Here’s five fast facts from the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2013 ceremony Sunday night in Los Angeles.
*It was a first ever Emmy win for George Lucas and partner Doug Davidson. The team won Oustanding Special Class Animated Program for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Star Wars director George Lucas had a rather wry remark about the delayed recognition: “We’ve been out there quite a while. We’re proud to finally win an Emmy.”
*Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne found time for another public display of affection, which gives all Osbourne family fans hope that their relationship is back on track.
*Outstanding Talk Show Host winner was Ricki Lake, whose comeback show The Ricki Lake Show has been cancelled. I will not attempt to explain the logic of giving the title of “outstanding” to someone whose show didn’t make it — especially in a competition with truly amazing daytime favorites like Anderson Cooper, Steve Harvey, Dr. Oz, and Rachael Ray.
Outstanding Game Show Host went to Ben Bailey. His Cash Cab is another victim of the axe.
*The Hub Network, which focuses on kids and family programming, received seven Daytime Emmy Awards in an earlier ceremony on Friday. After less than three years on the air, the network has already won 12 Daytime Emmys — including Outstanding Children’s Series for R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.
*Oh, and of course you need to know the big winners. The Outstanding Drama Series was the venerable NBC soap Days of Our Lives.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama was The Young and the Restless star Doug Davidson. Like colleague George Lucas, he realized he’d been out there awhile: “It suddenly occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux.”
Heather Tom picked up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for The Bold and the Beautiful.
And that’s the least you need to know about the Daytime Emmy Awards 2013.