Ceremony goes ‘virtual’ as it returns to CBS for 47th annual edition
This year, the Daytime Emmy Awards are back where many feel they should be … on broadcast television.
A streaming event the past several years, the ceremony returns to CBS for the 47th annual edition Friday, June 26. Like so many other coronavirus-pandemic-era specials lately, the program will be a “virtual” event, with presenters and recipients participating via remote links.
Among nominated talents the honors will celebrate are Rachael Ray — up for both her eponymous, syndicated weekday show and her “30 Minute Meals” revival on Food Network — and Sara Haines, a nominee in the entertainment-talk show and host categories (along with Michael Strahan and Keke Palmer) for ABC’s “Good Morning America” spinoff “Strahan & Sara & Keke,” now on broadcast hiatus but still offering fresh online content.
The famously lively Ray allows that the news of her Daytime Emmy nominations (one for “Rachael Ray” as best informative-talk show, two for “30 Minute Meals” for best culinary show and host) was “bittersweet,” since it coincided with the passing of her beloved pit bull Isaboo.
”I’m certainly happy for our teams,” Ray says, “but I’ve been in the middle of this horrible grief. To get all these ‘Congratulations’ text messages from friends and colleagues during such a time, it was ironic, to say the least. I have to say that being a woman over 50 in a business that is so volatile, to be 20 years into working with Food Network and on the daytime show for 14 seasons now, that’s the daily head-check of gratitude for me … that you’re still relevant and in the game after all these years.”
Though she misses their in-person contact, the pleasant Haines reports she was able to “cyber-celebrate” the “Strahan, Sara and Keke” nods with her title cohorts: “One by one as we joined the call, all you could hear was, ‘Heyyyy!’ We were all like, ‘Yeah! That happened!’ It was awesome.”
Haines also received good wishes from colleagues at ABC’s also-nominated “The View,” on which she still makes appearances. She says she was told that when the nominees were named, “They were on a Zoom call, and they all jumped when I was announced. It was such a beautiful, supportive thing.”
Ray is taping two new “Rachael Ray” episodes per week from her home in upstate New York (with husband John Cusimano as her lone on-site crew member), alternating those with pre-pandemic studio shows. She continually thinks about returning to the series’ Manhattan home base, though when that will be remains a big question.
“I own 31 percent of our show, so I have no choice but to do that as a boss and a producer,” Ray notes. “It’s wait-and-see.”