Daytime Emmys bid adieu to departing stars, shows

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Posted: Jun 19, 2011 10:23 AM
Daytime Emmys bid adieu to departing stars, shows

Oprah Winfrey may be gone from daytime television, but the queen of talk is hardly forgotten.

Winfrey, who recently ended her lauded talk show after 25 years, will be honored for changing the face of daytime television at Sunday night's Daytime Emmy Awards, hosted by Wayne Brady and broadcast live on CBS from the Las Vegas Hilton.

The 38th annual show honoring everything from soap operas to game shows to talk shows might seem more like a bittersweet goodbye, with nominees Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" joining Winfrey on the way out.

Philbin is leaving his syndicated chat fest later this year, and he could retire with a trophy, having been nominated for best talk-show host.

Vieira ended her five-year run on the "Today" show earlier this month. She is a presenter and has multiple nominations.

The ABC soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are bowing out after more than 40 years on the air, both victims of declining ratings.

ABC's "General Hospital" came into the ceremony with a leading 21 nominations, followed by CBS' "The Young and the Restless" with 20 and "Sesame Street" with 16.

"All My Children" vied for best daytime drama, along with "General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless" and CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," the two-time defending champion in the shrinking category.

"All My Children" co-stars Alicia Minshew and Debbi Morgan were up against each other for best actress in a daytime drama. Other nominees were Colleen Zenk of "As the World Turns," Susan Flannery of "The Bold and the Beautiful," Laura Wright of "General Hospital" and Michelle Stafford of "The Young and the Restless."

Best daytime actor nominees were Ricky Paull Goldin of "All My Children," Michael Park of "As the World Turns," James Scott of "Days of Our Lives," Maurice Benard of "General Hospital" and Christian Le Blanc of "The Young and the Restless."

The show was in its second year in Las Vegas, where it moved from Los Angeles after up-and-down ratings in recent years. The CBS telecast faced competition in its second hour Sunday from another splashy event, the Miss USA pageant held at the Planet Hollywood hotel in Sin City and shown on NBC.