All My Children has garnered nominations for this year's Daytime Emmys in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing. The stories this year have been compelling, despite the soap's own drama of who would be leaving and who would be staying as AMC moved from New York to California. The return of Rebecca Budig and the development of the David-Ryan-Greenlee trio shows great promise as the show moves into the summer months. The graceful departure of the beloved David Canary (whose Adam Chandler was named by ABC Soaps as the number 1 villain of Daytime Drama) was enhanced by his reunion with Brooke (Julia Barr). Although the competition in each of the three major categories is formidable, hopefully AMC will win an Emmy this year.
Bobbie Eakes, who plays Krystal Carey Martin, has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress. This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Eakes' talent, which unfortunately has been underused since her storyline with David (Vincent Irizarry) and Tad (Michael Knight) ended. Eakes' portrayal of a bereaved mother when her daughter, Babe, died nearly two years ago, was gut wrenching and believable. The character, quite simply, lost her mind, her focus, and stumbled into some disastrous choices from which she is now struggling to recover. A step in the right direction for Krystal was the introduction of her new restaurant this week, a comfortable looking place aptly named "Krystal's." Ex-husband Tad has offered generously to help Krystal out with the financing of the business, but Krystal is trying to work things out on her own. The restoration of her independence and self-esteem shows that the character is working through her grief and coming back to life.
Nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor is Ricky Paull Goldin, who offers a quirky sense of humor that makes him fun to watch. Goldin is a stand out in scenes with Dr. David Hayward, whom he calls "Dave" with a snide tone reminiscent of HAL in 2001 Space Odyssey (remember, "Now Dave . . . " ) Goldin is so gentle and understanding of his wife, Amanda's (Chrishell Stause) needs, and yet knowledgable and strong at his job in the hospital. Goldin has been given much more air time this year, and he and on-screen spouse, Stause, are showing a chemistry that is convincing. Happily, the couple is now planning a true wedding to solidify their marriage.