Hoping the soaps will clean up in prime-time as last year's Daytime Emmy Awards did, NBC (Channel 2) will telecast the eighth annual Soap Opera Digest Awards live for the first time tonight at 9.
The awards show, hosted by George Hamilton and Emma Samms features winners voted by the readers of Soap Opera Digest magazine. These winners differ considerably from the Daytime Emmys, which are voted by an actor's peers.
Following are the 1992 nominees with our guesses for winners:
* Outstanding Daytime Show: "All My Children" (ABC); "As the World Turns" (CBS); "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
"Days of Our Lives."
* Outstanding Lead Actor: David Canary (Adam/Stuart, "AMC"); Stephen Schnetzer (Cass, "Another World"); Charles Shaughnessy (Shane, "Days")
All three are outstanding, but we're predicting fans fave Mr. Shaughnessy.
* Outstanding Lead Actress: Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, "AW"), Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucind, "ATWT"), Finola Hughes (ex-Anna, "General Hospital")
Poor Susan Lucci -- not even nominated. Finola Hughes took this NTC award last year, along with the '91 Best Actress Emmy. Ms. Hubbard has an Emmy. So we're voting for Ms. Heche, heralded in the difficult dual role and sorely missed by fans.
* Outstanding Supporting Actor: Stuart Damon (Alan, "GH"), Doug Davidson (Paul, "Young & Restless"), Richard Shoberg (Tom, "AMC")
It's gotta be the hilarious Mr. Damon, who's kept "GH" fans laughing for years as stuffy Dr. Alan Quartermaine.
* Outstanding Supporting Actress: Jane Elliot (Tracy, "GH"), Patricia Elliott (Renee, "One Life to Live") Alice Haining (ex-Angel, "ATWT")
Pat Elliott, who plays long-suffering Renee Buchanan, deserves the nod, but "OLTL" had a tough year. We're going with Jane Elliot.
* Outstanding Male Newcomer: Rex Smith (Darryl, "ATWT"), Paul Michael Valley (Ryan, "AW"), John J. York (Mac, "GH")
American John J. York joined "GH" as Robert Scorpio's long-lost brother from Australia and has slowly lost his accent, to the point where he now sounds like a tired California Valley Boy. We're tempted to pick Rex Smith simply for surviving his pop music career, but we'll go with Mr. Valley, who has picked up lots of fans on "AW" in a very short time.
* Outstanding Female Newcomer: Alla Korot (Jenna, "AW"), Phyllis Lyons (Arlene "AMC"), Victoria Rowell (Dru "Y&R")
Hands down, Phyllis Lyons should win for her portrayal of Hayley's mother, the alcoholic young widow who drank and drove and is now in prison. But Ms. Lyons has been off the show since summer and fans have short memories, so we're going with Ms. Korot, who is part of an "AW" super couple.
* Outstanding Comic Performance: James Kiberd (Trevor, "AMC"), Robert Mailhouse (Brian, "Days"), Kin Shriner (Scott, "GH")
Tough to call, with the "Days" factor here. Mr. Shriner won last year, but Mr. Mailhouse is relatively new in the role, so we're voting for Mr. Kiberd.
Picking the winner among prime-time shows "Dallas," "Dark Shadows" and "Knots Landing" is a little like picking a horse race in which two of the entries are lame: Only "Knots" is still on the air.
So we're going with Kevin Dobson (Mack on "KL") for Best Actor and Michele Lee (Karen on "KL") for Best Actress. And here's a stretch: "Knots" for Outstanding Prime Time Show.