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Drama aplenty at 36th annual Daytime Emmys

The Emmy-winng cast of "The Bold and the Beautiful."

The Emmy-winng cast and executive producer Bradley Bell of "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Even after finally winning the coveted Daytime Emmy for Drama Series (the first in its 22-year history), CBS soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” still didn’t earn respect in primetime Sunday night.

The live telecast rolled the credits and went off the air before the cast and executive producer Bradley Bell could even get on stage to make an acceptance speech. The gesture was a particularly sharp poke to the eye for the 30-minute drama that, in 2009 remains one of the most commercially viable soaps on daytime due to its success as an export to viewers overseas.

Of course, this was the same awards show that honored “Guiding Light” and invited its entire cast to the stage for a standing ovation after CBS pulled the plug on the genre’s oldest soap after 72-years earlier this year.

But Emmy voters weren’t afraid to reward some of the gutsiest performances of the year, even if they weren’t the hands on favorites to win. “One Life to Live” trouper Susan Haskell scored a Leading Actress trophy for acting out one of 2008’s truly icky storylines that involved her iconic soap character, a rape survivor, falling in love with her former rapist while recovering from amnesia.

Despite rumblings from faithful viewers on the Internet, Haskell acted the hell out of the storyline. From the podium Sunday, she promised her kids to snag autographs from “Sesame Street” characters"Sesame Street's" Cookie Monster nibbled on his trophy. who were there to pick up the Lifetime Achievement award (a tuxedoed Cookie Monster promptly munched on the Emmy hardware).

Lead Actor winner “Young and the Restless” actor Christian LeBlanc curiously won in a year where his lawyer character Michael Baldwin largely propped up the other storylines on the CBS soap.

And after finally wresting the Emmy gold away from perennial winner Ellen DeGeneres for Talk Show Host, the ladies of “The View” weren’t even present to pick up their long elusive Emmy.

Sunday night’s 36th annual Daytime Emmys broadcast was beamed live from the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and aired on the CW, after ABC, CBS and NBC, the three broadcasts that actually air soaps passed on airing the program.

Between Emmys, the CW used the airtime to hawk its soapy primetime wares for the fall, including a relaunch of 1990s hit “Melrose Place” and the locally filmed “Vampire Diaries” starring former “Lost” star Ian Somerhalder.

For a full list of winners: click here.

For a photo gallery, click here.

So, what’s your take? Did the Emmy voters get it right by snubbing industry vets like Anthony Geary and Jeanne Cooper in favor of some new blood this year? Did you like the telecast on the CW?

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August 31st, 2009
8:27 am

I was truly happy to see the ladies of the view finally win. I loved seeing real women with real bodies be awarded for their talent. None are overweight and represent real life women talking about real life female issues.

A read an interesting article about how someone is actually jealous of overweight women at

I think the Emmys were great overall. The emmy’s this year had a few surprises I enjoyed.


CE Smith

August 31st, 2009
8:45 am

The “tribute” to Guiding Light was too brief, too generic and too late. But if you’re going to cut the winning drama out of the show altogether (B&B) I guess it’s to be expected you won’t devote much time to a show that’s been cancelled. The only reason I tuned in was for the GL moment, which was a huge letdown.


August 31st, 2009
10:23 am

would have loved to have seen this show, if I could have found it….searched every channel for two hours 8pm.m 9p.m….no luck.

any chance it will be shown again???


August 31st, 2009
11:36 am

Ellen was ROBBED last night. Ellen is Number One and she showed up for the ceremony. She has amazing dignity and respect for her fans, show, and crew.

But, I guess the voters went ahead and let The View hosts win so they can finally shut up. And Rachel Ray won because voters put up with her crying and whining all the time.

Ellen – Best Talk Show
Ellen – Best Talk Show Host


August 31st, 2009
5:59 pm

will a rerun of the daytime emmys be shown again?? If so when and what network?? I missed it

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August 31st, 2009
8:16 pm

Miss it Hope it is shown again I would loved to see the truibe to Guilding Light What a shame it going off the air

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September 1st, 2009
11:24 am

I thought the presentation was lacking. The Sesame Street production was the best part but still could have been better. The entire program felt rushed and if nominees don’t appreciate the honor enough to show up then why do they participate in the process.