Martha Stewart hasn't been anywhere near a TV studio for several months, but that didn't stop the lifestyles guru from racking up three Daytime Emmy noms.
And that's a good thing.
Stewart, who will be released from prison at the end of the week, was in the running for Outstanding Service Show and Outstanding Service Show Host for her efforts to domesticate the masses on Martha Stewart Living. Production on the show was suspended in September in the wake of Stewart's conviction on obstruction charges.
The homemaking maven, who will still be serving her five months under house arrest when the awards are presented on May 20, can petition federal probation officers for permission to attend the ceremony if she chooses to do so.
The nominations for the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, released Wednesday on Today, again pitted last year's Outstanding Talk Show winner Ellen DeGeneres against the ladies of The View.
Each of the daytime gabfests was up for 11 awards, including Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host(s).
Also in the running for Outstanding Talk Show were: Live with Regis & Kelly, Soap Talk and Dr. Phil.
All My Children racked up the most Emmy bids overall, with a leading 18 nominations, including Outstanding Daytime Drama and a Best Actor nod for Michael E. Knight.
Roger Howarth of As the World Turns, Jack Wagner of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steve Burton of General Hospital, Grant Aleksander of Guiding Light and Christian Jules LeBlanc of The Young and the Restless were also nominated in the Best Actor category.
While All My Children racked up nominations in categories from Best Hairstyling to Best Lighting, none of its actresses made the cut in the Best Actress category.
Daytime starlets up for the drama queen honor include: Martha Byrne of As the World Turns; Susan Flannery of The Bold and the Beautiful; Nancy Lee Grahn of General Hospital; Kim Zimmer of Guiding Light; Erika Slezak and Kassie DePaiva of One Life to Live; Juliet Mills of Passions; and Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless.
Competing with All My Children for Outstanding Daytime Drama were General Hospital, As the World Turns and the Young and the Restless.
On the kiddie front, Mr. Snuffleupagus had reason to lose his gloomy attitude and go quaff a cold one with Big Bird--Sesame Street was nominated for 13 Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Preschool Children's Series.
Guiding Light and General Hospital also racked up 13 nominations apiece, while The Young and the Restless trailed with 12.
Of the major networks, CBS led the field in nominations with 53; ABC received 47 nods; and NBC trailed, contending for a mere 10 Emmys.
For the third year in a row, once-perennial nominee Susan Lucci was overlooked in the Daytime Emmy race.Here's a breakdown of the major categories:
Drama Series: As the World Turns (CBS) All My Children (ABC) General Hospital (ABC) The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Lead Actress, Drama Series: Nancy Lee Grahn, General Hospital (ABC) Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless (CBS) Kim Zimmer, Guiding Light (CBS) Martha Byrne, As the World Turns (CBS) Susan Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) Erika Slezak, One Life to Live (ABC) Kassie Depaiva, One Life to Live (ABC) Juliet Mills Passions (NBC)
Lead Actor, Drama Series: Grant Aleksander, Guiding Light (CBS) Steve Burton, General Hospital (ABC) Christian Jules LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless (CBS) Roger Howarth, As the World Turns (CBS) Michael E. Knight, All My Children (ABC) Jack Wagner, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Natalia Livingston, General Hospital (ABC) Ilene Kristen, One Life to Live (ABC) Cady McClain, As the World Turns (CBS) Heather Tom, The Young and the Restless (ABC) Robin Christopher, General Hospital (ABC) Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light (CBS) Jeanne Cooper, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Branson, All My Children (ABC) Cameron Mathison, All My Children (ABC) Tyler Christopher, General Hospital (ABC) Rick Hearst, General Hospital, (ABC) Justin Deas, Guiding Light (CBS) Greg Rikkart, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Talk Show: Dr. Phil (syndicated) The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Live with Regis and Kelly (syndicated) The View (ABC) Soap Talk (Soapnet)
Talk Show Host: Lisa Rinna, Soap Talk (Soapnet) Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Phil (syndicated) Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Live with Regis and Kelly (syndicated) Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones Reynolds, Joy Behar, Elisabeth HasselbeckThe View (ABC)
Game Show: Jeopardy! (syndicated) The Price Is Right (CBS) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (syndicated)
Game Show Host: Bob Barker, The Price Is Right (CBS) Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! (syndicated) Meredith Vieira, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (syndicated)
Service Show: 30 Minute Meals (Food Network) Barefoot Contessa (Food Network) Great Hotels (Travel Channel) Martha Stewart Living (syndicated) This Old House (PBS)
Service Show Host: Bobby Flay, Boy Meets Grill (Food Network) Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living (syndicated) Bob Vila, Bob Vila's Home Again (syndicated) Michael Chiarello, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello (Food Network) Emeril LaGasse, The Essence of Emeril, (Food Network)
Children's Series: Postcards from Buster (PBS) Endurance Hawaii (NBC) Jeff Corwin Unleashed (DSC KIDS) Reading Rainbow (PBS) Zoom (PBS)
Preschool Children's Series: HI-5 (TLC) Paz (TLC) Blue's Clues (Nickelodeon) Sesame Street (PBS)