PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After two years of real-life drama and isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, stars and daytime TV shows are coming together in person to present trophies at the Daytime Emmys.
Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight” host the awards, which return to a full-capacity live ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The 2020 edition went virtual for the first time due to COVID-19. Last year’s show was pre-recorded with a limited audience.
The 49th Annual Awards air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS and stream on Paramount+.
Presenters include Drew Barrymore, Deidre Hall, Tamron Hall and Cameron Mathison. Michael Bolton will sing his new song “Beautiful World” and perform during the In Memoriam segment.
For the first time, a soap opera and its spinoffs go head-to-head in the daytime drama category. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” goes against streamer Peacock’s “Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem.” Also in contention are “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” both on CBS, and ABC’s “General Hospital.”
“The Young and the Restless” entered the series with 18 nominations, including six in major acting categories. “General Hospital” has 17 nods. These are two of the remaining four soap operas still airing on broadcast networks.
Pat Sajak is competing against himself and three others in the game show host category. He’s nominated for his longtime gig on the syndicated “Wheel of Fortune” as well as the celebrity edition airing on ABC.
With Ellen DeGeneres having recently retired from her talk show, Kelly Clarkson is set to reprise her role in addition to DeGeneres’ old timeslot. The singer could land a third straight entertainment talk show host trophy, and her syndicated show is up for its second straight honour.
John Aniston, Jennifer’s father, is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 37-year-old role as Victor Kiriakis on “Days of Our Lives.”
Last week’s Creative Arts and Lifestyle ceremony crowned a few famous names.
Patti Scialfa, wife of Bruce Springsteen, has her own trophy to add to the family shelf. She was an executive producer on PBS’ “Shelter Me: Soul Awakened,” which won the daytime special.
Already EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner John Legend added a Daytime Emmy as executive producer of PBS’s “The Black Church,” which won the short-form daytime show.
DeGeneres’ self-titled show won the Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series award, earning the comedian the latest Daytime Emmy for her decorated 19-year-old series.