Susan Lucci and Maury Povich to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors – The 2023 Daytime Emmy Awards will bestow a significant recognition upon Susan Lucci and Maury Povich. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently revealed that both individuals will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual Daytime Emmys. Due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike in Hollywood, the event has been postponed.
However, once the telecasts are rescheduled, the honors will be personally presented to Lucci and Povich. “I am truly humbled to receive this esteemed award from the Academy,” Lucci said in a statement. “Throughout my career, I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside exceptional talents and embraced by my fans that have been with me every step of the way.”
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“This honor is not just a reflection of my journey, but a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the profound connection we are so lucky to forge with audiences all over the world through television.” In 1999, Susan Lucci, known for her role in All My Children, won the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Throughout her career, she has received an impressive total of 21 nominations. Lucci portrayed the character Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama for over 40 years.
Additionally, she has appeared in various other projects, such as Lifetime’s Devious Maids, the feature film Joy, and has served as a host and narrator for ID’s Deadly Affairs. Lucci has also made memorable guest appearances on shows like Hot in Cleveland, Army Wives, Dancing with the Stars, and Saturday Night Live. In 2005, Lucci received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Povich said in his own statement, “I’m just blown away by this honor from the Academy. I have always had great respect for its work as I served on the National Board and was President of the New York Chapter. I guess if you hang around long enough, some good things happen. It’s been a 60+ year ride for me in this business, so I feel extremely blessed with this acknowledgment.”
Povich solidified his status as a prominent figure in the world of talk shows through his immensely popular self-titled first-run syndicated show, Maury, which aired from 1998 to 2022. His remarkable career also encompasses noteworthy achievements such as hosting A Current Affair (1986-1990) and The Maury Povich Show (1991-1998).
Initially starting in local news in Washington, D.C., Povich went on to anchor news broadcasts and host talk shows for ABC, CBS, and NBC-owned-and-operated stations in prominent cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. During his time in Los Angeles at the CBS station, he shared the news anchor desk with his future spouse, Connie Chung.
Moreover, on the same Friday, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) also revealed the recipients of this year’s Gold and Silver Circle honors. These prestigious accolades celebrate exceptional professionals who have made remarkable contributions to the television industry, setting exemplary standards of achievement, mentorship, leadership, and receiving professional recognition for either 50 or 25 years, respectively.
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Among the distinguished individuals being honored this year, the Gold Circle class comprises Tanya Hart, Wendy Riche, Al Schwartz, and Vernée Watson, while the Silver Circle class showcases Christina Knack and Patrick Weiland. As mentioned earlier, the highly anticipated 50th annual awards ceremony, initially slated to be broadcasted on CBS, will not occur as planned on Friday, June 16 due to the ongoing writers’ strike.
Furthermore, the Creative Arts & Lifestyle awards ceremony, originally scheduled for the subsequent day, Saturday, June 17, has also been postponed. “We look forward to our community gathering together as one to celebrate our Golden Anniversary and all of the talented nominees and honorees at a later date,” NATAS said in a statement. General Hospital leads the pack of nominees this year, receiving an impressive 19 nominations. Following closely behind are The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives with 14, 13, and 11 nominations respectively.