Peter Bergman is glad television is again giving the Daytime Emmys the treatment he feels it deserves.
He has good reason: The afternoon-serial veteran has his 16th nomination, encompassing three wins so far, for outstanding lead actor as Jack Abbott on CBS’ weekday drama “The Young and the Restless.” After last year’s event on The CW — where the daytime lineup is limited at best — CBS will broadcast the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards from Las Vegas on Sunday, June 27.
“Sunday night, not Friday night, is a good plan,” Bergman tells Zap2it. “I’m very hopeful that this will be a great show. I’m not a huge fan of Vegas, but I really didn’t like having this in Los Angeles. It was always an exciting time when we had it in New York, but Los Angeles wasn’t set up for it, so I’ll try Vegas. Hell, I’ll try Des Moines!”
Also an alum of ABC’s “All My Children,” Bergman is especially grateful for his two decades-plus on “The Young and the Restless” at a time when other soaps aren’t surviving … including “As the World Turns,” for which this will be the final Daytime Emmy ceremony before it leaves CBS in September, after 54 years on television.
“I have plenty of friends” on that serial, Bergman reports, “and they are wonderful actors. We may get them on our show; we’ll see. Marcy Rylan, who plays Abby, came to us from ‘Guiding Light.’ I had watched her there and said, ‘She’s very good.’
“When I’m in my dressing room, I’ll dial around and see what’s on. Sometimes it’s on ‘mute’ and sometimes not, but I know who’s working in daytime television.”
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