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Major networks declining to air 41st Daytime Emmys leads to angry fans

Kristen Alderson won a Daytime Emmy last year for "General Hospital" as well. She is nominated again this year.
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The Daytime Emmys are something soap fans look forward to each year. It is a time to view their favorite actors all dressed up and looking nervous while the nominees are read outloud. In 2012, the major networks decided not to air the award ceremony the following year. HLN picked up the 2013 broadcast of The Daytime Emmys, but less than a million viewers tuned in. According to a June 5 report from E! Online, the 2014 Daytime Emmys will stream exclusively online. Fans are already predicting impending doom with this idea.

“The Young and the Restless” leads the nominations with 26 total. This soap has had quite the year, especially with the casting upsets that have happened. “General Hospital” was snubbed in a lot of categories, and several fans spoke out about it when the nominations were announced. There was some powerful story lines for the ABC show this year, so at least one win is expected.

Soap opera fans have taken to Twitter to voice their unhappiness with the major networks not picking up The Daytime Emmys. ABC, CBS, and NBC all have at least one soap on the air. Many of them also have other shows nominated in different categories. Fans feel like the networks should stand behind what they are airing and support the fans who are watching their programs. Without the fan bases from these soaps, the networks may be in big trouble.

Fans will be able to catch The Daytime Emmys streaming live on June 22. The event is being hosted at the Beverly Hills Hilton. There is an official website to watch the broadcast, but it is not yet up and running. There are concerns about the site crashing during the ceremony, but there has been assurance that a crash will not occur. The event begins at 7 p.m. CST.

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