Doug Strassler’s Fearless Daytime Emmy Predictions

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive.


Though they’ve been relegated to the “what channel is that again?” HLN station, the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in daytime drama, talk, service and children’s programming, are indeed still airing in prime time tomorrow night, June 23. Having a full-time job and an even fuller DVR makes it difficult to keep up with a lot of these shows, though all it takes is one storyline or massive sweeps event to dominate an entire year. So, armed with what mild knowledge I have about the year that was, below find my predictions in the daytime drama categories:

 

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series: General Hospital

Oddly, the show that won for the last three consecutive years, The Bold and the Beautiful, was shut out – even as competitors for this title continued to die off (sayonara, sudsy mainstays All My Children and One Life to Life). Children made the list, as did Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, none of which enjoyed a particularly memorable year from a creative standpoint. Hospital had one excellent storyline involving the car accident death of young Jake and those affected by it (which, yes, shamelessly stole from the show’s own heartrending 1994 storyline in which B.J. died in an auto accident). Children submitted its final two episodes. Expect voters to go for sentiment one way or the other, but I give Hospital the edge.

Outstanding Lead Actor: Tony Geary (Hospital)
Remember that accident that killed four-year-old Jake? The cause was his drunken grandfather, Luke Spencer (Geary), who continued to bottom out despite an intervention. Expect Spencer to walk off with a record-setting Emmy number 7.

Outstanding Lead Actress: Laura Wright (Hospital)
Wright’s manipulative character Carly, had her heart in the right place for once as she begged for sick daughter Josslyn to receive the organs donated by the late Jake. Expect Wright to take home her second straight Emmy, but not without competition from three-time winner Heather Tom (Beautiful). (Note: with only four dramas left on the air, there just ain’t the amount of competition there used to be.)

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Jonathan Jackson (Hospital)
Though he’s since left the show, Jackson, already a four-time Emmy winner, as Lucky Spencer, had great material to submit with the death of Jake and his confrontation of father Luke. The only thing preventing a total Hospital sweep might be Matthew Ashford (Days’ Jack Devereaux), in an atypically impressive storyline for the show involving PTSD. Still, I say it’s Jackson’s to lose.

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Rebecca Herbst (Hospital)
Herbst, a fifteen-year Hospital veteran, is long overdue (particularly for 1998’s rape storyline). And as the mother of dear departed Jake, she might finally have the episode submissions strong enough to claim the statuette. It would be extra vindication for the underrated actress, who was recently fired and quickly re-hired by the show. Expect a tumultuous year to end on a high note for her.

 

Tune in and then check back to see how these predictions held up!

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