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General Hospital, One Life to Live & Days of Our Lives Land DGA Nominations!

This morning the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced their nominees for all the directing categories in the field of Television including the Daytime Serials category!

DGA President Taylor Hackford announced those who will compete for the prize which will be handed out at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 2nd in Hollywood to be hosted by Kelsey Grammar!

In the Daytime Serials category we are pleased to announce their were five nominated directors and their directing teams from three soaps: General Hospital, One Life to Live and Days of our Lives.  Congrats to all and here are the daytime drama nominees:

Albert Alaar – Days of our Lives – Episode #11895  NBC

Mr. Alarr’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Mike Fiamingo, Joe Lumer, Lugh Powers, Tina Keller Stage Managers: Fran De Simone, Stuart Howard Production Associates: Krista Cremidan, Holly Metts, Sara Peterson, Lucy Yalenian.

Larry Carpenter – General Hospital – “Bad Water”  ABC

Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave Stage Managers: Brendan Higgins, Robert Markham, Craig McManus Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

William Ludel –  General Hospital – “Magic Milo”  ABC

Mr. Ludel’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

Scott McKinsey – General Hospital – “Shot Through The Heart”  ABC

Mr. McKinsey’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames,

Jill Mitwell – One Life to Live – “Between Heaven and Hell” ABC

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush.

Congratulations to Scott, Jill, Larry, Albert, and William on their nods! Now soapers, which episode from the nominations do you think was the best directed of 2012?  Let us know!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Tough choice. All were amazing episodes. The Soap Fans Win!

Amanda
Amanda

Sharon on Y&R is the winner in by book!

Lynn
Lynn

I agree Sharon all the way! Winner winner! Love her!

Lynn
Lynn

OLTL’s it was towards the end and it was a wow, edge of your seat drama..I remember being at work and ticked off cause I couldnt get out of there fast enough and diner had to wait till I the end then after diner I sat down and rewatched,,,,I havent been that into a s/l since…..very good scenes

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I would agree that OLTL should win, but even the two OLTL episodes nominated were so good IMO it would be a tough choice. I still miss OLTL.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Oops, my bad. The Larry Carpenter directed epi was for GH, not OLTL. But a great episode in my book.

susan M.
susan M.

I would like OLTL win also!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I still miss OLTL also!!!!

Ruby C.
Ruby C.

Sharon Case for best actress all the way Young and the Restless

SZima
SZima

This is an article about writing, not acting. What does Sharon have to do with this?

Betsey
Betsey

I want Sharon Newman aka Sharon Case for the best actress this year! she has gone so far and beyond. She is awesome! 🙂

SZima
SZima

Sharon Case is not a writer.

Lauren
Lauren

Where is Young and the Restless? Sharon Case is the winner for that show. She has been put through so much and she came out on top!

SZima
SZima

Again, this is about writing…NOT acting.

Lynn
Lynn

Ummm Y&R? I get it the show is so boring now but still Sharon is my all time favorite and she did a out of this park acting job this past year! way to go Sharon S still wish Victoria Rowell as Drucilla was aloud back! It would save the show.

su0000
su0000

The Directors Guild of America awards are not for best actors/acting, but for the directing of scenes/stories…
GH will win.. The directing this year was impacting , awesome..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I enjoy Sharon Case’s acting too, but these are DIRECTORS Guild of America awards. I don’t believe actors are nominated, unless I missed something.

SZima
SZima

You didn’t miss anything. People just can’t seem to stay on topic on these boards and it drives me a little crazy!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Mitwell – OLTL!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!

Sean M
Sean M

Which episode was “Shot through the heart” on GH. I guessed the others

Allie
Allie

What was “Bad Water” episode about?

heidi
heidi

Congratulations!

Patrick
Patrick

“Between Heaven and Hell” which, if I’m not mistaken was the original title of “One Life to Live” should win. That episode was full of honesty, humor, history, and heartbreak.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you TOTALLY!

Lew S
Lew S

Michael, which director/directing team do you think should win for best episode?

Matt
Matt

I hope when the daytime awards come around Sharon Case will win. I am sure and this will be her second Emmy win!

John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY JILL! (Jill Mitwell “Between Heaven and Hell” ONE LIFE TO LIVE) One of the most caring, creative, collaborative, inexhaustible directors I know, and with whom I had the privilege of beginning my career as Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light, continuing through THIS EPISODE on ONE LIFE TO LIVE– which aired January 2012. Richly deserved. I am so proud and happy. Actors: ALWAYS try it her way; more often than not, you will find your fiercely defended choices (lol) melt before her brilliance. 😉 jws

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

OMG! THE JWS? Loved (to hate) you “Eddie Ford”. Jill Mitwell & OLTL all the way. Congrats on the nomination. You rocked it!

John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp

And thank you, Michael, as always, for keeping us up-to-the minute. jw

Patience DePhazio
Patience DePhazio

The ‘HEAVEN AND HELL’ was soap opera at its best. That one episode was for better than a year of B&B incestuous sstorylines. Jill Mitwell must win, since I do not watch GH.

Edwin
Edwin

One Life To Live “Between Heaven and Hell” must win that was hands down one of the greatest soap episodes EVER!!! And easily the best in this list. There were so many layers to it and the things done in this were absolutely ground breaking. From the way characters were faced with former evil enemies taunting them about there pasts to when the characters fought back sent those evildoers to hell and escaped. One Life To Live was nearing end and brought great homage to the shows history in which the show was originally called “Between Heaven and Hell” so to write a story arch about a place “Between Heaven and Hell” was just amazing and it was so well done and fit write in with the stories going on. I especially loved the individual ways dead characters reacted with living characters when varying between them wanting to die and go to heaven or or hell or to wanting them to go back to the living world. Also, the way it wrapped up Robert Ford’s stories of how he went from a terrible childhood to being a scumbag to being redeemed into a good man with his son and new girl friend Jessica to facing his father and his old demons to defeat his father escape and to search for help and maybe find it. They left what happened between him and the angels unknown which I think was amazing because for all we know he is alive he could be dead in heaven he could be dead in hell we don’t know if he got a decision between life or death it was just great. Then to bring back old one life to live fan faves was also great. To sum things up overall this episode of ONE LIFE TO LIVE was PHENOMENAL. Sorry to go on for so long but this episode trumps the others which are top episodes of a year but this episode was an episode of a lifetime.

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan

GH or OLTL

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The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

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.

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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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