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The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys

May 2, 2016

This will be a short post, both because the Daytime Emmys were not broadcast on television (or online like that one horrible year), meaning I didn’t have to strap myself to my sofa and resist the urge to light myself on fire while I watched all hell break loose onscreen, and also because there were only two wins relevant to Days of Our Lives.

The first is lovely and much-deserved: Mary Beth Evans won for Outstanding Lead Actress.

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And the second is truly one of the most insane things I will ever type: True O’Brien — True O’Brien, who played Paige — won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress.

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Outstanding Achievement in Hurling a Cake on the Floor? Sure. Outstanding Ability to Make a Face Like Someone Just Pooped? Totally. But an acting award?! This is meaner than I usually get about the actual actors (versus the characters/writing), but she was adequate at best, and those times were not exactly frequent. And the most relevant thing about Paige is that she’s dead! Then again, Natalia Livingston — who played the first Taylor Walker when she returned in 2011 to sniff scarves and stare at EJ — also has a Daytime Emmy, sooooo…

The full list of winners can be found here.

 

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

April 27, 2015

This year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were held last night, and they were not as much of a nightmarish exercise in idiocy and degradation as they’ve been in recent years, perhaps because they were broadcast on actual TV network POP (formerly the TV Guide Channel) and not filmed on a GoPro in the back room of a Wendy’s in Tuscaloosa. The big news, as pertains to this blog, is that Days won — well, tied — for Outstanding Daytime Drama, along with The Young and the Restless. In the shadiest move of the evening, the show spent all night hyping the big reunion of General Hospital’s Luke and Laura (Tony Geary and Genie Francis), only to bring them onstage to present two other shows with the award for Outstanding Daytime Drama.

Freddie Smith (Sonny) also won for Outstanding Younger Actor, so congratulations to him and to Days. Camila Banus (Gabi) lost for Outstanding Younger Actress, while both Peggy McCay (Caroline) and Alison Sweeney (Sami) were passed over for the Outstanding Lead Actress award, so boo on everyone involved with that decision.

Perhaps the greatest shock of the night was when Deidre Hall came onstage to pay tribute to the upcoming 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives, which included a video montage that was respectful, nicely put together, inclusive of various eras of the show’s history, and did not feature Daniel Jonas. Check it out here:

I might have teared up. This is worlds better than the tribute Guiding Light got when it was going off the air, which I’m pretty sure was just, like, a glimpse of the title card and a picture of some of the actors bound and gagged backstage. The ending of this montage, with Marlena’s words from Will and Sonny’s wedding playing over clips of Shane & Kim, Steve & Kayla, and Tom & Alice, is beautiful. And they actually included Possessed Marlena and Greta’s coronation! If the actual anniversary on the show is handled with this level of love and attention, we’re in for a treat. And if it isn’t… at least I’ll have a bunch of blogging material?

Your Drunken Friend, the Daytime Emmys

June 17, 2013

You know how you have that one friend who always gets too drunk and makes a scene at parties? And you swear you’re never inviting him/her to anything again, but then s/he meets you for lunch and it’s nice and civil, and when your next party rolls around you’re all, “It’ll be fine this time, I’m sure,” and then that friend winds up destroying your living room and getting your dog high and vomiting on you and whatnot?

That’s basically my relationship with the Daytime Emmys. Every year, I sit there cringing and praying for it to be over, crippled by secondhand embarrassment. But then months go by, and Days gets a few nominations, and I think, “Oh, it’ll be fine this year.”

IT’S NEVER FINE.

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This year, the horror was compounded by the fact that I was watching with my boyfriend — or, rather, my boyfriend was also in the living room, doing things on his laptop and trying to be a good sport, oblivious to the anguish he was about to endure. I even warned him about the time Marie Osmond sang “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” but he was like, “No, it’s fine. You can watch it!” So on top of my usual secondhand embarrassment for everyone involved with or forced to attend the telecast, I was also personally embarrassed to be voluntarily watching this shitshow.

What was the lowest point? When the camera kept flying around, unable to find anything to focus on? When there was a tie and neither of the winners knew nor received any guidance as to what to do? When we were forced to sit through those horrifying post-acceptance interviews, conducted by people who knew nothing about the subjects? When one of the hosts, a woman who is apparently a morning anchor on HLN (the network condemned to broadcast this thing, no doubt chosen in some kind of hellish Hunger Games-esque lottery), burst into song not one, not two, but three times? No, it was probably the painful moment when the women of The Talk were attempting to present an award, only to open the envelope and discover that it was the envelope for the wrong category and winner. That could only have been more terrible if Sharon Osbourne had been the one to open it.

Seriously, the entire thing was a nightmare.

Okay, not the entire thing. It was touching how everyone associated with The Young and the Restless seemed genuinely moved to pay tribute to that show’s grand dame, Jeanne Cooper, who passed away last month. Those “40 Years of Daytime Divas/Catfights/Etc.” montages were the right kind of melodramatic and funny. And… uh… okay, there was Chandler Massey winning for Outstanding Younger Actor, and then there was this:

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We won! Days of Our Lives won for Outstanding Daytime Drama. This has happened only once before, in 1978. WE WON!

(For the full acceptance speeches and more background info, check out Jason47’s site. It’s an amazing resource for all things Days.)

I am so, so happy. Days has been largely ignored by the Emmys forever, aside from a few acting prizes in recent years and last year’s Outstanding Writing award. To win the big one is huge. It seems like Days has sort of been the bastard child of daytime lately, less high-profile than Y&RB&B, and General Hospital. But I keep up with the other shows enough to feel confident saying that Days is turning out the most effective, intricate drama of any of the remaining soaps. Maybe it’s the cheapness of the production that undercuts it, but it continues to be satisfying and surprising to me on a near-daily basis. I’ve seen a few arguments that because the winning submission episodes came from the end of the McPherson/Thomas regime, it proves that Corday was wrong to replace them with Tomlin and Whitesell. I don’t think it proves that at all. The MarDar period had its strengths, and one of those strengths was pulling together impressive single episodes or mini-arcs. But the show feels so much stronger on a day-to-day basis now. Just about everything that hits the screen means something, even if we don’t know it for weeks.

Regardless, kudos to everyone at Days. These people work their asses off to churn out an insane number of shows, and it’s brought me an incredible amount of entertainment (both intentional and… otherwise) over the years. And dammit, this means I’m gonna have to watch this shitshow next year, huh?

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.

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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).

Daytime Emmys 2012

June 25, 2012

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!”

It’s Better Than a Razzie?

May 9, 2012

The Daytime Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning, and Days managed to snag a total of 15. Among these are nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.That’s “outstanding” as in “best,” not “most ridiculous” or “greatest preponderance of people doing nothing.” I KNOW. As for performers, the following Days cast members received nominations:

  • Outstanding Lead Actress — Crystal Chappell as Dr. Carly Manning
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor — Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux
  • Outstanding Younger Actress — Molly Burnett as Melanie Jonas
  • Outstanding Younger Actress — Shelley Hennig as Stephanie Johnson
  • Outstanding Younger Actor — Chandler Massey as Will Horton

So, per usual, they’ve managed to get nominations for a bunch of talented actors who were fired or backburnered after being given nothing to work with, and a random younger performer who did some decent work but was nothing exceptional.

What was Crystal Chappell’s reel? A bunch of huffing and puffing while clutching a handful of pills? Barking at Abigail about doctor-patient confidentiality? Having Jennifer cram a bar of soap into her mouth?

Chandler Massey’s nomination, though expected, is a nice nod toward the one actual solid storyline this show has had in the past year, and I hope Ashford is somehow able to pull off a win for his excellent work whenever they let him run across the screen for fifteen seconds. And is it bad to confess my dream that both Natalia Livingston and Tamara Braun would’ve been nominated for playing Taylor?! (Please note that Natalia Livingston already owns a Daytime Emmy, if that tells you anything about what they’re worth.)

So if anyone actually agrees to air this shitshow, you can tune in and root for the Days gang to win, in-between Nicole Scherzinger trying to peddle a terrible new single or whatever else pays for the telecast.