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PBS, ‘General Hospital’ Score in Daytime Emmys Nominations

With public broadcasting under attack, PBS scores 57 nominations

It was a good day for endangered television as PBS led with 57 nominations in Wednesday's announcement of the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations. Soaps cleaned up as well.

ABC followed PBS with 56 nominations, including 21 for "General Hospital," the single-most nominated program. The full list of nominees is here.

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"Let's Make a Deal"'s Wayne Brady will host the awards, to be broadcast June 19, 2011 on CBS from the Las Vegas Hilton. Veteran game-show hosts Alex Trebek (Jeopardy") and Pat Sajak ("Wheel of Fortune") will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

PBS is threatened by conservatives out to cut its budget, and soaps by network executives who want to replace them with other programming. ABC announced last month it would cancel "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," which received 13 and 12 nominations, respectively.

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"The Young and the Restless" received 20, the second-most nominations of any show.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" fared best in daytime talk, scoring 12 nominations compared to five for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which leaves the airwaves May 25.

Among morning news shows, "Today" had six nominations compared to one for "Good Morning America." The two shows are the only competitors in the category of "Outstanding Morning Program," which omitted past contenders "The Early Show" on CBS and "American Morning" on CNN.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear" earned four.