We know who's been nominated. Now it's time to get some scoop on the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy show itself. TV Guide Magazine spoke with executive producer Gabriel Gornell and HLN executive vp and general manager Scot Safon about the ceremony, airing live on HLN from the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Sunday, June 16, 8/7c). Expect big changes.
"Last year we only had three weeks to prepare for the show but this time we have two months and that's going to make a vast difference in the way we honor daytime television," Safon says. "We were so heartened by what we achieved in such a small amount of time last year that we just knew we had to dream bigger. Our working theme for this year's ceremony is 'Past, Present and Future,' which will honor 40 years of the Daytime Emmys and 40 years of daytime television breakthroughs — the many ways daytime was there first, especially when it came to subject matter on the daytime dramas, talk shows and children's programming. It's an extraordinary legacy."
There are some other whopper anniversaries to applaud, as well. "Wheel of Fortune is having its 30th, The Young and the Restless has turned 40 and, amazingly, General Hospital and Let's Make a Deal just hit 50," notes Gornell. "We'll look back at the historic moments — we're calling them 'Moments That Moved Us.' The clips will be incredible."
Game show icon Monty Hall, host and co-creator of Let's Make a Deal, and the late executive producer Bob Stewart, creator of The Price is Right, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. "And we're going to have some really cool presenter pairings the fans are going to love," Gornell says.
But what about the nominees? Last year a lot of heavyweight contenders failed to show at the awards, including Dr. Oz, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Ellen DeGeneres, Meredith Vieira, Paula Deen, Nate Berkus, Martha Stewart and Wayne Brady. What can be done to avoid a replay?
"We are outreaching as aggressively as possible to all the nominees," Safon says. "We want them to know this year is important. The themes that will rock this show are themes they will be proud to be associated with. To be in that room as part of the daytime community will be an incredible opportunity. The show is not just an announcement of winners. It's a celebration people are going to remember for a long time to come."
Look for more dish on the Daytime Emmys in TV Guide Magazine.