Originally created 03/12/98

Lucci nominated -again- for Daytime Emmy award



NEW YORK -- Longtime loser Susan Lucci has yet another chance to break her string of bad luck. The soap opera veteran received her 18th Daytime Emmy Award nomination for best actress today.

Lucci, who plays Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children," has had plenty of practice with consolation speeches. She's never won.

In all, her show got 17 nominations. CBS's "The Young and the Restless" had the most, 18 nominations, and "General Hospital" had 16. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," with 13 nominations, had more than any non-soap opera.

O'Donnell is up against "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which will compete for its fifth consecutive Emmy as best talk show. Other nominees are "Leeza," "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" and "The View."

Winfrey; O'Donnell; Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin; Leeza Gibbons; and the ensemble on "The View" -- Barbara Walters, Meredith Viera, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopolous and Joy Behar -- will compete for best talk show host.

Jerry Springer, whose combative talk show has been soaring in the ratings lately, was snubbed in the talk show category.

Lucci will compete in the category of outstanding lead actress in a daytime drama series (soap opera) against Eileen Davidson of "Days of Our Lives," Jacklyn Zeman of "General Hospital," Cynthia Watros of "Guiding Light" and Kim Zimmer of "Guiding Light."

Best lead actor nominees in a drama series include David Canary of "All My Children," Anthony Geary of "General Hospital, Kin Shriner of "Port Charles," Eric Braeden of "The Young and the Restless" and Peter Bergman of "The Young and the Restless."

"All My Children," "Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were nominated for best daytime drama.

Syndicated shows had 53 nominations; ABC 52; CBS, the ratings king in daytime, had 49; PBS 48 and NBC 26.

The awards will be given out May 15 in a ceremony telecast on NBC.

The winners are selected by members of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.