Daytime Emmys Break Mold

(Above: Alex Trebek. Source: YouTube video)

You’ve never before seen an awards show like tonight’s Daytime Emmys, which can be seen over the air on CBS from 8 pm to 10 pm ET/PT, streaming live on Facebook and CBS All Access, and then available on demand for 30 days from CBS.com and CBS All Access.

That’s because the five nominees in each of the 18 televised categories have submitted acceptance speeches in advance, spontaneity be damned! In addition, celebrity presenters have taped five different envelope openings for each category. That’s 180 total segments, which will be assembled into a coherent whole — live, on the fly — by producers and editors as winners are revealed by the Emmy accountants. (You can read more about the production process in Variety).

Incidentally, you might want to expand your definition of daytime, since these awards cut a pretty wide swath, honoring “programs broadcast between 2 am and 6 pm, as well as certain categories of digital and syndicated programming of similar content.”

With that in mind, we’ll skip the traditional soap operas in highlighting some of tonight’s televised categories that may be of particular interest to readers of The Savvy Screener.

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy, Daytime Emmy Awards
(Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards, 2012. Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Game Show Host

Since half the audience tonight will probably be tuning in just to see Alex Trebek’s acceptance speech, the beloved Jeopardy! host (above and right) had better win again! He did so last year and five other times during the show’s 36-year run.

Digital Drama Series

Amazon Prime boasts four of the five nominees – After Forever (last year’s winner), The Bay (three-time winner, 2016-2018), Dark/Web and Studio City. Netflix has the other one: Eastsiders.

We’ve never seen any of these shows, but will go out on a limb to predict Studio City as the upset winner — since it’s a soapy drama about the Daytime Emmy Awards’ favorite subject: soap operas.

Entertainment Talk Show Host

The hosts of CBS’ The Talk — Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond – are also hosting tonight’s CBS awards show, so we’ll boldly predict them as the winner in this category. Here they are:

Informative Talk Show

Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, featuring Jada Pinkett Smith and family, takes on NBC’s Today, ABC’s The View and the syndicated Rachael Ray.

Special Class Special

We’re not sure what the name of this category means, but we gather it’s special! We’re rooting for Popstar TV’s Hate Among Us, a film about the recent worldwide rise of anti-Semitism. It’s up against NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, HBO’s Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, PBS’ This Old House: 40th Anniversary Special and CBS’ The Young and the Restless: Kristoff St. John Tribute.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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