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2012 Daytime Emmys: Who we want to win

The Daytime Emmys air this weekend. Who will win? We’ll have to wait until the show, but we have our picks. Read on and see which ones you think we got right — and which ones we’re way off about.

Daytime Emmys 2012

The Daytime Emmys are the middle child of awards shows: Sure, they’re important — but no one pays attention to them like they do the oldest child (the Oscars) or the youngest (the MTV Movie Awards). Still, we’re pretty pumped to watch the show this weekend on HLN, mostly because we get to see our favorite soap actors (RIP All My Children and One Life to Live) and daytime hosts (hello, Judge Judy!).

We’ve decided to dissect the 2012 Daytime Emmy nominees and give our predictions on who is going to take home the awards. The problem? The Daytime Emmys has like 8,012 categories, so we’re breaking it down into the biggest categories.

Outstanding Drama Series

All My Children (ABC)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
General Hospital (ABC)
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

We’d like to see All My Children win this award — what a way to go out, right? However, mainstay Days of Our Lives will probably win.

Outstanding Morning Program

Good Morning America
The Today Show

Good Morning America has pulled ahead of NBC’s The Today Show this year in terms of ratings and overall quality of stories and guests. The Today Show is struggling with its host lineup — Ann Curry drama, anyone? — though it’s always fun to watch the train wreck that is Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb every day.

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Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series

3rd & Bird
Sesame Street
Super WHY!
The Wonder Pets
Yo Gabba Gabba!

Sesame Street should and will win. Why? It’s Sesame Street! Enough said.

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment

The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live! With Regis and Kelly
The Talk
The View

This one is tough — the Emmy voters might want to reward Regis Philbin after his retirement. However, we think The Ellen DeGeneres Show deserves the award — no other show has dancing on a regular basis.

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative

The Dr. Oz Show
The Doctors

Anderson Cooper should win the Daytime Emmy for how adorable he is on his daytime talk show. Plus, Dr. Oz has just turned into one big infomercial for the latest “miracle” treatment or supplement. No, thanks.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Crystal Chappell, Days of Our Lives
Debbi Morgan, All My Children
Erika Slezak, One Life to Live

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful
Laura Wright, General Hospital

It’s a toss-up between Debbie Morgan and Erika Slezak for this award — it could go either way.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Maurice Benard, General Hospital
Anthony Geary, General Hospital
John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful
Darnell Williams, as Jesse Hubbard on All My Children
Robert S. Woods, as Bo Buchanan on One Life to Live

Maurice Benard should win the award for his longtime role as Sonny on General Hospital. Even if he doesn’t win, he gets our award for “Biggest Fox on Daytime Television.” Yum.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Melissa Claire Egan, All My Children
Genie Francis, The Young and the Restless
Nancy Lee Grahn, General Hospital
Elizabeth Hendrickson, The Young and the Restless
Rebecca Herbst, General Hospital

We’re going to go with Genie Francis for this one.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bradford Anderson, General Hospital
Matthew Ashford, Days of Our Lives
Sean Blakemore, General Hospital
Jonathan Jackson, General Hospital
Jason Thompson, General Hospital

We love Matthew Ashford for this award, mostly because he’s one of the kookiest — and most endearing — actors on daytime.

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Molly Burnett, Days of Our Lives
Shelley Hennig, Days of Our Lives
Christel Khalil, The Young and the Restless
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, The Bold and the Beautiful

This one is tough to call, though we’re going to go with Christel Khalil for the win.

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

Eddie Alderson, One Life to Live
Chad Duell, General Hospital
Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives
Nathan Parsons, General Hospital

Chandler Massey gets our pick in this category (can you tell I love Days?)

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