Daytime Emmys Go "Bold"

Tyra Banks, ladies from "The View" also honored with awards

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Sunday, Aug 30, 2009  |  Updated 11:45 PM CDT
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Executive Producer Bradley P. Bell, center, accepts the award for outstanding drama series at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009,in Los Angeles.

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The Daytime Emmys went "Bold" for once.

After 22 years on the air, CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" won top drama honors at the 36th annual Daytime Emmys on Sunday. It was a victory that the soap's executive producer, Bradley Bell, particularly relished, according to The Associated Press.

His late father William J. Bell co-created "The Young and the Restless," a seven-time Emmy winner for "Best Drama."  Bradley Bell's mother also used to work on "Restless."    

"It's incredibly exciting because I grew up going to visit that show," Bell told the AP backstage. "It's sweeter after 22 years, it didn't come in five or 10 or 15 years. I think my dad is here in spirit. He would probably say, `It's about time.' I took out the expletive."

Too bad the live telecast on the CW ended just as the cast and crew was accepting their award. Bell said he didn't mind.

"The less of me at a microphone the better," he said. "It was your run-of-the-mill acceptance speech."

This was the first year that the Daytime Emmys -- part of an award show genre that has experienced sagging ratings in recent years -- were not broadcast on one of the major three networks. The CW broadcast the show from the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

"Sesame Street" was honored with a lifetime achievement Emmy.

Other winners included:  

  • Lead actress in a drama series: Susan Haskell, "One Life to Live."
  • Lead actor in a drama series: Christian LeBlanc, "The Young and the Restless."
  • Game show host: Meredith Vieira, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
  • Talk show-entertainment: "Rachael Ray."
  • Talk show-informative: "The Tyra Banks Show."
  • Talk show host: Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, "The View."
  • Morning program: "Good Morning America."

Click here for a full list of winners.

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