The Young and the Restless spoilers have documented all things Genoa City during the last Emmy period. Now that the 2017 pre-nominations are out, it’s time to review Y&R’s contenders. So which actors deserve to at least advance to the next award round?
The daytime pre-nominations represent advertising more than an honor. Actors are involved in submissions during this initial round. The National Academy of Arts and Sciences panel members will whittle the initial list by February 20.
Final selection nominees will be announced on March 22. The 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards take place on April 30. Whether this year’s ceremony will be broadcast live on some television channel, or at least an internet outlet, remains to be seen.
Starting with the Lead Actress category: Sharon Case (Sharon) continues to deliver consistently solid performances. Her efforts in the lead-up to the Christian (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen) reveal should allow her advance.
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) worked through many meaty scripts with Justin Hartley (Adam). Creating chemistry with a second Adam was no easy task. But Egan clearly achieved that impressive result, which further verified this actor’s range. She deserves to advance.
Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) played to mixed reviews. Phyllis’ relationship with Billy (Jason Thompson) split the audience. The shadow of Michelle Stafford also lingers over this character, so Tognoni’s advancement is a toss-up.
Jess Walton (Jill) is one of Y&R’s icons. She steals nearly every scene and has returned to the set with a vengeance. Carry on to the next round Jess!
In the Outstanding Lead Actor Category: Peter Bergman (Jack) finally reverted to type as 2016 played out. However, his nearly year-long stretch as soft-Jack, written under the last regime, might hurt his advancement chances.
Christian LeBlanc (Michael) wasn’t overly prominent during the Emmy-award period. This gifted actor has generated many outstanding past performances. But his overall lack of truly leading man-type plot points might end his run in this round.
Kristoff St. John (Neil) has been overshadowed by Hevon for awhile. However, Neil’s return engagement with the bottle represented solid work. That always-topical storyline should allow St. John to advance to the next round.
Jason Thompson (Billy) finds himself in position that’s somewhat similar to Tognoni’s. Will his version of Billy ever escape Billy Miller’s shadow? However, Thompson’s first year on Y&R evidenced a masterful weave between disgusting and vulnerable. That effort might be compelling enough to earn Thompson a place at February’s table.