General Hospital, the only surviving daytime drama on ABC, won Best Drama Series at the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards tonight and the entire cast took to the stage (pictured) to accept the soap’s 11th win in the category. Earlier in the show, which took place at the Beverly Hilton and was carried live on HLN, General Hospital‘s Anthony Geary accepted his award for best lead actor in a drama series and thanked ABC for renewing the bubble show “instead of canceling it to make room for Celebrity Boob Jobs Gone Wrong,” a reference to the broadcast network replacing all canceled soaps so far with unscripted fare.

NBC’s Today show, which after a long run comfortably at the top of the ratings is enduring a formidable ratings challenge from rival nominee Good Morning America, took the award for Best Morning Show. It was a welcome reprieve for the embattled NBC show, which also is facing a shakeup, with co-host Ann Curry expected to exit. The syndicated Live With Regis and Kelly, which has aired as Live With Kelly with Kelly Ripa and guest co-hosts since Regis Philbin’s November departure, landed its first Emmy for best entertainment talk show. Neither Philbin or Ripa, who later in the show were awarded the Emmy for Best Talk Show Host, were present. The best informative talk show trophy went to the syndicated The Doctor Oz Show for a second straight year, while The View executive producer Bill Geddie received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Susan Lucci of the cancelled ABC soap All My Children took the stage at the awards show to express her gratitude for being a part of the series and for the privilege of playing the “glamorous” and “deliciously flawed” Erica Kane for 41 years. “The part of a lifetime.” In a nod to all the fans — and they are legion — who’ve told her how much they miss the show and Erica, she said she recently read an appropriate response for its loss: “Don’t cry because something is over, smile because it was.”
(General Hospital cast, Susan Lucci photos by Wire Image via Getty)

List Of Winners:

DRAMA SERIES
General Hospital (ABC)

DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
General Hospital (ABC)

WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES
Days of Our Lives – NBC

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anthony Geary, as Luke Spencer General Hospital (ABC)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Heather Tom, as Katie Logan Spencer
The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer
General Hospital, ABC

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis
General Hospital, ABC

YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Chandler Massey, as Will Horton
Days Of Our Lives, NBC

YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christel Khalil, as Lily Winters
The Young and the Restless, CBS

TALK SHOW – INFORMATIVE
The Doctor Oz Show – Syndicated

TALK SHOW – ENTERTAINMENT
Live With Regis and Kelly – SYNDICATED

GAME / AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW Participation Show
Jeopardy! – SYNDICATED

CULINARY PROGRAM
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction – Food Network

CHILDREN’S ANIMATED PROGRAM
Penguins of Madagascar – Nickelodeon

PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES
Kevin Clash as Elmo – Sesame Street -PBS

AOL VIRAL VIDEO AWARD
Kids React – Fine Brothers Productions – YouTube

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of The View

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