ABC’s Only Surviving Daytime Soap Dominates Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 25, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The last soap opera standing at ABC — after the high-profile cancellations of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — cleaned up at the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“General Hospital” was the event’s big winner, claiming five trophies. The long-running soap opera took best drama, best lead actor for Anthony Geary, best supporting actress and actor for Nancy Lee Grahn and Jonathan Jackson, and best drama series directing team. For Geary it was a record seventh award as lead actor.

Best lead actress in a drama series went to Heather Tom of CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Chandler Massey of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” won best younger actor in a drama series, while Christel Khalil of CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” took the honor for best younger actress in a drama.

Best drama series writing team went to “Days of Our Lives,” “Jeopardy!” was named best game show, and Todd Newton of “Family Game Night” won best game show host.

Both of ABC’s canceled soaps — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — were among the most-nominated shows with 11 nominations each, but neither series claimed a trophy.

NBC’s “Today” show, which has been in the headlines in the past week as it appears poised to dump Ann Curry from her co-host’s chair, as previously reported, took home its fourth trophy as best morning show, the Times reports.

A couple of high-profile awards went to Regis Philbin, who recently left his longtime post on the ABC-based syndication staple "Live with Regis and Kelly." Philbin and former co-host Kelly Ripa shared best talk show host, while the show was named outstanding entertainment talk show.

Click here to see the complete list of winners.

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