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48th Annual Daytime Emmys: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominations Announced!

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The nominations for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys kicked-off early when on Monday night, Entertainment Tonight previewed the upcoming full announcement by revealing one of the most coveted and competitive categories … Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Vying for gold will be: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Genie Francis (Laura, GH), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B).

The Daytime Emmy Awards will be held virtually again this year on CBS on Friday night, June 25th.

In addition, ET also announced the nominees for the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host and they are:  Drew Barrymore, The Drew Barrymore Show Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show Sean Evans, Hot Ones | First We Feast, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, Today Show with Hoda and Jenna, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.

Come back tomorrow right here at Michael Fairman for the full list of nominations beginning at 9amPST/Noon EST.

Now share your thoughts and who you will be rooting for in the Lead Actress category via the comment section below.

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WOW! What a category. I have to go with Genie Francis. Her scenes in response to LuLu’s coma was the best acting by a male or female soap actor this past season. Nancy Lee Grahn is a VERY close second…

I agree! These two are a tie for me, I am really torn! They are both truly deserving and I would be happy either way!!!

Was awesome performance I cried with her and donta !! I loved it

The Emmy will go to Genie Francis – GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Top-notch acting in all her scenes with all her acting partners… this past year.
It’s hers for the WIN. And, no Anthony Geary required. lol

It’s crazy that Genie only has 4 nominations! This is only her 2nd Lead Actress nomination – her first was way back in 1997! She won for GH for 2006, and her only other nomination was for Y&R for 2011. It would be wonderful if she were to win this year! But I am also rooting for Nancy Lee Grahn!

…Ms. Francis should have won in 2012 as Cane’s mother Genevieve on Young and Restless.

Iv watched her as Laura since 1981 she is a wonderful actress ❤️

“And, no Anthony Geary required.” Jeremy for the win!

@Jamesj75 – Thanks for finding humour in my little joke there. Genie Francis is a Queen of Daytime in her own right. And, she is being recognised for it… it’s a long time coming.

My mother says the Emmy belongs to Genie Francis.

Completely, AGREE !!!! Ms. Francis red carpets , with ALL due respect. I AM completely, gobsmacked that NOT ONE @DAYS of OUR Lives got a nomination. STUNNING PORTRAITS this past year. Most notably, Linsey Godfrey AND Stacey Haiduk… ( the return of Rachel ) Bar none- Genie Francis , just got pegged up that much more… none of the other nominees even got mention, or standout. Laura has been carrying a lot of Port charles… so why not. WOW

STUPEFIED … what ?

It was literally the worst year EVER for DAYS OF OUR LIVES in terms of acting and writing. The cast from those Progressive Insurance commercials featured more compelling drama than DAYS.

I’m beyond thrilled for Genie Francis, one of the all-time soap icons! The first time she’s been nominated for GH in 14 years, when she won for Best Supporting Actress. They don’t always write well for her, but they gave her some juicy material with Lulu going into the coma, and she knocked it out of the park, as she always does when they give her the material.

What a great story her winning would be after the disgraceful way the show treated her a couple of years ago.

Nancy is always good, but Finola would be my second choice behind Genie. I loved her scenes playing Anna and Alex on screen at the same time. She does the evil twin thing so devilishly well. She last won an Emmy in 1991, so it’s been 30 years. That would also be a great story. I wonder where that would rank in terms of the longest gap between Emmy wins.

Congrats to all the nominees!

I have to agree with those below on the lead actress category. Genie Francis will get this one IMO.

I am torn between Genie Francis and Nancy Lee Grahn for the win!!! Genie had such memorable scenes when Nikolas came back from the dead (her confrontation scene was amazing!), Lulu’s being injured by the bombing, and learning that Cyrus and Martin were her half-brothers. Nancy had such memorable scenes surrounding the deaths of her new boyfriend and Julian, her alcoholism, and her relationships with her daughters. Finola had the Anna/Alex scenes, the evolving Peter drama, and her relationship with Finn. I really want a GH actress to win, a snap of the 4 years in a row of CBS winning, the last 2 for B&B. Genie and Nancy have both won for Best Supporting Actress (with Nancy having also won for Santa Barbara as well as GH), and Finola has won for GH way back in 1991.

Alot of people think JMW will win for her pill addiction storyline, and while she was excellent, i really hope it goes to a GH actress. She won 2 years ago.

Melissa Clare Egan is the only one who has never won. This is her 1st Lead Actress nomination. She was nominated 5 times previously, for All My Children and Y&R in the Supporting Actress category. She did excellent work in the Adam driving her crazy story and all the Adam/Connor drama – but I would have vastly preferred Sharon Case to have been nominated.

Chelsea or Stephanie!!!!!

I think Chelsea will win next year for her now infamous meltdown/confession to Michael Baldwin and the psychiatrist for Rey’s poisoning.

I am more than thrilled to see Genie Francis on this list. She never fails to deliver. I am disappointed not to see Sharon Case’s name on the roster this year.

Sharon Case hasn’t received an Emmy nomination in 17 years. I think it’s safe to say she has fallen out of favor with the Emmy panel.

Melissa Claire Egan!! (Chelsey)

I cried like a baby during some of the “Laura scenes” when Lulu was in the hospital. Especially when Laura saw Tracy, ran to hug her and wept. I’m delighted 3 GH ladies are nominated but I would love to see Genie win.

Genie Francis…DEFINITELY!!!!! As for the other 4…nope.

Chelsea, Melissa Claire Egan, was fantastic in her portrayal as the paralyszed poisoner.

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For decades, soap opera fans around the world have wanted a chance to see Santa Barbara episodes again. The soap, which first aired on NBC back on July 30, 1984 aired for only 9 seasons until the network pulled the plug after diminishing ratings and multiple changes in writing and producing regimes. The show last aired on January 15th, 1993.

Santa Barbara was co-created and initially produced and co-written by the legendary team of Bridget and Jerome Dobson. At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmys, Jerome was honored with the Gold Circle medal for his over 50 years of work and accomplishments within the medium. Sadly his wife, Bridget passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 85.

The show featured an all-star soap cast throughout its run which included, at times: Marcy Walker, A Martinez, Dame Judith Anderson, Robin Wright, Justin Deas, Eileen Davidson, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn, Kim Zimmer, Jack Wagner, Jed Allan, Louise Sorel. Judith McConnell, Roscoe Born, Sydney Penny, Todd McKee, Terry Lester, Justin Gocke, Nicolas Coster and many more.

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During a livestream conversation on Friday, June 21st, Jerome Dobson and A Martinez visited the Michael Fairman Channel to reminisce about the success and ups and downs of Santa Barbara and much more.

Many people in the live chat and many around the world (Santa Barbara was very popular internationally) have wanted to know with the legal issues it appears had plagued the show for years, if there would be a chance that fans could ever see Santa Barbara episodes again, and if they could become available or streamed?

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Dobson shared exclusively, “Well, there’s some legal footwork being done right now about that kind of possibility. There’s been so much demand to see Santa Barbara, and so it’s not totally out of the question.” Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) reaction to that possibility was that of “Wow!” That was also the same reaction by several viewers watching the live conversation in the chat, because that would be a soap dream come true for many.

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The popular actor took to his account on X and in a series of posts said his “thank you’s” and bid farewell to the top-rated soap opera.

St. John shared, “As you well know, Tuckers come and Tuckers go, and so the cycle continues… this Tucker is in his go phase… I thank each and every member of the wonderful cast, the crew, the directors, the producers and production staff, and CBS/Sony for the great experience from day one to the last. I feel so fortunate to have played such a terrific role.”

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Trevor continued: “Most importantly, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to you the (Y&R) fans. THANK YOU!” Tucker might be gone for the time being, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got projects in the works, and if you haven’t seen my film, A Good Enough Day, it’s now available to stream for free on Tubi!”

The news of his exit comes just two years shy of his time on The Young and the Restless.  St. John made his Genoa City debut in September of 2022 as the new Tucker, last played by Days of our Lives, Stephen Nichols (Steve). The role was first played by actor William Russ.

No word from St. John or Y&R as to when his last episode will air on the top-rated soap opera.  In story, Tucker is losing his company to a takeover by Audra and Victor, while Ashley is finally getting help she needs after her personality split.

So, what do you think about Trevor’s departure from Y&R? Comment below.

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That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom), who formerly played Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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