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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

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In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of 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, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Phil
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Phil

Disappointing! Days is far superior!

su000
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su000

hey Phill..
You are correct !!!
”Days is far superior!”

Mika
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Mika

GH has been incredible and this award validates the writers! Congrats!

Cat lee
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Cat lee

If this had been last year I would have cried foul, but they (GH) have been hitting it out of the park recently so happy! Congratulations to my favorite soap.

su000
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su000

hi Cat lee ..
It is from last year..
this year has less than 2 months to judge..
so- you can ”cry foul” 🙂

Lisa
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Lisa

Since Genie Francis came back, it has improved immensely. I don’t know what the hell they were thinking by letting her go. But the fans screamed loud and long, so they brought her back. Thank God. She is a gem.

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”Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.”

^^^ that is so much caca!
No way is GH writing team better than Days, no way.

Who are the judges.. ??
Why are the judges not named, why?

There is something very wrong with that decision.
Looks like a bribe, or a hidden quid pro quo !
It stinks and many can smell the stench..

OK- I needed to voice my opinion, I don’t hold back BWAHAAA!

Again; who are/were the judges, their names and qualifications, and who they represent, please.

Carol Wood
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Carol Wood

You obviously don’t watch GH or you would not question this win. Their groundbreaking Alzheimer’s storyline has been outstanding!

Lisa
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Lisa

Yes, the Alzheimer’s story line has been just fantastic. And Maurice Benard and Laura Wright have been killing it. Max Gail is amazing; I wish he was staying around!

James
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James

It deserves it ! GH has been really good this past year si ce Chris van etten joined the head writing team with Shelley altmann. As a long time fans of almost 30 years the only time GH was unwatchable for me was under the helm of of Ron c. Who now writes for Days. GH is in the now with a balance if real life everyday drama mixed with soap camp. There is actually dialogue now, use of the hospital, and it’s history. The past year seen the words and issues if Alzheimer’s, me too movement, transgender, bullying, and… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

I didn’t like what Ron C. did with the Jason character. That’s a big reason Steve Burton left for Y and R, I’m damn sure of that. Didn’t like Sam with Silas or John or the Easton characters. She belongs with Jason. Whether it’s Drew or the real Jason, I’ll take it.
Good luck to Days with Ron! They can keep him. LOL

Phil
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Phil

DAYS has won praise and awards and has seen ratings bumps since Ron took over the writing! I think we will be happy to keep him! Ron wasn’t the issue at GH! I also don’t see much in the line of improvement at GH either!! This serial killer storyline has been ridiculous and gone on way too long! Ditto baby switch! Genie is great and I’m glad she is back, but not enjoying what they have thrown at her so far!

Lisa
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Lisa

You are welcome to your opinion. I have been watching GH off and on since the ’80s, thanks to all the Luke & Laura frenzy. I have a sister who likes Days, but I could never get into it. Not invested in the characters.

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KCOMA66

I’m a lifelong GH fan. I LOVE this show & always wish it the best. That being said, I really think Days of Our Lives writing was superior this year. Except for Nathan’s death & the fallout I just don’t see it. Congrats to GH – I will continue to watch everyday.

Debbie
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Debbie

General Hospital is the best

Patrick
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Patrick

why sugar coat NOW if this is indicative of any thing… I posted not that long ago… should @GH want to steal the emmy for best show. that their submission should be 1st epi : the Night Franco was supposed to marry Liz… Mike shows up and he and Liz spend time together.. earthquake ensues… but it’s the sublime Max Gail and Rebecca Herbst that own it 2nd epi : when Nathan dies… hankies Kleenex so we shall see I may be a fan I may be a poster I may be well past the desired demographic but my vote… Read more »

aria
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aria

its validation, how Ron C cartoonishly writing style even gets any recognition is beyond me, congrats GH, lets keep it going.

Rodd
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Rodd

I have watched DOOL since I was a child and only moved to GH when ATWT was cancelled. When Ron was writing GH, it was great! I had to watch it or risk missing something surprising. I feel the same way now that he’s writing DOOL. Of late, GH has been so hit-and-miss; stories starting and never completing. It felt as though some PTB lost interest or gave an edict that they move in another direction. Whatever the reason, GH has become very jarring for me to watch. There is very little emotional investment because of the story telling. Wonderful… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rodd, I have to agree, that Ron has done a very good job, of finally getting rid of the boring Chad and Abigail.I have been FF over their scenes. Now will have to watch the newly wedded Stefan and Godzilla Gabi. Chloe was fired, when obviously she and Stefan have so much chemistry, in favor of this new pairing.
Hope Ron has some magic, to make this new SL appealing.

Patrick
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Patrick

In the year and 1/2 since RC material has been reeled. October, 2017. which is , roughly 1 1/2 years. I’ve withstood .. because it’s been that easy.. to not notice too much “cast” change.. the interweaving of canvas.. w/Guest STAR ie: think Louise Sorel.. she deserves GRAND. think Ali Sweeney… welcome respite.. WITH good writing.. jeesus.. thank time thank time for getting us to and fro ? no? writing 365 days is a big show. at this point: 2 stand out I MISS Thaao Penghlis Nadia Bjorlin stand these two any where on the canvas and they measure up… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I WOULD truly return Christie Clark’ Carrie Brady; AND, on many occasion her mother Anna DiMera as played by the lovely Lean Hunley. THAT ROMANCE and FATHERHOOD just oblitered AND showed Josh Taylor SEXIER as all get out. it’s great to see him with Rex.. but it’s Carrie and Anna that he belong. with Abs gone with Sami gone with Belle gone YOU NEED that heroine from either the Brady AND Horton.. and it’s Christie Clark … who is SEXIER as all get out. I’ve read she moved to London? WITH a Nice contract just to keep this show turning… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Even though I’m not all that thrilled with the writing on GH, it’s surely a lot better than DOOL. I’ve always been bored with Days.

On the plus side, the two head writers can be credited with writing good stories for Laura, Kevin/Ryan, Anna and Jason and Sam. Maura West as Ava is truly outstanding.

I don’t care about the newer characters. I won’t miss Kiki, even though Erin Hayley did great work in the role.

Margie Dalton
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Margie Dalton

Beyond thrilled my Favorite Love for 55 years!!! Best written & actors convey written words so eloquently. CONGRATULATIONS!! Confident they will keep us glued for many more years!❤

Ann Desantis
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Ann Desantis

How did Ryan know Laura was at the facility. He left way before she was there. Give us a break guys. End this Ryan thing already”

Celia
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Celia

Thank you for saying that, Ann….Desantis–“of the saints”—- your ancestors must be from the Abruzzo/Molise area….on the Adriatic…. I am so afraid of saying anything negative about GH on this site—-the accolades are overwhelming. The Ryan story has been going on for too long. End it!! No sense!! Now, Jordan wants Franco to plead guilty? This is soooo nether-worldly….best writing? ( fans: no punches please). Then we have to deal with Dawn of Doom……did ‘ye gods’ really need to come up with something so idiotic to propel Sam? Nothing can help this flat-toned, uninspiring actress. As much as I despise… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I guess poor Franco will be on his own for a while, hopefully to find and rescue Laura and Doc, after someone recently goes blind and mows down Jordan. The Dawn of Doom, as you put it is just started, and I’m sick of it already. Krissie is very much smitten with Shilo, and is not liking the attention payed to big sis. Oh, well, guess that’s the intention, among others, as the plot thickens.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I know a lot of people aren’t happy with General Hospital but I am enjoying it and it’s actually my favorite soap at the time…I watch GH, Y&R and B&B…Day’s in my opinion is not the show I loved in the 70’s till the 90’s…I do not like Ron C’s writing and I cannot stand DOOL background music which is so annoying…

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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‘The Bay’s’ Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran & Mike Manning Take Top Acting Honors at 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Ceremony

The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

Meanwhile, for his portrayal of dual roles of Peter and Adam on The Bay, Kristos Andrews picked up another Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series.  This is his fourth win for his acting work on the digital drama series, but he has also received four more as one of the main producer of The Bay.  Andrews’ on-screen scene partner, Karrueche Tran, took home the gold for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Fiction Series for her performance as Vivian.

In the Younger Performer category, Chiara D’ Ambrosio of The Bay and the former Summer Newman of Y&R, won for her work.

For the complete list of winners from the ceremony click here.

So, what do you think of the performer winners from the digital dramas at tonight’s Daytime Emmys? Let us know in the comment section below.

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After speculation that Jerry O’Connell would become the first male host to join the ladies on The Talk, today it became official.

O’Connell will join the CBS afternoon series other hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots as a permanent host.

Jerry will will appear on the show for the remainder of the week before taking a break until the end of the month due to a previous film commitment. He’ll join The Talk full-time for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

In a video, O’Connell shared on the announcement:   “It’s real exciting.  First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked. And here we are. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are.”  At the end of today’s episode, he expressed: “I’m excited to be a part of the family.”

In a statement, The Talk’s executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews expressed, “We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.”

O’Connell takes over the seat that for 11 seasons belonged to Sharon Osbourne who left the series amid controversy.

Watch below how The Talk made Jerry an official member of the family with this spoof on “Rocky” to “Eye of the Tiger”.

Now that it’s a done deal, are you excited for Jerry to co-host The Talk? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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