It was deja vu among nominees for the 23rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Wednesday, as most of the major winners from last year found themselves in the running again--as did the event's most famous loser.
And Susan Lucci, winless in 15 previous nominations for her depiction of Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children," picked up a 16th nomination.
The Daytime Emmys will be handed out in two batches: at non-televised ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on May 18, covering mostly the technical and craft categories, and at a Radio City Music Hall ceremony in New York on May 22 that will be broadcast in prime time on CBS.
ABC's "General Hospital" will be competing for the Emmy as best drama series with NBC's "Days of Our Lives," ABC's "All My Children" and CBS' "The Young and the Restless."
"The Young and the Restless" garnered the most nominations of any show this year with 16. "Sesame Street" had 12 while "General Hospital" and "Guiding Light" each got 10.
CBS, the daytime ratings leader, got 69 of the 266 nominations, followed by PBS with 49, syndicated shows with 42, ABC with 40, NBC with 19 and Fox with 14.
Winfrey, who has won as best talk-show host for five years in a row, will try for a sixth against Phil Donahue, Leeza Gibbons, Montel Williams and the team of Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford.
Other nominations included:
* Lead actress, drama series: Erika Slezak (as Victoria Lord Carpenter), "One Life to Live," ABC; Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), "All My Children," ABC; Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott), "The Young and the Restless," CBS; and Linda Dano (Felicia Gallant) and Jensen Buchanan (Vicky Hudson), "Another World," NBC.
* Lead actor, drama series: David Canary (as Adam and Stuart Chandler), "All My Children," ABC; Charles Keating (Carl Hutchins), "Another World," NBC; Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), "General Hospital," ABC; and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
* Supporting actress, drama series: Anna Holbrook (as Sharlene Hudson), "Another World," NBC; Rosalind Cash (Mary Mae Ward), "General Hospital," ABC; and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Romalotti), Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia Barber Hastings) and Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Barber Winters), "The Young and the Restless," CBS.
* Supporting actor, drama series: David Forsyth (as John Hudson), "Another World," NBC; Ian Buchanan (James Warwick), "The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS; Stuart Damon (Alan Quatermaine) and Michael Sutton (Michael "Stone" Cates), "General Hospital," ABC; and Frank Beaty (Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane) and Jerry Ver Dorn (Ross Marler), "Guiding Light," CBS.
* Children's series: "Bill Nye the Science Guy," syn.; "National Geographic's Really Wild Animals," CBS; "Nick News," Nickelodeon; "Reading Rainbow," PBS; "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" PBS.
* Talk show: "CNN & Company," CNN; "Donahue," syn.; "Leeza," NBC; "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee," syn., "The Oprah Winfrey Show," syn.
* Performer in a children's show: Shari Lewis, "Lamb Chop's Play-Along," PBS; LeVar Burton, "Reading Rainbow," PBS; Lynne Thigpen, "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?," PBS; and James McDaniel and Angela Bassett, "Storytime," PBS.
* Game show host: Bob Barker, "The Price Is Right," CBS; Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy!," syn.