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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

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The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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DMRR
DMRR

Good grief.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Why not merge all categories? Why pick on the young actors?

Steven
Steven

This is a way to get rid of the Younger Actor and Actress categories! – I believe some people in the NATAS doesn’t like younger actors/actresses winning Emmy Awards! – I see this as it really is, because they would’ve done it to the Lead and Supporting categories too!

mememe
mememe

right why not just best performer in a soap & only 1 person gets the award how will that go over with the performers b/c i guess you can’t call them actors or an actress anymore

Jimh
Jimh

So that means one person wins not two?,,they going to do the same for all acting categories???..i really dont watch any award shows anymore so im just curious

Kay
Kay

Well as the kid said in the movie Kindergarten Cop boys have a penis girls have a vagina!! Try dealing with it they were made different and think the good Lord for that . He gave us different identities different gifts and it’s a wonderful thing.

Shay
Shay

Leave it to you to get right down to the heart of the matter, Kay! And you’re quite right…it IS a wonderful thing! As a female who loves being a women and equally adores the male species, I celebrate and rejoice in that fact every single day!!!

Michael
Michael

This is ridiculous.

Viewer88
Viewer88

LOL,
It works for me as long as they allow dogs and cats etc. to be nominated; and while they’re at it should also add a Daytime Cartoon category, so that DOOL can participate next year.

Just sayin’

Charday
Charday

Next change will be: “Outstanding Abortion” in Younger, Guest, and Adult categories.

Rodd
Rodd

And so when do the rest of the categories get combined? Gee, that would help prevent the shows from running over time. What’s the sense in doing it for the younger actors but not the older actors? SMH.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Because there usually aren’t enough quality nominees in the younger category.The older categories have plenty of worthy competitors.

Momo
Momo

This I can kinda understand as sometimes it seems hard to find enough nominees who qualify. I hope it is not a trend with other categories being combined.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, the examples given, MTV and the VMA’s are primarily watched by young kids who dont know what the hell they want or who they want to be. The Emmys have been around for a long time and have certain standards and traditions. So, this is either a money issue or most likely more liberal PC so that we can recognize the transgender community! I have no problem with peoples identity choices but whoever you portray as a character, man or women, thats the category you are nominated in.

clb
clb

Very disappointing to even think about combining categories but especially against younger actors wanting to make a break into daytime as a career. Stop messing with the categories! You might as well forget the Daytime Emmys with that attitude. They need to spend more time finding a major network for their awards show. Daytime fans deserve better!

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