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45th Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominated Reels: Who Should Win?

Five of daytime’s most talented actors are in the running for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

A few of them have taken home the gold before, but which gent will take home the prize on Sunday night, April 29th?

To help you figure out who may have the best chances to win, check out their nominated performances via the reels they submitted for the blue-ribbon round of competition.

Nominated are: Billy Miller (formerly Jason, now Drew, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R). Michael Easton (Finn, GH), James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS), and John McCook (Eric, B&B).

Watch these powerhouse performances after the jump! Then let us know who you think should win come Emmy night via the comment section below!

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  1. Angelwings

    April 14, 2018 at 6:37 am

    IMO Billy Miller has the best reel am’s should win. He shows amazing range and captures my very favorite emotion – laughter through tears perfectly at the end.

  2. Satan

    April 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I’m not sure if James Reynolds is on Days enough anymore to qualify as a “lead”, but he definitely deserves the Emmy for the Theo shooting storyline. Probably the most material he’s had to work with in years, and he knocked it out of the park.

    • Jimh

      April 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      Yes…he was really good there…

      • Celia

        April 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm

        Hi, Jimmy,
        Yes, James excelled in the scene ( Theo’s shooting and aftermath), but, I agree with Satan when he states that James has not been ‘around’ so much …..I do not think, though, that one reel , or one instance constitutes an Emmy.
        James has not engaged enough for me.
        Casey did it for me . But, everyone is so good; Peter B, Billy F, Billy M etc…. it becomes a challenge picking the best. They are all the best !!
        I am really loving Dool….but, I find the dark turn Abigail’s storyline is taking more than a little disturbing.
        Will she fall into bed with Stefan?…a true criminal he….taking advantage of an alter is a crime, as far as I am concerned.
        The PTB should tread lightly on this delicate terrain—-it is NOT Abigal giving consent, but an alter. In the real world this would be rape, wouldn’t it? What message are ‘they’ sending?
        I don’t like it……too melodramatic, Machiavellian and Sadistic for me.
        I liked the idea of pursuing the storyline, Jimmy, but not at the risk of exploiting a personality with

  3. Kalle

    April 14, 2018 at 8:47 am

    James Reynolds is my favorite.

  4. Joel

    April 14, 2018 at 10:39 am

    James and only James. I mean really!

  5. Mateo

    April 14, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I love Billy Miller, any one that knows me, knows I LOVE that guy. However this storyline killed the power of his skill for me. Billy can make lemonade out of lemons for sure but right now my vote goes to Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott. That man is really an excellent actor who can convey so much emotion on many levels. The rest of the nominees were good. In fact very good but most of the scenes they submitted were overacting. And that makes me uptight. Be sincere in your skill. Peter Bergman is an amazing actor who has had 2 years of solid excellence even when the stories were a little tilted. He deserves some serious recognition for it. If Peter does not win, then Billy Miller deserves it. Like I said, Billy has massive ability. He has won the Emmy 2 times previously and deserved it for those submissions but this time, the story made me forget his strength as an actor. Applause to all the nominees. Kudos to Billy Miller for remaining excellent even in a bad story. Kudos to Peter Bergman for your greatness. I hope you take that well deserved prize home.

    • Cathy

      April 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Nicely stated. I agree.

  6. Michael

    April 14, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I would like for it to be Peter Bergman, but my gut tells me that James Reynolds from Days will get it.

    • Karen R

      April 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      I am pulling for Peter Bergman, he is great as Jack Abbott and has done some very good work through this career.

  7. Linda

    April 14, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I vote for Billy-a great actor and asset to GH!

  8. su0000

    April 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    The one and only—–

    Billy Miller !

    1st– He was Jake Doe

    2nd– He was Jake/Jason

    3rd– He was Jason

    4th– He is now Drew

    (5th to come- who is Drew)

    Billy Miller, he slid from one to the other smooth as silk.

    ALL his performances have been above all the others.


    • Soaphound

      April 15, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Oh, su000, how right you are. A few months back, I’d never have imagined that SB’s return would be the best thing to happen to our Billy. But for me, it has. He’s got a brand new man to create and has done it with class, generosity, and brilliance. I still remember those wounded eyes when Sonny, Carly, Robin, et al, turned their backs on him. He’s taken this chance and soared with it while, sadly, SB and Jason languish in dullsville and stand around waiting for Sonny’s latest dirty job to be done or Carly’s newest drama. Second choice is the great Peter Bergman’s brilliant work as the flawed, guilt-ridden Jack. No surprise that Mr. Bergman spotted Billy Miller’s talent early on and helped him find the role of Billy Abbott. These two are a perfect match of talent, creativity, and dedication.

      • dmr

        April 16, 2018 at 6:19 am

        Agreed. Billy Miller or Peter Bergman are my picks. Also, agreed, regarding Steve Burton-such a shame, so much talent and he is forced to be Sonny’s mob dog or Carly’s therapist.

  9. Lew S

    April 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Peter Bergman

  10. Phil

    April 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Billy Miller! Still wish Maurice Bernard and Billy Flynn were in this category!

  11. Lisa

    April 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Billy Miller

  12. heidi

    April 15, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Billy Miller


    April 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    James Reynolds. Like Camryn Grimes, he broke my heart.

  14. k/kay

    April 15, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    James Reynolds started with this soap in 1981 he took two small breaks in 1991 & 2003 I think this man has earned his stripes I would like for him to get the Emmy and I do not watch the soap anymore. I think it’s way past time to pay respect for this very fine man and actor.

    • k/kay

      April 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      I believe the last time a black actor won for daytime lead actor was 1985 Darnell Williams and since Hollywood tells the rest of us out here in the real world that we are racist etc then put your money where your so vocal mouths are and prove us wrong that you are not what you accuse of us being and give the Emmy to a man of color since you are so hung up on skin color and a good actor he deserves it. Yes I get on my soap box but if you are going to preach to me in your tweets then I am going to get in your face

    • JMER

      April 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

      That’s a great point and really sad it has been that long. I find it sad that the 80s were a more open minded time on our soap screens. James’ story and reel is perfect. Give it to him!

      • K/kay

        April 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

        Don’t worry it is all a popular juggling act JR deserves it if PB gets it I won’t be that upset because he is good all the time and respected but I will scream if JR gets it he is a lovely man

    • Patrick

      April 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      “… I will scream if JR gets it he is a lovely man ”

      absolutely – the man of the hour… James Reynolds continues to stun and shine

      I had to “wiki” this : it seems like EON .. yet Renee Jones only left the show in June 2012. ??? with all due respect… I JUST LOVED this supercouple.

      so… Abe and son… where present and didn’t languish

      BAM – Theo was SORAS … along comes Lani, Valerie, and Eli.

      this is truly a first rate family… who meld so well of off one another. this is why it pains me that TPTB went and fired Kyler… as Theo. nevertheless

      James Reynolds as ABe Carver and Son took to the airwaves… and have NOT looked back… with all the SORAS of Joey, Theo, Claire, Ciera , Chase…. around October/November 2015.

      since that time… I certainly have seen much more airtime for James Reynolds. he’s nothing short of a revelation. and I will put forth again… he may be @DAYS token person of color… respectfully… James Reynolds is certainly a key vet… whom I LOVE TO BITS. so it’s with warm heart and just wanting to cheer him on.. and someone new to the arena of emmy.

      I have loved Abe and his newfound family from the start.

      Abe / Valerie / Lani / Theo / Eli. the best work is REELING from this family.

      I WANT that James Reynolds takes home gold… his bump up from his emmy nom last year in supporting… is just that… two deserved nominations

      I DO NOT watch B&B – never did… I have tons of respect for John McCook @B&B. does he deserve this for his body of work. absolutely. which is why I say he deserved to win this last year. Clifton Scott ? what disrespect.

      @GH : Billy Miller and Michael Easton do not belong on this list. I will jump to the top of the heap and say… everybody LOVES Billy Miller… he should have been nominated when he was John Doe. I look for him to be nominated every year from here on out. who wants to be tied in to the Corinthos clan and Steve burton Jason. ??? i’m so glad “Drew” is MOVING on and out of the Sonny and Carly show. PLUS moving along without Sam.

      Michael Easton : disgraceful… who wouldn’t have wanted to see a REAL STORY about addiction… that syringe was HUGE. his one night detox with Hayden . MIRACULOUS. to this day… to see him floundering betwixt Anna and Alexis. he’s just not producing any thing of note.

      Jack Abbott : who isn’t torn up about any mother and son relationship. it’s that BIG and wrenching of the heart. I’m not watching the show.. and truthfully… acknowledge his STAR @Y&R. but, it’s always going to be … his AMC character Dr. Cliff Warner and Nina Cortlandt where all the magic played.
      if he wins… ecstatic

      FOR THIS YEARS yield and recognize, Mr. James Reynolds, Days of OUR Lives

  15. jaybird369

    April 15, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    John McCook and Billy Miller. As for the other 3…nope. Sorry…but no dice.


  16. JMER

    April 15, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    There is a lot of very good material being written for men it seems in this women’s genre, which isn’t so bad if the women’s material would’ve been good as well. Peter Bergman is best in emotional range and skill followed closely by James Reynolds and they both had strong stories, it seems. And John McCook’s was good too.

    Michael Easton was in a supporting role in his story with Hayden so while he is fine in it especially paired with her, I’m not sure why he’s in the lead category especially when GH is extremely clear about who they put on contract as lead players. And if they aren’t impressed enough with any of their leads, besides Billy, to put them forth as nominees (or the voters aren’t) then they should shift around who is lead on the show so the audience and voters aren’t bored to tears watching the same repetitive stories.

  17. moviegal

    April 15, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I think Michael Easton had the strongest scene with his cold turkey addiction……but I think that John McCook had the best chosen reel.

    • Shay

      April 16, 2018 at 6:37 am

      @moviegal…..Even though I abhorred the whole Finn drug thing, Easton did deliver great acting in his portrayal of addiction. As I’ve always enjoyed this man of multi-GH roles, I would be quite pleased to see him take home Emmy….she would certainly be a step up from Alexis!!!! (Hey, just for Finn maintaining a modicum of dignity and a straight face with that cringeworthy romantic farce alone, I have to say give that guy a trophy! He truly deserves it…with Billy Miller a close second….I also adore this actor, but was not at all taken with the copious character revisions that he was forced to undergo in the “Q a Deux” scenario!)

  18. Kelly

    April 16, 2018 at 10:09 am

    As much as I want Billy Miller to win because he is the most awesome actor, I really feel that James Reynolds, on my fav soap DOOL, deserves to win this year for his much deserved screen time with Theo’s shooting. He was just excellent! Sometimes I wanted to hate him, but as a parent you sympathized and cried along with him❤️

  19. JK

    April 17, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    BILLY MILLER!!!!!!!

  20. Nikki

    April 19, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Peter Bergman-(Jack Abbott) should win this one. He just pulls at the heart strings.

  21. Tina

    April 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    The incredible MICHAEL EASTON!

  22. Judy

    April 24, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Billy Miller!!!

  23. Patrice

    April 24, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    The amazingly talented Michael Easton!

  24. Irene

    April 24, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    They’re all amazing actors! But Michael Easton’s scenes are fantastic, and he is long overdue for this win!

  25. Julia

    April 25, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Michael Easton for sure
    He has worked hard and delivers always.
    His fans love and adore him. And fight to make
    Sure he stays around!!
    He is an excellent performer and deserves
    This award!!!
    I can not imagine watching without him!

  26. Alison Armstrong

    April 25, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Michael Easton .

  27. Lynn

    April 25, 2018 at 4:23 am

    The amazing multi-talented Michael Easton !!!

  28. Cheryl

    April 25, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Michael Easton!! Just love him! He’s had some fantastic material this past year and his talents never cease to amaze me.

  29. Vicky

    April 25, 2018 at 6:08 am

    It’s been a long time coming for Michael Easton!

  30. Claudia Kurzyna

    April 25, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I am hoping that Michael Easton wins.

  31. LindaMarie

    April 25, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Michael Easton for sure – the man is an incredible actor!

  32. Krysteene Wilson

    April 25, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Michael Easton is stunning I think he should win.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys Draws Over 3 Million Viewers For CBS Telecast with Return to Network TV

Friday night was a good night for daytime!  With its first foray back on to network television since 2011, the Daytime Emmy kudofest, while for the first time held this year virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored very well in its timeslot.

The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.


The ladies of CBS’s The Talk hosted the event; each virtually from their homes, in an event filled with at-home acceptance speeches and presenters, and clip packages. The show was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International

So, what do you think of the ratings performance of this year’s Daytime Emmys?  Comment below.

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The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented tonight on CBS in the first virtual Emmys ceremony and broadcast.

It was CBS’ The Young and the Restless that won big on the night taking home 8 trophies; including Outstanding Drama Series, and one for Lead Actor for Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), who finally won an Emmy on his sixth acting nomination, but first for Y&R.

In an historic moment, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) tied Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) by winning a record-tying sixth Daytime Emmy for her role as Katie Logan Spencer in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, General Hospital) won her second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award having won years earlier for her work Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives.   Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) won for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, his second Emmy but first in more than 13 years.  He previously won for Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful were the next shows that won the most Emmys for the night with 4

In a statement, NATAS, President and CEO, Adam Sharp shares: “Tonight, we did not let the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 keep up from honoring some of the most talented contributors to our Daytime Television community.  We celebrated not only the best programming and performances of the last year, but reflected on the legacy of Daytime’s biggest moments and icons.”

The broadcast was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International.

Below are the winners in the daytime drama and digital drama categories revealed tonight:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Digital Drama Series

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Tamara Braun, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Olivia Rose Keegan, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Eva LaRue, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Directing Team in  a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful and Dark Web (Tie)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series


Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

Days of our Lives

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

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The show finally back on network TV and on CBS, and according to Variety the show is going to be pre-taped, but to keep the element of surprise, presenters  appearing on the Emmys were asked to tape 5 different envelope openings — and every nominee in the major categories presented will have been asked to tape an acceptance speech.

As for keeping the winners’ identities under wraps, NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp shared: “We’ve established an internal process so that actual knowledge of the winner is kept as a need-to-know basis on a category-by-category basis.  Certainly as we get closer to final delivery of the show, on the week of the 26th, there will be those who start seeing the whole picture come together. But obviously, a big goal of that is keeping that circle small.”

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The ladies of The Talk serve as hosts for Daytime’s biggest night, even though everyone will be shown from their homes.  It all starts at 8 p. m. EST/7 p. m. CST and tape delayed on the west coast airing at 8 p. m. PST.

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