In some kind of weird homage to Father’s Day, the Daytime Emmys was filled with a litany of ties Sunday night. “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” both won for Best Game Show; Drama Series Directing Team was shared by “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless”; Dr. Oz was presented with a 2nd Best Talk Show Host award but shared it with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa; and even though it’s not technically a tie, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak both received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Apparently the Academy was attempting to please everyone, less they become frustrated and cancel one of the four remaining daytime soap series.
Cancelled or not, the stars were out Sunday night and they were shining. Susan Lucci- who sadly took home only one Emmy in her forty plus years portraying Erica Kane on “All My Children”- looked radiant in her one shoulder, foliage-inspired dress and shone despite her series’ recent cancellation and her constant mentions throughout the broadcast. Jillian Michaels- formerly of “Biggest Loser”, soon to be of “The Doctors”- looked like a sunshiny day in her yellow dress, even if she could barely walk the stage in it. You’re supposed to suffer for fashion, right? Meanwhile, Rachel Ray’s dress did nothing for her hips, but it’s doubtful they were the body part of notice as comedian/magician Penn Jillette was busy stabbing a knife through his partner Teller’s hand.
In other news, Oprah Winfrey was a no-show to receive her special award and to witness her live tribute first hand. The talk show icon instead chose to pre-record an acceptance speech with her cast from their home base at Harpo studios in Chicago.
Also worth mentioning: the commercials. Not in the Superbowl way where commercials are fun, original, and half the reason you watch the broadcast, but rather the contrived, boring mess that ran the production long and cut short the speech of Scott Clifton to save time for more in-broadcast commercials. If I wanted to be inundated with commercials for Universal Studios, the Atlantis Resort, Las Vegas, and Jabot cosmetics, I’d click on their incessant pop-up windows in my browser. Save your commercials to air between Snickers and Pledge like they’re supposed to, okay?
Overall, the awards were entertaining. Ben Bailey got a second statuette for hosting “Cash Cab”; the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” won Best Entertainment Talk Show; Wayne Brady chided the show’s writers but looked hot in questionable suits. Minus the celebrity aided sales pitches, it was a trashy good time (like all daytime TV should be).