Friday, May 15, 2009

FLASHBACK: AMC Picks Up 19 Emmy Noms 1985


By Lee Marguiles
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 1985

Even with a behind-the-scenes face lift, there were a lot of familiar faces in the nominations released Wednesday for the 12th annual daytime Emmy Awards.

GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE $25,000 PYRAMID, WOMAN TO WOMAN, hosts Bob Barker, Gary Collins and Merv Griffin and soap opera star Larry Bryggman-all of whom won daytime Emmys last year-were nominated again this year.

But it was ALL MY CHILDREN, an ABC serial, that collected the lion's share of nominations, picking up 19 of the 183. No other show got more than eight.

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ALL MY CHILDREN was nominated for best daytime drama series along with NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES, CBS' GUIDING LIGHT, CBS' THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL, last year's victor.

Winners of this year's Emmys will be announced Aug. 1 in ceremonies that will be broadcast nationally from New York on CBS, with Bob Barker as host.

This will be the first time since 1982 that the event has been televised-the result of an agreement by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to turn over administration of the awards to the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The National Academy has handed out the daytime Emmys since 1977, when its Hollywood chapter broke away after a long-standing organizational dispute and formed its own academy. As part of the separation agreement, the Los Angeles group was given the right to bestow the prime-time Emmys and its own local Emmys, while the New York group took control of the daytime, sports, news and other local Emmy presentations.

The National Academy's Emmy competitions have been the subject of controversy ever since. NBC, citing concern over the integrity of the awards procedures, has refused to take part in one or more of the National Academy's Emmys for the last several years (although individual employees were free to submit their work for consideration), and all three networks declined to broadcast the daytime Emmy ceremonies in 1983 and 1984.

Earlier this year the New York group worked out an agreement with the Los Angeles organization for the latter to administer the daytime Emmys under a structure that the two had arrived at jointly. All three networks endorsed the plan by agreeing to televise the annual event on a rotating basis.

"Under the auspices of ATAS (the Los Angeles academy), we feel confident that the problems that existed before will not exist any more," an NBC spokeswoman said Wednesday.

She said that NBC will continue to boycott the news and sports Emmys, however, because of its continuing questions about the voting process. The two academies have discussed putting those under the administration of the Los Angeles academy, too, but so far no agreement has been reached.

Even with its full participation, though, NBC did not fare as well as its competitors in the daytime Emmy nominations. ABC got 58 and CBS collected 57, compared to 27 for the peacock network, which also trails in the daytime ratings. The Public Broadcasting Service got 13 nominations and syndicated programs accounted for the other 28.

Richard Pryor's Saturday morning children's series for CBS, PRYOR'S PLACE, garnered eight nominations, including one as best children's series. He also was nominated for best performer in a children's series, along with Lily Tomlin for a guest appearance on the show.

Other nominees for best children's series were MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, SESAME STREET and 3-2-1 CONTACT, all on public television, and the syndicated KIDSWORLD. Nominated as best animated program were NBC's THE SMURFS and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, CBS' MUPPET BABIES and the syndicated FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS.

The nominations, which cover the period between March 6, 1984, and March 5, 1985, included two new acting categories for daytime drama stars: best ingenue and best juvenile.

Nominated in the ingenue category were Kristian Alfonso (who plays Hope Williams) and Lisa Trusel (Melissa Anderson) of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tasia Valenza (Dottie Martin) and Melissa Leo (Linda Warner) of ALL MY CHILDREN, and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Williams) of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

The juvenile actor nominees were Stephen Caffrey (Andrew Cortlandt) and Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) of ALL MY CHILDREN, Michael O'Leary (Rick Bauer) of GUIDING LIGHT, Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones) of GENERAL HOPSITAL and Brian Bloom (Dustin Donovan) of AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Nominated as TV's best daytime game show were FAMILY FEUD, JEOPARDY, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, WHEEL OF FORTUEN and last year's winner, THE $25,000 PYRAMID. In the category of best talk/service show, nominations went to last year's winner WOMAN TO WOMAN and HOUR MAGAZINE, THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, DONAHUE and THIS OLD HOUSE.

Larry Bryggman, who plays John Dixon on AS THE WORLD TURNS, got a chance to win a second Emmy in the best actor category when he was nominated with Terry Lester (Jack Abbott) of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and David Canary (Adam Chandler), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard) and James Mitchell (Palmer Cortlandt) of ALL MY CHILDREN.

The nominees for best actress were Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans) of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord Callison) of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) of GUIDING LIGHT and Gillian Spencer (Daisy Cortlandt) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) of ALL MY CHILDREN.

1 comment:

  1. No Crystal Chappell? Insanity. The woman has been a powerhouse.