Winners were named tonight in 66 categories at the Creative Arts portion of the two-night Daytime Emmy Awards, with CBS and PBS dominating with a total of 26 wins between them. CBS came in with 11 wins, among them 5 for The Young and the Restless, and a win for This Morning in the talk show/morning program directing category.
The Creative Arts ceremony was held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The second night of Emmy bestowing, which will not be televised this year, is happening Sunday at the hotel.
Actress Jessica Lundy took the Emmy for performer in a Children’s or pre-school series for CBS’s Saturday morning series The Inspectors on the show’s first season; the program already has been renewed for a second.
But CBS was bested by PBS, which took home 15 Creative Emmys tonight, including three for Sesame Street in the long-running show’s final season on PBS, including the Emmy for pre-school children’s series. (Next year any Emmy wins for Sesame Street will be feathers in HBO’s cap.) Meanwhile, streaming services got some kids-categories traction, with wins for Netflix’s The Adventures of Puss in Boots, and Amazon’s Niko and the Sword of Light, among others.
Logo’s telecast of Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine won the Emmy for special-class special, but it took the winners so long to get to the stage – they came en masse – that the ceremony had already moved to the next category. The group had to shout in order to get their time on stage but they managed to get the show’s attention and gave what one attendee told Deadline was a very moving acceptance speech.
Other highlights: Mary Beth Evans won for digital drama actress for the online series The Bay. Judge Judy took the legal/courtroom statuette, though the judge herself was a no-show at the ceremony. But, in a career milestone, Patricia Heaton Parties won the Emmy for best culinary program. Heaton did show up to accept the award, joking about always wanting a job in which she could drink during the day, which this opportunity afforded her.
In March, CBS had dominated its network rivals at nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards. CBS scored 77 noms, more than double its closest broadcast rival, ABC’s 37. CBS’ venerable soap The Young and The Restless bagged the most nominations (27), followed by longtime daytime-drama rival General Hospital on ABC (24) — which led the field last year — and its own venerable The Bold and the Beautiful (23). NBC’s Days of Our Lives followed (16) and all were nominated for best drama series this year.