The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards during Tuesday's broadcast of Today, but it remains to be seen where the kudos will be screened this year.
General Hospital, ABC's recently renewed and now only soap opera, led the way with 23 nominations. The network also tops its competition in other arenas, pulling in 56 total nominations over PBS' 51. In the awards' biggest category, best daytime drama, General Hospital will compete against Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and the now-canceled All My Children.
EP of The View, Bill Geddie, will also be awarded with the lifetime achievement award. "Bill Geddie is an icon in the television industry,” said NATAS chairman Malachy Wienges. “When he and Barbara Walters created The View 15 years ago, they introduced a new and innovative daytime television talk show format. We at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are proud to have Bill receive our 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award."
Tying for second most nominations are Sesame Street and The Young and the Restless, each grabbing 16 categories. The full list of nominees is available at the Emmy website.
The ceremony is scheduled for June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but the academy has yet to nail down a broadcast partner. HLN was recently rumored as a possible venue, but, with less than two months to go, nothing has been confirmed. Wienges noted there were continued negotiations with several outlets.
Last year's telecast pulled an all-time low with 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49.
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