Ellen DeGeneres at the Daytime Emmy Awards
Ellen, 11 – Martha and Meredith, 2. At least that's how the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy nominations, announced Wednesday, shape up.
DeGeneres – whose hit daytime series has been named best talk show the last two years running and last year was Emmy-honored as the tube's best talk-show host – has a chance to repeat the victories in both categories. In all, her Ellen DeGeneres Show earned 11 nominations.
Martha Stewart's new series Martha picked up nods in the categories of outstanding service show and best service-show host.
Also in the running for double honors is Meredith Vieira, nominated for game-show host (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and talk-show host – as one of the women on The View, which is up for best talk show, along with DeGeneres's program, Live with Regis & Kelly and Dr. Phil.
Set for a special lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Carroll Spinney, best known by kids as the alter ego of Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
In the soap division, CBS's The Young and the Restless earned a leading 18 nominations – yet not a one for a member of its cast – while General Hospital, which has won eight Daytime Emmys as best soap opera, was nominated again. Its rivals are The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light and As the World Turns.
After traditionally being held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Daytime Emmys are moving to Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, where ABC will broadcast them on April 28.