Daytime Emmy Awards: Two for Two

Um… yeah. They fucked it up royally again. If you thought last year was bad (and it was), you ain’t seen nothing yet. Once again, no clips of the talented actors who were competing for the hardware. Indeed, no clips at all of soaps from the past year. Plenty of time for Oprah though and a “we just invented it second lifetime achievement award.” I really have nothing against Oprah, but she wasn’t even there! Yet Celine Dion took up what felt like two hours to sing her a song played out from the moment it hit the charts. Perhaps if the producers had used that time to show us the actors at work, we might have been able to recall why or how Brittany Allen, formerly of All My Children, took home a trophy. And what was with all the ties? Every other category had two winners! Find a way to make a choice for crying out loud!

On the plus side, it was awesome to see General Hospital’s Laura Wright finally get some long overdue Emmy love, and the absent Michael Park’s win (he’s currently on Broadway in the revival of How to Succeed) was kind of a sweet sayonara to the departed As the World Turns. But overall, last night’s show gets my vote for the worst televised award show of all time, a title it will likely hold until next year’s debacle, if the thing even makes it to air with only four soaps and too many talk shows left.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dead Show Walking

While today’s announcement of a new talk fest for Katie Couric taking General Hospital’s time slot might not seem as dire as the recent cancellations of One Life to Live and All My Children, the news is not good. In some ways, it’s worse. ABC is teasing GH fans with the possibility that their show will survive. But let’s be real here. GH’s days are numbered.

I’ll be honest; General Hospital is not the show it was in the glory days of Luke and Laura. It’s moved far away from the death of B.J., Monica’s breast cancer, and, most famously and tragically, Stone’s losing battle to AIDS (yes, I had Robin’s Diary back in the day). But all the mob shenanigans aside, GH is arguably the soap that has caused me to shed the most tears (and now I’ll cry again when it leaves the air). And a lot of them are on account of the little moments (Robyn Richards’ Maxie sobbing to Georgie and Dillon that she was unworthy of B.J.’s heart, Jason’s recent quiet breakdown on Elizabeth’s steps after the death of their son, and a blind Stone seeing Robin one last time). Then there are the fun bits (the Nurses’ Balls, the Quartermaine Thanksgivings – before they eradicated the family, and nearly all of Robert and Holly the first time around). The history, the possibility, all sacrificed at the foot of a talk show that’ll probably flop in a few seasons. I get that there are bigger problems out there, but the prospect of saying farewell to three classics within the span of little more than a year is heartbreaking for daytime devotees the world over.

38th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations

Today’s announcement of the Daytime Emmy nominations yielded some joy (hooray for Colleen Zenk, Laura Wright, and Emily O’Brien!). But come on! All One Life to Live gets are nods for the currently enjoyable, but often aggravating, Bree Williamson and Brian Kerwin of the overacting and dashing out of scenes like a freight train (but I will admit that his showdown with Kim Zimmer last week was pretty powerful stuff)? I won’t even waste adjectives on All My Children’s Brittany Allen. It’s encouraging to see webisoaps Gotham and Venice take their places at the table, but all in all, it just feels like another depressing day for beleaguered soap fans.

Top TV Couples

While it’s not the As the World Turns countdown(s) we promised (coming soon! really!), let’s take a moment to look at some memorable TV couples through the years. In alphabetical order (clips abound!):

As Time Goes By – Jean and Lionel: Separated for nearly 40 years, this couple reunited to show viewers that romance knows no age.

Honorable Mention – Judith and Alistair: It took Jean’s daughter and Lionel’s publisher nearly the entire run of the show to get it right, but taking a page from their elders they proved it’s better late than never.

Battlestar Galactica – Helo and Athena: Would you betray your entire race or undermine an arguably just genocide in the name of love? Probably not, but they did and became the couple who might have most deserved their happy ending.

Honorable Mention – Roslin and Adama: By contrast, their time together was much too brief. Still, it’s not every woman who inspires her lover to build a shrine to her after she’s gone. And it’s not every man who keeps watch.

Frasier – Niles and Daphne: Any fears that the union of Frasier’s little brother and his father’s physical therapist would hurt the long running show were completely unfounded and led to some of the series’ sweetest moments.

General Hospital – Robert and Holly: The current writing regime has all but destroyed this once classic couple who defied soap opera conventions and kept it smart, sexy, and sweet even after they’d exchanged rings.

Honorable Mention – Luke and Laura: Maybe not my Number One, but pretty damn close.

The Honeymooners – Ralph and Alice: He bellowed, she gave it right back. But at the end of the day they affirmed their love, and all was right with the world.

How I Met Your Mother – Lily and Marshall: Impossibly devoted and perfectly suited, you can see why knowing them spurs protagonist Ted to want a picture perfect happily ever after.

The Office – Jim and Pam: He knew he wanted to marry her from the second they met. It took her a little bit longer to come around. But new parents Jim and Pam are the TV pair that puts most big screen Rom-Coms to shame.

Honorable Mention – Andy and Erin: Maybe not yet at the same level as Michael and Holly or even Dwight and Angela, but their goofy chemistry is one of Dunder Mifflin’s highlights.

Scrubs – Turk and Carla: The cocky surgeon and the no-nonsense nurse made beautiful music together (and not just in this scene).

Honorable Mention – Cox and Jordan: The best example that making it legal isn’t always the route to making it last forever.

The Simpsons – Homer and Marge: Who cares if they’re cartoons? These two put up with all manner of craziness from one another, raise a family, and always find time to show how much they care.

Who are some of your favorites?