Daytime Emmys led by CBS; Lucci status quo

NEW YORK — CBS won seven Daytime Emmy Awards Wednesday night, continuing its long winning streak. And in the perennial cliffhanger, Susan Lucci, a record 17-time nominee for her role as vixen Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children,” again came up empty-handed, losing to Jess Walton of CBS’ “The Young & the Restless” as lead actress in a drama.

The 24th Daytime Emmys, presented at Radio City Music Hall, were hosted by Lucci and Regis Philbin and televised live on the East Coast by ABC.

King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” aced out Warner Bros.’ freshman sensation “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for the talkshow prize, picking up its seventh Emmy in the category. But a tearful O’Donnell was triumphant with her first Emmy as talkshow host, as many had expected.

In other key categories, ABC’s “General Hospital” won its fifth Emmy for daytime drama. And Justin Deas won his sixth Emmy, a record for acting categories, as lead actor for his role as Buzz Cooper on CBS’ “Guiding Light.”

CBS’ top performance mirrored another non-televised Emmy ceremony on Saturday night, where the Eye web took home another nine kudos for craft and technical awards (Daily Variety, May 19).

In Wednesday night’s tally, ABC won three Emmys, PBS two, and Fox and the WB snared one apiece, while NBC was winless.

Top daytimer winner was CBS’ “Young & Restless,” with three honors including writing and directing. ABC’s “All My Children” shared the writing award in the evening’s only tie.

Tim Robbins presented a lifetime achievement award to Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

A list of Wednesday night’s winners follows.

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