There's a whole world of television that airs when nine-to-fivers are still chained to their cubicles, and though it's dominated by tales of long-lost evil twins, backstabbing stepmothers, and the occasional demonic possession, daytime television still deserves to hand out golden statuettes recognizing excellence.
The 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were held on Friday night in Los Angeles, and CBS and ABC walked away the biggest winners.
Taking home the award for Outstanding Drama Series was ABC's General Hospital, adding another win to its growing trophy case. General Hospital's Anthony Geary won lead acting honors for his role as Luke Spencer, and Jeanne Cooper was recognized as the best drama actress for portraying Katherine Chancellor on CBS's The Young and the Restless.
Ellen DeGeneres took a familiar trip to the podium to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host, but lost in the Talk Show Entertainment category, which went to The Rachael Ray Show. The Tyra Banks Show won the first-ever Emmy for Talk Show Informative, and its host provided the evening's most colorful comment.
Reflecting on the negative expectations received when her show was just starting, Tyra told her supporters how to handle situations when someone isn't giving them a chance. "I want you to tell them to kiss your dimply, flat, juicy, bootilicious, skinny, jiggly, saggy, fat ass," she said.
Other winners included One Life to Live (Oustanding Drama Series Writing Team), Cristina's Court (Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program), and Regis Philbin, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
For a complete list of winners, head over to the official Web site of the Daytime Emmys.
Although award shows typically pull in decent ratings, the Daytime Emmys were a dud for ABC and finished in fourth place for the evening. The event averaged 5.39 million viewers, down more than 3 million from the previous year, according to The Hartford Courant.