Daytime television icons Susan Lucci and Maury Povich will be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement honors at the upcoming 50th Daytime Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) made the announcement on June 16, 2023, stating that both honorees have made significant contributions to the daytime television industry.
Susan Lucci, celebrated for her role as Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children,” has a history with the Daytime Emmy Awards. Before finally clinching a win, she had previously been nominated 19 times. Reflecting on the Lifetime Achievement honor, Lucci expressed her humility. “I am truly humbled to receive this esteemed award from the Academy,” she said. “Throughout my career, I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside exceptional talents and embraced by my fans that have been with me every step of the way. This honor is not just a reflection of my journey, but a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the profound connection we are so lucky to forge with audiences all over the world through television.”
Meanwhile, Maury Povich, known for his syndicated talk show “Maury” which ran from 1998 to 2022 following “The Maury Povich Show” (1991-1998), conveyed his surprise and gratitude at the recognition. “I’m just blown away by this honor from the Academy. I have always had great respect for its work as I served on the National Board and was President of the New York Chapter. I guess if you hang around long enough, some good things happen. It’s been a 60+ year ride for me in this business, so I feel extremely blessed with this acknowledgment.”
In addition to announcing the Lifetime Achievement honorees, NATAS revealed the 2023 Gold and Silver Circle inductees. Tanya Hart, Wendy Riche, Al Schwartz, and Vernée Watson will be welcomed into the Gold Circle, while Christina Knack and Patrick Weiland are set to join the Silver Circle. All these individuals are recognized for their enduring contributions to daytime television.
The award ceremony, initially slated for June 16, was postponed due to a writers strike. The new date will be announced in due course, and it will see the celebration of the Lifetime Achievement and Gold and Silver Circle honorees.