Traditionally, there are two Daytime Emmys celebrations that include soap operas — one honors the performers, writers, directors of the four major daytime serials, and the other ceremony honors key technical/backstage departments including hair, makeup, lighting, production design and many other categories. Now, a date has been set for one of these two ceremonies.
Daytime Emmys Creative Arts
The Daytime Creatives Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 12 noon at the historic Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. There are two other NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) ceremonies occurring that weekend, which include a private reception to honor the 2023 Gold & Silver Circle Inductees as well as The Second Annual Children’s Family Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Vernee Watson (Stella, General Hospital), a two-time Daytime Emmy winning performer, is one of this year’s Gold & Silver Circle inductees.
“We are pleased to honor once again the writers, performers and other creators that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages,” said Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS. “We look forward to a fun-packed weekend that underscores the amazing scope of content making a difference in viewers’ lives.”
Awards Show Cliffhanger
But what about the main televised awards that honor your favorite actors and announce the top soap? There’s no word on that yet. Presumably, the NATAS folks need to work out a time and telecast with CBS and also with the Screen Actors Guild, whose members, at press time, remain on strike.
“[S]ome Children’s & Family Emmy-nominated programs remain struck,” NATAS shared in a statement. “NATAS salutes the nominated performances of those SAG-AFTRA members who appeared in these programs but acknowledges that it is a violation of the guild’s strike rules for such members to promote or publicize their nominations for struck work.” (The actors who perform on Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, GH, and Young and the Restless work under a different contract and have not been on strike this year.)
Click here for a list of this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees. This is also the historic 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards so if and when there is a televised show there will likely be a retrospective tribute during the broadcast. Legendary talk show host Maury Povich will receive his Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony.
Susan Lucci’s Bookend Statuette
Presumably, Susan Lucci, who played Erica Kane on All My Children, this year’s other Lifetime Achievement recipient, will be handed her award at the main Daytime Emmy ceremony/broadcast. The actress won her first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 1999 Awards in New York City. She won for playing Erica, whose daughter Bianca was dealing with a medical crisis.