Davidson, Tom win lead acting Daytime Emmys
Julie Marie Berman accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for "General Hospital" at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Days of Our Lives" won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a rough-hewn ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix-up on Sunday night.
The NBC soap opera that began in 1965 beat out defending champion "General Hospital" and former three-time winner "The Bold and the Beautiful," among others.
The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks in addition to "One Life to Live," which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.
"Days" only other drama series win was in 1978.
The show claimed one other trophy: Chandler Massey as outstanding younger actor.
Doug Davidson of "The Young and the Restless" and Heather Tom of "The Bold and the Beautiful" won lead acting honors.
Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he's played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on "Y&R," repeated her win from last year.
Davidson had been nominated seven times in various categories for playing Detective Paul Williams on the CBS soap.
"It suddenly occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux," he said. "I would like to thank the viewers. They have been more than fans, they've been like family to me. They've supported my character in some very difficult times."
Tom of "B&B" won for her role as Katie Logan, who struggled with post-partum depression and abandoned her baby in a major story line. Last year, she became the first person to win Daytime Emmys in the younger, supporting and lead categories.
"It's awesome. I'm so grateful to be part of this community," said Tom, the fifth woman to win consecutive lead actress honors in Daytime Emmy history.
Scott Clifton, left, from the cast of "The Bold and the Beautiful," is congratulated by Don Diamont, after Clifton won the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Don Diamont presented the award. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
CBS claimed eight trophies during the telecast, giving the network a leading 21 wins including those from last week's creative arts ceremony. PBS was second with 14 wins.
The show had its unexpected moments, including Corbin Bernsen uttering two expletives during the in memoriam tribute that included his late mother Jeanne Cooper of "The Young and the Restless."
The ladies of "The Talk" presented outstanding talk show informative and when Aisha Tyler opened the envelope she quickly realized it was the wrong one.
"Oh, this is interesting," she said. "This winner is not in this category."