Daytime Emmy Nominations are in!

Congratulations to all nominees for the 2009 Daytime Emmys.  Here’s a list for the major categories so far.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
ALL MY CHILDREN
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
ALL MY CHILDREN
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
ONE LIFE TO LIVE

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM
ALL MY CHILDREN
GENERAL HOSPITAL
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) – ABC
Maura West (Carly, ATWT) – CBS
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B) – CBS
Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL) – ABC
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R) – CBS

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC) – ABC
Peter Reckell (Bo, DAYS) – NBC
Anthony Geary (Luke, GH) – ABC
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, GL) – CBS
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) – CBS

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC) – ABC
Alicia Mishew (Kendall, AMC) – ABC
Julie Pinson (Janet, ATWT) – CBS
Tamara Braun (Ava, DAYS) – NBC
Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL) – ABC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Vincent Irrizary (David, AMC) – ABC
Jacob Young (JR, AMC)- ABC
Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT) – CBS
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) – ABC
Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL) – CBS

FINALLY Alicia Minshew gets an Emmy nod! After being pre-nominated year after year, it’s about time she gets the recognition she deserves! Darnell Williams deserved a nod for Best Actor, though.  His talents and Debbi Morgan’s talents go hand in hand.

WTF? Moments on AMC for the Week Beginning 6/9/08

Recently on All My Children, the writers have been featuring the older, established characters. The venerable veterans who made the show so incredibly popular back in the 90’s, and even waaaay back into the 80’s. Adam, Erica, Jack, Tad, Dixie (albeit dead), Angie, Jesse, Opal, Julia (albeit killed)…

These are the characters we have a bond with, a connection. Long-time viewers grew up with Tad, Dixie, Angie and Jesse. We watched Palmer and Opal fall in love, Adam steamroll his way through the business world, Erica and Jack spend 17 years in an on-again, off-again relationship (mostly off, but when it was on… it was ON).

So, um… WTF?

Why are you teasing us like this?

Don’t you know there are young, nubile characters going to waste on AMC? Didn’t you SORAS Colby (from 5 to early 20’s) just so you could give us more youth angst? (and dumped an ever-evolving Ambyr Childers in order to cast a poor man’s Ambyr Childers lookalike in the role) You’ve brought back Frankie Hubbard (twice now in recent years), cast a young woman to play a street-smart hooker to get involved with the military vet to mine some angst out of that pairing. There’s the Ryan/Annie debacle that’s looming on the horizon, Kenlee/Zachlee/Aidlee/Zendall drama to explore…

So WTF are you doing? Why are you giving us these wonderful stories with veteran stars, all of whom are doing spectacular work? David Canary and Cady McClain during Adam’s haunting… Susan Lucci playing Erica in the Big House (which has been a ton of fun when you let Erica and her fellow inmates interact)… Michael Knight and Cady McClain, living out the life every Tad and Dixie fan wanted to witness (albeit over years, not a single episode), Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan bringing Jesse and Angie back to Pine Valley after way too long away. Ray McDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, the Chief of Staff at Pine Valley Hospital as son Tad fights for his life in one room while Joe must deliver devastating news to a friend in another. And Sydney Penny as a dying Julia Santos, knowing there was no way she would survive, wanting to make sure Kathy was taken care of, giving Krystal instructions on what to do, even as her very life slipped away.

That was All My Children as I remember it from my youth and over the decades. Intriguing, emotional, well-script, brilliantly acted… We cared about these characters. We anxiously awaited each new episode to see how they would react, how they would cope, what they would say…

What are you doing getting my hopes up again? That I might think this could become a daily experience once more? That you’d have us believing it will always be this way and we’ll never get mired back in the same old tired storylines that have been hashed and re-hashed over the last year or so…

Seriously… WTF?