If you want to know what each soap opera eligible for this year’s upcoming Daytime Emmys submitted to land a nomination for the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, look no further than TV Guide. Michael Logan takes a look at how the six soaps vying for a final spot might do when the nominations are announced on May 4th.
We are happy to report that this year, if there is a soap God, One Life to Live will be in the running as a pretty sure bet along with General Hospital. According to TVG: The Bold and the Beautiful and All My Children might also have good shots, while DAYS and Y&R submissions made little to no sense why they were chosen by the powers-that-be. That being said, here are excerpts on the review of OLTL and GH’s Outstanding Drama Series submissions:
General Hospital: “Two absolutely splendid submissions. In the first, Carly and Jax find out their infant, Josslyn, has a rare form of cancer and is in dire need of new kidneys. At the very same time, little Jake is put on life support after being run over by his grandfather, Luke. Carly must go to the child’s grieving birth dad Jason (a remarkably moving Steve Burton and ask him for the organs. Episode 2 has several characters — Tracy, Lucky, Carly, Ethan, Sonny, Nikolas — holding Luke hostage and staging an intervention. Stubbornly insisting he’s not an alcoholic, Luke takes full responsibility for Jake’s death but refuses to blame it away on liquor. Tony Geary performance is raw, ballsy and profound and the rest of the cast isn’t far behind.” Chance of a nomination: “This is the one to beat.”
One Life to Live: “The show did a curious (and probably savvy) thing by asking the judges to view its two submissions out of sequence. First up is the hour from last December where everyone in Llanview (even badass Clint) is suddenly nuts about the TV soap Fraternity Row, an outta-nowhere twist that gave OLTL a chance to lovingly spoof our obsession with soaps and skewer the foolish suits at ABC for destroying them. Riddled with every cliché in the suds 101 handbook — “Happy is boring!” gripes Roxy in defense of Fraternity‘s over-the-top dramatics — it’s a delightful bit of satire likely to score with any judge who ever toiled in daytime drama. The show’s second submission was the Valentine’s 2011 show that exploded with shocking reveals — Jess slept with Ford! Brody is the father of Natalie’s baby! Charlie isn’t Rex’s father, Clint is! In fact, there were so many feverish developments it’s laughable, but this was damn fine overkill. Plus, the opportunity to honor this wrongly cancelled soap may be impossible to resist.” Chance of a nomination: “Excellent. This was stellar work done during extremely trying times. The work of champs.”
Check out what the rest of the daytime sudsers submitted in the TV Guide article post, and then let us know after you have reviewed, who you think should score a nomination?