Ellen DeGeneres seems to have gotten the hang of this talk show thing pretty quick. The newcomer to the talk arena led the field with 12 Daytime Emmy nominations, according to the announcement Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Among ”Ellen”’s 12 nods are Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host; her competitors in both categories are Dr. Phil McGraw, Wayne Brady, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, and the crew from ”The View.”
On the soap side, ”The Young and the Restless” led the pack with 16 nominations, including Best Drama (opposite ”As the World Turns,” ”The Bold and the Beautiful,” ”General Hospital,” and ”Guiding Light”). ”ATWT” and ”All My Children” followed with 14 nominations each, then ”Hospital” and ”Light” with 12. Four of ”Hospital”’s nods came in the lead acting categories, with Anthony Geary and Maurice Benard (last year’s winner) facing off against each other and Grant Aleksander (”Light”), Thorsten Kaye (”Port Charles”), Roger Howarth (”ATWT”), and Eric Braeden (”Y&R”) for Best Actor. The Best Actress nominees include ”Hospital”’s Nancy Lee Grahn and Tamara Braun, as well as Kim Zimmer (”Light”), Michelle Stafford (”Y&R”), and Maura West (”ATWT”). Snubbed were Susan Flannery (”The Bold and the Beautiful”), who’s won three out of the past four years, and perennial nominee Susan Lucci (”All My Children”).
”The View” cohost Meredith Vieira also earned a nomination as the host of ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” opposite ”The Price Is Right”’s Bob Barker and ”Jeopardy!”’s Alex Trebek. All three programs were also nominated for Best Game Show.
The network with the most nominations was CBS with 53, followed by ABC (50), PBS (35), and NBC (19). Trophies will be handed out at the 31st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 21, in a ceremony to be televised on NBC from at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.