|EMMY 2010 ~ 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Show Broadcast: Vegas Verdict|
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The 2010 Daytime Emmy telecast was one of the strangest on record. It was better than last year's, though that's not saying much. This year's show felt like a giant promo for Vegas that had little to do with daytime television.
From David Copperfield opening the show to Regis Philbin's unfunny shtick to performances by acts popular when Eisenhower was president, the entire show was a time warp.
The first eight minutes of the broadcast were devoted toRegis talking about Regis, with help from taped cameos by David Letterman and Don Rickles. Philbin also tried a "joke" about Susan Lucci's (Erica, AMC) weight, indicating she had gained weight since her show's move to LA. I was ready to flip the channel until the welcome sight of General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) and Kelly Monaco (Sam) arriving to present the first Emmy.
Julie Pinson (Janet, ATWT) was the surprise winner of the Supporting Actress Emmy and she appeared genuinely shocked and touched. Although Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL) was the overwhelming favorite in this category, Pinson's win was not undeserved.
After Pinson's win Ryan Seacrest came out to pay tribute to Dick Clark and his forty years hosting American Bandstand. Clark won a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, so this tribute felt redundant. It also went on forever (15 minutes of valuable airtime) with acts such as The Spinners, Jersey Boys, Marie Osmond, and Chubby Checker performing, in addition to taped tributes from the likes of Frankie Avalon, Cher, Simon Cowell, Donny Osmond, and Barry Manilow.
The most memorable part of this interlude was seeing Marie Osmond. She looked like wax had melted down her face, leaving her with puffy fish lips. With her distorted face, pale skin and dark hair, she bore an eerie resemblance to Michael Jackson.
A cute moment occurred when Chubby Checker pulled Lucci on stage, picked her up and spun her around at the end of his hit, "The Twist." The warm and bubbly Checker would have made better host than the self-absorbed Philbin.
There wasn't a dry eye anywhere when Clark thanked everyone in a voice still slurred from the after-effects of his 2004 stroke, and began crying. Clark is deserving of all the accolades that come his way, especially while he is still alive, but the tribute could have been tighter and shorter to make room for current daytime events.
For instance, where was a tribute to the legendary, late Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes, ATWT) who is in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest running single role on TV? She passed away this year, and was still making appearances on As the World Turns after 54 years. The daytime community also lost the feisty Frances Reid, who played matriarch Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives for 42 years, and the beloved James Mitchell, who played Palmer Cortlandt on All My Children for 30 years. I waited throughout the entire telecast for a moment of silence in honor of these greats, or for their pictures to flash across the screen, but they were given nothing.
Instead, The Lion King was given two minutes to perform (it felt much longer), and help an unfortunate attired Rachael Ray present the Emmy for Supporting Actor. Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R) won the Emmy in the most predictable category of the night. The charming Miller gave a touching speech (though I would have liked to see him thank his co-star Amelia Heinle) where he thanked "my friends at AMC and Y&R who have a piece of my heart. Their hands have been on my shoulders. You have made me your family and I want to make you proud to have me among you."
The Emmy for Game Show (Cash Cab) and Talk Show Informative (The Doctors) were broken up by a skit from The Blue Man Group, as they assisted Alex Trebek with his presenting duties.
In a sign of the poor production, chaos broke out as the group from The Doctors celebrated their win without leaving the stage. A stagehand rushed toward them and was caught on the mic saying, "Let's go," as the camera cut to a confused looking girl in the audience.
Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) from All My Children presented together, even though their characters are no longer involved and her character is married to someone else. They presented the Emmy for Younger Actor, which in the biggest surprise of the night, went to The Bold and the Beautiful's Drew Tyler Bell (Thomas). Drew Garrett (ex-Michael, GH) was heavily favored and deservedly so in this category. Bell's win was odd to say the least, as he was a recurring cast member until May. He didn't have the caliber of material the other actors had, so his tape must have been phenomenal. Bell thanked everyone from his wife to Jesus.
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