how, one day, this new doctor was just in every scene at the hospital? If he weren’t played by a recognizable soap actor, I’d have thought he was someone who won a walk-on role. I feel like someone at Days wanted to give Ty Treadway a job, so they just slapped him in the hospital to see if it would work. Guess what? It hasn’t! He feels so crammed in there and out of place. I’m moderately intrigued by his connection to the Warden and her organ-trafficking scheme (I love that this show allows me to type things like that), and if he’s going to be a short-term villainous type, I could get on board with it. But if I’m supposed to care about this dude or want him with Jennifer—not gonna happen.

BEST SCENE: Wanchai Ferry Product Placement

I know a lot of people resent the product placement on this show, but I have come to love it. It’s never anywhere close to subtle—it would be more subtle if someone just drove a truck through the scene with a gigantic logo and an announcer’s voice blaring—and it’s amazing trying to watch the actors keep straight faces. I was actually fast-forwarding on the day this one aired, but as soon as I saw Caroline come out from behind the bar cradling a red bag in the most conspicuous, unnatural way possible, I had to stop. And my life is better for it.

The WTF factor is off the charts with this one. Why is she serving frozen Chinese food in an Irish pub? Is the clam chowder THAT BAD? Why don’t Sami and Rafe think this is weird? Why does Caroline presume that frozen Chinese food will make Sami feel better after she just shot a man in the head? And most importantly, why can’t this happen every day?!

BEST WEDDING: Victor & Vivian

Nowhere are the budget cuts on this show more apparent than at the weddings. (See: rich-ass Phillip Kiriakis gets married in his father’s living room; Daniel & Chloe have “the wedding of their dreams” in the “park” with eight people in attendance and some ribbon thrown over some potted plants.) But this backyard bonanza of a wedding was perfect, from all of the groom’s ex-wives circling up for a photo, to miserable Victor needing a drink to get through the ceremony and then “yada yada”-ing his vows. It was a nice reminder that Days can do intentional comedy when it tries.

WORST STORY: Chad is Stefano’s Son

Perhaps “story” is a misnomer. More like “series of scenes in which people talked to themselves about A SECRET and then there was a birth certificate made in MS Paint and then some kid spent two months walking around the docks with bad hair and visiting the DiMera mansion and then he and Stefano had one conversation about being related.” There were so, so many interesting angles to play with this setup, but it’s like they forgot about the story halfway through and then remembered they had to wrap it up somehow. I hope they can move on this coming year, but let’s just pretend this whole setup never happened.

BEST STORY I DIDN’T WANT TO SEE: Alice’s Death & Memorial

You guys. I cried the day I found out about Frances Reid’s death. I know it sounds stupid to anyone who doesn’t have a long attachment to this show, but Alice Horton has always been there. She was like another, fictional grandma to me. She was the backbone of this show.

I hoped they would do both the character and actress justice with Alice’s on-screen memorial, but they exceeded my expectations tenfold. We got visits from characters we haven’t seen in years and years (Marie! Laura! Mike!). They went to the trouble of recasting Bill Horton just for this short arc. And not only did we get to see these characters, but just about all of them were given scenes of substance—not just about Alice, but with one another and their loved ones. Carrie interacted with Mike and mended fences with Sami. Shane and Kimberly got back together. Kayla and Melissa reconnected over the fact that their kids were dating. And we got to spend two weeks reminiscing about Alice and this show’s long, memorable history. It was like a love letter to the fans and to Frances Reid herself.

MOST AGE-APPROPRIATE STREAK OF BLUE
IN ONE’S HAIR: Kate Roberts-DiMera

Yes, this happened.

I’ll Take a Stocking Full of Dog Shit, Please

December 24, 2010

Are they seriously having little Johnny’s eye removed as part of this cancer storyline? Yikes.

They’re handling it well (i.e., not making a huge joke of it, like they did when Phillip lost his leg), and retinoblastoma is a serious condition that affects young children — Matthew Ashford’s daughter had it — but cripes. What a downer.

Salem kids are really having the worst Christmas ever. Let’s review:

JOHNNY: You’re losing an eye!

CIARA: Your mom is in prison, and you can’t even visit her because she’s in solitary! Oh, and Daddy ditched you for Christmas to go save her!

THEO: Still autistic!

SYDNEY: You have to be in four thousand scenes a week in which your parents and Rafe and Nicole just keep saying your name over and over!

PARKER: You’re bonding with a daddy who isn’t really your daddy! And your real daddy has terrible hair!

WILL: Sorry, but you’ll never get past second base (even though you’re like 18 and hot as shit) because all your scenes have to revolve around your idiot mom and her problems!

ALLIE: You exist?

(Does it disturb anyone else that 57% of the children on this list belong to Sami?!)