David Michaels, senior vice president, Daytime Emmy Awards & Events for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, says as few as three and as many as four serials can earn a nom, and the reason that all four serials made the cut this year is because once again there’s a slim difference between the number of votes received by the shows that have ranked in third and fourth place.
“It seems crazy to have four nominees out of four contenders,” says Tom O’Neil, founder and editor of Goldderby.com. “In general, showbiz awards reflect at most two-thirds of contenders, but that’s not etched in stone. No one believes any of these four soaps are unworthy.”
“It’s never completely a given you’ll be nominated,” says
In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover launched with viral force followed up by her reality series “I Am Cait.” In 2014, Amazon found a juggernaut in “Transparent.” The year prior, Cox was starting to become a household name for her performance in “Orange Is the New Black” and her transgender activism.
Yet, almost one year after Jenner’s announcement, transgender representation on television is still leaping over hurdles. “We still have a long way to go,” says Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of programs and transgender media.
In its report on the 2015-16 television season,
That strategy is evident in the episodes each of the four surviving soaps (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless”) selected as submissions for the Daytime Emmys drama series prize.
Both “General Hospital” submissions are loaded with veteran players, but couldn’t be more different in terms of content. An anniversary episode, featuring black and white segments, harkens back to the show’s early days. The episode resolves the “Fluke” storyline, explaining Luke Spencer’s bizarre behavior and how his parents died.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths
In the comedy series category, freshman Netflix show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" scored a nomination for best series, as well as an overall best new series nod. "The Last Man on Earth" also landed in that latter category, and was singled out for its pilot episode writing, too.
On the drama side of the equation, lauded "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" also got best series and best new series nominations, in addition to a an episode writing nod. Newly-minted Emmy winner "Game of Thrones" also scored a best drama citation, as well as an episodic writing nomination.
The full list of nominees released this week are below. Nominations in the theatrical and documentary categories will
In the drama series category, “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and “Mr. Robot” garnered nominations. For comedy, “Broad City,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Veep” got the call.
USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” impressed the scribe tribe enough to garner mentions for best new series as well as drama series.
Netflix’s much-praised “Narcos” landed an episodic drama nom for the seg “Explosivos” by Andy Black. HBO’s “The Leftovers” landed a bid for “International Assassin” by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse. “Mad Men’s” series finale “Person to Person” grabbed an episodic nom for Matthew Weiner. “The Good Wife
CBS and PBS scored 17 trophies apiece. “Bold and the Beautiful” led the program winners with a total of eight.
Winners at Friday’s ceremony, hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson at the Universal Hilton, included a three-way tie for guest star in a drama series among Donna Mills (for ABC’s”General Hospital”), Fred Willard (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Ray Wise (CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”).
Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as the Hub) won the children’s series award for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Nickelodeon’s “Dino Dan: Trek Adventures” got the nod for preschool children’s series.
Digital nets got into the fray this year with Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” recognized for preschool animation series while Netflix’s
But this year’s quartet of contenders say the decision ultimately comes down to an age-old strategy — aim for the heart.
There was a time when daytime serial producers had a lot more money to spend and the flashiest (read: priciest) episodes would typically be slamdunk Emmy submissions. Nowadays, showrunners are singling out the episodes that deliver emotional wallops.
“When the Emmys come around it takes a while to reflect back on the year before,” says “General Hospital” exec producer Frank Valentini. “We do quite a few episodes a year so we have to be very self-actualizing.”
“Gh” went with the first episode from its annual Nurses Ball (which had numerous entanglements) and also
Then, Wednesday’s episode revealed that Maya used to be a man named Myron. All of a sudden, the CBS soap’s willingness to explore a transgender character — which other daytime dramas have tried (and failed at) in the past — has more than just B&B diehards waiting for today’s episode.
What will the new development mean for Maya and Rick’s relationship? What about that baby Dayzee helped her have adopted?
On Wednesday's episode, it was revealed that Maya Avant – who has been played by Karla Mosley on the soap for two years – is transgender. She was assigned male at birth with the name Myron.
This reveal came courtesy of her sister, Nicole (Reign Edwards), during an emotional argument. "You're not my sister, Maya. You're not Maya at all," said Nicole. "You're Myron, my brother."
If you were surprised by Maya's secret, you weren't the only one.
"My first reaction was surprise, because 10 or 20 years ago,
“Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.
“We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”
“Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.
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