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It's been on year since Port Charles changed gear and revolutionized the way that its storylines unfold. And in that year, the changes have sparked renewed interest in the show - and the Soap Opera Central Awards balloting clearly shows that.
Since the new storytelling format began, the show has featured much of its core cast, plus the occasional new face that features into the show for a few months at a time. Several of those supposedly guest performers earned key nominations in this year's awards.
By far the biggest winner in terms of nominations was Michael Easton
(Caleb Morley). Easton, who played the devilishly fiendish vampire and his saintly alter-ego Michael, picked up a whopping six nominations. His honors came with nods in the Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Newcomer, Favorite and Least Favorite Character (Caleb Morley), Most Attractive Male Performer and Outstanding Overall Performer. This impressive nominations tally marks the first time in Dankies history that a non-contract player has grabbed so many nominations.
Indeed PC viewers and the rest of the soap-watching world were abuzz with talk of the show's exploration of vampires. The vampire saga explored in the story books "Tainted Love" and "Tempted" earned many honors in this year's nominations. Both were nominated - along with the only other two books this past year "Time In A Bottle" and "Fate" - for Favorite and Least Favorite Storylines. Caleb dominated the Most Memorable Moment field as well, with three nominations: Caleb's lightning-strike death at the end of "Tainted Love," the revelation that Michael and Caleb were the same person and the reveal that Caleb was actually a vampire.
Other newcomer nominee Brian Gaskill
(Rafe) also picked up a few nominations. In addition to the Newcomer field, Gaskill earned a nod as Most Attractive Male Performer and in the Outstanding Special Guest/Recurring Performer. Gaskill will go head-to-head with Charles Keating
Not all of the focus of this year's Dankies focused on the vampire tales. The "Time In A Bottle" saga also captured viewers' interest. Frank's computer correspondence with the past and its subsequent effect on the time line earned nods in the Most Memorable and Worst Moment fields. Karen's fading into nothingness received two nods. That storyline also powered Marie Wilson
(Karen Wexler) to a Lead Actress nomination.
Also heavily nominated were Brian Presley
(Jack Ramsey) and Kelly Monaco
(Livvie Locke). Presley picked up three nominations while Monaco tallied four of her own. Monaco, though previously nominated, has yet to win a Dankie.
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