Yes, Susan Lucci lost for the 14th time. But Luke and Laura are back!
Lucci, who has played the tempestuous Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children" for 23 years, lost the Emmy Award for best daytime actress Wednesday night to Linda Dano, who stars as Felicia Gallant on NBC's "Another World."
Lucci, who has never won despite 14 nominations but usually steals the show anyway, was upstaged at the 20th annual ceremony by the surprise announcement that the most popular soap couple in history will be returning.
Genie Francis and Anthony Geary will be reunited as Laura Baldwin and Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital" this fall. The characters' 1981 wedding remains the most-watched event in the history of daytime soaps.
"I felt it was time to go back," said Francis, who most recently played Ceara on "All My Children." She left "General Hospital" in 1984. Geary, who will reprise his role as Luke, now plays Luke's cousin Bill Eckert on "General Hospital."
As for Lucci--who has made a second career of her perennial losses, including self-mocking commercials for artificial sweeteners--she said backstage that she was "disappointed, certainly. I would have loved to have won."
Asked what it will take for her to win, she responded: "When you find out you tell me."
She vowed not to abandon her alter ego, despite her successful forays into TV movies. "Erica Kane really has my heart," she said. "I can't walk away from her."
"The Young and the Restless" on CBS was named best drama series, defeating last year's winner, "All My Children."
David Canary from "All My Children" won as best lead actor for playing twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler. It was his fourth daytime Emmy, the most ever won by an individual.
Oprah Winfrey won for the third time as best talk-show host, and her show won two other Emmys this year, including technical awards presented in Los Angeles May 22.
Including the previously announced technical awards, CBS stars and shows received a total of 19 awards. PBS got nine, ABC seven and NBC three. Seven winners were syndicated. The Fox network won three.
Douglas Marland, a soap opera writer who died recently, was honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement award. Marland, former head writer for "As the World Turns" and co-creator of "Loving," began his writing career in the 1970s at "Another World."
Winners were selected by members of the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The awards covered the period from March 6, 1992, to Feb. 5, 1993.
Here is a complete list of winners:
Drama: "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
Game show: "Jeopardy!," syn.
Talk-service show: "Good Morning America," ABC.
Children's series: "Reading Rainbow," PBS.
Children's special: "ABC Afterschool Special: Shades of a Single Protein," ABC.
Animated program: "Tiny Toon Adventures," syn.
Special class program: "Great Wonders of the World: Wonders of Nature," Disney.
Actress: Linda Dano (as Felicia Gallant), "Another World," NBC.
Actor: David Canary (as Adam and Stuart Chandler), "All My Children," ABC.
Supporting actress: Ellen Parker (as Maureen Bauer), "Guiding Light," CBS.
Supporting actor: Gerald Anthony (as Marco Dane), "General Hospital," ABC.
Younger actress: Heather Tom (as Victoria Newman), "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
Younger actor: Monti Sharp (as David Grant), "Guiding Light" (CBS)
Performer, children's special: Dina Spybey, "Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story," HBO.
Performer, children's series: Shari Lewis, "Lamb Chop's Play-Along," PBS.
Talk-show host: Oprah Winfrey, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," syn.
Game show host: Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune," syn.
Writing team, drama series: James Harmon Brown, Nancy Curlee, Stephen Demorest, Lorraine Broderick, James E. Reilly, Nancy Williams Watt, Michael Conforti, Bill Elverman, Barbara Esensten, Trent Jones, N. Gail Lawrence, Pete T. Rich, Sally Mandel, Patrick Mulcahey, Roger Newman, Dorothy Purser, Peggy Schibi, Courtney Simon, Wisner Washam, "Guiding Light," CBS.
Writing, children's series: Shari Lewis, Bernard Rothman, Aubrey Tadman, Mallory Tarcher, Ken Steele, Lan O'Kun, Steve Edelman, Robert Kernen, "Lamb Chop's Play-Along," PBS.
Writing, animated program: Paul Dini, Martin Pasko, Michael Reaves, Sean Catherine Derek, "Batman: The Animated Series," Fox.
Writing, children's special: Bruce Harmon, "Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story," HBO.
Writing, special class: Victoria Costello, "This Island Earth," Disney.
Directing team, drama series: Paul Lammers, Maria Wagner, Dan Hamilton, Charles C. Dyer, Larry Carpenter, Joel Aronowitz, Michael Kerner, "As the World Turns," CBS.
Directing, game show: Kevin McCarthy, Dick Schneider, "Jeopardy!," syn.
Directing, talk show: Bob McKinnon, "Good Morning America," ABC.
Directing, special class: Michael Gargiulo, "All-American Thanksgiving Parade," CBS; Russell Morash, "The Victory Garden," PBS.
Directing, children's series: Ed Wiseman, Mark Mannucci, "Reading Rainbow," PBS.
Directing, children's special: Laszlo Pal, "Journey to Spirit Island," Disney.
Art direction/set decoration/scenic design: Victor DiNapoli, Bob Phillips, Mike Pantuso, Nat Mongioi, "Sesame Street," PBS; James Fenhagen, Laura Brock, "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?," PBS.
Art direction/set decoration/scenic design, drama series: Sy Tomashoff, Jack Forrestel, Jay Garvin, Elsa Zamparelli, Fred Cooper, "The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS.
Makeup: Arlette Greenfield, Angela Johnson, Craig Reardon, "Square One TV," PBS.
Makeup, drama series: Christine G. Lai, Donna Moss-Guilbeau, William R. Goodwin, "The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS.
Hairstyling: Andre Walker, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," syn.
Hairstyling, drama series: Angel DeAngelis, John Quaglia, Joyce Sica, Annette Bianco, "Another World," NBC.
Costume design: Bill Campbell, Doug Enderle, "The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade," ABC.
Costume design, drama series: Sandra Bojin-Sedlik, "The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS; Greg York, "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
Graphics and title design: James Castle, Carol Johnsen, Bruce Bryant, Paula Conn, "As the World Turns," CBS.
Technical direction/electronic camera/video control: Ray Angona, Jose Arvizu, Cesar Cabreira, Wayne Getchell, Martin Wagner, Allen Latter, "The Price Is Right," CBS.
Technical direction/electronic camera/video control, drama series: Janice Lee Bendiksen, Ervin D. Hurd Jr., Tracy J. Lawrence, Thomas R. Luth, Sheldon Mooney, Joseph Vicens, Roberto Bosio, Scha Jani, "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
Multiple-camera editing: Mike Mabbott, Joe Pugliese, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," syn.
Multiple-camera editing, drama series: Brian D. Rosner, Thomas Bornkamp, Richard Sens Jr., "Guiding Light," CBS.
Single-camera editing: David Leveen, "ABC Afterschool Special: Shades of a Single Protein," ABC.
Music direction and composition: Steven Bramson, "Tiny Toon Adventures: The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain," Fox.
Music direction and composition, drama series: Dominic Messinger, Rick Rhodes, Jonathan Firstenberg, "Santa Barbara," NBC.
Original song: Kenny Loggins for "This Island Earth," from "This Island Earth," Disney.
Lighting direction: Robert A. Dickenson, John Morgan, "Knights and Warriors," syn.
Lighting direction, drama series: Lauri Moorman, "The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS.
Single-camera photography: Eli Adler, David Breashears, Don Briggs, Tony Clark, Lex Fletcher, "Great Wonders of the World: Wonders of Nature," Disney.
Sound mixing and sound effects, live and tape: Gary Silver, Lee Murphy, "Reading Rainbow," PBS.
Sound mixing and sound effects, drama series: Tommy Persson, Otto Svoboda, Harold (Lanky) Linstrot, Bob Marencovich, Donald D. Henderson, Maurice (Smokey) Westerfeld, David Golba, Howard Vinitsky, Manuel Moreno, "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
Sound editing, film: Paca Thomas, Ray Leonard, Marc Perlman, Melissa Gentry, "Back to the Future," CBS.
Sound mixing, film: Ray Leonard, Paca Thomas, "Back to the Future," CBS.
Lifetime achievement: Douglas Marland (awarded posthumously).