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DAYS, GH and Y&R Receive WGA Award Nominations For A Daytime Drama


Three of the four network soaps received nominations in the category of Daytime Drama for the upcoming 72nd annual Writers Guild Awards.  Nominations in television categories were announced on Thursday.

The annual scribe-fest is based on voting by 15,000 WGA members, and awards will be handed out in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and in New York at the Edison Ballroom on February 1st, 2020.

The eligibility are shows within the 2019 calendar year.

The nominated writing teams competing in the Daytime Drama category are as follows:

Days of Our Lives, Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Dave Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Betsy Snyder, Katie Schock; NBC Universal

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writers: Anna T. Cascio, Dan O’Connor Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Writers:  Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Lynn Martin, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman CBS

So, which soap do you think should receive the WGA Award for the best writing on a daytime drama series in 2019? Share your picks in the comment section below.

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  1. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    December 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I’m laughing at the fact that The Bold and the Beautiful did not get nominated. Time for fresh blood on that soap. It’s long over-due!

    • Michael

      December 5, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Could not agree with you more Scott!

    • Iakovos

      December 6, 2019 at 7:44 am

      I agree, Scott. I am weary of B&B’s endless story loops. It is time for some major changes. For a drama set in Los Angeles with such international businesses as fashion and publishing as the backdrop, real-life business stakes and real-world issues should have some lasting impact and effect. After awhile, these romantic heroes and heroines seem foolish for all their endless back-and-forth rather than worthy of our investment for their successes and heartbreak. Give us a couple that lasts more than six months. Give us characters that actually do what they say in matters of the heart.

  2. Tony

    December 5, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I am a huge GH fan since 1992 but i have to say, the show needs a new head writer. I don’t even recognize Sam and Jason anymore.

  3. Michael

    December 5, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Did anyone notice that Y&R didn’t list a head writer? Curious to say the least.

  4. Su000

    December 5, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    The Bold & Beautiful is always left out..
    I’ve never watched it, seems it has a problem.

  5. The other Lis

    December 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Actually its time for the people who run the four soaps to get their heads out of the sand and start thinking about the year 2020. It took a near death experience for Days but they are moving in the right direction of putting more content on the web. The gross for the Downton Abbey movie is nearing 200 million. Think folks a movie produced for 30 million for a PBS series has grossed nearly

    Its time for these cheapstake soap producers to start investing in the fans. As all the soaps are in California why not have a convention similar to what comic-con is where all 4 shows are together. Get togethers dont have to be just at Emmy time. Invite the people from the old ABC and CBS soaps. You’ve got a ton of retiring baby boomers who grew up on soaps who would love to revisit their Luke and Laura years. Comic can was once a small committed group of people who liked comics and look at it now. And eeryone knows the story about that small group of people devoted to keeping a science fiction show around until it became the phenomena known as Star Trek. Keep Hope Alive.

  6. Kay

    December 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Bold survives because of their international following ! Very sad for the soaps I think they checked out a long time ago so many talented writers that could have stepped in

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According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

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The disc had airshow number #8321 on it, and a question mark as to when it will make it to air.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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