'General Hospital' and ABC top nominees for Daytime Emmys
"General Hospital" is one of the few soap operas still on the air, and it's reaping the benefits of diminished competition by grabbing 23 nominations for the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards, which were announced Wednesday morning.
The ABC soap opera helped boost the network to the lead of the pack in overall network nominations, with a total of 56.
The longest-running soap opera on TV was recently renewed for a 49th season by ABC, which spared it the fate of fellow soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," both canceled last year.
Among other ABC shows getting nominations were "Good Morning America," which recently topped long-time morning show champ "Today" in the ratings for the first time since 1996; "The View"; the children's show "Born to Explore"; and the canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Other top nominated shows were PBS' "Sesame Street" and CBS' "The Young and the Restless" with 16 apiece, NBC's "Days of Our Lives" with 15, the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show" with 12 and the soap operas "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "One Life to Live" with 11 each.
PBS was just behind ABC in the overall network nominations, with 51 nominations, followed by all syndicated shows with 46, Nickelodeon with 40, CBS with 33 and NBC with 24.
Regis Philbin received a nomination (along with Kelly Ripa) for outstanding talk show host, his last chance to win the Emmy; he retired in November.
The nominees in the top categories are:
Outstanding Drama Series
"All My Children" (ABC)
"Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
"General Hospital" (ABC)
"The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Outstanding Talk Show -- Entertainent
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated)
"Live With Regis and Kelly" (syndicated)
"The Talk" (CBS)
"The View" (ABC)
Outstanding Talk Show -- Informative
"The Dr. Oz Show" (syndicated)
"The Doctors" (syndicated)
The complete list of nominees can be found here.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Brandon Barash, left, and Maurice Benard in "General Hospital." Credit: Patrick Wymore / ABC.