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2018 Daytime Emmy Nominations and ALSO I’VE LOST MY MIND

March 22, 2018


First things first: the official nominations for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were released earlier today, and Days received nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Drama Series
Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Marci Miller as Abigail Deveraux

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Reynolds as Abe Carver

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Chandler Massey as Will Horton
Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire Brady

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Lucas Adams as Tripp Dalton
Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Robb Derringer as Scooter Nelson
John Enos as Roger
Morgan Fairchild as Anjelica Deveraux

In addition, Days received nods in the Writing and Directing categories, as well as a variety of technical ones. The original song “Sun Still Shines” was also nominated, giving Days a total of 26 noms. You can check out the full list of nominations here, and the awards will be handed out on April 29.

General thoughts: most of these seem about right to me. There’s always a bit of confusion about what constitutes a Lead performance versus a Supporting one, and… it’s clear that continued this year. The general understanding seems to be that a Lead performer is someone who was involved in frontburner story throughout the year, whereas Supporting is someone who had smaller stories or, well, supported the major players’ action. But there’s another interpretation that, in the handful of episodes a performer submits, s/he simply needs to be driving or “leading” the scenes, and a Supporting performance is one that plays off a Lead but isn’t the primary focus. All that to say, that’s how James Reynolds wound up in Lead Actor despite having about four weeks of intense storyline for all of 2017.

Personally, I didn’t totally think that his performance elevated some tricky material, but it’s the sort of material that tends to speak to awards voters. I’m thrilled to see Susan Seaforth Hayes in the mix — I’m guessing her submissions had to do with David’s death and the Eli reveal — simply because she’s such an icon and it’s awesome that the show continues to use her. Greg Vaughan did some great work and has long been deserving, and the younger players generally make sense otherwise. I still wish Bryan Dattilo were in there, based on the alcoholism story, but I guess that’s not happening. And I know opinions on Marci Miller are all over the map, but I can see how she would’ve had episodes strong enough to score a nomination, given the nature of her stories. The only two that really have me going “WTF?!” are the guy who played Scooter — who seemed like a totally decent actor, but the story was so gross and ridiculous — and Morgan Fairchild, who honestly seemed out of her element but I guess she’s a name.

Um, also, the second part of this post’s title refers to the fact that, just as I was about to check the nominations, I got an e-mail that I got nominated for a Daytime Emmy. I generally try to keep my real/professional life out of this, beyond references to my wine consumption and how I horrify my friends and family with my love of Days, but it feels weirder not to mention this, so… a series I worked on last year, Verizon go90’s Relationship Status, was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Digital Drama Series. I had the privilege of being part of the (small, awesome) writing staff, and I’m very proud of the work we did. Our director, Suzi Yoonessi, was nominated for her work, as was one of our performers: former Days star Molly Burnett (Melanie) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series.

Anyway, life is ridiculous, I’m in shock, and we’ll see if this keeps me from being impartial about the ceremony’s shoddy production values when it rolls around. Congrats to all the nominees!



June 21, 2017

“Um, John? How did we wind up on Gilligan’s Island?”

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The ending of the Island of Misfit Young Lovers was so hilariously rushed that they might as well have had Ron Carlivati pop up onscreen and tell us, “I really do not want to deal with this any more than you guys do, okay? So just pretend something exciting happened to get them back to Salem.” I mean, that’s essentially what’s John explanation was, anyway: “Uh, we were flying around these islands and we saw dense cover, so we decided to check it out and you dopes were so busy talking about your love lives that you didn’t even notice a jet flying overhead or landing, so here we are!” Couldn’t he at least have said they saw the flare that was shot off last night and had finally narrowed its location down to this island? Good grief.

I still can’t get over the fact that there have apparently been all sorts of law enforcement officials looking for these people — and the plane they crashed — for days, and these two 60-somethings were just flying around and happened to find them. Then again, half the people trapped on the island were law enforcement, and they were too stupid to even ration their food supply, so maybe it’s best we all rely on the veteran agents here.

I’d be curious to know how this was actually supposed to end and what was cut. Not curious enough to watch it play out, but you know, I’d read a short summary or something.

Days Wins at the Daytime Emmys

May 1, 2017

The Daytime Emmys, a confusing mess held in the back room of an Olive Garden in Peoria, Illinois or something, were handed out this weekend, and the big headline as far as Days goes was Kate Mansi’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actress.


A lot of times, the winners for these things are severe WTFs, but this one is spot-on. Mansi turned in some incredibly strong work as Abigail descended into madness; you could see her coming into her own as an actress, and the strength of her performance finally elevated the character into a full-blown leading role. I’m thrilled for her, and also thrilled that I didn’t torture myself by sitting through the live stream of this thing on Snapchat or whatever they were doing this year.

Days also took home five awards at the Creative Arts Emmys, for casting, best original song, music, sound mixing, and stunt coordinating. Check out the full list of Daytime Emmy winners here.

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.


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.”



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:


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.


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).