Soap News: Daytime Emmy Noms and more

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The nominations for the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. You can check out all the soap nominations here, along with my picks. The award show will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. on CBS with Wayne Brady hosting.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Young and the Restless
All My Children
General Hospital
* My pick: Y&R

Outstanding Lead Actor
Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, All My Children)
Michael Park (Jack, As the World Turns)
James Scott (E.J., Days of our Lives)
Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital)
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless)
* This is a tough one. Could be between LeBlanc or Park – maybe even James Scott.

Outstanding Lead Actress
Alicia Minshew (Kendall, All My Children)
Debbi Morgan (Angie, All My Children)
Colleen Zenk (Barbara, As the World Turns)
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Laura Wright (Carly, General Hospital)
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Retless)
* Michelle Stafford

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Jonathan Jackson (Lucky, General Hospital)
Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital)
Brian Kerwin (Charlie, One Life to Live)
Doug Davidson (Paul, The Young and the Restless)
Billy Miller (Billy, The Young and the Restless)
* No man can cry on daytime like Jonathan Jackson

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, All My Children)
Julie Pinson (Janet, As the World Turns)
Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, General Hospital)
Bree Williamson (Jessica, One Life to Live)
Tricia Cast (Nina, The Young and the Restless)
* Tricia Cast

Outstanding Younger Actor
Scott Clifton (Liam, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Chandler Massey (Will, Days of our Lives)
Chad Duell (Michael, General Hospital)
* Chad Duell has done really with this role from Drew Garrett.

Outstanding Younger Actress
Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa, All My Children)
Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina, General Hospital)
Emily O’Brien (ex-Jana, The Young and the Restless)
* I’d go with Lexi since this was for 2010, but Emily’s performance during Jana’s last couple of weeks recently was brilliant.

Outstanding Writing Team
As the World Turns
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of our Lives
The Young and the Restless
* Probably between Y&R and B&B

Outstanding Directing Team
The Bold and the Beautiful
General Hospital
One Life to Live
The Young and the Restless
* Probably between Y&R and GH.

General Hospital also received a nomination in the “Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic” category for the “Brenda’s Back” promo. Meanwhile, ABC daytime was also nominated for “New Approaches” for their “What If…” crossover web series along with The Bold and the Beautiful’s “Clarence Update.” Popular web soaps, Gotham and Venice were nominated for “Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime.” Former As the World Turns star Martha Byrne (ex-Lily/Rose) stars in and produces Gotham while Crystal Chappell (Carly, DAYS; ex-Olivia, Guiding Light) stars in and produces Venice.
[View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM2W2G5NmdA]

The Young and the RestlessBilly Miller may not be leaving this August after all.  According to Soap Opera Digest, contract talks between Miller and Sony are still ongoing. Let’s hope they strike a deal! If they don’t, it’s rumored that Sony may get Jacob Young (JR, AMC; ex-Lucky, GH; ex-Rick, B&B) to takeover.

TV Guide is reporting that Constance Towers will return to General Hospital during the week of June 27. In other words, Aiden’s paternity won’t be revealed until the end of June!

Tyler Christopher’s last tape date as GH’s Nikolas is May 19th.

Cady McClain began taping at All My Children yesterday and her first airdate has already been announced. It’s NEXT week! Dixie returns on May 17th.

Roger Howarth returns to One Life to Live this Friday, May 13th.

— Canadians Y&R fans can check out Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) on The Shopping Channel this Saturday as the actress showcases her jewelry line.

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