TV Guide'sMichael Logan gives his picks on who will come out on top at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Drama Series: General Hospital. Though The Bold and the Beautiful could take it for the second year thanks to Betty White's moving farewell scenes, GH had us gasping with that brilliantly produced, adrenalin-pumped episode where Edward crashed his car into the town carnival. In this era of severely slashed budgets, where rehearsals and retakes are now a rarity, GH pulled of a frickin' miracle.&
Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress: The Young and the Restless' Peter Bergman(Jack) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). Each submitted episodes where their characters dealt with the fallout from Sharon's torrid sex spree, and each faces seismic Emmy opponents. He's up against As the World Turns' Michael Park (Jack), while she has big competition from ATWT's Maura West (Carly) and GH's Sarah Joy Brown (Claudia). Yep, I'm leaving out Crystal Chappell, though she arguably gave the performance of the year as Guiding Light's Olivia. Her chosen material — Olivia's declaration of love to Natalia — oddly seemed pale compared to the work of the others and executive producer Ellen Wheeler's cheap, ghastly production values didn't help. But let's get back to Bergman and Stafford. Prior to re-viewing their reels, I wouldn't have thought either had much chance to win, since both their characters were trashed by the current producing/writing regime. But, when it comes to nabbing an Emmy, it only takes one hotter-than-hell episode. And this duo delivered! There is a heft and a magnificence to their performances that leaves you breathless.
To catch the telecast, the 37th Daytime Emmy Awards will air on CBS June 27, 9PM EST. For more of Logan's picks go to