Ever wanted to know all there is to know about the city of Las Vegas? How about a taste of all the glitzy shows and musical numbers available at the various casinos in nauseatingly-sequined mini segments? More you say? How about the incessant hocking of a brand new cosmetic line, based on what was a fake cosmetic line from a soap storyline? If that’s still not enough thrills, how about more head bowing and shrine making to Oprah with something called the Crystal Pillar Award?
If any of that sounds fantastic to you, then the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were definitely not to be missed, and here’s hoping your DVR caught all the action if you weren’t home. If, however, you were interested in soap operas, soap stars or anything else related to the daytime drama world, then you’ll find more soapiness watching “The History Channel.”
Due to the time difference, the East Coast gets the live feed of the show. By the time the awards were about to air here in Riverside, California, fellow soap journalists and fans were already lighting up the internet about the atrocity of the 2011 Emmys.
They weren’t wrong. First was the omission of broadcasting the red carpet. Not getting to cheer and jeer at the gowns, questionable shoe choices, obviously-borrowed jewelry and guessing who fought in the limo on the way over is a slap in the face to soap fans. However, once the show got going, you were wishing that none of it had been broadcast.
Starting with a confusing and somewhat horrifying number with host Wayne Brady and the masked JabbaWockeez (whom you may recall as non-winners on 2009’s America’s Got Talent), moving to a faceful of bad polyester jumpsuits in a totally non-soap-related number from Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis,” and careening into a dizzying and unwelcome step back into the 1970’s – though with a song from the 1940’s – with a tooth-filled military salute from Marie Osmond in the most dreadful, 2am-on-a-street-corner purple getup ever televised, the entire evening was like a disturbing technicolor brochure for visiting – or perhaps avoiding – Sin City.
What few actual soap opera awards were interspersed with this Las Vegas Visitor’s Bureau montage were so rushed, you weren’t even positive who had won without a rewind. You ever hear those car commercials on the radio? The ones where, in the end, the guy gives all the stipulations and qualifications for 0% financing loans, and he talks so fast, you’re not sure if it’s in English? Same procedure with the announcement of the nominees. Like the guy’s pants were on fire.
The always-lovely and ever-bubbly Susan Lucci did her best to tout the glory of soaps, even in the midst of her final months on now-canceled All My Children. Lucci, who was thrown to the wolves and allowed to go on various talk shows and speak in interviews to the assurance that All My Children was safe from cancellation, only to be beheaded without warning, was still standing in front of her fellow soap actors, praising the talent in the room and declaring daytime television to be “alive and well.” God love that sweet pixie, but lets face it. It’s not alive and well. In fact, it’s on life support, and the networks are about to pull the plug.
If the confusion wasn’t already rampant, to add insult to injury, this year brought tied winners. Not just one but three. It reeked of “eh, whatever, just give it to a couple of em’. Who cares.” I would say it was a parting shot to soaps, but two of the ties were for Talk Show Host and Outstanding Game Show. It was about one step away from giving out T-shirts that read “I Was Nominated, I Showed Up, No One Cared.”
There actually may have been a fourth tie since Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak both received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Maybe they had to duke it out with trivia questions in the casino later to see who got to keep the statue as I’m guessing the show was too broke for multiple awards after blowing their funds on the horrid non-musings of Penn and Teller.
For the actual handing out of these gold statues called Emmys to actual actors who appear on these things called soap operas, lest anyone forget what the show was supposed to be about, there were a few shining moments.
In celebration of Father’s Day, Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, General Hospital) brought his two adorable children, Caleb and Adora, on stage to accept his Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. Jackson has turned in some stellar performances this past year after returning to the role he originated in the 1990’s, and it was great to see him be properly acknowledged.
Laura Wright, who received her very first Emmy nomination for her role as Carly on General Hospital was so thrilled to win as Lead Actress that you couldn’t help but smile. With a genuine and warm personality, it’s hard not to root for her, even though she is written as the most snarky and loathsome character on General Mobspital – uh, Hospital.
A genuine and hearty congratulations to all the winners but having teeth pulled was more enjoyable than that telecast, and at least you get laughing gas. A full listing of the award winners follows. If you’re looking for anything for One Life to Live, don’t waste the read. As if an unexpected cancellation weren’t enough, they garnered not a single win.
- Outstanding Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful
- Lead Actor: Michael Park, ATWT
- Lead Actress: Laura Wright, GH
- Supporting Actor: Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, GH)
- Supporting Actress: Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
- Younger Actress: Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa, AMC)
- Younger Actor: Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
- Writing: The Young and the Restless
- Directing: The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (TIE)
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Game show hosts Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek
- The Chariman’s Crystal Pillar Award: Oprah Winfrey
- Outstanding Game Show: Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (TIE)
- Talk Show/Informative: The Dr. Oz Show
- Talk Show/Entertainment: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, Cash Cab
- Talk Show Host: Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show, and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, Live! (TIE)
- Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design: General Hospital
- Lighting Direction: General Hospital
- Multiple Camera Editing: The Young and the Restless
- Casting: GeneralHospital
- Costume Design: The Young and the Restless
- Hairstyling: All My Children
- Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing: Young and the Restless
- Makeup: The Bold and the Beautiful
- Music Direction & Composition: The Young and the Restless
- Original Song: “Bad for You,” General Hospital
- Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control: General Hospital
- Stunt Coordination: General Hospital
- Special Class/Short Format: VeniceTheSeries.com