NEW YORK – ABC’s General Hospital led with 23 nominations Wednesday in a Daytime Emmy Awards field with notable omissions as well as old favorites.
The TV academy said General Hospital will compete with NBC’s Days of Our Lives, CBS’ The Young and the Restless and the canceled All My Children of ABC for best soap opera.
Veteran game show hosts Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! and Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune were given lifetime achievement awards last year but got little love in 2012. Neither was nominated for best game show host. Multiple winner Ben Bailey of Cash Cab, Wayne Brady of Let’s Make a Deal, Meredith Vieira of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Todd Newton of Family Game Night on The Hub were nominated.
Regis Philbin, who quit Live with Regis and Kelly last year, has one last chance to win best talk show host with partner Kelly Ripa. First-time host Anderson Cooper, last year’s winner Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rachael Ray and the six co-hosts of The Doctors were also nominated in the category.
Cooper’s Anderson has had middling ratings in its debut year but was nominated for best informative talk show along with The Doctors and The Doctor Oz Show.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has a chance to repeat as best entertainment talk show, with the competition including Live with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Talk.
Veteran producer Bill Geddie, executive producer of The View, will get a Daytime Emmy lifetime achievement award.
The ceremony will be June 23.
Nominees for lead actress in a soap are Crystal Chappell of Days of Our Lives, Debbie Morgan of All My Children, Erika Slezak of the canceled One Life to Live, Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful and Laura Wright of General Hospital.
Nominees for top soap actor are Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary of General Hospital, John McCook of The Bold and the Beautiful, Darnell Williams of All My Children, and Robert S. Woods of One Life to Live.