By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
This year’s Daytime Emmys – for the first time, streamed live online but not televised — they turned out to be relatively painless. Without commercials, the show flowed nicely, and was capably produced. Hostess Kathy Griffin was funny and full of salt and vinegar as always. The absence of television cameras did not discourage the celebrities and glitterati of the daytime world from showing up, including everyone from legendary game show host Monty Hall to plenty of nominees plus Best Show presenter Donna Mills, who entered to the theme from Knots Landing.
The big winner was The Young and the Restless, which won for Best Show. A win for Best Writing (picked up by Shelly Altman) set the tone for Y&R’s winning night. Amelia Heinle (Victoria) won for Best Supporting Actress. Billy Miller, who had the storyline of the year with his character Billy’s daughter’s death in an automobile accident, won Best Actor. Hunter King (who plays Summer) won for starring in a storyline which centered on the identity of her biological father. A most pleasant win was for Special Episode in which the late Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine for decades, was honored posthumously. Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps gave a very gracious acceptance speech. She attempted to give another for Y&R ’s win as Best Show, but was interrupted by Griffin, who was hurriedly trying to close the webcast.
It was a very good year, too, for Days of Our Lives which won Best Younger Actor for Chandler Massey (ex-Will) and Best Supporting Actor for Eric Martsolf (Brady). Martsolf heartily thanked co-star Eileen Davidson, who won for Best Actress. She kiddingly thanked frequent winner and fellow nominee Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful) for “sharing” the award. Davidson finally got the award she deserves for creating the iconic daytime character Kristen DiMera.
There were echoes of cancelled soaps: One Life to Live won Best Direction. Venice, an online soap, won for Best Limited Series soap. The statuette was picked up by one of its stars, an emotional Crystal Chappell.
The Red Carpet Show was thorough, interviewing everyone from soap stars to soap bloggers, but marred somewhat by the flat jokes of inexperienced nonsoap hostesses.
But all in all, the Daytime Emmys 2014, the first to be streamed online, weren’t bad at all. As a matter of fact, they deserved to be televised.