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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive WGA Award Nominations

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Nominations were announced on Wednesday for the Writers Guild Awards with the winners set to be revealed on March 21, 2021.

In the Daytime Drama category two of the network soaps writing teams received nominations, Days of our Lives and General Hospital.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit for this year’s competition.

Here are the nominated teams:

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

General Hospital, Head Writers: Dan O’Connor, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writer: Anna Theresa Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

For the complete list of nominations in the television, new media, news, promo writing and radio/audio read it here.

So, who will you be rooting for in the Daytime Drama category this year … DAYS or GH? Comment below.

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Good! Y&R is out and it deserves to be out.
How it stays #1 is a mystery..
I believe the way it has ratings counted is a scam
perhaps it pulls in via whatever means Puerto Rico etc.
Some dark tech going on there, yup
Since the first soaps, Y&R has been #1
what are the odds of that-?
Many soaps were much better during the past 5 decades
to not have one of them be #1 just once.Just once.

The Nielsen ratings aren’t a reflection of a programs quality. We know that even though it’s been number one, it is far from being the best soap, probably ever. It’s just a habit of many people leaving the tv on during that time period on that channel, doesn’t mean they are paying attention to the show.

No Y&R not surprised – the writers are awful, feel for the cast, they not being used very well. It’s awful that BB did NOT submit -their writers are awesome, great storylines with an awesome cast. They rock!

It’s already sad that there are only four soaps left & then I see only two nominees. If GH doesn’t win this award there is no hope left for quality writing & these awards like others are pointless.

General Hospital for sure should win them all. Days used to be good a few years back then it would have been a toss up for me but not now.

GH all the way!

Same old names since the 1990’s. They just keep recycling the same old failed soap writers among the final four soaps. And you wonder why the audience only sees back from the dead stories and poor ratings!!! Is it really so difficult for the heads of daytime to demand new writing blood on these shows? Can someone at least pass a Rooney rule for daytime soaps where at least each writing team has one member under 30 and a person of color?

The problem is that many fans of daytime, like my mother, started watching GH, Days, Y&R and B&B years ago. These people want to the writers to mainly focus on the “legacy characters” ie Laura, Monica, Anna, Robert etc on GH, John, Kayla, Patch, Marlena, Maggie, Julie, Jennifer, Jack etc on Days and who ever the legacy characters are on the other two shows.

My mother and others believe that the younger generation should be there to enchance the legacy characters storylines. And these people don’t believe that writers under 30 have the ability and experience to write the necessary storylines.

I would buy that if the legacy characters actually had real lives and weren’t generally used as props for the younger group. Look at John and Marlena or Victor Newman, these vibrant characters are pretty much reduced to worrying about their children and meddling in there lives. People over 50 do have something more to offer than advice and for Pete’s sake let’s keep people out of the hospital.

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Trevor St. John Announces His Departure from The Young and the Restless

In a shocker, Trevor St. John revealed on Tuesday that he is leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless and his role as Tucker McCall.

The popular actor took to his account on X and in a series of posts said his “thank you’s” and bid farewell to the top-rated soap opera.

St. John shared, “As you well know, Tuckers come and Tuckers go, and so the cycle continues… this Tucker is in his go phase… I thank each and every member of the wonderful cast, the crew, the directors, the producers and production staff, and CBS/Sony for the great experience from day one to the last. I feel so fortunate to have played such a terrific role.”

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Trevor continued: “Most importantly, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to you the (Y&R) fans. THANK YOU!” Tucker might be gone for the time being, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got projects in the works, and if you haven’t seen my film, A Good Enough Day, it’s now available to stream for free on Tubi!”

The news of his exit comes just two years shy of his time on The Young and the Restless.  St. John made his Genoa City debut in September of 2022 as the new Tucker, last played by Days of our Lives, Stephen Nichols (Steve). The role was first played by actor William Russ.

No word from St. John or Y&R as to when his last episode will air on the top-rated soap opera.  In story, Tucker is losing his company to a takeover by Audra and Victor, while Ashley is finally getting help she needs after her personality split.

So, what do you think about Trevor’s departure from Y&R? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Casts Joshua Morrow’s Son, Crew, as the New Will Spencer

In casting news, Crew Morrow, the son of  Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman, The Young and the Restless) and his wife, Tobe, is joining The Bold and the Beautiful as a a recast in the contract role of Will Spencer.

That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom), who formerly played Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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In addition, more casting was revealed. Jamison Belushi, the daughter of comedian and actor, Jim Belushi, is making a one-day guest appearance in the role of April, a lab technician on today’s Monday, June 17th episode. The outlet also mentioned that Li (Naomi Matsuda) and Finn (Tanner Novlan), with whom April works for, are about to embark on a summer mystery story that kicks off on July 1.

So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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