Last night for the very first time, HLN saved the day for daytime and soap fans everywhere, by bringing the Daytime Emmy telecast to their cable network for the first time, especially when the Daytime Emmys could not find a home with the major networks, or anywhere else, after months of trying to secure a deal by NATAS.
So finally in late May HLN and NATAS sealed their deal and executive producer Gabriel Gornell was brought into breathe new life into the ailing Emmy ceremonies which saw its darkest days at last year’s Las Vegas-oriented ceremonies. So now we ask you, the loyal viewers and lovers of daytime and the soaps, what you thought of the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys that was broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills?
Here is what we had on the plus side: We liked that the Younger Actor and Actress nominees presented to the Leading Actor and Actress nominees. We liked that the award show was just that; an award show with many categories presented on-air. We also liked that the producers wised up and put the Outstanding Drama Series as the final award of the night when it was previously announced that the primo slot was going to be given to Outstanding Morning Show. And we liked that it felt more like a community coming together for a night to celebrate each other with dinner tables and such, much like the Golden Globes does. On the acceptance speech side, we were most moved by former GH-EP Jill Farren Phelps passing of the torch to GH’s new EP Frank Valentini to help keep the genre alive , and Heather Tom’s endearing love and support for the daytime community with her first win as Lead Actress, and GH”s Anthony Geary for his comments on the replacement shows for canceled soaps, and thanking his Spencer family co-stars with his record breaking seventh Daytime Emmy victory.
Here is what we had on the minus side: The AMC and OLTL Tribute. Anchored by Susan Lucci, who then brought out former cast mate Cameron Mathison, and OLTL’s Erika Slezak, their speeches and “thank you’s” lacked emotional punch. And of course, we all missed the tribute clip packages. And while we understand and must recognize that HLN and the production team, came in with just over three weeks to produce the show, so timing to pull something like that off may have been issue, it is sad that once again One Life to Live couldn’t for whatever the reason, get the tribute they deserved, while AMC’s tribute seemed to be mostly about Susan and her portrayal of Erica Kane. This may not have been the intent, but it sure did seem like that to many viewers. It was also odd to see that in many of the nominee clips packages that clips from several years ago where used instead of nominated clips, especially the one we saw pop on with Timothy Gibbs and Erika Slezak for a One Life to Live Directing Team clip. Once again, perhaps timing and the last minuteness of it all, was the culprit here. We could also have done without the award for Best Viral Video Series, which was voted on by users of AOL.com. The nominees seemed mostly unrelated to daytime television, but then again, it just all of a sudden popped up in the middle of the proceedings. And while it was a good effort to drive the telecast into 2012, and the times we live incorporating an online video winning series or program, this seemed like an odd choice.
While we loved the idea of kicking off the show with a big bang like the Lead Actor category, it seemed like GH’s Tony Geary, and perhaps many in the audience, didn’t know when their categories were being presented, since the show tried to offer up a refreshing new order, which many times seemed to work. We also didn’t mind the play on and play off music theme of the Daytime Emmy show.
Now we ask you, did you like that their was no host, and that it was presenter to presenter? Some told us they dug it, and some say the telecast needed a host. What worked for you? Were you happy with the show? Give us a thumbs up or thumbs down! In the end, perhaps HLN and the production team with more time can continue to make tweaks and restore the Daytime Emmys to its former glory. But as many have told us last night at the ceremonies, it was a 100% improvement from last year! Weigh-in!