Primetime Emmy nominations came out last week, and Empire creator Lee Daniels responded to his breakout, unabashedly soapy hit’s lack of laurels in the Outstanding Drama category with a profanity-laced tirade that he later clarified was just him “having fun.”
I believe him. Any serious fan of soap-operas – primetime or daytime – has to know that the former should never expect any love come Emmy time.
Even when “Who Shot JR?” was the hottest question around the world, Dallas, the show that spawned it, only managed a single win in 1980, for Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie) as Outstanding Lead Actress. It was the show’s only trophy in a major category for the duration of its run.
Dynasty, which ultimately bested Dallas in the ratings, only ever won one Emmy – for Costume Design. The top 10 ranking Knots Landing and Falcon Crest scored one win each for Music Composition.
To reiterate: Emmys don’t like soap-operas.