Regis Philbin and ABC’s exiting soap operas have multiple opportunities to go out as winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
“All My Children” earned 13 Emmy nods and “One Life to Live” had 12, in nominations announced Wednesday for the June 19 awards show. ABC has canceled the durable soap operas, each on the air for more than 40 years, and their final episodes will be in the coming months.
Philbin has said that later this year he is leaving the talk show built around him, first with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and now with Kelly Ripa. His show has never won a Daytime Emmy for best talk show. Philbin was nominated for best talk-show host, an award he shared once a decade ago with Rosie O’Donnell. He also won a Daytime Emmy for best game show host when “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was at its apex.
“General Hospital” led the way with 21 Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by “The Young and the Restless” with 20 and “Sesame Street” with 16. The awards will be distributed at the Las Vegas Hilton, televised by CBS.
“All My Children” was nominated for best daytime drama, along with “General Hospital,” '‘The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” has won twice in a row in this narrowing category.
Two “All My Children” cast members, Alicia Minshew and Debbi Morgan, were nominated for best actress in a daytime drama. Other nominees were Colleen Zenk of “As the World Turns,” Susan Flannery of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Laura Wright of “General Hospital” and Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless.”
Best actor nominees for soap operas were Ricky Paull Goldin of “All My Children,” Michael Park of “As the World Turns,” James Scott of “Days of Our Lives,” Maurice Benard of “General Hospital” and Christian Le Blanc of “The Young and the Restless.”
The National Academy of Television Arts&Sciences said it was giving lifetime achievement awards to game show hosts Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” and Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune,” syndicated TV’s two most dominant game shows. Neither man was nominated for best game show host this year, although both entered the competition.
Instead, Ben Bailey of Discovery’s “Cash Cab” has the chance for a second straight win in the category. Other nominees include Wayne Brady of “Let’s Make a Deal,” who will host the Daytime Emmy ceremony; Todd Newton of “Family Game Night” on the Hub, a new show on a new network; and Meredith Vieira of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
“Cash Cab” has the chance to make it four straight Emmys as best game show, with competition from “The Price Is Right,” '‘Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”
Besides Philbin and Ripa, nominees for best talk-show host are Mehmet Oz; Rachael Ray; “The Doctors” team of Travis Stork, Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears and Lisa Masterson; and “The View” round-table of Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Multiple past winners Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres do not enter their names in this category anymore.
The talk show category is now split into two. “Live With Regis and Kelly” is nominated in the entertainment category along with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” '‘Rachael Ray” and “The View.” In the category of informative talk show, the nominees are all in the field of medicine: “Dr. Phil,” '‘The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors.”