BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – “Days of Our Lives” won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys Sunday night.
The NBC soap opera that began in 1965 beat out defending champion “General Hospital” and former three-time winner “The Bold and the Beautiful,” among others.
The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks in addition to “One Life to Live,” which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.
“Days” only other drama series win was in 1978.
The show claimed one other trophy: Chandler Massey as outstanding younger actor.
Doug Davidson of “The Young and the Restless” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” won lead acting honors.
In another surprise, Scott Clifton of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Billy Miller of “The Young and the Restless” tied for supporting actor in a drama series.
Julie Marie Berman of “General Hospital” won supporting actress honors. She has since left the ABC soap. Kristen Alderson of “General Hospital” won the younger actress category.
In an upset, first-time nominee “CBS Sunday Morning” beat out heavyweights “Good Morning America” and the “Today Show” for outstanding morning program.
Ricki Lake, whose daytime comeback has been canceled, won outstanding talk show host, while “The Dr. Oz Show” won outstanding talk show informative.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.