It certainly wasn't the most polished of ceremonies, but HLN's telecast of Sunday night's 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards wasn't boring, either. Audience conversation made for a very muddled sound mix during the show, an envelope mix-up made for an embarrassing moment during an award presentation, and "Psych" star Corbin Bernsen's F-bomb made for a moment of levity during the annual in memoriam presentation, which included his mom, "The Young and the Restless" star Jeanne Cooper.
And there were surprises among the winners, too, including Ricki Lake winning her first Daytime Emmy, for outstanding talk show host, even though her "Ricki Lake Show" was not picked up for a second season. "Daytime TV will always be a big part of my life, and I am thrilled to get the Outstanding Talk Show Host Emmy, following in the footsteps of Ellen [DeGeneres], Rosie [O'Donnell], Joan Rivers, Phil Donahue, and Oprah [Winfrey]," Lake, who was traveling in Ibiza, told "omg! Insider." "I am truly humbled. Thank you."
"Days of Our Lives," the only soap opera still airing on NBC (and one of only four daytime soaps still broadcast on network TV), was the night's other major surprise winner, beating out perennial favorites "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" for the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. The win was the first for "DOOL" since 1978, and only the second time the show has won the best drama award in its 47-year history.
Chandler Massey, who plays Will Horton — one half of gay supercouple Will and Sonny — on "DOOL," also won the Emmy for outstanding younger actor, his second consecutive win in the category.
In another major upset, first-time Daytime Emmy nominee "CBS Sunday Morning," hosted by Charles Osgood, beat out "Today" and "Good Morning America" for outstanding morning program. The win was one of eight for CBS during the telecast, more than any other network (and adding to a total of 21 Daytime Emmys for CBS this year including last week's creative arts ceremony winners).
Another big CBS win: "The Young and the Restless" star Doug Davidson for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. Davidson has played Paul Williams, a Genoa City private detective, since 1978, and the win is his first in four nominations. "It suddenly occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux," he joked.
Davidson's fellow CBS star Heather Tom won her second consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy (and her fifth overall) for playing "The Bold and the Beautiful" heroine Katie Logan Spencer, who battled a serious case of postpartum depression on the show in the past season. "B&B" won more awards than any other series at the ceremony, a total of four.
Among attendees of the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel (the home of the Golden Globes telecast, in case it looked familiar), the biggest surprises were "Star Wars" papa George Lucas and his "Star Wars" princess, Carrie Fisher. Fisher took the stage to announce Lucas as the winner of the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Emmy for Cartoon Network's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," introducing herself with, "Hi, I'm Carrie, I'm an alcoholic. And a drug addict," then shouting out to fellow addict Ozzy Osbourne in the audience, and making rambling references to using acid, and sharing a drug dealer with Osbourne.
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The Emmy win was the first for Lucas, who chuckled when Fisher included him in her bit, saying, "Our nominees have not taken acid, at least not with me, which really is the only way to do it, as most of you know ... right, George?"
As for the show's gaffes, "Archer" star and "The Talk" co-host Aisha Tyler handled the situation like a pro when she was presenting the Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Emmy and opened the envelope to find the name of the winner of ... a different award. "Oh, interestingly enough, this winner is not in this category. If I read it I'm going to give another category away," she said, before quipping, "Apparently 'Homeland' won for best informative talk show?" and "There better be a cocktail waiting on my table."
"The Dr. Oz Show" was revealed as the winner after the correct envelope was delivered from backstage.
And for the moment that probably made the person on bleeper-button duty age prematurely by about a decade, there was Bernsen's expletive-filled tribute to his mother, "Y&R" diva Jeanne Cooper, who died on May 8 after battling an infection.
Bernsen, introducing the in memoriam segment with his mom's friend and longtime "Y&R" co-star Jess Walton, told the audience not to be sad about her passing, as she was with them, spiritually, at the ceremony and he knew exactly what she was thinking.
"'Oh s--t! I'm on the memoriam list? The memoriam list? The dreaded memoriam list? Move on, let's go to a commercial,'" Bernsen imagined his feisty mother, who starred on "Y&R" for its whole 40-year run, saying.
"'I guess it's better than the alternative. At least I made the f---ing list!'"
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A complete list of winners from the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which also included lifetime achievement award honors presented to game show host Monty Hall ("Let's Make a Deal") and late game show producer Bob Stewart ("The $25,000 Pyramid"):
Outstanding Drama Series: "Days of Our Lives"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Doug Davidson, "The Young and the Restless"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Heather Tom, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (tie): Scott Clifton, "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Billy Miller, "The Young and the Restless"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Julie Marie Berman, "General Hospital"
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Chandler Massey, "Days of Our Lives"
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Kristen Alderson, "General Hospital"
Outstanding Game Show: "The Price Is Right"
Outstanding Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, "Cash Cab"
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment: "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Outstanding Talk Show/Informative: "The Dr. Oz Show"
Outstanding Talk Show Host: Ricki Lake, "The Ricki Lake Show"
Outstanding Morning Program: "CBS Sunday Morning"
Outstanding Culinary Program (tie): "The Best Thing I Ever Made" and "Trisha's Southern Kitchen"
Outstanding Culinary Host: Lidia Bastianich, "Lidia's Italy"
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Outstanding Special Class Animated Program: "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"
Outstanding Original Song: "Good Afternoon" from "Good Morning America"