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(VOTE) Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series at the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards?

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmys are upon us and to get you ready for daytime’s biggest night of the year, throughout the week, Michael Fairman TV will be asking you our readers, soap opera fans, and viewers who you think should take home the gold this Friday night in our Emmy polls.

One of the hotly contested categories is the Outstanding Lead Actress category which features several previous Daytime Emmy winners, and a few that have never won the prize.

Nominated are: two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tamara Braun (Ava, Days of our Lives), Daytime Emmy winner, Finola Hughes (Anna, General Hospital), first-time Lead Actress nominee, Annika Noelle (Hope, The Bold and the Beautiful), Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros (Nina, General Hospital), making this her third-time as a Lead Actress nominee, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, The Bold and the Beautiful) and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless).

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The powerful women nominated in this category each delivered outstanding reels as deemed by their peers. Now, its time to find out who actually gets to become a 2024 Emmy winner, when the envelopes are ripped open live during the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night, June 7th on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ beginning at 8 pm ET/delayed on the West Coast and also airing at 8 pm PT).

Cast your vote below in our Lead Actress poll, and then let us know in the comment section who you think deserves to win the coveted Lead Actress Emmy.

And in case you missed it, several of the nominated stars chatted with the Michael Fairman Channel about their reels and their reaction to their nominations, and you can find that below the poll as well.


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Watros if I could vote Been watching her since GL days

Annika Nichol Smith as Hope on B& B

I agree!

It’s Annika Noelle..No Smith. Maybe you were thinking of Anna Nicole Smith, who has been dead many years.


Wasn’t she great as Annie and she got so hilarious right before she left the show I was so disappointed when she left!

Agreed! Cynthia made me HATE Nina, so she must be doing something right!! I have to admit, I’m a lot more fond of the character now that she’s not Mrs Corinthos.

I agree now shes not with Sonny, I can stand her, and dislike Ava. Lol And, she is fun to watch. You never know what she’s gonna do next. Carly had to gulp yesterday when Drew told her he tagged along with Nina to meet the Congressman. Lol

I think a lot of fans felt like she was taking Sonny away from Carly.

Weird. Cynthia made me love Nina because she can play shades of nuances while Stafford just mugged it up like she always does. Sonny came alive with Nina, and finally was at peace and happy.

The resentment from Carly fans would always cause them to hate “Nina.”
And then the more vicious viewers decided that Stafford was more attractive than Watros (not in my opinion), so they threw that into the mix to attack “Nina.”

I agree; Sonny did seem happier, more relaxed with Nina. Unless Stafford had learned to tame down her performances I can’t see how that would’ve worked with Sonny; she was way too manic. Watros doesn’t play her that way. As for the couple, I loved how loyal Sonny was to Nina, until he decided to go to Michael and Willow’s wedding without her. That to me was the ultimate betrayal; I think she should’ve dumped him instead of once again having to hide her tears and put on a happy face for him.

I agree, Watros, hands down

1 Stafford
2 Watros
3 Braun
4 Noelle
5 Lang Lol
6 Hughes

Noelle or Watros. I enjoy all these actresses work, but since these are the choices Noelles really went through alot this past year, & Watros was really great also.

I would be happy to see Finola or Cynthia win from GH, but I’m rooting for Finola. Her one and only previous win was in 1991, so she’s long overdue after 33 years. And she was brilliant in the storyline where Anna shot Charlotte, which are the scenes I would assume she submitted. Particularly the scene where Anna tore Valentin a new one in the stairwell at the hospital.

Once again, I miss the days when NATAS would release the Emmy reels on YouTube, or at the very least a written synopsis of the scenes that each nominee submitted, so we the fans can judge for ourselves. That’s especially beneficial for people like myself that only watch one soap (GH), and therefore not familiar with the work of the other nominees. I’m not sure why they stopped doing that.

The anacronym is creepy – NATAS??? Yikes!

What’s creepy about that?

Why is that creepy?

I suspect Tank thinks it looks like my most unholy name spelled backwards. You know…. just like all those rumors about backwards messages on rock albums in the 70s & 80s, and how I made Led Zeppelin suffer in a little tool shed and all that.

Of course I have no connection to NATAS. If I did, there wouldn’t be any CBS soaps up for nomination, because they don’t air down here in Hell.

It’s a lot easier than having to type out National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, lol.

How dumb worry about something else please


Finola or Cynthia. They deserve it!

Cynthia Watros! This was her year to finally win.

Though, I have a feeling that underdog Tamara Braun May very well win!!!!

Wish Ari Zucker was submitted, perhaps next year.

They did that woman WRONG!!!
Congrats to her and Christian on the upcoming nuptials!

KKL could get it as a consolation prize for hanging in there all these years but really she sounds like an imbecile sometimes!

Well, Ridge is giving her, her old job back, so she won’t be hanging around like the Queen Bee or minding everyone’s business.

All of these fine actresses are deserving except KKL.

Or Stafford. She had a terrible year.

Stafford has been awful since she returned to the role of Phyllis. I soooo miss Gina’s version of the character. Gina brought depth and nuance and maturity. Stafford is a spoiled brat, as is her daughter (though I do prefer Alison’s portrayal above Hunter King). These storylines are exhausting to watch and thus I fast forward through any of their whiny dialogue.

Tamara Brawn

Anna on GH should win.outstanding actress

Anna is good but I sure dont like her recent story lines, turning on Sonny, being one of them.

On the other horn, now that she knows Val the Bastard has been running Pikeman and was behind the recent attempt to kill Jason and frame Sonny for it she might be about to deliver some material worthy of next year”s Emmy reel. And she doesn’t even know he messed with Sonny’s meds yet.

Noelle absolutely!!

I agree. I love what Noelle is bringing to the character of Hope. She is no longer the shy quiet little mouse she use to be. She is giving just as good as she gets as far as Steffie is concerned. There have been some good scenes between Steffie and Hope. I hope it continues.

I agree. She has had some really good story lines and I thought, she was superb.


Hughes or Noelle

finola hughes all the way !

Ariana zucker

I think Annika Noelle, aka Hope Logan. I think Annika Noelle has been terrific & is overwhelmingly my favorite. She’s the reason why I watch the B&B. She makes me cry & laugh. Which is two of the most important attributes for a Actress. I truly hope she wins this year.

WTH! Michelle Stafford won Lead Actress … ??? Unbelievable! I was positive that this was Cynthia or Fiona’s year. Tamara Braun for me was the underdog, I would have been happier for her than Michelle winning. A lot of the lead and supporting categories were mixed bags, in my opinion.
Wish Maura West was submitted for Supporting Actress.

West has always submitted in lead. Ava, however, in recent years might be considered a strong supporting character (but usually the storylines revolve around her – making her lead).

Nancy & Genie’s wins have all come in supporting (while losing when they submit as lead). Maura’s won 3 times as lead, so submitting as supporting might feel off at this point.

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2024 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet: Dashing Duos – Who’s Got the Look? (Photos)

At the 51st annual Daytime Emmy red carpet on Friday night and the Daytime Creative Arts ceremony on Saturday night, several couples stepped out for the first time at an award show arrivals, while enduring duos wowed the carpet and more.

From new and past Emmy winners, nominees, and fan favorites, popular stars walked the red carpet with their real-life loves, on-screen loves, or additional real-life family members.

Let’s take a look at what everyone was buzzing about during the the 2024 Daytime Emmys red carpet arrivals.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton (Jason) stepped out on the carpet with his new lady love Michelle Lundstrom.

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The always elegant John McCook (Eric, B&B) and his lovely wife Laurette Spang-McCook.

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Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) stopped for a photo op with her longtime on-screen Genoa City love, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).

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Enduring real-life couple Juliet Mills (ex-Tabitha, Passions) and Maxwell Caulfield (The Bay et al).

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B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) stepped out with his girlfriend, Elle Anderson on the 51st Daytime Emmys red carpet.

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The Talk’s Amanda Kloots brought her date … her young son, Elvis.

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And … B&B’s Ashley Jones brought her date, son Hayden Henricks to the red carpet, too!

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Stayla in the house! Days of our Lives longtime on-screen duo played by Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols.

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A beautiful couple indeed, Susan Walters (Diane, Y&R) and Linden Ashby (ex-Cameron, Y&R, et al).

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B&B’s Annika Noelle (Hope) with her beau, John Patrick Amedori.

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Real-life lovebirds … Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott.

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The “It” couple of the 2024 Daytime Emmys, Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Edward Scott and his wife, Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott.

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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and longtime love, Dom Zoida.

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The hosts of the 2024 Daytime Emmy ceremonies, Entertainment Tonight’s, Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier strike a pose.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf not only brought his wife, Lisa but their twins sons, Mason and Chase, to their first Daytime Emmys red carpet!

So, which duo do you think compliment each other best in their red carpet style? Let us know in the comment section below.

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2024 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet: Men Duded Up – Who’s Got the Look? (Photos)

The men of daytime hit the 51st annual Daytime Emmy red carpet this past Friday night, and some again on Saturday night at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.

The gents wore everything to the bustling arrivals from” full tuxedos, to suits with open shirt and no tie, to a suit and tie from black and white to color.

New and past Emmy winners, many of this year’s nominees, fan favorites, popular TV hosts and actors, walked the carpet illustrating their fashion sensibility and comfort to the paparazzi in attendance.  Here’s a snap shot of some of the looks from Emmy night 2024 below with some of your favorite men from daytime.

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The Young and the Restless Sean Dominic (Nate) takes to the carpet in a crush black velvet jacket.

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B&B’s Tanner Novlan (Finn) looked dapper on the red carpet.

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Access Hollywood host, Scott Evans is too cool for school dressed in blue jacket and pants.

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GH’s Cameron Mathison (Drew) brings basic black to the carpet in style.

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General Hospital’s Evan Hofer (Dex) and Giovanni Mazza (Gio) take to the carpet in tuxedos.

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The Young and the Restless Bryton James (Devon) brought a dash of blue to the festivities.

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Days of our Lives star Greg Rikaart (Leo) looks cool as a cucumber on the red carpet in this black jacket.

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Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) strikes a pose on the Emmy red carpet.

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Days of our Lives Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) all smiles on the red carpet.

So, who do you think wore it best? Which was your favorite look of the night from your favorite men from daytime television? Let us know in the c

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RATINGS: Daytime Emmy Audience Up 39% From Previous Year; Marking 4-Year High

Friday night’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy telecast on CBS drew solid numbers according to the overnight ratings. The ceremony brought in an average of 2.82 million total viewers making it the annual daytime kudofest’s largest audience in four years.

The last time the Emmys drew more eyeballs was during the virtual ceremony during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic back in June of 2020, which averaged 3.3 million total viewers.

Meanwhile, over at the network’s streaming companion, Paramount+, and according to TV Line, Friday’s Daytime Emmys were up over 87% from last year, to make it the largest live streaming audience to date for the show.

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards featured 98-year-old television icon, Dick Van Dyke receiving the first Daytime Emmy in his career for his performance as Timothy Robicheaux on Days of our Lives in the Outstanding Guest Performer category.

In addition, Kelly Clarkson made a live appearance at the Daytime Emmys for the first time in several years, and her series, The Kelly Clarkson Show, took home the Outstanding Talk Show award for the fourth year in a row.

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Speaking of four in a row, Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Steve Burton (Jason, GH) ripped open the final envelope of the night revealing that it was ABC’s General Hospital that would take home the coveted Outstanding Daytime Drama series award. That makes it the 17th time overall that the 61-year old soap opera has received this honor.

In the top acting prizes of the night, it was B&B’s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) winning back-to-back Lead Actor Emmys, and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford taking home the gold for the third time in her career for her role as Genoa City’s Phyllis.

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The show also featured a touching In-Memoriam segment that reflected just the amount of loss and mourning the daytime community has gone through this past Emmy season, and Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and her husband, producer B&B’s Edward Scott received the Lifetime Achievement Award honors.

What do you think of the preliminary ratings for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award? Is it an encouraging sign that the daytime audience remains steadfast and die-hard? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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