Home Television Daytime Emmys Irony: Cancelled “One Life to Live” Nominated Instead of “General...

How weird. The Daytime Emmy nominations are out. “One Life to Live,” cancelled by ABC, then resurrected briefly online, was nominated for Best Drama. “General Hospital,” resuscitated by the “One Life to Live” team after it was cancelled, was almost completely snubbed.


Not only that, “The Young and the Restless” male actors earned four of the five nominating slots, leaving one to “GH” and none to “Days of Our Lives” or “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The nominations are quite screwy. And so far, there’s no network to carry them. So it all may be a moot point.

The whole “One Life to Live”-“General Hospital” scenario is beyond bizarre. “GH” has come on like a firestorm for the last 18 months under the old “OLTL” regime. It also boasts at least two of the best actresses on TV– Finola Hughes and Nancy Lee Grahn. Neither was nominated.

My advice: ignore the whole thing, and just stick to enjoying your shows.

The rest of the Daytime Emmys nominees can be found somewhere on line– certainly not easily on the Emmys’ own website. Just about everything else on TV during the day was nominated for something including “TMZ.” That should tell you everything.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
4 replies to this post
  1. Maurice Bernard deserves an Emmy about as much as I deserve Mr. Universe. He mumbles, can’t remember his lines, and stares off into space. That is NOT acting.

  2. Just goes to show how great One Life To Live is, that it can be nominated, even in its abortive online run. I hope they win, it’ll be a black eye to all the networks that have killed America’s favorite “hometowns,” over the last decade.

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