Deep Soap: Daytime Emmy Nominees Predict the Winners

"The Bold and the Beautiful" Star Heather Tom at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Daytime Emmy Nominees Cocktail Reception at Montage Beverly Hills on June 13, 2013 (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The Daytime Emmys air this Sunday, June 16 at 8/7c on HLN. The network has posted all of the nominated actors’ reels online so you can decide who you think should win in each category. The stars shared their own opinions at Thursday night’s Emmy Nominees Reception, hosted by the Television Academy. Not surprisingly, most of them are rooting for their co-stars.

The nominees revealed who they think will win, whether or not they’ve written their acceptance speeches and their thoughts about the show’s unique format, which will feature winners getting interviewed on-camera immediately after their acceptance speeches. Plus, CBS Senior Vice President of Daytime Anjelica McDaniel reveals that the telecast’s producers nearly made a decision that would have been extremely unpopular with fans.

HEATHER TOM (Katie, “The Bold & the Beautiful“) — Outstanding Leading Actress

You had so much great material last year. How did you decide what to submit?

I like to tell a story with my scenes and I like that if someone doesn’t watch the show and they’re judging, they can still know what’s going on. So I felt I had this show that really told the right story and also had that dramatic punch. I picked the show where she leaves Bill and goes to her dingy apartment.

You’ve won so many Daytime Emmys. Does it feel routine to you now?

It never gets old winning. But I will say I just like to have a good time. What I’m looking forward to the most is all the girls are getting ready in my room. Susan’s [Flannery] getting ready in there. Katherine’s [Kelly Lang] getting ready in there. We’re just having a little girls free-for-all before the show.

Who are you wearing this year?

Gianno Franco.

Any predictions for who is going to win?

I think Katherine Kelly Lang will win. I saw her [reel] today and it’s so gorgeous. I know a lot of the other ladies in that category and they all do great work, but I don’t think any of them can touch her this year. I really don’t.

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MICHAEL MUHNEY (Adam, “The Young & the Restless“) — Outstanding Leading Actor

Who do you think will win?

I hope Max Ehrich wins in the younger actor category. But I really feel that Jason Thompson  should and will win for Lead Actor this year.

Other than Jason, the entire category is Y&R actors. What was it like on the set when you found out you were all nominated?

It’s such a big cast that we’re hard pressed to get all of us together at the same time. So we all had independent reactions. But you can’t help but feel a lot of pride for a show that has so many nominations and so many talented actors.

Have you thought about your acceptance speech?

No. I haven’t thought about it. I won’t win. This isn’t my year. My win was to be nominated. It was great.

MAX EHRICH (Fen, “The Young & the Restless” ) — Younger Leading Actor

How did you pick which episode to submit?

I had this gut feeling after the New Year’s Episode that I was extremely out of control acting wise. So it felt special.

Have you thought about your acceptance speech?

No. I have no expectations so I’m just going with the flow of everything.

Who do you think is going to win?

Chandler Massey. It’s either Chandler or Bryton James. I think everyone from [“Y&R”] deserves it. I think the nominations are enough for everyone. There’s no winning or losing. Just getting recognized by our peers is enough.

What do you think of the winners being interviewed on camera after their speech?

It is what it is.

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FREDDIE SMITH (Sonny, “Days of Our Lives“) — Outstanding Younger Leading Actor

Have you written your acceptance speech?

I have something kind of prepared in case I win so I make sure I get everyone that I want to thank.

What do you think of the decision to interview actors on-camera right after they win?

Honestly, it’s new. It could work. I feel at that point it would almost be better to thank more people than have someone ask, “Are you excited?” “Of course,” and stuff like that. But I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I just think it’s better to do the traditional speech. But whatever works. I think the interview could work out well because it’s new and it will change things.

You have a unique Daytime Emmy experience: competing head-to-head with the actor who plays your love interest. Do you and Chandler Massey have a betting pool about which one of you will win?

We’ve been joking around about writing each other’s speeches. As long as one of us wins. We’ll be happy. Even if the other guys win, that’s great too. But Chandler and I are pulling for each other. Once you’re nominated, you start to realize, like, I didn’t even think I would be nominated. So for me to win would be a big surprise.

BRADFORD ANDERSON (Spinelli, “General Hospital“) — Outstanding Supporting Actor

Have you written your acceptance speech?

I’ve had the same one for four years. I updated it when I got married. I updated it when I had a kid. Now it’s probably the same. It might be a little outdated.

Do you think this is your year?

It’s hard to say. I know it sounds corny but I just feel lucky to be a part of it. There are so many variables that go into it and you’ve got to catch lightning in a bottle a little bit. Maybe I did this year. Maybe I didn’t. That’s okay.

Who do you predict will win in other categories?

I’m a little biased. I think Jason Thompson had an incredible year. His reel was remarkable. I thought Julie Berman’s reel with Tony Geary was some of the best work you’ll ever see on our show. It was a great year. Even people that had great reels didn’t make the cut. In my category James Scott from “Days of Our Lives,” his reel was like, “Oh, it’s his year.” Then he didn’t even end up in the final five. Frankly, there was just a lot of great work being done and everyone stepped up their game.

What are your plans for Emmy day?

Father’s Day stuff in the morning and enjoying my girls and then a nice night out with my wife and my friends.

A lot of fans are very concerned with your decision to go off contract. Are we still going to see Spinelli?

Absolutely. The contract stuff is so not a big deal. It sounds like a big deal but it’s really not. Contracts don’t mean a whole lot anyway. I just have a little more flexibility now. It seemed like the best thing for me to do going forward, and thankfully they were okay with me doing it.

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ANJELICA McDANIEL — CBS Senior Vice President of Daytime

Who do you predict will win?

I can’t even predict because we’re in a fortunate position to have our own against our own so, really, the truth is it is an honor to be nominated because it’s a nomination from your peers so it’s not really about winning. It’s just about having an amazing time and celebrating. It’s the first time in the history of CBS that every show in the daytime line-up was nominated in this category. That is damn thrilling. It’s just a celebration to have a good time.

Did you have any say in which actors from CBS shows got to present?

No. Just like everyone else, we pitched who we wanted to them, but it really was up to them and they have people we didn’t ask for and a few surprises.

As a former talk-show producer, what do you think of the Emmy decision to have the winners interviewed on-stage immediately after their acceptance speeches?

I definitely applaud them for thinking outside the box and trying to come up with something fresh and creative, but I’m really happy to see that they revised it because it’s such an honor to win a Daytime Emmy and it’s really great for people to have their moment on-stage on their own where you can really get their true emotions and their feeling in that moment.

So originally the winners were going to be interviewed instead of making an acceptance speech?

[Yes.] I’ve just blown your mind.

Any chance the Daytime Emmys could air on CBS next year like they did in the past?

We always hope so. It’s a great event. As the number one network, it’s so great to have such an iconic event happen on our network. So we’re always keeping our fingers crossed that it will return.

The Daytime Emmys air this Sunday, June 16 at 8/7c on HLN.

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