When the 2023 Daytime Emmy Awards take place — postponed due to the writers’ strike — two legends of daytime television will be honored.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced that the Daytime Emmy-winning actress Susan Lucci and legendary talk show host Maury Povici were named lifetime achievement honorees for the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. These honors will be part of the broadcast.
“I am truly humbled to receive this prestigious award from the Academy. Throughout my career, I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside exceptional talent and embraced by my fans who have been with me every step of the way,” Lucci said in a statement. “This honor is not only a reflection of my journey, but a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the deep connection we are so fortunate to make with audiences around the world through television.”
Lucci played All my children as Erica Kane for over 40 years and won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for that role in 1999. (She has 20 other nominations for her work on the ABC daytime drama.)
“I am stunned by this honor from the Academy. I’ve always had great respect for his work when I served on the National Board and was president of the New York Chapter,” Povich, who hosted Maury from 1998 to 2022 and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for doing so in 2022, he said. “I guess if you hang around long enough, some good things happen. It has been a journey of over 60 years for me in this business, so I feel extremely blessed with this recognition.”
Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS, added, “We are thrilled to recognize two icons with lifetime honors, Susan Lucci and Maury Povich. Both had amazing success and profound impact in the world of daytime television, Susan in drama series and Maury in talk shows, and left their indelible marks on the industry. We look forward to celebrating their achievements and also recognizing the Gold and Silver Circle awardees when our celebrations are rescheduled.”
Days of the Emmys was originally scheduled to air on June 16 CBS and Paramount+. “The 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, scheduled for Friday, June 16 on CBS, is being postponed due to the WGA strike. In addition, Creative Arts & Lifestyle, planned for Saturday, June 17, has been postponed pending a strike resolution,” Sharp said in a May 16 statement. and all talented nominees and awardees at a later date.”