It’s Emmy time this Sunday, soap fans! Though the TV Academy also uses the annual ceremony (airing live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET) to honor game and talk shows, the real competition lies in the drama categories. Will James Franco’s much-ballyhooed appearance on General Hospital help the ABC soap take the top prize? Will the soon-to-canceled All My Children earn a sympathy trophy?
We asked some on the industry’s top soap experts — Editorial Director Stephanie Sloane and Managing Editor Editor Gabrielle Winkel of Soap Opera Digest/Soap Opera Weekly, and Soap Opera Network Co-founder Xavier Toups — to pick who should win and who will win in the major categories.
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Nominees: All My Children, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital.
Who should win: Sloane says GH, Toups and Winkel says B&B.
Who will win: Everyone is in agreement — the CBS half-hour (pictured, left) will win its third consecutive Emmy. Toups explains it best: “The show submitted two episodes where Stephanie, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, finds her way to L.A.’s Skid Row and sees how people are living in a poverty stricken area. Stephanie devotes herself to helping those who are living there.” Social change! See: Winners circle.
Nominees: Susan Flannery (B&B); Michelle Stafford (Y&R, right picture); Colleen Zenk, (As the World Turns); Alicia Minshew (All My Children); Debbi Morgan (All My Children); Laura Wright (General Hospital)
Who should win: Sloane says Stafford; Winkel says Wright, and Toups picks Morgan.
Who will win: A split! Sloane still goes with Stafford while Winkel thinks Flannery. Toups? Morgan.
Nominees: Melissa Claire Egan (AMC); Julie Pinson (ATWT); Heather Tom (B&B); Nancy Lee Grahn (GH); Bree Williamson (One Life to Live); Tricia Cast (Y&R, left)
Who should win: Sloane says Pinson; Winkel and Toups says Cast.
Who will win: Everyone goes with Cast.
Nominees: Christian LeBlanc (Y&R); Michael Park (ATWT); Maurice Benard (GH); Ricky Paull Goldin (AMC); James Scott (Days of Our Lives, right).
Who should win: Toups, Sloane and Winkel says Scott.
Who will in: Sloane says Park, Toups says Scott, Winkel says Benard.
Nominees: Jonathan Jackson (GH, left); Jason Thompson (GH); Brian Kerwin (OLTL); Doug Davidson (Y&R); Billy Miller (Y&R)/
Who should win: Sloane says Miller, Winkel and Toups pick Jackson.
Who will win: All say Jackson.
For more on the Daytime Emmys, check back with Inside TV on Sunday!