As ABC Cancels Soaps, Is It The End Of The Daytime Emmys As We Know It?

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jun. 20, 2011

The Daytime Emmy Awards are now in the books, and with news of ABC canceling two of its long-running soaps, this year’s show may be historic. Why you may ask? As the networks look to replace aging and increasing costs of soap operas in place of cheap reality and alternatives, this may be the beginning of the end for the award show as we know it. By next year’s show, All My Children and General Hospital will no longer be on the air, and based on how the ratings and profits are compared to how their replacement was, NBC and CBS may soon follow suit again after canceling shows like Passions and As the World Turns in recent years.

PHOTOS: Red carpet shots of the stars at the Daytime Emmys – Rachel Ray, Susan Lucci, Anderson Cooper, Pat Sajak, Meredith Viera and more come out to honor daytime TV

As for the awards given last night, The Bold and the Beautiful took home one of the biggest awards of the night on the live CBS broadcast hosted by Wayne Brady. Bold took an Emmy for the best drama series for the third consecutive year. Outstanding actor went to Michael Park for As the World Turns, and Outstanding actress went to Laura Wright for General Hospital. The award for best talk show in the “informative” category went to The Dr. Oz Show, its first, while the best talk show in the “entertainment” category went to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the second year in a row. Game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune shared the honors for the best game show.

Also on the show was a career achievement award presentation to Oprah Winfrey, who went off the air after airing 25 years of her syndicated talk show. Alex Trebek of Jeopardy and Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune also received career achievement awards.

To view photos of the stars as they arrived on the red carpet of of the Daytime Emmys, click here.

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