Daytime Emmy Awards: Bold and the Beautiful named Best Daytime Drama

The Bold and the BeautifulAt last night’s Daytime Emmy Awards CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful scooped four trophies including Best Daytime Drama.

The soap, which unveiled brand new opening titles earlier this year, performed well at last night’s ceremony. As well as winning the Best Daytime Drama gong it also won Best Directing though it shared that award with sister CBS soap The Young and the Restless. Actress Heather Tom won Best Supporting Actress for her role of Katie Logan on the soap while Scott Clifton was named Best Younger Actor for his portrayal of Liam. The Young and the Restless also picked up an award for Best Writing. Michael Park won Best Actor for his role of Jack Synder on CBS soap As The World Turns which came to an end last September after 54 years on-air.

Laura Wright won Best Actress for her work on General Hospital and the ABC soap also picked up Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Jackson. ABC soap All My Children – recently cancelled by the network – picked up a gong for Younger Actress. AMC lead star Susan Lucci, who plays diva Erica Kane on the soap, declared “Daytime television is alive and well — look at all the talent in this building tonight” while Young As The World Turnsand the Restless writer Maria Bell said in her acceptance speech that soaps were “one of the most amazing art forms in America. Don’t give up, we’re here to stay.” Some within the media have been quick to predict the demise of the daytime soap genre as a whole given, over the past few years, the axings of Passions, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and now All My Children and One Life to Live. A question mark also hangs over the future of General Hospital.

Elsewhere at the Daytime Emmy’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show was named Best Talk Show for the second year running. Outstanding Gameshow was shared between Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune while Dr. Oz Show was named Best Informative Talk Show.