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5:05 p.m.: Lead actor in a drama series goes to Anthony Geary of “General Hospital,” a record-setting seventh Daytime Emmy in the category. “We had 23 nominations which is pretty amazing, considering last year we were almost canceled in favor of certain ratings bonanzas … like ‘Celebrity Boobs Gone Wrong.”
5:12 p.m.: Top gameshow host goes to Todd Newton of the Hub’s “Family Game Night,” his first victory in the category (on his second nom). “I tell my kids all the time that being a gameshow host is all I ever wanted to do,” Newton said in his acceptance, mentioning Bob Barker, Richard Dawson and Dick Clark as inspirations.
5:17 p.m.: “Jeopardy” won for the 14th time in the gameshow/audience participation category, after tying with “Wheel of Fortune” a year ago. The program has 113 all-time Daytime Emmy nominations across all categories. “After all these years, we’re not only surviving, we’re thriving,” said exec producer Harry Friedman.
5:23 p.m.: In a matchup of four first-time nominees, the top legal/courtroom program honor went to “Last Shot with Judge Gunn.” “We want to thank the participants who came on air … to show their journey,” said Judge Mary Ann Gunn.
5:27 p.m. Top drama writing kudos went to “Days of Our Lives,” its second win in the category (amid 15 nominations) and first since 1976.
5:34 p.m.: In the press room, Newton calls getting an Emmy as a host of a Hub gameshow “a big win for the entire network.”
5:36 p.m.: Geary calls Jackson “the best actor” he has worked with. “He just unzips his heart and bleeds.”
5:37 p.m.: Sandra Lee of the Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade Cooking” wins her first Daytime Emmy for lifestyle/culinary host.
5:38 p.m.: Another Food product, “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction” draws the honor for top culinary program.
5:40 p.m.: Chandler Massey gives NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” another trophy, for younger drama actor.
5:43 p.m.: Friedman says this year’s award is special because “Jeopardy” submitted its IBM Watson competition episode, which he says took the show “out of its comfort zone.”
5:46 p.m.: Barbara Walters introduces the lifetime achievement award, bestowed upon her “View” exec producer, Bill Geddie.
5:51 p.m.: Geddie takes the podium, and begins by talking about seeing Walters interview Dolly Parton on TV, while he was buffing the floors at an Oklahoma TV station. He decided then, he said, that he was going to be “a thorn in that woman’s side.”
5:55 p.m.: In the one-on-one morning show category, the big honor went to “Today” over “Good Morning America.”
5:59 p.m.: Jackson on Geary — “I came in as an 11-year-old kid, and he never treated me like a kid. He was never condescending.” Jackson is now headed to ABC’s primetime musical drama “Nashville.”
6:01 p.m.: Lead drama actress goes to Heather Tom of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” making her the first to win younger, supporting and lead actress trophies at the Daytime Emmys.
6:05 p.m.: “Dr. Oz” wins top informative talkshow, scoring a repeat victory after last year’s triumph.
6:08 p.m.: And for entertainment talkshow, the Emmy goes to “Live with Regis and Kelly.” It’s the first victory for the show in the category after 10 nominations.
6:17 p.m. Three Nick shows and three PBS shows were nommed for children’s animated program; the winner was Nick’s “Penguins of Madagascar.”
6:20 p.m.: Kevin Clash of “Sesame Street,” aka Elmo, won his eighth Emmy for top performer in a children’s series and 23rd overall. He had to top Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Abby Cadabby) and Carroll Spinney (Big Bird).
6:24 p.m.: “Kids React” by Fine Brothers Prods. won the AOL-sponsored prize for top viral video. Nine children took the stage to join in the acceptance.
6:27 p.m.: Heather Tom said offstage the cancelation of “One Life to Live” was “a travesty … a grave error in judgment.”
6:32 p.m.: In the category of new approaches in entertainment, the Daytime Emmy went to interactive web show “Take This Lollipop,” which beat out “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Clarence Update – The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Today.”
6:35 p.m.: In drama supporting actress, the award went to Nancy Lee Grahn of “General Hospital,” her second Daytime Emmy.
6:37 p.m.: Susan Lucci is onstage, and a salute to “All My Children,” “Guiding Light” and “One Life To Live” is underway. “To all my fans who tell me how much they miss ‘All My Children’ and Erica Kane, I tell them, I miss her too. … But don’t cry because something is over; smile because it was.”
6:43 p.m.: “Live with Regis and Kelly” exec producer Michael Gelman tells the press that the final episode of Regis Philbin on the show was submitted. He added that they are getting closer to getting a new co-host for Kelly Ripa, but “we’re not in a real time crunch. … I still wouldn’t call anything a shortlist yet.”
6:50 p.m.: Top talkshow host was awarded to Philbin and Ripa.
6:52 p.m.: Winning drama directing honors was “General Hospital.”
6:55 p.m.: The “In Memoriam” segment is led off by Jack LaLanne.
7:01 p.m.: And, we’re past the two-hour mark. Younger drama actress is the first award given out in overtime, and it goes to Christel Khalil of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” winning for the first time after four noms.
7:04 p.m.: The final award of the night. The grand prize, top drama series, is presented by Lucci and given to “General Hospital,” giving the ABC soap an unmatched five awards on the night.
7:08 p.m.: And that’s a wrap! Thanks for playing, everyone.