For the first time in five years, The Daytime Emmys ceremony was broadcast on network television on Friday night (6/26). An upsurge in popularity? Collective guilt from the networks who watched the embarrassing efforts to do the awards online? Nahhhh. The two main reasons they decided to try their hand at a socially-distanced Daytime Emmy ceremony (where presenters, hosts, and recipients were all at their homes) were because CBS (and the other networks) is pretty desperate for some original content, and this could serve as a trial run to see if other, more well-known ceremonies could be staged in a socially-distant way. I have to say....it was pretty well done. And I'm not just saying it was good in comparison to the s#!t-shows and dumpster fires of the past few years (even prior to the exile into online awards). The hosts didn't go up on their lines. The transitions were mostly smooth. No one used their 30 seconds to make a political statement or virtue-signal to the masses. The minimal amount of clips and 'historical segments' were well-chosen. There weren't any notable 'bad internet connections' or sound/microphone issues. Best of all, most of the winners were well-deserving. Maybe the at-home/ad hoc nature of the ceremony made a lot of the participants more relaxed, and thus less worried about their hair, their dress, or the pre-scripted banter that we typically see. For the first time in a while, it looked like people were enjoying themselves. So who won? https://tvline.com/lists/daytime-emmys-2020-winners/ This year's ceremonies had virtually no hype---I'm guessing the network was afraid of building it up too much and having some kind of live train wreck--but I liked this understated version better than the overhyped train wrecks of years past. Maybe they finally found their groove: under-promise and over-deliver.