For lovers of daytime television, Sunday night on the Pop network was exclusively for them. The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards honored the very best in programming from 2 a.m. till 6 p.m. These included talk shows, cooking programs, game shows, children’s programming, and the bastions of daytime TV since its inception, soap operas (what’s left of them).
In a rare occurrence the coveted award of the Daytime Emmys, Outstanding Drama Series, ended in a tie. “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” cast and crew walked away with their Emmy statuettes. Supermodel and former daytime talk show host, Tyra Banks, hosted the awards ceremony held in Burbank, California at the Warner Bros. Studios. Banks is slated to return to daytime with a lifestyle show in the fall.
Other big winners included “General Hospital” in the two lead and one supporting acting categories, “The Bold and the Beautiful” for its directing and writing teams, Steve Harney, and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for winning once again with their syndicated (off network) talk shows.
The Outstanding Morning Show Program in Spanish went to first time winner, “Un Nuevo Dia.” The flamboyant singer and musician born in in Spain, Charo, joined in honoring Betty White for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Charo and White have been longtime fixtures on a variety of game shows.
In her acceptance speech, White mentioned starting out in television back in 1949, almost at the advent of TV itself. She was joined not only by Charo, while other guests included Regis Philbin, Marie Osmond, Fred Willard (who won an Emmy for a special guest performance), and Tom Bergeron.
Here is a complete list of winners from the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Drama Series: “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” (TIE)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Anthony Geary, “General Hospital”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Maura West, “General Hospital”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Chad Duell, “General Hospital”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Amelia Heinle, “The Young and the Restless”
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Freddie Smith, “Days of Our Lives”
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Hunter King, “The Young and the Restless”
Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Donna Mills, “General Hospital;” Fred Willard, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” Ray Wise, “The Young and the Restless”
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, “Live! With Kelly & Michael”
Outstanding Informative Talk Show: “Steve Harvey”
Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host: Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon, “The Chew”
Outstanding Entertainment News Program: “Entertainment Tonight”
Outstanding Culinary Program: “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics”
Outstanding Game Show: “Jeopardy!”
Outstanding Game Show Host: Craig Ferguson, “Celebrity Name Game”
Outstanding Morning Program: “CBS Sunday Morning”
Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish: “Un Nuevo Día”
Outstanding Children’s Series: “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program: “The People’s Court”
Outstanding Culinary Host: Bobby Flay, “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction”
Lifetime Achievement Award: Betty White