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EMMY 2001 ~ The Emmy Televison Broadcast

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Our Review of the 28th Annual Daytime Emmys Show

What a night to remember!  The night of the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  From the grand entrances of the red carpet arrivals -- Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy, Passions) scooting down runway on his brand new RZ Razor Cruiser, and the raucous applause for Kathie Lee and husband Frank Gifford -- to the fun of the post-show parties, May 17, 2001 was a grand night for Daytime.  Did you all tune in and watch the broadcast?  Believe it or not, I was so excited to see the show, but missed the first 20 minutes!  Sacre bleu!  We were out to dinner and didn't make it back in time.  We even skipped dessert, my favorite part. LOL Thank the good Lord for VCR's. The person who invented them should be canonized.  I watched the rest of the show in real time, then rewound the tape to see just what happened during the presentation of the first awards.

Overall, the broadcast was well-paced, and hosted with the exuberance of Kathie Lee Gifford, whose costume changes helped lend a sense of mystery to the evening.  What will she have on next?  Her segments with Regis Philbin proved she can still hold her own against the formidable morning show/game show Emmy-winning host.  Too bad that in all the years she sat by his side, "Live" never won an Emmy. Even "Live's" new co-host, Kelly Ripa (Hayley, AMC), admitted to having a hard time filling Kathie Lee's shoes.  "But then, in my condition, I can't fit into anything these days," quipped the very pregnant Ripa.  The joke got a lukewarm response, but I thought it was kind of cute.

I also think that the right actors and shows won the award this year, although Susan Lucci's performance over the outing of Erica's daughter Bianca was wonderful material to play, and I believe she played it quite well. However, Martha Byrne's portrayal of Lily and Rose continues to amaze, and it was a delight to see her take home the statue for Outstanding Lead Actress this year.  Just being nominated in the category was monumental for the actress. "I am thrilled!" Byrne told Turtle Run at the NYC Mayor's Office ceremony on May 1, 2001.

I don't think that anyone was more humbly happy and relieved to win this year than "All My Children's" Michael E. Knight (Tad). A 2-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 1986 and 1987, he was nominated in 1998 and 1999 for Outstanding Supporting Actor and did not take home the statue.  As his name was called among the list of nominees for the category, he gulped! Was it sheer terror, or for effect? I'm betting on the former.  Outstanding Supporting Actor is always the first category that is presented, and lucky for Knight, he didn't have to sit through the entire show waiting with baited breath. When his name was called, it was to wild applause and the delight of his peers. Former co-star and previous Outstanding Actor winner and this year's nominee in that category, Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) stood up and shouted "Yes!"  Knight's wife, Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) teared up as he kissed her and rose to take the podium.  He hugged co-star and fellow nominee, Josh Duhamel, a young actor that Michael respects greatly.  "Josh has only been on the show two years, and he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Do you know how amazing that is?" Knight told fans at a charity event on Long Island the week before.  "I'd love to work more with Josh."  Knight's acceptance speech was touching and heartfelt, and it looks like his 86-year old grandmother, Emelda Hesse, who he credits with sparking his interest in acting in the first place, will be getting a new statue for her mantel very soon.

Lesli Kay (Molly, ATWT) who mouthed "Hi Mom," as her name was called among the category nominees, was overjoyed at her win for Outstanding Supporting Actress, as were her fellow cast members.  She was hugged and kissed the entire trek to the stage.  Her first nomination and first win, she choked up as she thanked her parents for encouraging her to pursue acting and not medicine.

Justin Torkildsen (Rick, B&B) was overwhelmed. "Oh my God!" he bellowed as he took the stage and again as he left it!  He seemed genuinely surprised at the win. Perhaps rightly so, as AMC's Jesse McCartney (JR) and Y&R's David Tom (Billy) were some pretty tough competition.  I would have loved to see a three-way tie in this particular category.

I was so happy that Adrienne Frantz (Amber, B&B) won for Outstanding Younger Actress.  Nominated two years in a row (2000 and 2001) she is such a talented young performer. She, too, was overwhelmed and overjoyed, so much so that she could hardly express her thanks as he received the award.  Her voice rose in pitch about 20 decibels, she was so excited! "I'm so happy!" she shrilled.

David Canary (Adam/Stuart, AMC) thanked family as he accepted his award for Outstanding Actor.  His fifth win in 15 nominations, he said that he used to think that the most important thing in soaps was tall hair!  "But the most important thing in soaps is really extended family," he reflected.  "The fans.  The wonderful, talented actors, and my family." 

Winner for Outstanding Actress, Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose, ATWT) broke into tears as her name was called. This was her first nomination and first win in this category (she'd won before for Outstanding Younger Actress), and she thanked everyone on the show from EP Chris Goutman, to headwriter Hogan Sheffer, to co-star Jon Hensley for "15 years of sexual tension." She acknowledged and sent love out to her real-life husband and son, then dedicated the award to her parents who supported her since age nine when she first told them she wanted to appear on Broadway and they said "Let's go!"  She ended with a resounding "Now, let's party!" over the din of Dick Clark's orchestra.

Presenters McKenzie Westmore and Galen Gering (Sheridan and Luis, Passions) got the loudest applause as they took the stage. Presenter (and nominee) Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC) looked so diminutive flanked by strapping co-stars Cameron Mathison and nominee, Josh Duhamel (Ryan and Leo, AMC).  As super soap diva Deidre Hall (Marlene, DOOL) reached the podium to announce the nominees for Outstanding Daytime Drama, fans screamed out "We love you, Deidre."  There were two ties.  Outstanding Children's Special and Outstanding Talk Show Host where Rosie O'Donnell shared the honors with Regis Philbin, his first award in this category after many nominations.

We can't discuss the daytime stars shining at night without bringing up fashion.  Nadjia Bjorlin (Chloe, DOOL) a classic beauty in every sense of the phrase looked positively stunning in her gold gown.  Also in gold, Lindsay Korman (Theresa, Passions) was gorgeous, and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) donned hair extensions for the occasion, her "long" blond hair blending nicely with her gold gown's plunging neckline. Kiko Elsworth (Jamal, PC) chose a retro look, his shirt lapels stretching clear to Brooklyn.  Speaking of retro, the return of Ingo Rademacher (Jax, GH) was dampened by his new look.  What new?  Was it Rademacher or Pete Townsend?  A very handsome guy, Rademacher looked more like a remnant from the 60's The Who.  Of all Kathie Lee's costumes, my favorite was the seafoam strapless. 

For me, highlights of the broadcast included the opening montage of what Kathie Lee learned from Daytime that showcased all of her recent performing endeavors since leaving "Live;" Susan Lucci congratulating fellow castmate, Michael E. Knight via satellite on his win for Outstanding Supporting Actor ("You're not too prejudiced," quipped Kathie Lee. "He's ter-rif-ic!" La Lucci bellowed in her most charming way.); and, Maura West (Carly, ATWT) signing "I love you," to someone special as her name was called among the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

The low point had to be the food montage, a totally unnecessary waste of precious airtime, with the fashion montage coming in at a close second. The one goof occurred when the announcer misstated the name of AMC's Jesse McCartney's character.  The nominee for Outstanding Younger Actor plays the character of Adam, Jr. or JR, not Adam as announced. (Adam is played by David Canary who won for his portrayal of Adam/Stuart on AMC.)

It was delightful seeing "As the World Turns" take home the awards for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and for Outstanding Daytime Drama.  Under the expert leadership of EP Chris Goutman and the craftsmanship of headwriter Hogan Sheffer, "As the World Turns" has turned its world completely around this past year with intriguing storytelling and just the right mix of romance and humor with veteran favorites and newcomers sharing the spotlight. Turtle Run congratulates all the winners and the nominees for being recognized by the highest honor in their industry.

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