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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

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

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

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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