The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took place on Sunday, and the winners ranged from Days of Our Lives to Dr. Oz to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Daytime Emmys recognize network and syndicated programming. There were classy moments, like when game show icons Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart were given Lifetime Achievement Awards. There were also some surprises, like when the ladies of The Talk were given the wrong envelope and when Carrie Fisher talked about dropping acid when presenting George Lucas with a golden statue.
Here are the winners:
OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMADays of Our Lives, NBC
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW HOST Ricki Lake, syndicated
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, ABC
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives, NBC
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless, CBS
OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW The Price Is Right, CBS
OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST Ben Bailey, Cash Cab, Discovery
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG “Good Afternoon,” theme song for Good Afternoon America, ABC
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW / INFORMATIVE The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (Tie) Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless, CBS
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Julie Marie Berman, General Hospital, ABC
OUTSTANDING CULINARY PROGRAM (Tie) Best Thing I Ever Made, Food Network Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Food Network
OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Italy, PBS
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW / ENTERTAINMENT Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated
OUTSTANDING DRAMA DIRECTING TEAM The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS ANIMATED PROGRAM Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network
OUTSTANDING MORNING PROGRAM CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
After contemplating the plight of the corporate middle manager a decade ago with the wickedly funny Office Space Mike Judge turns his acerbic eye toward the small business owner with his latest comedy Extract. Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman stars as a Joel Reynold a successful entrepreneur who built his humble flavoring company into a thriving concern that now stands on the verge of being acquired — for a hefty sum — by breakfast cereal titan General Mills.
But just as Joel is poised to realize his dream of selling his company and retiring early everything begins to fall apart. A rash of petty robberies creates discord among his employees. An attractive flirtatious new employee (Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Mila Kunis) leads him to ponder cheating on his aloof unaffectionate wife. And worst of all a lawsuit stemming from a freak accident on the floor of his factory threatens to bankrupt the company. The confluence of personal and professional crises soon has Joel on the precipice of disaster.
Scattered throughout Extract are the seeds of a really clever comedy on par with — or even surpassing — the venerable Office Space. The cast is certainly terrific: Bateman is the perfect choice for the beleaguered cynical yet well-meaning Joel; the always great J.K. Simmons (Burn After Reading) makes a fine counterpoint as his blunt no-nonsense second-in-command; Kunis is a superb comic femme fatale as a manipulative con artist at the heart of the pivotal lawsuit; legendary KISS frontman Gene Simmons is an inspired choice to play a shady ambulance-chasing attorney — an occupation he no doubt would have chosen had he not gotten into rock and roll; even the much-maligned Ben Affleck is effective as Dean a stoner barkeep who dispenses a hazardous combination of bad advice and hallucinogenic drugs on his best friend Joel.
For all its impressive ingredients Extract makes for a surprisingly tepid dish. Much of the same sly wit and clever characterizations that made Office Space such a delight can be found in this film but not in amounts great enough to sustain it. Most bothersome about Extract is the fact that Kunis’ character heretofore the catalyst for much of the story’s action essentially disappears for the latter third of the film. Almost as an afterthought she’s tossed a brief epilogue during the closing credits that serves to tie up all the loose ends related to her character. It’s emblematic of the movie as a whole.
One aspect of Extract that does pay off is a great subplot involving Dustin Milligan as Brad an empty-headed gigolo Joel hires as part of a disastrously ill-advised scheme to get his wife Suzie (played by SNL’s Kristen Wiig) to cheat on him first — thus clearing the ethical roadblocks (in his mind at least) for his unimpeded pursuit of Kunis’ character. But Brad ends up getting a little too wrapped up in his work making multiple follow-ups to Suzie and ultimately falling in love with his "client." The “break-up” scene between slow-witted Brad and exasperated Suzie is one of Extract’s highlights.