BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – “Days of Our Lives” won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix-up on Sunday night.
The NBC soap opera that began in 1965 beat out defending champion “General Hospital” and former three-time winner “The Bold and the Beautiful,” among others.
The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks in addition to “One Life to Live,” which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.
The only other drama-series win for “Days” was in 1978. The show claimed one other trophy: Chandler Massey as outstanding younger actor.
Doug Davidson, above, of “The Young and the Restless” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” won lead acting honors. Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he’s played since 1978.
Davidson had been nominated seven times in various categories for playing Detective Paul Williams on the CBS soap. “It suddenly occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux,” he said.
In another surprise, Scott Clifton of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Billy Miller of “The Young and the Restless” tied for supporting actor in a drama series.
In an upset, first-time nominee “CBS Sunday Morning” beat out heavyweights “Good Morning America” and the “Today Show” for outstanding morning program.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.