The night belonged to CBS Daytime, but NBC’s Days of our Lives took home the big win for Outstanding Drama Series during the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday.
CBS might want to debut a new slogan for the fall, “The night belongs to CBS.” The eye network scored major wins in three acting categories and two creative categories. The Young and the Restless’ Doug Davidson (Paul) took home his first Daytime Emmy ever for Outstanding Lead Actor. Davidson, who’s been with the soap since 1978 was ecstatic with his win. “Oh my god!” he exclaimed after walking on stage.
The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) won her second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. Tom won the category for the first time in 2012; she took home Emmys for Younger Actress in 1993, 1999, and Supporting Actress in 2011. There was a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actor, with The Bold and the Beautiful’s Scott Clifton (Liam) and The Young and the Restless’ Billy Miller (Billy) taking home the Emmy. This is Clifton’s second win in this category. The actor was previously nominated four times for Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on General Hospital and One Life to Live. This is also Miller’s second win in the category and third nomination overall.
The Bold and the Beautiful cleaned up big as well, winning Emmys for Outstanding Directing and Writing Team. Head writer and executive producer Bradley P. Bell accepted the award for Writing Team. “I’ve been writing this show for over 20 years and I don’t think I could write one word without the incredible love story I’m that I’m living of my own with my wife, the beautiful Colleen Bell, who makes this all happen.” Bell praised the fun working environment and his writing team. “The whole staff is unbelievable. We work with producers who continually try to reinvent the form and an incredible cast. One member of the cast who’s been with us since day one, whose taped her last episode, is here with us. Susan Flannery, you are a legend, and it’s been an honor to work with you.”
Days of our Lives‘ won the biggest category of the night, taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. DAYS’ victory is its second overall in this category and first since 1975. “Pinch me,” said executive producer Ken Corday. “Really worth the wait. 38 years ladies and gentleman. Unbelievable.” As he was flanked by his fellow producers and stars, Corday thanked his cast for all of their great work, and paid homage to his parents, Ted and Betty, who created the soap. Days of our Lives also took home the Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor with Chandler Massey’s (Will) repeat win.
General Hospital didn’t walk away empty handed. Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu), who departed GH in February, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress. This is Berman’s first win and nomination in the category, and third win overall. Berman is a two-time Outstanding Younger Actress winner.
A highlight of the evening had to go to first time nominee and now first time winner Kristen Alderson (Kiki), who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress. For 14 years, Alderson played the trouble maker-turned-heroine Starr Manning on One Life to Live. Year after year, she was somehow passed over for an Emmy nomination. After OLTL’s cancellation on ABC, she crossed over to General Hospital as Starr and had a phenomenal year that kicked off with the deaths of Starr’s infant daughter and fiancé. After 15 years of hard work and dedication, Alderson was finally recognized for her work!
“I was not expecting that at all. I have so many people to thank first of all. For Starr Manning, who I’ve played for 15 years, I love her so much, you’ll always be a part of me,” said the Alderson, fighting back tears of joy. “For all of my family on One Life to Live, I love you so, so, so, so much. Frank Valentini, Ron Carliviati, Kassie DePaiva, Roger [Howarth], Erika [Slezak], Robin [Strasser], oh my god everyone.” The actress went on to thank her tutor and her family. “My mom, most of all, she’s my best friend, she’s everything to me. My brother, you make me laugh every day. Dad, I’m so glad that you’re here, Happy Father’s Day.” And she also sent a special thanks to co-star and boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael). “Chad, you’re the life of my life.”
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