Emmy Blog: GH Wins Best Drama Series!
This is one happy group. (Soaps.com)
Welcome to Soaps.com’s 35th Daytime Emmy Awardslive blog for General Hospital. Okay, so I’m a little early. What can I say, I’m excited.
I hear it was 107 degrees in Los Angeles yesterday when the daytime actors and press were in the midst of their pre-Emmy festivities. I can’t help but wonder how a person keeps a decent hair style under such pressure. Today it’s a balmy 95. Still, I find it hard to look my best in daylight let alone in the heat of the day. Just another ringing endorsement for me to be a behind-the-scenes kind of gal who blogs from the air-conditioned comfort of her home in Ohio.
6:00 PM EST
The red carpet interviews are about to get started and I’ll be back as soon as I spy anyone from GH to tell you about!
6:31 PM EST
Boy does everyone look hot (and I don’t necessarily mean sexy)…some Days actors are being interviewed but the camera flashed to Carolyn Hennesy, so that was fun! She looks fabulous as you might have guessed. A long, fitted black gown with gorgeous beadwork. She was giving a “thumb’s up” sign to someone.
Finola Hughes is one of the SOAPnet interviewers and she has snagged Tristan Rogers for a chat. He says that he’s coming to Night Shift and says that the writers have pretty much (SPOILER HERE) have recreated history and made him NOT a deadbeat dad. He says that Robert and Robin have indeed been in touch all these years, very unlike what has been portrayed on GH. Interesting! (I’ll describe Finola’s dress the next time I spy her.)
Oh she’s back already! Her handkerchief hemline dress is loose and flowing in the breeze. (But at 95 degrees, it must feel like a hair dryer!) It’s purplish with a pattern of some kind. Her hair is down and loosely curled.
6:39 PM EST
Blah, blah, people from other soaps are talking, bragging about being dateless. One guy just showed how his tux pants fit his buttocks. Finola is talking about which guy might win for Outstanding Lead Actor. They discuss all the nominees and say that Anthony Geary is the biggest threat. Here’s why: He’s a five-time Emmy winner, (his character) had three heart attacks this year and even went to hell. Sounds good to me!
6:47 PM EST
Rebecca Buddig is interviewing a girl who is up for the Younger Actress category (the actress who plays Jana) and she seems lovely. I’m a little curious why GH has no nominees in this category. Maxie (Kirsten Storms) was downright evil in 2007 and to no avail!
Finola just said “ridic” instead of “ridiculous”. And she said it on purpose…
While we wait for more GH actors to get some camera time, let me remind you that there are six presenters tonight from GH. Sarah Brown (Claudia), Anthony Geary (Luke), Laura Wright (Carly), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jason Cook (Matt, who is debuting on June 26), and Bradford Anderson. With only one actor nominee (Tony Geary) at least we’ll get to see some of our actors on stage! (Do I sound bitter? Sorry.)
Oh, Finola is talking to some GH: Night Shift people. Kent King (Lainey), Minae Noji (Kelly) and Sonya Eddy (Epiphany). Sonya bought her dress off the rack at Nordstrom and she gives a shout out to Vanessa the girl who helped her pick it out. Kent King’s painful-looking Guess pump gets a a Dr. Scholl’s shoe cam shot. Minae has a bright cherry red floor-length dress on and waves as Finola throws it to commercial.
7:01 PM EST
I just saw a quick head shot of Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) standing together, all buddy buddy. That goes to show what great actors they are, they can barely stand each other in Port Charles.
Here’s how I know that I’m a tad too into soaps. They just showed Portia di Rossi and Ellen and I thought, “What the heck are they doing there?” Duh, Daytime Emmy’s include all daytime programming. Geez.
7:08 PM EST
Rebecca Buddig is talking to Susan Lucci and I swear her shoulders are starting to shine under the 100 degree heat. Poor thing. Anyhow, Susan said that she is presenting Best Lead Actor and was a judge in the category. She said it was a very tough competition. (Hint, Tony should win.
If he does, it’ll be Emmy history because he will tie for most wins for the same character. OLTL’s Erika Slezak has won six for her character. This is Tony Geary’s 12th nomination for cryin’ out loud. Some fans get upset because the show gives him such extended vacations, but I say who cares! When he’s gone I just learn to live without him, but when Luke suddenly slides back into the scene everything just because magic again. )
7:16 PM EST
Oh, Antonio Sabato Jr. is on! He’s talking to Rebecca Buddig about bringing Jaggar back to GH (Night Shift). He says that (SPOILER) he’ll have a young son named Stone, named after his younger brother who died of AIDS.
Not that I’m counting or anything, but Rebecca has called him handsome three times.
7:27 PM EST
Julie Marie and Kirsten are being interviewed together. Julie Marie is getting married in August to a real estate guy and loves her “normal life”. Kirsten says that she is presenting for Best Writing tonight and that’s all she has going on right now that’s exciting. She says that she has her fingers crossed because GH is nominated for writing. They both look amazing, and I’ll give you more details about that the next time I get a peek.
Why is Tyra Banks presenting for Lead Actress? She looks great by the way, but stay out of our categories girl. I’d much rather see a soap actor presenting this very big award. Well, truthfully I’d rather see Laura Wright (Carly) or Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) or Megan Ward (Kate)as nominees (instead of pre-nominees) but hey, that’s a dead horse for this year.
7:39 PM EST
Finola is interviewing Michelle Stafford from Y&R. She commented that “cleavage is hot” right now, pardon the pun and Michelle seemed relieved to know it since she is showing some!
7:46 PM EST
As the Red Carpet starts to wind down, Finola announces who she thought looked the best so far. Her first pick is Tyra Banks, but she also lists Kent King (Lainey) from GH. Most be those treacherous looking shoes! I’ll sign off for now. Get ready because the Emmy awards begin in just 11 minutes. Sadly GH only has one acting nominee this year, but I’ll do my best to spot the people we want to see even if they aren’t on stage making a speech. I mean, the audience is full of GHers! (In 1982 General Hospital earned 16 of the 18 possible acting nominations. Useless trivia or a sad commentary, you decide!)
8:00 PM EST
The show has started and it looks like the Emmy's are taking a page from the Oscar's this year. They've pre-taped a scenario with lots of cameos but since no one is from GH, I can't seem to care! There's "Erica Cane" in jail reading Barbara Walters book, Whoopi Goldberg in the bathroom, etc. Okay, phew, that's over. Now the live show is starting...the cast of each soap is introduced and everyone is sitting at round tables, much like The Golden Globes. I like it, but am I seeing an identity crisis? I see bottles of wine and all that's missing is Jack Nickelson in his shades. Cameron Mathison is telling us about the table cams on each table and that people are free to use them. The footage will appear on SOAPnet.com later, in fact. He shows an example of some that's already been shot and it's Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) and Tony Geary (Luke Spencer) talking about the actual Emmy awards they have between them.
Oh, the first award is up already and here comes Laura Wright (Carly), Sarah Brown (Claudia) and Tony Geary (Luke). They walk out arm-in-arm and don't look at all like they are enemies in the least! Laura and Sarah dig right in to their lines and and announce the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress. After clips (blah, blah, no GH noms so I barely even watched, so there!) Tony announces the winner and it's Gina Tognoni from Guiding Light. (Dang, if it couldn't have been Carolyn Henessy (Diane), Kimberly McCullough (Robin) or Rebecca Herbst (Liz), I would have preferred Y&R's Tracy Bregman to win, but oh well.)
8:32 PM EST
The cast of Y&R is presenting the Emmy to Outstanding Younger Actor and I find myself daydreaming. I'm remembering Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos Jr.) as he went from playing soccer to buying guns on the waterfront. Man, that kid should've ended his run on GH with a nomination, don't you think?
And here we go with the Outstanding Younger Actress and again, I daydream. Nary a GH name in the bunch but hey, Michael Landon's daughter (Jennifer Landon from ATWT) won again. I miss Pa Ingalls.
8:44 PT EST
It's time for Best Talk Show host and Ellen Degeneres has won again. I just love her. She just pointed out that since it's the longest day of the year she can talk longer. Wouldn't it be great if she came on GH and paired up with Luke Spencer somehow? The free association dialog would be hilarious. Forget that, what if she turned out to be Spinelli's mom? Now that would be priceless. Again, I have time to kill with precious little GH news to speak of...
8:52 PM EST
AMC actors are on stage to present the Emmy to the Outstanding Directing Team. Yay, GH is among the noms. Well, that didn't last long, the directing team of OLTL won.
8:55 PM EST
Heather Tom and Jack Wagner from B&B come out to present a brand new category. It's judge shows or some such thing. Which brings to mind the hilarious scene on GH when Diane yells at the judge for not having a sense of fashion. It was when Kate had to wear ankle monitors to keep her in line with her probation. Ahhh, good times. On a side note, these judge shows freak me out.
9:04 PM EST
Days actors present the award for Best Supporting Actor and alas, no GH names come from their well-groomed lips. We did have some pre-nominations however, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Rick Hearst (Ric) and Sebastian Roche (Jerry) were on that list but didn't make it all the way. When Kristoff St. John races to the stage to collect his first Emmy since winning in 1992. The first thing he does is thank Rick Hearst for not being in the category this year. That's nice.
Well lookie here, Bradford Anderson, Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook walk out to present Outstanding Writing Team. Once they reach the microphone, Bradford tugs at Kirsten's arm and yells "Mine!" (to acknowledge that Jason Cook's character is about to be introduced and will pose stiff competition for Maxie's heart.) The nominees are B&B, GH,GL, OLTL, Y&R. And the winner is....well, not GH. When Jason Cook reads OLTL as the winner Kirsten Storms slaps her thigh and looks as if she's saying "Darn!"
9:26 PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel is presenting Regis Philbin with the Lifetime Achievement award. Did you know he is in the Guinness Book for having the most on-air time of all people in the United States? If you add up the number of times that Luke Spencer has run off to another country,taken a shot of brown something or other (is it supposed to be whiskey?) and smoked a cigar, it's still not nearly as many times as Reeg has been on the boob tube. Hey, I knew if I hung in there long enough they'd cut to a GH actor! It's Tony Geary nodding approvingly as Regis talks about his early days in television. Nice touch cameraperson.
9:38 PM EST
Okay folks, they just went to a commercial break and when they come back Susan Lucci will present the big award - the only acting award GH is up for this year. Outstanding Lead Actor. If Tony Geary wins, he'll tie an Emmy record for most wins for the same character - it will be his sixth. Let's all put our heads together and send some good karma. Be right back. I can't type and do good karma at the same time.
Oops, guess they fooled me. They came back with Cameron Mathison walking over to the GH table and talking with Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) and Tyler Christopher (Nikolas). He asks if Lulu will end up married to the mob and Julie Marie says that she is ready to hook up with Sonny Corinthos anytime! He cues the footage to roll that supports GH as a nominee for Best Drama Series. Man, I'd almost forgotten how bone-chilling some of those Metro Court scenes were from Feb (2007) sweeps. And then there's the Black & White ball and Emily and Nik's last dance. No wonder we all love this soap so much.
Now Tyra Banks is out on stage presenting the Outstanding Lead Actress. I thought they said lead actor - guess we'll wait a tad longer. She presents the Emmy to Jeanne Cooper from Y&R and it is truly a lovely moment. It's her first daytime Emmy after all these years and she's the longest-serving cast member from Y&R. She starts her speech with "I bet you thought I had died."
Okay, here's Susan Lucci with the Leading Actor award. (Crossing fingers while typing.) She jokes that although it's nice just to be nominated, it's also nice to win. Peter Bergman is announced, Thaao Penghlis, Christian LeBlanc, David Canary and finally our beloved Tony Geary. (His clip is a somber one. He's in his hospital bed talking to Sonny about not wanting to become a "pathetic old bastard"). And the winner is...Thank God. It's Tony! The room stands and seems genuinely thrilled for him. Tony kisses a few people that I don't recognize and takes a graceful walk up to the stage. He says, "I don't have a lot of time, that table back there I owe so much to. Acting might be merely making faces, but I made lot of faces to get this." He thanks the directors and the writers and his partner in crime, Jane Elliot (Tracy Q.) for making him on time and know his words.
That's all I can say right now. I'm thrilled. I know you are too.
9:57 PM EST
Barbara Walters comes out to present the Grand Pooba of all awards - Best Drama Series. GH, GL, OLTL and Y&R are the nominees. The Emmy goes to: General Hospital! After 45 years and 11,500 + episodes, they've been recognized ten times in this category. Producer Jill Faren Phelps takes the microphone and deadpans, "Well, this was expected." (Because GH was barely nominated for anything this year!) She accepts the award and says that they've learned that courage and faith get you through anything. She speaks of the Midwest flood victims and all of us suffering from
high fuel costs.
Show over folks. I know I kind of blurred over the many accomplishments of the other soaps tonight and I feel somewhat sorry about that. But hey, this is the GH page after all! For a complete list of winners, just follow this link: Emmy Winners. Soaps.com is happy to be right in the midst of all this excitement. Please check back soon to hear backstage stories from our staff out west and see tons of pictures.
Have a great night everyone. I know the cast and crew of GH will!
Julie Clark Robinson
GH News & Recap Writer