‘The Young and the Restless’ Top Daytime Emmy Nods

CBS’ soap “The Young and the Restless” has a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by ABC rival “General Hospital” with 19.

Nominations for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards were announced on Wednesday morning. The award ceremony will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network HLN.

PBS’ venerable children’s show “Sesame Street” and the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” both earned 17 nominations.

The television academy said it will honor two game show pioneers with lifetime achievement awards: Monty Hall of “Let’s Make a Deal” and Bob Stewart of “To Tell the Truth” and “Password.”

On the 17th anniversary of the day Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos got married, she learned “Live With Kelly and Michael” had been nominated for best talk show. She won that award last year with Regis Philbin. Their competition is “Ellen,” “The View” and “The Talk.” None of those talk show hosts is nominated. The nominees for best host are Anderson Cooper, Ricki Lake, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray and Steve Harvey, who’s also up for best game show host for “Family Feud.”

The most surprising nominations go to the former voice of Elmo. Kevin Clash picked up four nominations even though he’s been accused of having sex with underage boys. Clash has denied the charges. He’s nominated for playing Elmo on “Sesame Street,” for co-producing and directing Sesame Street and another children’s show. Clash already has 23 Daytime Emmys.
“Today” and “Good Morning America” will compete for best morning show with “CBS Sunday Morning.” “Today” won last year before GMA started beating it in the ratings. Overall, “The Young and the Restless” leads with 23 nominations.

Winners will be announced June 16 on HLN. (AP)

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