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Days of our Lives Wins WGA Award!

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NBC’s Days of our Lives continued its resurgence with another major victory in award shows!  Tonight in ceremonies held in simultaneous in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and in New York City at the Edison Ballroom, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is handing out their annual awards honoring outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories.

In the Daytime Drama category, Days of our Lives was victorious over General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.  Current co-head writer, Chris Whitesell accepted the award on behalf of the entire DAYS writing team, where he also cited the contributions of executive producer Ken Corday, and co-executive producer Greg Meng.

During the DAYS writing team trip to the podium a clip of one of the major Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kristen’s (Eileen Davidson)  showdown scene was shown to the audience in attendance!

The winning DAYS writing team included: Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons and Christopher J. Whitesell.

What do you think about DAYS win for writing by the WGA?   Let us know!

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boes
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boes

Congratulations, DOOL!

I think DOOL is the most consistently entertaining of the remaining shows, and the one with the most soap integrity.

Great news and well-deserved praise!

Brenda
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Brenda

I agree. Congrats to Days

GH50
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GH50

And Ron Carlivati tweeted his sour grapes, calling the head writer a scab. Note to Carlivati, think about why the WGA would rather give the award to a non union writer than you. Maybe the storylines on DOOL are creative, well written, pay attention to detail and are not constantly recycled who’s the daddy stories and love triangles. Maybe those writers respect the history of the show and the fans and don’t constantly rewrite history, characters and inundate the canvas with brand new, uninteresting, underdeveloped newbies. Maybe the DOOL writers put the show first and don’t make their egos and… Read more »

John
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John

Plus Gary Tomlin who is the hW is no longer eligible for WGA awards because he went Fi-Core in 2008 during the strike. He can never be nominated and win this award iduring the remainder of his career. He wasnt even recoginized on the nominee sheet.

RC is pissed Gh didnt win & that Gary HW OLTL during the 2008 strike.

Phil
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Phil

Ron is a good writer, and I like GH! That being said, I am disappointed in his tweet! During a time when ALL who are involved in daytime must stick together he needed to either stay quiet or congratulate them on their win! GH is good for that edge of seat shock factor… It is light fluff! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, DAYS has more sophisticated and deep storylines which are character driven! I think the writing team at DAYS is far superior to any, and I credit that to Lorraine Broderick, who if Ken… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Kudos GH50. I loved GH for more than thirty years but ultimately decided to give it up in early January because I found myself feeling disgusted at the juvenile and preposterous storylines coming one after the next.

Carlivati mocks the viewers who complain about the campiness and tells them good riddance when they express they’re chagrin…

I note that GH is the only soap NOT touting their ratings over the last couple of weeks… as longtime fans are drifting away.

Brenda
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Brenda

Amen GH50. You took the words right out of my mouth.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days is the best right now…can never wait for the next episode!!!

Ana
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Ana

The way i see it DOOL its going to be # 1 pretty soon !! Over Y&R . Sad ,sad M

Phil
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Phil

Easily the best written soap of the remaining four…DAYS deserved this win!

Libby
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Libby

Congratulations to DAYS and writing team. Hoping some of the great EJ and Sami arc was a part of the episode or episode submitted for #WGA. 2013 was one of the best years from # DAYS in decades. Kudos to the entire writing team. So proud. 40+ years watching.

PABWECG
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PABWECG

True. 2013 was an great year for Dool. The Bristen story was outstanding, and the Ejami reunion was wonderful! Add the Nick/Wilson story, and it just was all around entertaining.

Too bad they decided to through away all that consistency with the recent Ejami-sabbotage…so much plot-point writing after some very good character driven story-telling of last year.

Oh well. Hopefully, tptb will see how much better they did in 2013 than they have this year so far, and change course!

sue sherwood
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sue sherwood

so glad you won
ive been watching you over 20
years
love the show, second family

Bandele
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Bandele

Why is GH HW saying this on twitter:

Ron Carlivati þ@carlivatiron 59s
Someone please explain to me how a show with a scab head writer wins the #WGA award. #Hypocrisy

Who is the scab H-writer? Is this from 7 years ago?

Derek
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Derek

Wow, talk about sour grapes. I don’t watch GH but I heard its awful. Days won because it deserves to win. It’s the best of the bunch.

NYCER4LIFE
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NYCER4LIFE

Ron Carlivati is referring to Gary Tomlin who continued to write, ironically enough, for OLTL during the writers’ strike in 2007-2008. Perhaps Mr. Carlivati, who was OLTL’s head writer, has personal animus toward Mr. Tomlin. But as one can see, Mr. Tomlin’s name is not on the nominee list. It is extremely bad form for Mr. Carlivati to disparage a colleague in the now too small world of American soap operas. The industry should support and celebrate each other. More importantly, DAYS deserved the win. Mr. Carlivati should have acted more gracefully and congratulated the DAYS writing team instead of… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I don’t know what Ron’s problem is. The scripts he submitted were of lesser quality than DAYS’ submissions. Is that too hard for him to understand? The WGA didn’t award the honour to someone who crossed picket lines. They awarded it to the TEAM who wrote the best episode in a daytime drama for 2013.

Deal with it Ron. Your precious 50th anniversary episode, or Nurses Ball episode (whichever!) were no match for the climax to one of the hottest stories on any soap last year.

Gerry
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Gerry

Ron Carlivati is referring to DAYS’s current co-head writer Gary Tomlin who broke ranks with the writers on strike back in 2007-2008 and served as head writer for OLTL while Carlivati was picketing. Carlivati, as many know, was OLTL’s head writer. Guess Carlivati is bitter and harboring a grudge against Tomlin even though Tomlin isn’t a listed nominee and an official winner. Sad that Carlivati can’t support his fellow writers in the industry.

cody
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cody

So glad they won, much deserve . Go days

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Just another reason for non DAYS viewers to tune in!

Day after day, Days of our Lives delivers daring daytime drama!!!

Reward yourselves with better DAYS!!!!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Congratulations DAYS!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Writers Guild Award : Best Writing… “Days of OUR Lives”

Repeat! Repeat! I tell ya!

Best Serial: 2 years in a row! Emmy Winner! DOOL is ON!

cast acting + award writing = Best Soap

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days is currently the best soap…hope it keeps up…now if they could write something for Kayla, Abe, Roman, Justin and Adrienne, it could be even greater!!!

Jules
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Jules

Hell! Yes!

I think it should be noted, this only the second ever WGA win for DAYS, and one of the ONLY writing awards DAYS has ever received! And it couldn’t have come for a more worthy year of entertainment!

So proud of my little soap! I’m kvelling for all its success!

Margaret
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Margaret

Congrats to Days! Well deserved and the writing is heads and tails above the other shows.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Congratulations! Well deserved. Days is currently the best daytime drama on the air.

I’m also a fan of GH & YR. Someone needs to take RC’s twitter away until he gets some class. He’s such an ass.

Paul8148
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Paul8148

Sounds like they one of the episodes they choose to summit was the episode Nick confess to Gabi he was Rape/Marlena vs. Kristian Showdown. Wonder what the other two was?

Jules
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Jules

Michael, can you explain to me why not one, but two of my comments were not published? The first one was simply praising DAYS on their award- that’s it. All good things. The second was in reply to someone asking about RC’s comment. Why the censorship? What did I say in either that would constitute not showing what I’ve written? I would appreciate a reply because I’m a little stumped here. If I’m allowed to, I’ll say it again, I am so proud of DAYS for receiving the honour of best writing. Even though it’s based on one or two… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

all this weekend…..

perhaps the same thing happened to me….

where I thought I posted something… and it did… and later wasn’t?

the humber of posts per headline… were not matching number of posts per ????

anyway? love DOOL fans

Jules
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Jules

Nevermind Michael. My apologies, I did not realize this was an issue for many. I thought it was me.

Thanks for letting me know Patrick. I wouldn’t have known about this if you didn’t comment.

Omar
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Omar

I love GH and its so entertaining but Ron C’s over the top writing can get very “cartoonish” like it did in OLTL, while DOOL writing the past year has been superb and with some integrity and a ode to old school story telling..Congrats and happy to see this show getting recognition that It did not get for so many years!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Days of OUR Lives !!! WINS “Writers Guild Award’

Is this not indicative…. telling… with a win for writing…. and a cast that does not let up

that…. DOOL, deserves to repeat – Best Serial… 2 years in a row

yes

nancy
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nancy

congrats days happy days are here again if you catch my drift I would love to see nick back with gabi again I wish to see sami die from skydiving accident I do not want a recast of sami at all

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

DAYS will be the #1 rated soap by the time it turns 50! DAYS is already #1 in entertainment!!!

Trisha
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Trisha

DOOL deserved to win. It is now where GH used to be. DOOL has the family history, the creative writing, the respect to characters and their histories on the show. It knows how to connect the dots so that stories make sense.

It has ALL the things that GH no longer has.

Congrats to DOOL ..you’re proving that you’ve got what soap viewers want to see.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’d feature your post… any time… any where

clear, simple, and to the point!

we all know… to produce a big production… day in and day out… has to be something

and…. LOL… it’s our show

I love who’s helming… who’s writing… whos casting… whos crewing….

I love that the actors do not let up… and bring their “A” game

its must see… character driven… with history….

intricately weaving… storytelling… throughout the whole cast

from top to bottom…. young and older… mix in

Congratulations

DOOL FANS – salute

keep pressing

RLeternal
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RLeternal

I am extremely, extremely happy that my favorite soap, DOOL, won the WGA Award. The stories on DOOL are simply amazing. RC is so rude in calling a writer of the WGA Award winning team a S word.

nancy
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nancy

congrats dool the only best soap opera ever for me to watch thank you for winning from me too all of you

nancy
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nancy

sami dies on her wedding day marge gets out of jail on that same day and goes back to jail for killing sami marge goes back to jail for sami’s murder for the rest of her life while ej and abby gets married on that same day instead

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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