Last week, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the prenominations for this year’s Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. (If you aren’t exactly clear on what prenoms entail, soapcentral.com has a nice article explaining the ins and outs.)
Now, I am in no way, shape or form qualified to judge which one of these soap thespians is most qualified for the ultimate nomination.
Despite the notions of some of my coworkers, I don’t watch soaps all day, every day.
Just all day, some days.
Oh, I kid.
The fact is I try to keep tabs on most of the shows, but there are some I’m more involved with than others. With that in mind, here are some of my thoughts on the prenom list:
1. Why is the fabulously talented, would-have-chemistry-with-a limp-rag dynamo like Alicia Minshew nominated for supporting, rather than lead, actress? Yeah, yeah. I know. The actors select which category they want to be considered for. But, Alicia, dear? In case no one’s told you yet, you practically carried All My Children on your delicate shoulders all year. In fact, I implored the Academy to hand you the Emmy way back in August. Heck, your on-screen partner, Thorsten Kaye, is in the lead actor category. That should tell you something right there.
2. Um, General Hospital‘s Megan Ward is a lead actress? Huh? She started on the show like two weeks ago. (OK, I exaggerate, but really now. It’s just not right, I tell ya.) It’s no wonder I felt like her character was taking up a lot of air time because, lo and behold, I guess she was. At least enough to be considered a lead. To be clear, this is a question of category, not talent. Do I think Megan’s a good actress? Sure. Do I have a problem with her being nominated? Not really. Do I think Kate is a lead role? Nope.
3. I’m ashamed to ask this, but who does Jeffrey Carlson play on AMC? … *quick google check* … Oops. My bad. That’s Zarf/Zoe! OK, he can stay. Sorry, Jeffrey. Carry on.
4. Oooh, oooh. Sabine Singh of AMC. Yay. Is it completely petty of me to want her to get a nomination and win and ride that victory to primetime, the silver screen and discovering the cure for cancer? All so she can thumb her nose at the classless yahoos at AMC/ABC? Oh, yeah, and in her Emmy speech she can say things like, “I can’t believe this is ‘real.’ It’s been a ‘real’ treat to be here. Is the ‘Real World’ still on?” How cool would that be? For real.
5. Speaking of people who were let go before their time, I see a few other names who are rightfully on the prenom list yet inexplicably not on their respective shows anymore. Scott Bryce and Grayson McCouch from As the World Turns are stellar examples. Good luck, guys. If I can’t see you in Oakdale, then may you have a nice, shiny Emmy on your mantle as recognition for the character and passion you brought to your roles.
So, there are some of my initial thoughts on the Daytime Emmys prenom list.
Anything pique your interest?

6 Responses to “Daytime Emmys: An honor to be prenominated?”

  1. 1. I read somewhere that sometimes actors put themselves in a lesser category to give themselves a better shot at winning … kinda like Jennifer Hudson did with Dreamgirls, she won best supporting but Beyonce may have lost best actress cuz the competition was too fierce. If that’s the theory then Alicia should be a shoo-in for that, hopefully. I wasn’t crazy about many of her storylines last year but she executed them as best she could & was always a trooper thru even the crazy stuff.
    2. Megan Ward … I don’t want to diss cuz I’m indifferent to the Kate character, but no way is she winning against Laura Wright or Nancy Lee Grahn unless the fix is on imho.
    3. LOL! I was not a Zoe/Zarf fan.
    4. I completely agree! Color me petty! Interesting that based on the link you provided these folks are voted on by peers. Perhaps her co-workers are trying to send her & ABC a message that she got the shaft & give her a pat on the back so to speak.

  2. Hey! those were supposed to be numbered 1-4, but came out bullet points (I had no comment on #5).

  3. Well, I agree with your comments about AMC-Alicia Minshew. However I take exception to what you said about Megan Ward. Maybe I don’t understand the difference between Lead and Supporting, but I thought a lead is someone who has a lot of airtime and a storyline of their own. Supporting would be more of smaller airtime and helping other storyline and characters. Megan’s character is new but with over 100 episodes and a storyline centered on SKate, in my opinion she is a lead character—-I thought Becky H. was in the wrong category. I do not think Megan would win an EMMy since she is new and most of her storyline has been establishing her character. But she is a fabulous actress and if her peers on the show voted for her in the LEAD category, I think that is wonderful.

  4. Hi, Cindy.
    I guess it’s all a matter of perception. While Kate may have the “air time,” her story can’t really stand on it’s own yet. There’s no Kate story; it’s a Skate story. The character just doesn’t have enough substance to her or enough history on the show or enough interaction with more than just Sonny for me to feel like she’s a viable lead. Maybe next year. But it’s just my opinion, of course. And I appreciate you sharing yours.
    On a more eye-to-eye note, though, I totally agree with your comments about Becky Herbst. She, without a doubt, should be in the lead category, especially considering the type of material she’s had this year.
    But as Kimi pointed out with Alicia, maybe Becky felt she had a better shot in the supporting category.
    In any case, I wish them all luck, even Megan Ward, whom I think is a wonderful actress, all debate about Kate’s lead vs. supporting status aside.
    Thanks for posting.

  5. Thank Kara for your response. I liked that you explained your reasons. I understand your opinion and I agree that Megan’s story line is not strong enough to win. But I don’t think any of the other Lead Actress candidates have any chance as well. So I guess that is why I didn’t care for Ms. Ward to be singled out. Even though Nancy is a tremendous actress, there has been no story for her in 2007 since the cancer one (and that was mainly 2006)…and she was unbelievable in it. As for Laura, again, she has lots of airtime, but little story. You had stated that Megan’s only story was SKate. But in reality, Laura has not had anything either–I don’t really call the Irina thing a story or anything Emmy worthy. So in essence, I guess I would rather think that all three ladies in the Lead actress category are gifted and truly talented, but probably do not have any shot of going past the pre-nom part. But next year, if this secret of Kate’s is as good as it could be, I would hope that Megan Ward would get a pre-nom again and that it wouldn’t be questioned like it was here.
    Anyway, just wanted to comment and to wish the cast all luck in the Emmy process.

  6. Okay … I “guess” I could have explained further (assuming you meant my comments, if I’m wrong I apologize).
    & this is just my humble opinion but as I said above I am “indifferent” to the Kate Howard character. She seems to be a capable actress, but her storyline bores me. I don’t care about her relationship with Sonny or their past in Bensonhurst. I don’t know if this is a reflection of her acting skills or the writing.
    I “think” this could have been a much better/stronger storyline if Lois Cerullo were onscreen to kinda tie in the Bensonhurt angle & help explain the backstory a little. Maybe give Kate another relationship in PC besides Sonny.
    If Meghan gets the nomination or wins, that’s great for her I won’t be mad. But I prefer Carly/Laura Wright & Alexis/Nancy Lee Grahn characters in general. Perhaps it is because they have been on the show longer, but when they are onscreen, I pay atttention & I can’t say that about the Kate Howard character yet.
    Again, it’s all just my opinion. I serioulsy doubt that General Hosptial is paying attention to anything I have to say LOL!