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The Daytime Emmy Awards is used to being in a state of flux.
The kudosfest, still negotiating a home for this year’s telecast, has switched networks almost annually for four decades and has been beset by a 20-year ratings slide. Case in point: In 1993, the broadcast garnered 22 million viewers. Last year, viewers of the Hln telecast numbered 913,000.
According to Gabriel Gornell, who exec produced the past two telecasts, audience apathy may be due to the ceremony’s strong focus on one genre: soap operas. “There’s a long history in building this special around daytime dramas,” says Gornell.
While only five of 2013’s 118 Emmy-nominated shows were soaps, nine of the 19 awards were soap-centric. Talkers, gameshows and kids’ programming were in the minority, so there probably wasn’t much of a draw for viewers who aren’t aficionados of daytime dramas like “General Hospital.”
The Daytime Emmys also face a demographic challenge. »
- Chad Gervich
The Daytime Emmys are about to enter a brave new world. "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," cancelled by ABC before being revived by Prospect Park on the internet in 2013, will be the first web shows to compete in drama series categories. However, after being embroiled in false-starts, legal conflicts, and re-cancellation, how will these online off-shoots be received anew by Daytime Emmy voters? They might do very well, according to David Michaels, senior executive director of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who told Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine, "Our entry deadline was last Friday, Jan. 17, and we've had a lot of great submissions from 'AMC' and 'Oltl' — in fact, we've set an extreme record for the number of entries this year … From the look of Prospect Park's submissions, I think they'll give the four network soaps a real run for their money when it comes t. »
2 items from 2014
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