Credit: Must be exhausting weeping. ( has learned that the Emmy pre-noms are in for the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. Guess who is on the list from Days of Our Lives?

Matthew Purvis and I thought it best to write a joint article about the show, considering we both write updates and news for it on our respective sites, and You’ll find Matt’s notes are all bolded while mine are not.

For the lead actress category, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady) and Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) are pre-nominated.

Hope was a busy woman this past year. She and Bo had issues over his visions, she shot Kayla by accident, her own child, Ciara was kidnapped, and Bope’s relationship had not been the same since. Tough year. Lots to work with. Hope always clung to hope; while Bo flaked out, she tried to be a rock and it showed.

What didn’t happen to Sami this year? She gave birth to EJ’s kid, hid it from everyone, “adopted” Grace, who died, was mourned and then to top it off, she learned that baby wasn’t even hers and that Nicole switched babies at birth. 2010 didn’t get much better for her but the pre-noms don’t cover this current year. Ali must be exhausted. All that crying, all the worry, the heartache. I’m always amazed by how much time she can spend not crying since I assume that Sami is actually a fish on dry land trying to keep herself surrounded by enough water so she doesn’t suddenly die.

Lead Actor pre-nominees go to John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) and James Scott (EJ DiMera)

Victor was the life of the party this past year. He made us laugh, he made us roll our eyes and even turn up our noses in disgust for some of his nastier behavior. He was on to Kate when she was trying to kill Chloe, he let Caroline know that he was still enamored of her, he fought the DiMera’s and then made amends with them, got into Brady’s business, sold EJ his drug lord title, handed Titan over to Philly then took it back. He holds an odd place on the show as the king of one-liners, packing more into a pithy remark or an insult delivered with such casual and cunning venom that it can summarize as much about a character or situation in a few seconds as most of them manage in a few weeks.

EJ had quite the year. He was happy until his whole life came crashing down when he learned Sami hid her pregnancy from him and Grace was his kid – after she died of meningitis. But wait! Grace wasn’t his kid. His kid was alive! Nicole hid a miscarriage from him, faked a pregnancy, then stole his baby with Samanther, to give it to him. He felt somehow betrayed and spun out of control right into 2010. And that’s not even half of what went down with our favorite villain. He let his dark side come out with a vengeance and it has become more nuanced, more focused, cruel and, it has made him, surprisingly, more moving, frightening and funny than he’s ever been.