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Tom O'Neil & Nelson Branco Video Emmy Analysis

The Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil and TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco have a video analysis at The Gold Derby straight from the set of The View. Branco has also published his "Worst in Show" Daytime Emmy Nominations column at TV Guide Canada.

2008 Emmy Nominations AKA A Hot, Smelly Mess

Boy, boy, boy. never have I been so disappointed by a batch of Emmy nominations in all my 30 odd years of watching soaps. I don't know what the Academy was smoking, but can I get some for my glaucoma (No I don't have glaucoma so you don't have to pray for me.)?

Who in their right mind thought Vail Bloom (Heather, Young and the Restless) and Tammin Sursok (Faux-lleen, Young and the Restless)  should have made a Best Younger Actress list that excluded Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, General Hospital), Farah Fath (Gigi, One Life to Live) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie, General Hospital)?

On what planet should Nicole Forester (Cassie, Guiding Light) be on a Best Actress list that glaringly excludes Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, Bold and the Beautiful)? What more did they want Kathy Brier (Marcie, One Life to Live) to do in order to get her due? And HOW did Guiding Light and Y&R get nominations for writing and/or Best Soap? Where is the logic in basically the only two people Lynn Marie Latham wrote great stuff for-Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott (Victor and Nikki)-being snubbed?

The people who picked these nominees, for the most part, need to be taken out back and horse whipped up and down a corn field by an angry farmer. Okay. Nuff said. Our pal Nelson Branco called in right after the nominations from NYC to give us all the behind-the-scenes dish, so check back later this week to hear Luke, Tina, Nelson and I discuss these atrocities in depth. Until then, check out Nelson's Emmy Wrap Up here.

2008 Daytime Emmy Nomination Reaction Around the Web

Here are some of the first reactions and comments about today's 2008 Emmy Nominations. We'll keep adding to it as we find more.

Emmy Season Finally Begins - Serial Drama
Restless Nominations - TV Guide
First Hand Report - Errol @ Soap Opera Network
Emmy NODS! - Wubs.net
Hooray: 'One Life to Live!' Boo: 'Bold and the Beautiful' - Gold Derby by Tom O'Neil
In Our Opinion - Soap Opera Weekly

One Emmy Category an ABC Show is Guaranteed to Win

While trying to keep up with our LIVE Blogging coverage of the 35th Annual Emmy Nominations announced on The View I hadn't really had a chance to take a look at the nominations that weren't announced on TV. However, thanks to Tina from the ABC edition of the Daytime Confidential podcast we discovered that there is at least one category that an ABC show is guaranteed to win. Oustanding Original Song. That's right folks. Oustanding Original Song. How sad is it that?

All My Children
Song Title: The Me Inside

All My Children
Song Title: Treasure Of Love

One Life to Live
Song Title: Chemistry

One Life to Live
Song Title: Little Starr

One Life to Live
Song Title: You're the Freak

Outstanding Lead Actor Nominations

Congrats to David Canary, Thaao Penghlis, Anthony Geary, Peter Bergman and Chistian Jules LeBlanc. May the best actor out of this talented category win.

I'm not sure if there's to much to say about these nominees other than how great it is for Days of Our Lives to have a lead actor nomination for Thaao Penghlis. I am a bit surprised that As the World Turns'  Michael Park didn't receive a nomination this year. He's had some great work. Many had said that this was As the World Turns' Jon Hensley's best year in years so it wouldn't have surprised me if he got a nomination. Unfortunately for him he didn't.

What is there to say about General Hospital's Tyler Christopher. He had the best work of his career last year and after having spent years in the Supporting Actor category it is understandable that he would want to try and break into the Lead Actor category with his best work. Unfortunately for Christopher breaking into the Lead Actor category isn't easy. The last actor to successfully make the transition from Supporting Actor to Lead Actor was the Young & Restless' Christian LeBlanc who won his first Lead Actor award in 2005 and then again last year. LeBlanc is nominated this year.

After the death of Asa on One Life to Live I fully expected Robert S. Woods to get a nomination. His scenes with that cowboy hat in the barn were heart wrenching and should have made him a shoe in for a nomination. 

Looking at the prenominations list below and comparing it to the nominees above is there anyone who you feel is missing from this list or who should be on it instead of someone else?

Outstanding Lead Actor Pre-Nominees
AMC: David Canary, Thorsten Kaye, and Michael E. Knight
ATWT: Scott Bryce , Jon Hensley , and Michael Park
B&B: John McCook, Ronn Moss, and Jack Wagner
DAYS; Stephen Nichols, James Scott , Thaao Penghlis, and Peter Reckell
GH: Steve Burton, Tyler Christopher,and Anthony Geary
GL: Ricky Paull Goldin, Robert Newman, and Ron Raines
OLTL: Michael Easton, Robert S. Woods, and Jerry verDorn
Y&R: Peter Bergman, Eric Braeden, and Christian LeBlanc

Outstanding Lead Actress Nominations

Congrats to Maura West, Crystal Chappell, Nicole Forester, Michelle Stafford and Jeanne Cooper. May the best lead actress win. You are in good company.

ABC and Days of Our Live fans must be furious. For the second year in a row ABC's shows have been locked out of this category. Days of Our Lives hasn't had a Lead Actress nomination since Eileen Davidson's nomination ten years ago. In fact if you look at the nominees this year only one face has changed. Guiding Light's Nicole Forester filled the spot left vacant by Guiding Light's Kim Zimmer who wasn't nominated this year. If one looks at all of the Days of Our Lives nominations this year one would expect to see a nomination for Deidre Hall or Alison Sweeney.

If I'm not mistaken this was the first year General Hospital's Megan Ward made the prenominations list so it doesn't surprise me that she didn't get a nomination. However, I did sort of expect a nomination for Nancy Lee Grahn or Laura Wright. And what of Bold & Beautiful? You know things must be rough when Susan Flannery can't get a nomination though as one of daytime's most underrated actresses the fact that Katherine Kelly Lang didn't get a nomination doesn't surprise me. With two nominations for the Young and Restless I would have expected Melody Thomas Scott to pick up a nomination considering her character Nikki had quite the year going up against both Victor and Jack. Obviously I have no clue as to how the Emmy Academy votes.

Looking at the prenominations list below and comparing it to the nominees above is there anyone who you feel is missing from this list or who should be on it instead of someone else?

Outstanding Lead Actress Pre-Nominees
AMC: Bobbie Eakes and Susan Lucci
ATWT: Martha Byrne, Terri Colombino, and Maura West
B&B: Susan Flannery, Hunter Tylo, and Katherine Kelly Lang
DAYS: Deidre Hall and Alison Sweeney
GH: Nancy Lee Grahn, Megan Ward, and Laura Wright
GL: Crystal Chappell and Nicole Forrester
OLTL: Erika Slezak, Kassie DePaiva, and Robin Strasser
Passions: Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, and Tracey Ross
Y&R: Jeanne Cooper, Melody Thomas Scott, and Michelle Stafford