The Daytime Emmys took place last Saturday, with long-running soap “General Hospital” taking home a quite a few statuettes in a number of different categories. The show, which began its run in 1963, has enjoyed 49 seasons to the tune of 12,590 episodes as of June 22nd. In an era when soaps are shuttering left and right, the program is apparently still holding strong. If its recent wins are any indication, this hospital may have some life in it for many years to come.
Of course, “General Hospital” wasn’t the only daytime drama that brought home some awards last weekend. Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” fame took home the trophy for lead actress in a drama series, while the scribes working behind-the-scenes at “Days Of Our Lives” snagged the award for best writing team.
Not surprisingly, “Jeopardy!” brought home the statuette for best game show, though former E! correspondent Todd Newton won best host for his duties over at “Family Game Night”. “Live with Regis and Kelly”, meanwhile, won a pair of awards for best entertainment talk show and best talk show host. Unfortunate, Regis Philbin, who recently retired from the program, wasn’t in attendance to accept the honor.
Despite some of the problems the show is currently facing — rumors are swirling that NBC is anxious to replace Ann Curry with another host — “TODAY” was recognized as the best morning program. That’s got to make her feel somewhat better.
For a complete list of the winners from Saturday’s event, take a look at the list below.
Drama series: “General Hospital.”
Lead actress in a drama series: Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Lead actor in a drama series: Anthony Geary, “General Hospital.”
Supporting actress in a drama series: Nancy Lee Grahn, “General Hospital.”
Supporting actor in a drama series: Jonathan Jackson, “General Hospital.”
Younger actor in a drama series: Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives.”
Younger actress in a drama series: Christel Khalil, “The Young and the Restless.”
Drama series directing team: “General Hospital.”
Drama series writing team: “Days Of Our Lives.”
Game show: “Jeopardy!”
Game-show host: Todd Newton, “Family Game Night.”
Informative talk show: “Dr. Oz.”
Entertainment talk show: “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Talk-show host: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Morning show: “Today.”
Culinary program: “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction.”
Culinary/lifestyle host: Sandra Lee, “Semi-Homemade Cooking.”
Children’s animated program: “Penguins of Madagascar.”
Performer in a children’s program: Kevin Clash (as Elmo), “Sesame Street.”
Legal/courtroom program: “Last Shot with Judge Gunn.”
New approaches in daytime entertainment: “Take This Lollipop” (online)