Frosh yakker among noms; 'Y&R' tops soaps

Roseanne may be fighting an uphill Nielsen battle with her new talkshow, but she’s a contender for best talkshow host in the eyes of daytime Emmy voters.

Nominations for the 26th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, unveiled Thursday in Gotham, put Roseanne in competish in the talkshow host field with Leeza Gibbons, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, Rosie O’Donnell and “The View” crew of Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and the now-departed Debbie Matenopoulos.

Jeff Wald, Roseanne’s manager and an exec producer of “The Roseanne Show,” hailed the nod for the neophyte yakker as “a testament to Roseanne’s talent and the fact that the audience was ready for a host who deals with the truth and continually says what people are thinking.”

Lucci returns

In the daytime drama arena, perennial Emmy bridesmaid Susan Lucci earned a 19th stab at snaring a lead actress trophy for her role as the vixen Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children.”

Overall, the CBS sudser “The Young & the Restless” led the daytime Emmy field, as it did last year, but with this year’s haul of 21 noms, “Y&R” set a daytime Emmy record for the most bids garnered in a single year. ABC’s “General Hospital” was a distant second in the noms derby with 13.

The Eye web bagged a total of 47 daytime Emmy bids, more than any other distrib outside of the syndication category with 66.

Noms for best daytime drama were a carbon copy of last year’s contest: ABC’s “Children” (last year’s winner) and “Hospital,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and CBS’ “Restless.”

Joining Lucci in the lead femme field were Elizabeth Hubbard of CBS’ “As the World Turns,” Kim Zimmer of CBS’ “Guiding Light,” and Jeanne Cooper and Melody Thomas Scott of “Restless.”

Lead actor bids went to “Children’s” David Canary, “Hospital’s” Anthony Geary, “One Life to Live’s” Robert S. Woods, and Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman of “Restless.”

Familiar contenders

Noms for best talkshow were also a rerun of last year: NBC’s “Leeza Gibbons,” syndies “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and ABC’s “The View.”

In the gameshow gallery, Emmy voters liked King World Prods.’ syndie revival of “Hollywood Squares,” handing nods to the show and its host, Tom Bergeron.

In fact, uniformity was the rule for Emmy voters this year as the remaining lineup of the gameshow and gameshow host categories also were in sync: Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!”; Bob Barker of CBS’ “The Price is Right”; Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune” and Ben Stein of Comedy Central’s “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”

Kid competish

As for kidvid, Disney and Warner Bros. dominated the children’s animated program category with nods for ABC’s “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians” and “Disney’s Doug,” and bids for the WB Network’s “Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs” and “Steven Spielberg Presents: Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.” PBS’ “Arthur” rounded out the field.

This year’s daytime Emmy kudos encompass 60 award categories covering programs broadcast nationally between 2 a.m.-6 p.m. from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1998. Winners of the creative arts kudos will be unveiled May 15 in simultaneous ceremonies in Gotham and Beverly Hills. CBS will carry the May 21 Emmycast live in primetime (taped delayed in the West) from Gotham’s Madison Square Garden Theatre.

For a complete list of nominees, select from the following lists:

DAYTIME EMMY LIST 1

DAYTIME EMMY LIST 2

DAYTIME EMMY LIST 3

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