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AMC, GH & Y&R Receive WGA Nominations! OLTL Snubbed!

In another possible “what were they thinking?” moment in award show nominations, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced this years nominees for achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing and graphic animation.

And in the Daytime Drama Categories, the nominations went to writing teams from The Young and the Restless, All My Children and General Hospital.  However, One Life to Live was left out!  We have heard that OLTL may have submitted Shane’s suicide attempt and part of the bullying storyline for contention, but we can not confirm that at this time.

The rules for submission and judging in the daytime category are this:  Each daytime drama submits three scripts and a précis which is a recap that covers an integrated period of time and describes what has been happening on the program, and the relationships of the characters.  WGA does not comment on what episodes were submitted.

We congratulate all the nominees and are left scratching our heads for no nomination for One Life, which day in and day out had the most dramatic and clever scripts this past year.  After the jump, you can see the list of the writing teams and individuals receiving a nod.  The winners will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on February 19th.

All My Children, Written by Jeff Beldner, Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Lisa K. Connor, Chris Dunn, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, David Kreizman, Dave Ryan, Donna Swajeski, Rebecca Taylor, Addie Walsh; ABC

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General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald, Tracey Thomson; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Sarah Smith, Sandra Weintraub, Chris Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

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JAY
JAY

Really !!! OLTL was the show to watch….they suck…enough said….

Monica
Monica

What?! I don’t even know what to say. AMC over OLTL? Shocked is understatement. Why didn’t they submit Matthew confessing to Bo and Nora that he killed Eddie Ford? This was a shocker for many fans, very emotional.

Really? OLTL not nominated? Wow.

vik
vik

UNBELIEVABLE, JUST UNBELIEVABLE!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Regarding the sin of omission here, could it be a factor that OLTL works its magic in New York City in relative obscurity compared to the dramas based in Los Angeles?

I question the AMC nomination but must say I am relieved B&B was not among nominees. I am so disappointed with that show ‘s storylines and plot points.

Gloria
Gloria

OLTL has NEVER, EVER gotten the recognition it deserves. I’ve watched every soap over the years & I am constantly amazed by who/what wins the awards. Never has made sense & OLTL being cancelled is just another thing that will never make sense. I am sick over & sick of thinking about it. I hate the View, the Chew, the Revolution & anything related to ABC. I have not watched GH in weeks, except to check in once in a while just to see if it is going anywhere new-it never seems to be-and although great things could come from Ron & Frank taking over, why the hell get re-invested in it? GH IS on ABC, right? How can it survive when ABC hates soaps? It is just a matter of time before it is ripped away from us too. I am so pissed off.

jp
jp

Am I shocked? No. Once again, oltl is overlooked as it has been in the past. Gh which is the most poorly written show in daytime garners a nomination. It is so dishearting. Oltl deserves to be recognize and honored for delivering the best pieces of writing in daytime. Hopefully, but im not holding my breath, that the emmys will do oltl justice n honor them with distinction in outstanding drama writing and directing teams.

Torrey
Torrey

I find it laughable that AMC would be nominated for any award that would have to do with writing, being that it was the poor writing over the last several years that was the cause of the downfall for AMC. And regardless, of what anyone had to say, the writing for me continued to stay in the toilet after Pratt, the gruesome two-some Kreizman & Swajeski and finally Lorraine Broderick…..

lisa
lisa

I just don’t understand why OLTL would get snubbed !! ?

Michael
Michael

I must say that I’m very shocked that AMC and GH were nominated over OLTL when it is both of those shows that had/have the worst writing teams on record! So does Y&R but apparently for the episodes that Y&R submitted, MAB, SH, and HS were never around those scripts!

Jared
Jared

Doesn’t make a bit of sense, but neither do the Emmy nominations every year. I guess we should just stop expecting common sense out of decision makers in this country. Everything’s political and dollar driven.

david
david

Snub? Politics? Money? Stupidity? Ignorance? Neurological deficit? Or, the literary aesthetics of Neanderthals?

Torrey
Torrey

I went on Youtube today and was re-watching the Bullying scenes with Shane, Rex, Gigi, Blair & Echo….OMG, it still makes me cry. Everyone was so spectacular. When Shane was on the roof, and Gigi was pleading with Shane to not jump and telling him how he was the greatest thing to happen to her…it was just too touching. And Shane’s speech about how he wanted to be the kid to not sit on the sidelines and join in on the fun, and not have to worry about his sickness…the tears just kept flowing. It’s stories like that, that make stellar soaps. OLTL is in a class of their own. I don’t care that ABC wasn’t smart enough to realize how great of a show this is….OLTL is the best!! Can’t wait for a clean sweep at the Emmy’s. There were so many wonderful performances by so many, I don’t know how they are going to narrow it down. Shane (Austin) better win for Outstanding Younger Actor….no one deserves it more than him.

Jenna
Jenna

I can understand GH and Y&TR being nominated. But AMC over OLTL? NEVER.

liz
liz

OLTL is the best soap on tv EVER!!!! The writing has been great this year. Why does everyone treat the show as the poor stepchild when it is the real Cinderella story. Soaps don’t get any better.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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