As the Daytime Emmy Awards are fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at the official reels submitted in the Outstanding Lead Actor category. This year, Peter Bergman (Jack, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Michael Easton (Finn, GENERAL HOSPITAL), John McCook (Eric, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Billy Miller (Drew, GH), and James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) are all in competition, so check out their scenes and see if you can pick a winner!
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Demonstrating his range as an actor, Bergman kicks off his reel with some comedy as Jack wakes up in bed after a night of passion with Gloria, then segues into anger was Jack gives Phyllis a piece of his mind. Next are the scenes where a frustrated Jack dismisses the doctor and has to face the fact that his mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s. To close it out, he selected the scene in the park where Jack and Billy fight over the family business.
Michael Easton (Finn, GH)
Finn’s dramatic withdrawal opens Easton’s reel as he fights with Hayden, desperately trying to convince her that he’s completely in control. This is followed by the scene where Finn reacts to the news that Hayden is having his baby and then a tearfully emotional one where Hayden walks out on Finn. And last, but not least, when Finn breaks down as he opens up to Anna about everything he’s been through.
John McCook (Eric, B&B)
After a scene where an angry and hurt Eric blasts Quinn and Ridge for having an affair behind his back, the bulk of McCook’s reel is the dramatic confrontation where Eric informs Ridge how what he did destroyed their family before declaring he will never be his son again.
Billy Miller (Jason/Drew, GH)
Miller technically played two characters in his Emmy reel, but delivered one solid performance after another, beginning with Jason’s emotional monologue to an unconscious Sam in the hospital begging her to come back to him followed by holding his new baby girl and fearing he’ll have to be a single parents. The second half of his scenes are after the Jason reveal as Drew reacts to the news that he isn’t who he thought he was and worries that he’s going to lose Sam and everything else in his life.
James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS)
Almost losing his son gave Abe plenty of powerful scenes for Reynolds to submit to the Emmys. The first half sees a grieving and angry Abe lashing out at J.J. for shooting his son, and Jennifer for daring to try to protect her own boy, and the second half has Jennifer finally getting through to Abe and him going to J.J. to offer his forgiveness. The final scene has everyone gathered around Theo’s bedside at Christmas as the young man finally regains consciousness.
With such amazing talent on display, it’s going to be difficult for the judges to select a winner. So make sure you tune in to the Daytime Emmys on Sunday, April 29, to see who takes home the gold! And for more on your favorite daytime stars, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!