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WATCH: Outstanding Lead Actor Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels! Who Should Win?

In one of the hotly contested races in this year’s upcoming 41st annual Daytime Emmy awards, five actors vie for the gold in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category!

Four of the men are nominated for their work on The Young and the Restless.  They are: Billy Miller (Ex-Billy), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Doug Davidson (Paul),  and Peter Bergman Jack), and representing General Hospital is Jason Thompson (Patrick)!

Below are the official Daytime Emmy synopsis  from NATAS of their nominated performances, followed by the video playlist of their performances, where you can watch the actors work back-to-back. After reviewing the reels, let us know who you think should win the Daytime Emmy when the trophies are handed out in ceremonies on Sunday night, June 22nd!

Jason Thompson  – General Hospital

Dr. Patrick Drake had made real progress in moving on since the death of his wife, Dr, Robin Scorpio Drake.  Patrick started dating Sabrina Santiago after the 2013 Nurses Ball. Patrick asked Sabrina to marry him and as they were about to say I do, Robin returned. Her death had been staged and she had been held hostage for the past 2 years. Patrick was thrilled to see the mother of his daughter and yet had fallen for the person that pulled him from the brink of depression. It was time for Patrick to make a decision when it came to who he wanted to be with: his wife Robin or his fiancée Sabrina.

Peter Bergman  – The Young and the Restless

Newly recovered from his addiction to pain medication, Jack is now focused on repairing his relationship with his ex-wife, Phyllis. As they endeavor to rebuild what they lost 18 years ago, he keeps running into roadblocks—odd behavior from Phyllis that he doesn’t fully understand. In his effort to make sense of these strange moments, he starts asking questions.  The answers prove to be more than Jack can handle.

Christian LeBlanc –  The Young and the Restless

Michael and Lauren’s longtime happy marriage turns rocky when their teenage son is accused of a crime and only Lauren believes his claim of innocence.  Upset with Michael’s inability to see things her way, Lauren turns to another man for comfort.  When Michael is faced with mounting evidence of the affair he confronts his wife, who refuses to admit her infidelity.

Billy Miller  – The Young and the Restless

Billy’s seven-year-old daughter Delia has just dazzled the audience at her school play, and the two head home to celebrate with Billy’s wife, Victoria, who wasn’t able to make the performance. Billy stops for ice cream at Victoria’s suggestion. Gone only moments, he returns to find that Delia has gotten out of the car to chase her dog and is now lying by the side of the road, the victim of a hit-and-run-driver. She is rushed to the hospital but doesn’t survive. Victoria tries to comfort Billy but all he can do is watch the video of Delia’s big night over and over. At the park, he finds brother-in-law Adam, with whom he is not on the best of terms. Billy lashes out at Adam when he pretends to understand what Billy is going through. Billy is adamant with Adam that what happened to Delia was not an accident, and he’ll make sure the driver is punished. When Billy returns home he is upset that Victoria has removed the party decorations and put Delia’s belongings away, but eventually realizes how much he needs to lean on his wife.

Doug Davidson  – The Young and the Restless

When Police Chief Paul Williams finds teenager Jamie Vernon, a victim of online bullying, poised to jump off a rooftop ledge to his death, he responds both as a law enforcement officer and as a father still mourning the loss of his own son. Determined to save this boy even though he was unable to save his own, Paul makes a heartfelt appeal to Jamie, sharing his own experiences and convincing Jamie that he has value.  After Jamie comes down from the ledge, Paul gives in to his anger at the near loss of a precious life. He confronts the mother of the girl who bullied Jamie and finds his own parenting skills called into question.

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I think the chances are good that the winner will come from Y&R because 4 of the 5 nominees are from the show.However i think Billy Miller will win and if not him maybe Jason Thompson.

Peter Bergman is the man!!!!

#justiceforsharoncase

LMFAO

You want justice for Sharon Case mama? I You must be her biggest fan. That’s nice for you

Should be Darnell Williams, AMC.

I am for Peter Bergman. Experience and Excellence.

Darnell Williams was fabulous, you’re right.

Sex Trafficking storyline was the biggest storyline of the failed short-lived reboot effort from PP. Darnell carried the show for the most part. From beginning to the unfortunate end Darnell Williams was front and center of the storyline with Debbi Morgan coming on later. Darnell and Sal Stowers really made the reboot so worth the time to watch with Debbi too. All 3 of them should be on the final ballot with all 3 of them walking up to the podium to accept their deserved Emmy, ALL 3 of them. Darnell really started great with playing Sarge on Y&R. He and Peter Bergman gave some great Emmy worthy scenes.

I could watch Peter Bergman forever! What a great submission for the Emmy. So nuanced and authentic. Love to watch him and get wrapped up in his storyline.

My second nod goes to Michael LeBlanc …also, fantastic. Love that his reel was one scene (except for his 10 seconds at the end with Carmine). These two have amazing skills.

Maybe it should be Darnell Williams. Y&R just had to be the hog of this category! Do you know what happens to hogs when they get too fat and old?

Credit of the last sentence should go to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” Starring Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright and co-starring Macdonald Carey.

Based on the reels I think it will Peter B. Highly dramatic scenes with a range of emotions being displayed, plus he cried the best out of the lot.

Peter Bergman is my choice for winner, too. Wow. What an Emmy reel!

I love Billy Miller, I think he is superb actor and he has a strong reel, but I really am pulling for Jason Thompson. He has come SO far in his acting abilities since he first started on GH. And the episode he submitted for his reel was his BEST yet. It was poignant, emotional, solemn, he played everything, in what seems like such a short amount of time.

I know Billy will probably come out victorious and I won’t be upset if he does, but I fully believe Jason’s performance is just as worthy, if not more.

I think it is really hard to choose between Doug & Billy! I Can’t! But wait Christian! See as long as it’s one of them I’m fine!

I’d say Billy Miller. Peter, Doug, and Christian were good and solid as always but reliable doesn’t often get rewarded. And all of them are past winners…some would say enough is enough. And Jason was involved in a story that became universally panned due to the writing so through no fault of his own, there could be backlash. Billy played the story of his soap career so I think it will be rewarded.

Whether Jason Thompson wins or loses it the decision by the judges should solely be based on his acting in the scenes he submitted.The decision shouldn’t be based on the story he was in or the kind of writing he got.Jason did the best he could with the material he was given and that’s all he should be judged on.Plus Jason is judged by the story or the writing and not by his acting then so should every other nominee.

Jason Thompson or Billy Miller…

Funny but once again this year and this is only MY opinion Davidson & Thompson had the best reels. It was tough watching BM’s reel all I could think about was boy do I miss Michael Muhney sad situation for the show.

Billy Miller by a hair over Jason Thompson.

Billy Miller – The Young and the Restless! He is a wonderful actor!

How on earth did Christian LeBlanc/Michael even qualify .. he is not at all a good actor, ohh well.. lol

It will be, or should be;

Either—— Billy Miller or Jason Thompson.

What is that old saying:If you have nothing good to say about someone don’t say anything at all.

The Emmy panel enjoys Christian J. LeBlanc’s acceptance speeches … they always shed a lot of light on his life 🙂

I am going to shock you, SUOO, I agree. Although I think Christian is a really good actor, however, he hasn’t had a decent storyline in ages and keeps getting nominated anyway.

Good storylines aside even the nominating committee knows when an actor makes good with what he’s given. And I’m loathe to say they may embrace the “make do with ya got” genre of riveting actors even more so

How did CLB get a nomination? Answer he lobbies every year like a politician that is how. I hope JT from GH takes it home all the other guys have one or more and I am fatigued of the same old same old. I refuse to think Tony Geary is the only guy from GH who can bring home an emmy in lead actor.

He got nominated because he was heartbreaking as a man on the brink when realizing his beloved wife has cheated on him. The Baldwin marriage crisis story was one of the best stories in Daytime last year.

Billy!

Ohhh my gawd! Seeing–

Michael Muhney/Adam and and Billy Miller/ Billy Abbott , made me realize-
The two were a huge part of what was good about the Young and Restless..
Y&R is empty, flat and fading away without them..

Seeing the two together in their scenes was magic ..

Billy miller will win for sure. Awesome actor

Peter Bergman should and will win! What a wonderful performance,

Michael was good too, but a bit choppy.

Billy Miller, should had NOT been nominated..Not the best actor in the lot..Sorry!!

Both Jason and Doug were solid but just not equal to Peter tour de force reel!!

What a sham that Y&R got 4 nominations in this category. I don’t know how that happens. Something smells rotten about the whole nominating process when you see things like that. But either way, go Jason Thompson!

What really smells rotten is;
How a soap opera can be #1 for 25 years without fail ..
When all the soaps were active, some had better years than Y&R even if just for one year out of the 25 years..
It is not probable for one soap out of all the soaps, to not have one year down during 25 years..
There are not even any odds of that happening,,

there is something very wrong with that happening..
Seems CBS has its hand in someones pants.. lol

I think the show’s number one status is due in large part to the fact it has always aired during people’s lunch hours without any real competition. People got addicted when the show was good and now watch out of habit because there is no soap alternative in that time slot.

Unfortunately, the best daytime lead actor is Michael Muhney…no one else is close except Billy!

I agree!

MM would have stole it without question.. Best actor in daytime 🙁 . Happy though, that y&r has all kinds of chances! It needs to be BILLY MILLER.

1. Billy Miller
2. Jason Thompson
3. Peter Bergman
4. Christian LeBlanc
5. Doug Davidson

Just my two cents 🙂

1. Peter Bergman
2. Doug Davidson
3. Christian LeBlanc
4. Billy Miller
5. Jason Thompson

Could place Jason Tompson higher…not sure…because his low ranking (IMO) might be my Y&R prejudice!

this is clearly so embarrassing…. : 4 nominees from one show…. Billy Miller aside, he deserves this accolade.

BUT, Peter Bergman, Christian LeBlanc, and Doug Davidson ?

unbelievable! confounded… at the emmy process…

Jason Thompson… without a doubt… should be recognized for his body of work…. for what he brings to this genre. year in and year out…. his own make-up resonates huge with the audience.

Billy Miller : is in a class all his own…. just like Michael Muhney… so.. I DO give prop to Y&R … for these TWO MEN.

so yes… there were so many other actors who deserved these spots.

I’ll celebrate Billy Miller for stratosphere 40-50 plus years we’ve all enjoyed soap opera… that deserves the best and finest celebrated actors we can

he is the epitome of classic leading man… all the FINE elements we’ve come to love

Jason Thompson, GH : Dr. Patrick Drake
Billy Miller, Y&R : Billy Abbott

superlatives unhinged…. Love them

for sentiment… on ALL the upheaval our Genoa City curtails… Billy Miller for the WIN

I had to laugh over Christian LeBlanc/Michael Y&R even getting a mention yet he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor ? WTH?? ridiculous ,,

This years emmies are so tainted, I will not watch..

(can always read on the bards who won..

CL has good material to submit!

No, CL is not all that good..
there are 3 other soaps that have much stronger talented actors than the Y&R men.
I feel the awards are sponsor orientated and why people even watch them is beyond me.. This year is truly tainted ..

Doug Davidson in the running??? Are you kidding me??? No No No No No.

Bottom Line here: I want EITHER Peter Bergman or Billy Miller to win.

Case closed.

GO BILLY MILLER, you got this! I’ll be honest and say that even though I’m a ynr fan, how could they nominate doug davidson & michael leblanc.. Total respect for these vets & their acting actually makes me laugh sometimes BUT.. I just can’t take their storylines seriously.
Peter Bergman’s fine.. Just know that Millers’ gonna kill this category.

Billy Miller!

First, Doug needed to be nominated last year for Ricky scenes. He shouldn’t be in this category this year.

Second, the others are all equal contenders but the material wasn’t there for some. Jason Thomson should win just based on his performance the last year in a very difficult role; he always delivers such nuanced performances. But the chosen scenes don’t quite show him at his best.

Christian LeBlanc’s performance are always solid but those clips don’t rise to the emmy occasion.

Billy Miller is the runner up but he didn’t quite cut it in the final scenes when his voice cracked; felt a little forced. But he’s damn good.

Peter Bergman has the most complex, compelling reel and should hands down win in this category!!!!

Tony, you said it all for me. I agree with your every point.

MILLER* or BERGMAN all tthe way!!!

it is kind of silly to have awards when there are so few soaps airing and thus without real competition why should an award be worth anything!

For years these awards were seemingly devised to prop those whom producers approve of or befriended. Superior actors have been eliminated for years.

Shame on the soap press for rarely being honest about fine acting.

Amongst this group of Course Miller is the only valuable player.

but frankly due to past exclusions and past winners I have little respect for this Award

I know, right ?

“…there are so few soaps airing and thus without real competition why should an award be worth anything! ”

I can agree with that

even still… it’s still a fan crapshoot…. always wondering for that favorite actor the best

I’d love to see some past nominees, when their were 12+ shows… and actors to choose from

LOVE U BILLY!!! Go get that award!

Yes! Go Billy! How I miss him on Y&R! Pleeeaase, all other soaps out there, grab Billy Miller, give him what he wants, but grab him!

And the winner is…JASON THOMPSON!

#2. Peter Bergman
#3. Billy Miller
#4. Christian LeBlanc
#5. Doug Davidson

All soaps need their names thrown about for publicity. If all the soaps are honored in every category, maybe the genre would have a better chance of survival.

Potential viewers already know Y&R is the number 1 rated soap. They tune in during this crappy time and think all the soaps are crappy. Now, with the nominees being what they are, solidify what non soap viewers already think: If the number 1 rated soap that has all these nominees for the emmys is this crappy, then why tune in to any other soap?

Wake up!!! It should be an equally nominated process!

Don’t let potential soap viewers think Y&R is the be all that ends all of soaps. There are viable alternatives: Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful.

@4everDAYS…The older generation of us has tuned into COUNTLESS crappy soaps because there was ALWAYS something about the genre that we craved and loved. Like Chocolate covered Turtles and Peanut Brittle..don’t know why I love all this sugar and nuts with a hint of salt…but mmmmm..mmmm!! The true thing is something even diehard fans needs to realize..we were ALL new viewers at one point in our lives. Thank goodness Network brass realizes that PrimeTime would never have had a chance if it weren’t for continuing characters and drawn out stories in Primetime. Soaps are the very reason Television drama’s continue to this day. Unfortunately with Daytime..you gotta get bigger..brassier..and more innovative as the years wear on. It’s not that easy when Networks are stuck in the HeyDay and the remember the shares when…Y&R can drone on…GH can be cartoonish..Days can be the Hey we’re trying..and B&B can be the whatever..we’re number 2…The fact remains is that Daytime hinges on DayTime drama…they set it up that way and they are forever stuck with it even if only one soap remains…and new viewers will come and old viewers will go…there will alway be at least ONE continuing drama on our screens in the mid afternoon. Oh what were we talking about…oh yeah..Nominations…give the actors their due and paycheck…and give us our dramas…TOODLES…

Maybe in the Best Show,Best Writing and Best Directing categories all soaps should be nominated.However in the acting categories it might be hard to have a nominee from every soap.However there could be a limit of how many nominees in a acting category one soap can get.So that could make it more fair to all the soaps.Plus the fans may know the Emmys and how many nominees a soap gets or don’t get isn’t a fair way to judge how a soap is doing.Plus each year’s Emmys ceremony is a recognition of the work done the previous year and not for this year’s work.So a soap could have been great last year but terrible this year and vice versa.

Hard to find a nominee from every soap? It’s quite simple: Each soap should nominate their own top three in each acting category. A separate group of judges declares the winner. The winners from each soap are then in the race for the emmy. It’s pretty easy looking to me!!!

However it still should be up to the actors if they want to be nominated or not and in which category they want to be in and not the show.

I didn’t watch Y&R at all for a while after I saw that storyline coming, so I hadn’t seen Billy Miller’s acting. WOW! And Jason Thompson was great too. Peter Bergman’s scenes are good but a while back he had a day where he read his lines very monotonously, could even call it acting; glad to see he’s still got it most of the time!

Jason Thompson for the win. He always delivers. You cannot watch any scene he’s in and not be mesmerized…unless your brain and heart are on Novocain. ;0p

I don’t pay attention to the Daytime Emmy awards anymore because they appear to be rigged and are a joke. It looks like CBS produces them, and then they give all the awards to CBS. This was pretty obvious last year when GH writing was snubbed. The majority of the awards went to B&B which is a simple 30-minute soap. The Emmy Award show was sooo bad last year. The Nurses Ball was 1000 times better. They should stop this embarrassment for Soaps. It is giving Soaps a bad name.

Jason Thompson should have won last year not sure he’ll win over Billy Miller but still hoping the Y&R guys will x each other out….win or lose Jason is still a winner 2 me & I am pulling for him★★★

Doug is multi layered and always deeply honest so my vote is for him. Peter does the same thing over and over again and although sincere could be richer. Jason is solid and a very good actor, but tears alone don’t make it deep. Billy Miller had the storyline of the century but am I the only one who thinks that stoic and moping is not enough? I felt it was clear he does not have kids and had trouble relating and was waiting for that one great scene. I love him as an actor in the gambling cheating scenes but not nearly as complicated as a performance as a dad struggling to redefine life once your kid dies.

You don’t know what you’re talking about. He is totally believable every step of the way.

I LOVE Billy Miller. I think he is an excellent actor and even better than many big screen stars. He deserves to win. However, Michael Muhney was also excellent this year and deserved to be nominated. The other 2 actors on Y & R always give great performances, but Michael Muhney was robbed. If the Emmy had not gone to Miller, Muhney should have won. Unfortunately, he was not even nominated. That is a major injustice.

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GH’s Adam J. Harrington on Being a Recast John “Jagger” Cates: “There is No Way I Can Even Touch What Antonio Sabato Jr. Did With the Role in the Past … If They Are Going My Way They Were Going to Take This in a Different Direction”

General Hospital fans were recently in for a shock when a new man arrived in Port Charles who went by the name of John Cates. As it turns out John Cates used to go by the nickname of “Jagger” and had lived in the town many years ago.

That’s because actor Adam Harrington was recast in the role of FBI Cates. The part was originally made soap-famous in the 90’s by Antonio Sabato Jr. “Jagger” appeared on the ABC daytime drama series from 1992-1994 and then in its spinoff GH: Night Shift in 2008 before the character left Port Charles with his young autistic son. “Jagger” was also the older brother to the late Stone Cates (Michael Sutton).

Now in 2024, GH has brought the character back and Adam J. Harrington is on contract with the series. The actor spoke to Soap Opera Digest about the obvious difference in look and take on the role than “Jagger’s” original portrayer, Antonio Sabato Jr.

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Adam expressed: “My take on it was that it’s been 30 years; they obviously wanted to take this in a new direction and see what they could do with this storyline. And I also thought, ‘There is no way I can even touch what Antonio Sabato, Jr. did with the role in the past.’ Although I know it would be jarring for fans, in some ways, I was very happy that I didn’t look like I was going to try to mimic or echo at all what they had done with that storyline.”

Chiming in on replacing an actor in a role made soap-famous by someone else, Harrington added, “Obviously, if they’re going my way, they were going to take this in a different direction with so much time having passed. TV is immortal and still very much fresh in people’s minds, but like I said, I took the recasting and looking so obviously different as them saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take this in a different direction and we are not trying to replace or touch what was originally a beautiful story.”’

Previously, Sabato Jr. had a few things to say about not being asked back to reprise his signature role for more than 30 years by the ABC soap opera.

Photo: ABC

As to just who this new version of John Cates will be romantically linked with, fans are seeing a spark between he and Jordan (Tanisha Harper), or could he wind up with Anna (Finola Hughes), or another lady on the canvas? “I think there is an element here of him coming to town, throwing a new guy into the mix,” Harrington shares.”We’ll see who he quote-unquote bonds with and who he doesn’t.”

Photo: ABC

So what do you think of the recast John “Jagger” Cates? Do you like where the show is taking the character? Do you appreciate Adam’s candor on acknowledging what Antonio Sabato Jr. did with this role in the past? Comment below.

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Steve Burton’s Ex-Wife Sheree Gustin Gives Birth to Her Fifth Child, Weeks After Their Divorce Was Finalized

Sheree Gustin, the ex-wife of General Hospital star, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) welcomed her newborn daughter into the world on February 16th. The little one who’s name is Addy Jay weighed in at 5 lbs., 5 oz at the time of her birth. This is Gustin’s fifth child.

Gustin’s partner, who was in an Instagram story with her and their baby, remains unidentified. This is the second child of Gustin’s within a year or so of each other, that is not the biological child of Burton’s. She previously had daughter Isabella back in February of 2023.

The news of the arrival of Addy Jay comes on the heels of Burton finalizing his divorce from his former wife of 23 years back in December of 2023.  In the divorce settlement, Steve and Sheree have joint legal and physical custody of their minor children. Brooklyn, 8, and Jack, 17. The two also share a daughter McKenna who is 20.

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Burton originally filed for divorce in July 0f 2022. In court documents, the two separated in March of that year as Burton cited “irreconcilable differences.” When Sheree announced the impending birth of her fourth child, Burton took to his Instagram and clarified, “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.”

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Gustin, who is a fitness guru, now goes by Sherrie Lynn on her official Instagram account. Since her divorce from Burton, and the births of her most recent children, Sherrie has not addressed the situation publicly.

Meanwhile, General Hospital fans are anxiously awaiting Burton’s return as Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera with his first episode back slated for March 4th. Just how Jason will be revealed to be alive after a cave collapsed on him, and he was believed to have died, is one of great mystery for soap fans.

So, share your thoughts on the news of the birth of Sheree’s fifth child Addy Jay via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Vinessa Antoine Returns For Season 2 of CBS Dramedy ‘So Help Me Todd’

Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan Ashford, General Hospital) has added quite an impressive lists of acting credits since announcing she was exiting the ABC soap opera back in July 0f 2018.

Since then Antoine has appeared in TV series north of the border in Canada and here in the U.S including her leading role in CBC’s Diggstown. Now comes word, that Vinessa is back for a second season in her role on the CBS comedy-drama, So Help Me Todd.

In the series, Vinessa plays the role of Alex Parker. Taking to her Instagram, the actress shared, “Alex Parker’s shenanigans from season 1 continue this season in episode 3 onward. Do check it out. Enjoy!!”

Photo: CBS

So Help Me Todd stars Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden as Margaret and Skylar Astin as Todd. Margaret is a successful defense attorney, while Todd is a private investigator but known as the black sheep of the family. In the premise of the series, Todd has criminal charges dropped against him, in exchange for working at mom’s law firm as they crack cases and defend clients.

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Antoine plays Alex, a forensic accountant who gets in the good graces of the character of Lyle (Tristen M. Winger), who is an investigator at the law firm. However, in a twist, it’s revealed that Alex is actually investigating him. The story picks up in season 2 from here.

Vinessa’s first episode of season 2 will air on Thursday February 29th  9 p.m. ET on CBS and it streams the next day on Paramount+

So, looking forward to catching Vinessa on So Help Me Todd? Comment below.

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