The 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards pre-nominations have been announced. As always, there were a few conspicuously missing performers and some interesting category choices. Here are 8 surprises about this year’s contenders.
Paging Billy Miller…
After 5 nominations in the last 6 years and 3 victories (Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2010 and 2013 and Outstanding Lead Actor in 2015) — all for his work as Billy Abbott on “The Young and the Restless,” Billy Miller (Jason Morgan, “General Hospital”) is absent from the list. What gives?
Young & Hungry
“Days of our Lives” supercouple Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera), 30, and Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux), 29, are going for the gold in a big, bold way. The duo are the youngest performers to submit themselves in the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress category, respectively.
The most stunning omission, hands down, has to be “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Karla Mosley (Maya Avant Forrester). After driving a powerful and topical transgender storyline, she seemed a strong shoe-in to contend for an award. Sadly, she won’t get the chance.
Paging Jason Thompson…
During his 10 year tenure as “GH’s” Patrick Drake, Jason Thompson has received 5 consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations (Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2011 and 2012 and Outstanding Lead Actor in 2013, 2014 and 2015), but has never won. Although he’ll be off the ballot in 2016, perhaps he’ll have a better shot in 2017 when he’ll be able to submit his work as “Y&R’s” new Billy Abbott.
“DAYS” has 4 actors who have pre-nominated themselves for the same 2 roles: Lauren Boles and Vivian Jovanni for their portrayals of Ciara Brady in the Outstanding Younger Actress category and Connor Kalopsis and Jonathan McClendon for their portrayals of Chase Jennings in the Outstanding Younger Actor category.
While “Y&R” has strong representation in Outstanding Younger Actress – Kelli Goss (ex-Courtney Sloan), Camryn Grimes (Mariah Copeland), Hunter King (Summer Newman) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith Newman) – the sole Outstanding Younger Actor in contention is Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin), a recurring player who has barely been on the soap over the past year.
Of the six categories, Outstanding Younger Actor offers this year’s most diverse group of contenders with three African-Americans in the mix: Rome Flynn (Zende Forrester Dominguez, “B&B”), Terrell Ransom, Jr. (ex-Theo Carver, “DAYS”) and Tequan Richmond (TJ Ashford, “GH”).
“DAYS” vet Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady), 86, proves you’re never too old to drive storyline or vie for a shot as Outstanding Supporting Actress. She was actually nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in 2015, but lost to Maura West (Ava Jerome, “GH”).