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General Hospital and Days of our Lives Score WGA Nominations!

Nominations were announced this morning for the 2015 Writers Guild Awards (WGA) in Television, New Media and Radio honoring the work of writers for the 2014 season.

In the Daytime Drama category, it is was ABC’s General Hospital and NBC’s Days of our Lives that landed nominations for their work.  The writing team members who received a nomination are as follows:

Days of our Lives  –  Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC

General Hospital – Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

In addition, the Amazon Prime series, Transparent which stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light received a nomination for writing in a Comedy Series and New Series, and HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart received a nod in the writing Long Form Adapted category.   To view the complete list of nominations click here!

As for what scripts were submitted to earn DAYS and GH their respective nods in the Daytime Drama category, we will keep you updated.  The WGA Awards will be handed out in ceremonies on Saturday night, February 15th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California.

So, which writing team are you rooting for to win the writing award between General Hospital and Days of our Lives?  Let us know!

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

I watch both shows so it doesnt matter to me which one wins…lol

su0000
su0000

CONGRATS to both General Hospital and Days of our Lives !!

General Hospital’s writing has been suburb !! outstanding!

Days of our Lives, I have not watched but-
Its’ fans speak highly of their soap so no doubt the writing of Days of our Lives has also been good..

good luck to both 🙂

Fran
Fran

days all the way

Fanny
Fanny

General Hospital of course.

Beth
Beth

It speaks volumes that when there are only four soaps left, two of them don’t make the cut for a nomination. B&B, in particular, recycles tired stories and tries to pass off exotic locations as a storyline. I’m glad WGA didn’t reward them with a nomination. Brad Bell may be good at giving his audience pretty people in pretty settings, but he can’t write a decent story to save his life. Y&R was a mess all year and just fired its HW. What’s B&B’s excuse?

IowaMan
IowaMan

Agreed and agreed. When was the last time that B&B actually told an original story? I’m three weeks behind & don’t feel any rush to try to catch up. Sad when there are now so few choices to watch.

Margie Rose Dalton
Margie Rose Dalton

THANK YOU WRITERS my #GH & #DAYS.Deserve to win! Thank you Michael for letting us know!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Good to cite GH and DAYS. They are the best among the four soaps remaining.

GH may not always be my cup of tea, but darn! Those writers can tell tall tales and keep that supersoap cast in motion, spinning like plates. And with a nod to history. I just wish we would not rely so on resurrections and baby-stealing.

DAYS remains old-fashioned in its storytelling but oh, the suspense and buildup and dialogue those characters say (especially in the heat of the moment!). There remains a strong sense of humanity is Salem this latecomer to the proceedings has come to appreciate.

Patrick
Patrick

@ Iakovos

way to go on the marquee for both shows

it could be any day of the week. when one against the other just fulfills and takes first

these two above and beyond take over the CBS shows

I have to pull from your DAYS cull : “… DAYS remains old-fashioned in its storytelling ”

I don’t know that the numbers 3 and 4 respectively will ever overtake… CBS #1 and #2… but that’s because of mindset …

days and GH have never lost their or wavered less than the audience take

they’ve both maintained their draw… and it’s because of word of mouth

I WISH that these two would overtake and cement their loyal following as we deserve it… that GH and DAYS be lauded

Iakovos
Iakovos

And I think the Writers Guild has more cred than the Emmy nominators. That is why I am so pleased with how this is going. Thanks for the comments, Patrick. Maybe GH and DAYS will rise up, huh? I am doing my best to make that happen. Will admit I follow the other two and watch them some. Y&R was once my favorite. I miss ATWT the most.

Kevin
Kevin

CONGRATS TO GENERAL HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They DESERVE TO Win For This Too

Kevin
Kevin

Since They Were Shunned At The 2014 Daytime Emmy Award WHICH WAS A TRAIN WRECK…. Because They Didn’t Give General Hospital And Equal Fair Chance To Win Anything

It Was All About Jill Farren SOAP OPERA KILLER Phelps

I Am GLAD That The Young And The Restless WAS NOT NOMINATED

That Show (Y and R) And Jill Farren Phelps Don’t Deserve Another Damn Award.

Caleb Rogers
Caleb Rogers

I am a big fan of Days of Our Lives. It should win big.

Buddy
Buddy

Way to go “GH”s Ron Carlivati and Crew, You guys are totally awesome, keep it up…

Now I wish We could have Laura(Genie) and steal Greg Vaughan from “Days” and bring Him back as Our Lucky!!!

Hope You win Ron, and keep up the great work…

Dan
Dan

Glad to see GH finally getting some recognition for the tremendous work they’ve been doing. A very well deserved nomination! Hopefully the Emmys will follow suit when those nominations come out in the spring.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Great news for Days of our Lives and General Hospital!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Congrats to both but I am a Days Fan all the way <3

jeremy
jeremy

Congrats!! 🙂

Margaret
Margaret

I have never seen general hospital
I love days though. Have been watching on and off for 30+ years

Tom84
Tom84

It’s reallyr nice to see a thread where all the comments are overwhelmingly positive! Congratulations to all involved in both shows – good to see that there is some positive recognition for all the hard work put in to these long running and great shows.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Love both shows & both are winners to me. Congrats & good luck.

Patrick
Patrick

Days of OUR Lives supplants and steers trigger

enigmatic imagination wild one hour of dream

quality ON

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

OF COURSE YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT I ALWAYS WILL PICK GH. THEY’VE ALWAYS BEEN THE BEST IN MY EYES, AND ACTUALLY FEEL LIKE THEIR AN EXTENDED FAMILY. THAT’S HOW MUCH I’M ADDITED TOWARDS GH. THANKS FOR SHARING AND KEEP US UP TO DATE. THANKS AGAIN.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I love General Hospital, primarily due to most of the brilliant cast members, but I feel the show is all over the place, too many characters, subplots. Days has more structure, and surprisingly I care about the characters more on Days. My vote is for DAYS!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I guess congrats to both. I don’t watch GH but hear good things about it. I hate to rain on the parade, but as a long-time DOOL fan, I thought I had to comment. DAYS right now is awful! I have no idea how they were nominated for the award!! Their current storylines are a mess and really boring. The vets are underutilized while dull newbies keep coming onto the canvas. Jordan & Rafe’s relationship was super boring; no doubt she’s better with Chad. But the thing is, we’ve been waiting for her secret to come out for over a year, and frankly, we just don’t care anymore. She’s a good actress, but the material is awful and boring. The same goes for Ben–his only storyline is having sex with Abigail. JJ and Paige suck. Really. Paige claims to love JJ and trust him, but always lets her conniving mother and classmates stir up doubt in her. She’s supposed to be a nice, smart girl, but she comes across as judgmental and bland instead. No wonder her and JJ keep taking breaks! He’s had a bad past but he did change. However, I’m really disappointed that he crawled into bed with the much-older Eve, the mother of his girlfriend, former stepmother, and the arch-enemy of his mother. She’s been trying for months to break up him and her daughter’s relationship. Their romp was absolutely disgusting. And as for Eve…a brilliant actress, but her storylines are boring. I think she should’ve mixed it up with Sami before her departure, as well as interacting more with Kristen. But for now, why not have her share scenes with other powerhouse characters like Nicole, Clyde, or Kate? Heck, maybe even her and Rafe would have cool interactions. The Daniel & Jennifer storyline has been really beating the dead horse. Very few people enjoy their relationship. I used to when they first got together, but Jennifer’s been acting like a shrew while Daniel is simply getting too much airtime to truly be enjoyable. I’d like to see him with Eve or Nicole; they would bring out the joy in him, whereas Jennifer only stresses him out. Similarly, Eric & Nicole, who could’ve had a great relationship, have also been destroyed. Eric is constantly being a jerk to her–yes, what Nicole did was wrong, but how did this man ever become a priest? He’s whiny, hypocritical, and judgmental. Nicole forgave him for the false rape accusation, but he can’t forgive her for shredding some papers that he once told Jennifer that he didn’t care if he came upon again? Moreover, how could he be fine with his sister marrying the man who knew Kristen raped him, AND forgive his rapist, yet not give Nicole a free pass? It’s high time that Nicole found some happiness, and I think she should either be hooked up with Rafe (which fans have been requesting since at least 2010), or be paired up again with Daniel or Brady. I think… Read more »

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

John is coming back for Christmas and so is Kimberly! Also, Doug and Julie are going to have a storyline!!!

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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