“Guiding Light” snagged the most statuettes, four, at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, but “General Hospital” snared the top prize, the drama series gong.
Ellen DeGeneres picked up the first nod of the night and her second consecutive win for talkshow host. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” also drew talkshow kudos for a third straight year.
“The View” was shut out in its ninth run at the elusive nod. But “The View” matriarch Barbara Walters had other surprises in store — she formally announced Rosie O’Donnell as the talker’s new co-host, replacing Meredith Vieira, who is departing to take on “The Today Show” duties.
Walters then bestowed the Emmy lifetime achievement award upon Carroll Spinney, who has voiced Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on “Sesame Street” since 1969.
“Sesame Street” picked up its 12th nod for preschool children’s series — an award it has yet to lose.
“Not too shabby for a show that’s starting its 38th season,” “Street” senior producer Carol-Lynn Parente said.
“Guiding Light” kudos went to supporting actress Gina Tognoni, younger actor Tom Pelphrey, supporting actor Jordan Clarke and lead actress Kim Zimmer.
“I’m having moments regularly. Sometimes they’re hot flashes, but mostly they’re just moments,” apologized an emotional Zimmer.
“General Hospital” also took home trophies for drama series directing team and lead actor Anthony Geary.
Kudos were doled out for the first time on the left coast, at a Kodak Theater black-tie gala hosted by Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”) and “General Hospital’s” Kelly Monaco, who was the first-season “Dancing” champ.
Outstanding Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC), Jill Farren Phelps, Executive Producer, Mary O’leary, Producer, Mercer Barrows, Producer, Michelle Henry, Producer, Deborah Genovese, Coordinating Producer, Robert Guza, Jr., Consulting Producer, Charles Pratt, Jr., Consulting Producer
Outstanding Talk Show
The Ellen Degeneres Show (Syndication), Ellen Degeneres, Executive Producer, Mary Connelly, Executive Producer, Ed Glavin, Executive Producer, Andy Lassner, Executive Producer, Mike Gibbons, Supervising Producer, Derek Westervelt, Coordinating Producer, Jason Gabel, Senior Producer, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Senior Producer, Jonathan Norman, Senior Producer, Christine Schomer, Producer, Karen Kilgariff, Producer, Lori Blackman, Producer, Bradford Brillowski, Producer, Melissa Costello, Producer, Karen Anderson, Producer, Danny Breen, Producer, Margaret Smith, Producer, Alison Balian, Producer, Danny Ceballos, Producer, Liz Feldman, Producer, Jill Kushner, Producer, Derek Che, Producer, Greg Fitzsimmons, Producer
Outstanding Talk Show Host
The Ellen Degeneres Show (Syndication), Ellen Degeneres, Host
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC) Anthony Geary, As Luke Spencer
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Guiding Light (CBS) Kim Zimmer, As Reva Lewis
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Guiding Light (CBS) Jordan Clarke, As Billy Lewis
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Guiding Light (CBS) Gina Tognoni , As Dinah Marler
Outstanding Younger Actor In A Drama Series
Guiding Light (CBS) Tom Pelphrey, As Jonathan Randall
Outstanding Younger Actress In A Drama Series
As The World Turns (CBS) Jennifer Landon, As Gwen Norbeck
Outstanding Game Show Host
Jeopardy! (Syndication), Alex Trebek, Host
Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
Sesame Street (PBS), Lewis Bernstein, Executive Producer, Kevin Clash, Co-Executive Producer, Carol-Lynn Parente, Senior Producer, Karen Ialacci, Coordinating Producer, Melissa Dino, Producer, Tim Carter, Co-Producer
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
General Hospital (ABC) Owen Renfroe, Director; William Ludel, Director; Joseph Behar, Director; Scott Mckinsey, Director; Matthew Diamond, Director; Christine Magarian, Associate Director;
Ronald Cates, Associate Director; Penny Pengra, Associate Director; Peter Fillmore, Associate Director
R.C. Cates, Associate Director; Dave Mcleod, Associate Director; Crystal Craft, Stage Manager; Craig Mcmanus, Stage Manager
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
The Young And The Restless (CBS), Kay Alden, Head Writer, John F. Smith, Head Writer, Jim Houghton, Writer, Natalie Minardi Slater, Writer, Sally Sussman Morina, Writer, Sara A. Bibel, Writer, Janice Ferri, Writer, Eric Freiwald, Writer, Linda Schreiber, Writer, Joshua S. Mccaffrey, Writer, Marc Hertz, Writer, Sandra Weintraub, Writer
Outstanding Special Class Series
A Baby Story (TLC), Terri Johnson, Executive Producer, Paul Don Vito, Executive Producer, Steven Weinstock, Executive Producer, Glenda Hersh, Executive Producer, Nikki Taub, Executive Producer, Liz Layton, Supervising Producer, Lorri Leighton, Senior Producer, Christina Marra Mcelroy, Producer, Consuelo Villanueva, Producer, Sadye White, Producer, Liza Gangi Heiskell, Producer, Nikki Borrelli, Line Producer, Judge Judy (Syndication), Randy Douthit, Executive Producer, Timothy Regler, Executive Producer, Victoria Jenest, Supervising Producer, Kirk Leins, Coordinating Producer, Christopher Thomas, Coordinating Producer, Shannon Weber-Arellano, Senior Producer, Richard Russakoff, Producer, Cybil Jordan-Malachi, Producer, Tina Nicotera, Producer, Jill Wilderman, Producer, May Johnson, Producer, Jonathan Sebastien, Producer, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Host
Outstanding Service Show Host
Suze Orman: For The Young, Fabulous & Broke (PBS), Suze Orman, Host
Lifetime Achievement Award
Caroll Spinney (PBS) Sesame Street, as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch