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50th Annual Daytime Emmys: Lead Actor Nominees Revealed

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Tonight on Extra, the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations kicked-off with the names going for gold in one of the biggest categories of the ceremony, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

And the nominees are: Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) and Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R).

Previously in this category, Benard and Bergman have won three times, while Thompson has won once.  Billy Flynn would be a first-time winner as would Thorsten Kaye.

Tomorrow, look for the full list of nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and follow us here at Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think about the five lead actor nominees? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section and congrats to these gentleman.

Now watch the announcement on Extra below.

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interesting i would put don diamont over thorsten happy for billy flynn both yandr actors have done nice work and sorry enough of maurice i just don’t get it as far as he is concerned

Maurice is the new Tony Geary apparently ):

Really unhappy with these nominations. Peter frickin’ Bergman AGAIN – oh brother! Just stop submitting already! Billy Flynn is the only deserving nominee in Lead Actor ): Maurice Benard? Come on! Jason Thompson’s Billy has never thrilled me – David Tom and Billy Miller were so much better in the role – why do they keep on nominating him?

Finola Hughes over Cynthia Watros and Maura West? Oh brother! Ridiculous! I like Finola very much but Cynthia and Maura did extraordinary work in 2022.

I am really happy that Sharon Case FINALLY gets a nomination but it’s in the wrong category! Other than Rey’s death Sharon was a supporting character in 2022, mostly serving coffee. Still, she’s my choice, her or Melissa Claire Egan, this is her 7th nomination and if she doesn’t win she will be tied with the late James Mitchell as the most nominated performer to never win an Emmy. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood did excellent work during Finn’s “death”, his return and her feud with Sheila. I am at a loss where Michelle Stafford is concerned. (btw I am sick to death of CBS always winning the Lead Actress Emmy – GH deserves it, Cynthia or Maura, but once again they have messed up in this category – heck, how about Ari Zucker or Deidre Hall for Days?).

I was looking forward to Michael’s Emmy show tomorrow night but now I am unenthusiastic ): Y&R was a mess in 2022 and it has HALF the lead acting nominations, and CBS has 7 out of 10. ):

Nicholas Chavez better be in the Supporting Actor category or I will riot! He was my choice for LEAD actor of 2022. There also better be lots of GH nominees in the supporting/younger/guest categories, and can they please FINALLY give Chris and Dan an Emmy for their excellent writing? Geez! I have a bad feeling that CBS is going to dominate in those categories too and it would be a CRIME!

Lastly: Alison Sweeney for Guest Performer – she was on only ten episodes but the non-wedding to Lucas and her goodbye scene with E.J. SHOULD give her a long overdue Emmy!

Why don’t you tell us how you really feel? “Peter frickin’ Bergman AGAIN” delivers LOL.

Peter Bergman has always been an average actor and is way over-rated. Billy Flynn deserves to win this year.

Peter Bergman killed it this year !!!!!!! Best best best best acting scenes and story

Peter Bergman is the best actor on Y&R in my not so humble opinion; and Christian LeBlanc a close second. “Average” and “over-rated” are not words that should ever be used about Bergman.

Great, thorough commentary, Freeman. I agree with you on virtually all of your points, particularly the endless, undeserving, default nominations for Benard and Bergman (although Bergman’s acting is substantially better than that of Benard); the long-overdue nomination for Sharon Case; and the spot-on nomination for Billy Flynn.

Regarding Flynn, grief is an emotion that has been a reliable hallmark of soaps since their inception. I think it’s a difficult emotion to play because it can invite overacting. (In real life, we all react to loss in different ways and to different degrees.) Flynn had to play such scenes for so long that I might worry about those scenes taking a personal toll on him. He was so convincing, mesmerizing, and so raw — and, thus, being most deserving, will probably lose (if past is prologue).

Hi Jamesj75! I’ll take your word on Mr. Flynn especially because I think Peter Bergman’s endless grimacing over Diane and Mr. Benard’s stultifying, catatonic work this year are not worthy of inclusion. Never cared for Jason Thompson’s Billy but he did good work on the rooftop with Chelsea. I’m happiest over that gorgeous breath of fresh air Nicholas Chavez being acknowledged again in supporting. He’s an entire reason to keep watching GH. But really, Steve Burton AGAIN? He must really have connections.

Soaphound, so nice to see your reply! Glad you brought up Steve Burton; I completely forgot about his nomination in the guest performer category. So much for burned bridges… What an absolute farce! I was a better actor in the third grade playing a shepherd at the nativity scene, and I had no lines!

James – always love reading your comments.

I’m guessing there weren’t many potential choices in the “Guest” category this year and technically Burton’s performance did qualify.

Looking at GH alone, Mills was one of only a few that might’ve been eligible. Although first appearing in 2022, Billy Moses, Denise Crosby and Linda Purl didn’t move the radar with their performances. Despite a robust short-term return, Emma Samms was under contract which might’ve made her ineligible.

It’s such a confusing category. Here’s hoping Mills wins. Although sometimes OTT, she brought her all to the role. Robin Mattson was nominated back in 83 near the end of her first run as Heather. 40 years later, the character is still award-worthy.

OG Steve, thanks for your kindness. I always enjoy reading your comments as well. My visits here, though, are almost like that of a “guest.” Thanks for broadening (and elevating) the discussion of the acting categories. I totally agree with you regarding Mills and Mattson: terrific actresses! Take care, Friend!

Billy Flynn got a nod just like I had hoped for!

The only awards relevant to Billy are worst recast in history or worst written character, neither being Jason’s fault.

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