Daytime Emmy Awards: What Happened in Vegas

So did you watch last night’s Daytime Emmy telecast on CBS? If so, you must admit there were a few positives (nice to see so many As the World Turns winners in light of the show’s cancellation, especially “Carjack’s” Maura West and Michael Park, and Billy Miller of The Young and the Restless more than deserved his trophy). But beyond that? Where to start…

It should have been a celebration of the actors, writers, and directors who produce quality scripted television 52 weeks a year in an age of reality shows and shorter seasons (I love me some Mad Men, can’t wait for it to return, but 13 episodes every 12 months can’t compare to the daytime grind). Instead, it began with a 20 minute Dick Clark love fest. I’ve got nothing against the guy, and he seemed genuinely moved by the tribute, but wouldn’t something like that have made more sense at the Grammys? You know, an awards show celebrating music? But the worst was yet to come. We were shown no clips of the nominees (actors or shows), daytime legend Agnes Nixon’s lifetime achievement award seemed like an afterthought, and the afore-mentioned ATWT got a 90 second salute after 54 years on the air. The evening devolved into a commercial for Sin City. On a practical level, I know that it’s all about ratings and that daytime is not what it once was, but is turning the program into a travelogue really the way to go? On an emotional level, what happened in Vegas fills me with despair. Soaps are being cancelled left and right, SOAPnet is about to go the way of the dinosaur, and CBS couldn’t spare two measly hours of programming to properly honor these consummate professionals? For shame!

Feel free to rant, and check this out. It’s a little taste of when the ceremony had class.


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