TV Guide spoke with the man in charge of bringing The Daytime Emmys to television, David McKenzie, the executive producer of the show from Associated Television International. McKenzie weighed in on how the recent cancellations of One Life to Live and All My Children might effect the broadcast.
McKenzie stated, “We know the fans are hurting a lot right now and that they really care about what’s happening to their programs. We’re going to show them that we care, too. We’ll do something very special to acknowledge what’s happened (referring to cancellations of OLTL and AMC)— something the fans are really going to love. But these soaps are still on the air and they’ll both qualify for Daytime Emmys in 2012. We are not ready to say goodbye.”
Also noted in the conversation was that ATI has booked such Vegas favorites as: Marie Osmond, Gladys Knight, Penn and Teller, Criss Angel and the Cirque du Soleil hit Viva Elvis. to appeat on the telecast. The list of presenters includes Anderson Cooper, Carol Burnett, Marlee Matlin, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nate Berkus, Rachael Ray, Dr. Travis Stork, Vanna White, Peter Marshall, Jillian Michaels, Kelly Monaco, Kimberly McCullough, Genie Francis, Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, Katherine Kelly Lang and Brandon Beemer. Look for several more to be announced soon. There will also be the special honors with Oprah receives the TV Academy’s Crystal Pillar Award, while veteran game-meisters Pat Sajak and Alex Trebak get Lifetime Achievement trophies.
The Daytime Emmys air live from Las Vegas on Sunday night, June 19th on CBS!