The Daytime Emmys are headed back to television where they belong. Now comes the hard part — producing and airing a kudocast that is both enjoyable for millions of daytime television fans and profitable for Pop, the CBS-owned cable channel which will be airing the show April 26 at 8 pm EST.
We don't need the sixth sense of one Nostradamus to predict there will be a lot of CBS synergy on display during the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. I wouldn't be surprised to see the ladies of CBS Daytime's chatfest The Talk doing red carpet duties.
The entire Good Morning America crew was on hand for the lead up to the Oscars on ABC. It is totally reasonable for Pop to give their corporate sibling's chatfest some extra promotion on cable in primetime. I'd go a step further and tap Sheryl Underwood to co-host the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys.
Underwood is an unashamed soap opera superfan. She's watched The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful for decades, and can frequently be see tweeting her theories about the Fluke mystery on General Hospital. Underwood is hilarious and would put stars and executives both at ease.
To play straight man to the comedienne, why not ask Josh Duhamel to co-host? The former star of All My Children is now starring in Battle Creek on CBS. A royal soap alum (with a midseason cop show to plug) paired with the ultimate superfan could prove a match made in Nielsens heaven for the show.
Duhamel's former All My Children leading lady Rebecca Budig will soon be appearing on General Hospital in a mystery role. This year's Daytime Emmys could make a big splash of "reuniting" the former supercouple.
E!'s Fashion Police could use some less controversial competition. As part of a Live From The Red Carpet show leading up to the telecast, the Daytime Emmys should enlist several soap fashionistas to dish what everyone is wearing.
Melissa Claire Egan isn't a fashion designer but she plays one on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless. Egan could host a roundtable of fashion experts including The Bold and the Beautiful's Katherine Kelly Lang and Linsey Godfrey, General Hospital's always stylish Finola Hughes and Tamar Braxton from The Real. Braxton is also a soap superfan. She named her baby Logan after one of the central families on B&B.
In addition to the usual daytime suspects as presenters, CBS could get several of their primetime stars to work the event. Mom's Allison Janney got her start playing a maid on Guiding Light. NCIS scene stealer Michael Weatherly was on the short-lived ABC soap Loving. If they're game, he and Janney could present together, as brief clips of their sudsy pasts come back to haunt them.
To draw in those younger eyeballs everyone in Hollyweird salivates over, former daytime hotties-turned-CW actors could present. Supernatural's Jensen Ackles could do a category alongside his former Days of Our Lives mom Deidre Hall and Greg Vaughan, the actor who currently plays the role Ackles originated on the soap.
The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and Zach Roerig both cut their pearly whites on daytime suds (Another World and As The World Turns respectively); so did Jane The Virgin's Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni. The telenovela lovers both appeared on B&B. Get them to present categories this year!
Daytime's medical talk shows did a lot of solid work this past TV season, covering topics ranging from Ebola to the measles resurgence. General Hospital's top doctors Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough could reunite on screen to set up a clips package highlighting nonfictional daytime TV doctors.
One thing I miss about the Daytime Emmys are the skits that used to be popular in the 80's and 90's. To pay homage to daytime court shows, why not have a couple of soap opera lawyers go up against a syndicated TV judge in mock court?
Y&R's Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc) trying a case in Judge Judy's courtroom opposite GH's Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) would be a scream. The Young and the Restless showrunner Jill Farren Phelps could be the one on "trial" for that long-ass acceptance speech last year!
With only a handful of daytime soaps still airing, the Daytime Emmys have to find a way to feasibly honor all of the types of programming that currently comprise the daypart. I think with a little finesse, a show can be put on that everyone will enjoy. What would you like to see happen at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Sound off in the comments!