This year's Daytime Emmy race is shaping up to be quite the contest for the gold. I reached out to daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless, to find out what their nominated actors submitted.
Three-time Outstanding Lead Actor winner (2005, 2007, 2009) Christian LeBlanc chose the episode where legal eagle Michael Baldwin finally told his wife he has cancer. LeBlanc is nominated once again for Outstanding Lead Actor. Below is a synopsis.
Episode #10557: After keeping his prostate cancer diagnosis a secret for weeks, Michael finally shares the news with his wife, Lauren, who grapples with a gamut of emotions. Ultimately she insists that the disease is happening to both of them, and the long-term couple takes the first step on a new and uncertain journey.
Former Y&R leading man Billy Miller picked the episode where Billy Abbott finally confronted the man who killed his daughter. Miller is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor.
Episode #10337: Billy Abbott has found no peace since his seven-year-old daughter Delia was killed in a hit-and-run accident, nor has Adam Newman, the driver secretly responsible. Billy’s need to find Delia’s killer has led him to Adam and a confrontation at the scene of the crime, where Adam insists he wants to turn himself into the police, and Billy must choose between justice and vengeance.
Y&R newcomer Gina Tognoni selected an episode where Phyllis Newman blasted the woman her man moved on with, while Phyllis was in a coma. Tognoni is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Episode #10558: After spending more than a year in a coma, Phyllis is back and ready to pick up where she left off with her fiancé, Jack. The problem is that Jack, with no reason to believe that Phyllis would ever come back to him, became involved with another woman, Kelly, while Phyllis was gone. Jack has yet to come clean to Phyllis, but she has put it together on her own and is confronting Kelly when Jack intervenes. Phyllis turns to her daughter, Summer, for more information about what went on in her absence before directing her fury at Jack.
Kristoff St. John chose the Y&R installment that found Neil Winters receiving a very special visitor. St. John is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Episode #10494: Neil Winters had everything: a successful career, a loving family, and a beautiful young wife, Hilary. Then tragedy struck. An electrical mishap robbed Neil of his sight. Struggling to adjust to his new normal, Neil is surprised by a visit from his brother, Malcolm, who left town a few years earlier after the two men became involved with the same woman. The siblings reminisce about their frequently rocky relationship and seemingly make peace…and then Malcolm gives Neil a reality check.
Amelia Heinle picked an episode that found Victoria Newman Abbott still reeling from the death of her stepdaughter, while dealing with being pregnant with a new child. Heinle is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Episode #10518: The hit-and-run death of seven-year-old Delia Abbott forever changed the lives of her father, Billy Abbott, and her stepmother, Victoria Newman. Grief stricken Billy’s inability to turn to Victoria – and his brief affair with Kelly as a result -- eventually tore their marriage apart. On the one-year anniversary of Delia’s death, a school essay Delia left behind inspires Victoria to make peace with Kelly and to forgive Kelly’s brother Stitch, who may be the father of the baby Victoria is carrying.
Proving Delia's death is still paying off for the CBS soap, Elizabeth Hendrickson went with an episode that had grieving mother Chloe Mitchell Fisher finally facing how unstable she'd become since the loss of her daughter. Hendrickson is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Episode #10420: Chloe’s seven-year-old daughter Delia was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident; her corneas donated to save the eyesight of baby Connor, son of Chloe’s best friend and business partner, Chelsea. Devastated by Delia’s loss, Chloe ran off to Europe with Connor, before being caught and allowed to avoid prosecution by undergoing outpatient therapy and having a full-time legal guardian. Ex-husband Kevin remarried Chloe so that he could serve that role, but after other erratic behavior came to light – Chloe became obsessed with “making another Delia” with a second ex, Delia’s father Billy – it was agreed that she’ll get treatment at a facility in California. Chloe and Kevin spend their last private moments together before she says good-bye to family and friends, including Chelsea and Connor.
Hunter King picked the episode where Summer learned Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow), not Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), is her biological father. King is nominated for Outstanding Younger Actress.
Episode #10536: A year ago Summer was told that Jack Abbott – not Nick Newman, the only father she’d ever known – was her biological father. Now after having fully adjusted to that news, and getting closer to Jack and his family, another bombshell: Nick’s former wife, Sharon, tampered with a DNA test and Summer is Nick’s daughter after all. Stung by Sharon’s betrayal, happy to know the man who raised her really is her father and sympathetic to the “new dad” she’s come to love, Summer struggles to make sense of it all.
Max Ehrich picked Fenmore Baldwin learning his father has cancer. Ehrich is nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor.
Episode #10564: Fenmore can tell something is troubling his parents; they claim to be worried about Fenmore’s Uncle Kevin. Concerned, Fenmore goes to check on Kevin, only to discover that his parents have lied: the actual issue is that Fenmore’s father, Michael, has cancer. Fenmore hurries home, where his father apologizes for not telling the truth and explains that he didn’t want to ruin Christmas. But now that Fenmore knows about Michael’s cancer, the Baldwins can unite and face this latest crisis together as a family.
Meredith Baxter chose Maureen Russell freaking out after Victoria Newman figured out Maureen, not her son, killed her husband. Baxter is nominated in the new Outstanding Guest Actor category.
Episode #10538: Maureen Russell has a secret: years ago she killed her husband and let her son Ben take the fall. Now Victoria, who may be carrying Ben’s baby, has figured out the truth. When Victoria threatens to go to the police, Maureen reveals what happened that fateful night.
Ray Wise picked an episode that found unhinged cult leader Ian Ward planning to cause bodily harm to Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). He is nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actor category.
Episode #10489: Before becoming leader of The Path self-help movement, Ian Ward headed a cult whose members included young lovers Nikki Newman and Paul Williams. Although Nikki never told anyone, Ian forced himself on her repeatedly; she fled town when she discovered she was pregnant and gave her son up for adoption. Decades later, Paul helped Nikki search for the boy, who turned out to be Genoa City resident Dylan McAvoy. Ian was presumed to be Dylan’s father until a medical crisis proved otherwise. Thwarted in all his attempts to extort money from wealthy Nikki, Ian has now come to her home, declaring they have unfinished business and carrying an ominous syringe. When Dylan calls, Nikki tries to signal him that she’s in distress. Will he arrive in time to save the day?
Sally Kellerman's reel featured the episode where Constance Bingham revealed to her "grandson" how his "father" died. She is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor.
Episode #10566: Knowing she is nearing the end of her life, Constance shares a long-held secret with her beloved grandson, Gabriel: his father killed himself after the company he built was lost to Victor Newman via a hostile takeover. “Gabriel” has a secret too, one he won’t reveal. He’s actually Victor’s son, Adam. Thought to have died in a fiery car crash, Adam survived and had plastic surgery to look like Gabriel, the man who died saving him. He’s all too happy to promise Constance he will make sure that Victor, with whom Adam had a tumultuous relationship, pays for his crimes.
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air at 8 pm EST, April 26 on Pop.