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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Score WGA Award Nominations!

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The WGA announced their 2018 Writers Guild Award nominations on Thursday in the fields of television, new media, news radio/audio and promotional writing, and it was two soaps who got the nod in the Daytime Drama category.

Those receiving nominations were Days of our Lives lead by head writer, Ron Carlivati, and General Hospital lead by Shelly Altman, and former co-head writer, Jean Passanante.

In an ironic twist, Carlivati last won the WGA Award for writing General Hospital, and now he is up against his former co-horts.

Here are this year’s WGA Daytime Drama nominated writing teams:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC

Days of Our Lives, Writers: Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

Congratulations to all!  To view a complete list of nominees in all categories click here.

Now, what do you think of this year’s writing team nominations,  and who will you be rooting for? The awards will be handed out in concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles on February 11, 2018.  Comment below!

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Jimmy
Jimmy

DAYS deserves this award more than GH, in my opinion. The show has been on fire ever since Ron C took over, whereas GH has really only livened up since October, with the Tale of Two Jason’s story. GH as a whole was not as exciting as DAYS has been this year, especially while Jean P was still there. Now with Chris Van Etten as co-head writer, things have started to improve, but it will take a little while longer for those changes to be in full effect.

Patrick
Patrick

IF having 3 successful runs before running out of gas is real then i’d call in first

3 networks called

NBC is one of them

on high

i’d run with this

Ron Carlivati is spoken for his work

4 1/2 months is “beginning”

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Great points as always, Friend!

Thanks for your thoughtful replies and backup in the Alec Baldwin thread.

LOVE to you as well, Patrick.

I hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday! Cheers! 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

having “posted” a number of years

this time is sky full of dreams

a lot of ideals run

i’m celebrating a turn not lost with me

D – A – N – C – E

nice

Stephen
Stephen

Hi Michael,

Can you give us any info on what they submitted?

Satan
Satan

Going to have to go with GH at this point. It’s definitely the more improved of the two in terms of writing… ironically much of it due to cleaning up the mess that Ron made when he was there.

Days is a mixed bag…. Will being back is good. Not having memory is overdone cliche. The dopplegangers were complete dragonshit. Hoping the return of Vivian Alamain was worth the wait. Maybe she can bury FauxEve alive this time…. and forget where the coffin is.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Ron Carlivati was let go from GH 2 years ago.I’m not saying he didn’t make mistakes while at GH but i don’t think it would have taken GH 2 years to fix any mess he left behind.However i think everything worked out okay because GH is doing good and i’m sure Ron Carlivati is happy writing for Days.

Jovin
Jovin

On the contrary Andrew! Ron completely gutted that show! He left it an empty shell, a void blank canvas full of newbies, murderers, and all around unlikeable people. He destroyed
Legendary couples and characters with arrogant nonchalance and no regard for the fans. I feel finally, just now, the show is out from under the stain of his writing and has embarked on a very good course! And yes, it HAS taken two full years to accomplish that! Any writer coming in after what he did on GH faced a monumental, Herculean battle to repair the damage! I suspect Nean and Shelly could have done it sooner had they had carte Blanche to write out some Carlivati creations that were just not working…..and that was about half the cast at the time. But Frank and Ron shared a vision….and Frank was still around, obviously insisting that they write material for his new pets. I watched an episode the other day, where Maxie and Lulu were
In their hazmat suits, and it was CLASSIC GH!! It was campy, fun, and characters were used to advance the plot. Some of the one liners and zingers had me literally laughing out loud! It has been a LONG time since GH has been must see for me, but it has been for the past 2 months. To have such a large unwieldy cast and to be able to weave so many characters and plot points into the umbrella story of the Two Jason’s has been extremely impressive indeed! I like Nelle! I like her with Michael, and I don’t want her to be too nuts! The actress makes unusual choices that completely throw you off balance…either making you want to shake some sense into her or give her a big hug! I have heard rumours and seen the beginnings of a potential baby switch or baby theft storyline between Nelle and Maxie. That doesn’t please me. Can’t a couple just have a baby? I think Nelle should be the child that Nina had while in the coma and that resulted in some sort of brain trauma for Nelle. Not that I care for Nina (she is an unconnected Carlivati creation who continues to be employed solely because she is Michelle Stafford), or want her role on the show expanded, but they seem to be trying to shoehorn her onto the canvasback by any means possible. They are similar physically, they have worked togrther, and it would explain a lot.

Sorry I kind of rambled! Lol. My original point was…yes…the new GH writers had a LOt of clean up and damage control to do after Carlivati decimated and devastated the show. And they are doing wonderfully now!!

Shay
Shay

@Jovin….Excellent post! I agree with just about everything you have so well-stated…with a special amen to the notions on Nina! (Not that I’d ever want to see that psycho get a child, even a grown one as bad a seed as Nelle!) Which leads me to wonder if “Auntie Nina” shall be obsessing on Maxie and Nathan’s bundle of joy in the upcoming months, since I don’t think she has turned over a new leaf at all! She’s still totally nuts and just waiting to be triggered all over again…and speaking of such things, am I the only one who senses some spooky vibes from the sneaky Nurse Amy on this same subject? She looked both totally crestfallen and utterly infuriated to learn of the West family’s prospective new arrival….

Patrick
Patrick

@jovin . two thoughts .. UP Up UP .. because I dont’ want to lose my train

1.. Dante and Lulu.. the required Dante stir

he’s the gas and bomb… you take care of his sexuality… he’s the bomb , plus oh yeah

2. NI IN A !!!!!! hand s up raised and fire

Patrick
Patrick

the Maxie and Lulu gas mask suit “caught” me

it filmed
If Amy does go off the tracks.. THIS could be good one to marquee the Team

sure

seeing Nathan and Dr. O is another big deal

thank you

the pressure is not on to keep Nathan and Maxie “alone” solitude your mine

GH is spreading the wealth.. and it’s going their

JUST GIVE : Michelle Stafford a “role”

a role worth giving.. she’s so tantamount

this is not a die hard role.. it’s sharing with the Corinthos’

I WILL compare to that

Nina : deserves

a role of imagination and what you want

she was an easy go getter who understood and wetted the senses
of course she did

for years

has nothing to do with Valentin and Charlotte

that’s magic

I love her

savvy curves LOVE flirtations gummy bear upped and out .. tease

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Congrats to the nominees and i hope the best one wins

Jovin
Jovin

I love Cheeky Chandler playing Douche Bag Will!!! Did you catch him leering at naked Paul???? Lmao!!! When he asked him if the sex was good I almost fell off my chair!!!!!! I love it!!!!!
It

Patrick
Patrick

“…Did you catch him leering at naked Paul???? ”

^^^^ that threw me… did not see that sly my cup runneth over SMILE from Will

what’s this new Will doing ! catching up…

at least it was explained.. even with his “amnesia” he was hiding and backburnered HIS feelings , from Susan.

@Jovin – you now have a CLASSIC Line to marquee:

“…I love Cheeky Chandler playing Douche Bag Wil ”

LOL

happy dance

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Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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