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Daytime Emmy Awards 2012: 'General Hospital' Tops the Night With 5 Wins

ABC’s General Hospital and NBC’s Days of our Lives take home top honors at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills.

ABC’s General Hospital and NBC’s Days of our Lives take home top honors at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills.

The alphabet network’s last remaining soap opera took top honors during the ceremony, broadcast live on the HLN Network. GH won Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Leading Actor, and Supporting Actor and Actress.

Anthony Geary (Luke, GH) earned a record-setting seventh Daytime Emmy win for Lead actor. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), who tied with in — took home her second win for Supporting Actress, her first solo (She tied with Debbi Morgan in 1989 for Supporting Actress). Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GH) took home his second win in Supporting.

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie, B&B) won her first Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress, making her the first star to win in all major categories. Tom won her first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in 1993 and again in 1999 for her role as Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless. In 2011 she won Outstanding Supporting Actress. Over the course of her twenty-one year career in daytime, Tom has been nominated in various categories fourteen times.

Days of our Lives won kudos for Outstanding Writing Team for episodes written by recently fired head writers Marlene McPhereson and Darrell Ray Thomas. It’s the show’s first win in this category since 1976. Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS) took home the Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor.

Christel Khalil (Lily) from The Young and the Restless won her first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress after four nominations.

“What an exciting night for the Daytime television community,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS.  “Daytime television is well and prospering as witnessed by this overwhelming turnout honoring the best that television can be.  Working with our production and broadcast partners, LocoDistro and the HLN Network, we’ve delivered an evening that truly honors the outstanding work that happens day in and day out across all the genres that make up the Daytime viewer experience.”

HLN Showbiz Tonight host AJ Hammer and Showbiz Tonight correspondent Nischelle Turner hosted a pre-show, red carpet special featuring one-on-one interviews with the night’s biggest stars.  Among the night’s many celebrity presenters were Anderson Cooper, “Anderson”, animal expert Jack Hanna, Rachael Ray, “The Rachael Ray Show”, Caroll Spinney from “Sesame Street”, the cast of “The Doctors,” “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” John McCook, Heather Tom, Crystal Chappell and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, “General Hospital’s” Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson, Finola Hughes, Sean Blakemore and Anthony Geary, “Days of Our Lives'” Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford, Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig and Peter Reckell, “One Life To Live’s” Erika Slezak and Robert S. Woods, and “The Young and the Restless'” Elizabeth Hendrikson, Christel Khalil, Melissa Claire Egan and Darnell Williams.

TVSource was in Beverly Hills for the telecast, and we’ll have pictures and interviews from the red carpet and backstage in the coming days!


Select List of Winners:

Outstanding Drama Series
General Hospital, ABC

Jill Farren, Phelps, Executive Producer
Robert Guza, Consulting Producer
Mercer Barrows, Producer
Mary O’Leary, Producer
Michelle Henry, Producer

Outstanding Drama Series, Writing Team
Days of our Lives, NBC

Marlene McPherson & Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr., Head Writers

Writing Team: David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Lacey Dyer, Jeanne Maries Ford, Dena Higley, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Michelle Poteet Lisanti, Fran Myers, John Newman, Ryan Quan, Peter T. Rich, Roger Schroeder, Lisa Seidman,vElizabeth Snyder, Christopher Whitesell and Nancy Williams Watt 

Outstanding Drama Series, Directing Team
General Hospital, ABC

William Ludel, Director
Scott McKinsey, Director
Owen Renfroe, Director
Phideaux Xavier, Director
RC Cates, Associate Director
Dave Macleod, Associate Director
Christine Magarian Ucar, Associate Director
Penny Pengra, Associate Director
Peter Fillmore, Associate Director
Denise Van Cleave, Associate Director
Craig McManus, Stage Manager
Crystal Craft, Stage Manager
Christine Cooper, Production Associate
Allison Reames, Production Associate
Andrea Compton, Production Associate

Actress Heather Tom accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress at the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Heather Tom as Katie Logan Spencer (The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer (General Hospital, ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis (General Hospital, ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer (General Hospital/ABC)

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Christel Khalil as Lily Ashby (The Young and the Restless, CBS)

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Chandler Massey as Will Horton (Days of our Lives, NBC)

Outstanding Game Show Host
Todd Newton, Family Game Night

Outstanding Talk Show Host
Kelly Ripa & Regis Philbin (Live with Regis and Kelly/Syndicated)

Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Jeopardy (Syndicated)

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
Live with Regis and Kelly (Syndicated)

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative
The Dr. Oz Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Culinary Program
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Food Network

Outstanding Culinary/Lifestyle Host
Sandra Lee, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee

For a complete list of winners, visit: www.emmyonline.tv

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