The nominees for this year’s Daytime Emmys, which will probably be held in someone’s garden shed and broadcast on Facebook Live, were announced earlier today. Days of Our Lives scored 22 nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series. It was also nominated in the Writing and Directing categories, as well as several technical ones [full disclosure: I think they just went ahead and plopped all four remaining soaps into all those categories this year, which, whatever].
As for the performers…
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series:
Vincent Irizarry (Deimos Kiriakis)
Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series:
Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux DiMera)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series:
John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis)
James Reynolds (Abe Carver)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Daytime Drama Series:
James Lastovic (Joey Johnson)
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama Series:
Tobin Bell (Yo Ling)
First of all, this is John Aniston’s first-ever nomination. How?! I’m also not sure what James Reynolds submitted in order to garner a nom, but he’s a strong actor and seems like a nice guy, so more power to him.
I’m not super-surprised about Vincent Irizarry being nominated, because he’s a big daytime name, but I don’t think he’s done any particularly impressive work on Days (largely because his material has barely made sense). I wouldn’t even be shocked to see him win, since Days actors who have either been fired or left the show — Tamara Braun, Eileen Davidson, Chandler Massey — have a history of doing that, more so than performers actively airing. I don’t really think Billy Flynn has much of a chance, mostly because that category tends to skew older, but we’ll see.
Kate Mansi being up for Supporting Actress while Flynn, her storyline partner, is up for Lead is a little weird, but I guess the thinking was that she only aired for half the eligibility period. I do think she has a better chance of winning in that category, though.
As for Lastovic… the Younger categories are always a little weird (I think the age limit is 25?), and he did have some decent performances and interesting material. I can see how the stuff about Ava’s murder might’ve made for a good reel. I don’t even know what to say about Yo Ling. Tobin Bell did a great job playing a very non-Days part in scenes that felt nothing like Days. That story also seems like it was 10 years ago, for as relevant as it is to the current show. So, he’ll probably win.
Deadline Hollywood has the nominees here, or if you really want to exhaust yourself, you can check out the full (and I mean full) list of ’em here. The official ceremony will be held on April 30.