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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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Angelwings
Angelwings

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.

Satan
Satan

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
Jimh

Yes…he was really good there…

Celia
Celia

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
DID.

Kalle
Kalle

James Reynolds is my favorite.

Joel
Joel

James and only James. I mean really!

Mateo
Mateo

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
Cathy

Nicely stated. I agree.

Michael
Michael

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

Karen R
Karen R

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

Linda
Linda

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

su0000
su0000

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.

BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO !!! – BILLY MIller ..

Soaphound
Soaphound

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
dmr

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.

Lew S
Lew S

Peter Bergman

Phil
Phil

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

Lisa
Lisa

Billy Miller

heidi
heidi

Billy Miller

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

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

k/kay
k/kay

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
k/kay

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
JMER

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
K/kay

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
Patrick

“… 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… Read more »

jaybird369
jaybird369

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

Later.

JMER
JMER

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.

moviegal
moviegal

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
Shay

@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!)

Kelly
Kelly

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❤️

JK
JK

BILLY MILLER!!!!!!!

Nikki
Nikki

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

Tina
Tina

The incredible MICHAEL EASTON!

Judy
Judy

Billy Miller!!!

Patrice
Patrice

The amazingly talented Michael Easton!

Irene
Irene

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

Julia
Julia

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!

Alison Armstrong
Alison Armstrong

Michael Easton .

Lynn
Lynn

The amazing multi-talented Michael Easton !!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

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

Vicky
Vicky

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

Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

I am hoping that Michael Easton wins.

LindaMarie
LindaMarie

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

Krysteene Wilson
Krysteene Wilson

Michael Easton is stunning I think he should win.

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Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

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Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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