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Daytime Emmy Hosts Will Once Again Be ‘Entertainment Tonight’ Anchors Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner

(5/23/24) “Entertainment Tonight” anchors Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are back to once again host the Daytime Emmys, as the 51st edition of the kudocast airs live on Friday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the west coast) from the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The event airs on CBS and Paramount+, marking the 18th time the Daytime Emmys has been broadcast on the Eye network.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and CBS were set to announce the news, which Variety has exclusively learned, on Thursday morning. Frazier and Turner previously hosted the Daytime Emmys in 2022 and 2023. The duo is also nominated this year in the outstanding daytime personality – daily category, while “Entertainment Tonight” is nominated in outstanding entertainment news series.

Frazier has been co-host of “ET” since September 2014; before that, he was co-host and managing editor of “The Insider” and a correspondent and weekend host of “ET.” Turner has been co-host of “ET” since 2021, first joining the show as a correspondent in 2014. She preciously served as a contributor for CNN.

Also on Thursday, NATAS revealed that Rachel Schwartz has been named head of daytime and children’s & family at the org. The landmark promotion makes Schwartz the first woman to ever lead the Daytime Emmys.

NATAS has additionally announced its 2024 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees, recognizing “admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television. Inductees are exceptional professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 or 25 years, respectively. They represent the best and brightest in the industry.”

2024 Gold Circle Inductees:

Jerome Dobson (writer, “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “General Hospital,” “Santa Barbara”)

A Martínez (actor, “The Bay,” “Santa Barbara”)

Suzanne Rogers (actress, “Days of Our Lives”)

2024 Silver Circle Inductees:

Patricia Denney (former hair and makeup department head, “The Young and The Restless”)

Kathleen Finch (chairman and CEO, US networks, Warner Bros. Discovery)

Linda Grand (set master props, “The Bold & The Beautiful”)

Janet Spellman-Drucker (co-executive producer, “Days of Our Lives”)

Mark Teschner (casting director, “General Hospital”)

Rolonda Watts (talk show host, actress and voiceover talent, “Sherri,” “Curious George,” “Divorce Court”)

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International. Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer from ATI.


NATAS Announces Melody Thomas Scott and Edward J. Scott To Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors At “51ST Aannual Daytime Emmy Awards”

(5/6/24) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced that Daytime Emmy® Award-nominated and multi-award-winning actress Melody Thomas Scott, Daytime Emmy-winning producer Edward J. Scott and public television host and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich will be the Lifetime Achievement Honorees at the 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS. The honors will be presented in person on June 7 and June 8 at the historic Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles. The 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS will broadcast LIVE Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

Adam Sharp, president and CEO, NATAS said, “We’ve long wanted to honor the legendary daytime duo of Melody Thomas Scott and her husband Edward J. Scott. With a combined 93 years of contributions to our community, they are true institutions in the world of Daytime television. In addition, Lidia Bastianich’s astounding success combines her love of cooking while simultaneously entertaining millions each day. It is an honor for us to say ‘grazie’ for the many fine meals borne from her TV kitchen and cookbook pages.”

Melody Thomas Scott and Edward J. Scott said, “We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition from NATAS. Throughout our decades-long careers in front of and behind the cameras, we have had the opportunity to work not only with each other, but also with an incredibly talented pool of people who excel in their crafts and are passionate about the art we create in daytime television. We are grateful to have worked side by side with them and to be included with such esteemed recipients who have made their mark in our industry. We look forward to spending another wonderful evening celebrating the Daytime community!”

Lidia Bastianich said, “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized and receive the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for having shared my passion for food with TV audiences for over 25 years. Cooking together and sharing food remain a common denominator of all cultures. Food nurtures, it connects diverse people and it brings families, friends and strangers together. There is no better place to be on this earth, especially in these trying times, than sharing food at a table with others. That simple idea has been the basis of my life’s work. Hence, as I say in my shows, ‘Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare!’ Mille Grazie to NATAS for this honor.”

The 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI), which produced Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies on The CW in 2009 and on CBS in 2010, 2011, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer from ATI.

NATAS celebrates excellence in TV through various prestigious awards programs, including Children’s & Family Emmys, Sports Emmys, Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and its renowned Daytime Emmys competition. This showcases its ability to adapt to the evolving television industry and remain at the forefront of the awards competition landscape

Melody Thomas Scott stars as Nikki Newman on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. She recently celebrated 45 years in the role, having joined the show in February 1979. Scott’s character has matured from the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to the serial’s luminous and resourceful leading lady. After garnering a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1999, she went on to win in the same category for the Soap Opera Digest Award in 2001 and received four Soap Opera Update Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress (1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996). Scott began her career at age three. She studied singing, tap dancing, ballet and jazz and became one of the world-famous “Meglin Kiddies,” performing in USO shows as she started booking national commercials and guest spots on such series as “Wagon Train,” “My Three Sons,” “Ironside” and a recurring role on “The Waltons.” Scott made her motion picture debut at age eight when she was cast by Alfred Hitchcock as the young Tippi Hedren in the thriller “Marnie.” She has co-starred with legendary actors Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. Scott has worked on stage and in numerous television shows and was the subject of Lifetime Television’s “Intimate Portrait.” As a lifelong fan of “I Love Lucy,” Scott served as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, N.Y., which is committed to preserving the legacy of the great comedienne. In 2020,

Scott released her memoir, Always Young and Restless. Married since 1985 to Edward J. Scott, the couple have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Edward J. Scott is a six-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning producer who has played a pivotal role in the historic development of the soap opera genre for nearly five decades. Scott is currently supervising producer for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, the #2-rated daytime drama in the U.S. and the most-watched daily drama in the world, which is nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards this year. Scott began his association with The Bell Family and Bell-Phillip Television Productions when he joined THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as an associate producer in 1976. He quickly moved up the ranks and served as the show’s executive producer for decades. Scott’s legendary 48-year producing partnership and creative collaboration with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL creators, the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, and their son, Bradley P. Bell, has helped create he two most popular daily American television series. Today, both daytime dramas are syndicated internationally. Before joining “B&B” Scott was executive producer for the NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives.” Born and raised in Santa Monica, Calif., Scott earned a B.A from California State University at Northridge with a double major of anthropology and broadcasting journalism. He has been married since 1985 to actress and author Melody Thomas Scott. The couple have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Lidia Bastianich is a Daytime Emmy® Award-winning public television host, best?selling cookbook author, successful restaurateur, celebrated chef and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. She has created Daytime Emmy® Award-winning cooking programs over the last 25 years, including “Lidia’s Kitchen,” “Lidia’s Family Table,” “Lidia’s Italy” and “Lidia’s Italy in America, as well as the three-time James Beard Award-winning series “Lidia Celebrates America.” Along with her television series, Bastianich has published numerous cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter Tanya. Her most recent book is Lidia’s From Our Family Table to Yours which was released in October 2023, a companion to her new 26-part public television series, Lidia’s Kitchen. She is also the author of the English and Italian version of her memoir: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. Together with Tanya and son-in-law Corrado, she also developed a line of all-natural sauces called LIDIA’S. In March 2023, she released a line of cookware with HSN. Bastianich is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two non-profit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. She is also a champion for the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Adopt-A-Future program, in support of refugee education. Among the numerous awards and accolades Bastianich has earned include seven James Beard Awards (Outstanding Chef, Television Food Show, Best Chefs in America, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Specials 2016, Special 2017 and 2018) and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Culinary Host (2013 and 2018). In 2022 Bastianich received the Silver Award from APT for 25 years on public television.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, and Children’s & Family programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 18,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and its Student Award for Excellence and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on-demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access on-demand the day after the special airs.aU


2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations- Soap Categories

(4/19/24) The best in daytime TV is being honored at the upcoming awards show on Friday, June 7 on CBS.

Our picks have a * beside them
Fan Voted Picks (In Our Weekly Polls) Have a Y beside them

DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES
The Bay
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of our Lives
General Hospital
Neighbours*
The Young and the Restless

LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS
Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali - Days of our Lives*
Finola Hughes as Anna Devane - General Hospital
Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan - The Bold and the Beautiful
Annika Noelle as Hope Logan - The Bold and the Beautiful
Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Summers - The Young and the Restless Y
Cynthia Watros as Nina Reeves - General Hospital

LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR
Eric Braeden as Victor Newman - The Young and the Restless
Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer - The Bold and the Beautiful
Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester - The Bold and the Beautiful
Eric Martsolf as Brady Black - Days of Our Lives*
John McCook as Eric Forrester - The Bold and the Beautiful

SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS
Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan - The Bold and the Beautiful
Linsey Godfrey as Sarah Horton - Days of Our Lives
Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra - The Young and the Restless* Y
Allison Lanier as Summer Newman Abbott - The Young and the Restless
Emily O'Brien as Gwen Rizczech - Days of Our Lives

SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR
Robert Gossett as Marshall Ashford - General Hospital Y
Bryton James as Devon Winters - The Young and the Restless
Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis - Days of Our Lives*
A Martinez as Nardo Ramos - The Bay
Mike Manning as Caleb McKinnon - The Bay

GUEST PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES
Linden Ashby as Cameron Kirsten - The Young and the Restless
Ashley Jones as Dr. Bridget Forrester - The Bold and the Beautiful
Alley Mills as Heather Webber - General Hospital
Guy Pearce as Mike Young - Neighbours*
Dick Van Dyke as Mystery Man/Timothy Robicheaux - Days of Our Lives Y

WRITING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES
The Bay
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of our Lives*
General Hospital
The Young and the Restless

DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES
The Bay
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of our Lives
General Hospital*
The Young and the Restless

LIGHTING DIRECTION
General Hospital*
The Jennifer Hudson Show
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The View

TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of our Lives*
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade
The Kelly Clarkson Show

CASTING
African Queens: Njinga
Days of Our Lives*
General Hospital
Start Up
The Young and the Restless

ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN
African Queens: Njinga
The Drew Barrymore Show
General Hospital
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The View
The Young and the Restless*

COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING
African Queens: Njinga
The Bold and the Beautiful*
The Jennifer Hudson Show
Sherri

HAIRSTYLING AND MAKEUP
African Queens: Njinga
The Drew Barrymore Show
Sherri
The View
The Young and the Restless*


“THE 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS” TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, JUNE 7 ON CBS

(3/12/24) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and CBS announce THE 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS will broadcast LIVE Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+*. This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network.

The ceremony is set to take place at the historic Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles. The Lifetime Achievement honoree, nominations, host and additional information will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We eagerly anticipate our return in June as we once again partner with CBS to recognize the exceptional and talented individuals who make daytime television great,” said Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS. He added, “We’re thrilled to kick off our second half-century of the Daytime Emmys.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

THE 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI), which produced Daytime Emmy Awards ceremonies on The CW in 2009 and on CBS in 2010, 2011, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer from ATI.


Daytime Emmys Eliminate Outstanding Younger Performer Category, Split Up Daytime Host Race

(2/2/24) Eden McCoy was the last big winner: The Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama category will be history at the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, along with the Outstanding Promotional Announcement.

That means no more awkward competitions between kids and young adults. This year was particularly odd, since McCoy, 20, was competing against two boys — Henry Joseph Samiri, 10, of The Bold and the Beautiful and Cary Christopher, 7, of Days of Our Lives.

Other changes announced by NATAS include merging Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series and Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special into Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program. The Daytime Program Host category has also been split into two categories – Daytime Personality Daily, and Daytime Personality Non-Daily.

“Programming is always changing, and NATAS continues to adapt its competition rules to reflect these shifts in the television landscape,” said Adam Sharp, President of NATAS. “We’re looking forward to gathering again at the 51st Daytime Emmys to celebrate all the nominees and the entertaining and enlightening programs they create.”

The Call for Entries for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will open Feb. 1.

Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Correspondents from Entertainment News and Legal/Courtroom Programs (e.g. the judges and bailiffs) are now eligible within the Daytime Personality – Daily or Daytime Personality – Non-Daily category depending on airing/streaming schedule. They also remain eligible in their respective Program categories but cannot win two Emmy statuettes for the same function, e.g. if a Program wins Outstanding Program and the Hosts win Outstanding Daytime Personality, the statuette defaults to the Host entry. Hosts from the same Program will be included in a single entry with all Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors and Correspondents on the same submission and the reel must contain footage that highlights all entrants.

For Daytime Hosts, the Talk Series Host and Culinary Host categories remain unchanged.

In terms of those who petition for off-list credits, Late Credit additions are still permitted, as per the parameters above, but ONLY for on-list credits. Off-list credits must be submitted at the time of entry to allow for Awards Administration to seek a full petition if warranted. Off-list credits cannot be submitted late.

For categories identified as Music Categories (these are Music Direction and Composition and Original Song in the Daytime Emmys), nominees will be required to provide complete publishing information and sign an additional NATAS-issued licensing agreement allowing NATAS to use the music featured in the Ceremony Clip(s). The information will be distributed to nominees only. Failure to provide adequate information AND proper contact information for a legally authorized signer will result in a different clip being selected or replacement of the music with rights-cleared music at NATAS’ discretion.

NATAS will be offering weekly webinars every Tuesday at 3 PM ET/12:00 PM PT during the entry process to explain the process and answer questions. After the submission window is completed, the administration team will send out further information regarding Zooms dedicated entirely to judging.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy timeline:

February 1, 2024 – Open for submissions/Judging Sign Ups
February 22, 2024 – Entry Deadline
March 7, 2024 – Late Entry Deadline
March 21-April 11, 2024 – Judging for all Entries
Week of April 15, 2024 – Nominations Announced
Five business days after nominations announcement: Gratis credit card changes deadline and program deadline

Entry fees for program categories are $425 with a late fee of $500. Performer, host and craft category fees are $350 with a late fee of $400. Additional details for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced in the coming weeks/months.eo

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Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Winners & Nominees Winners Only
Writing For A Drama Series: Winners & Nominees Winners Only
Directing For A Drama Series: Winners & Nominees Winners Only
Miscellaneous Winners & Nominees Winners Only
Award Ceremonies Date & TV Network

Actors who have won two or more Daytime Emmys

  • Anthony Geary (8) (1982, 1999-2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015)
  • Justin Deas (6) (1984, 1988-1989, 1994-1995, 1997)
  • Erika Slezak (6) (1984, 1986, 1992, 1995-1996, 2005)
  • Heather Tom (6) (1993, 1999, 2011-2013, 2020)
  • David Canary (5) (1986, 1988-1989, 1993, 2001)
  • Jonathan Jackson (5) (1995, 1998-1999, 2011-2012)
  • Susan Flannery (4) (1975, 2000, 2002-2003)
  • Kim Zimmer (4) (1985, 1987, 1990, 2006)
  • Maurice Benard (3) (2003, 2019, 2021)
  • Peter Bergman (3) (1991-1992, 2002)
  • Julie Marie Berman (3) (2009-2010, 2013)
  • Sarah Brown (3) (1997-1998, 2000)
  • Scott Clifton (3) (2011, 2013, 2017)
  • Jennifer Finnigan (3) (2002-2004)
  • Helen Gallagher (3) (1976-1977, 1988)
  • Rick Hearst (3) (1991, 2004, 2007)
  • Michael E. Knight (3) (1986-1987, 2001)
  • Jennifer Landon (3) (2006-2008)
  • Christian LeBlanc (3) (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • Chandler Massey (3) (2012-14)
  • Cady McClain (3) (1990, 2004, 2021)
  • Billy Miller (3) (2010, 2013-14)
  • Gina Tognoni (3) (2006, 2008, 2017)
  • Maura West (3) (2007, 2010, 2015)
  • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (3) (2019, 2021, 2023)
  • Julia Barr (2) (1990, 1998)
  • Tamara Braun (2) (2009, 2020)
  • Larry Bryggman (2) (1984, 1987)
  • Martha Byrne (2) (1987, 2001)
  • Macdonald Carey (2) (1974-1975)
  • Bryan Craig (2) (2016-2017)
  • Eileen Davidson (2) (2014, 2018)
  • Max Gail (2) (2019, 2021)
  • Susan Haskell (2) (1994, 2009)
  • Amelia Heinle (2) (2014-15)
  • Elizabeth Hubbard (2) (1974, 1976)
  • Bryton Jame (2) (2007, 2020)
  • Hunter King (2) (2014-15)
  • Judith Light (2) (1980-1981)
  • Dorothy Lyman (2) (1982-1983)
  • Kevin Mambo (2) (1996-1997)
  • Chandler Massey (2) (2012-13)
  • Kimberly McCullough (2) (1989, 1996)
  • Tom Pelphrey (2) (2006, 2008)
  • John Wesley Shipp (2) (1996, 1997)
  • Kristoff St. John (2) (1992, 2008)
  • Michelle Stafford (2) (1997, 2004)
  • Jerry verDorn (2) (1995-1996)
  • Jess Walton (2) (1991, 1997)
  • Douglass Watson (2) (1980-1981)
  • Vernee Watson (2) (2018-2019)
  • Ellen Wheeler (2) (1986, 1988)
  • Darnell Williams (2) (1983, 1985)