"General Hospital" leads Daytime Emmy Nominations

Lucky Spencer, Nikolas Cassadine of "General Hospital"
Lucky Spencer, Nikolas Cassadine of "General Hospital"

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - "General Hospital" scored a leading 21 Daytime Emmy Nominations, earning the ABC soap nods for best drama series and two leading and supporting actor spots, among others.

"The Young and the Restless" followed with 20 and "Sesame Street" with 16, in nominations announced Wednesday morning for the June 19 awards.

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The cancelled "All My Children," which earned a total of 13 Emmy nods, is up for best daytime drama, along with "General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" has won twice in a row in this narrowing category.

Two "All My Children" cast members, Alicia Minshew and Debbi Morgan, were nominated 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 actor nominees for soap operas 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 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said it was giving lifetime achievement awards to game show hosts Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" and Pat Sajak of "Wheel of Fortune," syndicated TV's two most dominant game shows. Neither man was nominated for best game show host this year, although both entered the competition.

Instead, Ben Bailey of Discovery's "Cash Cab" has the chance for a second straight win in the category. Other nominees include Wayne Brady of "Let's Make a Deal," who will host the Daytime Emmy ceremony; Todd Newton of "Family Game Night" on the Hub, a new show on a new network; and Meredith Vieira of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

"Cash Cab" has the chance to make it four straight Emmys as best game show, with competition from "The Price Is Right," "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa earned nominations in the best talk-show host category, along with Mehmet Oz; Rachael Ray; "The Doctors" team of Travis Stork, Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears and Lisa Masterson; and "The View" round-table of Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

Multiple past winners Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres do not enter their names in this category anymore.

The talk show category is now split into two. "Live With Regis and Kelly" is nominated in the entertainment category along with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Rachael Ray" and "The View."

In the category of informative talk show, the nominees are all in the field of medicine: "Dr. Phil," "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors."

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live from the Las Vegas Hilton on June 19. It will be broadcast live by CBS.