‘General Hospital’ Actors Dominate Daytime Emmy Nominees

The 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards will air on June 26 on CBS. One of the top soap operas recognized is General Hospital, with its many long-running actors. Not only is the show watched by millions of viewers, but it has also been the recipient of various awards over the years. And it’s not hard to see why with its intricate storylines and well-developed characters. To understand why General Hospital has dominated awards shows, you first need to know the history of the show.

Jane Elliot, Amanda Setton, Leslie Charleson, Chad Duell, Sofia Mattsson, Lisa Locicero, Aaron Bradshaw, Wally Kurth on set of 'General Hospital'
Jane Elliot, Amanda Setton, Leslie Charleson, Chad Duell, Sofia Mattsson, Lisa Locicero, Aaron Bradshaw, and Wally Kurth on the set of General Hospital | Valerie Durant/Getty Images

A brief history of ‘General Hospital’

General Hospital is the longest-running soap opera on daytime television. The title is meant to show the anonymity of the hospital and fictional town, which was identified during the 1970s as being Port Charles. Today, the show focuses largely on crime.

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One of the most well-known daytime soap couples is General Hospital‘s Luke and Laura, whose wedding was viewed by 30 million fans. General Hospital also has had high-profile celebrities for guest stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Roseanne Barr. The 14,000th episode aired in February 2018. And in April 2013, the show had its 50th anniversary.

After its 1963 premiere, it has proven to be the longest-running Hollywood-produced serial. It is also the longest-running show in ABC history. And it holds the record for the most Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series at 13 wins.

Changes at the Daytime Emmy Awards

The Daytime Emmy Awards began in 1974 for the recognition of outstanding achievement in daytime television, according to the Emmys website. Typically, the awards are presented based on over 2,700 submissions where a panel of television industry peers using confidential ballots selects the nominees.

The June 26 airing on CBS will mark the 14th time that CBS has broadcast the show. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some recipients and guests will appear from home to maintain social distancing.

‘General Hospital’ domination at the Emmys

For 2020, General Hospital has nabbed 23 nominations — more than any other daytime show. One of the nominations is for outstanding drama series. Finola Hughes was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on General Hospital as Anna Devane. And her co-star Maura West has been nominated for the same award. Steve Burton was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on General Hospital as Jason Morgan. The other actor nominee for the same award is Morgan’s co-star Jon Lindstorm.

For Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Tamara Braun and Rebecca Budig were both nominated. James Patrick Stuart was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a drama series, and Michael Knight was nominated for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series.

General Hospital was also nominated for the Outstanding Writing Team of a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing Team of a Drama Series awards. General Hospital has been nominated for Outstanding Original Song for its composition of “North Star.”

The show has been nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series, Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Digital Drama Series, and Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. Other nominations have been for Outstanding Art Direction, Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Hairstyles for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series.

Needless to say, General Hospital is dominating the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards nominations. It remains to be seen who wins.