Jaegar is a regular viewer of all the soaps currently on the air except Guiding Light and General Hospital, and even manages to keep up to date on those two! She's been watching soaps since the late 1970s, and some of her earliest memories from soaps involve the introduction of Danny Romalotti onto Y&R way back when. She was an on-again, off-again viewer of soaps until the early 1990s, when she became an ardent fan. She only recently picked up on OLTL again after a long hiatus.
Previous Predictions Jaagar is a first-time panelist.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
My vote here has to go for AMC. All four nominees put in stellar years, but AMC's baby-switch storyline really grabbed viewers, even if it wasn't for the best reasons, and spanned not one, but two soaps.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Christian J. LeBlanc. This was _the year_ for LeBlanc. Not since he joined Y&R has he been given such emotional, heart-wrenching storylines. Dealing with his half-brother Kevin, the introduction of his mother Gloria, and coming from the back field, the romance of Michael and Lauren has finally allowed LeBlanc to shine after years of languishing on the back burner.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
While I'd love to see DePaiva or Slezak take home the glory, I'm thinking Kim Zimmer may get the nod. Dealing with her real and not-so-real sons has allowed Reva to shine in a way she hasn't been able to in a long time. Stephanie Flannery would normally be a shoo-in here, but she hasn't been given the best material this year.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
This is a hard one, because all the actors in the category more than deserve the award, but my heart goes to the bad boys here -- Jonathan Branson gets my nod, with a close second place to Greg Rikaart. Both actors took characters that were beyond redemption and made fans feel for them, and they've been given the best storylines to work with of the six.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
If they go simply for character and writing, Heather Tom wins for me, but Natalia Livingston had a lot to work through this year, with Nikolas and Connor. Livingston gets my vote, just snaking through.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
Tom Pelphrey. Although every actor nominated was very deserving of their nomination, and I admit I have a special place in my heart for Michael Graziadei, Pelphrey was given amazing material this year, and more than earned not only his nod, but also the fans' attention. Despite everything his character has done, fans still root for Pelphrey. I would have loved to have seen Lago finally take home the gold, but none of Raul's storylines really hit home this year.
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
Both Havins and Riegel are more than deserving of the nod this year, but I'm going to vote for Havins. Sure, it may be just a fan's stance on this, but the two actresses both put out amazing performances, especially concerning the baby-switch storyline. Havins has played a character that fans either really love or really hate to perfection.
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES
I'm guessing here, I admit it -- ATWT. All four shows had a good year, but ATWT ran the gamut during the nomination period starting with the investigation surrounding Rose's death, the slow-building romance of Aaron and Alison, the dark horse romance of Paul and Rosanna, and even the shocking 'death' of Cabot.