As HLN continues its prep for tomorrow night’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy (8PMEST/5PMPST) ceremonies airing for the first time on the cable network, the shows first time EP, Gabriel Gornell spoke to the New York Daily News to share his thoughts on the telecast, what to look forward to, and the focus of the event.
“This is a coming-out party to embrace the whole spectrum of daytime programming,” says Gornell, “There’s been a shift. But daytime is as popular as ever, and fans of daytime dramas are still passionate. Daytime drama is part of our culture. Talk to almost anyone and they have a memory of daytime drama.”
Equally crucial for the awards, he says, is that “fans of daytime drama are also fans of other daytime shows. People who love General Hospital watch the food shows and the news, too.”
Gornell stresses that while they are broader-based this year, the awards remain a central showcase for daytime drama. He even thinks it could be a good if somewhat bittersweet night for All My Children and One Life to Live. “It’s important when a show has been canceled for it to get this kind of respect. It’s good for the fan community.”