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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Daytime Emmy Awards: Cuchi-cuchi! Betty White wins!

Well, we already knew that the legendary Betty White would receive a Lifetime Achievement Award last night during the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - but it was a definite highlight of the evening as Marie Osmond, Regis Philbin, Fred Willard and Charo presented her with the award. And the brief montage of clips honoring her was great - especially those featuring her late husband, Password host Allen Ludden. However, another montage of romantic soap opera scenes was a disappointment as we saw way too much of singer Tessanne Chin (winner of Season 5 of The Voice) instead of the featured clips. It was a hit-and-miss kind of night with tributes to Joan Rivers and the 50th anniversary of Days of our Lives in the former category and the lame opening in the latter (I wasn't even aware of Ellen DeGeneres's prank war with Matt Lauer). Also, scenes of the nominated performances were only shown for Best Supporting Actress - the first award given out - so I assume the rest were cut due to time issues, which just isn't right. Either make the telecast longer or cut some of the montages and comedy bits (did we really need to see America's Next Top Model runway coach "Miss J" show the winners how to strut to the stage?). But despite my problems with the show, I have seen far worse awards ceremonies over the years - and it's nice to have the Daytime Emmys back on television where they belong.

Below is a list of the winners in the major categories (click here for a complete list of broadcast winners and here for the Creative Arts winners):

Outstanding Drama Series: Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless (it's too bad that General Hospital didn't win since "Luke and Laura" - Anthony Geary and Genie Francis - were reunited to present the award)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Maura West, General Hospital

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Anthony Geary, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Chad Duell, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Hunter King, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Freddie Smith, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Donna Mills, General Hospital; Fred Willard, The Bold and the Beautiful; and Ray Wise, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series: The Bay The Series

Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series: Martha Byrne, Anacostia

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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