When the Daytime Emmy nominees were unveiled Wednesday, some of the more interesting noms went unreported.
Puppeteer Kevin Clash, for instance, has received his final nomination for his work as Elmo on “Sesame Street.” Clash, who stepped down last year from “Sesame Street’s” amidst allegations of having had sexual relations with underage partners, received a nomination for best performer in a children’s series. Fellow nominees in that derby include two other “Sesame Street” puppeteers: David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino, as well as Jeff Corwin, who, these days, hosts syndicated “Ocean Mysteries.”
The three puppeteers account for three of “Sesame Street’s” 17 noms and three of PBS’s 44 Emmy noms — second only, among networks, to CBS’s 50, and ahead of ABC’s 38, Nickelodeon’s 36, and NBC’s 25.
Jim Bell and Ann Curry are among those listed in NBC’s “Today” show nomination for best morning program. “Today” will compete for best morning program against its ABC counterpart, “Good Morning America,” which has been thumping “Today” in the ratings, leading to Bell’s departure as exec producer and Curry’s as co-anchor/morning TV sweetheart.
CBS’s morning infotainment program, “CBS This Morning” is not nominated in this category. On the other hand, it was not submitted for Daytime Emmy consideration. “CBS Sunday Morning” was, and is the third nominee in that race.
CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital,” and ABC’s “One Life to Live” and CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” all are nominated for best soap. “Y&R” is this year’s most nominated show, with 23 noms, followed by “General Hospital” with 19 noms.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is the sentimental fave in the race for best game show host (Sony is reported to be mulling who will replace the longtimer on the show), competing against “Let’s Make a Deal’s” Wayne Brady, “Familiy Feud’s” Steve Harvey, “Cash Cab’s” Ben Baily and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner.
And Katie Couric’s new syndicated talker is up for best talk show/informative; she’ll compete against “The Doctors” and “Dr. Oz.”
In the non-informative talk show race, “The View,” “The Talk,” “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will duke it out.
The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be presented June 16, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and carried live on HLN.