Regis keeps fingers crossed at Daytime Emmys

— With Susan Lucci's trophy case no longer empty, Regis Philbin is the new hard-luck nominee at the Daytime Emmys. It's clearly not a role he relishes.

Philbin, an eight-time loser as best talk show host, was nominated for a ninth time in that category on Wednesday. He also received a best game show host nod for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," a trophy he shockingly lost last year.

A battle for soap supremacy was set up between "As the World Turns" and "All My Children," which had 46 nominations between them. Five of the 10 soap operas on the air were completely shut out.

When producer Michael Gelman broke into "Live with Regis" with Emmy nominations on Wednesday, co-host Kelly Ripa asked if Philbin had been nominated. "I hope not," Philbin muttered.

Ripa asked if he was excited to be nominated. Philbin said, sarcastically, "Yeah," and quickly moved on to the show's next guest.

The CBS soap "As the World Turns" scored 25 nominations. The show has enjoyed a creative rebirth after years of struggling, said Lynn Leahey, editorial director of Soap Opera Digest.

ABC's "All My Children" had 21 nominations. Three of the five nominees for best actress in a daytime drama are from that show.

"That will be a soap opera in itself," Leahey said.

The show's nominees included Lucci, who won in 1999 after losing in the category for 18 straight years. She'll compete against colleagues Julia Barr and Marcy Walker, as well as Martha Byrne of "As the World Turns" and last year's winner, Susan Flannery of "The Bold and the Beautiful." Best actor nominees were David Canary of "All My Children"; Tom Eplin and Jon Hensley, both of "As the World Turns"; John McCook of "The Bold and the Beautiful"; and Peter Bergman of "The Young and the Restless."

Besides Philbin, talk show host nominees were Rosie O'Donnell, Donny & Marie Osmond, and "The View" crew of Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Lisa Ling.

And besides Philbin, the game show host nominees were Tom Bergeron of "Hollywood Squares," Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!," Bob Barker of "The Price is Right," and Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel of "Win Ben Stein's Money."

"Millionaire" is competing for a Daytime Emmy even though the prime-time Emmys added a special category for game or reality shows. Producers said the category had not been set by the deadline for Daytime Emmy entrants.

The awards will be given out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on May 18 in a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall televised by NBC.

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