Daytime Emmys Preview: Wayne Brady, Canceled Soaps and Oprah
"General Hospital" leads the soaps with 21 nominations and PBS tops with 57. Who will prevail?
The 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, hosted by Wayne Brady, are less than 24 hours away. Here are some things to look out for when daytime television's biggest and brightest stars hit the red carpet at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.
Will canceled soaps One Life to Live and All My Children get awards notice?
With the cancellation of two ABC soap operas, One Life to Live and All My Children (the latter of which moved its production from New York to Los Angeles), the obvious question looms: Will they be rewarded with any Daytime Emmys? No one is sure, but one thing is for certain: CBS' Bold and the Beautiful, which won the top prize the last two years, may be the odds-on favorite again.
Another ABC soap General Hospital, which hasn't been canceled, has taken home the drama series Emmy four times since 2000. The last time All My Children (One Life to Live isn't nominated in the category this year) won was back in 1998. Will it happen this year?
In a THR interview, Daytime Emmys producer Jim Romanovich said, "We are not planning to do anything formal in the show, but I'm sure some of the presenters or some of the recipients will make a mention of it."
However, when next year's telecast comes around, Romanovich all but confirmed a heavy All My Children and One Life to Live presence: "When we do the show next year, you can bet we're going to do something on both of those shows."
Daytime players in primetime
With Brady leading the charge, viewers will see their favorite soap stars and daytime TV personalities take the stage in primetime. All My Children star Susan Lucci, The Young and the Restless' Christian LeBlanc, Kimberly McCullogh from General Hospital, ex-soap star Shemar Moore (now on Criminal Minds), Rachael Ray and Darnell Williams (All My Children) are just a few of the faces that will be presenting awards on Sunday.
Tributes to Oprah
Oprah Winfrey will be awarded the Chairman's Crystal Pillar Award for lifetime achievement in daytime for her long-running talk show, which ended last month. Romanovich told THR they are working out the logistics to see if Winfrey will be able to accept the award herself. Regardless, he said a number of presenters will pay tribute to the queen of daytime. We know Celine Dion will be taking a break from her Vegas show to belt one out for her friend.
Top Vegas Entertainment
Last year's ceremony gave a It might feel like a real evening in Vegas, as a number of Las Vegas staples will take the stage during the evening. Penn & Teller, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, Gladys Knight, and Marie Osmond are set to perform.