June 17, 2013

'Days of Our Lives' wins best-soap Emmy

Doug Davidson of "The Young and the Restless" earns his first career trophy for a role he's played since 1978.

By BETH HARRIS / The Associated Press

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Sheryl Underwood hugs Doug Davidson, winner of the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “The Young and the Restless.”

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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.

"Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion, along with HLN network's A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade, hosted the 40th annual show.

Reflecting the current era of dwindling daytime audiences, network budget-cutting and the cancellation of some soaps, the awards show was aired by cable news channel HLN, having lost its longtime home on the broadcast networks last year.

The constant din of audience chatter could be heard on the telecast.

The Daytime Emmys moved back to Southern California last year after being in Las Vegas for two years, and its ratings, like many of the daytime shows it celebrates, have bounced up and down in recent years. Last year, HLN scored its highest numbers ever for a scheduled non-news broadcast when it aired the awards for the first time.

In an effort to liven up the proceedings, the night's biggest winners were chatted up, sometimes awkwardly, on stage by celebrities right after their acceptance speeches.

"All I could think about was, 'Please, I got up here without successfully falling out of my dress, so please just get me off the stage,' " said Tom, who had a plunging neckline. "I don't even remember what I said."

"One Life to Live," along with the venerable "All My Children," ran for more than 40 years on ABC until both were canceled. Each has since been revived online with much of their casts intact, leaving just four soaps still airing on the broadcast networks compared to a dozen in 1991.

The show paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winners Monty Hall and the late Bob Stewart.

Now 91, Hall hosted the popular "Let's Make a Deal" game show starting in the 1960s.

"When we started the show, I just hoped for 13 weeks and we passed 50 years," Hall said on the red carpet about the show that still airs today.

Stewart, who died last year, created such game shows as "The Price is Right," ''To Tell the Truth," ''Password" and "The $10,000 Pyramid."

Jess Walton of "The Young and the Restless" joined Bernsen for the in memoriam segment. He dropped the expletives that went out over the air when talking about his late mother.

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