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51st Daytime Emmys: Tamara Braun, Finola Hughes, Katherine Kelly Lang, Annika Noelle, Michelle Stafford, Cynthia Watros Score Lead Actress Nominations

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The nominations were revealed for the 51st annual Daytime Emmys. in the prestigious Lead Actress in a Drama Series category by Entertainment Tonight.

This comes ahead of tomorrow’s full list that is set to be unveiled at 12noon/9am PST on Friday.

In the running for this year’s Outstanding Lead Actress are Tamara Braun (Ava, Days of our Lives), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, The Bold and the Beautiful), Annika Noelle (Hope, The Bold and the Beautiful), Finola Hughes (Anna, General Hospital), Cynthia Watros (Nina, General Hospital) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless).

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Previous winners in this category include GH’s Finola Hughes, Cynthia Watros and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford.  Days of our Lives nominee had won in the Supporting Actress category twice in her career.

Earlier, the Lead Actor nominees were revealed and you can find them here.

Make sure to be with us Friday night, April 19th for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special beginning at 5 pm PT where we chat live with some of this year’s nominees.

So, what do you think about this year’s Lead Actress nominees? Comment below.

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No to Michelle Stafford – her portrayal of Phyllis was great when she created the character, but once she left the role, Gina fully recreated and OWNED the character. I cannot watch a single scene with Michelle portraying this persona.

I miss Tamara as Kim on GH. I do feel that there may be an opportunity for her to return with her son, Andrew…

Katherine Kelly (Brooke) and Finola (Anna) both had some very potent storylines this past year, but I do not see the accolades heading their ways.

That leaves Cynthia and Annika as my favorites.

Cynthia deserves it, though the character of Nina has been challenging to portray.

Annika has fully become and created Hope to her fullest, though her being with Thomas after everything is challenging to accept. I do like these actors together, but then again the conflict is too much.

I’m just glad that Jacqueline is not up again. She is a lovely actor and woman and mother of four, and needs to take a small step back to allow other talents to make their opportunities shine,.

And I’m assuming that these awards are for the year of 2023. Melody Scott Thomas deserves Best Actor whenever she is eligible. She has been truly magnificent.

I guess Jacqueline shouldn’t have four Emmy’s to go along with her four children.

I’m not sure why MS decided to make the acting choices she does but I just had to stop watching . This revisiting the old triangle just has fallen flat.

With all due respect, you are completely wrong on Stafford and Tognoni. Tognoni never played Phyllis… she played Dinah from Guiding Light the entire time. She’s talented but not Phyllis.

With all due respect, YOU are completely wrong. Gina played Phyllis from 2014 till 2019 as per Google, look it up!

Tognoni did indeed acted in the role of Phyllis Newman.

Watros beating Stafford in a battle of the Ninas. When Staff played Nina, she was a supporting character – paired with Franco and Valentin. With Watros taking over and the pairing with Sonny (and semi-related Granny Wars), Nina became a justifiable lead character.

Very happy to see Finola and Cynthia make the list, both are very deserving.

I’ll be rooting for Finola with her 10th nomination overall. It’s been 33 years since her previous Emmy win in 1991, and she was brilliant in the storyline where Anna shot Charlotte. I’m sure that has to be part of the reel she submitted. She’s been doing great work ever since she returned to the show full-time in 2012, so I’d say she’s overdue.

Congrats to all the nominees! This is a very tough category.

Cynthia Watros a million percent for me. I really hope CW wins a second Emmy. She is the best!

Love Nina on GH she makes the show she’s glamous and beautiful and my favorite.

KKL??? Seriously? Melody Thomas Scott should’ve scored a nom here if she submitted .

I am over the moon with joy that CYNTHIA WATROS is nominated! She is 100% my choice!!!!! I really hope that the 7 year CBS winning steak is ended this year with a GH win (strong preference for Cynthia).

I don’t get the Lang and Noelle nominations and I have been told that Braun belongs in supporting as the two B&B actresses do as well.

I wonder if Maura West, Melody Thomas Scott and Ari Zucker submitted this year? All 3 deserved nominations.

I am just so happy that CYNTHIA WATROS is among the nominees and I so hope she wins!

My favorite N8na on GH yay!

My favorite Nina’s on GH yay! She makes the show and she’s glamous and beautiful a great actress just wish the writers would quit picking on her. No one on this earth is perfect. Her daughter needs to be a daughter. Or maybe Nina can adopt Sasha.

I like Cynthia and I’m rooting for her just like I do for “Nina.” Cynthia should get an award just for sticking with the show after all the unrelenting crap and emotional abuse they pile on Nina, the unrelenting crap and emotional abuse Cynthia gets from unhinged viewers, and Nina fans should get an award for sticking with the show which seems stuck on rewarding Carly and continuing the Nina as punching bag obsession. It’s tiresome and disgusting.

I’m so put off by the nominations. Y&R has Mark Grossman & Courtney Hope, two amazing actors and Mark hasn’t been nominated since 2019 and he’s had several amazing performances since then! And Courtney Hope, especially after the whole baby storyline, I can’t believe she’s never been nominated for Y&R! And Missy Claire Egan got robbed last year! Her storyline about depression and attempting suicide was very moving and emotional and she gets tossed over in favor of Jacqui from B&B!!

I think Cynthia Watros should win just for hanging in and giving us “Nina” in spite of all the disgusting abuse she gets from unhinged viewers.

Brad bell still trying to buy a Emmy for Lang she did nothing this year but her usual crap! If I was betting I would say probably AN or CW

Not impressed with list of nominees except for Alley Mills. Hope she wins

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‘Entertainment Tonight’s’ Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner Back as Hosts for 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to return as hosts for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live on Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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Melody Thomas Scott and Edward J. Scott to Receive Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Honors

The Young and the Restless iconic Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and her husband, Emmy-winning producer, Edward J. Scott have been named by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as Lifetime Achievement Honorees at the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Melody and Ed will be presented with the award on June 7th during the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (8 PM ET/delayed PT) broadcast live on CBS and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

In a statement Melody and Ed expressed, “We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition from NATAS. Throughout our decades-long careers in front of and behind the cameras, we have had the opportunity to work not only with each other, but also with an incredibly talented pool of people who excel in their crafts and are passionate about the art we create in daytime television. We are grateful to have worked side by side with them and to be included with such esteemed recipients who have made their mark in our industry. We look forward to spending another wonderful evening celebrating the daytime community!“

Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS added,“We’ve long wanted to honor the legendary daytime duo of Melody Thomas Scott and her husband Edward J. Scott. With a combined 93  years of contributions to our community, they are true institutions in the world of Daytime television.”

In addition to Melody and Ed receiving their Lifetime Achievement honors, public television host and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich will also be honored.


Lidia Bastianich said, “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized and receive the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for having shared my passion for food with TV audiences for over 25 years. Cooking together and sharing food remain a common denominator of all cultures. Food nurtures, it connects diverse people, and it brings families, friends, and strangers together. There is no better place to be on this earth, especially in these trying times, than sharing food at a table with others. That simple idea has been the basis of my life’s work. Hence, as I say in my shows, “Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare!” Mille Grazie to NATAS for this honor.”

While Adam Sharp shared, “Lidia Bastianich’s astounding success combines her love of cooking while simultaneously entertaining millions each day. It is an honor for us to say ‘grazie’ for the many fine meals borne from her TV kitchen and cookbook pages.”

Melody Thomas Scott recently celebrated 45 years in the role of Nikki Newman, having joined the show in February 1979. Scott’s character has matured from the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to the serial’s luminous and resourceful leading lady.  After garnering a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1999, she went on to win in the same category for the Soap Opera Digest Award in 2001 and received four Soap Opera Update Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress (1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996). Scott began her career at age three. She studied singing, tap dancing, ballet and jazz and became one of the world-famous “Meglin Kiddies,” performing in USO shows as she started booking national commercials and guest spots on such series as “Wagon Train,” “My Three Sons,” “Ironside” and a recurring role on “The Waltons.”  Scott made her motion picture debut at age eight when she was cast by Alfred Hitchcock as the young Tippi Hedren in the thriller “Marnie.”  She has co-starred with legendary actors Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. Scott has worked on stage and in numerous television shows and  was the subject of Lifetime Television’s “Intimate Portrait.” As a lifelong fan of “I Love Lucy,” Scott served as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, N.Y., which is committed to preserving the legacy of the great comedienne. In 2020,

Scott released her memoir, “Always Young and Restless.” Married since 1985 to Edward J. Scott, the couple have three daughters and five grandchildren.

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Edward J. Scott is a six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning producer who has played a pivotal role in the historic development of the soap opera genre for nearly five decades. Scott is currently supervising producer for The Bold and the Beautiful, the #2-rated daytime drama in the U.S. and the most-watched daily drama in the world, which is nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards this year. Scott began his association with The Bell Family and Bell-Phillip Television Productions when he joined “The Young and The Restless” as an associate producer in 1976. He quickly moved up the ranks and served as the show’s executive producer for decades.

Scott’s legendary 48-year producing partnership and creative collaboration with “The Young and The Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” creators, the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, and their son, Bradley P. Bell, has helped create the two most popular daily American television series. Today, both daytime dramas are syndicated internationally.  Before joining “B&B” Scott was executive producer for the NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives.” Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Scott earned a B.A from California State University at Northridge with a double major of anthropology and broadcasting journalism. He has been married since 1985 to actress and author Melody Thomas Scott. The couple have three daughters and five grandchildren.

So, excited to hear Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott and longtime daytime soap opera producer, Edward J. Scott are receiving this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honors at this years 51st Annual Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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