The CBS soap "The Young and the Restless" earned a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations Wednesday, including three of the four competitors for best actor, while ABC rival "General Hospital" had 19 nominations, The Associated Press reports.
PBS' venerable children's show "Sesame Street" earned 17 nominations, including one for Kevin Clash, who played the Elmo character and resigned in November amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. Clash's lawyer has said that related lawsuits filed against Clash are without merit.
Clash, who was nominated for outstanding performer in a children's series, played Elmo for 28 years and already has 23 Daytime Emmy awards.
Top actor nominees are Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson and Michael Muhney of "The Young and the Restless," and Jason Thompson of "General Hospital."
Nominated for top actress in a daytime drama were Susan Flannery and Heather Tom of "The Bold and the Beautiful"; Peggy McCay of "Days of Our Lives" and Michelle Stafford of "The Young and the Restless."
Kelly Ripa will have a chance for a repeat award with a different co-host this year. Her pairing with Regis Philbin, "Live with Regis and Kelly!" won best entertainment talk show last year, and they were named top talk show hosts.
Her new collaboration with Michael Strahan was nominated for best entertainment talk show, competing with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Talk" and "The View."
Anderson Cooper, Steve Harvey, Ricki Lake, Mehmet Oz and Rachael Ray were nominated for best talk show host.