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2015 Daytime Emmy Awards: A soap fan's recap

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards returned to television on Sunday, April 26, with a live broadcast on Pop. For the first time ever, the broadcast went about 15 minutes over its scheduled time. Read on for a soap-centered recap of highlights, lowlights, and host Tyra Banks’ periodic lack of pants.

Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres open the show with a prerecorded segment, followed by a live Tyra rapping, and Steve Harvey presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress trophy to Amelia Heinle (Victoria; The Young and the Restless). She is the first actress to win back-to-back statues in this category, but viewers at home might not know that, since this show doesn’t have the backstage Voice of God spouting factoids while the winners walk up to the stage. (Maybe I’m the only who noticed, since I used to write those for the Dick Clark Productions telecasts.)

Leeza Gibbons and Alex Trebek present the next award. We have to wait until 8:24 p.m. for a pair of soap-opera presenters, General Hospital’s Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), to hand out Outstanding Morning Program.

Fans vote on their favorite Bitch Slap. The winner is: Quinn smacks Brooke on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Tyra loses her pants.

Daniel Goddard (Cane; Y&R) surprises a fan and invites her to present on stage with him. They do.

Chad Duell (Michael; GH) wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor. The show must already be behind schedule, since they’ve dropped the clip packages with scenes from the nominees. (Again, maybe I’m the only one who noticed, after way too many years spent in the production truck, listening to the director scream at actors for taking too long with their acceptance speeches.)

We get a montage of soaps’ greatest love stories, set to A Chorus Line‘s “What I Did for Love” (which is a song about loving your work, not loving another person). Those in the audience see the montage on a pair of screens. Those at home see the montage whenever the camera isn’t on the singer. The camera is on the singer quite a bit.

The Daytime Emmys fulfills the requirement of having every awards show honor Betty White for being the last living Golden Girl. (Fred Willard mentions that she was also on B&B.)

We’ve run out of time for clips, but the bit where Tyra demonstrates the Emmy Strut stays.

Jacob Young (Rick; B&B) and Karla Mosley (Maya; B&B) praise Linsey Godfrey (Caroline; B&B) for recovering from being hit by a car, before handing the award for Outstanding Younger Actor to Freddie Smith (Sonny; DOOL). He gives the most coherent acceptance speech of the night so far, dedicating his trophy to the LGBT community. See, boys and girls, this is why we write down our speech instead of winging it. He’s also played off. Guess we need the time for more strutting.

Hunter King (Summer; Y&R) also wins a back-to-back statue for Outstanding Younger Actress. (Are they reading off last year’s list?)

Fans vote on Best Wedding Disaster. GH‘s Carly and Franco’s non-nuptials beat Phyllis walking in on Y&R‘s Nick and Sharon, and B&B‘s Ridge falling out of a helicopter.

Pop has been telling us all night to watch Queens of Drama after the Emmy telecast. The stars of that show, Lindsay Hartley, Crystal Hunt, Chystee Pharris, and Donna Mills, present. They mention that Donna Mills won her first-ever Emmy earlier for Guest Star in a Drama Series. (She tied with Fred Willard and Ray Wise. That’s probably the only time that sentence will ever be written, and the only time those three actors will ever pose together; see above.) This is extremely appropriate. Mills got her start in daytime soaps (playing, ironically enough, the innocent good girl), and is best remembered for Knots Landing, a primetime show that was, nevertheless, a soap, and thus perennially overlooked by the Academy. (Okay, fine, they won for Music Composition in 1983 and 1987.)

B&B wins Best Directing and Best Writing. Brad Bell subtly rubs in the fact that his wife is Ambassador to Hungary, despite having absolutely no foreign service experience—so take that, career diplomats!

Days of Our Lives celebrates 50 years on the air with an awesome montage featuring:

  • Doug & Julie’s wedding!
  • Maggie’s red shoes!
  • Hope in a cage!
  • Marlena and ‘Roman’s’ reunion on the docks!
  • Carly buried alive!
  • Sami on death row!
  • Roman falling off a cliff!
  • Marlena possessed by the devil!
  • Tom and Alice’s Christmas ornaments!

Yay, soaps!

Melissa Rivers’ tribute to her mother, Joan, leads into the In Memoriam segment, where soap vets like Charles Keating (Carl; Another World), Matthew Cowels (Billy Clyde; All My Children), and James Rebhorn (Guiding Light, As the World Turns, Texas) shared the screen with The Fast and the Furious’ Paul Walker—who, yes, got started on Y&R as Brandon.

Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DOOL; Ashley, Y&R—at the same time!) presents Anthony Geary (Luke; GH) with his record-breaking eighth Emmy. Geary reveals that GH‘s producer asked him, “What have you not done and what do you want to do?” Based on his past year’s storyline, Geary asked to play one of the most worn-out soap chestnuts ever, the “suppressed childhood trauma leading to split personality/dual role.” Maybe next year, he’ll want Luke to fake a pregnancy?

Shemar Moore presents Outstanding Actress, but first spends several minutes talking about his own soap past (Malcolm; Y&R) and how, in 1999, he presented Susan Lucci (Erica; AMC) with her first Emmy. Since Shemar got to tell a story about that year, I will too. I was there, seven months pregnant. My now 15-year-old son was watching the Emmys with me this year. He said, “They have a man present Best Actress and a woman present Best Actor? How heteronormative.” Oh, kids today …

Maura West (Ava; GH) becomes one of the few performers to ever win Daytime Emmys for different roles on different shows, and gushes that she got an “unbelievable twice-in-a-lifetime.” She previously won for the role of Carly on ATWT.

Tony Geary, along with the other L to his L&L, Genie Francis, return to close out the evening by announcing Outstanding Daytime Drama. B&B won for Writing and Directing, so, naturally, the winners are (there’s a tie) … DOOL and Y&R!

Y&R producer Jill Farren Phelps, who was cut off in the middle of her speech last year, swears that the four remaining soap operas on the air are not competitors, but “strong survivors and … the hardest-working people in show business.”

On that, she is absolutely right.

What was your favorite moment at the 2015 Daytime Emmys? And who do you think should have won? Let us know!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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