Rosie hopes to go out on top with Emmys

— With Daytime Emmy nominations for best talk show and best host, Rosie O'Donnell has a chance to keep two winning streaks alive in the final year of her syndicated chatfest.

O'Donnell has won both awards the last four years in a row, sharing best host honors in 2001 with Regis Philbin. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," fading in the ratings, will shut down in May.

The ABC soap opera "All My Children" led with 21 nominations, including best daytime drama. "As the World Turns" of CBS had 17.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos of "All My Children" � married onscreen and off � were both nominated as supporting actors. Ripa and partner Philbin were also nominated as best talk show hosts for "Live with Regis and Kelly."

Ripa flashed modesty when her talk show audience cheered the nominations on Wednesday.

"Don't applaud," she said. "I don't know why."

Susan Lucci, who has won one award in 20 tries as best actress in a soap opera, will have a chance to improve her batting average. She was nominated again for her role as Erica Kane in "All My Children."

Other best-actress nominees were Finola Hughes of "All My Children," Martha Byrne and Colleen Zenk Pinter of "As the World Turns" and Susan Finney of "The Bold and the Beautiful."

The best-actor nominees in soap operas were Jack Scalia and Vince Irizarry of "All My Children," Hunt Block of "As the World Turns," Robert Newman of "Guiding Light" and Peter Bergman of "The Young and the Restless."

"As the World Turns," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" will compete with "All My Children" for best soap. "General Hospital," which has won five of the last seven years, wasn't nominated.

The 29th annual Daytime Emmys, given out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be broadcast May 17 on CBS.


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