Yesterday, On-Air On-Soaps previously announced the new date for the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards which will be handed out on Sunday, April 26th 2015. NATAS has not announced a deal with a television home as of yet, but is noted to be in heavy discussions.
Meanwhile, there have been a few category additions that will allow more performers from the soaps to be included: First, there will now be a new acting category for soap web series performers: Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series. This category will recognize the work of an actor or actress only appearing on a New Approaches Drama Series. The award will be for a lead or supporting role.
Secondly, as previously reported but with some new additional info, there will now be a category for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series. This award will recognize the work of an actor or actress who has made a limited number of appearances on a Daytime Drama during the 2014 Calendar year. This does not mean, the only well-known names can compete, but anyone who has been in a guest role.
Finally, in the Pre-Nomination round where Daytime Drama performers have to submit clips of their work to get through to the first round of voting, now comes word that this year, while the reel can be up to 4 minutes total running time, and it now consist of any clips from up to two episodes from the 2014 calendar year. This was changed from last year, when actors could only submit two scenes.
So, what do you think of the category additions? And the Pre-Nomination clip change? Do you think it will help your favorite actor? And, who are some of the names you can think of that could vie for the New Approaches or the Guest Performer category? Share your thoughts below!