CBS' venerable daytime soap opera, "As The World Turns," leads the pack with 25 nominations for the 28th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The nominees were announced Wednesday in New York.
ABC's soap, "All My Children," followed with 21 nominations, and PBS' "Sesame Street" and the syndicated talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" both scored 11. The CBS soap "The Young and the Restless," which received 28 nominations last year, managed only 12 this year.
ABC and PBS tied for the most network nominations (53) while Showtime leads all cable networks with 21. The awards show will be telecast on NBC from New York's Radio City Music Hall on May 8 from 9 to 11 p.m.
Regis Philbin, who has lost eight times in the category of outstanding talk-show host, received his ninth nomination in the category. The solo version of his syndicated morning series, "Live With Regis," is nominated for outstanding talk show.
Philbin is also nominated for the second straight year as outstanding game show host for ABC's prime-time series "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." The series is also nominated for outstanding game show. Next year, "Millionaire" will be able to compete in the prime-time Emmys in a new category for nonfiction programming.
Besides Philbin, outstanding talk show nominees are O'Donnell ("The Rosie O'Donnell Show," syndicated), Donny and Marie Osmond ("Donny & Marie," syndicated) and ABC's "The View" panel--Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Lisa Ling.
Philbin is competing in the game show host category with Tom Bergeron of the syndicated "Hollywood Squares," Alex Trebek of the syndicated "Jeopardy!", Bob Barker of CBS' "The Price Is Right" and Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel of Comedy Central's "Win Ben Stein's Money."
Joining "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for outstanding game or audience participation show are "The Price Is Right, "Hollywood Squares" and "Win Ben Stein's Money."
"As The World Turns," "All My Children" and "The Young and the Restless" are competing with ABC's "General Hospital" for best drama series.
After being absent from the list of outstanding actress in a drama series nominees last year, Susan Lucci ("All My Children") is once again a contender in the category. Lucci became legendary as a nominee--receiving 18 nominations and suffering 18 losses, before finally taking home an Emmy in 1999. She's competing against two of her co-stars--Julia Barr and Marcy Walker--as well as Martha Byrne from "As the World Turns" and Susan Flannery from CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful."
David Canary is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his dual role--Adam and Stuart Chandler--on "All My Children." He's competing against Peter Bergman from "The Young and the Restless," Tom Eplin and Jon Hensley from "As the World Turns" and John McCook from "The Bold and the Beautiful."
PBS scored three of the outstanding children's series nominations: "Reading Rainbow," "Between the Lions" and "Zoom." Rounding out the nominees are the Disney Channel's "Even Stevens" and the Discovery Channel's "Real Kids, Real Adventures."
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Live With Regis," "The View," the defunct "Donny & Marie" and the syndicated "The Montel Williams Show" are vying for outstanding talk show.
And the syndicated "Martha Stewart Living," the syndicated "Better Homes and Gardens Television," PBS' "This Old House," Food Network's "Essence of Emeril" and Discovery Channel's "The Christopher Lowell Show" are competing for outstanding service show.