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The 2016 Daytime Emmy nominees: Familiar faces in new places

The 2016 Daytime Emmy nominations were announced last Thursday, and for the soaps, it was Old Home Week, as category after category was dominated by past winners and nominees—with only a smattering of first-time fresh faces, primarily in the Younger Actor and Actress division.

Even in the newbie categories of Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Digital Drama Series, and Outstanding Actor in a Digital Drama Series, beloved soap-opera vets rule. (Read more about the web-soap phenomenon here.)

For instance, the nominees in the Actress Category are:

  • Mary Beth Evans for The Bay: The Series. Evans is currently back on Days of Our Lives, where she has been portraying the heroic Kayla on and off for 30 years. In between, she and costar Stephen Nichols (Steve on DOOL) popped up on General Hospital as the scheming Katherine and Prince Stefan, where, like many hot couples who attempted to bring their smoldering chemistry to a different show and set of characters, the union didn’t quite catch fire. Interestingly enough, Evans is also nominated in 2016 for the first time as Lead Actress for her DOOL role, and she won in 2015 as one of The Bay‘s producers.
  • Kathleen Gati for Winterthorne. A first-time Emmy nominee, Gati has been playing the evil Dr. Obrecht (yes, she has a first name, but most people are too intimidated to use it) on General Hospital since 2012. She started as an evil henchwoman who kidnapped angelic heroines and innocent babies, but eventually turned into a campy, comic-relief sidekick with a soft spot for reformed serial killers.
  • Elizabeth Hubbard for Anacostia. The Emmys and Hubbard go way, way back. In 1974, she won the first Daytime Emmy ever given out for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama, for her portrayal of Althea on The Doctors on what was the Daytime Emmy’s first broadcast separate from the general Emmys. (The previous year, All My Children‘s Mary Fickett won for Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Drama, a category that included both men and women, which is why there is perennial confusion over who was truly the first Daytime Emmy–winning actress.) In 1976, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Special for First Ladies’ Diaries: Edith Wilson, followed by several more golden statuettes for playing Lucinda on As the World Turns. If she wins in this new category, it is quite likely that Hubbard will establish a record that no other actress will ever beat.
  • Lilly Melgar for The Bay: The Series. Have you heard of Click/Boom? That’s General Hospital‘s iconic sequence wherein Brenda and Jax toast their wedding (click) as Sonny (the other on-and-off love of Brenda’s life) watches his pregnant wife get killed with a car bomb. Lilly Melgar played Lily. Who went boom. Since then, she’s reappeared to Sonny in visions, often with both her unborn child and the child that Sonny lost with the other on-and-off love of his life, Carly. Because on soaps, people apparently continue to age in heave or in dreams.
  • Patsy Pease for The Bay: The Series. Though she made her daytime debut on Search for Tomorrow, Pease is best known for being half of the 1980s Days of Our Lives super-couple Kimberly and Shane (or “Shane dear” and “Kimberly darling,” as they seemed incapable of using the other’s name without the additional endearment). They’re the sometimes mentioned but rarely seen parents of current onscreen vixen Teresa. Pease was also nominated in the same category last year.

The nominees in the Actor category are:

  • Van Hansis for EastSiders. Hansis was previously nominated, but never won, for Outstanding Younger (twice) and (once he aged out) Outstanding Supporting Actor for playing Luke, one of daytime’s first gay teens, on As the World Turns.
  • Rick Hearst for Youthful Daze. Hearst won his first Daytime Emmy in 1991 for Outstanding Younger Actor for playing Alan-Michael on Guiding Light, whereupon he tearfully told the audience of his son’s birth the night before. He won the Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy in 2004 and 2007 for playing Ric on General Hospital (no more children were announced either time).
  • Kevin Spirtas for Winterthorne. This is Spirtas’ first Emmy nomination, though he is well known to fans of Days of Our Lives for playing the scheming Craig, and to viewers of One Life to Live for playing the scheming Jonas, as well as roles on Rituals and The Young and the Restless.

Two other nominated actors, Kristos Andrews for The Bay: The Series and JD Pardo for East Los High, have no prominent daytime credits.

So who will win the Emmy? Viewers may need to search for that answer online, because as of press time, the Daytime Emmys were not scheduled to be televised.

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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