Regis answers Emmy call

Philbin wins Daytime Emmys for quizzer, talker

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NEW YORK — After walking home empty-handed for 10 years, Regis Philbin broke his losing streak Friday night, nabbing two Daytime Emmy awards. Philbin was named best gameshow host for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and talkshow host for “Live With Regis.”

In the latter category, Philbin tied with Rosie O’Donnell, who has won for the past four years. Longtime winner Oprah Winfrey no longer competes in the category.

“This is proof that if you wait long enough, you can get one of these,” Philbin said when he won the statuette for gameshow host. He dedicated the award to “everyone who never won anything in their lives.” Philbin accepted the award via a satellite hookup since he was performing a nightclub act with longtime Emmy loser Susan Lucci (“All My Children”) in Atlantic City.

When he won again for talkshow host, Philbin exclaimed, “All these years and now two in one night!” Philbin won as a solo act, for programs done after Kathie Lee Gifford left as co-host and before Kelly Ripa joined the show.

“We finally know what the problem was all those years,” said Gifford, who hosted the kudocast. “You had to get rid of me.”

Lucci was nominated for soap opera actress this year. She finally won the award in 1999 after being passed over for 18 years.

‘Millionaire’ repeats

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” won the Daytime Emmy for gameshow for the second consecutive year, even though it airs in primetime. In February, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted to create two new primetime categories for reality TV shows. But since the category wasn’t added until after the deadline to apply for a Daytime award, “Millionaire” wasn’t affected this year.

Regardless, Philbin was guaranteed of taking at least one award home. When he accepted his award, “Millionaire” exec producer Michael Davies promised Philbin, “If you don’t win one or two tonight, you’re getting this one.”

Overall, CBS led the way with seven winners on Friday, followed by ABC (five) and syndicated shows (three). “As the World Turns” earned four awards — including daytime drama and writing team — the most for any show. Including the recently announced Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards, the CBS soap nabbed eight statuettes overall, tying the record for most Daytime Emmys in a single year, set two years ago by ABC’s “General Hospital.”

Producing vet Ralph Edwards received a lifetime achievement nod.

“As the World Turns” star Martha Byrne took the actress nod and David Canary won actor in a daytime drama for his role on “All My Children.” The 28th annual Daytime Awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in association with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Show was telecast live on NBC (except in the West) from a ceremony at Gotham’s Radio City Music Hall.

And the winners are…

“As The World Turns,” Christopher Goutman, Carole Shure, executive producers; Vivian Gundaker, producer (CBS)

Lead Actress/Drama
Martha Byrne, “As the World Turns” (CBS)

Lead Actor/Drama
David Canary, “All My Children,” (ABC)

Supporting Actress/Drama
Lesli Kay, “As the World Turns” (CBS)

Supporting Actor/Drama
Michael E. Knight, “All My Children” (ABC)

Younger Actress/Drama
Adrienne Frantz, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Younger Actor/Drama
Justin Torkildsen, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Game/Audience Participation Show
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” Michael Davies, Paul Smith, executive producers; Ann Miller, Wendy Roth, Tiffany Trigg, supervising producers; Leigh Hampton, senior producer; Leslie Fuller, producer; Nikki Webber, coordinating producer (ABC)

Game Show Host
Regis Philbin, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” (ABC)

Children’s Series
“Reading Rainbow,” Levar Burton, Twila C. Liggett, executive producer; Larry Lancit, Cecily Truett, Orly Wiseman, supervising producer; Don Boswell, Stacey Raider, Nan Schweiger, Nicole Silver, Ed Wiseman, producers (PBS)

Children’s Special
“Run The Wild Fields,” Paul A. Kaufman, Robert Halmi Jr., executive producers; Rodney Vaccaro, co-producer; Paul Rauch, producer (Showtime)
“A Storm In Summer,” Renee Valente, Robert Halmi Jr., executive producers (Showtime)

Children’s Animated Program
“Arthur,” Carol Greenwald, Peter Moss, executive producers; Cassandra Schafhausen, Lesley Taylor, Marc Brown, Geoff Adams, producers; Pierre Valette, coordinating producer; Joe Purdy, Peter K. Hirsch, Kathy Waugh, Dietrich Smith, Bruce Akiyama, writers; Greg Bailey, Debra Toffan, directors (PBS)

Performer In An Animated Program
Nathan Lane, “Disney’s Teacher’s Pet” (ABC)

Talk Show
“The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” Rosie O’Donnell, Bernie Young, executive producers; Laurie Rich, coordinating producer; Corin Nelson, supervising producer; Rob Dauber, Deirdre Arlt, Mimi Pizzi, John Redmann, Joy Trapani, Janette Barber, senior producers; Jeffry Culbreth, Deborah Damato, Christina Deyo, Sharon Kelly, Peter Killeen, John McDaniel, Kim Miller, Terence Noonan, Maria Notaras, Liza Persky, Heidi Safer, Karen Yaeger, producers (syn)

Talk Show Host
Regis Philbin, “Live With Regis” (syn)
Rosie O’Donnell, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (syn)

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
“The Young and the Restless,” Mike Denney, Kathryn Foster, Sally McDonald, Noel Maxam, directors; Betty Rothenberg, Marc Beruti, Jan Bendiksen, Chris Mullen, associate directors; Don Jacob, Sherry Carby, Herbert Weaver Jr., stage managers (CBS)

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
“As The World Turns,” Hogan Sheffer, Leah Laiman, head writers; Carolyn Culliton, co-head writer; Stephen Demorest, Hal Corley, Stephanie Braxton, associate head writers; Jeff Beldner, Tom Casiello, Susan Dansby, Judith Donato, Lynn Martin, Richard J. Allen, Judy Tate, Laura Maria Censabella, Marie Masters, Courtney Simon, Karen Lewis, writers (CBS).

Lifetime Achievement
Ralph Edwards

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