The 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards winners accepted their accolades under a dark cloud. But that has been the case for the last few years, as the award show seems to be more and more obsolete for soap operas. At this rate, it will be extremely easy to predict the winners and nominees because they will only come from a couple of soaps. However, this year’s shows and actors still powered on to defend their genre in the midst of the most recent string of cancellations and rumors.
Since the last Daytime Emmys, All My Children and One Life to Live became the latest soaps to get canceled. What’s more, there is speculation that ABC could soon remove its last daytime scripted show, General Hospital, before long. Yet General Hospital isn’t gone yet, and it became the big winner this weekend.
The embattled program broke out with six Emmys in the Creative Arts categories Saturday then picked up two more on Sunday’s telecast for Lead Actress Laura Wright and Supporting Actor Jonathan Jackson. But while General Hospital received the most overall honors, The Bold and the Beautiful had the most victories during Sunday’s broadcast with four.
In addition to the big prize of Outstanding Drama Series, The Bold and the Beautiful also won out for Supporting Actress Heather Tom and Young Actor Scott Clifton. This cemented the show as one of the few that doesn’t seem to be in grave danger in these trying times.
One of those programs that fell victim to the times was As The World Turns, yet it received one final Emmy for Lead Actor Michael Park. However, next year the stars of All My Children and One Life to Live will be the ones who have just one shot left to win.
Although Young and the Restless lead writer Maria Bell proclaimed that soaps were “here to stay” when she won her Outstanding Writing Emmy, CBS and ABC have begged to disagree lately. As such, it is also hurting the prestige of the Daytime Emmy Awards, netting fewer candidates to compete for the soap prizes.
The likes of Dr. Oz and Ellen Degeneres seem to be the major daytime icons now, especially since Oprah Winfrey is gone as well. Degeneres and Dr. Oz won the talk show honors once again, while an absent Oprah was named the winner for the Crystal Pillar Award.
Perhaps the Daytime Emmys will manage to survive through the other icons outside of the soap opera genre. But it will be a tougher task should the soaps continue to suffer through low ratings and more cancellations. Next year’s ceremony will already be a tough one, since it is likely to have perennial runner-up Susan Lucci nominated for the very last time: another sign of this difficult era.
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