'Restless' leads all with record-breaking 28 noms

Martin Short may be fighting an uphill Nielsen battle with his new talkshow, but he’s a contender for best talkshow host in the eyes of daytime Emmy voters.

Nominations for the 27th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, unveiled Wednesday in Gotham, put Short in competish in the talkshow host field with Donny and Marie Osmond, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, Rosie O’Donnell and “The View” crew of Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Star Jones and Lisa Ling.

Philbin was also nominated for outstanding gameshow host for his “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” gig. ABC’s primetime gameshow — which is ineligible for primetime Emmys (see sidebar) — was nominated for five Emmys overall, including outstanding directing. Philbin will be up against “Hollywood Squares” host Tom Bergeron, Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” and Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune.” In the gameshow gallery, “Millionaire” will compete with “Hollywood Squares,” “Jeopardy!” “The Price is Right” and last year’s winner, “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”

End to the streak

Susan Lucci — who after a record 19 noms finally nabbed last year’s trophy for lead actress for her role as the vixen Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children”– was notably absent in the daytime drama arena. “Our industry is filled with brilliant performers, and I congratulate all the wonderful and talented nominees,” Lucci said.

Finola Hughes of “All My Children,” Susan Flannery of CBS’ “The Bold & The Beautiful,” Hillary B. Smith of “One Life to Live,” and Jeanne Cooper and Jess Walton of CBS sudser “The Young and the Restless” are competing in the lead actress category.

Overall, “The Young and the Restless” led the daytime Emmy field, as it did last year, with a record-shattering 28 noms, followed by PBS’ “Sesame Street” with 13. ABC bagged a total of 59 daytime Emmy bids, more than any other distrib outside the syndication category, which has 62.

In addition to “Restless,” ABC’s “All My Children” and “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” will compete in the best daytime drama field.

Repeat performances

Noms for lead actor were a carbon copy of last year’s contest: “Children’s” David Canary, “Hospital’s” Anthony Geary, “One Live to Live’s” Robert S. Woods and Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman of “Restless.”

This year’s daytime Emmy kudos encompass 60 award categories covering programs broadcast nationally between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1999. Winners of the creative arts kudos will be unveiled May 13 in simultaneous ceremonies in Gotham and Los Angeles. ABC will carry the May 19 Emmycast live in primetime from Gotham’s Radio City Music Hall.

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