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Daytime Emmy Awards: All the Talkative, Soapy, Kiddie TV

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Jun 21, 2012 | 2:27pm EDT

ALTLike sands through the hourglass...the Daytime Emmy Awards are coming to TV live on Saturday night on HLN. So what can we expect of the show, which features some of the hardest-working (and most dramatic!) folks on TV?

Well, a celebration of what is seemingly a dying part of television's daytime history, for sure: soap operas! But what is it about soap operas that hook people in so fervently? Soap operas, while becoming a harder sell in they daytime, have heavily influenced some of today's top television series--where do you think Downton Abbey and Revenge got the idea to have such a juicy, drama-filled format? Celebrating the history (and point of evolution for some of our favorite shows) is definitely worthwhile, but it's not all that they're going to be giving awards to; the show will also highlight daytime talk, children's programming, and courtroom programming (which has their own separate genre/award; who knew?). Some of the culture's most ridiculous moments (aka anything with Kathie Lee and Hoda) happen in these wee hours, and we're excited to see how a party where they're all in the same room comes about.

Check out the nominees below, and tell us: what do you think about daytime programming? Sound off in the comments!

Outstanding Drama Series

“All My Children,” ABC

“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

“General Hospital,” ABC

“The Young and the Restless," CBS

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Maurice Benard, Michael "Sonny" Corinthos, Jr. on “General Hospital”

Anthony Geary, Luke Spencer on “General Hospital”

John McCook, as Eric Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Darnell Williams, as Jesse Hubbard on “All My Children”

Robert S. Woods, as Bo Buchanan on “One Life to Live”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Crystal Chappell, as Dr. Carly Manning on “Days of our Lives”

Debbi Morgan, as Angie Hubbard on “All My Children”

Erika Slezak, as Viki Lord on “One Life to Live”

Heather Tom, as Katie Logan Spencer on “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos Jacks on “General Hospital”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bradford Anderson, as Damien Spinelli in “General Hospital”

Matthew Ashford, as Jack Deveraux on “Days of our Lives”

Sean Blakemore, as Shawn Butler on “General Hospital”

Jonathan Jackson, as Lucky Spencer on “General Hospital”

Jason Thompson, as Patrick Drake on “General Hospital”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Melissa Claire Egan, as Annie Chandler on “All My Children”

Genie Francis, as Genevieve Atkinson on “The Young and the Restless”

Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis on “General Hospital”

Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell on “The Young and the Restless”

Rebecca Herbst, as Elizabeth Webber on “General Hospital”

Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series

Eddie Alderson, as Matthew Buchanan on “One Life To Live”

Chad Duell, as Michael Corinthos on “General Hospital”

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton on “Days of Our Lives”

Nathan Parsons, as Ethan Lovett on “General Hospital”

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Molly Burnett, as Melanie Layton on “Days of our Lives”

Shelley Hennig, as Stephanie Johnson on “Days of our Lives”

Christel Khalil, as Lily Winters on “The Young and the Restless”

Jacqueline Macinnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding Culinary Program

“Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction,” Food Network

“Giada At Home, Food Network,” Food Network

“Guy's Big Bite,” Food Network

“Sandwich King,” Food Network

Outstanding Culinary/Lifestyle Host

Diada de Laurentis, “Giada at Home”

Rick Bayless, “Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless”

Nate Berkus, “The Nate Berkus Show”

Paula Deen, “Paula’s Best Dishes”

Sandra Lee, “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee”

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” syndicated

“Live with Regis and Kelly,” syndicated

“The Talk,” CBS

“The View,” ABC

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative

“Anderson,” syndicated

“The Dr. Oz Show,” syndicated

”The Doctors,” syndicated

Outstanding Talk Show Host

Anderson Cooper

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa

The Doctors (entire cast)

Outstanding Morning Program

“Good Morning America,” ABC

“Today Show,” NBC

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

“America's Court with Judge Ross,” syndicated

“Judge Joe Brown,” syndicated

“Last Shot with Judge Gunn,” syndicated

“We the People with Gloria Allred,” syndicated

Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show

“BrainSurge,” Nickelodeon

“Cash Cab,” Discovery Channel

“Jeopardy!” syndicated

“Let's Make A Deal,” CBS

“Wheel of Fortune,” syndicated

“Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,” syndicated

Outstanding Game Show Host

Ben Bailey, “Cash Cab”

Todd Newton, “Family Game Night”

Wayne Brady, “Let’s Make a Deal”

Meredith Vieira, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program

“Curious George,” PBS

“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,” Nickelodeon

“Peep & The Big Wide World,” American Public Television

“Penguins of Madagascar,” Nickelodeon

“Sid the Science Kid,” PBS

“SpongeBob SquarePants,” Nickelodeon

Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Series

Dakota Goyo, as Josh on “R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series”

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, as Abby Cadaby, on “Sesame Street”

Kevin Clash, as Elmo on “Sesame Street”

Caroll Spinney, as Big Bird on “Sesame Street”

The Daytime Emmy Awards are happening Saturday, June 23rd at 8PM EST on HLN, and rebroadcasting on Saturday, June 23rd at 10PM and 12 midnight, and Sunday June 24th at 8PM and 10PM.

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