As Agnes Nixon said:
My first task is to entertain. Then inform.
She also said, “Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait.”
The 44th Daytime Emmy Awards aired on Facebook Live on Sunday, April 30, 2017. It was actually a flawless ceremony, and one of the most enjoyable all the way through that I’ve ever seen. They made a series of good choices: high production values, a musical opening number, and most honestly, a low key atmosphere that paid constant tribute in respect to both the participants and fans. The “live” and “awards show” moments were allowed to breathe, so you get moments like this:
And Bryan Craig showing his mettle, rolling with the punches and even encouraging the vocalizing dogs to “chime in” as he accepts his very well deserved award.
The production values were on par with any other award ceremony, from set decoration to audio. I liked that there were still built in breaks of 2:00 or under every few categories. There were thankfully no commercials, all you would see is this clock and then the announcer would “ask everyone to take your seats” which kind of made me feel like I was supposed to take my seat, too. I liked it.
There was much ado about the Spanish language daytime programming and how the Emmys were the first show to honor that category. The two hosts that accepted their awards, Alejandra Oraa for best show “Destinos” and Gaby Natale of “SuperLatina” for best host, made eloquent, rousing speeches about the important contributions of immigrants and of those resisting injustice and inhumanity every day.
I just really liked this gal’s style.
Now if this isn’t a coming out party, I don’t know what is. The creative team of “Ellen” showed their grace and admiration for Ellen and everything she’s done for the LGBTQIA community over the last 20 years. So it’s fitting that in tribute to Agnes Nixon’s bravery as well you have Eden Riegel who played Bianca on All My Children, who came out in one of the best soap opera storylines ever. You also have Best Young Actress Lexi Ainsworth whose Kristina Corinthos encountered the biggest surprise of all: total acceptance.
Susan Lucci of course was transcendent, and… damnit Jerry, what are you doing here?
Finally, as the last award was presented by none other than Gladys Knight herself, we got one more moment of daytime emmy bliss:
And that’s the show, folks! Thank you Facebook, thank you The Academy, thank you all those soap opera lovers out there and the 25k viewers watching live. Have a great night!