Per usual, PBS, the broadcast networks
and syndicators dominated the Daytime Emmy Awards
nominations, but cable networks nabbed their fair share
Nickelodeon, topped by hit series The Penguins of
Madagascar with eight nominations, including a nod for
Outstanding Children’s Animated Show alongside stablemate
The Backyardigans, had a cable-best 25 nominations.
Food Network, led by Outstanding Culinary Program
nominees Paula’s Best Dishes and Secrets of a Restaurant
Chef, placed second with 11 nominations.
The Hub, the new kids’ network from Discovery Communications
and Hasbro, debuted with eight nominations, including
six for Transformers Prime.
PBS, with 57, led all networks in Daytime Emmy nods, edging
out ABC’s 56. Syndicated shows earned a combined 43
nominations, one more than CBS’s 42. NBC had 15, 14 more
than Fox and YouTube.
Other cable networks that earned multiple Daytime Emmy
nominations were: Disney Channel (five); A&E and Comedy
Central (four each); Disney XD and Nick Jr. (three apiece); and
Cartoon Network, Discovery, Hallmark Channel, MTV, MTVU
and Style (each with two). Both Travel Channel and Animal
Planet garnered one.
Cable is sure to take home the Daytime Emmy in two categories.
Nick has both entries in Outstanding Special-Class Animated
Program, with Back at the Barnyard and Fanboy and
Chum Chum. In the Outstanding Special-Class Series category,
Animal Planet’s Housecat Housecall, MTV’s Made, A&E’s
Private Sessions and Style’s Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back are
the four contenders.
Cable is also in the game in the Outstanding Special-Class
Special arena, holding three of the five nods: MTVU’s Stand
In With John Legend, A&E’s PrivateSessions: Sting at Red Rocks
and Comedy Central’s The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
That collaboration between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
nabbed four nods overall.
Nick’s Yo Gabba Gabba! and Disney Channel’s Mickey
Mouse Clubhouse (one of three nods overall) are vying with
PBS’s Between the Lions and the venerable Sesame Street for the
honor of Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series.
Discovery’s Cash Cab and its driver, Ben Bailey, will look
to defend their 2010 Emmy crowns in their respective
Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show and
Outstanding Game Show Host categories. Bailey has
competition from Todd Newton of The Hub’s Family
Domestic doyenne Martha Stewart, whose syndicated
Martha won the 2010 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding
Lifestyle Program, will get a chance to repeat with
The Martha Stewart Show on Hallmark Channel. The
program will battle with Style’s How Do I Look?, PBS’s
My Generation and syndication’s The Nate Berkus Show.
Stewart is also nominated as Outstanding Lifestyle
All told, ABC’s General Hospital was the most-nominated
show, with 21 nods, ahead of CBS’s The Young and
the Restless with 20 and PBS’s Sesame Street, with 16. All My
Children and One Life to Live, which have been slated for cancelation
by ABC, totaled 13 and 12, respectively.
The 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast
live from the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday, June 19, at 9 p.m.
(ET) on CBS.