OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS
Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) – Yes, Debbi’s scene was yet another “back from the dead” storyline. But this one seemed to be done a little more realistically and heartfelt than I’m accustomed to. I was never an AMC watcher, but I remember how popular Angie and Jessie were in the 1980s. If she doesn’t get it, then my bet’s on Jeanne Cooper who was hysterical playing her double roles.
OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR
Peter Reckell (Bo, DAYS) – And I’m not just saying this because I’m a long time DAYS watcher. Reckell’s come a long way over the years. His problem is that he has to have the quality writing to rise to it. I wouldn’t say he’s one of those actors who can entertain just by reading the phone book. I’ve seen him in plenty of triumphs and plenty of duds. But this last year, he triumphed right around Emmy season; and I’d love to see him acknowledged for it. Tony Geary and Christian LeBlanc had entertaining reels, but they didn’t particularly surprise anyone with their showcased material. But I think Reckell’s proven to the industry that he’s more than just a bearded hottie on a motorbike.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL) – I wasn’t terribly impressed with this category. Williamson seemed to have the most variety to her performance compared to her competitors, although during her funeral breakdown, she would occasionally get downright shrill in all of her ranting. I like Tamara Braun, I don’t think she will get it because her storyline is just too over the top for the Emmy judges to relate to.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL) – A good solid performance. I think the Emmys will throw this bone in the direction of GL out of a sympathy vote. All of the supporting actors were excellent. Second guess – Van Hansis for the Luke/Noah romance. But I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Bradford Anderson get it for his amusing character of Spinelli on GH.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea, DAYS) – I admit in this case, being a long-term DAYS watcher may be keeping me from being objective. But I find her scene with Hope still moving all these months after the fact. Rachel was always great with relaying Chelsea’s guilt over the death of Zack; and in this scene, that guilt was never more palpable. Kirsten Storms is my second choice; although for those of us who saw her as Belle, we knew that these kind of emotional storms were not really anything new.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
Blake Berris (Nick, DAYS) – OK, I’m a Blake Berris fan; and I know I’m not objective about him. Even though DAYS threw Blake under the bus, he went under the bus with a bang rather than a whimper. Psychotic, nerdy and heartbreaking, it was a crazy rollercoaster ride watching Nick Fallon unravel before our eyes. Shame on DAYS for throwing this actor away.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The Bold and The Beautiful – AMC and DAYS canceled each other out with their disaster storylines, making B&B stand out in the process. Even I teared up watching the Katie flashback sequence before Storm committed suicide…and I’m not even that much of a B&B watcher. It had to be even more powerful for the viewers that were really invested in the soap and the characters. Sometimes B&B can be way over-the-top and wacky, but in this case, it hit the mark when it counted.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM
One Life to Live – I give it to OLTL just because I love this show’s sparkling sense of humor and dialogue. I believe this is the first time a soap character hovered over death in the midst of a reality game show which was kind of a funky twist to everything, even if it did seem a bit ripped off from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE somehow.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
Days of Our Lives – Out of this nominated episode consisting of 19 characters, only 9are still on DAYS today. Too bad the actors couldn’t survive the disaster of Gary Tomlin as well as their Salem counterparts could weather that plane crash. The scenes were riveting with the acting, the lighting, the music, the crazy camera angles, the eeriness and horror of it all. And even though he was not the director, I believe Ed Scott should get the credit for what we see. Ken Corday should go with balls-in-hand back to Ed Scott and beg him to come back (and give Scott creative control of the show while he’s at it, so that crybabies like Dena Higley won’t run the show into the ground with all of her blogs and threatened lawsuits). Salem needs Scott to survive next year much more than the likes of Crystal Chappell and Louise Sorel.
These Emmy picks were submitted by FancyFace who will be co-hosting with the Diva at the Emmy podcast on Sunday night. Come join us and let’s dish!