CBS pair tops Daytime noms

'Light,' 'World' add to net's 57; PBS, ABC follow

CBS and two of its long-running daytime dramas, "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns," garnered the most nominations Wednesday for the 34th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

CBS received 57 nominations, well ahead of PBS' 38 and ABC's 36, which were the only networks to receive more than 16. Syndicated programming received 53 noms. PBS received 20 nominations Wednesday and collected the other 18 during last month's Children's Emmy nominations.

"The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker, 83, who is retiring in June after more than three decades with the show, has a shot at an 18th Daytime Emmy with a nomination for outstanding game-show host.

The awards ceremony will be held June 15, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and broadcast live in primetime on CBS. A Creative Arts Award ceremony will take place a day earlier.

"Guiding Light," the longest-running soap in production (it went to air on TV in 1952), received the most noms of any show with 17, while "As the World Turns" (which debuted in 1956) followed with 16. Three shows — PBS' "Sesame Street," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and CBS' "The Young & the Restless" — each received 12 mentions. ABC trio "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The View" received 10 apiece.

For the first time in more than 20 years, "Live With Regis and Kelly" (formerly "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee") didn't make the talk show or talk show host categories. This was intentional on the part of the show, which instead entered a new Daytime Emmy category of outstanding morning program. It's open to shows that air before noon. Talk shows can either enter the existing categories or the new morning-program category but not both.

Nominations for the new award will be announced sometime in April. The Emmy will go to the producers and the hosts, which means that "Today" co-host Meredith Vieira might add a second nom to go with her nomination for best game show host.

"Guiding Light," CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," "One Life to Live" and "Young & the Restless" received nominations for outstanding drama series. "Jeopardy," "Price" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" received noms in the game-show category.

Talk show nominations went to "Dr. Phil," "Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Tyra Banks Show," "Rachael Ray" and "The View." Lifestyle program nominations went to Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa" and "Paula's Home Cooking," A&E's "Sell This House," PBS' "This Old House" and the syndicated "Martha Stewart Show."

Nominations for lead actress in a drama series are Maura West in "As the World Turns," Crystal Chappell and Kim Zimmer in "Guiding Light" and Jeanne Cooper and Michelle Stafford in "Young & the Restless."

Lead actor nominations were given to Michael Park in "As the World Turns," Anthony Geary in "General Hospital," Ricky Paull Goldin in "Guiding Light" and Peter Bergman and Christian LeBlanc in "Young & the Restless."

Game-show host nods went to Barker, Vieira ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"), Ben Bailey (Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab"), Alex Trebek ("Jeopardy!"), Pat Sajak ("Wheel of Fortune").

Vieira's former colleagues at "View" — Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — shared a nomination in the talk-show host category along with Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Ray, Phil McGraw ("Dr. Phil"), Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway ("Soap Talk") and Tyra Banks ("Tyra Banks Show").

Others networks nominated were Discovery Kids (16, including one announced Wednesday), NBC (15), Kids' WB! (10), Food Network (seven), Nickelodeon (five), A&E (four), Discovery Channel (three) and two each for Cartoon Network, Fox, Noggin and Soap Net. One each went to Animania, Disney Channel, HGTV, Lifetime, MTV, TBN, TLC and Travel Channel. earned a nom.

Several of the noms, particularly in the children's categories, were previously announced.