Did Richard Simmons and a “Campy” Nurses’ Ball Hurt General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy Chances?

General Hospital being shut out of the major Daytime Emmy races this year caused veteran soap opera journalist Carolyn Hinsey to put on her investigative cap. Here's a snippet of what she unconvered during a conversation with the telecast's executive producer David Michaels:
Carolyn: What’s your reaction to GH being shut out of the big categories?

David: I’ve got to admit I was shocked. It’s so difficult to watch so many great GH episodes throughout the year, and then have them not nominated. But I am very happy for the Prospect Park group. All My Children was very good, as well. I don’t know why they weren’t nominated, either.

Carolyn: GH submitted the Nurses’ Ball, and I know I’m not supposed to repeat this but some judges told me it was too campy. One even said, “Richard Simmons lost them the nomination.” Can you comment on that?

David: I shouldn’t [laughs]! All I can say is that a lot of the people who voted in that category don’t watch soaps – and the ones that do don’t watch all the episodes. Any entertainment professional can vote in the lead program categories. If they follow the rules, they are supposed to judge purely by the episode(s) submitted – not by the shows they may have watched all year. I realize that’s a little bit like the jury being told to “disregard that statement” but those are the instructions.

Daytime Emmy Producer Says Show Will Stream Online If No TV Deal is Made

Fire up your Rokus, your Apple TVs and/or that new thing-a-ma-jiggy from Amazon. Daytime Emmy executive producer David Michaels revealed to Soap Opera Network, NATAS may end up having to stream the 41st Annual Daytime Awards telecast online.

From the article:
"If for any reason we end up not being broadcast this year, we are going to live stream it,” Michaels emphasized for those wondering about the possibility of not being able to see their favorite stars collect their awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22. Despite the possibility of not airing on television this year, Michaels does confirm that there is ongoing discussion to broadcast the show next year. “There is already a potential deal in place for the show to air in 2015, but I can’t guarantee that it is going to air in 2014.”

Webisoaps Compete For Daytime Emmys!

Let's hear it for our beloved web sudsers! When we thought the daytime soap opera was about to go the way of the dodo bird, a slew of webisoaps began to pop up, generally created by a band of bootstrapping entrepreneurs, with lots of love for the art form.

This year, NATAS recognized several of the webisoaps we cover. Venice, Tainted Dreams and DeVanity will compete in the Outstanding New Approaches – Drama Series category; alongside The Power Inside.

The Young and the Restless and CBS Daytime Lead 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations

Apparently NATAS voters felt Genoa City was the place to be this past TV season. CBS Daytime garnered 61 Daytime Emmy nominations this morning, largely on the strength of No. 1 sudser The Young and the Restless, which took home a whopping 28 single nominations.

SCOOP: TVGN Offered to Air 41st Annual Daytime Emmys

Sources have confirmed cable network TV Guide Network (TVGN) was prepared to air this year's Daytime Emmy Awards telecast, and made a bid. However, that bid was rejected.

"TVGN offered a bid of $1 million to air the show, but NATAS turned it down," says one high-level insider.

NATAS Reveals 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms!

The pre-nominations for the drama series acting categories for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards have been announced! The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) unveiled the list this morning.

Here's how the pre-noms were determined, according to NATAS:

"An online judging ballot containing all entrants in each of six performer categories was sent to registered, eligible peer judges. The ballot contained a randomized order of performers in each category, regardless of their show affiliation. Judges were required to view clips online containing the work of each performer entry before selecting their top 10 performer choices in each category. Please note that the Outstanding Lead Actress category contains 12 prenominated performers and the Supporting Actor category contains 13 prenominated performers due to ties. Ballots were submitted directly to Lutz Carr, an independent accounting firm, who tabulated the results. The candidates below who received the highest number of votes now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, scheduled to begin on March 26, 2014, which will determine both nominees and recipients. All nominations will be announced May 1st."

Check out all the pre-noms after the jump!

Ex-All My Children Star Debbi Morgan Won’t Be Submitting Herself For a Daytime Emmy Nod

Don't expect to see Debbi Morgan's stellar work from All My Children's online season considered for a Daytime Emmy nomination. The actress tweeted she isn't submitting her work as Dr. Angie Hubbard for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Morgan stated (Read from bottom to top):