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General Hospital Wins WGA Award For Best Writing Daytime Drama!

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Tonight, The Writers Guild of America, West and The Writers Guild of America, East held their 2015 award ceremonies simultaneous at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and the Edison Ballroom in New York.

The WGA Awards are awarded each year to outstanding writing achievements in the categories and fields of feature film, television, radio. on-air promos, and video games.

And, the winner in the Daytime Drama series went to the writing team of ABC’s General Hospital.  The award went to the team consisting of: Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, and Chris Van Etten.

GH bested Days of our Lives for the win.  Congratulations to head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team!  To view the complete list of winners click here!

What do you think about GH’s big writing win tonight?  Share your thoughts below!

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janet
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janet

Y ou”r
‘ kidding right. This is a joke right .If not maybe the writers guild should watch the drivel the writers of GH put out.

su0000
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su0000

ohh my!
I noticed Y&R and B&B were not even nominated.
((Y&R was horrible through the past year))

I enjoyed GH more this year than some past years..

CONGRATS!!
ABC’s General Hospital. And the team:
Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, and Chris Van Etten.

You deserve the honor !!!

Carm
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Carm

You must be pretty easy to please. Most viewers have higher standards of what makes enjoyable entertainment. Besides their major competition was Days? Yeah that tells me all I need to know. Lets check back next year shall we?

harry
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harry

Janet, just goes to show you that these awards mean nothing. The writing has been God awful.

AJQ
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AJQ

Down to four soaps, only two were nominated, 50/50 chance. They lost last year and when Days won RC berated the WGA for giving the award to scabs. Now I guess they are credible and in good standing. But forget any of that, lets congratulate the writers because this validates them and invalidates any of the criticism. Right? There are no major holes anymore, no more inconsistencies, no more dialogue that contradicts or characters mind numbingly dumbed down to advance plot. None of it exists anymore. It must not exist because they got this award. I’m going to assume that… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

The ratings are good, comparatively speaking (no soap’s ratings are really good any more, but GH’s have shown some growth in the last couple of years). That, more than any awards that might be won or lost, is what will ultimately determine whether anything changes or not.

Carm
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Carm

I love you !! You ve nailed it all. But most are too afraid to speak up in fear that Gh will get cancelled. So they continue to feed the egos and suffer in silence.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

GH had a 50/50 chance of winning. I feel like another soap (either Y&R or B&B), should have been added to the category.

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Really?…..LOL!!! It’s mind boggling what passes for “Best Writing” considering the main person whose writing it is……

SP
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SP

What does that even mean????

su0000
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su0000

well. GH writes for now, not the 80’s.. It is the most modern soap and is not in the traditional soap box.. The writing is excellent for this era, 21st century media.. I can see why Y&R was not even nominated it has not come into the 21st century and Y&R could bore the bejesus out of a statute and it was very noticeable (boring) and did not even get a nomination.. The WGA Awards are awarded each year to outstanding writing achievements in the categories and fields of feature film, television, radio. on-air promos, and video games The The… Read more »

AJQ
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AJQ

If you bothered to actually read the comments that are posted about the writing, you would clearly see that the criticisms are about the quality of the writing and it is not about emotion or people’s favorites. You can like the show and the writing all you want. You can come up with some rationalization about being modern and 21st century, the bottom line is the writing is consistently terrible. There shouldn’t even be a WGA category for daytime drama if it is going to be judged on one or two episodes. What determines good writing, books, movies or even… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

On what evidence are you basing your assertion that “the WGA does not do that. They judge on the merits of the writing”? That may be the intention, but I’ve yet to see a show biz award–Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, WGA, whatever–in which that’s actually what happens. I have no beef with GH’s winning. My own vote would be “none of the above” if I had to pick a winner for Best-Written Soap, but if that wasn’t allowed and I was forced to pick one, GH would get my vote, with significant reservations. But thinking that the WGA’s decision was based… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

AJQ/GH50, the real bottom line is your statement that the writing is terrible is your opinion, it’s not a fact. You come on here and make these comments, and come off with this attitude like because you say it, that automatically makes it fact. You’re just one person on here sharing an opinion just the rest of us. And based on your logic, I guess there shouldn’t be Emmy Awards either, because they’re judging based on one or two episodes of a particular actor or show, and not an entire year of shows. But I guess in your world, the… Read more »

AJQ
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AJQ

Dan, to point out that someone giving their opinion is them giving their opinion only shows me that the “opinion” must be pretty relevant and resonate too soundly. I think the majority of adults realize that comments in a comments section are opinions. Again, it just might be that my opinions come off as sounding like fact because there is so much truth in them. It seems to me that many other people here post their opinions and seem confident in those opinions, yet you say that I have an attitude and think because I say it, it is automatically… Read more »

harry
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harry

Dan, I don’t think it’s subjective to state that GH lacks a basic stroyboard. There’s no introduction, no rising action, no climax and certainly no resolution (ending). The majority seems to feel the writing is very poor and after awhile it seems someone needs to sit and take note. Even the most loyal and ardent fans become disenchanted with the direction GH has taken. And despite what Su000 says, you cannot continue to blame the viewer for not “getting it” or for “taking it all too seriously.” After awhile the writer has to take responsibility for the disenchanted franchise.

Tim
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Tim

I am speechless.

harry
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harry

I wish Ron was speechless. When he accepted the award he made some defensive sarcastic remark.
He said, “Writers complain about writing 36 episodes a year, try writing 250 a year.” While he might have a valid point, that was neither the time or place to make such a remark.
He was being lauded and rewarded for his writing endeavors and he uses that time to go on the defense. He’s the Gene Simmons of daytime.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Ron’s his own worst enemy, Harry. I fully believe he’d get far less withering criticism of the problems with his writing if he were more gracious and less confrontational in general.

On that particular remark, I can see ways of saying that (tone of voice, etc.), that wouldn’t be obnoxious. Why is it that I just don’t think he chose one of those?

SP
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SP

Congrats to the GH writers! 🙂

Libby
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Libby

Well deserved win for GH Writing Team. It is about time.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Congratulations General Hospital!!!

harry
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harry

Great writing, really? Compared to what? Fifty Shades of Grey?

Rose
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Rose

I’ve got mixed feelings. Always want to congratulate the winners because it takes a lot of hard work and creativity to take the award, especially daytime drama with it’s new scripts everyday. And happy they even have an award for daytime. But I guess they don’t take viewer comments into account because they haven’t been very complimentary about the Fluke story for a lot of us. Then there are only four soaps, so not as much competition. Wonder why Y&R and B&B didn’t submit? Not saying the winner would have been different, but would have liked to see them represented.… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

As well they should… For the multiple, interwoven storylines, that breath
life into our favorite characters. Ava, Franco, Nina, Dr.O, Faison, Anna,
Luke, Heather………… CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Daisy
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Daisy

What a joke!

Rodd
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Rodd

Congratulations to Ron and his team of writers!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is a joke… right?! It was April Fool’s, not Valentine’s Day… right?!

Mark Y.
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Mark Y.

I guess ya’ have to watch every day.

Ghfan
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Ghfan

GH current team is the worst! This award proves they pull the winner out of a hat.

I really wish the soap media would actually call tptb out on their stories. Instead we get unwarranted praise for absolute drivel. Come MF you can’t actually think this writing team is praiseworthy. Ugh.

Jules
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Jules

Why not? He’s been awarding this team Best Soap and Best Writing every year for at least 5 straight years for his end of the year “best and worst” list. He’s as big a worshiper as Carvilati is of himself…..and that’s saying something!

jeremy
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jeremy

Congratulations GH and writing team kudos lol

dansky
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dansky

Don’t know the rules, but certainly only two or three episodes were selected for consideration. With that in mind, this ‘win’ most likely does not reflect what the viewer is subjected to daily. Cause personally, with this writing team, I fully expect seeing KAPOW and ZOINK coming across the scenes at any moment. (It worked for Batman!)

Jules
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Jules

Last year, Carlivati cried foul over his loss to Days. But I guess when he wins, everything is fair.

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

Helene must have used mind control on the voters…lol…just havin a little fun folks…???

Timmm
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Timmm

Love it!

Paul8148
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Paul8148

I wonder what episodes they submitting. I wonder if it was Robin return at Patrick/Sabrina wedding since it was the time period they went by (Nov 1-Oct 31)

swag
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swag

I was wondering what episode was sumitted as well

SZima
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SZima

Since there are only 4 soaps, how could they not all be nominated?? It’s no like there are 100’s as in primetime.

Lesser of Two Evils

rick nihan
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rick nihan

Great news instead of the stupid cbs 2 horrible soaps

Dan
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Dan

Congrats to Ron C. and the entire GH writing team for this well deserved honor!

I’m not sure what show all the complainers are watching, I’ve been enjoying GH more these past few years than I have in many years. They have the ratings up almost 1 million viewers from where they were when Phelps and Guza were let go. They must be doing something right. Keep up the great work, GH!

su0000
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su0000

lol
I am having a few laughs reading the RC haters eat crow and freak out lol
wow they really can get upset that is justice/cool lol ..

CONGRATS! to RC AND TEAM!! you gave us a great past year!!

Yes. GH has gained one million happy fans since RC and his team took over 🙂

Missy DooDah
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Missy DooDah

Funny thing that neither Y&R nor B&B were even nominated two years in a row. I think the professionals are making a statement. They are both lacking to say the least.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Most of these award shows are based on one episode or two so without knowing which episodes both shows submitted it is hard for me to judge which was the better written. The day to day stuff might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there have been episodes when the writing has been very good–not the plot but the dialogue stuff. So I would be curious to know what episode they won with– whatever we might think of the process these award shows are based on, they were rewarded for their work; it is a personal achievement that in… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

So really the deal is whatever most of you think–on this board and others–GH writers won a coveted WGA award. They were judged by their peers and they won–period. Congratulations are in order The ratings are up. Another fact you can’t dispute. If so many of you think the writing is so horrible–why are you watching? Do you hate-watch? It’s obvious by the award and the ratings Ron and his team aren’t going anywhere. So if you HATE this team so much–if you think GH is just horrible, do your blood pressure a favor and watch something else. The show… Read more »

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

If i was really a hate watcher id be watching talk and reality shows…lol

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Jim, you love as much as you hate. Plus, you’re funny

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

“It’s not perfect & there are certainly head-shaking things that go on–but for this level of vitriol–I’m just astounded.” I agree with this assessment. I see problems, sometimes big ones. I also see some very good stuff, and I can actually watch full episodes and watch the show for long stretches (weeks at a time), neither of which I could do while JFP and Guza/Wolf were in charge–I would either turn off an episode 10 minutes in or I would watch for two or three days and then realize I just couldn’t keep watching and needed a break (a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng… Read more »

harry
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harry

See? I don’t think there is an absolute hate group here. It’s basic human nature to dwell on the negative rather than the positive. If a waiter serves one hundred people in one day and only one of those people is rude and cantankerous, that waiter is going to complain about that one customer while forgetting to mention how lovely the other people are. I think if there is an absolute hate group they aren’t watching at all, and therefore, aren’t posting here. I do think people should be afforded the right to complain without being called a hater. It’s… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Thanks for your thoughtful reply. It’s disappointing as a fan when you sign on to a board to discuss and dish on what MAY be. I come here to talk about characters I like or don’t. Or things I hope will or won’t happen.

Ghfan
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Ghfan

What I do like is intelligent writing and this team simply doesn’t have it. I’m not sure what this team is being rewarded for? When RC has to clarify his storylines on Twitter that should tell you something. Someone said it best when they said “I’m not 12, I need a lot more to be entertained. ”

Finally, if the media press would actually call GH out on the inconsistant writing they could earn my respect. Perhaps if RC could receive constructive criticism, he could earn my respect.

Sly
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Sly

GH has been on for over fifty years.
The show will win awards whether you like it or not.
The show will also lose awards whether you like it or not.
Maybe this year is just their year.
Get over it.

Marinelle Guy
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Marinelle Guy

Cheers to GH! I actually arrange afternoon schedule as possible to view it….HOWEVER, bring some of old great Luke/Scorpio type humor back into it ,which reason I first got hooked. Hate new “Luke” character and that scenario, tho interested to see how explain “Luke” character tormenting another in basement if both same? So enjoy GH, but even more when had more subtle but so enjoyable touches of humor.

Marinelle Guy
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Marinelle Guy

Show is wonderful, actually often schedule my day around it, but long for old type humor interactions such as Luke/Scorpio which truly first hooked me so many years ago….and truly interest waning a bit w/o that engaging humor element now. And HATE this however manipulated version of Luke. Will keep tuning in or perhaps more often recording now, to keep up, but hey bring OUR Luke back soon! :-))

Carol
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Carol

General Hospital definitely has the best story lines. I watch all three soaps that are on the air and GH wins the prize in my book.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree with Dan. Congrats to the entire GH wiring team. Well deserved and well-done! I have been enjoying GH so much over the past couple of years. I think it is one of the best shows on TV right now.

Bonnie Lee
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Bonnie Lee

General Hospital has had the best storylines all year. Days has been horrifically awful – YR is repetitive – same stories over and over and over and over. Nothing original. Congrats to GH and its fabulous cast, crew, writers and directors!

Laurie
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Laurie

WGA Best Writing:

2015-4 soaps eligible, 2 nom: DOOL & GH(W)
2014-4 soaps eligible, 3 nom: GH,YR & DOOL-(W)
2013-5 soaps eligible, 3 nom: OLTL,DOOL & YR-(W)
2012-6 soaps eligible, 3 nom: AMC,YR & GH-(W)

GB
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GB

hard to judge without knowing what episode the team submitted, HOWEVER: this is an award handed out by fellow writers, you know, people who write screenplays FOR. A. LIVING, and not people whose writing is limited to shopping lists and moaning on soap blogs. disagreeing is one thing, quite another is being completely disrespectful of professionals. how would you feel if someone who’s never done your job came and told you that you don’t know how to do it? whose judgement do you think holds more weight?

harry
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harry

I do not understand comments like yours, GB. I do not understand why long time and loyal viewers cannot express their dissatisfaction with the writing without being called haters. WE as viewers, DO get to judge the writing of the show just as a Starbucks’ customer gets to judge the quality of their double latte with enough froth to make it aesthetically pleasing but not too much as to give one a mustache. Moreover, most of us have jobs which are not served up as public fodder therefore your comparison is moot. Ron cannot come into, for example, a paper… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Exactly!

Beach Dreamer
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Beach Dreamer

I should hope the viewer’s voice is heard loud & clear. They are the consumer after all. GH is a product being sold. Awards are nice but if the consumer doesn’t like the product then what? Anyone who minimalizes the weight of the viewer might as well get out of the entertainment industry altogether.

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

I would like to make it clear my “exactly” was to GB’s post. As someone who makes a living writing (not TV or movies) I would like to point out that writing is a skill and just because you can compose “an intelligent” post on a board doesn’t mean you can write. And while Harry, it would be nice to say the commenters are expressing “disappointment” if you read most of the posts, people are just disappointed, they’re angry. And I’m mystified why people who are so mad at Ron & the writers continue to watch–especially since the ratings are… Read more »

Beach Dreamer
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Beach Dreamer

Actually if you follow the ratings they are breaking even. GH isn’t gaining viewers, it’s just trading them out. You can see that in the week to week and the yearly numbers. They gain 100k one week then turn around and lose +100k the next. Some weeks they gain 300k over last year then turn around and lose that many over the following weeks. The ratings are also a best guess. Nielsen doesn’t poll every household therefore they can’t give an accurate picture of the entire viewing audience. When there’s a Nielsen box in every household then I’ll put stock… Read more »

Beach Dreamer
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Beach Dreamer

People REALLY need to get out on social media more and actually SEE what’s being said about GH. It’s not good. And the voices are getting fewer and fewer. Many have given up. There were high hopes that this regime could turn the show around. I for one was not deluded for very long. Between the utter lack of respect for what’s come before and the atrocious behavior of Ron himself on Twitter I’ve thrown in the towel. This isn’t GH. Not sure exactly what it is but I do know I’m not interested in watching any of it. I… Read more »

Breaking News

NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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