Lucci snubbed for 18th time, 'Sesame Street' sets record

NEW YORK — No, the 18th try was not the charm for Susan Lucci, who once again did not win the Daytime Emmy for lead actress in a drama, but Lucci’s loss was overshadowed by the triumphs of Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O’Donnell at the 25th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Friday night.

Soon after a happily tearful Winfrey accepted the lifetime achievement Emmy Award, Winfrey and O’Donnell tied as winners for outstanding talkshow host, the first time there has ever been a tie in the category.

“I am honored and humbled in your presence,” said a crying O’Donnell, who had already won the Emmy for outstanding talk-show for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Lucci, who lost the outstanding lead actress in a drama series for the 18th consecutive time, was beaten by Cynthia Watros, who won for her portrayal of Annie Dutton on CBS’ “Guiding Light.”

Three actors from ABC’s “General Hospital” won awards, but the soap’s three-year winning streak as best drama series was snapped by ABC’s “All My Children.”

A visibly pregnant Sarah Brown won the Emmy for outstanding younger actress on a drama series for her role of Carly Roberts in “General Hospital,” and the series’ Jonathan Jackson won for outstanding younger actor for his portrayal of Lucky Spencer. Fellow cast member Steve Burton won the outstanding supporting actor award for his role as Jason Morgan.

Eric Braeden, who was a no-show Friday night, won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role as Victor Newman in CBS’ “The Young & the Restless.”

PBS’ “Sesame Street” won the Daytime Emmy for outstanding pre-school children’s series, a victory that broke the all-time Emmy record for most awards for a series (18). “Sesame Street” had previously been tied at 17 wins with ABC’s “The Wide World of Sports.”

In the other children’s categories, Bill Nye won the trophy for outstanding performer in a children’s series for his syndicated “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” PBS’ “Arthur” was the Emmy winner for outstanding children’s animated program, and Showtime’s “In His Father’s Shoes” was victorious in the outstanding children’s special category.

“All My Children” won for outstanding drama series writing team and “The Young & the Restless” won for outstanding drama series directing team.

The category of outstanding supporting actress in a drama series was won by Julia Barr for her performance as Brooke English in “All My Children.”

The syndicated “Jeopardy!” won the Emmy for outstanding game/audience participation show.

The Daytime Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in association with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, were televised live by NBC.

DRAMA

“All My Children” — Francesca James, executive producer; Jean Dadario-Burke, senior producer; Heidi Adam, supervising producer; Ginger Smith, coordinating producer (ABC).

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW/GAMESHOW

“Jeopardy!” — Merv Griffin, executive producer; Harry Friedman, producer; Lisa Finneran, Rocky Schmidt, co-producers; George Vosburgh, producer (syn).

PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN’S SERIES

“Sesame Street” — Michael Loman, executive producer; Arlene Sherman, supervising producer; Carlos Dorta, coordinating producer; Teri Weiss, producer (PBS).

CHILDREN’S SPECIAL

“In His Father’s Shoes” — Louis Gossett Jr., Hilly Elkins, executive producers; Dan Redler, Patrick Whitley, producers (Showtime).

CHILDREN’S ANIMATED PROGRAM

“Arthur” — Micheline Charest, Carol Greenwald, executive producers; Ronald A. Weinberg, Cassandra Schafhausen, supervising producers; Lesley Taylor, coordinating producer; Ken Scarborough, head writer; Joe Fallon, Peter Hirsch, writers; Greg Bailey, director (PBS).

TALKSHOW

“The Rosie O’Donnell Show” — Rosie O’Donnell, Hilary Estey McLoughlin, executive producers; Bernie Young, coordinating producer; Andy Lassner, supervising producer; Mimi Pizzi, David Perler, Dierdre Dod, Lisa Rechsteiner, Corin Nelson, Judy Gold, Joy Trapani, Janette Barber, Krysia Plonka, producers (syn).

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Cynthia Watros, “Guiding Light” (CBS).

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Eric Braeden, “The Young & the Restless” (CBS).

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Julia Barr, “All My Children” (ABC).

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Burton, “General Hospital” (ABC).

YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sarah Brown, “General Hospital” (ABC).

YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jonathan Jackson, “General Hospital” (ABC).

PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES

Bill Nye, “Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy” (syn).

TALKSHOW HOST

Oprah Winfrey, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (syn).

Rosie O’Donnell, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (syn).

DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM

“The Young & the Restless” –Heather H. Hill, Mike Denney, Kathryn Foster, Sally McDonald, directors; Betty Rothenberg, Dan Brumett, Noel Maxam, associate directors; Randall Hill, Don Jacob, stage managers (CBS).

DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM

“All My Children” — Agnes Nixon, Lorraine Broderick, Hal Corley, Victor Miller, Frederick Johnson, Jeff Beldner, Christina Covino, Peggy Sloane, Craig Carlson, Karen L. Lewis, Michelle Patrick, Bettina F. Bradbury, Judith Donato, Kathleen Klein, Caroline Franz, Jane Owen Murphy, Charlotte Gibson, writers (ABC).

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