Shrinking soaps vie for Daytime Emmy Awards
FILE - In this Thursday, June 13, 2013 photo, Elizabeth Hendrickson, left, and Max Ehrich arrive at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominee reception at the Montage Beverly Hills, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It's survival of the fittest among shrinking soap operas at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Sunday's ceremony pits the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks against one that found new life on the Internet.
Top-rated "The Young and the Restless" takes on last year's winner "General Hospital," ''Days of Our Lives," ''The Bold and the Beautiful" and online refugee "One Life to Live" for best daytime drama honors.
Among daytime talk shows, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" had a leading 11 nominations.
"Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion, along with HLN network's A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade, host the ceremony airing live at 8 p.m. EDT on HLN.
The 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmys will be recognized with a past, present and future theme woven throughout the two-hour show airing from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
Reflecting the current era of dwindling daytime audiences, network budget-cutting and the cancellation of some soaps, the awards show is being aired by cable news channel HLN, having lost its longtime home on the broadcast networks last year.
The Daytime Emmys moved back to Southern California last year after being in Las Vegas for two years, and its ratings, like many of the daytime shows it celebrates, have bounced up and down in recent years. Last year, HLN scored its highest numbers ever for a scheduled non-news broadcast when it aired the awards for the first time.
In an effort to liven up the proceedings, the night's biggest winners will be chatted up on stage by celebrities right after their acceptance speeches.
CBS and PBS came into the night tied with a leading 13 creative arts Daytime Emmys from last Friday's ceremony honoring technical and other behind-the-scenes achievements.
FILE - In this Thursday, June 13, 2013 photo, John McCook arrives at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominee reception at the Montage Beverly Hills, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP, File)
Kevin Clash, who played the Elmo character on "Sesame Street" before resigning last November, won three trophies, including outstanding performer in a children's series.
Clash left the PBS show amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. His attorney has said that related lawsuits filed against Clash are without merit. He played Elmo for 28 years and has a total of 26 Daytime Emmy awards.
Ziggy Marley won for outstanding original song, writing the music and lyrics for "I Love You Too" for the Disney Channel show "3rd & Bird!"