General Hospital News February 7, 2024


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Where Have All the Young Soap Stars Gone? Daytime Emmys Cut Category

The state of soaps is to be blamed.

General Hospital News February 7, 2024
Eden McCoy, Nicholas Alexander Chavez, Victoria Konefal, Olivia Rose Keegan.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced this week that it will not be able to award awards under the award category Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama. The Daytime Emmys statue had only been around since the year 2020. In the past two awards were presented, two awards for Outstanding Younger Actor and the other to honor Outstanding Younger Actress. Both awards were established in 1985 and were initially intended for individuals who were under the age of 25.

Age Before Acting

The motivation behind the brand-new classification was really twofold. One reason was that the Academy was firmly rooted in their nomination process in that actors older than 40 or so were put in the lead role, while actors in their 30s who’d also been involved in storylines during the year were moved to Supporting in order to make a difference. This didn’t leave enough room for actresses who were in their teens or 20s, as well as technically leading to shine. This is why the Academy came up with a solution.

In the beginning, awards were given to actors who played extremely teenage and young adult angst including Michael E. Knight (Tad, All My Children), Kristoff St. John (Neil, The Young and the Restless) and Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael, Guiding Light) Hearst, who announced the birth of his son when he snatched the golden angel in his 1991 collection, showing that he was not a child. On the women’s side of the equation, winners include Tracey Bregman (Lauren, Y&R), Martha Byrne (Lily, As the World Turns), Julianne Moore (Frannie, ATWT), and Anne Heche (Vicky/Marley, Another World).

Down They Go

In the event that the age for eligibility was temporarily lowered to 18 or less There were some very deserving winners, such as General Hospital’s Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin), Camryn Grimes (Cassie, Y&R), and Justin Gocke (Brandon, Santa Barbara). Even elementary school student Ashley Peldon (Marah, GL) was awarded a well-deserved nomination.

Gone But Not Forgotten

The year before, following the exclusion by Victoria Grace (Wendy, Days of our Lives) because of technical grounds, Eden McCoy (Joss, GH) took home the gold in a race against two boys younger. The Academy confirmed the case. It was blamed on lower quantity of shows currently on air and that’s one aspect of the problem.

The other reason is that kids aren’t getting the kind of stories that earned McCullough, Jackson, Grimes and Gocke their prizes. There’s no evidence that acting has become worse for the younger generation but that they are less expected from their part. When that happens, we all lose. Not just at the Daytime Emmys.


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