AP Photo/Matt Sayles
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was an event of firsts, lasts and one very Big Bird.
The Bold and the Beautiful won outstanding drama series, ending the CBS soap's 22-year-streak without an Emmy win.
The award show, which was held at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night, also marked an end for Guiding Light, which was cancelled after a 72-year run. But, although the show is going dark, it didn't leave empty handed. The former CBS show took home one of its last trophies, with Jeff Branson tying for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series with All My Children's Vincent Irizarry.
Host Vanessa Williams kicked off the night with a song-and-dance number to a parody-filled "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and strutted along the stage in a slinky white gown.
But not even the Ugly Betty star could upstage the loveable characters of PBS' Sesame Street, who joined former cast member Sandra Oh onstage after they received the Lifetime Achievement Award for educating and entertaining children for 40 years. The Street's biggest stars, like Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster, hit the stage for a rendition of their famed theme song.
Rachel Ray and Tyra Banks also won big, taking home Emmys for Outstanding Entertainment and Informative Talk Shows, respectively.
The ladies of The View were among the talk show divas garnering Emmy accolades. The chatty co-hosts weren't in attendance at the ceremony, but won Best Talk Show Host, shutting down Ellen DeGeneres four-year winning streak.
Complete List of Winners:
The Bold and the Beautiful – CBS
GAME/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW
Cash Cab - Discovery Channel
Good Morning America – ABC
Rachel Ray - Syndicated
The Tyra Banks Show - Syndicated
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Susan Haskell -One Life to Live – ABC
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Leblanc – The Young and the Restless - CBS
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Tamara Braun- Days of Our Lives – NBC
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Vincent Irizarry- All My Children – ABC
Jeff Branson – Guiding Light- CBS
YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Julie Berman- General Hospital – ABC
YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Darin Brooks – Days of Our Lives – NBC
GAME SHOW HOST
Meredith Vieira – Who Wants to Be a Millionaire- Syndicated
PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES
Kevin Clash - Sesame Street- PBS
TALK SHOW HOST
The View – ABC
DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
One Life to Live – ABC
DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM
General Hospital - ABC