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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 »

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So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

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