The cast and crew of General Hospital fill the stage last as overall winners at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards in beautiful Pasadena

The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards

As Agnes Nixon said:

My first task is to entertain.  Then inform.

Jacob Young, Dylan and some other guy help sing RENT at the cold open of the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards on Facebook Live

Various cast members from all soap operas open the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards on Facebook Lives sing "Seasons of Love" from RENT.

She also said, “Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait.”

50 adoptable Basset Hounds help the Young Actor presentationThe 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:

A Basset Hound is carried by a wonderful woman towards the awards platformAnd 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.

Bryan Craig accepts his well deserved 2017 Young Actor Daytime Emmy for the role of Morgan Corinthos.

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.

Daytime Emmys Commercial break Clock reads "The daytime emmy awards return in 00:41"

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.

Alejandra Oraa runs up to the stage for CNN en Espanol's "Destinos" daytime tv show

 

A lady with style at the 2017 Daytime emmy awards accepting for "Jeopardy"

 

 

 

 

 

I just really liked this gal’s style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The creative team behind "Ellen" celebrate 20 years of her coming out with a Daytime EmmyEden Riegel at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards on Facebook Live pretape

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.

Daytime Emmys Lexi Ainsworth 2017 Win

Susan Lucci the queen of daytime television pays tribute to the great visionary showrunner Agnes Nixon.

Susan Lucci of course was transcendent, and… damnit Jerry, what are you doing here?Bold and the Beautiful win best writing at the 2017 daytime emmy awards

Finally, as the last award was presented by none other than Gladys Knight herself, we got one more moment of daytime emmy bliss:

 

Michael and Morgan fuss at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards
A moment of brotherly love as Chad Duell fixes Bryan Craig’s pocket flower as General Hospital accepts the award for best soap.

 

The glitter bombs detonate at the conclusion of the 2017 Facebook Live Very Successful Daytime Emmy Awards Broadcast

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!

 

 

 

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