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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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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS New Summer Promo Reveals The Returns of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Louise Sorel

Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

Then look out for four weddings from Ben and Ciara,  Eric and Nicole, Kayla and Justin, Eli and Lani, but who will actually say their “I-do’s”?

It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the preview below.  Then let us  know, who are you most excited about seeing back on the canvas via the comment section!

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You loved her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless, and now daytime soap fans will get to see actress Emily O’Brien again, when she premieres in her new role as Gwen on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

In the current issue of SOD on newsstands now, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati had previewed that Gwen is introduced as Jake’s (Brandon Barash) ex-girlfriend.

So, excited to see Emily on DAYS? Comment below.

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