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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that there would be two new categories added to the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
The first is Entertainment News, which encompasses shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and EXTRA. But it's the second category that is of the most interest to soap fans! It's called Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series, which will include any drama series with less than 35 original episodes during the calendar year. So Web series like VENICE and THE BAY would be eligible for their own Daytime Emmy.
But more importantly, this means that shows that produced more than 35 episodes can compete in Outstanding Drama series, and that includes the Prospect Park productions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE! That's right, AMC and OLTL will still be able to compete against GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES! And that includes all of the actors and crafts people!
"I am very pleased to include these new categories in the Daytime Emmy® contest," said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy® Awards. "I strongly believe that every broadcast entity should have a chance to compete for an Emmy® Award in a true peer to peer competition."