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.

EXCLUSIVE: Carolyn Hinsey Dishes Her Tainted Dreams Acting Debut! (VIDEO)


For eons, the phrase, "it's only my opinion", has had the power to cause a struggling soap starlet to shake beneath her extensions and falsies. Now it's Carolyn Hinsey's turn to be a dreaded newbie!

I caught up with the Soap Opera Digest columnist as she preps for her acting debut on the highly-anticipated soap-within-a-soap Tainted Dreams. Is Hinsey ready for her closeup?


Daytime Confidential: You've served as the go-to soap expert on numerous countdown specials, celebrity magazine shows and on SOAPnet's talk shows. Is it different to play a scripted version of yourself?

Carolyn Hinsey: Yes, because I had to remember lines written by someone else, although I did tweak them to sound more like me. It's much easier being a soap expert: I just have to spin the soap rolodex in my brain and try not to swear.