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Y&R’s Daniel Goddard sounds off on the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards

Every year, The TV Watercooler wraps up the Daytime Emmy Awards, but this year, we thought we’d let The Young and the Restless’ Daniel Goddard (Cane) take control of the blog and let him wrap up the awards so that he can share his thoughts on the nominees and winners.

Every year, The TV Watercooler wraps up the Daytime Emmy Awards, but this year, we thought we’d let The Young and the Restless’ Daniel Goddard (Cane) take control of the blog and let him wrap up the awards so that he can share his thoughts on the nominees and winners.
From Y&R, among the nominees we had Christel Khalil, who plays Lily, my character’s wife and soul mate, Genie Francis (Genevieve), who plays my mom and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), my character’s ex-wife…so in some bizarre way, they’re all connected to Cane. It’s very interesting. I was rooting for everyone. I love the show and am a big supporter of the show.

Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful) won for outstanding lead actress where she beat out Debbi Morgan (for her role as Angie on All My Children), Crystal Chappell (for her role as Carly on Days of our Lives), Erika Slezak (for her role as Viki on One Life to Live) and Laura Wright (Carly, General Hospital).

The outstanding lead actor category is always very competitive; Anthony Geary (Luke, General Hospital) won, which is a record (his seventh). Anthony beat out Maurice Benard (Sonny on General Hospital), John McCook (Eric on The Bold and the Beautiful), Darnell Williams (Jesse on All My Children) and Robert Woods (Bo on One Life to Live).

For outstanding supporting actress, we had Melissa Claire Egan (for her turn as Annie on All My Children) – Missy’s on Y&R now (as Chelsea), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth, General Hospital), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, The Young and the Restless) and Genie Francis (Genevieve, The Young and the Restless) and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, General Hospital) won but wasn’t there. Genie wasn’t there either; she was actually on a fishing trip in Alaska with her son and asked if I could receive the award on her behalf if she had won. I told her that I wasn’t going to be there either because my appearance on The Shopping Channel in Toronto and this event was scheduled before the Daytime Emmys were announced, so unfortunately we had a clash.

Everybody said Jonathan Jackson was a lock for supporting actor. He’s a good actor! General Hospital has solid actors. Jonathan’s pilot (Nashville) got picked up and that’s great. Genie Francis has a surprise 50th birthday party that I attended and Jonathan was there and we talked for a while. He’s very centered and down to earth, which you can see in his acting.

I voted on the outstanding supporting actress panel and watched the scenes between Jonathan Jackson and Julie Marie Berman (who plays Lulu on General Hospital) and I was very surprised that Julie wasn’t nominated because her reel was amazing. Genie and Liz were amazing as well. I am just blown away that Julie wasn’t nominated. Makes no sense to me!

The rest of the nominees for supporting actors included Matthew Ashford (Jack, Days of our Lives), Sean Blakemore (Shawn, General Hospital), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, General Hospital) – I like Bradford, he’s a nice guy. Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital) was also nominated – I actually read for Jason’s part and tested. I also tested for Austin Peck’s role on As The World Turns (where he played Brad Snyder), as well as the role Forbes March got on One Life to Live (Nash) and then finally read for Y&R. I think that everything happens for a reason. I didn’t want to move to New York back then because I would have had to move my family there.

For outstanding younger actress, Christel Khalil (Lily, The Young and the Restless) won out of Molly Burnett (Melanie, Days of our Lives), Shelley Hennig (Stephanie, Days of our Lives) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, The Bold and the Beautiful). I am so stoked that Christel won! I remember when we were reading those scenes for which she was nominated and said, “She’s got the Emmy in the bag!” I’m really happy for her. It was her fourth nomination. She was also nominated in 2010 for the cancer storyline, which I thought she did wonderful in. I’m very happy for her. The scenes that Christel submitted where when my character had “died” and came back. Lily thought she was losing her mind. So, I supposed in some bizarre way, Cane’s “death” got Christel an Emmy! Amazing how kismet works.

Chandler Massey (Will, Days of our Lives) won outstanding younger actor. Usually Bryton is nominated from our show, but he wasn’t nominated this year. Chandler beat out Eddie Alderson (Matthew, One Life to Live), Chad Duell (Michael, General Hospital) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan, General Hospital).

Days of our Lives also won for writing while General Hospital won for directing team and best show.

It’s interesting that GH won. Do you think that the rumours of Katie Couric possibly getting the GH slot on ABC swayed the votes for GH because they wanted to make a statement about daytime soaps staying around and not being replaced by talk shows? I don’t watch GH, so I can’t be objective about whether or not it really was the outstanding drama series. I don’t watch Days of our Lives either, nor did I watch All My Children, so that question I just asked is difficult for me to answer. As someone who analyzes the data, it’s possible. It’s very possible. If you look at Anthony Geary and Jonathan Jackson winning, they’re playing father and son. You also have Nancy Lee Grahn winning and you had Maurice Benard nominated as well. It seems that they drove storylines so strongly that not only did it lead to their nominations and wins, but it also led to the show winning.

To re-live the Daytime Emmys with our live blog, click here. Keep checking The TV Watercooler this week as Daniel Goddard opens up about the state of daytime soaps, what’s ahead for Cane on Y&R as well as info on some of his other projects, including Aquaswiss watches as well as his previous hit series, BeastMaster.


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