CBS Leads Daytime Emmy Nominations With 50

Updated 2:35 p.m. ET

CBS, with two of the remaining four soap operas still on the
air, led Wednesday's Daytime Emmy nominations with 50. Nearly half of those --
23 -- were for the genre leader, The Young and the Restless, and 15 were
for The Bold and the Beautiful.

PBS followed with 44 nominations, 17 of which were for
long-running children's educational program, Sesame Street. ABC ranked
third, with 38 nominations overall.

The Daytime Emmys will be handed out on Sunday, June 16, at
the Beverly Hills Hilton and will air on cable network HLN. The Daytime
Entertainment Creative Arts Awards gala will be held at a luncheon on Friday,
June 14, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. 

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to two game show
icons, host and producer Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart. 

At 23 nominations, Y&R
was the most nominated soap, followed by General Hospital at 19, NBC's Days
of Our Lives
at 17 and The Bold and the Beautiful at 15. All four
remaining soaps were nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as ABC's One
Life to Live
, which ended its run on broadcast television in January 2012,
but just began its online run on Monday, April 29.

Warner Bros.' The Ellen DeGeneres Show was the most
nominated syndicated program with 10 nominations, including Outstanding
Entertainment Talk Show. Joining Ellen in the entertainment talk
category were Disney-ABC's Live! with Kelly and Michael, CBS' The
, and ABC's The View.

Talk-show host honors went to Steve Harvey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rachael
Ray, Anderson Cooper and Ricki Lake. 

Harvey is twice-nominated, once for his talk show and once for the syndicated game show he hosts, Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud. "We're thrilled with the nomination and so proud. I think we all just feel that we have daytime's best host. This is just the cherry on top," said Alex Duda, Steve Harvey's executive producer.

The last two talk hosts on
that list host shows that have been canceled and won't return next year. Telepictures, the Warner Bros.'-owned company that produces Ellen, no longer submits DeGeneres, so she was not in competition. 

"Ellen decided after winning a bunch of times that she wanted to take herself out," said Ed Glavin, one of Ellen's team of executive producers, which also includes DeGeneres. "She said she'd won enough and wanted other people to win, but it's important to the staff to compete for that award. It feels good for them, and it is an honor for them. And we don't always win, so you really feel like you earn it when you do win."

Three syndies were nominated in the Outstanding Informative
Talk Show category: CBS Television Distribution's The Doctors, Sony
Pictures Television's Dr. Oz and Disney-ABC's rookie, Katie,
starring Katie Couric. 

"We are so excited to be nominated in our category. It's such an honor, and it shows that the information we are so proud of continues to be relevant and impactful to our viewers and peers," said Amy Chiaro, Dr. Oz's executive producer.

Discovery and Hasbro's joint venture, The Hub, scored two
nominations in the Outstanding Children's Series category with both The
Aquabats! Super Show! a
nd R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour the Series
nominated. Litton's Everyday Health and PBS' SciGirls also earned

Viacom's Nickelodeon monopolized the kids' Outstanding
Animation Program category, with noms for Kung Fu Panda: Legends of
, Penguins of Madagascar, Robot and Monster and Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles
. PBS was the only non-Nick channel in the race with a
nod for its veteran educational program, WordGirl.

Outstanding Game Show nominees included three syndies -- Debmar-Mercury's
Family Feud, which has been a ratings powerhouse this year; CBS
Television Distribution's Jeopardy!;and Disney-ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Other noms included CBS' Let's Make a Deal and The Price is Right
and Discovery's Cash Cab

Game-show host nominees were Cash Cab's Ben Bailey; Let's
Make a Deal
's Wayne Brady; Fuse's Billy Eichner, host of Funny or Die's Billy
on the Street
; Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek and Family Feud's
Steve Harvey, who also was nominated Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Three court shows were nominated for Outstanding
Legal/Courtroom Program: CTD's Judge Judy, which is a ratings smash but
has never won this award; Warner Bros.' People's Court, and last year's winner, Trifecta's Last
Shot with Judge Gunn.

The Food Network earned four out of the five nominations for
Outstanding Culinary Program with Best Thing I Ever Made, Bobby
Flay's Barbecue Addiction
, Giada at Home and Trisha's Southern
. The fifth nom went to Litton's Recipe Rehab.

Nominees for Outstanding Culinary Host included Lidia
Bastianich for PBS' Lidia's Italy, Giada de Laurentiis for Food's Giada
at Home
, Ina Garten for Food's Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics,
Ching-He Huang for Cooking Channel's Easy Chinese with Ching-He Huang,
Nathan Lyon for Veria Living's Good Food America with Nathan Lyon and
Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Essentials.

A complete list of nominees can be found at

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for The Global Entertainment Marketing Academy of Arts & Sciences (G.E.M.A.). She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 - September 2002.