Jerry Springer got snubbed; Susan Lucci didn't (yet). That's the 25th annual Daytime Emmys at a glance, as nominations for the awards honoring the a.m. likes of talk-show hosts, soap stars, and Muppets were announced today in New York.

Springer, whose talk show vaulted to the top of the ratings last month thanks to its people-pleasin' WWF-esque antics, was snubbed by Emmy voters. Instead, best talk-show host nods went to the more-staid likes of Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Leeza Gibbons, the Regis Philbin-Kathie Lee Gifford tandem, and Barbara Walters and her fellow View-ites.

That collection of hosts--not a "You Stole My Man!" referee, among them--also saw their shows win nominations, leaving both Springer and The Jerry Springer Show shut out.

In the soap-opera division, Lucci scored her 18th nomination for best lead actress in a daytime drama. As All My Children's unvanquished Erica Kane, who in the last year did hard time for baby-stealing and gripped over her daughter's eating disorder, Lucci is famously a 17-time loser in the category.

"I think she really does want to win," says Lynn Leahey, Soap Opera Digest editor in chief. "...I don't think it's an act. I think she absolutely wants to win."

To do that, Lucci will have to dispense with Eileen Davidson, doing the old multiple-roles thing on NBC's Days of our Lives, past Emmy-winner Kim Zimmer, Zimmer's Guiding Light costar, Cynthia Watros, and Jacklyn Zeman, the good nurse Bobbie on General Hospital, whose daytime longevity nearly rivals that of Lucci.

When pressed for a prediction, Leahey pegs Watros as the likely winner. A small measure of good news for Lucci: Leahey says her predictions are "always wrong."

Of the other acting categories, Leahey calls the Outstanding Younger Actress nomination for Rhonda Ross (superstar Diana's daughter) a surprise, coming in the Another World star's first year in soapdom. "It's impressive to make such an impact in such a short time," Leahey says.

Overall, CBS' top-rated soap, The Young & the Restless was the most-nominated daytime program, with 18 nods, followed by ABC's All My Children, 17, and General Hospital, 16. With 13 nominations, The Rosie O'Donnell Show posted the best showing among talking-head types.

Syndicated programs garnered a field-best 53 nominations, followed by ABC, with 52, CBS, 49, PBS, 48, and NBC, 26.

The Daytime Emmys will be presented May 15 in a primetime NBC telecast.

Here's a rundown of the key categories:

Outstanding Drama Series: All My Children (ABC) Days of Our Lives (NBC) General Hospital (ABC) The Young & the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Talk Show: Leeza (NBC) Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee (Syndicated) The Oprah Winfrey Show (Syndicated) The Rosie O'Donnell Show (Syndicated) The View (ABC)

Outstanding Game Show: Jeopardy! (Syndicated) The Price Is Right (CBS) Pictionary (Syndicated) Wheel of Fortune (Syndicated) Win Ben Stein's Money (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Service Show: Martha Steart Living (Syndicated) The New Yankee Workshop (PBS) Newton's Apple (PBS) The Pet Department (FX) This Old House (PBS)

Outstanding Children's Series: Beakman's World (CBS) Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy (PBS/Syndicated) Nick News (Nickelodeon) Reading Rainbow (PBS) Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (PBS)

Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama Series: David Canary, All My Children Anthony Geary, General Hospital Kin Shriner, Port Charles Eric Braeden, The Young & the Restless Peter Bergman, The Young & the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama Series: Susan Lucci, All My Children Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives Jacklyn Zeman, General Hospital Cynthia Watros, Guilding Light Kim Zimmer, Guiding Light

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Michael E. Knight, All My Children Ian Buchanan, Bold & the Beautiful Steve Burton, General Hospital Grant Alexsander, Guiding Light Scott Reeves, The Young & the Restless

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Julia Barr, All My Children Amy Carlson, Another World Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital Amy Ecklund, Guiding Light Victoria Rowell, The Young & the Restless

Outstanding Younger Actor, Drama Series: Jensen Ackles, Days of Our Lives Tyler Christopher, General Hospital Jonathan Jackson, General Hospital Kevin Mambo, Guiding Light Bryant Jones, The Young & the Restless Joshua Morrow, The Young & the Restless

Outstanding Younger Actress, Drama Series: Rhonda Ross, Another World Christie Clark, Days of Our Lives Sarah Brown, General Hospital Camryn Grimes, The Young & the Restless Heather Tom, The Young & the Restless

Outstanding Talk Show Host: Leeza Gibbons, Leeza Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show Rosie O'Donnell, The Rosie O'Donnell Show Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Debbie Matenopoulos, The View

(UPDATED at 12:45 p.m. on 3/11/98)

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