ABC leads all nets with 17 Emmys
crew behind the CBS soap opera, the Daytime Emmycast had gone over its allotted time – and there wasn’t a chance for anyone to give an acceptance speech. When the dust settled at downtown’s historic Orpheum Theatre, ABC led all nets – as it did last year – with 17 Emmys. That included the surprise “View” win. The daytime gabber’s co-hosts – Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters – frequently discuss the snub on their show. Having beat out last year’s winner, Ellen DeGeneres, none of the co-hosts were there to accept the award and finally claim victory. Alphabet also landed this year’s two top Daytime Emmy program winners, as the net’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” both won five. That was followed by “The View,” “El Tigre,” “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and “Sesame Street,” with four apiece. Last year’s talk show winners both repeated: “Rachael Ray” picked up its second consecutive win in the entertainment talk show category, while “Tyra Banks” won its second Emmy for informative talk show. It was a big weekend for repeat wins: “Cristina’s Court,” hosted by Judge Cristina Perez, also scored its second consecutive win in the legal show category, while Discovery’s “Cash Cab,” also picked up its second Emmy in a row, for best game show. Also, “Good Morning America” repeated as outstanding morning program. “Sesame Street’s” big Emmy haul came in addition to a lifetime achievement award that honored the kids series’ 40th anniversary. Among the show’s winners was the voice of “Sesame Street’s” Elmo, Kevin Clash, who scored his fifth Emmy in the children’s series performer category. “Talk about a family, a show that’s been on for 40 years,” Clash said. “One Life to Live” star Susan Haskell won her first Emmy, for best actress; “The Young and the Restless'” Christian LeBlanc won for best actor. Vincent Irizarry of “All My Children” and “Guiding Light’s” Jeff Branson tied for supporting actor, while “Days of Our Lives'” Tamara Braun won for supporting actress. Branson’s win was bittersweet – it repped the final Daytime Emmy award that the canceled “Guiding Light” would ever receive. “72 years,” Branson said, noting the unprecedented life span of his show, which departs the airwaves next month. “I give this to all of us… all the fans.” “General Hospital’s” Julie Berman won for young actress, while young actor winner Darin Brooks (“Days of Our Lives”) found himself played off the stage early after accidentally swearing. (Censors caught the flub.) Among other Emmys, Food Network’s “Grill It! With Bobby Flay” won for top culinary program, while the channel’s Ina Garten, who’s behind “Barefoot Contessa,” won for top lifestyle/culinary host. Former “The View” host Meredith Vieira had reason to celebrate along with her former co-hosts, picking up the game show host trophy for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Among the nets, PBS was close behind ABC, with 16 wins. The pubcaster’s haul included outstanding childen’s series, “From the Top at Carnegie Hall.” That series’ auspices include exec producer Don Mischer – who happens to be busy at the moment planning the Primetime Emmys. PBS also won for outstanding children’s animated show, “Word World,” as well as preschool children’s series (“Between the Lions”) and lifestyle show (“This Old House.”) Syndicated fare won nine awards, followed by CBS and Nickelodeon at eight apiece. YouTube even picked up an Emmy, for the short “I Met the Walrus,” which won for “new approaches in daytime entertainment.” It was the Daytime Emmys that almost didn’t happen. The National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, the New York-based org that handles the Daytime Emmys, found its marquee awards show orphaned this year after CBS, which had the option to run this year’s kudocast, passed on it instead. Associated Television Intl. stepped in to save the show, partnering with MGM Worldwide TV and the CW to revive the kudofest, which was pushed from June to August due to that search for a new home. Kudofest included a segment featuring daytime sudser stars who had traveled to Africa on behalf of the Feed the Children charity. Tyra Banks also introduced a segment on daytime fashion, while the retiring “Guiding Light” was recognized. Show opened with a song and dance by host Williams, who crooned “You’re Too Good to Be True,” but re-worked with daytime-themed lyrics. Click here for the list of Daytime Emmys winners
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