Daytime TV fans will have to stay up late to watch the “31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on NBC beginning at 9 tonight, tape-delayed from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
A double-handful of daytime greats will get Lifetime Achievement Awards: Rachel Ames, John Clarke, Jeanne Cooper, Eileen Fulton, Don Hastings, Anna Lee, Ray MacDonnell, Frances Reid, Helen Wagner and Ruth Warrick. And there will also be the usual dozens of awards for daytime shows — “General Hospital” vs. “The Young and the Restless” looks to be the big showdown — and performers.
Cliffhanger categories include Best Talk Show and Best Talk Host, where you have to figure Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Phil will be battling it out, over “The View,” Regis and Kelly and Wayne Brady.
Expected to appear are Cameron Mathison and Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Deidre Hall (“Days of our Lives”), DeGeneres, Emeril, Galen Gering and McKenzie Westmore (“Passions”), Jane Pauley, Jennifer Finnigan (“Crossing Jordan” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell (“Days of our Lives”), Lorenzo Lamas and Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Maura West and Michael Park (“As the World Turns”), Paige Davis (“Trading Spaces”), Ricky Paull Goldin and Beth Ehlers (“Guiding Light”), mother-daughter team Susan Lucci (“All My Children”) and Liza Huber (“Passions”) and, for some reason, Peter Fonda.
“George Lopez,” ABC at 8: Hour focusing on Carmen and Noah and their attempt to keep their relationship secret.
“Joan of Arcadia,” CBS at 8: Season finale. Joan is diagnosed with Lyme disease and begins to question if she’s been seeing God or merely experiencing hallucinations from her illness. But while she’s having a crisis of faith, her parents are relieved to find an explanation for her erratic behavior lately — at least until they have their own spiritual moments.
“Legally Blonde” (2001), Fox at 8: Socialite Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) enters Harvard to show up her ex.
“Dateline,” NBC at 8.
“20/20,” ABC at 9: Sibling issues, with actress Hilary Duff and her sister, and correspondent John Stossel and his brother, Tom. Two hours.
“JAG,” CBS at 9: A wave of announcements, both good and bad, on the finale, as Harm suffers a loss, Mac gets bad news and the admiral makes a change that will affect everyone.
“CSI: Miami,” CBS at 10: Repeat. When a former surf champion is murdered in his home, the CSIs are on the case. But there’s more than one possible motive, as a pregnancy test kit and a stash of heroin become evidence.
“The Sandlot” (1993), Family 8: Tom Guiry is the new kid trying to make the neighborhood team in this comedy.
“Deadwood,” HBO at 8: Marathon rerun of the last three episodes of this hard-edged Western.
NBA playoffs, TNT at 6: Conference finals, L.A. Lakers at Minnesota.
“Catch Me If You Can” (2002), Cinemax at 10: Leo DiCaprio is the master imposter Frank Abagnale Jr., and Tom Hanks the FBI agent on his trail in this Steven Spielberg film.
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