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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Nominations For The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards

The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards

Mario Lopez & Sheryl Underwood to Host

Daytime Emmy Awards to be held on Sunday, April 29
Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards Gala on Friday, April 27
Both Events Take Place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California


New York – March 21, 2018 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 29, 2018 hosted by Mario Lopez, host and star of the Emmy award-winning syndicated entertainment news show, Extra, and Sheryl Underwood, one of the hosts of the Emmy award-winning, CBS Daytime program, The Talk.  The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, April 27, 2018. The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations were revealed today on the Emmy Award-winning show, The Talk, on CBS.

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“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be presenting the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, in the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. “With an outstanding roster of nominees and two wonderful hosts in Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, we are looking forward to a great event honoring the best that Daytime television delivers everyday to its devoted audience.”

“The record-breaking number of entries and the incredible level of talent and craft reflected in this year’s nominees gives us all ample reasons to celebrate,” said David Michaels, SVP, and Executive Producer, Daytime Emmy Awards. “With David Parks joining us as an Executive Producer on the show, Gregg Gelfand directing and Bruce Ryan doing the set and Lighting Design by Tom Kenny along with a great production team, our 45th Anniversary show will be a spectacular gala which both looks ahead and looks back over 45 glorious years that will honor everything we’ve come to expect and love about Daytime television!”

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2017 calendar year.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala, honors the more than 70 craft & program categories behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre.

The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez is the host of Extra, the Emmy® Award–winning entertainment news program.  This is Lopez’s tenth consecutive season as the show’s host, after co-hosting Extra’s weekend edition since January 2007.

A man of many trades, Mario Lopez has the overwhelming desire to always keep active.  Lopez is also the host of the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows On with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez. Lopez also has his own YouTube channel called The Lopez Family. Created alongside Awestruck, the channel features his wife Courtney, their two children, and two dogs. Not only does Lopez have a proclivity for the entertainment industry, he is also an avid sports fan. He has taken his love for sports, specifically boxing, to the next level as a host of the iHeartRadio podcast, The 3 Knockdown Rule, which is also featured on the FOX Sports Radio website.

In September 2014, Lopez released his first autobiography, Just Between Us. In his memoir Lopez shares his successes and disappointments, never before-told stories and family values. Lopez became a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. In May 2011, he released the follow up to Extra Lean entitled Extra Lean Family. This new book featured recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez pennedMario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children’s’ book he co-authored with his sister Marissa.  As a follow up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia, a children’s book he wrote for his daughter, Gia. The book is currently being developed into an animated series.

No stranger to rigorous routines, Lopez danced his way to the finals in the third season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. Shortly after, in summer 2009, Lopez successfully completed his first run on Broadway.  He starred in the long-running hit musical A Chorus Line as the audience loved character ‘Zach.’

Mario was named the Alumni Ambassador of Fitness by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), while joining the ranks of some 25 other prominent alumni, including Denzel Washington and President Clinton, in the organization’s BE GREAT campaign.  Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today’s young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the key role community-based organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs play in the positive development of children.

Even with all his other ventures, Mario is still in love with acting.  Lopez reincarnated his guest-starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on the final season of F/X network’s popular show Nip/Tuck. Lopez’s run on the series garnished an instant and well-deserved cult following.  He previously starred in the highest rated program in ABC Family history, Holiday in Handcuffs. He also starred opposite Mark Consuelos in the made for TV movie Husband for Hire, which was the most watched program ever on the Oxygen Network  Last summer, he was the host of the CBS live action game show, Candy Crush.

Mario currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Courtney and their daughter, Gia and son, Dominic.


Sheryl Underwood

Sheryl Underwood serves as host of THE TALK, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of five female hosts. She hosts the show alongside Julie Chen, Eve, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne. Underwood won the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts Daytime Emmy for the first time in 2017.

Underwood is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, balancing the roles of in-demand entertainer and owner and chief executive officer of Pack Rat Productions. Underwood holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Benedict College in Columbia, SC, South Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Also, she hosts Sheryl Underwood Radio heard in 184 stations in the U.S. and internationally and recently launched Sheryl Underwood Radio – The APP. Committed to using her visibility and influence in positive ways, Underwood is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Pack Rat Foundation for Education, and she is currently raising money to support the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the students committed to pursuing a higher education. In 2008 she was elected as the 23rd International President of her beloved Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Considered one of today’s hardest working comediennes, Underwood has guest starred in the television series The Odd Couple and CBS daytime dramas The Young & the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful. In addition, her life story was the subject of the TV One bio-documentary Unsung Hollywood: Sheryl Underwood.

Underwood’s film credits include BulworthI Got the Hook Up and Beauty Shop, starring Queen Latifah. Underwood also was the host of BET’s Comic View and Holla, a talk show she created and produced that was loosely based on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect.

A sought-after media personality, Underwood is a weekly contributor and frequent guest host on the Steve Harvey Morning Show and appears on The Steve Harvey Project, the television version of the show on BET Centric. Previously, Underwood hosted The Sheryl Underwood Show on Jamie Foxx’s The Foxxhole on Sirius 106/XM 149, where she provided a mix of political satire, comedy and music. Also, Underwood was the host of Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up and is a former contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show.


A breakdown of the awards by network, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP, follows.

Yangaroo, Inc. is the official provider of the Digital Media Distribution System Awards Management Solution (“DMDS”) for the submission, judging and voting of all programs in the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

United Airlines is the official airline of the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards and of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

A full list of all nominees in all categories can be downloaded from our website at:

Press Registration forms for both April 27 and April 29 events can be found on the NATAS website at: