The Disney/ABC Television Group Receives Eight Daytime Emmys at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards; 'General Hospital' is Most Honored Drama Series

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June 25th, 2012

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“General Hospital” is the Most Honored Drama Series with Five Wins Including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team 


“General Hospital” Actor Anthony Geary Makes Daytime Emmy History Receiving His Seventh Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor


“General Hospital” Actress Nancy Lee Grahn Named Outstanding Supporting Actress


“General Hospital” Actor Jonathan Jackson Receives His Fifth Daytime Emmy Award


“LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” Wins First Daytime Emmy Award For Outstanding Talk Show - Entertainment; Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa Win Their Second Consecutive Award For Outstanding Talk Show Host


“The View” Creator/Executive Producer/Host Barbara Walters Presents “The View” Executive Producer Bill Geddie with the Lifetime Achievement Award


It was an historical evening for the Disney/ABC Television Group at the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards presented June 23.


"General Hospital” received a record 11th win for Outstanding Drama Series. The show was also honored for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team.


For his role as Luke Spencer on ABC’s “General Hospital,” Anthony Geary was honored with his seventh Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor category, making him the most honored actor in Daytime Emmy history, breaking his own record. Nancy Lee Grahn was honored with her first Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Alexis Davis in the Supporting Actress category with a previous win in 1989. For his role as Lucky Spencer on “General Hospital,” Jonathan Jackson took home his fifth Daytime Emmy award, his second as Outstanding Supporting Actor. Jackson is the youngest, most honored actor in Daytime Emmy history.


“LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” garnered its first win for Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment in the 24-year history of the syndicated talk show. Hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa received their second consecutive award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.


One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Barbara Walters to her longtime producing partner Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of "The View" and “The Barbara Walters Specials." In addition, there was a tribute to the daytime drama community past and present featuring six-time Daytime Emmy award-winner Erika Slezak, Daytime Emmy award-winner Susan Lucci and her former castmate Cameron Mathison.


The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were presented in Los Angeles. Winners of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were announced live on the HLN Network on June 23rd from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were presented on June 17th at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles where the Disney/ABC Television Group won 9 awards.

  • James

    And yet ABC may cancel it. Granted these wins may help grant GH it’s 50th B-Day in April of 2013…I hope it airs another 5,000 episodes like the directing team wants.

  • Sean

    GO GH!!!!! Now, ABC start PROMOTING it!!!!!!!!

  • Rob R

    ….proudly pronounces the company that cancelled “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”

  • Pat

    It’s a complete joke that GH won for best daytime drama series. Obviously, the Emmy voters never watched the show in the last year and are going solely by brand name alone. The show has been nothing but stale, unwatchable doom and gloom day in and day out. Then again, with only 4 soaps left some show has to win. I wonder if Emmys will be given out to soaps in a couple of years when probably only 2 at most will be left on the air.

    The reality is that unless GH gets its W18-49 ratings dramatically up in a hurry, the show will almost certainly be cancelled sometime in the next few months. It’s no secret that ABC wants completely out of the daytime soap business as costs outweigh the declining revenue. It doesn’t matter how many Emmys GH wins, that has not changed. At best, these wins may convince ABC to keep GH thru at least April 1, 2013-just to allow it to reach its milestone 50th anniversary and have a nostalgic and graceful exit.

  • Trishaun

    GENERAL HOSPITAL WON 10 EMMYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL also won 5 Emmys (not shown on the broadcast)for:

    Outstanding Achievement for a Casting Director for a Drama Series,

    Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series, Outstanding

    Original Song for a Drama Series: “Dust” from “General Hospital”,

    Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction, Electronic Camera, and

    Video Control for a Drama Series and Outstanding Episodic Promotional Announcement.

    Last time I was in school, 5 + 5 = 10. That’s 10 Daytime Emmy’s for GENERAL HOSPITAL.

    if you don’t believe me, check out the complete list of winners:

  • Duncey

    ABC would be fools to ever get rid of GH without GH their daytime division is unrecognizable and nobody will care about it.

  • Derrick

    It’s a shame how AMC and OLTL was treated!!!!

  • iMac

    Hard to win when there’s only four soaps left….

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